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post #1 of 27 Old 12-19-2014, 11:10 AM Thread Starter
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automobile gps lifespan

I need a new gps as my old garmin 2730 has given up. I was wondering how long I could expect a non bike specific gps to last. I know a zumo or tomtom rider would be best but with some health issues and my riding days winding down I hate to spend that kind of money. I am a conservative rider and don't go off road, so what kind of time or mileage do you get?
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post #2 of 27 Old 12-19-2014, 11:31 AM
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If you don't ride in the rain, a cheap Garmin Nuvi on a RAM mount will work. I've used this setup and it's OK if you are only interested in navigation on the street. A lot of the cheap units won't let you do detailed route planning, but are fine for navigation to an address.
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My experience is not good for Auto gps on a bike. It isn't the worry about water but it is the Vibrations do not do well with the miniusb type of connections!

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My experience is not good for Auto gps on a bike. It isn't the worry about water but it is the Vibrations do not do well with the miniusb type of connections!
I gave up on the automotive GPS after going through 2 of them. USB connectors failed on both. I suppose you could put some good tape like gaffer tape or something to keep it from vibrating but I took mine out of the mount too often for this to work.

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I agree that vibration is a killer. The RAM mounts help isolate some of the vibration. The USB connector is a weak point. For day trips using the internal battery the Nuvis work OK. I now use handheld units like the Garmin Oregon or Montana in a RAM mount. They are rugged and the batteries last all day. They also let you use the full range of route planning tools and work well offroad.
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probably not a concern, but cold weather (below freezing) exposure wreaks havoc on touch screens

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post #7 of 27 Old 12-19-2014, 02:35 PM
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So far just a few years, the power plug and the mini plug on the unit get screwed up
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As others have said, and I observed on an earlier mount, the mini gps connection is a weak link. My second crack at using an old auto GPS has been more successful:

I used a hot glue gun to seal the openings on the rear and then hot glued the mini usb connector onto the unit while it was mounted in its Ram mount. I carry an old plastic shower cap to pull over the unit as camo when I'm shopping (spray painted black, it becomes unobtrusive to passers by). I've ridden in several frog stranglers with no negative effect on the GPS. A bit more than 2 years with no issues so far..

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I've been using a TomTom automotive gps on my Vee for a while. No ill effects. Haven't gotten it really wet however....and my unit does not use micro-usb for charging. It's a much larger connector and is held in place magnetically. I use a ram mount.
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post #10 of 27 Old 12-19-2014, 04:28 PM
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>>If you don't ride in the rain, a cheap Garmin Nuvi on a RAM mount will work<<

This is exactly the setup I use, and for my type of riding (no off-road) it works just fine. And if it croaks I'll just get another one for short money.
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