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post #1 of 5 Old 06-21-2019, 01:19 AM Thread Starter
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Nav V Route Download question

OK Garmin gurus:
Is there a way to load a route from Google Maps (web based) directly onto the Nav 5 ? I'm just don't have the patience to search for each route city on the Nav 5 to load the route so I find it easier to do the route on my desktop but I haven't figured out how to load it onto the Garmin. Any ideas?

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post #2 of 5 Old 06-21-2019, 06:26 AM
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@Sodbuster , At the top of the page select "Tools", then select "Advanced Search", type in "Basecamp", and select "Search". Good luck.


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post #3 of 5 Old 06-21-2019, 07:02 AM
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Personally, I can't be bothered with Basecamp or the alternatives - to time consuming & clunky IMHO. I tend to use google maps to plan routes at the outset, but only simple way-points when programming the Nav for each days ride, making sure I pinpoint a road nearby, not a town centre, to avoid the risk of getting sent around in circles.
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post #4 of 5 Old 06-21-2019, 08:34 AM
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Unless Google Maps now offers the option of saving as a GPX file, then you cannot directly go from Google Maps to your Nav. I think there is a way to save it in Google Maps profile format and then load it in another app (the name of it escapes me - do a Google search) and then save as a GPX but I tried this a couple of years ago and my results were less than desirable.

I use Furkot now. I create my route in Furkot, import it into Basecamp, recalculate and then send to my connected Nav.

IMHO, Basecamp is a requirement to get an accurate GPX route and have your Nav V and VI follow that route as you intend. All other custom GPX solutions will have issues because they do not create all the 100s of Ghost Points like Basecamp and none that I am aware of will use Do Not Alert Vias either. So if you don't use Basecamp or at least load your GPX file into it and recalculate before you send it to your NAV, you will wind up with a point to point GPX file that your Nav will need to interpret between each and every waypoint and sometimes it will not always follow the roads that you want it to because it is missing all those Ghost Points along the roads. And, with the NAV V and VI, waypoints are considered destinations but that is a whole other discussion.

For an example of all the Ghost Points that Basecamp creates, look at a GPX file with a text editor and look at a GPX file that was created in Furkot or some other type. The Basecamp file is much larger and will show many, many more coordinates.

We were told that Basecamp is no longer supported by Garmin but they are supposedly coming out with an online mapping solution to replace it in the coming months.

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I don't understand why people think creating a route in Basecamp is difficult and time consuming. All you have to do is click on the route creating icon, click on the starting point the ending point then enter and voila its created (fastest or shortest depending on the parameters set)

If you want to be routed through specific towns before your destination then click on your start point, each of your mid route waypoints then the final destination then enter and again that's it.

Make separate routes for each day of your ride, name them 1,2,3 Etc. download to your Garmin and go for a ride.

If you decide to move your route around you can do that fairly easy but some times that exercise can be a little frustrating. It's usually easier just to create a new one using my paragraph 2 and deleting your original.
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