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Old 04-18-2013, 08:30 PM   #1
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Garmin V--screen in bright sun?

I've seen more than a few references to an older Garmin V GPS, recommended as a good, solid unit.
For those of you who are familiar with that beast:
how is the screen in bright sun?
are there good mounting options for a bike?
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Old 04-18-2013, 09:05 PM   #2
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I've seen more than a few references to an older Garmin V GPS, recommended as a good, solid unit.
For those of you who are familiar with that beast:
how is the screen in bright sun?
are there good mounting options for a bike?
thanks.
It's a non color unit, so it actually does fairly well in the sun from what I can remember.

The RAM mount is a pretty standard and secure setup for it.

Do you have any history with GPS's? The V is getting very dated and IIRC, it has about 19mbs of internal storage. Hardly anything compared to today's unit. It was also a pretty slow GPS when redrawing maps. If you plan on using "older" map sets like Road & Rec or maybe some older topo, its still got some value, but forget about loading any modern maps in it. They are just too big to fit.

I had a V, but sold it many moons ago. I actually still own a couple GPS III's. The only thing they are good for these days is being a speedo/odo on a dirt bike and maybe a compass.
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Old 04-19-2013, 03:14 AM   #3
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The GPS was advanced technology - 10 years ago. Today, it would frustrate the heck out of most peope.

They would be fine for a speedo, or minimalist track recorder, but I'd get a used 60cs or something if I was going absolutely cheapest.

But even before that, I'd put a Nuvi in a plastic bag.
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Old 04-19-2013, 10:57 AM   #4
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Have to agree with everything that's been. The display is a gray scale type and is very good in the sun. RAM may still have a cradle but the TouraTech was much better, the RAM doesn't support the antenna and it will become loose/floppy with time offroad.
The V works well with the maps of the day (R&R, CitySelect) just know that some will fill the memory very quickly which leads to the next issue...
The V's computer-GPS interface cable is a serial cable (not USB) and it's getting harder to find computers with that connector or even the serial/USB adapters.

If the unit is basically free, comes with the CitySelect CD & serial cable give it a try, the RAM cradle is cheep but I would sandwich an "O" ring between the GPS/antenna to prevent movement.

Having to spend more then a few bucks would be a bad idea.

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Old 04-21-2013, 09:19 AM   #5
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Thank you, gentlemen. You've confirmed what I suspected. I tend toward "lagging edge" technology, but sometimes the lag is just too much.
If I could find an Etrex Legend or Vista HCX, I'd grab it. Can't seem to find a GPSMAP 6X that I can afford. REI had a 60cs for $130; gone before I could order it.
I'll keep looking and learning.
Thanks, again.
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