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Free routable maps for Garmin

As from time to time there are questions about maps for different world regions I would like to start topic about getting them legally.

There are two links to places where you can get legal, free maps for Garmin GPS. They are routable, so can be used to drive when on vacations. Coverage can differ sometimes, as often there are non commercial projects created by users.


Garmin FAQ area

Please read these before posting questions to this forum area.

How accurate is Elevation supposed to be

Recently during our travels from Arizona to Montana we have gone over several routes where there are elevation signs. The posted elevation and the Garmin Nuvi display are usually off by 30' to 50'. Is this normal? I know that the GPS lags as it moves but I am talking about the max displayed on the GPS vs. the posted elevation on the road sign.


Using unit with usb power

when connected with usb can garmin express be turned off and the unit be used with usb power to add dat ie destenations?

how long do you keep your garmin?

The 680 broke in 3 yrs, but this 2350 is past 4....only one annoyance is the odd maps that lack 20 y.o. roads (nuvi says to navigate off road), and that it routes one way to a location, a different way back sometimes. But overall it still works....

Garmin user interface vs TomTom

I enjoy and prefer the build quality, shape, and means to update lifetime maps of my Garmin 2597 vs the older TomTom 540.

However, TomTom's interface provides info on time and distance to arrival, direction, traveled time, etc., in a screen the same size (5") as the Garmin.

Garmin 4592LM (poi with sound)

Hi guys,
I am having some trouble loading up POI into my Garmin.

Have tried to use both mp3 and wav+sox to create a GPI file. While the file size that is created is consistent with whether I use mp3 or wav (wav being much bigger), the 4592LM just plays a chime instead of voicing the alert.

Really would appreciate some help wits end by now

nuvi 2xx7 and 2xx8 software version 5.00

Looks like we also got the update.

nuvi 2xx7 and 2xx8 software version 5.00

as of June 30, 2015
Use Garmin Express to install this file.

(46.48 MB)

View system requirements
Change History
Changes made from version 4.80 to 5.00:

Improved search response times in certain scenarios.

Charlie. Nuvi 265 WT,Nuvi 2597 LMT and Garmin Viago.

CN Europe Map Release Date History

Here is another project you can waste your time on while you are waiting for the CN NA 2016.10 map, and sharpen your Googling skills at the same time. idea grin Isn't worthless trivia wonderful?

Alan - Nuvi 3597LMTHD, Oregon 550T, Nuvi 855, Nuvi 755T, Lowrance Endura Sierra

Nuvi 35x7 and 35x8 software version 5.00

nuvi 35x7 and 35x8 (GCD File) software version 5.00
as of June 30, 2015

Use Garmin Express to install this file.
(61.29 MB)


Change History

Changes made from version 4.80 to 5.00:
‚ó¶Improved search response times in certain scenarios.

Alan - Nuvi 3597LMTHD, Oregon 550T, Nuvi 855, Nuvi 755T, Lowrance Endura Sierra

Exporting MapQuest to Garmin?

I was just wondering if we were still able to export a map from Mapquest to our Garmins or has that been taken away from us as well? I know I was able to do it around this time last year for a trip. I just tried to do it now and the option to send to Garmin wasn't coming up. I know the Google option was taken away a while back but I was still able to use Mapquest for this purpose.


On a 2699LMTHD can you disable the foursquare location icons on the screen? They can be annoying when not needed.

Route Time to Destination Discrepancy

Has anyone experienced a major discrepancy between the plotted route estimated Total Time using Base Camp and that indicated and experienced while driving using a Garmin GPS?

The discrepancy was approximately one hour longer on the GPS for a Route of approximately 1000 miles.

Base Camp and the GPS parameters were set the same.

I have tried several techniques to resolve with no success.


Google Maps to get U.S. railroad crossing data to help avert accidents

And how does POI get this same data?

It shouldn't be too hard for a bright person to take the data and put it into a POI file ...

I support the right to keep and arm bears.

Thanks to all those who maintain Garmin POI files

Jeese, just noticed I've been a member more than 8 years ... which means 8 years of logging on daily (or more) to check for updates to POI files.

I admit it. I'm addicted to POI files and this site.

Garmin i5, 205, 260W, 1450LMT, 2460LMT, iPhone Viago ... all still mapping strong.

Backup Camera (any recommendations?)

Anyone with a backup camera care to post a review? I have a Nuvi 3950 and covet a larger screen and a back up camera. Can anyone give some advice and recommendations?



iMac 20", 10.5.6, NUVI 5000

Error Using Garmin Express w/3490

I thought in the past I was able to use Garmin Express with my 3490 but I got this error saying I had to use Garmin Map Updater. Is this correct? I remember updating on with Communicator I believe awhile ago. How many utility programs has Garmin pushed on us now? I don't update all that often so it's a bit confusing. Anyway, is this correct that I can't use Express with the 3490?

Garmin: GPSIII / StreetPilot / StreetPilot Color Map / StreetPilot III / StreetPilot 2610 / GPSMAP60CSx / Nuvi 770 / Nuvi 765T / Nuvi 3490LMT * Pioneer: AVIC-80 / N3 / X950BH

Silent Voice?

On my TomTom, and my first Garmin several years ago, there was an option/downloadable voice that would turn off turn by turn voice instructions, but kept traffic announcements on. Is there a way to do this?

Paul Palumbo Garmin Nuvi 2689 LMT Bridgeport, CT

Garmin RV 760LMT

The Garmin 7" RV friendly GPS is on sale from Garmin for $289.95 with free shipping.

Has anyone seen a better price for this unit??

Garmin Introduces the dezlCam LMTHD

Hot on the heals of the NuviCam, Garmin has introduced a new Dezi with the dashcam feature. Here are the details from the Garmin website:


Nuvi 350, 760, 1695LM, 3790LMT, 2460LMT, 3597LMTHD and TomTom XXL540s
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