Road trip question for Mike and Joan

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18 Feb 2014 00:32 #27038 by
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You guys are all doing way too much work for a little GPS. First off you're driving a old car so do it like they did in the old days - use a map :-)

If you insist on using a GPS just plug it into the lighter (change the polarity first). When I got thinking the GPS system I have you can plug into the USB port on your computer. That provides 5V, our cars are 6 volts so it should work. When I took a good look at the cigarette plug it said the input could be 5V to 25V. So I found an old cable that fit the cigarette lighter and the GPS, switched the wires on the cigarette plug and it worked fine. I'd check your set up before trying but it's a lot easier then carrying around a 12V battery or getting the other equipment.

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18 Feb 2014 05:13 #27043 by mikespeed35
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That sounds like a good idea Jim, but where would I put my camara? It goes in the box with the battery. We are going to start touring in about a week. Will be trailering the Auburn to the Citrus Meet. Too much snow up here to drive this early. After the Citrus we intend to go west for a week or two and then return to Fl. for the trailer and go home. Hoping the snow will be gone here by then. We got another 6" in the last 6 hours, will it never end.
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18 Feb 2014 14:48 #27050 by mikespeed35
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I called Garmin this morning about Jim's idea to charge your Garmin on 6V. Jim is correct that a Garmin can be charged on 6V. But, it will go into mass storage mode and can't be used while being charged. It thinks it is talking to a computor through a USB cord. I don't know about other brands though. This would not work for us as we use the Garmin as it is being charged. The internal charge does not last long when the volume and brightness is turned up to max. We have to do that in a open car to hear and see the screen in sunlight.
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18 Feb 2014 16:11 #27053 by Mike Dube
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Hey Jim,

As bad as my mind may be, I am not using the GPS to find my way to 9th & Main after all these years. <!-- s:wink: --><img src="{SMILIES_PATH}/icon_wink.gif" alt=":wink:" title="Wink" /><!-- s:wink: --> My speedo hasn't worked in a few years, had 2 people look at it, pronounce it healthy and still no dice. What the hey, GPS is more accurate anyway. The box I made is small, it fits between the freewheeling lever & the seat bottom. I also use it to charge the phone en-route.

We are generally on the road with the car for about 10 days on the pilgrimage to Auburn. While I take the charger with me, have never needed to charge the battery during the trip.

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19 Feb 2014 00:22 #27061 by
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To both Mikes,
I fully understand, we each have our ways of doing things and I just figured I'd stir the pot and get people thinking. Personally my main use for the GPS is to tell me when I'm going to get where ever it is I'm going.

In the Cord though I prefer to just point it down the road and see where I wind up. I never worry about the speed, there aren't many people that can catch me unless I'm out for a Sunday drive.

What ever you methods it doesn't matter. Just get out and drive the old cars!!!

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19 Feb 2014 03:00 #27066 by Joel
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mikespeed35 wrote: The internal charge does not last long when the volume and brightness is turned up to max. We have to do that in a open car to hear and see the screen in sunlight.
CORDially Mike


At my age, I need that in a closed car! <!-- s:shock: --><img src="{SMILIES_PATH}/icon_eek.gif" alt=":shock:" title="Shocked" /><!-- s:shock: -->

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