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Old 05-23-2014, 09:47 AM   #1
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Navigation Unit suggestions

About to pickup our first unit this weekend, excited! Looking for suggestions on the best navigation units to buy.

Any recommendations on what to buy and what not to buy?

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Hi Reelgator,
Consider getting a stand alone unit as opposed to a unit integrated into the radio and cameras. Next would be the units that advertise they are for RVs and or trucks. CW and GS advertise these units on their web sites. Free map upgrades would also be a good feature. Lastly, but just as important is get the largest screen you can find.
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While GPS units can be helpful at times, remember that they can also get one into a LOT of trouble. Use the GPS wisely and you will be OK. Be sure to get one that is for RV's as they will have information that some other units may not.
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Hi Reelgator,
Consider getting a stand alone unit as opposed to a unit integrated into the radio and cameras. Next would be the units that advertise they are for RVs and or trucks. CW and GS advertise these units on their web sites. Free map upgrades would also be a good feature. Lastly, but just as important is get the largest screen you can find.
Agree on a standalone GaryKD and as big a screen as possible. I looked at the GS unit as well as some at CW. The GS unit on Amazon have a good bit of unhappy buyers.

I was hoping to use a 7 inch Android Tablet and just buy some software, what I find is no better than Google maps.
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While GPS units can be helpful at times, remember that they can also get one into a LOT of trouble. Use the GPS wisely and you will be OK. Be sure to get one that is for RV's as they will have information that some other units may not.
I know all about the trouble a GPS unit can get you into, I have had them take me down dead end dirt roads. I trust them about as far as I can see.
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As already mentioned, a GPS with lifetime map upgrades is good to have. Only a tool, of course, in conjunction with paper maps, and an alert brain. We also like to have the iPad open and running my favorite navigation app called Speedometer GPS+. I think it was around $5. Once your co-pilot gets accustomed to using it, that app will probably be THE "go to" navigation crutch.
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I use my Samsung 5" phone.

Free updates

Large screen

Lower initial cost especially if you already have the phones

App applies to all android devices for no extra costs

Does not use your mobile data allowance

Check out Sygi or Copilot
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Garmin and Rand McNally both make RV specific GPS units. Make sure the sceen brightness is high as they can be a job to read if the unit is in the light. I made a hood for mine.
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No matter which one you get, make sure you know before you leave which way you need to go. We have a Rand that tells us to take dirt roads and likes to try to send us down a hill that is restricted to 18,000 pounds even though we are 30,000 pounds.
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Garmin and Rand McNally both make RV specific GPS units. Make sure the sceen brightness is high as they can be a job to read if the unit is in the light. I made a hood for mine.
We've had very good results with our Rand McNally for over three years. It's the original model and we simply upgrade every six months. It takes a little patience at first, not extremely user friendly and it's never put us in a bad predicament.
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Navagation Unit suggestions

Whatever you do, DO NOT BUY the Rand McNally GPS for RVs. I had one for ONE TRIP and quickly learned it is a useless POS. It routed me down a one-lane dirt road, then took me to a non-existent interstate on ramp at the end of a dead-end street! My Garmins never did that! I returned it and got my money back.

Get the Garmin 760 for RVs. I have the Desl 760 (purchased before the Garmin RV unit hit the market) and I am very happy with it. The RV unit is essentially identical to the Desl unit, with a few more RV-specific points of interest in it.
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Garmin DEZL or RV 760 LMT!!
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Thanks all, bought the Garmin 760.
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