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Butch
Locally Best Buy has a Garmin StreetPilot C 330 GPS unit on sale for $ 299.99. I have been watching the prices on the C 330, and @ $299.99 this is the lowest price, here anyway. Know little about the unit, as the people in our circle of Rv friends do not use them. I guess they all know where their going, and how to get there !! Please, if anyone knows anything about this GPS, as to experiences, opinions, reviews, good or bad, please advise. Thanks
rodman
Hey Butch, go to avsforum.com, there are mostly techno geeks there. I took a quick look and they rate the C330 pretty good, esp compared to the tom tom. You can find out pretty much anything you want to know about it, most of the time more than you want to know. They mostly talk way over my head, but you can get some very useful information.

Hope it helps,
pianotuna
Hi,

There are a number of GPS antennas that can be used with a laptop. For example this unit from Ebay item 190086334030

http://cgi.ebay.ca/Microsoft-Streets-and-T...1QQcmdZViewItem

Cost on a buy it now is $46.99.

I find it lovely to be able to have unlimited storage for bread crumb trails.

The only downside is the need for having an inverter to run the laptop.
Big Ben
Butch I use them all the time in the boat and when riding the ATV. I really have never seen the need for it on the road. I keep extensive tracks of trails that I ride the ATV on, so I can share them or return to an area. In the boat they can keep you on coarse or you can find your way back on the bread crumb trail. Or to return to an exact spot to fish.
On the road you have to use them with a mapping program. We have used Streets and trips to lay out a route and have had it make mistakes. I guess if I were to drive in strange cities alot it could help. Out side of that I think it is just another toy that can be fun or drive you nuts.
boater
i have used gps for years on my boat to ckeck the course and help find the way. good tool on the water. On land i have found that the maps with them are generally not acccurate enough. This winter i got the campground maping program form good sam their trip planner. It did a very good job of laying out the trip that i just took to florida. it seemed to be accurate and you can chose your own routes and get good directions. Route comes up on your laptop and cam be4 printed if you want.
tinybluetj
My hubby has one (GPS 5), we use it all the time. (Mainly because I can never remember to pack th directions! rolleyes.gif ) It is helpfull when looking for restrooms, resturants, etc... even the world's largest ball of string (no kidding, it is listed in there) You can hit a button and it tells you the attractions in the area. (He is itiing next to me reading this, now thinking he is getting a new one, thanks biggrin.gif ) It is also helpful when there is a detor or traffic or something. I understand it is a one time fee...
Butch
Just a short note to say "thank you" for your response to my request for information on the Garmin C 330 GPS unit, more food for thought, thanks again.
jmo
Not knowledgable on that particular model but know Garmin is tops. We were going to get one...think it was 4 digit model ?? but ended up using our Verizon cell phone with GPS feature. Just don't travel enough to buy yet...although that price sounds good. I am navigator so I can man cell phone if necessary.

Kate
rodman
We use our Verizon as well, and it's allot cheaper that the cost of a device and just as accurate.
Cheryl Fuller
Butch, you are costing me money, buddy. After reading your thread, I decided to go buy one for hubby. I am going to get it at Circuit City as I have a $15 off coupon there. They have it for the same price as Best buy but if you find it cheaper locally, you can bring in proof and they will give it to you for that price plus take off 110% of the difference. I found it at WalMart for 293.02, so I figure I will get it for around $270 with my coupon. Well I am off to Circuit City.....
Cheryl Fuller
Addendum to previous post - I just found it at CostCo online for 249.00 so will get it for around $235 at Circuit City by taking in the CostCo ad I printed out...


