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Old 03-19-2011, 07:13 PM   #1
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Built In Navigation System

If you we're too order a New coach and plan on keeping it for 10 years would you get the factory supplied and installed Navigation system, or would you prefer your own aftermarket system.

Just wondering how long it would take before it would be obselete. Also for the Price I could upgrade to a new Garmin about 4 times in 10 years.

We do know have a Garmin but I really don;t use it all that much, except for on vacations.

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Old 03-19-2011, 07:21 PM   #2
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You answered your own question. Go for a stand alone system. Much easier to get map updates for it.

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Old 03-19-2011, 08:06 PM   #3
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Stand alone will enable you to move it from the coach, toad, rental car.
I can't imagine having a GPS that is older then 5+ years old. Technology gets better every day.

Good luck with your decision.
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Old 03-19-2011, 08:17 PM   #4
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Stand alone - technology changes, maps change & the stand alone units new maps are MUCH cheaper than most built-ins.
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Old 03-20-2011, 04:40 AM   #5
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We have a smart phone. It has google maps/GPS. Updated all the time.
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Old 03-20-2011, 04:44 AM   #6
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Stand alone, as the built in units have traditionally been difficult if not impossible to update not to mention expensive.
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Old 03-20-2011, 05:31 AM   #7
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I'm of the opposite view of the previous posts. I have and will continue to have the built in GPS combo units. The main reason is screen size. My GPS has a 7" display and a remarkably crisp and clear view of the map. I need a large screen. The next reason is the unit displays what lane I should be in in addition to quite a bit of information about the day's drive. Also, I like the multi features that are consolidated into a single unit. I worry not about taking it from vehicle to vehicle. My two primary vehicles have the manufacturers installed GPS. My future vehicles will also have the manufacturer's installed GPS. Like in the coach, the GMC ENVOY also has a very large screen and displays the information I personally want and need. I do not worry about updates. If one purchases a manufacturer installed unit, or a top of the line after market unit that is permanently installed, updates have been available until I change vehicles or purchase another large screen GPS unit that will install in the dash.

Consider what your requirements are (my assumption is the unit's voice instructions are understandable):
1. screen size
2. what is displayed during travel and how easy is it to understand when driving
3. what are the different ways to find your destination (name, address, latitude/longitude, category (like different kinds of restaurants))
4. will viewing, a portable unit, be impeded buy different lighting conditions
5. is there a really good place to put an after market dash mounted unit
6. do you want to add remembering to move the unit to the vehicle you'll be using to your list of things to remember to do.
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Old 03-20-2011, 08:29 AM   #8
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I use a 7 inch portable magellan. I set it on the console atop the engine cover. This makes it much closer to me, and easier to see. I like the fact that my wife can unsnap it and change settings easily while underway. Many of the builtins cannot be changed, unless you stop. If i do have a a problem with it, I an mail it in and not have to take in the motorhome. Also the updates are much cheaper. I only paid 150.00 for it at costco.
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Old 03-20-2011, 08:34 AM   #9
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Old 03-20-2011, 08:43 AM   #10
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My Acura has factory nav. Sandy's Toyota has factory nav. The truck (see signature) has factory nav. My motorcycle is still using a Garmin 2610. The integrated factory systems have their benefits, but keeping them updated gets to be a hassle as well as expensive (so I generally don't - at least, not annually), and trying to remember the operational differences of the different systems as I move from vehicle to vehicle is frustrating when I can't remember what I had for breakfast this morning.

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I have a built-in in my current coach. My previous coach didn't. I used a laptop with Delorme Street Atlas. I prefer the stand alone.
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Hi All, I have a GPS in my Grand Cherokee a Factory unit. Worked really well for 6 months when I started noticing problems with direction accuracy. My Cherokee is a 2008 I bought new in July of 2008 the unit was outdated when at the time I bought , when I complained to the Dealer they must have done an upgrade because it guided me well for another 6 months, after that it was useless in some areas, particularly in Metro areas near me.
The upgrade is $300+, I even received the upgrade disc from Jeep, you install it and then pay the money to activate it. No Way!
I am about to purchase another Jeep, this is one option I will not buy. As was said Top of the line units can be bought for much less every year or so some with lifetime upgrades. Another advantage is reduction of theft not really a problem with Motor Homes.
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Old 03-20-2011, 01:59 PM   #13
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Stand alone. Built ins are extremely expensive to purchase and update. With the stand alone, you can use it in the MH until you get to the CG, then pull it out and use it in the tow car.
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Old 03-20-2011, 07:33 PM   #14
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Standalone for me. One for the Toad and one for the RV. I have a Built-In in our Honda Odyssey but, when we travel, I use a new Garmin with the traffice radio built in. I like the standalones because they are accurate, low cost, lower cost to update, and easily replaced. The drawback is you have a 12v cord running over your dashboard to an outlet.

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