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Old 04-10-2019, 02:29 PM   #1
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Bought my new Navion in TX, drove it home to NH this “spring”. (spring is a relative word in the northeast) The Rand McNally gps was so slow and took us to so many places we hadn’t intended to go that we had to rely on the smart phone to get us home by the preferred back road routes. Op manual says there’s a way to update the system but I can’t quite figure it out. How do I update the SD card? Or is there a better way to make the system run faster and more accurately? Aside from the gps, love the motor home so far. It’s leaps and bounds better than the 2017 Thor unit I traded it for.
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Contact Scott at River Park support. He has been very responsive and helpful for many owners.
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The card is SD. Go online to Riverpark there is a support for updating. Get the SD card out, put it in your MS laptop, I hope you have a SD slot. Then do the update. Replace the card. Try it. Then you will find your phone is much better. The new 20, arriving this spring will have improvements, like the Mercedes nav. The unit is hard to use, it will keep you from going where you don't have clearance or going across a bridge that is not rated for 11,000 lbs. my unit does tell me speed changes, called Speed warning. But it works going too fast or if the speed limit is now higher. I like that feature. If you stop remember to keep the radio switch in the on position on the dash, not the radio, this keeps your trip active, but it works as well as any 2001 nav system.
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Old 04-11-2019, 03:54 AM   #4
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Thanks, Winnie View and Coffie Drink. Sounds like the nav unit wasn’t ready for prime time use. This has proven to be the only part of the new Navion that Winnebago should have thought twice about. Will contact Riverpark and hope for the best. And while I’m griping, why no CD player in the dash? First “they” took away my quadrophonic 8 track, then my cassette player and now the CD so that I’m forced to listen to “their” selections on Sirius or the wind blowing in the window. Has anyone added an aftermarket CD player to the dash and, if so, brand, model and features?
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Maybe an LP player as well.

P.S. Most DVD players can also play a CD.
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Old 04-11-2019, 07:24 AM   #6
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The Rand McNally GPS software is used by many RVers/truckers because it has special features....like height restrictions... . We've had an an Xcite/RMN audio system in TWO RVs going back to 2010. The first GPS was a bit wonky but improved with updates but the current one works perfectly and has lots of features. The audio is acceptable....it is in an RV not a studio or opera hall.

1. No one makes CD players for cars are as dead as buggy whips. Who has the time or distraction of jacking around with a CD when you can put a bazillion tunes on a pocket drive and plug it into the USB port. Depending on model, you could play a CD in the house system.

2. The GPS needs an update and possibly a larger SIM card. Talk to the Lad at river Park.

3. The GPS OS and maps are easily updated. Pull the SD card located in the upper right side of the unit behind the little door on the fascia. Take it to your PC computer . Install the RMN "dock" on your PC from the RMN web site. When installed, insert your SIM card in the slot and follow directions to verify your system's ID and tell it to update. Simple. Depending on your PC and bandwidth it may take seconds to hours to down load the up grades and map. Follow directions. Reinstall SD card in unit.

(Since you mentioned CDs..... and not that you asked......I hope you are running a Windows 10 computer..... I'm not sure that the "dock" will work on older OS.)

4. GPS trip planning is best done on the Good Sam travel/route planner on your PC and cross decked to the sim card....just like above. That is your basic route. You can tweek it through the unit's guidance program.

5. Program the GPS under the preferences tap on the unit.

I wouldn't expect great things from the MB GPS.
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Thanks, Old Crows. Will try to do that on my Mac. The system doesn’t seem to be as user friendly as the rest of the MH is. BTW, spent several days this past snowbird season driving through your neck of the woods - the TX hill country. Beautiful. The wife and I even looked on line at properties we liked it so much.
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The real fix for the Rand McNally GPS is to not use it. Buy yourself a Garmin 770, set it properly, and set it on the dash. You will get a screen that you can read, even with your sunglasses on, and a GPS that actually works.
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You’re probably right. On the way home from TX we used the smart phone and a two year old Garmin to check the reliability and accuracy of the Rand McNally unit. Not ready to tune the Rand McNally with a hammer until we’ve tried everything to make it work. Now have to wait a month to let the muddy, sloppy roads dry out before we can do another road trip to test the download/update/fix.
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For what it's worth the RV 770 GPS should be dropping in price soon, now that the RV 780 started selling this week. I just purchased a 780 to replace a Garmin RV 760 that will now take on TOAD duty. Lots of new features that my old 760 didn't have.



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