4 hrs. later....got the GPS. They actually will not give 110% of the difference if it is CostCo, Sam's or some other members only club, but will honor the price, so I paid $249.99 and then got $15 off with my coupon. Guess I got a pretty good deal. I got it for Greg for his birthday but as it is over 2 months away, I imagine I will give it to him before that - I won't be able to keep it a secret that long!!!
Cheryl
That's because you have to pay a membership fee at Sam's and Costco to get their prices. Also, you don't necessarily have to take in proof of the lower price. Most stores will have sale ads of their competitors in the office to verify, if not, they will call for you. And another thing, if you buy there and find it cheaper within the next 30 days, they give you 110% of the difference back.
I used to work at one! tongue.gif
Cheryl Fuller
Thanks Cheryl, I will keep checking prices for the next 30 days and see if I can find it cheaper, but I think I got a pretty good deal, so even if I don't, I am happy with it and think Greg will really like it. When we flew to Texas in Dec, our rental car had one in it and Greg played with it all the time.
Cheryl
You're welcome!
Butch
Good Grief !!!

Now my $ 100.00 off deal @ $ 299.99 surely does not sound that good. Camping World sells it for $ 368.00, Sears @ $ 329.99, and on the Garmin website @ full retail @ $ 399.99. We do not have Costco, as yet anyway, and Sams closed their store here, but we did not have a membership with them anyway. Will have to check out BJs and WalMarts. That Cheryl Fuller sure is a good shopper. Sorry Cheryl that I cost you some money, but just think how pleased Greg will be. So I guess I'll have to keep looking and watching prices. I just had a thought, maybe I can ask my Kathy to buy me one for my birthday, that's not a good idea, as it's in October, and that will be after the camping season for 2007. Thanks for the information, will have to dig deeper as to prices.
Cheryl Fuller
Butch, I hardly shop at Best Buy, so don't know if they "price match" but I would imagine they do? Do you have a Circuit City? If you find a better price, just print it out and take it to the store. I also did the same thing when I recently upgraded my iPod, and ended up paying $50 less than their price (we usually buy just about everything electronic at Circuit City). I don't know, but maybe Best Buy would honor CostCo's price anyway - you don't have to be a member to look at the website - oops, just went to the website to send you the link and the 330 isn't listed today - wonder if they sold out or if they feature different one on different days - how weird. Well, keep looking - even at 299.00, it was a good price because I was reading about it on a website last night that was jsut reviewing it, not selling it, and they said it norrmally sells for around $400...
Cheryl
I'm pretty sure Best Buy also price matches (beats), but the store has to be within a certain mile radius of their store. So, if Butch doesn't have a Costco in the area, they won't match the price. It wouldn't hurt to ask though, policies may have changed.
Butch
Update:


