Best model to save my locations as poi & search for nearby ones?

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    I do a lot of wild camping eg in small clearings off forest tracks in rural France. I want to be able to save my location as a POI when I find a nice place. Then, when I am driving through France again I want to see all the nice camping spots I have saved that are near me (or maybe not so near) so that I can find them again.

    In my old Go750 I could easily easily save my current location in a folder of wild camps and then see all those POIs listed in distance order with names that mean something to me eg 'quiet spot, water nearby'. or 'near cherry trees'

    I've now just bought a Go 5100 but whilst, with some awkwardness, it can be made to save my location I can't see how I would then see my POIs in distance order, nor how to see just those related to camping. Most of the searches assume I know the name of the POI whereas the names of the POIs near me is really something I want to find out. Also a lot of its operation seems to assume I have an internet connection, which is quite a rarity in a French forest!

    Can anyone suggest which model of TT I should get (and I'll send this 5100 back).
    If its an older model that's fine as I'll get one second hand
     
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    I think I'll close this post.
    75 views and not one reply.
    Maybe I'm the only one who needs to remember the locations of tiny clearings in remote French forests <grin>
    Shame though as I'd biult up quite a collection on my old TT Go
     
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    I am on my second Tom Tom, the current being a 620.

    Basically I am doing what you want to do, so here are some hints.

    The basic solution for your needs is to create a category for each of your types of POIs. Note that numbers precede letters in the sorted category list, so to have your categories list before the other junk (there are no ATMs in forests), then prefix your categories with 2 digits and a hyphen, eg 05-Camps. This allows you 100 (00 - 99) categories.

    When you find a good spot, just add it to the best fit category. Create a icon for each of your categories. Red = transparent, so use a close-to red colour to show red.

    Be warned, when you use My Location to save a location, the Tom Tom will seek out the nearest road and use that as the location. You may have to use the Lat/Long option to save a POI, but be sure to get the Lat/Long correct.

    If you are proficient at keeping spreadsheets, you can transfer your categories to text files to import into spreadsheets, and vice versa. This task is not for beginners or intermediate users. There are a few converters around. The Tom Toms use a .ov2 format and not straight text.

    All the above can be done without the internet.

    When you are out on the road and want to camp at a place you used before, just bring up the search option within 05-Camps.

    Within the name you give to pois, you can include attributes to indicate the presence of picnic tables, or swimming. Nut these attributes out on paper first.
    eg Shady Spot +PS (the P indicates Picnic tables, the S swimming).

    The 620 will do what you want to do.

    S
     
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    Welcome to TomTomForums and thanks for pitching in.
    Why do you think his 5100 cannot handle what you describe.
     
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    I am not familiar with the 5100. From the tone of his original post, it seemed he was dissatisfied with it.

    The procedure I outlined above works on the 620, because I have made it work, because I own one.

    The old model XL I had, had itineraries in its functionality. It was great feature. Alas Tom Tom dropped it.

    S
     
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    Per above link:
    That was checked on my GO 620.
    To get the exact place of the clearing in the woods the only thing that works is to open Search > Latitude, Longitude and enter the coordinates shown, but that I had explained to him in another thread.
     
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    Yeah, and you have to re-enter the co-ordinates as shown. It would be simpler if "MyLocation" meant just that, and not "APointOnSomeRoadNotNecessarilyConnectedToMyCurrentLocation".

    I always refine locations by saving them in temporary categories, downloading them and correcting them. All that before storing them in a permanent category. The temporary categories get cleaned out with a single dummy location, so they will update the navigator.
     
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