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Old 03-20-2019, 09:33 AM   #1
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GPS with RV Trip Wizard

I need to replace my current GPS, the lifetime maps are no longer updating. Therefore, I would like to replace the GPS with another that will work best with RV Trip Wizard. Current GPS is Magellan. My RV equipment is F350 SRW 32' 5vr that is 13'2" tall. Does any one have suggestions for a standalone unit that will work well with the trip wizard?

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Old 03-21-2019, 09:07 AM   #2
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I have a GPS Drive 60 LTM which we used for our 4 month trip summer 2018. I had used the RV Trip Planning wizard for this trip. However after much trying with Garmin and the Trip Wizard staff I never got the entire trip loaded into my GPS. Comments don't show up. The stops loaded into favorites.The excel spreadsheet was great in helping to reprogram the trip manually into the GPS. I am hopeful that this has been resolved although I have not tried it since last year.
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Old 03-27-2019, 10:05 AM   #3
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I need to replace my current GPS, the lifetime maps are no longer updating. Therefore, I would like to replace the GPS with another that will work best with RV Trip Wizard. Current GPS is Magellan. My RV equipment is F350 SRW 32' 5vr that is 13'2" tall. Does any one have suggestions for a standalone unit that will work well with the trip wizard?

Thanks in advance,

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Well .... depends on what you mean by "works well with Trip Wizard". I have found that what works for me is to input the entire trip into RVTW and include the street address in the notes. Then I send/print the trip itinerary via email. Then I manually enter the trip into my Rand McNally GPS. Works great for me and I have a printed itinerary for the navigator ... plenty of room for notes.
BTW, I have lifetime maps but they only get a major update yearly.
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I need to replace my current GPS, the lifetime maps are no longer updating. Therefore, I would like to replace the GPS with another that will work best with RV Trip Wizard. Current GPS is Magellan. My RV equipment is F350 SRW 32' 5vr that is 13'2" tall. Does any one have suggestions for a standalone unit that will work well with the trip wizard?

Thanks in advance,

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David, I've been a loyal Garmin user for over 10years. From what I've seen its the best out there. I've been able to import my trips into RVTW but its currently a bit cumbersome. As of right now, RVTW takes some playing with to do this. The trips come across as POI and not a pre planned route. What I do is plan my trip with RVTW while online so I can review the campsites with RVTW as well as look online for additional information. Then usually on the night before traveling to next stop I program the next stop. This way I have an idea of estimated time of arrival. I even plan my fuel stops along the way using RVTW so that I can make sure I can get a CostCo or other memberships fuels you may prefer.
I've been told that RVTW programers are working on getting an easier transfer for Garmin, but the last I heard is Garmin seems to be the holdup.
But this procedure has worked very well for me the past 3 years.
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I switched to RVTW when the Good Sam Trip planning tool when off line. It took a little learning to get my trips moved into my Rand McNally but finally found a decent workaround.

I plan my trip in RVTW and maintain that as the master trip file. I open my trip in RVTW and then open up the Rand McNally Trip maker. Highlighting a stop in RVTW, I copy the address for the stop and then go to RMTM, select add a stop in trip program and past the address from RVTW. Then go to the next stop and repeat. When I am done, I can send the RMTM file to the GPS running on my Rand McNally tablet standalone GPS. The trip then automatically opens up in the GPS module.
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I just bought a Garmin RV 770 with lifetime map updates. I found that you can actually update across wifi. Also I noticed it has a trip builder built in, and it allows you to connect to your phone through Bluetooth for traffic updates. I have not used it yet, but normally it runs $350 it is running $300 on Amazon right now though. That is why we snagged it up. I have read some of the bad reviews so I really hope it doesn't try it on me.

Also I tried the new good Sam trip planner. The jury is still out on it. I found that it would not let me modify the route unless I changed it to car, and then it is being really difficult to get it to the router I want. I am going from St Louis to Niagara and it is trying to take me through Detroit, when Google is taking me though NY.
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I have a Garmin RV 660. I plan all our trips on RVTW. I have found it cumbersome to download trips from RVTW into my GPS. I have found some success in downloading my RVTW trip into Garmin's Base Camp and then downloading into my GPS. But the download process does not keep any of the route modifications you made in RVTW and download them to your GPS.


What I've found work's best is to create your trip in RVTW and then put your destination in your GPS. Compare the GPS route to the trip you created in RVTW. If they are the same - go. If not adjust the route in your GPS to be the same as the one in RVTW.
If you did not use the drag feature in RVTW to modify a route, I've found the route created by the GPS almost always is the same as the one in RVTW.
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Sorry to piggyback but I think my question is essentially the same as the OPís.

I have the Garmin RV 760. Iíve used it with the Garmin Base Camp app for years to plan routes. The Mac version of Base Camp is pretty good. But it was still a PITA to bounce between web sites to get park reviews, satellite maps, rates, weather etc. This year I started using RV Trip Planner.

So far so good, with one exception. Getting the route and the POIs into my GPS unit. Iíve tried exporting a .gpx file into Base Camp and then moving it to the gps device, but it comes through as a track and it doesnít transfer POIs. Iíd like to have it in my gps as a route, with POIs and shaping points.

Any ideas?

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