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Old 01-23-2013, 09:22 PM
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Ever since my son turned 16 and got his driver's license and a job, he's not been able to go fishing with me nearly as often. As a result, I've lost my primary navigator. Trying to drive and follow the DeLorme atlas to find the turnoff for a new stream I'm looking for is a real PITA, not to mention hazardous for those around me. Do any of you folks know of a car GPS system that will let you put in your destination or a POI using latitude & longitude coordinates? I have an older model Magellan Roadmate 1412 car GPS, but it wants either a street address, intersection, or something from the built-in POI database as a destination, and that's just not that helpful.

I would like to be able to use Google Earth or various and sundry maps to find the coordinates for a given trailhead or stream crossing, plug that into my car GPS and let it talk me through getting there. Does such a thing exist? Anybody have one?
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Old 01-23-2013, 11:00 PM
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Look at the new Tom Tom's I think you can enter a Lat Long to get where you want to go.
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Old 01-24-2013, 01:11 AM
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I have a basic Garmin unit, and can input coordinates just fine. The first time I tried it, I just clicked the cursor on the map where I thought my target location would be, wrote down the lat/long and input thm in the Garmin, and the thing navigated me perfectly.

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Old 01-24-2013, 07:58 AM
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Which Garmin unit are you using, Stonefly? That sounds like just what I'm looking for. Thanks.
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All the Garmin car models should allow you to enter lat and long. And they can be hooked up to your computer to insert your favorite waypoints to them.
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OK, so I went to Garmin's website and pulled up the user manuals for several different models and found that they pretty much all do indeed have this functionality. I wonder why none of the salesclerks in any of the retail establishments that I have visited and asked about this knew that? Oh wait, I do know why. Salespeople in the big box electronics stores don't know jack diddly squat about what they're selling. Oh, well. Guess I should have been using Garmin products all along. Thanks, guys, for steering me in that direction.
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