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Old 11-25-2014, 10:51 AM   #1
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I had my first experience as a Class A owner this past year. I found a GPS to be invaluable but what I have is limited as it does not take into consideration the size of my motorhome. What I would like to know is what folks found to be the best GPS for a motorhome owner.
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I had my first experience as a Class A owner this past year. I found a GPS to be invaluable but what I have is limited as it does not take into consideration the size of my motorhome. What I would like to know is what folks found to be the best GPS for a motorhome owner.
Yes. Rand McNally makes one where you can input the size specs of your camper/MH and it's "supposed to" route you away from low bridges, etc.

I say "supposed to" only because I haven't been anywhere with low bridges to test it out
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Old 11-25-2014, 06:22 PM   #3
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I had my first experience as a Class A owner this past year. I found a GPS to be invaluable but what I have is limited as it does not take into consideration the size of my motorhome. What I would like to know is what folks found to be the best GPS for a motorhome owner.
Magellan also makes a GPS for RVs. Allows inputting size, weight etc.
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Old 11-25-2014, 06:52 PM   #4
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Garmin also has a dedicated RV model, and their truck models also provide for entry of vehicle specs.
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I purchased a Bad Elf, which communicates with my IPad via Bluetooth. Then I purchased Co-Pilot for IPad. This uses downloaded maps so you can pre-plan your trip. It also allows you to set the RV height. Most of the reviews I read indicated that this was where other GPS failed and allowed routing under low underpasses.
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Yes. Rand McNally makes one where you can input the size specs of your camper/MH and it's "supposed to" route you away from low bridges, etc.

I say "supposed to" only because I haven't been anywhere with low bridges to test it out
This looks like something I may buy.
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In our first few years, we used Garmin and Tom Tom. Last year we bought the Rand McNally RV app for our I Pad. It took us most of the year to get up to speed with it, but it has become our preferred navigation tool. We find it very useful for navigation, finding campgrounds, rest stops, restaurants, fuel stations, etc.

Having said that, we learned a long time ago not to rely totally on any navigation device. It is wise to plan the trip before the trip begins.

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Old 11-25-2014, 08:13 PM   #8
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We have a Garmin 760. It also has the capability to put in your height, length, and weight and is suppose to route you around obstacles. So far we have not had any issues using it. WE have LTM (life time maps) so you can upgrade to get the most current information.

I've owned several Garmins and they seem to be getting better at who you navigate through the windows. The new ones allow you to select a specific city and do a search there, say for campgrounds or filling stations etc. Comes in handy. Seems like the POI (points of Interest) have improved.

Good luck on your decision, there are lots of options.
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we have the Magellen which allows us to input our rv specs...so far so good....we can look ahead to rest areas, walmarts gas stations....but we support the gps with a current truck atlas and have mifi computer...can't be too careful when naviguessing.....
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...can't be too careful when naviguessing.....

Naviguessing....... I like that!

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I have the Good SAMs Rand McNally unit, so far I like it.
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I have the Good SAMs Rand McNally unit, so far I like it.
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We own several Garmins in our cars and MH as well. The MH has the Garmin 760 DEZL with life time maps. I have a goose neck mount that I got from Walmart on-line that puts it right where I need it. It works well.
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Yes. Rand McNally makes one where you can input the size specs of your camper/MH and it's "supposed to" route you away from low bridges, etc.

I say "supposed to" only because I haven't been anywhere with low bridges to test it out
I have a Rand Mcnally RV GPS like you are talking about. I use it when i fly somewhere in the rental car I get when i get there. I was taking the car back to the rental car return when the low bridge alarm went off. It showed the pedestrian bridge from the terminal to the rental car garage. I was a lot more comfortable if it had that small bridge in the memory for low level.

Garmin also makes one and I have not bought one yet but that is the next one I am going to buy. One of the disadvanges to the Rand Mcnally is that it takes me on routes that go through the middle of big towns like Kansas City, ST. Louis etc even though there are bypass interstates around these towns. You can take the GArmin and draw a box around an area and it will allow you to disalow this area for routeing. I think that would be very helpful with trying to control where it sends you.
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