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Old 10-14-2012, 05:58 PM   #1
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Garmin GPS evaluation

Hello All,

I have given thought to purchasing a GPS, and since Garmin is a leader in these devices, I found the following GPS with a five inch screen, and ask anyone here for an evaluation. Is this a five star unit?

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https://buy.garmin.com/shop/shop.do?cID=401&pID=96637

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Old 10-14-2012, 06:04 PM   #2
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That's a fine one - but entirely satisfactory ones for most normal folks, can be bought for lots less...

Here's a "fer instance":

Garmin Nuvi 1450LM Auto GPS with Lifetime Maps 1450 LM 010-00810-28 753759976200 | eBay
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Old 10-14-2012, 06:17 PM   #3
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That's a fine one - but entirely satisfactory ones for most normal folks, can be bought for lots less...

Here's a "fer instance":

Garmin Nuvi 1450LM Auto GPS with Lifetime Maps 1450 LM 010-00810-28 753759976200 | eBay
Ahh, that unit is more in my price range.....Thanks!

Not that I am blind, but do you think a 4.4 x 2.2 inch screen is a little small? Is there a similar unit with a larger screen? Are the devices easy to mount?

Thanks again.

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Old 10-14-2012, 08:09 PM   #4
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If you're looking for a large screen and one that's made for RVs here's a link to check out:

Magellan RoadMate RV9165T-LM GPS with Free Lifetime Map Updates - Magellan RV9165SGLUC - GPS Units - Camping World

I've got this one and am very pleased with it. You put your rigs dimensions and weight in it and it will warn your of tight turns, low bridges, load limits, etc. in addition to traffic conjestion. In addition it can be used as a hands free bluetooth device for your mobile phone.

Regardless of the one you end up buying, the lifetime maps is important to get. The vendors make their money on selling map updates (and they can cost more for the update than the GPS did originally) and without annual updates, a GPS can become not so useful.

I've got a nice small flat spot near my backup / side camera monitor where the suction cup mount works very nicely.

It just depends on the features that are valuable to you. Divide the price by the number of years that you plan to keep it and it becomes a little easier to swallow.
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Wen purchasing a GPS unit to use in conjunction with an RV take in consideration that you may not be able to travel the roads that are program by the unit. You need to take in account the height of your unit. A Garmin 465t is designed for the trucking industry and you can program with the specific demons ions of your RV thus making sure that you are on proper roads. But, no GPS is fail safe so please be extra cautionary when traveling.
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Wen purchasing a GPS unit to use in conjunction with an RV take in consideration that you may not be able to travel the roads that are program by the unit. You need to take in account the height of your unit. A Garmin 465t is designed for the trucking industry and you can program with the specific demons ions of your RV thus making sure that you are on proper roads. But, no GPS is fail safe so please be extra cautionary when traveling.
Be mindful that setting up a GPS using truck - 18 wheeler - parameters will likely place you on truck routes thru most cities, and not always the shortest or best route for your RV - been there, done that!
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I have a Nuvi 50LM. Lifetime maps, much cheaper and I love it.

I also have a Delorme PN-20 and can't stand it.
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I compare ALL gps units against my garmin(s) I have a 5000 and a 465t...
either is better than the ones in my 2012 ford f250 sync navigation and 2011 audi Q5...

remember the difference in viewing size is substantial when going from a 'standard' gps to a 5" screen size !


you might look into buying a 10" android or ipad tablet and getting copilot navigation app for $9.95 - multi - use not just gps !!!

fyi, buying a garmin from ebay will NOT give you a garmin warranty nor map updates !

garmin considers ebay an auction site and won't honor the warranty if anything goes wrong.
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I'm pretty sure the last thing I would buy from ebay would be a GPS.
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If your in to saving money and don't mind refurbished hardware Techforless.com has had a good policy in returns and anything sold with factory has been honored.

That's pretty cool demon icons for places not to go. Says alot for a GPS upgrade. Sort of a hi-tech update to "Here there be monsters."
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Hello All,

I have given thought to purchasing a GPS, and since Garmin is a leader in these devices, I found the following GPS with a five inch screen, and ask anyone here for an evaluation. Is this a five star unit?

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https://buy.garmin.com/shop/shop.do?cID=401&pID=96637

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I purchased the Garmin 3590LMT (what you listed) eariler this year for the RV. I have used it for about 8000 miles. So far I really like it. It's the 6th Garmin unit I have had over the last 9 years so I am very fimilar with Garmin GPS's.
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Old 10-20-2012, 06:58 AM   #12
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I purchased the Garmin 3590LMT (what you listed) eariler this year for the RV. I have used it for about 8000 miles. So far I really like it. It's the 6th Garmin unit I have had over the last 9 years so I am very fimilar with Garmin GPS's.
I broke down and purchased the 7" Magellan. This is a GPS specifically designed for motor homes.

Great unit!

Thanks all for your assist in purchasing this item. I am grateful
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I compare ALL gps units against my garmin(s) I have a 5000 and a 465t...
either is better than the ones in my 2012 ford f250 sync navigation and 2011 audi Q5...

remember the difference in viewing size is substantial when going from a 'standard' gps to a 5" screen size !

you might look into buying a 10" android or ipad tablet and getting copilot navigation app for $9.95 - multi - use not just gps !!!

fyi, buying a garmin from ebay will NOT give you a garmin warranty nor map updates !

garmin considers ebay an auction site and won't honor the warranty if anything goes wrong.


I have a new iPad that I love, and would buy copilot in a second, except that it does not appear to be customizable for a motorhome...... i.e. will it automatically avoid tunnels (I'm not allowed through most tunnels because of my propane tank)... will it allow me to enter my height and then automatically route me through towns and cities avoiding low bridges etc.. I purchased the Trailerlife software last year and it allows you to enter all your info and will route you accordingly.. The only problem is that the laptop is a little unwieldy.. I would prefer an iPad app. Does anyone know of one?
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Navfree. Got it at the App Store. Problem is that youngsters download each state individually. My Garman works better, so does the system in my Ram.
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