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Old 03-07-2017, 12:40 PM   #1
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what gps units have you all added to make travel less stressful?
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Old 03-07-2017, 12:48 PM   #2
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The Garmin RV 760LMT.
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Old 03-07-2017, 02:18 PM   #3
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Nothing beats Google Maps on my phone and you can cache maps now as well so you don't need to use data while on the road. Free map updates and great route finding.

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Old 03-07-2017, 03:02 PM   #4
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Nothing beats Google Maps on my phone and you can cache maps now as well so you don't need to use data while on the road. Free map updates and great route finding.

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Agreed with this, you don't have to deal with yet another gadget with its own wires and battery. You can cache the maps, use voice navigation and get traffic information easily. The days of a standalone GPS for personal use are behind us imo.
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Would not be w/o a REAL GPS.

Our 7" Rand McNally 7710 serves us well.

Designed specifically for the RVer and camper. Routing includes legal weight and height restrictions designed for the type of RV you are using.

More than 14 million points of interest - including festivals, National/State/Regional Parks and other Rand McNally researched locations.

Pet-friendly locations - animal hospitals, hiking trails, parks, beaches, and more.

RVer Tools including Checklists, Quick Mileage Calculations, Maintenance Logs, and Breadcrumb Trails to get you back to your campsite.

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I use Google Maps for pre-planing routes only.
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The Garmin RV 760LMT.

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Nothing beats Google Maps on my phone and you can cache maps now as well so you don't need to use data while on the road. Free map updates and great route finding.

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Question for google maps users. Will Google Maps warn you if your route will take you under a bridge or overhang that your RV will not fit under? What about bridge or road restrictions?
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If my eyes were better, perhaps I would use Google maps or Waze. However, my dedicated Garmin GPS is much better suited for me as all the information is displayed in a larger format. I'm using a 7 or 8 year old Garmin Nuvi 1490 but will be updating to the Garmin RV 760 soon.
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Question for google maps users. Will Google Maps warn you if your route will take you under a bridge or overhang that your RV will not fit under? What about bridge or road restrictions?
It does not look like it has that capability but Google have been advised that it would be a good addition so it could happen.

There are plenty of Apps that cover navigation and RV routing along with offline maps.

To be honest I haven't used a Garmin or TomTom for years. I have a few outdated models at home that never got used either. I always just reach for my phone rather than trying to search for addresses or places in a dedicated GPS unit. I always found them very clunky to use and the maps were always out of date.

We just got a 2016 Ford Edge with built in Nav and the Navigation is useless for finding things. It can't even locate the Ford dealership! I think I had 1 successful search in a few months of owning it. I upgraded the software to enable Android Auto and it is amazing! Google maps right on the dash with voice commands that actually work without needing to memorize specific commands like you do trying to talk to the Ford built in system.

I am sure the newer GPS units have come a long way since I have used them but I'll stick with Google Maps and always have an up to date map that I can find almost anything on.

How often are the Garmin maps updated and do you get the updates for free?

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If my eyes were better, perhaps I would use Google maps or Waze. However, my dedicated Garmin GPS is much better suited for me as all the information is displayed in a larger format. I'm using a 7 or 8 year old Garmin Nuvi 1490 but will be updating to the Garmin RV 760 soon.
Get a mount for your existing tablet if you have one. Preload your maps and you are good to go. Big screen and you can use or try out all the different Apps including Google Maps.

Most tablets have GPS built in but not all. YMMV

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