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countrykids

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Posted: 07/20/21 08:19pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Looking to update our rv gps system, an aging Garmin. Your thoughts please.


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Posted: 07/20/21 08:29pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Get a new model Garmin with RV features. Garmin is the top brand.


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Posted: 07/20/21 08:53pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Have an old Rand McNally. Has served us well.Rand McNally
We have a couple Garmins but not an RV unit. Have sent us down questionable routes. I would not condemn they.


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We resisted for decades but finally gave up on DeLorme and bought the RV890 and have been about 95% pleased. It has not tried to lead us down a goat trail yet and has be quite reliable.
I think I wrote a short review after using it for 8000 miles that is up here somewhere

Yeah here it is: first 8000 miles

It still has not got better with the first distance estimates it makes when you search for something like grocery store. It's location database (meaning stores and such) is not up to date, we wanted to go to one store a couple of days ago and when we got the location was no store to be found, turns out it moved 5 miles away quite awhile ago.
But we can live with that. The best but irritating tactic is to get an address from goggle and trans fer the address to the garmin since it beat goggle hands down at turn by turn.


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Posted: 07/21/21 06:20am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I have two Garmins suction cupped to my window, and still find the best guidance I get is from my Iphone "Maps" app. Way more accurate, and always up to date.


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Posted: 07/21/21 07:51am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

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.

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I've never been happy with the navigation package in my GMC Canyon. I find the Google Maps on my phone to be much better. The GMC upgrade I probably needed to get every 2 years cost $125 as well (may be more now), something not required using Google. So happy to find that the Google Maps app can be mirrored to the display in the Toyota Tacoma I have on order. (Just don't know if there is an RV version available).


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X3 on using almost anything other than a GPS. Our DP has a 13 year old GPS system that still works but we use our smart phones when getting near large cities for current conditions and new routes. Earlier this summer we did a non Interstate route across MO and some of KS…both agreed on the roads we should use nut not much has changed in those states.


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Another vote for Waze. I have had several RV specific GPS units and found them outdated - even if you pay to update and overall big and clunky. Waze has real time data and I can display it on the screen in my truck. In a MH you could get a head unit with the capacity to pair to your phone or just use a tablet.


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Country Bob,

If you stick to blue roads and don't try to travel the "road less taken", you phone will do well.

For planning, the phone will be useless and in spite of trying to pre-load areas where coverage is poor or less, we still drove off the end of the world a few times. In these cases any GPS is better.

For planning, Google maps does work, but there is the "no coverage issue" to deal with all the time. So, using it as an enroute navigator is a lost cause.

Our coach does not need much for special conditions, we are not so restricted.

With the death of Street Atlas, there is no longer any planning package that works for us. For us, it can't be an internet application, we are off coverage far too much for that to be of any value at all.

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