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Old 07-06-2016, 07:15 AM   #1
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GPS looking for a new replacement

Our Rand McNally 7710 after 4 plus years lost its mind and quit. I am looking for a better replacement GPS and know it has been discussed on this site, but I cannot locate the discussion.

1. First do I really need a GPS that you put in the length and number of LP tanks?

2. Is there anyone out their that just uses the standard Car GPS or I phone with their rig?

3. OR would I be BETTER OFF getting another large screen GPS and what is best?

I look forward to your knowledge.
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Old 07-06-2016, 08:05 AM   #2
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I Drove a coach bus for a few years after I retired from my full time job and I used a Garmin Dezl.

I could input height and weight data and it would route me fairly accurately to my destination. I used it in RV mode mostly but they are no substitute for proper route planning as no GPS unit is 100% accurate.

A standard GPS or your phone may try to route you on parkways with low clearance or where trailers are prohibited. I would not use a passenger car GPS in my RV unless you have researched the route it proposes.
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GPS looking for a new replacement

We have been using a Garmin RV760 for a year or so. Very happy with it and lifetime maps.
I use my iPhone GPS but not for towing.

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I replaced our stick on windshield Garmin GPS with an in-dash Kenwood GPS that is made for Truckers/RVs and these are some of the things I really like about the new Kenwood DNX571TR GPS, many of which would also apply to the stand alone specialized RV GPS's.

It runs on the Garmin system so it looks and feels just like the other 2 Garmins we use in other vehicles. We input the length and height of our TV/TT combo and switch to RV mode and it will warn about sharp curves, low bridges and will recommend the most RV friendly routes. It makes finding campgrounds and RV services much easier than with a regular automobile GPS. RV repair services show up as icons on the map. It automatically mutes radio/ipod/cd when the gps navigator is giving instructions. It also gives traffic warnings but I have not hooked this up yet. It also has inputs for two backup cameras. I have not hooked any up yet, but this is the plan in the near future.

Here is a link to the Kenwood that we went with if you want more specs and pictures. Install was a breeze with Crutchfield's telephone support.

Kenwood DNX571TR Navigation receiver for truckers at Crutchfield.com
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There are lots of GPS's out there. I'm using the Garmin RV660LMT which is working well for us, but like all GPS units is not perfect.

It lets you set up avoidances - like low clearance bridges - and it lets you adjust the route to be exactly as you want it to be.

I still keep a close eye on the clearance of bridges and on the route because no GPS has proven to be perfect in what it claims to do.
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When I approach a overpass, I'm taking over responsibility for clearance.
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I use the Garmin RV760 and like it. It came with lifetime map updates.

I have used my phone gps but prefer not to...

I like being able to put my camper's dimensions in...
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I use googlemaps to plan my route and then check everything for height restrictions etc.

I've sent several requests to google to add a setting for height restrictions, but never have gotten a response...oh well. I like to do the research anyways!
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I really wouldn't get one without traffic info on it. Mine has saved me a lot of wait time over the years.
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Old 07-06-2016, 07:29 PM   #10
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Thanks everyone for the help.
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