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GPS question

So i have a Magellan GPS i have used for years. I also have a couple of the Rhino Garmin basic model radio/GPS.  In general the Magellan has always been a better GPS. Doesn't lose reception and finds satelites well.  I mostly got the Rhino's for hunting with my dad(who's getting up there agewise)so that i locate him if needed. My magellan recently died.  Just flat won't turn on, so i am looking at getting a new one. So my quetsion is:

Does anyone on here have experience with the Rhinos?  I would like to pick up a model that has map capability but i don't need all the bells and whistles you can get. I would like to stay more basic but have heard that you need to buy the top model in order to get better broadcasting power. Anybody have any feed back on them? How do they do in dark timber? How is battery life when you have the additional bells and whistles?   

 

  

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I use a Rino

But mine is the basic model.  I hear you about losing signal in the trees, and taking forever.  My buddy got one of the new ones with color screens and all that.  The reception is a million times better than mine.  But it also costs about triple.  Battery life is great so far, but it's a stupid rechargeable, not replaceable.  And will eventually degrade.

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I don't have a Rhino and have

I don't have a Rhino and have never used one but I do have a Garmin 60CSX and haven't had a single problem with it in 4 years. There are some areas it doesn't work well when the satellites are out of view like heavy timber and steep canyons but you can't expect to always recieve a signal when in those places. The 60CSX uses AA batteries and has mapping capability. It is by far the most common Garmin used by everyone I know in the GPS community and you can pick one up for under $300. I highly reccomend it.

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Garmin 60CSX

SOBLE wrote:

I don't have a Rhino and have never used one but I do have a Garmin 60CSX and haven't had a single problem with it in 4 years. There are some areas it doesn't work well when the satellites are out of view like heavy timber and steep canyons but you can't expect to always recieve a signal when in those places. The 60CSX uses AA batteries and has mapping capability. It is by far the most common Garmin used by everyone I know in the GPS community and you can pick one up for under $300. I highly reccomend it.

I also have the 60CSX and its works outstanding. I take it in the back country on pack-in trips, it takes a beating and is weather tight. Runs on AA batteries, great for long trips.

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Times 3!

HOGGETTER wrote:

SOBLE wrote:

I don't have a Rhino and have never used one but I do have a Garmin 60CSX and haven't had a single problem with it in 4 years. There are some areas it doesn't work well when the satellites are out of view like heavy timber and steep canyons but you can't expect to always recieve a signal when in those places. The 60CSX uses AA batteries and has mapping capability. It is by far the most common Garmin used by everyone I know in the GPS community and you can pick one up for under $300. I highly reccomend it.

I also have the 60CSX and its works outstanding. I take it in the back country on pack-in trips, it takes a beating and is weather tight. Runs on AA batteries, great for long trips.

 

X3!!!

 

Love mine! ...and I  absolutely have not had any issues in two years. Also, have not had any issues with losing satellites either Wink

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hi,to hogggeter

from elk hunterhough I have been off for a while but seen this forum with you on it ,hoggeter are you hunting in unit 71 this season,if so mabe we,ll conect there,I,m leaving this saturday for the mounth{all right}Thank you for info,last year it was real good.elkhunthough Hello

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i have the rhino that is

i have the rhino that is between the basic and the super fancy one. i haven't had any problem and the batteries will last two days on lithium batteries. getting sattelites can take long if the trees are particulary heavy but all you have to do is find a gap in the trees.

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The Rhino

I have the rhino 530HCx, yeah the super fancy one.  Its awesome and I get about 3 days on one charge and no problems with the signal pick up.

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How does the Rhino work with

How does the Rhino work with maps?  Do you have to buy  the card and the program or does the map program come with the card? Does the 530 have a lot more power for gps/radio?

Location: From Grand Junction CO, stationed in Germany
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The maps I use right now for

The maps I use right now for my 530 are the topo maps from Garmin mapsource, the maps save right to the memory card from the computer, the 530 doesn’t have internal memory.  The Garmin maps work OK for what they are.  I am going to pick up a new set of digital maps from huntingGPSmaps.com, they have private property boundaries on their maps for the states I hunt.  The problem with that is each state is a different map set and each state map is around $75... I’m going to start off will the Colorado maps first to see if it’s worth it.  As for the signal power it has a high-sensitivity receiver, which the rhino 110 and 130 doesn’t have.  The power for the radio is 5.0 watts compared to the 130 and 110 only having 1.0 watts.

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Memory is the only thing I

Memory is the only thing I don't like about my 60CS. It won't take an SD card but the internal memory will hold an entire state map from Mapsource.

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