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Old 09-19-2021, 01:04 PM   #1
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Good RV GPS

What is good dedicated RV GPS and why?
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Old 09-19-2021, 05:58 PM   #2
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We use and have for years the Rand McNally GPS and love it.
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Old 09-19-2021, 06:21 PM   #3
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Garmin 890 or 1090, made for RV’s
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Old 09-19-2021, 06:27 PM   #4
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I have the Garmin 785 I love it because it have everything all of the camp ground, gas station, places of history, you can put in the size of your rv so when you plan your route it want take you to low bridges, buttttt I don't trust in 100% you still have to do a search to make sure that they didn't redo the roads. I did buy a road atlas to go with my Garmin.
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Google Maps

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Always accurate
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Old 09-19-2021, 07:43 PM   #6
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Garmin 890. Love it.
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If you have service…..not a.ways accurate IMO
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Old 09-20-2021, 08:26 AM   #8
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I use Google Maps and download the map for off-line use. But, Google will sometimes send you down roads where RV's are not allowed. Ex: Utah 261.
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Google Maps always assumes you're in a car. I use it all of the time -- in the car. In the RV, I think a GPS unit that knows about low bridges, narrow roads, and weight limits would be handy.


It's been on my to-do list to see if TomTom has an app for the phone. I've written software that calls the TomTom Navigation Service and I can set parameters that would constrain the route returned to be RV-friendly.
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Old 09-20-2021, 08:53 AM   #10
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We use an older Garmin RV760. It has been and still is a great product.

What ever you get, make sure it has lifetime map upgrades.
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... all good advice.

If you get a Garmin, check out BaseCamp. It's Garmin's free computer program that syncs with Garmin devices. You can easily change BaseCamp's suggested route (for whatever reason) and upload it to your device. The learning curve is not steep or long, but it will take some time to get used to it.

We plan almost all of our trips on BaseCamp. After uploading to the navigator all the turns and stops are programed in.
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What OnTheGo states is correct!

Love my Garmin!

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Another thumbs up for Garmin. We have an older RV660LMT that includes traffic without the need to connect to a smart phone app. It's worked very well for us over the last 7 years. I also use Basecamp and think it's a great tool once you get the hang of the basic tasks. Google maps is handy for some of the pre-planning as I like the street view feature to check out potential fuel stops and make sure that there is sufficient room to maneuver in and out.
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Another thumbs up for Garmin. We have an older RV660LMT that includes traffic without the need to connect to a smart phone app. It's worked very well for us over the last 7 years. I also use Basecamp and think it's a great tool once you get the hang of the basic tasks. Google maps is handy for some of the pre-planning as I like the street view feature to check out potential fuel stops and make sure that there is sufficient room to maneuver in and out.
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Made that mistake once and never again. Good for walking, bikes and cars. POS for RV navigation.

Garmin RV 760 for navigation and RV Trip Wizard for planning.
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Been using it for years

Only issue I had was in Houston forgot to turn off TOLE ROADS...lol..

Never one issue besides that. But maybe in old areas , any none TRUCK/RV app may cause u issues.

I'll keep it. It's 100% accurate and good
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Been using it for years
Me too.

I must drive more than you - as it's tried to put me on some narrow neighborhood streets. Streets with load limits. Streets with low bridges.


And, for the record, it ain't really free.
You just think it is.
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I always use google maps when I program my route on the Garmin 760. I wouldn't trust the google maps alone when in the RV. I do use them all the time in my toad. I like to create a route using mostly state and US Highways. With google maps I can see the co-ordinates and enter them into the Garmin. Half the fun is getting there!
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We used the GoodSam/RandMcnally for many years. It worked fine and we understood it’s idiosyncrasies but it finally died on us. I tried the RV Life and was very very disappointed. The key problem is that it is nay semi-functional when you do not have a cell signal because you’re using your cell phone or tablet not an all encompassing GPS device with extensive software. We just got a Garmin and I’m impressed with what I’ve seen so far.
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Also will take you down roads with not enough height clearance or weight
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