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Old 05-08-2014, 01:02 PM   #1
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Looking For Recommendations on GPS Unit

My wife told me this morning that she wants a GPS unit for the vehicles.

Does anyone have a recommendation - I have used one a single time when my in-laws lent us the one they have.

I set the voice to a Celtic-sounding woman on the single time that I used one. I asked my wife if I could so with the one we are to get. She said fine, but I needed to realize she had already downloaded the Mike Rowe voice.

Ouch!
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Old 05-08-2014, 04:36 PM   #2
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If you've got a smart phone just use the Waze application. Free and a great GPS app!
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Old 05-08-2014, 04:45 PM   #3
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I use the Garmin RV760LMT and love it
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If you've got a smart phone just use the Waze application. Free and a great GPS app!
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Also there are several "free" apps as well that show dump stations, overnight rv parking locations, weigh stations, KOA campgrounds, even one called iExit that will show you restaurants etc. over the next few exits on the interstate.
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Old 05-08-2014, 04:55 PM   #5
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Good Sam GPS 7" RVND7725 Powered by Rand McNally

We just purchased the 7" RVND7725 Powered by Rand McNally from Camping World, last week. Some pro’s and cons about the mounting bracket.

For the last 3 years we used a Garmin (non RV) GPS, that left a lot to be desired. I have no idea as to how the newer Garmin's are probably better. DW is in charge of the GPS and she spent the trip home from CW programming it. She also tested some routes near home, and said it performed (route wise) better than the old Garmin. She really liked how easy it was to program.

So, I guess we will find out how it really works at the end of the month, when we head out to Nashville for the CMA awards. I can't remember what voice she programmed in, not that it makes any difference to me.

We will keep you informed as we start using it..

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Unless you're a pretty up to date person on tech, I wouldn't over buy. I wouldn't go for the basic unit, but most Garmin models are pretty easy to get use to and are very good. If you ever purchased a VCR back in the day with all kinds of bells and whisles and soon realized all you used it for was watching tapes, you'll know what I mean. I use my Garmin [actually my 2nd one] along with a paper map. Try to pick one up at the visitor center of each state we enter. A visual review of the map makes the GPS instructions easier to understand and will help you figure out when it is giving you dumb turns. You don't need a $1000 unit that gives you menus of local resturants or voice response features unless you're in to that kind of stuff. You probably already have that kind of info on you phone anyway.

Most smart phones do have excellent gps features, but I don't like to have to rely on something that ends up in someone elses pocket or is being used as a phone when you need directions as you blow thru Atlanta.
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I have a Garmin 465LMT which is a truck GPS. The advantages of Truck or RV GPS's are that they have many restrictions such as height and weight to help keep you out of trouble. They'll also not navigate you where trucks are not allowed. Here in NY, my pickup is registered commercial because of the weight. As such, it's not allowed on parkways. The truck GPS knows this and will not route me onto one. I also have it programmed at 13'5" and it won't route me near low bridges and set to 12T for weight restrictions.

Auto GPS's will route you where you might not be allowed. RV GPS's are probably best because of the propane restrictions at some tunnels (my truck GPS does not have that as an option)
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Thanks, group.

Excellent points on the RV or truck GPS - I never even thought of.
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If you've got a smart phone just use the Waze application. Free and a great GPS app!
Phone mapping apps are great until you no longer have cell coverage from your carrier. GPS units have far more coverage than any cell system.
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We have a Tom Tom that we like and a Garmin that is just ok. I carry a second Tom Tom in our truck just as a back up for the Garmin. Our phones are fairly basic.
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