Have checked with a number of on-line stores that have a electronics dept. The one with the best price is Walmart @ $ 293.02. One has to beware that some stores are selling "refurbished" units for a price that looks to good to be true. Although I have purchased "re-packs" before, and were warranted as if brand new, and did not have a problem. It does make you wonder if you are doing the right thing at the time of purchase though. Good old Walmart comes through again. Will probably cost me the difference in the price for the fuel to and fro to make the purchase.
TwoDogs
Hi,
I have had a Garmin C330 now for about 1 1/2 years and am very happy with it. This is my third GPS (former ones were a Garmin eTrex Legend and laptop software and usb gps). This Garmin model works great finding your way in unfamiliar territory and does save you frustration and time. It's very easy to use and also has functions to find gas, places to eat, etc. The reason I switched to a portable model was ease of use for my wife and also just plug in and go.
If you can afford it the newer model C530 has more features and is the one I would recommend.
One thing about shopping at Costco is you can always return it if unsatisfied or it breaks down.
GPS City also has these units and I have dealt with them before with great service.
What I found is even using it locally to give direction you will find it will tell you to take a differnt route to your destination and guess what, it accutally is faster.
Good luck and happy camping.
Butch
For all who answered my inquiry on the Garmin GPS, your voiced opinions and experiences are appreciated, and will use that information in my purchase. Thank you
Galli
Good subject and I need too some technical help with it.
I own a Microsoft, STREETS & TRIPS 2006 with GPS Locator software and I donít know if the system has some deficiencies orÖ if I am a lousy operator.
The system, when properly working is quite helpful since, when guiding you on the proper route, it tells you in advance, step by strep, the direction to turn, how many mile or fraction of mile before the turn and that is provided by voice and written message.
HOWEVER, when you are planning an itinerary, letís say, New York to Miami, using the most faster route or most direct one, the software sends you in loop halls in strange cities or goes out from the highways and makes loops with no specific purpose.
I have corrected several times this problem by creating waypoints on the itinerary but, even with this guideline, it still zigzag out of the logic itinerary for no reason.
I have perused through the USER GUIDE provided with the software but the book must have been originally written in China and then translated in English and in my point of view is more confusing than helpful.
Is anyone been faced by same problem ? If so do you know how and where to get any constructive help (i.e. I am thinking a simple descriptive book like it is been issued for MS Dbase for dummies etc..) or where to get proper and simple assistance on this matter?
Thanks in advance,
Galli
Cheryl Fuller
Well, hubby really likes his Garmin 330. I ended up giving it to him early as when I looked at the Circuit City receipt, it said that I could only return it within 30 days and I didn't want to wait the 2 months until his birthday and then find it didn't work. He has used it several times when he had to go to places he has never been before and we used it last weekend to browse thru the restaurants listed looking for someplace new to try. We are flying to New York City this week and he plans to take it with us, so we will get to give it a real test...
mastercraft
All this reading about GPS has me wanting to buy one for myself. I found the Garmin at BJ's for 266 and I am thinking about purchasing one. Butch, have you bought yours yet? Just curious as to how it is working and how you decided to mount it. I have heard great things about it from someone I know that has one. As to the newer more expensive 530, I have heard some of the features like the traffic function have a monthly charge. Has anyone used one for a long trip? I look forward to being able to know where fuel stations rest areas and restaurants such as Cracker Barrel are with out having to happen upon them. Just curious.
Jef
pianotuna
Hi Jef,

I use a gps antenna and microsoft streets and trips. I find it very useful and have used it for trips up to 6500 miles. You can find it on ebay for about $75.00 US.

I came across this web site and plan to use it a bit too!

http://gasprices.mapquest.com/index.jsp?cid=4_gasprices_mp
Big Ben
One thing I think you should know The GPS is a very accurate system. How ever I have had Microsoft Streets and Trips, give me bad direction to a specific address. It is not a common occurrence. I have had it happen 4 times in the last couple years.
pianotuna
Hi Big Ben,

The thing I like most about streets and trips is using the f3 key to recalculate the route if I happen to take a wrong turn.

As far as bad directions have you tried setting the preferences for the type of roads you wish to travel on? Or do you mean the route it gave you did not exist? (That has happened to me once in 2.5 years) I guess any gps is only as good as the map it comes with.

One other nice feature is that all the campgrounds in Woodall's seem to be included.

QUOTE(Big Ben @ Apr 7 2007, 08:12 AM) *

One thing I think you should know The GPS is a very accurate system. How ever I have had Microsoft Streets and Trips, give me bad direction to a specific address. It is not a common occurrence. I have had it happen 4 times in the last couple years.
Big Ben
Yes I use preferences all the time. Example it showed me Ho Hum Campground . It is listed in S&T . It is on Fl. 98. We were coming S on 319. At the intersection it had me turn left instead of right.
I have had others tell me it must be some thing I did wrong , May be so. I know you go on the Good Sam form. there have been a number of discussions about this on there.
pianotuna
Hi Big Ben,

I've come across only one error like that. GPS is only as good as the map behind it. I don't know where Micro$oft gets their maps, or how often they truly update them. It just seems logical to me to multi task my laptop into a gps. One less item to pack!
Butch
Mastercraft:

