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There is an issue with the Garmin explore app/website. When you import routes etc. Many people make routes using hundreds of points. When you import them you are limited and must reduce these points. I have not found a method to pick and chose what is deleted. You end up having to really recreate the route, stretching and moving points to fix it.
You can get around this if you use Garmin Basecamp instead of Garmin Explore.
I went to install it. It is no longer readily available.

"BaseCamp development has been discontinued".Jan 7, 2019"

I may be able to find an .apk to install on my tablet. Is this your understanding?

I didn't look for a pc version yet.

EDIT: I found a download link for the PC version. I will give it a try.
 
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I went to install it. It is no longer readily available.

"BaseCamp development has been discontinued".Jan 7, 2019"

I may be able to find an .apk to install on my tablet. Is this your understanding?

I didn't look for a pc version yet.

EDIT: I found a download link for the PC version. I will give it a try.

They only made a PC version and a MAC version, they have stopped development on Bascamp, but in my opinion it works fine, and when I logged in the other day I got a maintenance update, no new features. I still use Garmin MapSource to modify my routes and tracks and to save them as individual files. This in my opinion was the only flaw with Garmin Basecamp, the way it stored the data, but it was a major flaw, and I am not the only one who pointed this out to Garmin.
 

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I still haven’t delved into my Overlander yet. I have a trip next month, where I hope to really try it out. I hope Garmin keeps improving it and adding new features.
 

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The Overlander is cool on paper, but $700 is insane. Buy yourself a tablet and run Gaia, onX, and whatever else for less money and have something multi-purpose, IMO.

The backup cam isn't 100% wireless, it's just wireless between the cam and the Overlander, you still have to wire the camera into your wiring harness. It is nice to have a backup camera, and I did the Garmin + wireless backup camera setup with my daughter's previous Grand Cherokee but it was less than ideal because it's rather slow to initially activate after starting the vehicle. If I were to add a backup camera in a vehicle that didn't have one then I'd go with a rear-view mirror screen + backup camera setup and not have to rely on the GPS to function as a backup camera display as well. Just my $0.02.
I agree. I bought the overlander last year. I like the ruggedness and the ram mount with charging function. I use the street driving directions portion and appreciate the "upcoming gas and lodging" parts of the driving directions but the "explore" software and map syncing is clunky. I find it's easier to map out way points on Google maps and export into Gaia. I find the overlander slow on processing and its locked down android difficult to use for other tasks. I bought a cheap android tablet and hope to use with Gaia this trip.
 

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I agree. I bought the overlander last year. I like the ruggedness and the ram mount with charging function. I use the street driving directions portion and appreciate the "upcoming gas and lodging" parts of the driving directions but the "explore" software and map syncing is clunky. I find it's easier to map out way points on Google maps and export into Gaia. I find the overlander slow on processing and its locked down android difficult to use for other tasks. I bought a cheap android tablet and hope to use with Gaia this trip.
I use my iPad with Gaia and the Overlander is usually there for reference as well. But I also prefer using the Garmin for street navigation. I plan on getting a backup cam from Garmin so I can use it as a forward looking Cam for the trails.
 

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I still haven’t delved into my Overlander yet. I have a trip next month, where I hope to really try it out. I hope Garmin keeps improving it and adding new features.
If you’re still thinking about it, there appears to be a $200 rebate on the Garmin site from 1 August through 30 September. Might make the cost a little easier to handle.
 

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I still haven’t delved into my Overlander yet. I have a trip next month, where I hope to really try it out. I hope Garmin keeps improving it and adding new features.
If you’re still thinking about it, there appears to be a $200 rebate on the Garmin site from 1 August through 30 September. Might make the cost a little easier to handle.
That’s a nice little discount! Hopefully it helps anyone who has been interested in the unit.
 

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Paying effectively $400 makes this pretty damn tempting even just to try it out.
I paid a little over 400.00, and I think it’s worth it. Does a lot of cool stuff. I hope with some updates, it will add some more features. But, in the short period I’ve had it, they’ve done a bunch of firmware stuff.
 
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I paid a little over 400.00, and I think it’s worth it. Does a lot of cool stuff. I hope with some updates, it will add some more features. But, in the short period I’ve had it, they’ve done a bunch of firmware stuff.
Yeah I bought mine around $500 back in Dec. I've been happy with it, but I'm willing to sit there and learn any device and it's quirks. I will say if you're not willing to sit there and spend at least some time with it before a trip. It may end up frustrating you. I have it down very well now and really love it in conjunction with Gaia GPS. And it's been constantly updated every few months at least it seems.
 

