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Old 03-17-2019, 12:54 PM   #1
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Garmin 61 LMT-S vs Garmin RV 770 LMT-S

Trying to buy a new Garmin GPS and I can't figure out the difference between the 61 anf the 770. The 770 is almost $150 more but everything I look at says these are virtually identical units. From my research it appears that the 770 has voice comands but the 61 does not beyond that I don't see the difference. Both can use the BC 30 camera both have lifetime maps.

Can anyone enlighten me?
Anybody using either one?
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From what I can tell the 61 is a car GPS and the 770 is for an RV also, meaning the 770 will include RV specific info and routing for height and weight I believe the 770 also has a campground database and RV services. I don't own either but I did read up on them.
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Make sure to get the one that allows length & height to be entered as that will route you around any low clearances it's aware of. It's usually the truck or RV variant. It's not a guarantee but should virtually eliminate any surprises. I picked up the truck variant and it works great for my fifth wheel setup.
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Trying to buy a new Garmin GPS and I can't figure out the difference between the 61 anf the 770. The 770 is almost $150 more but everything I look at says these are virtually identical units. From my research it appears that the 770 has voice comands but the 61 does not beyond that I don't see the difference. Both can use the BC 30 camera both have lifetime maps.

Can anyone enlighten me?
Anybody using either one?
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Make sure to get the one that allows length & height to be entered as that will route you around any low clearances it's aware of. It's usually the truck or RV variant. It's not a guarantee but should virtually eliminate any surprises. I picked up the truck variant and it works great for my fifth wheel setup.
Does anyone know where to get the best discount on the Garmin RV 770 LMT? Would like to purchase a new one.
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Old 04-18-2019, 07:37 AM   #5
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Trying to buy a new Garmin GPS and I can't figure out the difference between the 61 anf the 770. The 770 is almost $150 more but everything I look at says these are virtually identical units. From my research it appears that the 770 has voice comands but the 61 does not beyond that I don't see the difference. Both can use the BC 30 camera both have lifetime maps.

Can anyone enlighten me?
Anybody using either one?
770 uses the dimension/weight of your RV for hazard avoidance. It does have voice commands. I've had mine for about 2years now, love it. I ditched the Rand for the Garmin. The traffic/weather integration is pretty cool as well. Tons of info on the screen, easy to read without too much distraction.

The only complaint is the crummy software (BaseCamp), its a nightmare to use. I feel like I have to re-learn it every time I touch it. I write software for a living, their software is the awful, good news...there are tons of alternatives that work with the 770.

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Just a word of caution- check the route the 770 picks against google maps or other mapping software because sometimes the route it picks makes no sense. Itís been better this winter, maybe they made a software change, but last winter it sent us way out of the way when a simple left turn would have gotten us to our destination. It also suggested a turn I could not make due to road geometry, and I wished Iíd followed Google.

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The only complaint is the crummy software (BaseCamp), its a nightmare to use. I feel like I have to re-learn it every time I touch it. I write software for a living, their software is the awful, good news...there are tons of alternatives that work with the 770.
I wrote a couple posts that outline how to set up a route quickly in BaseCamp, and how to correctly place a shaping waypoint. Here are the links.

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For what it's worth, I just ordered the new Garmin RV 780 GPS, that should be arriving today. It was just released on the 15th of this month. Should make the 770 prices drop soon.


I've come to understand when you buy a new GPS you have the "State of the Art" for about 15 minutes. This one is replacing my Garmin RV 760 that will be moved to TOAD duty.


https://buy.garmin.com/en-US/US/p/660527


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