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My map linked to below no longer shows up on the "West Virginia" list of maps.  Can you re-list it.

General Discussion / Re: garmin
March 15, 2015, 07:42:03 AM
Ken, the Tenn map that Dan makes will install on the Montana as will all maps on this site.  The Montana is a good GPS, I have one.  Nuvi's also work well for ATVing.  You can get a 5" pretty cheap at times and can get a good deal at Pawn Shops.  If you by chance ride a SxS then Android tablets are superior to anything Garmin makes.  My maps work on both BackCountry Navigator and OruxMaps Apps.  However none of the maps that you have to buy will work.  The reason is that they are locked and they will not give you the original tracks, mine are not locked and I give the tracks away.
General Discussion / Re: New to the site from Texas
March 02, 2015, 05:29:43 PM
Nope, last year I was in Taylor Park, the year before was The Paiute.
General Discussion / Re: New to the site from Texas
March 02, 2015, 11:03:51 AM
I have made very accurate and popular GPS maps of ATV trails for the areas you mentioned.  Go to the Custom Maps tab at the top and look under the states for the area you ride.  I have made maps for Paiute, Moab, Taylor Park, and WV.  They look great on a Montana.   They are not routable.
General Discussion / Re: Trail map WNF
January 10, 2015, 06:29:18 AM
I do not know of a "Map" but I do have some tracks.  I know this is not a track sharing site but I have attached them.  If a mod deletes this just PM me you email and I will send them to you.
DTR, for the type of map your are trying to make use the Tutorial linked to below,  It has very detailed steps and screenshots for making maps of gpx tracks.  This forum has some great tutorials but for what you are wanting to do this will work much better.  I also think I was able to attach it.
To my knowledge Orux is the only App that will display Garmin map files and utilize the .typ file.  I make ATV trail maps and they look great on Orux and my 8" tablet.  I have tried a Topo and there was too much clutter. 
Below is a link to download my files and instructions on how to install my maps on Orux.  This download also included an "onlinemapsources.xml" file that gives you access to all of the Google and Bing maps that you can cache.  In Orux's settings menu their is a "Global Settings\Maps\Garmin Map Settings" where you can tweak the Garmin settings.

There is another great App called BackCountry Navigator that a LOT of people in the ATV hobby are using.  It does not display Garmin map images but it does display tracks like I make extremely well.
General Discussion / Android tablets
December 02, 2014, 10:07:14 AM
I know this is a Garmin map source forum so I am not sure if it is proper to post this here, if not a moderator can delete it.
First off I do make Garmin ATV/SxS maps for Moab, Paiute, Taylor Park, and WV that are hosted on this site.  That being said I and most everyone I ride with who has a SxS have switched to Android Tablets, I still have my Montana.  You can get refurbished ones pretty cheap.  The other advantage is that you have a nice tablet to do other stuff with.  We do not activate them with a service provider, they work fine with no data service on the trail.  They are full fledged GPS units and will do anything a Garmin GPS will do.

There are two good apps, Backcountry Navigator and Oruxmaps.
BCN ($10) only accepts gpx tracks, I have converted my maps to BCN format.
Orux reads Garmin .img map files and is free.
They both cache off line maps for use on the trail.

Link to my files and instructions on using OruxMaps

Link to my files and instructions on using BCN

There are very large threads on using Tablets in a RZR on the Polaris RZR forum
Try installing this map, it uses a different installer program.
Rubicon, I made the Moab map.  It is a vector image map(special picture) and not a bunch of individual tracks.  As Boyd said, you cannot put tracks on a Nuvi and display them.  That is one of the reasons I make the maps.
Site Support / Re: Uploading Mac Version
June 22, 2014, 12:49:12 PM
Boyd, thanks for your help.
Site Support / Re: Uploading Mac Version
June 22, 2014, 08:56:45 AM
Boyd, thanks for your response.  I have attempted to convert one of my maps to Mac and have uploaded it.  Would you or another Mac user download it and let me know if it works.
Here is the link.

Site Support / Uploading Mac Version
June 22, 2014, 07:06:47 AM
In the past I would convert my maps to Mac with an old Garmin program that gave them the .tgz extension.  I can no longer find that program but have a Garmin program that will convert to .gmapi and Ja-Wa that will convert to .gmap.  I think these are Mac compatiple but not sure since I'm not a Mac guy.  The problem is the uploader will only upload files with and extension of .tgz or .dmg.
How is everyone else doing it or what am I doing wrong?
I make 4 maps of ATV Trails that I host on this site and I include my original tracks as an option during the install process.  I use Inno Setup which has a nice option for letting users check boxes for additional items they want to install.  By giving them the tracks they can show them on top of any basemap in Mapsource or Basecamp.
I would never think of making my tracks Routable for the simple reason they are color coded and patterned by difficulty.  I would be afraid to route a beginner on a expert level trail.
As far a Garmin goes in my hobby, I think they need to start making their software more flexible and providing better basemaps for free.  In the ATV and SxS world a lot of people are switching to phones and tablets.  I have converted all of my maps on here to work with Android BackCountry Navigator.  I my hobby most everyone is now getting tablets instead of GPS'rs.
People I ride with including myself now use 7-8" tablets.  The screens are very impressive, large and the waypoint Icons are many times nicer.  Obviously these only work when you have it protected like inside the cab of a SxS(side by side).
I got a Pantech Element 4100 8" waterproof refurb for $120.  It has 4g network also.  You can cache maps ahead of time for where you are riding.  Most App's used to have access to all of Google, Microsoft, and Yahoo maps but due to licensing issues (I assume) most of them are now using OS maps and other free basemaps.  You can also use the tablet for other purposes.
Just my 2 cents worth.
Map Making Support / Re: newbie - got some questions
March 16, 2014, 05:41:41 PM
I have used the first one and it is pretty easy.  Using this program it is difficult to share your maps with others, but just for yourself it is OK.
I have just looked at the second one and it seems similar except it will also make a .gmap file that I think is easy to distribute.  I tested a file with 60 tracks and 200 POI's and I didn't see how to make the POI's have different Icons.  It does support Garmin .gdb file which contain color so that may make it much better.  I think the author of it is on this site.  I know for sure that several people on here are much more knowledgeable than I.