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    • Member since
      November 2013
    Posted by mountainviewfred on Wednesday, November 13, 2013 1:13 PM

    Being new to snowmobiling, we are concerned about finding our way around the trails.

    Does anyone out there use a Garman GPS that is disigned for use in a car, on the sled.

    Does it hold up to the vibrations on the trails.

    • Member since
      July 2005
    • From: Waukesha, WI
    Posted by AmSnow on Thursday, November 14, 2013 10:57 AM

    Welcome to AmSnow!

    First, let me ask if you’ve found the maps you want for snowmobiling? I’m stating the obvious, but your GPS does not come preloaded with snowmobile trail maps. Many state DNR websites offer downloadable trail maps. You can also checkout websites such as or which offer features with their maps like turn-by-turn directions, POI destinations, etc. In any case, your GPS needs to be compatible with whatever your navigation preference is.

    Second, I’m not sure what kind of GPS unit you have so I can’t really say if it’s suitable for use on a sled. My initial reaction is probably not. You’re going to want something that’s designed for outdoor use and can take a few bumps and bruises.

    The constant bouncing and jarring around, snow, rain, ice, freezing temperatures, etc. is akin to electronics Hell. Cold temperatures and moisture are not kind to battery life and LCD displays. Whatever you have should be water resistant and have the necessary accessories to connect to your sled’s battery. You should also pick up a local paper trail map as well, just in case.

    The sites I mentioned have maps compatible with Garmin and Lowrance which can be downloaded for around $40-$50. Magellan has its own North American snowmobile trail map available for download for $50.

    You could also look into smartphone apps as well. Trail Systems ( has some pretty cool products coming out. Ram Mounts also offers a variety mounting assemblies you might want to check out as well (

    Happy trails, and welcome again!

    • Member since
      December 2013
    Posted by WMac on Thursday, December 5, 2013 5:51 PM

    Garmin NUVI 500 is waterproof and you can add you own maps. I use this with the 24k topo  loaded. IMO having an actual snowmobile trail map loaded really isnt all that important as it will leave a breadcrumb trail you csn follow back home. But first and foremost if you are in unfamiliar territory always,  and I mean ALWAYS set a waypoint at your trailer before leaving and carry extra batteries,  as well as a compass and map and know how to use them The other thing that would help it to set waypoints at each intercection you come to.  Sorry for the speach if it sounded like one. Im a team member with our local Search & Rescue team. It always amazes me how unprepared most people are when outback in the snow.

    • Member since
      November 2013
    Posted by mountainviewfred on Friday, December 6, 2013 10:21 PM

    Thanks for the reminder about setting the waypoints.

    I've been looking for a NUVI 500 , but they have been discontinued.

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