Hi Jeff, I have not purchased the Garmin GPS unit, We are still watching the flyers and their prices. Model for model, they vary by a wide margin weekly at different stores in our home area. We are still looking at the Garmin GPS C330 unit. Another reason I'm holding off is that our motor home is still in the winter storage area and will not be available for removal until April 14th, but that is subject to change. This is a large building, one of many, and a large number of units within; boats, camp trls, equipment trls, autos, trucks, etc, etc, are positioned in each. They will, more than likely, start to move the smaller towable units out later this week, as they can move those with their large tow tractors, but do not have the capability to move 5ers and motor homes. These have to be moved by the owners. Of course, the weather is an important factor. Just a note, We had snow Easter Sunday morning, not much, but the ground was white. The Easter Bunny had to borrow Santa's sled. Spring, where is it ????? Surely not here in the northeast, namely eastern New York State.
mastercraft
Butch,
Thanks for the reply.I am looking at the Garmin 330 also for our trip out west this summer. Prices seem to vary depending on the day and place you are looking. Just a note on spring camping. We were camping at Lake Lanier outside of Atlanta this past week for spring break. The first 4 days we ran the AC during the day and the fans at night. About midweek we had to switch to heat at night. Then on Sat evening we saw snow flurries. When I put the trailer back into storage, I had to winterize it again since the temps are supposed to be below freezing for a couple of nights.Strange weather down here also.
Butch
Mastercraft,

Hi Jef,

Purchased the Garmin c330, and the optional mount, (so We can move it from vehicle to vehicle), today online, should have it in a week to ten days. More toys !!!! Have talked to a few Rvers who swear by the GPS, and of course there are those who swear at it. Time will tell, will update in the future after some use.
mastercraft
Butch,
If you don't mind me asking, which online store did you purchase it from? I am still finding price ranges all over the place.
Cheryl Fuller
QUOTE(mastercraft @ Apr 17 2007, 09:23 PM) *
Butch,
If you don't mind me asking, which online store did you purchase it from? I am still finding price ranges all over the place.




Mastercraft, I bought ours at Circuit City. Printed out CostCo's ad from their website and took it in and C.C. honored that price, which was $249. Butch, I think you will be very happy with it. As I said in another thread, we took it to New York Ciity with us last week, and it was so easy to get to the sites we were going to see, such as Times Square, the ferry to the Statue of Liberty, etc. Also, we used it every night to find some place to eat dinner. We never needed a map or directions, just that female telling us every turn we had to make. Greg had programmed in the hotel we were staying at before we left home and when we picked up the rental car, he just turned it on and selected the entered info and it took us straight there...
mastercraft
Cheryl,
I haven't seen an ad in a couple of weeks for less than 299. I guess I will wait another couple of weeks until the price goes down again. When is dinner in your new Kitchen? I will be coming through Denver at the end of June.
Jef
Cheryl Fuller
QUOTE(mastercraft @ Apr 17 2007, 10:00 PM) *
Cheryl,
I haven't seen an ad in a couple of weeks for less than 299. I guess I will wait another couple of weeks until the price goes down again. When is dinner in your new Kitchen? I will be coming through Denver at the end of June.
Jef




Jef, not to toot my own horn, but I am a marvelous cook. As for when dinner is, guess once my kitchen is finished - believe me, I am milking this one for as long as possible - but to tell you the truth, take-out is getting pretty old at this point, so may have to fire up the new stove soon. Italian and Mexican are my specialties, but lots of onion and garlic in both, so bring your Tums!!!
Butch
Cheryl,

Yum-yum. We do not have Mexican restaurants here locally, but the Tri-city area has a few.(the Tri-city area is Schenectady, Troy, and the capital city-Albany). What did Gregg think about the GPS unit ????

