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Do You Use GPS For ATV Trails?


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Does anyone use GPS, whether on a device or app to record their ATV trail rides? I have been thinking about a section where our members can upload let's say a .gpx file and share their rides on a google map for others to see where there are riding areas. Not sure if this is something of interest or how much it would be used, so just trying to get an idea.

Importing routes from files like xml, lmx, tour, freshroute, gpx, kmz, kml

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Does anyone use GPS, whether on a device or app to record their ATV trail rides? I have been thinking about a section where our members can upload let's say a .gpx file and share their rides on a goog

AOAA only provides their maps for using a gps is via the maprika app on phones, which I always do not like to use on the trails. (the phone that is) They do have paper maps at the trailhead, but I was

I use a Garmin Oregon 450, it was about $450 back in its day, but its been reliable and does resist water, One feature I like is it can display custom maps. Using the software I mentioned above, I can

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I use a GPS for trail riding, with the software I use it has a nice feature I can geotag photos I take while riding.

I also have taken several trail maps and converted them so they can be displayed on a GPS while riding. Mainly the larger

PA state forest trail maps and AOAA's map.

 

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I have been using basic Garmin auto and handheld on our quads and even the boat. For most part they work well and get you back to your starting point. We have the Ram 1 inch ball mount and that works real well. I use the ram mount to hold our Sony Action Cam and the Phone to monitor the picture. We also use a spot satellite tracking device on a ram mount. During our trip to SD Black Hills I have seen people using a tablet there, So we downloaded the trail map for there on our old Samsung tablet and that worked great. Another trip to NH we were looking at the bikes using the fishing plotter on the bike from Lowrance, it was cool but lots of cash and bulky. I have a 7 inch lowrance on the boat and was thing of moving it around but it would need a bigger ram ball and just not worth the added cost. I do not ride in deep enough water with the quad that I also need to find the fish.

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Great info, was wondering if anyone can attach a copy of a .gpx or other file after exporting, if you can export. I'd like to see what the output is and test some display for a possible trails section.

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On 10/14/2016 at 8:00 AM, Admin said:

Thanks for posting. What type of software are you using and are you using it through an app on your phone? Can you export your trails?

The software I use is called "expertgps" it is not free, but I use this program for a lot of my other hobbies so its worth it for me.

I do not like using a phone for GPS tracking as the sensors are not as good as a real GPS unit and it puts a heavy toll on the battery. The tracks and data can be imported/exported to almost any format I choose and I can transfer them to my phone or tablet.

 

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On 10/18/2016 at 7:25 AM, quadmaniac said:

I don't use GPS but wondering if anyone is using a specific ios or android app on their phone while riding to record trails.

I use android, some of the apps I have I use are "Open GPS tracker" (free) "Journey tracker" (free)

Openstreets Android "OsmAnd" (pay) but there is a free version, "US Topo Maps" (pay)

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On 10/15/2016 at 10:14 AM, Admin said:

Great info, was wondering if anyone can attach a copy of a .gpx or other file after exporting, if you can export. I'd like to see what the output is and test some display for a possible trails section.

Here is a copy of the last Hallstead ATV Poker run I tracked

Hallstead Poker Run 2016.gpx

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On 10/16/2016 at 2:23 PM, Scubasonic said:

Yes I use a Garmin Montana 650T when I ride.

Scubasonic, that Garmin Montana 650T that looks like no joke based on the features. I see some refurbished ones for under $400 but new the lowest I found was $499 on Amazon. Is the GPS accuracy of these handhelds vs a phone app that makes them better? I don't have one and am just curious.

Found on Garmin:

https://buy.garmin.com/en-US/US/into-sports/handheld/previous_models_handhelds/montana-650t/prod75228.html#gallery-dialog

 

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On 10/21/2016 at 4:33 PM, Admin said:

Thank you for sharing your file. :D

Yes they are very accurate much better then a Cell Phone, That is a great price it was $600 when I bought it I don't go ATV riding without it.  I do geocaching as well and with over 30,000 finds it is the GPS to own I have 2 of them.  I don't go riding without it.

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Yes they are very accurate much better then a Cell Phone, That is a great price it was $600 when I bought it I don't go ATV riding without it.  I do geocaching as well and with over 30,000 finds it is the GPS to own I have 2 of them.  I don't go riding without it.


Would you mind sharing what you are doing by geocaching? Are you saving your rides or sharing the geo locations? Is it part of a network share? How does that work? Don't mean to be ignorant, haven't really researched it.

What are you primarily using it for, to find your way back when riding?



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I use a regular auto GPS, currently using a Nuvi 52LM on a Ram mount with VVMapping maps. The downside is that it's not waterproof but I put a plastic bag over it when there's any chance for it to get wet. The topographic information is not as good as a purpose-built off-road unit like the Montana. But the screen is more readable and best of all, they're cheap. I got the one I'm currently using for $35 on eBay. If it dies, I'll buy another one. I can buy a whole bunch of them for the $600 it would cost to get a new Montana. I'm planning to use it on the snowmobile this winter, it'll be interesting to see how it holds up there.

There are some good videos on youtube about using an auto GPS off-road.

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Would you mind sharing what you are doing by geocaching? Are you saving your rides or sharing the geo locations? Is it part of a network share? How does that work? Don't mean to be ignorant, haven't really researched it.

What are you primarily using it for, to find your way back when riding?



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Geocaching is a online Treasure hunt with caches all across the world to get a better understanding go to www.geocaching.com and check it out I have a RAM mount on both my ATVs w/power and when I am out riding I can download the whole trail system where I am riding for example I went to Bend Oregon and downloaded the whole riding area 312 Miles of trails and it would show the Geocaches along the way so I would stop and get them combing 2 sports, the Montana is waterproof and has a very large screen.  Sure you can use a car GPS, and put a bag over it, but I'm not into Cheesy, make shift crap.  I believe in the right tool for the right job.  Also allows you to see where you have ridden, comes in handy for night riding when all the intersections look the same, you can just follow your crumb trail back to your truck.

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I use AllTrails and GPS Kit apps on iPhone.  They are accurate enough for the mountain biking, road biking, hiking and ATV riding that I do.  Right now I'm liking GPS Kit better, but AllTrails has some new "pro" (paid) features I'm wanting to check out.

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I use a Garmin Oregon 450, it was about $450 back in its day, but its been reliable and does resist water, One feature I like is it can display custom maps. Using the software I mentioned above, I can take a map and calibrate it to make it GPS accurate. The picture shown here is actually a historical USGS map I calibrated and uploaded to the unit. I am following an old railroad that no longer exists. The map shows the railroad (map is from 1947) so I can follow the old grade even when parts of it are grown in now.

I can also take maps of ATV trails and do the same.

 

On a charged set of AA batteries, it will last about 12 hours.

Mike

 

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