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I paid a little over 400.00, and I think it’s worth it. Does a lot of cool stuff. I hope with some updates, it will add some more features. But, in the short period I’ve had it, they’ve done a bunch of firmware stuff.
Yeah I bought mine around $500 back in Dec. I've been happy with it, but I'm willing to sit there and learn any device and it's quirks. I will say if you're not willing to sit there and spend at least some time with it before a trip. It may end up frustrating you. I have it down very well now and really love it in conjunction with Gaia GPS. And it's been constantly updated every few months at least it seems.
I haven’t had a lot of time messing with it in depth. I’m trying to figure the map layers. Seems like you have to do the layers by each area you’re going to? They need to do a tutorial on all the in depth features, how to build maps, and handle layers.
 

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I haven’t had a lot of time messing with it in depth. I’m trying to figure the map layers. Seems like you have to do the layers by each area you’re going to? They need to do a tutorial on all the in depth features, how to build maps, and handle layers.
You are correct. You have to physically browse each quadrant on the map you need. If doing the areal view specifically you have to be zoomed in quite a way. Then you can turn off each layer independently. Make sure Hybrid map is on if you want as much info on the screen you can have. And keep in mind that certain layers will override others. I can't remember which one it is but I think it's one of the topo maps that always displays on top. I'll update further when I can look at my device.
 
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I haven’t had a lot of time messing with it in depth. I’m trying to figure the map layers. Seems like you have to do the layers by each area you’re going to? They need to do a tutorial on all the in depth features, how to build maps, and handle layers.
You are correct. You have to physically browse each quadrant on the map you need. If doing the areal view specifically you have to be zoomed in quite a way. Then you can turn off each layer independently. Make sure Hybrid map is on if you want as much info on the screen you can have. And keep in mind that certain layers will override others. I can't remember which one it is but I think it's one of the topo maps that always displays on top. I'll update further when I can look at my device.
I appreciate the feedback. You can DM me with details if you want. Any help will be greatly appreciated. I’m coming from Gaia, so it’s a little new.
 
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One belief I've seen is there is a cell signal everywhere. That is true if you are not getting into the wild. Younger people seem to believe that there is a cell signal everywhere. They also don't know what a paper map is. . I just spent a week in Montana with zero cell signal.
I could put on the Garmin and know exactly how far and how to get to the nearest hospital ,post office or anywhere. Try that with a system that requires a cell signal.
 

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Features I would like to see added…

App connectivity to “Garmin drive”…this would provide alternate means of traffic reportingand live weather

trip planner, this is available on the Zumo xt so shouldn’t be difficult to bring over

a means to reset the explore abc features…I live in Florida and the barometer and altimeter are so faroff they are useless.

Garmin VIRB control…once again something Garmin has provided-on past devices

Live camera…have this on my Zumo xt and would like it simply to see live shots of delays etc up ahead
 
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Features I would like to see added…

App connectivity to “Garmin drive”…this would provide alternate means of traffic reportingand live weather

trip planner, this is available on the Zumo xt so shouldn’t be difficult to bring over

a means to reset the explore abc features…I live in Florida and the barometer and altimeter are so faroff they are useless.

Garmin VIRB control…once again something Garmin has provided-on past devices

Live camera…have this on my Zumo xt and would like it simply to see live shots of delays etc up ahead
You can write in to them with recommendations. I’ve called them, and they’ve put in tickets for things I’d like to see. I just did it the other day. They gave me a case number and all.
 
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I’m wondering if Garmin has a Overlander V2.0 coming out. This is the second sale they’ve run on the unit this year. As we Know, Garmin isn’t one for charity.
 
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It would not surprise me given it's been 3ish years. My only question is what direction will/would they go? Cheaper, Same, or increase the "overland tax". I could potentially see them doing all 3 but more likely the 1st or 3rd option. Cheaper would make sense because maybe they want a larger share of the market, but what would it sacrifice in terms of features? The more expensive route is the partially the inverse. What would they add to make it "better" and make it relatively "worth more" than the original price? Or they could just update the look and the internals a bit and just up the price by 10% like everything else.

Features I'd personally like to see added would be:

  1. Weather/Radar App independent of inReach
  2. Option for Cellular (Traffic Data could potentially more accurate/updated quicker)
  3. Rotating Swivel Mount for portrait/landscape use
I'm sure I could think of more but those would be my top 3 probably.
 
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