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Old 06-17-2019, 08:39 PM   #1
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Stand alone GPS device vs phone app gps

Just wondering what everyone’s preferences is and why? Wanting to plan our trips so that road closures,detours, and clearances are all taken into account for our specific 5th wheel size which is 37’. We are new to 5th wheel life and trying to minimize my already too high stress level. Just driving down road and backing up already stressed me out. So peace of mind knowing our route is 5th wheel friendly is HUGE for me.
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Old 06-17-2019, 08:45 PM   #2
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Forget TomTom and Magellan. Go for a Garmin 550, 660, 760, 770 or their newest 780. You can enter all of your rig's dimensions so not to fear taking off your AC unit(s).

The 550 has a 5 inch screen, the 660 a 6 inch screen and the 700 series have a 7 inch screen. Personally, we own a 760 bought used off eBay.


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Old 06-17-2019, 08:57 PM   #3
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X2 on the Garmin 760 with 7" screen. All trailer dimensions are entered so the height of you RV is in there. But also look at the height markers on each bridge and compare to your known height of your 5er. Max height allowable per DOT is 13'6". Mine is 12'7" with 2nd AC in the front.
Also, the route descriptions on the Garmin have served us well for several years.
Good luck and enjoy your new rig.

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Old 06-17-2019, 11:29 PM   #4
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X3 on the Garmin RV GPS units. In addition to the reasons mentioned above, I prefer a Garmin GPS over a phone mapping because it more reliable as they function from the satellite, rather than LTE phone service, phone service is getting better, but in Montana, Wyoming, and Idaho, there are a lot of areas without adequate service to give you directions if you have to re-route, i.e. u-turns, or byways, etc. Besides, there is nothing like a telemarketer calling you while in busy interstate city traffic, and your map is disabled due to the incoming call.
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Garmin 760 here also. I would not use my iphone for any navigation while towing after comparing it to the Garmin.
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We use an I phone with Waze and Google maps. And its fine . For us ( been across the country north to south and east to west 10 times).
BUT one is driver and one is navigator and no one is sleeping..

We also have a little unit so refueling is not an issue ( except in some tiny gas stations in PA and NJ off the highway)
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Old 06-18-2019, 07:57 AM   #7
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I use a Garmin 760RV, and Waze on the Iphone, but I still get nervous when Waze routes me around a wreck on the Interstate, since it doesn't know my height.
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Old 06-18-2019, 08:36 AM   #8
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i HAVE THE GARMIN 770 RV, just watch it taking you on a wild goose chase, mine this month took me through the mountains where a rv should not have been, double check with google or something, nothing is fool proof, I proved that
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Ah, is it a phone or a GPS?? That is the ?? and the iPhone folks etc like to refer to it as a "device" so you don't get hung up on the phone thing. Call me old school but I like to use my device for the purpose intended when I bought it. My phone is used to make calls, send text, and record messages. My Garmin is used for mapping routes and viewing map locations. In a nutshell, if you are an all in one person and you leave your phone behind or can't find it in a pinch, you are on your own in number of different ways. If my Garmin dies I can use my phone as back up but I can't use my gps as a backup phone. If someone grabs my Garmin off the dash I go into the TT and grab the spare that I pulled from my daily driver before we left on our trip. It is my hand-me down #2 that has most of the basic features but a little smaller screen and no voice command.

Either approach will work, just take the time to become familiar with how they work before heading out on the road. Trying to figure out how to add a way point or change your route on the fly should not be the time for a learning experience. DW taking a call from the kids is no problem when you are using your Garmin for navigation.
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i HAVE THE GARMIN 770 RV, just watch it taking you on a wild goose chase, mine this month took me through the mountains where a rv should not have been, double check with google or something, nothing is fool proof, I proved that
LOL, Last year in New Orleans my Garmin made me take a right instead of a left, and I wound up in the 9th ward, that had been devastated by hurricane Katrina.
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