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RE: RV navigation systemsl

We have the garmin RV890 had a previous version years ago. Advantage: after entering trailer and TV info will help keep you from going down roads you shouldn't and won't route you on those roads Lots of info on campgrounds, RV related stuff etc. Great integrated optional rear view/backup camera and input for a optional camera Disadvantage: Google maps or our car display does a better job showing traffic and google does a fantastic job of direction display and test especially if you can link it to your TV nav display. But google looses some of it's value if your in areas with poor or no cell reception. for planning, we still use microsoft streets and trips. Old but still works well for us. You may want to download Garmin's free Basecamp program for your route planning. Once you plot a route (or multiple routes) you can then directly upload them to your Garmin device. You can also determine the vehicle configuration in Basecamp so that it will also take weight/height/length/width into consideration. One tip, if you do install Basecamp, attach your Garmin to your computer and then run Garmin Express and make sure that you have the latest map database installed on your GPS. Once this update is performed, leave your GPS attached (for the first local map install) and then also install the map database to your computer. This will allow the program to run much faster and you don't need to have your Garmin device attached to your computer to access the map database.
whjco 08/01/21 07:57pm Technology Corner
RE: RV navigation systemsl

Throw out the Garmin style GPS. Your smartphone and Google Maps and/or WAZE is all you need. Additionally, the information on Google Maps is years ahead of anything available on the standalone GPS's. As an example, I-70 here in Denver was closed for the weekend and Google Maps showed that closure and the correct route to avoid it. This would be impossible with a Garmin. We traveled out west earlier this year and many places had spotty or no cell service. If you're going to use only a smartphone for navigation then you'd better use a program like CoPilot or Sygic where larger map databases can be loaded directly onto the phone so that a cellular connection isn't needed. As to the traffic reports, all three of my various Garmins have a data link to my smartphone and receive immediate traffic updates so it IS possible to get dynamic traffic updates with a Garmin GPS. I have a Garmin DriveAssist 50 in one vehicle and a Garmin DriveAssist 51 in another. I use a Garmin dezlcam 785 LMT for my RV. It's a GPS that's designed for commercial vehicles and I have it because I drive charter motor coaches but it will support multiple vehicle configurations.. All three of these GPS units not only access dynamic traffic data but all three also have built-in dash cams. An added bonus is that I have Garmin's free Basecamp program installed on my PC. The program lets me design trips and then upload them directly to my Garmin so the GPS will then contain custom designed routes already installed and ready to go. If I encounter unplanned construction or traffic delays, the Garmin will automatically plot a detour around it if I want the device to do so. And then there's that problem when you're using a smart phone for navigation in a big city with numerous, fast approaching set of instructions and then you get a text or phone call at the worst moment possible. I have the above programs installed on my cell phone but they're only there for backup purposes or if I'm traveling on a boat or train and want to know my location.
whjco 08/01/21 07:45pm Technology Corner
RE: Ram 3500 DRW Tires

Has anyone replaced the factory 235/80R17 with 255/80R17? It looks like they are 1.2" taller and .7" wider. If so do you have plenty of space between the rear wheels? Is your truck a 4 x 4? If so, you'll need to replace all six tires as they must all be the same size.
whjco 08/01/21 06:53pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Chinese RV tires... holding up!

"GY has suspended production of the Endurance and they are out of stock nearly everywhere." That's a shame for those who want a quality US Made tire. I just did an online search and found multiple outlets still selling Goodyear Endurance. I even made a selection of a pair of ST225/75R15 E-Rated on Walmart.com and they're in stock. Just an FYI.
whjco 07/22/21 07:19pm General RVing Issues
RE: Winegard 360 replacement

I replaced our damaged antenna with a new Winegard 360. https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B07NBWDRT6/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_asin_title_o00_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1
whjco 07/16/21 08:14pm Technology Corner
RE: Offline navigator for Android phone (BC Canada)?

I'm not Canadian, but I think this one will work for you: https://copilotgps.com/en-us/rv-navigation/ Here is a free option if your more into tech stuff: https://osmand.net/features/start I'll second CoPilot that allows you to load the map database on the phone so you don't need a cell/internet connection to have navigation. Another app is Sygic.
whjco 07/07/21 06:35pm Technology Corner
RE: Travel Trailer Brake Problem

I had trailer brake problems and found it in the crimps on the wires connecting the axles to the feed from the brake unit.
whjco 06/03/21 09:30pm Travel Trailers
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