Jef,

I checked prices, and purchased the GPS from Wal-mart @ $ 269.54. In store price is $ 299.99. So I purchased the GPS unit and the optional dash mount @ $ 29.87 online. The purchase of the optional mount was made so that we may change the unit between vehicles with ease. I know that a lower price will be advertised somewhere now that the purchase has been made. It never fails. Someone posted that BJs had the C330 in store at $ 266.00, I did not check BJs for pricing or availability. The order is to arrive in three to five days. More toys !!!
Cheryl Fuller
Butch, Greg loves the Garmin. A couple of his employees were in NY for the same business meetings (we flew there on Friday morning and they didn't come until Monday night). Anyway, all of those guys had to play with it too and a couple said they were going to get one. As for Mexican food - just had to tell you, tonight I cooked!!! Made tacos, chicken tacquitos, queso, cheese enchilladas, refried beans, tostadas and quacamole. Got LOTS of leftovers - want me to send them your way???
mastercraft
Butch,
What is the optional dash mount. I checked yesterday and I would have a hard time reaching the GPS with the windshield mount due to the angle of the windshield. where can I look at the dash mount?
Jef
Cheryl Fuller
Hey Butch, thanks for the heads up on the dash mount - I didn't even know it existed. When I bought the Garmin, it came with the suction windshield mount and that works great in the car but as Mastercraft says, you wouldn't be able to reach it in the motorhome. I just checked out the mount you mentioned, and ordered it from WalMart.com. They had it for the best price (29.99)...
Butch
Jef,

You will find it on the Wal-mart website, Walmart.com. Cheryl found it and ordered one. Should have one if one is going to take the unit from vehicle to vehicle. I ordered it for $ 29.87 plus shipping & of course sales tax, (at least here in New York). The land of taxation ! Hope everyone has a good weekend, we are suppose to have a very good one, weather wise anyway.
mastercraft
Thanks for the information. I am finally going to order it tomorrow before procrastination costs me more money. I went to the garmin site and found the dash mount and then went to the wal-mart web site and saw it. Glad to see spring has returned again to the northeast. We were commenting the other day that our weather down south seems to be early to mid March weather with the wind blowing all the time. Hopefully spring is here for good this time.
Jef
Bud in Florida
I do not have the Garmin, but do have a GPS in the car and it is everything Cheryl says. I love it and am planning on buying the Garmin 330 for the motorhome and I appreciate all the shopping you guys have done for me. I too think Wal Mart is about the cheapest, but am still looking
mastercraft
If you go to Circuit City, they will match the Wal Mart online price plus 10%.
exceltraveler
We bought our Garmin c340 (not 330) through Amazon who had a price "too low to list" Think we paid $285 and got it in three days or so. LOVE IT.
Marcus
A "cheaper" GPS alternative,

I am not sure its really cheaper...but it is if you already own a laptop. DeLorme sells its GPS software for $35.00 (at least that is what I paid at Staples last fall) that will run on any Windows laptop. If you have a compatible PDA (check the DeLorme web site for this), the software includes a PDA version. I use a standard Bluetooth GPS NMEA (standard GPS data protocol) antenna that I happened to own. These are available on E-bay for less than $100 or even less (perhaps around $50) if you are willing to put up with a wire between your antenna and your laptop. Bluetooth is a wireless protocol. A bluetooth attachment for your laptop will run about $30 on Ebay (Again you do not need this if you are willing to put up with a wire between the antenna and your laptop.) So...if you already have a laptop, you can add GPS for the software and about $50 for the antenna. If you do not wish to spend the $35 for the DeLorme software, Microsoft Trips and Streets 2005 is available for free. The 2007 version has a cost. Bottom line, you can try GPS for a total investment of about $50 for an antenna if you use MS Streets and Trips 2005 and you already own a laptop.

For onboard navigation, the laptop can be a bit large but I have used mine by placing it between the front seats on the engine hatch. I prefer using my PDA with a winshield mounting since this can be more easily viewed. Power for the PDA or laptop is furnished by a converter that plugs into a 12VDC outlet in the motorhome. My converter has both 110 volts out (plenty of amperage for a laptop or PDA) and a USB charging port. The converter is often a lot cheaper and more flexible way to go than obtaining a 12 VDC power cord for your laptop that may be unique to the laptop.

