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Old 07-10-2016, 06:53 AM   #1
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GPS units marketed for RVers...

Hi all,

I've seen a few Garmin units marketed for RVers but have seen mixed reviews about them. Was wondering if any fellow Jayco owners have one and can share their thoughts. I would love one that you can actually program your own route and it would simply keep you on that path. I'm in New York and we have a number of roadways where trailering is not permitted with low bridges and such that would spell disaster if you happened to wander onto them.

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Old 07-10-2016, 06:58 AM   #2
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We have the Garmin RV 760.


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We have the Garmin RV 760.


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That's the one I have been eyeballing. How do you like it?


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The 760 is still available, but it is not a current model.
They've replaced it with the 660, which apparently has a "drag and move" touch screen feature. This was what I wanted a year ago. I emailed Garmin and they said that no GPS had this, and then after I bought the 760, they came out with the 660 a few months later. Grrr.

Apparently you can program the 760 by using basecamp on your home computer and then transferring the route to the GPS, but basecamp is so complicated to learn that I've never done it. Others can speak to that.

We really like some of the features of the 760 such as showing a picture of the actual exits and what lane you should be in. Also showing what gas stations, restaurants, etc are coming up in the next town. What we don't like is the inability to change the route without putting in way points that physically take you off the GPS programmed route. Even when you do that, it tends to put you back on the original route (fastest or shortest) as soon as you reach your waypoint.

Oh, and the 660 is cheaper than the 760, although the screen size is smaller. We've found the large screen size of the 760 a bit too large, especially when the wife holds it while serving as navigator or to change settings or look at upcoming businesses or attractions. It is physically so large that it cannot be comfortably held in a small female hand (which is necessary because you need the other hand free to be able to touch the screen to make changes or seek info).

Here's the link for the 660 https://buy.garmin.com/en-US/US/on-t...rod524447.html
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Garmin now has a download for your computer that will allow you to do just that. I have downloaded it but not used it yet.
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Garmin now has a download for your computer that will allow you to do just that. I have downloaded it but not used it yet.
Can you tell me the specific category on Garmin Express where you can do this?
Or provide a link to it? Thanks.
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I downloaded the Base Camp software, but my unit does not work with uploaded routes... But, I've been doing a lot of research on my routes so I know what's a head of me when we're out on the road.
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I have the 760lmt and have not programmed on the computer. Putting in size height weight of "rv" (trailer plus tow vehicle) has been good and no issues so far, although haven't driven in an area that has no-trailers roads with it yet. I believe it will do fine for that though.
It is big on a car dash, however it has a great picture and being big is helpful for what we use it for. We are using it as a review mirror essentially. We leave it on camera mode and it really helps for making lane changes.. And of course it's fantastic for backing up into sites
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That's the one I have been eyeballing. How do you like it?


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We have had it going on our 3rd year now. love it. You can use the trip planner to modify the route to however you want. You can also put in your rig specifications, (weight, length and height) and it will consider that on the routes you plan.
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Garmin now has a download for your computer that will allow you to do just that. I have downloaded it but not used it yet.
What is the link?
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