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Old 06-05-2019, 10:44 AM   #1
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A better GPS

I recently went from Bay City Texas all the way up to Acadia National Park in Maine. Definitely a long trip, but with one exception, it wasn't bad at all. That exception was that I blindly followed my truck's GPS and ended up going down a road with a very low clearance bridge. Clearance was 10'1". My rig is 10'6" so I don't go under anything less than 11". This is a problem!



So there I was, sitting in the middle of a small 2 lane road with a few vehicles behind me. I flagged them around me then quickly backed up a little and turned down someone's driveway. That way I could get out and assess the situation and figure out how to turn around on this little bitty 2 lane road. Since I'm in someone's driveway, I walk down their long driveway to talk to them and see if they have enough room for me to turn around in. Turns out, they aren't home, but have a shop with a small driveway going to it from the main driveway. (Big estate somewhere in New York.) I knock on their door but they aren't home. I figure that I don't have much of a choice, so I use their driveways and get turned around then head back where I came and go around the low bridge. I guess going under that bridge saved 2 minutes from the route or something retarded like that.



Clearly, I can't trust the factory GPS in my truck. Is there a better GPS that is RV friendly and won't take me down roads with low bridges or will avoid small roads when possible? What do you use for GPS?
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Garmin.....they have an RV version....
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No GPS, atlas, POI collection or AITA list can possibly list every low-clearance situation. Compare them and you'll find something that the others don't have.

First of all, you need a GPS which can be programmed with your height etc.

I use a Garmin, which uses low-clearance data. To that I've added POIs from lowclearance.com . But still, recently I found a low overpass in Lake Wales Fla. that isn't on the lists.
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Garmin GPS will allow you to put all the parameters of your rig into it. When planning a trip it will take into account your height, weight etc. and reroute you.
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We use a Gramin RV GPS unit and have never had a problem in 2+ years and 18,000 miles.
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That's 4 out of 4 votes for Garmin's RV version. Clearly it's common knowledge that I just didn't know.



Thanks for the tip.
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Yep only problem I have had was it put us on a “new” road. One section was not yet open, we got rerouted down a very back road but all was good. I on the other hand was a nervous wreck!
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Garmin is a crutch with human input. I’ve followed Garmin into impossible places so always beware. It is better than nothing at all.
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I run with 2 Garmins. One a 770 RV version and an older GPS478. Having 2 allows me to look at alternates stops, routes and distances. Each works better at certain things. Have a mount set up on the passenger side so when my wife is driving I move one in front of me in the copilot seat.
Have never had a problem.
This picture is before I moved the 478 more to the left and added a mount in front of the passenger seat. Both GPSs use the same mount so can move either to any location.
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