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    RV vs Truck GPS user updates?

    et al:

    Pulling the BigHorn 3875FB (41ft).

    After reading reviews on numerous GPS models to the point of blurred eye sight, I see the perfect GPS has not been developed ...yet. Reviews are all across the spectrum.

    Two fears, low bridge and getting into situation where I have to back up.

    I'm leaning towards the Rand McNally RVND 7720.

    Any recommendations, experience on this or another good GPS system?


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    Re: RV vs Truck GPS user updates?

    Hi Fred,

    I've been using the Garmin Dezl 560LMT for a couple of years and am happy with it. I have the profile set for 13'3" vs measured height of 13'1". It routes me around low clearances and has a number of other nice features.

    I don't care for the built in POIs all that much and have added some using the Garmin tools on the PC.

    When planning trips, I plug the Garmin into the computer, locate each destination on Mapquest or Google Maps and send the location to the Garmin where it shows up in the Favorites list. Each day when starting out, I select the next destination from the Favorites list.

    On Interstates, there's a nice feature called EXIT SERVICES that shows fuel, food and other things at each upcoming exit.

    On our last trip, I compared it to the IPAD App GPS CoPilot ($15.00) for U.S. The CoPilot has a beautiful large screen with much nicer navigation details, especially when approaching turns and exits. It's a bit more aggressive on shorter distance routing than the Garmin. One weakness is the max height that can currently be set in the profile is 13'0". I've asked them to raise the limit and have asked if the app will route me around low clearances, or just provide some kind of warning before I take off the A/C unit. The support people didn't know the answer but promised to find out. If you happen to have an IPAD, for $15.00 this is a good deal.


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    Re: RV vs Truck GPS user updates?

    Dan, Thank you for your reply.

    I don't have an IPAD (Samsung NOTE 10) I found CoPilot is available for the Android in both the Truck and Premium product. Recommendations?

    Your viewing the IPAD before the trip?, not on the trip (out of cell zone range?).

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    Re: RV vs Truck GPS user updates?

    I have the IPAD on the dashboard in a holder that's suction cupped to the windshield. It's plugged in because the app keeps the screen on continuously, draining the battery. I don't have the cell service enabled on IPAD but rather tether it to my Android phone, which sits in a Wilson amplifier that helps bring in remote data signals. I'm pretty sure the app doesn't require a data connection to use maps and the GPS. It does need it to search the internet for POIs.

    The IPAD truck version is $149, so I stayed with the Premium U.S. version at $14.95. I think you can try it out for free and then upgrade from within the app.


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    I am sold on my Garmin RV760LTM.
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    Re: RV vs Truck GPS user updates?

    I have been using a Garmin 755 and have not had any major issues. That being said I am hoping that Santa brings a Garmin RV760 to drop under my tree. Whatever GPS you go with there are a couple of good web sites where you can download some very helpful info. poi-factory.com and LowClearances.com both very good. The points of interest file on poi-factory are free and user maintained. Low Clearance offers a great lifetime download feature of bridges etc. across the country. I have used both and highly recommend them.
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    Re: RV vs Truck GPS user updates?

    We've used the rvnd7710 for two years and like it's functions. We purchased ours with lifetime updates, but can't get them. Talked to Rand and was told I had buy it, although It came with my unit. Also, unit battery went dead after about a year but works when plugged in. I also had one instance where Unit said I had bridge clearance. Bridge was 13'6" in the middle but 10' high on sides. Was not wide enough to pass thru as it was very narrow. We were able to bypass and got lucky. I still use it with care, but don't find tech very reliable.
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    Initially, I liked our RVND5510 (the first RV gps from Rand McNally), but it has led us astray and made us miss exits before. Especially if there needs to be multiple lane changes or roads split, like in major cities. It's like she can't give instructions fast enough, with lead time for us to make decisions.

    Ive also wondered about the route selection. In Indiana, we were headed toward one route, but somewhere along the way, she changed her mind and she directed us another way.... Which ended up seemingly much longer. This has happened a few times, including on routes we know and we are surprised by the new choice.

    One good thing, we've never encountered a low bridge or route that we could not "fit".

    We are considering the Garmin 769LMT. Maybe Santa can drop one off at our house too.


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    Re: RV vs Truck GPS user updates?

    What ever GPS one gets I would highly recommend that its software has the ability to import/export POI's in generic as well mfg proprietary formats. The POI's are freely available on the Inet. I know most Garmin units will do this and would guess others do as well so be ware. I also use Ford sync when I don't have my GPS unit available. Ford sync works very well at directions, finding business and camp grounds, but it does not know about legal roads for big rigs, low bridges, fuel stops and other truck/trailer related issues.
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    Quote Originally Posted by MTPockets View Post
    We've used the rvnd7710 for two years and like it's functions. We purchased ours with lifetime updates, but can't get them. Talked to Rand and was told I had buy it, although It came with my unit. Also, unit battery went dead after about a year but works when plugged in. I also had one instance where Unit said I had bridge clearance. Bridge was 13'6" in the middle but 10' high on sides. Was not wide enough to pass thru as it was very narrow. We were able to bypass and got lucky. I still use it with care, but don't find tech very reliable.
    A lot of times you can find these special GPS batteries on E-Bay for a reasonable price. Changing them usually takes some dexterity with eyeglass-sized screwdrivers. Hint: On mine the external screws were hidden under the serial number label.

    I just did a map update on my low-end Garmin, and I guess they have really increased the amounts of data. My Nuvi did not have enough memory for the entire U.S. any more, so I just loaded the "Western States" (that went as far East as the Great Lakes). I got a message telling me I needed to buy a 4 GB microSD memory card to get all the U.S. in. Walmart has these cards for about $7. I guess I'll buy one and do a reload. Good thing I have fiber internet - it still took about 30 minutes for the "West" download.

    I also bought and loaded in the bridges under 14 foot from Low Clearances.com; along with 14027 U.S. campgrounds from the POI factory; and a list of all Walmarts noted if they do or don't allow overnight parking, from the WalmartRVing Yahoo Group.
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