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Old 04-18-2019, 06:10 AM   #15
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I didn't really want to pay the bucks for the Garmin 770. I ended up purchasing the Sygic Truck App (RV version) and installed it on my Samsung tablet. It has performed well for our trips so far, and the maps are loaded on the tablet. You can purchase the app once and then purchase on a yearly basis the option for real traffic updates. As others have said, no one GPS or navigation program is perfect and you need to be ready to use other resources (traditional atlas, Google, other GPS, etc.). I carry an older basic Garmin as a backup and use Google maps also.
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I have used RV versions of both Garmin and Magellon. I no longer trust any GPS to keep me out of areas I don't belong. Each unit I had, claimed it would avoid roads, bridges, etc., that my rig was too large for. Every one of these GPS units failed to do that at some point. I have been presented bridges that were rated far less than my rig weighed, roads that no RV should be on, and overpasses too low for our height. Fortunately we were able to get out of or through these failures. Nothing replaces a watchful eye and common sense.

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Old 04-18-2019, 09:23 AM   #17
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I have been using Garmin units for over 15 years. Lately I had a RV760 and now a RV770. The RV770 has been the best unit out of all of them. It's fast and usually accurate (NO GPS is always right) and with the SmartLink app on my phone the traffic data is as good as it can be. The RV760, 770, and 780 have the ability to have multiple vehicle types saved so when moving the unit to/from a car to RV just select the vehicle and it will route accordingly.
The RV770 had been replace with the new RV780 but the RV770's are still available.
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Old 04-18-2019, 09:42 AM   #18
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I prefer things that are open sourced, not locked into one manufacturer's idea of value, and there's open source mapping around the world, which leads to a GPS that is based on those maps. The big name brands probably use the same maps to update their maps.

I use the XGody 7" GPS for the features and mainly because it has a Bus setting that routes me around areas a large bus shouldn't be in. Like all of them, it has routed me wrong too, not to things like low bridges but to empty fields where a house is suppose to be. They all seem to do that occasionally. I like the features of the unit and it fits on my dash nicely. My brother bought one of those Good Sam GPS specifically for RVs that he let me borrow for a trip and I just did not care for it. Not intuitive at all.

I've only attempted to update maps once and that ended in frustration but it's not been a big deal. I've used it now for several years and depend on it to get me to where I'm going. They have a newer version and they're holding the price at a bargain $51 from eBay...XGody GPS
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At this point there is no reason to spend money on a dedicated navigation device, let alone one that costs extra because it's "RV" and is already out of date when it comes out of the box and you have to pay to update it... please......

I have mounts for my iPhone and and iPad which tethers to the phone. (Use it for a lot of other things too). Usually run WAZE on the phone and then Google Maps on the pad for traffic, and either Allstays Camp and RV or Trucker Path for low overpasses, rest areas etc etc.

Waze and TP are free, Allstays C&RV is cheap. Rarely have coverage issues with AT&T.

Pad by my right knee, phone on the left, mount shown phone not in there.
To each his own regarding whether you want or don't want a "RV GPS" vs. a smart phone app or the like for navigation, but your comment about paying for updates on the newer GPS units is not valid. Competition in this space has forced Garmin and other GPS manufacturers to provide "lifetime" updates at no charge, which previously had not been the case. Now "lifetime" does have a definition, but I have had my Garmin RV 770 for a number of years now and the updates are still coming. And I like it's functionality and how easy it is to see and hear it. Just wanted to make sure this updates issue was clarified.
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Thank you everybody for replies. Have been educated on choices I did not know existed. Unfortunately, do not have unlimited data for full time apps but, stand alone gps systems are enlightening.
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We really like our Garmin 770.
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