Having said all of that, I would not hesitate to purchase a Garmin if I wanted a dedicated unit. I am also a pilot and have relied on Garmin GPS for years in flight. They do a great job and their updates are generally not terribly expensive. We pay $35 for an update to the flying stuff and it is really a very extensive and highly detailed database that includes all airports and instrument approaches in North America.
Butch
Was out this last weekend with motor home, our first this season, and was our first opportunity to use the GPS. Although we knew the routes to be taken, I programmed the GPS for the trip to educate oneself in it's operation. It works grrreat !!! Can see that the unit will be of great help in an unknown area. My only complaint is, that they, Garmin, do not include an owners manual with the product. The manual is available on the Garmin website, and you can print one from there. Otherwise, so far so good.
Cheryl Fuller
Butch, yeah, I thought that they had just forgot to put a manual in our box and then found out it was available online. Hubby never did download it though, as he said the unit it pretty self explanatory. Did you do an update download from their website? Greg has done one once because there were some things that were not appearing when we first got it.
dmsscs
QUOTE(Butch @ Mar 5 2007, 12:46 PM) *

Locally Best Buy has a Garmin StreetPilot C 330 GPS unit on sale for $ 299.99. I have been watching the prices on the C 330, and @ $299.99 this is the lowest price, here anyway. Know little about the unit, as the people in our circle of Rv friends do not use them. I guess they all know where their going, and how to get there !! Please, if anyone knows anything about this GPS, as to experiences, opinions, reviews, good or bad, please advise. Thanks


We have a gps in our car and a Garmin that we used in our motorhome. We just bought a 3rd one called co-pilot. It was the least expensive and so far the best. It gives you RV routes to avoid tunnels and low over passes. The garmin got us lost in Maryland trying to avoid the tunnel and the co-pilot worked around it. None of them are perfect, espcially if you need to turn immediately after a turn, sometime the nav doesn't warn you in time and you miss the turn or sometimes if there are a few places to turn it is hard to know exactly the right one. The garmin had us turning left when we should have been turning right to go to the Tampa RV Super show. Sometimes they just say they have no data for that area, so a good map is essential! Still, I would be lost with out it.... laugh.gif
Galli
QUOTE(Butch @ Mar 5 2007, 01:46 PM) *

Locally Best Buy has a Garmin StreetPilot C 330 GPS unit on sale for $ 299.99. I have been watching the prices on the C 330, and @ $299.99 this is the lowest price, here anyway. Know little about the unit, as the people in our circle of Rv friends do not use them. I guess they all know where their going, and how to get there !! Please, if anyone knows anything about this GPS, as to experiences, opinions, reviews, good or bad, please advise. Thanks

Hi, my answer is a little late but better than never.
I recently went through the same odyssey in buying a GPS, there are thousands around and every one of them are promoting the best performance.
I am saying this because before getting the Magellan Crossover GPS, I went through the Microsoft Street & Trips which is quite handy, however, since it has to be used connected with the Laptop, is not legal to travel with it on the car.
As a second option I bought the Gaming C330 which is a good unit, however, if you wish to build up your own trip, it is not feasible and that was not acceptable since, when I am traveling, I like to zig zag wherever I wish and create the pattern of my trip before departure.
The Magellan Crossover is a little expensive but it provides you road direction, Marine direction and hiking direction, the most important part, for me, was the fact that there is a feature to build up your own itinerary, in other words, you build up your own itinerary by filling up the specific form in the computer by entering the co-ordinates and then copy them in your GPS.
Other features which are quite common with other units is the possibility to buy the card memory for Europe, or Asia orÖ..
I am very happy with it and if you travel a lot and in remote areas, I would recommend it.
riggarob
Hello all. I use www.dealnews.com, and www.buy.com for the best prices, if you're comfortable w/ ordering online. (there are others out there as well) Today, buy.com had a "Tom Tom 1" for $175.00/free ship, refurbished. They also had other brands and models, too, new and refurbished. Plus, you can google a particular brand/model, and get reader/user reviews before buying. I do this sort of shopping all the time. It's how I got all of my Blue Ox/US gear towing equipment at super cheap prices. As always, HTH. cool.gif
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