Ideas for a new dedicated GPS for overlanding

Outono

Active member
I've spent the past year trying different GPS units and software and i've come away feeling like nobody has really nailed it for car campers and overlanders.

To me, software solutions lack the ease of use and feature sets required for vehicle travel, especially if you're part of a group. Hardware solutions, of which there is really only one (Garmin), are expensive and hardly live up to the expectations one would have for such an investment.

So im curious what you all think is missing in the market. How can these hardware and software solutions be better? Everybody hates a subscription, but what would make paying for one worthwhile for you?
 

pluton

Adventurer
I assume that the main purpose the GPS equipment is showing where you are on a map and maybe displaying a route.
$800 to $1400 worth of Garmin stuff or $40/year for 20 years of Gaia. If you include the purchase of an iPad Mini 6 along with Gaia, the cost is approximately a wash. Gaia will probably fold or go bad long before 10 years, let alone 20 years. The Garmin units will probably start to fail in about 10 years like my original Montana 600 series did. All the current solutions are temporary....pick the least annoying system and don't over invest in it!
 

Peter_n_Margaret

Adventurer
I have been operating a PC version for over 20 years. In the vehicle I am now running an android version on a 10" tablet and love it.
Add your own raster maps.
Cheers,
Peter
OKA196 motorhome
 

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Outono

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I assume that the main purpose the GPS equipment is showing where you are on a map and maybe displaying a route.
$800 to $1400 worth of Garmin stuff or $40/year for 20 years of Gaia. If you include the purchase of an iPad Mini 6 along with Gaia, the cost is approximately a wash. Gaia will probably fold or go bad long before 10 years, let alone 20 years. The Garmin units will probably start to fail in about 10 years like my original Montana 600 series did. All the current solutions are temporary....pick the least annoying system and don't over invest in it!
Ya, the math makes sense. I suppose the real question is should your nav unit do more than just help you navigate? We're starting to see this with Garmin integrating the InReach, MURS radio, and offering other inputs (audio breakout, for example). I suppose unifying all of the crap you mount to the front / top of your dash is a great idea since i've seen some rigs just covered in discrete devices.
iPads offer a lot more utility, but lack the ruggedness required for real use outdoors.

If the goal is to just have a nav and nothing more then the existing solutions are fine. To me, and I assume there are others out there, the nav should offer more than simple directions.
 

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