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Old 04-23-2016, 11:29 AM   #1
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Need good GPS for long trips

Hello, I currently have a garmin nuvi with lifetime maps which works good but it does not realize I am pulling 34 foot toy hauler with a dually and sends me over a single lane tractor path if it thinks I will save one minute....
What do others use? Is there some that will keep me on good highways even if the route is longer?
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I would think the fancy GPS units with more features might have an option to click saying 'I have a trailer'.

But in the mean time make sure you do not have 'shortest distance' checked. That is the setting that will send you down the cow paths of it save you a 1/4 mile.
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Garmin and Rand-McNally sell RV-specific units. They allow you to put in the weight, length and height of your rig. Almost everyone who has one can tell you a story of a time it tried to send him down a cowpath, so none of the units are foolproof.

Here's a link to a Google search of iRV2 posts for the last year with the term "GPS" in them. You'll find pros and cons of many units in those posts.
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Do you have a smart phone and a cellular data plan? Many apps are available to use the phone as a GPS navigation unit that are much cheaper than a stand-alone GPS.
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I have a RM 7710 and it is good for keeping me off roads where I could get in trouble. But it has also tried to take me off the interstate and into downtown Chicago.
This is a pretty good source for route planning.

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If trucks can use it, it will work for RVs.
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Do you have a smart phone and a cellular data plan? Many apps are available to use the phone as a GPS navigation unit that are much cheaper than a stand-alone GPS.
This...all I have used for past 5 yrs. Plus most have a toggle from map view to satalite view...I can zoom in on where I am going and see obsticles in need of avoidance.
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This video covers that topic and was recently posted by Long Long Honeymoon guys,
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Hello, I currently have a garmin nuvi with lifetime maps which works good but it does not realize I am pulling 34 foot toy hauler with a dually and sends me over a single lane tractor path if it thinks I will save one minute....
What do others use? Is there some that will keep me on good highways even if the route is longer?
Thanks!
I had the RM 7710 and switched to Garmin 760LMT which I like better. Be careful using a cellular solution since you may not always be in a coverage area. If the map you need is not loaded into memory, you will not get any directions or know where you are. Been there, done that!!..

At the end of the day, it is personal preference.
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