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post #1 of 10 Old 04-07-2008, 11:41 AM Thread Starter
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Finding Campgrounds with Zumo

The last road trip we took, I discovered just how useful the GPS was for finding hotels, gas stations, etc. Is there a way to locate campgrounds as well?

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Yes, campgrounds are in the database, however, don't depend on anything being accurate or complete. Anybody who uses the POI info regularly has encountered plenty of errors and omissions, but it's a good starting point.

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Do you use Mapsource on your pc? If you pick out several campgrounds in the area you plan to ride in and save them as way points before you leave you can just do a search while on your trip.

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Do you use Mapsource on your pc? If you pick out several campgrounds in the area you plan to ride in and save them as way points before you leave you can just do a search while on your trip.
Using the satellite imagery from Google Earth/Maps is also a good way to check out area details for trip planning.

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Do you use Mapsource on your pc? If you pick out several campgrounds in the area you plan to ride in and save them as way points before you leave you can just do a search while on your trip.
I do. That's a good idea. This is only my second long trip with the Zumo, so I'm still learning how to take advantage of the features.

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Never mind the fancy gear.

Heck, if you want to find a campground, just take Charlie Pope (Cpope on this forum) with you, and you will have an experience to remember. It helps to have a sense of humor, and something to drink when you finally pitch your tent.

On the "Four for Texas" ride, documented in the Florida section, Charlie volunteered to find a campground for the three of us (yes, we can count; the fourth was IN Texas!).

He found us a place where a KOA had closed two years ago. Actually, Charlie knocked on the door of a new house, and learned it was where the campground had been.

He led us about twenty miles, to a gorgeous, spacious campus with lots of shiny expensive vehicles in its parking lot. It was a Mormon Church.

He found the correct driveway, next to the church driveway, and it was a CAMPGROUND. Hooray, because Lou and I, many years older than Charlie, were exhausted. "We don't take tents, just RVs." said the talking head. When we asked why, we were told that other people in RVs like it that way.

Next, Charlie led us thirty miles, into the gloom of dusk, and found a genuine campground with plenty of room for us shabby dusty bikers. It was a swamp, and the insects were immediately very busy welcoming us. The only sensible remarks were being made by some filthy dogs, who were telling us enthusiastically to GET LOST. We got.

By this time it was dark, and we started thinking that pitching a tent was a lousy idea, so Charlie set out to find us a hotel or motel. The first one had lots of cars on its grounds, mainly wrecks that the motel owner was using as sources of parts, probably for a bunch of stills.

Then Lou spotted the familiar black-and-yellow sign of a popular chain of motels. We thanked Charlie for his fine work and dropped the kickstands at a Super-8.

And will we ride with Charlie again?

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You might also try searching for some of the POI sharing sites, like POIFactory

The install into your Zumo is pretty straightforward (I managed it once last season, haven't played with it since...), but searching the customs on the Zumo is a little klugey. It works, though.

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The last road trip we took, I discovered just how useful the GPS was for finding hotels, gas stations, etc. Is there a way to locate campgrounds as well?
I don't have my GPS in front of me but I thought there was a section for campgrounds in the drill down menu for lodging????

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The garmin database of campgrounds is not exhaustive enough. For example, when I was approaching Glacier Natl Park last summer from the east looking for a campground it never listed the huge KOA on the east side of the Park. I stumbled on the campground by following signs. By the way, that KOA is probably the nicest campground in that area. But, at other times the garmin did give me a list of campgrounds I was able to pick from--like in the area of Minot, ND. But like I said, its an incomplete listing----as is the listing of restaurants, hotels, etc etc.----but there are only 6 mill poi's when you need maybe 10 times that many. However, it is a start.

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The garmin database of campgrounds is not exhaustive enough. For example, when I was approaching Glacier Natl Park last summer from the east looking for a campground it never listed the huge KOA on the east side of the Park. I stumbled on the campground by following signs. By the way, that KOA is probably the nicest campground in that area. But, at other times the garmin did give me a list of campgrounds I was able to pick from--like in the area of Minot, ND. But like I said, its an incomplete listing----as is the listing of restaurants, hotels, etc etc.----but there are only 6 mill poi's when you need maybe 10 times that many. However, it is a start.
I found that KOA is often missed with the Zumo. I found somewhere on the Internet a KOA POI file and I loaded it. Now I can find KOA and they appear on the Zumo.

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