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Bordercollie

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Posted: 07/11/19 02:27pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

We have a Garmin Nuvi Nav system' but are interested in an RV oriented Nav System that contains useful lists and info about points of interest, BLM , state and county camp grounds and commercial RV parks as well as road construction ,RV friendly routes, low overhangs, weather, traffic alerts and turn by turn guidance.

Also interested in free and frequent updates. and good support and ease of use for around $300

Looked for a sticky on this but didn't find one. Any advice appreciated.

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Border,

If you want to stay below 300$us, you are going to have to catch as good sale. The Garmin and the Rand McNally are both nominal 400.

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I found doing my research at home of all places I want to see and go to, then using RV Trip Wizard to plan my trip solves the low bridge and best RV route to take. Then I re-create the trip using Google Maps. Then I send it to my phone for navigation on my trip. So far so good and is the easiest solution for me. it also doesn't clutter up my dash.


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Posted: 07/11/19 05:00pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Unrealistic price point IMO. No updates are free and frequent for $300.


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call garmin and see if they will take a trade in on your nuvi (supposedly no longer supported). I have rv 660 and the last update caused some issues. Getting another from garmin who 'warrantied' the current one and are sending the replacement.

Keep the nuvi for a towed vehicle if ya have one, make sure to check the sale site at garmin.

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Posted: 07/11/19 06:32pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Bordercollie wrote:

We have a Garmin Nuvi Nav system' but are interested in an RV oriented Nav System that contains useful lists and info about points of interest, BLM , state and county camp grounds and commercial RV parks as well as road construction ,RV friendly routes, low overhangs, weather, traffic alerts and turn by turn guidance.

Also interested in free and frequent updates. and good support and ease of use for around $300

Looked for a sticky on this but didn't find one. Any advice appreciated.


There are several Garmin "Nuvi" models that are not discontinued and hence still supported by Garmin.

As an example - we RV navigate using a Garmim Nuvi 3550LM. We have around 1/2 million Points of Interest loaded into it and it has plenty of storage memory left for even more. Of course no cellular signal is needed to use our Nuvi to the fullest.

If an RV'er doesn't care to be hooked into the vicious circle of a smartphone dominated life ... and as such doesn't want all their eggs in the cell signal availability basket ... then a high end stand-alone Garmin navigator packed full of all kinds of locations is still a great independent way to go. We can even download (via satellite) audio books into our 3550LM and listen to them through the Garmin when on the open road.


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You can add many of the POI (point of interest) to your current Garmin by using POI Factory . The POI are updated regularly. It may take some time to use figure out how to use POI Loader. It works very well. One of my favorite POI's is 22,847 NORTH AMERICA CAMPGROUNDS (CSV) By Rivopom. It includes locations and phone numbers for each campground.
You can add all of your interest to the Extra's file in your Garmin.
I had to add a memory card to my Garmin to download all the POI's I added to my 2 560 DEZL Garmins.
6 years ago I bought both of them off Garmin Factory Outlet. Have not had a problem with either one.


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For what it's worth, I have a Rand McNally and am having trouble with it. RM doesn't seem to care, and can only suggest common re-sets, or sending in for repairs, at $100. No mention of guarantee. They are very hard to contact by phone, and customer service by E-Mail takes days for a response. I myself will NOT buy another RM, and told them so.


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Good to know about Rand McNally support. I am not "smart" about maintaining and upgrading PC's, getting the most out of smart phones or upgrading nav devices. The Nav system in my Subaru Forester drives me batty. I guess we may have to invest in a Garmin 3550LM or similar. Thanks for the replies.

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I read over the ad and specs for the Garmin model "RV NA 77 LMT-S", looks good! Price is $300:

https://www.bestbuy.com/site/garmin-rv-770-lmt-s-gps-with-built-in-bluetooth-black/5746810.p?skuId=5746810&ref=212&loc=1&ref=212&loc=1&ds_rl=1266837&gclid=EAIaIQobChMIkLPW4O6v4w


Noticed that it and other units need a "compatible" smart phone for full functionality. I finally found a phone number to contact Garmin Support. I asked if my cell phone is compatible and was told that Android 4.4 or above are compatible, mine is 6.0.1. I also found that my cell phone has Bluetooth 4.1 which should also be compatible.

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