If you are doing research before joining the more than 80,000 customers that have rented our camping and travel gear, or have already received your camping gear rental package from us, here's the page to learn a bit more about the setup and operation of a specific travel or camping equipment before you head out on your big adventure.

The information below provides more details on how to operate the Garmin GPSmap unit we rent, but we encourage you to give us a call or find more resources online if more details are needed. For more information on this rental item including rates, check out the main product page at Rent a Garmin GPSMAP Series Unit. There are more how-to pages on nearly all of our most popular rental items; find most at our video and user guide to rentals main page .

The GPSMap model series from Garmin is a more advanced version of our rental eTrex unit.  It has more functionality, but remains a reasonable pocket-sized.

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The Garmin MAPgps unit require 2 AA batteries, which will last several hours if left on all the time.  Take extras with you, as the batteries inside when you get it might be brand new, but are as likely to be ready to die.  We don't test the batteries beyond ensuring that the unit powers on and main functions are working.  There are 2 models we rent - the 60 and 62 - but the functionality for both is similar to the one shown below.

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Once on, control movements from screen to screen and making selections with the controls at the bottom of the units.  Find usage manuals online for a full description of each function key.

display controls for rented gps unit

The following pictures show you some the functions and usages you can get out of our rented gps unit from Garmin.  Before exploring all your function options, capture a signal from the gps satellites.  While you might get a signal indoors, it is best achieved outdoors, with the unit having a clear shot to the sky overhead.  From the main menu you can access all sub-menu screens and functions.

There is basic background map embedded in the gps drive.  And we do mean basic - it will have major streets and roads so in theory this device could be used for auto navigation, but there are many better units available for that.  There are no embedded topo maps, but these units will accept topo maps on microSD cards you can install.

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This menu screen shows the 'trip computer', reflecting distance, elevation, pace, etc, between resets

trip computer shown on gps we rent

Find your then-current latitude/longitude location on a map by accessing the 'mark waypoint' page.  If you do not like the traditional lat/long format, you can change the formats to display your location and measurements to match any paper maps you may be using in conjunction with the gps.  We suggest learning some about "UTM" as a very useful format for navigating.

rented gps screen waypoint finder

Here is an overview video about the various gps units we rent