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Old 07-31-2013, 05:49 AM
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Re: VMS 4x4 GPS units

After cataract surgery I'm no longer able to read the fine print of paper maps so I took the plunge on an off-road sat nav. I went for the Mud Map 7, the cheaper of the big three (VMS and Hema). Ordered it online yesterday afternoon, got it by 10am this morning. The street nav seems pretty normal. I'm not yet familiar with the off-road stuff so looking forward to trying it.
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Re: VMS 4x4 GPS units

Have you guys considered an aftermarket Chinese All-In-One GPS, DVD etc 2Din unit? Litterally All-In-One!

I've looked at them before I bought my WK2, and I had fitted one in my Ford Focus for as little as $350. Worked wonders, and I even paid the extra $25 for them to include a DVB-T TV tuner, instead of the Analog provided.

Obviously on the Ford Focus, the design was more concentrated to look very stock as you would buy directly from Ford. But for the Jeeps, it is like any other 2 Din unit.

Trust me, anything more than $500 for a complete GPS, DVD Head Unit is a complete waste.

I dont want to waste your time, so check out this link(the company I purchased from). LSQ Business.

I have in another forum posted my review and photos of my Ford Focus with the unit fitted, as well as rear head rests monitors.

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Re: VMS 4x4 GPS units

Imaz, as I understand it the radio head in the WK2 is integrated into the can bus of the vehicle and isn't an easy prospect to change out. I haven't actually seen reports of anyone doing it here or in the US.

As an update on my earlier reports about off road mapping - we continue to use an iPad, sitting vertical at the end of the console, and running Mud Maps HD. This app runs a suite of Westprint maps, which are fine with us as we used to use the paper copies of same.
Round town we use Metroview, which has voice guidance and all the features of a dedicated GPS.
After around 30k of use I'm happy with the way the ipad behaves sitting on a non stick mat, and sorting a proper mount has gone on the back burner. It easily slips under the seat when we stop (and will actually continue to navigate from there!!). Navigation has been faultless on both apps.
The more we use the iPad, the more we find uses on the road - it has replaced carrying our laptop, and we hot spot to the phone for internet access.

And Bob - you should have hours of fun messing with maps.......now you've got the toys - what about getting out and getting them dirty??
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And Bob - you should have hours of fun messing with maps.......now you've got the toys - what about getting out and getting them dirty??
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Re: VMS 4x4 GPS units

And I failed to convince you of the merits of an iPad - did I mention you can zoom the screen to make print bigger??

I did recommend earlier you could get one for the missus to play with.
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And I failed to convince you of the merits of an iPad - did I mention you can zoom the screen to make print bigger??

I did recommend earlier you could get one for the missus to play with.
Your iPad suggestion was certainly a strong contender. However, Annette already has an Acer notebook for her spider solitaire, emails and facebook and I have a DIY Core i7 2.9GHz 8GB RAM, 4/1TB HDs with a 22" monitor screamer for my photography. Tablets and laptops don't cut it for photography in terms of processing power and colour rendition. So, a dedicated unit seemed the way to go.
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I have a DIY Core i7 2.9GHz 8GB RAM, 4/1TB HDs with a 22" monitor screamer for my photography. .
Holy moly thats an absolute monster!
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Holy moly thats an absolute monster!
Yes and only just adequate to drive Photoshop Lightroom with lots of storage and double backup. Even a small camera these day takes 16 megapixel photos and each of these takes up roughly 16Mb of storage.
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