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Submitted: Monday, May 18, 2009 at 00:35
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Any recommendations with reasons, to aid navigating in towns / cities that are strange to me. Intend to go off-road also.
3.5" screen size would be OK, no smaller.
I must be able to acquire GPS from an external antennae as our vehicle has a metal sun visor fitted.
It would be good if updated maps and topographic maps could be updated/ utilised.
Although I do have a laptop, I would prefer not to use it for visual reference while driving if I can avoid it. I can handle emails OK but am certainly not a computer literate person.
What experiences are there out there, recommendations, rough costs etc...
Was in BigW yesterday and they have a Binatone brand. Any experience with this one?.
John & Sharyn
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Reply By: Boystoy - Monday, May 18, 2009 at 04:18

Monday, May 18, 2009 at 04:18
Hi John & Sharon,

Where are you now?

Would advise you to stick with well known brands such as Garmin, as you readily can get offroad software.
Pat has a "shopping trolly" Garmin, which is excellent in towns & cities, but the Garmin girl is a city girl that gets hopelessly lost out of town. Need the next model for offroad.

I have just installed a VMS AVNC3000 from GPSOZ. Its an in-dash unit that has the lot! I hope I can learn to use it before we hit the road in about 4-weeks time.

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Follow Up By: The Hob - Monday, May 18, 2009 at 04:36

Monday, May 18, 2009 at 04:36
Neil and Pat

I am interested in buying the AVNC 3000 for a 200 series toyota.

What did you put it in and what was the job like???

Bit worried by the electronics of the 200 series but like the tailored wiring harness.

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Follow Up By: Boystoy - Monday, May 18, 2009 at 22:54

Monday, May 18, 2009 at 22:54
Hi Alan,

We had the AVNC 3000 installed in our 2003 LC100TD.
Very professional job, looks like it grew there.
It enabled me to remove the following: Vesa 5" screen on a bracket for the van rear vision camera, bracket for Pats Garmin GPS, & the Hands-free phone kit. Looks a lot more tidy now & safer too!
I bought the AVNC mainly for the offroad mapping feature, & the only thing I find that I miss for around town is no warnings for 40kph school zones, no red light cameras, & only a warning beep for speed cameras. I does have spoken warning for exceeding the speed limit, which adjusts as the speed limit zones change -- a good feature on some roads.
We bought ours through GPSOZ in Sydney & had it installed by their recommended installer. This gives you an extra 12 months warranty.
The system seems widely recommended on forums, & doesn't seem to attract negative responses.
We head off in a few weeks time towards WA for 3 months, so we will see if it was money well spent.

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Follow Up By: The Hob - Monday, May 18, 2009 at 23:06

Monday, May 18, 2009 at 23:06
Thanks Neil

I want one also to be part of the dash and not tacked on. I find PDAs etc have screens too small for my eyes when on maps. The small screen is ok for just street navigation but I want to follow topo maps.

I have rear vision camera for the van but I will leave my VESA screen alone as I want to use rear vision at all times on the van not just when in reverse.

I am sure it will work fine for you.

Enjoy your trip away.

Alan
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Reply By: Grumblebum & Dragon - Monday, May 18, 2009 at 22:03

Monday, May 18, 2009 at 22:03
$650 with $100 cash back from HP from Myers Perth
John
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Reply By: Grumblebum & Dragon - Monday, May 18, 2009 at 22:08

Monday, May 18, 2009 at 22:08
First message did not go. I have a HP iPaq rx 5965. .2 years old no glitches. Being a PDA you can get email and internet etc run the phone through it list to muzic - with earphone or put it through a speaker. I run Oziexplorer CE (you have to have the full version on a lap top. Oziexploer is $140 and CE version $45.

Run Natmaps 1,250,000 at $110 for premium edition cover whole of oz. Cheers John
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Reply By: Uncle Dodgy - Wednesday, May 20, 2009 at 06:56

Wednesday, May 20, 2009 at 06:56
Thank you all for your input and help.
I had this message on 3 sites and now have a wealth of data to wade through.
Thank you all once again
John
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