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Old 12-11-2011, 08:27 PM   #1
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What are your opinions regarding the:
1) Rand McNally Tripmaker 7710 unit made for RV versus
2) The Garmin 560 LT Truck/RV versus
3) The Magellan Roadmate 9561T that comes preloaded with campgrounds etc. by Camping World/Good Sam.

Looks like all three have excellent features. I have truck driving friend, called him and he said truckers are buying the Rand Mcnally unit.

What have you bought and how is the unit working for you?
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Old 12-12-2011, 08:30 AM   #3
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I currently have a Garmin that's going on 4 years for my cars and work. It has served me well but now that we are going on more adventures with our trailer I was looking into a designiated GPS unit specifically for that. From what I have read so far the Rand Mcnally's are specifically loaded and deisgned for the RV or truck type traveling. There are listings for campgrounds, service centers, propane filling stations and specific road hazards as well as heights and weights which is key for this type travel. The Garmin is more geared at broad coverage and might not provide as much detail in amenities for the user which might be a key selling point for me. I use those features on my current unit trying to plan out a stop that can cover all my needs in one stop on my current unit.

The Garmin allows a plug in for height, weight and width which I did not confirm with the RM unit and that would be a deal breaker for me if not an option.

While they are priced almost the same, they really aren't. RM has lifetime maps which is a big thing as roads are always changing. Garmin wants another $75.00 for it. I can't tell you how many times I have been in the woods but really on the road since the GPS has not been upgraded. This started happening within the first year of ownership and the upgrades cost half as much as the unit at the time. That is a huge plus in my book as long as you get in the habit of checking and upgrading the unit either before a major trip or regualr intervals would be good.

I like the traffic feature, but it costs about $90.00 for it. I can see why the trucks might opt for this unit over the others. Rand Mcnally has been around a long time and done a lot in the atlas world so it can't be a bad thing.

I am going to follow this thread and would be curiuos to see if any fellow owners have any of these units to add some pros and cons.
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I have used my iPhone with the ATT Navigator app for several years and it seems pretty good. I travel a fair amount and find a GPS app is very useful. The downside is the $10/month charge which would pay for a nice Nuvi in short order. I'm still working and can expense it, so for now I keep it.
I recently bought an iPad (w/o 3G) and an external GPS receiver and the bride and I have used it a couple of times on the road to navigate with using the included Maps app. There are some RV camp apps that are pretty useful as well. Having a larger screen is nice too. The external GPS receiver seems much more accurate than the iPhone. Plus when we get to the park we can check e-mail, surf the net and play games on the thing. Has decent battery life and easy to charge in the TV if needed. No need to take the Notebook.
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Old 12-12-2011, 09:24 AM   #5
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My vote is for the Rand McNally Tripmaker.
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My vote is for the Rand McNally Tripmaker.
And why do you vote that way?

Has anyone bought the Camping World Magellion unit and what is your experience with it?
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I used the dedicated GPS unit for the last several years, but recently changed over to my iPhone. I purchased a RAM mount which attaches beautifully to the window. I have a system where the audio goes over the car speakers so whenever I get to a turn, she lowers the music volume and announces the turn.

The biggest advantage to me in this setup is my maps are as fresh as possible and I also get routed around traffic or congested areas. YMMV, but this has worked well for me.
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I have been very happy with my Garmins'. They are the biggest for a reason. MAP ACCURACY...
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And why do you vote that way?

Has anyone bought the Camping World Magellion unit and what is your experience with it?
My vote is that way because;
They support truck driving route selections, height and weight considerations.
Their display and menu appearance is more appealing to me.
Lifetime free updates of data, although full map updates have a fee.
Truck drivers choose them most often, and we know they spend more time on the road than most of us.

I steered away from Magellion because;
Their product line strength is with hiking type applications, not large vehicles on the road.

The above points are what went into my buying decision. Only made the purchase a couple weeks ago under the guise of Santa. Don't tell the DW because it's current wrapped and under the tree.
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I vote for the garmin 560LMT I used a standard GPS till last year when we got detoured due to construction they sent me down a back road that had an overpass of 13' I am 13'4" the new garmin doesnt let that happen it uses all factors height weight length, well worth the investment, $350 gps or get stuck on road or worse hit an overpass
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