Which GPS to use with S&T? RRS feed

  • Question

  • I own a snow removal company.  This year, we've got a contract with the NYC Dept. of Sanitation to plow the streets of Queens.  We've got several district, each with several routes.  Here is an example of what I'm dealing with.  They're safe links, they'll just bring you to images:

    http://imgur.com/IjnJld1  (Map)

    http://imgur.com/l1E8PsZ  (Text Directions)

    It's a lot of work to drive, plow, read the directions, and read the map, all while driving with a blizzard.  The easiest thing for me to do is create a custom GPX route for each route (S&T seems to be the easiest way for me to do that) then upload them all to a normal, handheld nav GPS, like a Garmin or Magellan you can pick up at Best Buy.

    I can create the routes with no problem, but I can't seem to get either of my GPS units to accept the GPX file that S&T spits out.  My old Magellan Maestro 4370, I just don't think has the capability to accept custom routes.  However, I know for a fact the my Garmin Colorado CAN read custom GPX routes, because I've downloaded hiking trails to that unit in the past.  But for some reason, it doesn't like the GPX file that S&T puts out.  A little more research, and it seems that S&T gets a little "sloppy" when writing a GPX file.

    Anyway, my question is, do you have any recommendations on a GPS unit that can accept the S&T GPX file and navigate the route?

    The simplest way to do this would be to simply buy a GPS antenna for my laptop and use S&T to navigate, but my laptop would take up a lot of real estate in an already-cramped cab.

    Thursday, September 18, 2014 10:04 PM