Garmin InReach Exploter+

I bought the Garmin InReach Exploter+ for two reasons, one as a backup GPS unit to track where I want to go and where I am, and also as a communication platform for when I am off grid with no cell coverage.  My wife was alway nervous when I was out of communication, this way we can text each other and she can go to a website to see where my live (every 10 minutes) tracking is.  I have the devise setup to send my position every 10 minutes.  I can get limited weather reports for my current location as well.  For me having the ability to send friends and family text message is very important.  I use it most when I get to camp with no cell coverage, my wife will know where we are. I poor the Garmin InReach Exploter+ with my iPhone and use the Garmin app to text and get weather.  As long as I am close to my Jeep, I can just use my phone t get out of the features of the Garmin InReach Exploter+, the weather, text, and map features.

I chose to buy and install the Garmin powered mount for the InReach Exploter+ so it is on the dash, in a safe and easy location to get in an emergency.  Also the mount has a USB outlet so the device is always changing.  Last thing I want is in an emergency and I forgot to charge the unit at night and its dead.  This way it’s always charged and ready to go.  I used RAM mount balls and a small arm to attach it to my Vector var that goes across the dash.

There are many plans you can buy depending on how much you use the device.  I chose the middle of the road plan, with very limited months text message, but I only use the text message when I don’t have cell coverage, I know I cant have one conversations, but eight to let people know we are safe at camp or if plans have changed off grid.  The plan also has unlimited tracking and Im happy with that, that way I don’t have to worry about stoping and starting tracking, I just leave it going the whole day or trip.

I have installed under the glove box a USB outlet that I got off amazon.  This USB outlet is power to my waterproof fuse box.  I have two USB outlets, in there and can be used to power an iPad/tablet or phone.  Right now I am only using 1 outlet for this Garmin InReach Exploter+.  To run the USB outlet I have to Rome part of the dash.  Its 3 screws and you have to remove the windows control box.  There is not alt of extra wire to mov sth window control box, so you have to get your fingers in there to move the locking disconnect.  Once you have that out its very easy to remove the dash.  Make sure to unscrew a 10MM bolt under the window control box.  I used a wire snake to get the USB cord from behind the radio down to under the dash.  Cutting a metal, dry cleaning coat hangar world great too, just make e sure to use electrical tape to attach the cable to the hangar, it doesn’t leave much or any glue on the cable and its strong.  

Overall I am very happy wit the mount and Garmin, I have a-lot to learn and play wit the Garmin InReach Exploter+.  It is a very powerful tool and can do a-lot and like any tool, it only works as well as yo know how to use it.

Published by Expedition Team. Overland

As a Boy Scout Eagle Scout, camping, camp fires and maps have always been a passion. After getting my professional carrier established as a Boeing 737 Captain for a Major US Airline, I was able to get back to my routes of playing in the woods, mud and building things. I got my first Jeep in 2012. It was a 2002 Jeep Wrangler TJ, I did not modify it, and it had many mechanical problems, as I was a novice, and not mechanical, I sold it for a new 2013 Jeep Wrangler Sport Unlimited. In 2014 I installed an American Expedition Vehicles (AEV) 2.5" lift with Kelly Safari 35" tires. In 2015 I continued my build with AEV front and rear bumpers, snorkel, skid plates, and off road lights. Up until now, I did off-roading at the local Southington Off Road Park, Rausch Creek in Pennsylvania, and Badlands Park in Indiana. was an outstanding resource and I was able to make life-long friendship. In 2015 I did my first big trip with the jeep, first we stopped in Ouray, Colorado. We had two days of trails and did Imogene & Engineer Passes. I left part of myself in the San Juan Mountains and my want to return has been strong since. After Ouray, we went to Moab, Utah for Jeep Jamboree. Moab is "Jeepers Paradise". Endless miles of trails, from dirt roads to the most extreme, Moab offers endless possibilities for the Jeeper, hiker, mountain biker, everyone. Since 2015 I have returned to Moab in 2017 & 2019. In 2018, I traded in my 2013 JKU Sport for a 2018 JKU Rubicon Recon. I did this drastic move, because I was at the point in my build where I needed to upgrade my axels. I made the very difficult decision and striped as much as I could from my 2013 Jeep to move to the new jeep, as they were both the same style of jeeps; JKU's. I spent the spring and summer of 2018 to build my jeep. I once again installed an AEV 3.5" lift, 35" BFGoodrich KO2's and AEV front and rear bumpers. With this build I wanted to move from the "Rock Crawler" to an Overland build. I can still do all the difficult trail of Moab, Rubicon Trail, but also the fire roads and cover many miles full of camping and off road gear. With Overlanding in mind, I have build a cargo platform for my ARB 50q Fridge, and specific loading of the camping gear. Where is the Future? Buying an Earth Roamer and exploring as much of the country as possible? Thats a goal, but I hope in the coming years to get a roof rack, roof top tent, and then doing more Expeditions though Appalachian, Rocky Mountains, desert of New Mexico and Arizona, and the National Parks west of the Rocky Mountains.

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