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Old 01-10-2018, 09:11 PM   #1
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We have a factory navigation system on our 2017 F-150. Does anyone know if there is an upgrade to Ford's navigation system for RVs so that we don't need a separate one?
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Old 01-10-2018, 09:18 PM   #2
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No reason to upgrade what you have, the RV gps units are a waste of money for what they do.
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Old 01-11-2018, 10:04 AM   #3
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I thought that they warned you about low Bridges and overpasses, and let you know about other obstacles that would be problematic for a trailer that wouldn't be problematic for a regular vehicle.

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No reason to upgrade what you have, the RV gps units are a waste of money for what they do.
I do not see where you are coming from with such a statement.

I vastly prefer my Garmin 760LMT unit to the in dash GPS in my greyhawk.

Firstly, upgrades to software and maps are FREE for the life of the unit. Updates to most in dash units must be bought. To the tune of approx 80 to 100 dollars.

My Garmin brings an additional layer of functionality that the in dash unit does not. I can search for local grocery stores, campgrounds, restaurants, etc.

It also alerts me to traffic and road conditions when linked via blue tooth to my cell phone. A HUGE help when there is an accident ahead. It will suggest alternate routes.

It also alerts me to road conditions not suitable for my RV, i.e. bridge heights, sharp curves, etc.

And when the sun is shining on it I can move it so I can see the screen!

Very happy with my Garmin and will replace it when it quits.

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Old 01-11-2018, 11:20 AM   #5
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I have the 2018 Greyhawk and the in dash is the Garmin. It pops off the mount and you can use it like a tablet. Love it so far! Haven't used it a whole lot, don't know about updates, will have to look in to that.

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Grimeshaus, I like the idea of a detachable unit. If it has free updates that is just extra gravy!

Please let us know the features of your unit. Very interested.

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Old 01-11-2018, 11:40 AM   #7
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I do not see where you are coming from with such a statement.

I vastly prefer my Garmin 760LMT unit to the in dash GPS in my greyhawk.

Firstly, upgrades to software and maps are FREE for the life of the unit. Updates to most in dash units must be bought. To the tune of approx 80 to 100 dollars.

Most GPS units for the past ten plus years have had free map upgrades

My Garmin brings an additional layer of functionality that the in dash unit does not. I can search for local grocery stores, campgrounds, restaurants, etc.

I can use my phone for any of that

It also alerts me to traffic and road conditions when linked via blue tooth to my cell phone. A HUGE help when there is an accident ahead. It will suggest alternate routes.

Cell phone can also do that

It also alerts me to road conditions not suitable for my RV, i.e. bridge heights, sharp curves, etc.

I don't trust that this feature is always accurate, I have never gone under a bridge that a semi truck could not pass under or around a curve that was a problem

And when the sun is shining on it I can move it so I can see the screen!

I don't need to look at the screen, all I need is a voice to listen to, keeps my eyes on the road, much safer than looking at a little screen for what.

Very happy with my Garmin and will replace it when it quits.

I am glad your happy with your Garmin but I don't see any real benefit to an RV specific GPS, to each there own.

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I thought that they warned you about low Bridges and overpasses, and let you know about other obstacles that would be problematic for a trailer that wouldn't be problematic for a regular vehicle.

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Having actually used both a regular GarminGPS and a Garmin RV system, I can confirm that the RV based GPS's are a very useful tool while you are on the road.

They have many campgrounds and RV services that are not included on a regular GPS. The RV GPS warns you of low bridges etc. and route you around them. It can be set to warn you of sharp turns and the route can be set to Eco-route which can avoid steep hills if there are alternate routes.

I installed this Kenwood in-dash unit in my F150, which took less than 2 hours from start to finish:

https://www.kenwood.com/ca/car/naviga...edia/dnx571tr/

Like the in-dash because no wires and directions are broadcast through truck speakers as loud as you need it and it automatically mutes radio or MP3's that you are listening to. No data charges and have never lost the GPS signal yet except in parking garages.
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It's the Garmin/Fusion RV-BBT600. It's a combination nav/music/media/apps/hands free phone/etc. It does the traffic, road alerts normal with the Garmin. And it's detachable!

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I understand your reluctance to use an RV specific GPS.

My statement as to paying for GPS updates comes from the fact that updates for my 2014 F150 indash GPS cost 149 dollars from Ford. I gave away a 6 year old 100 dollar portable GPS unit as the updates were 85.00 dollars!

While cell phones will serve many helpful functions, I do not want to have to deal with more than one device whilst driving.

I do find it useful to quickly view my GPS screen while driving. When approaching turn offs and route changes, it is very helpful to view the screen as my unit shows me which lane to be in and whether the turn is left or right. It even gives a picture of the upcoming interchange lanes!

True, to each his own.

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