Go Back   iRV2 Forums > iRV2.com COMMUNITY FORUMS > iRV2.com General Discussion
Click Here to Login
Join iRV2 Today

Mission Statement: Supporting thoughtful exchange of knowledge, values and experience among RV enthusiasts.
Reply
  This discussion is proudly sponsored by:
Please support our sponsors and let them know you heard about their products on iRV2
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
 
Old 01-21-2012, 09:22 AM   #1
Senior Member
 
Wolfpack Fan's Avatar
 
National RV Owners Club
Join Date: Dec 2010
Location: Reno, Nevada
Posts: 851
Navigation Devices or Software

We're going to do a little traveling this summer with our motorhome and I'm wanting a to use my ipad for navigation. I know there are several different apps that can work. Does anyone here have experience with one they've used and been very pleased with.
__________________

__________________
Wolfpack Fan is offline   Reply With Quote
Join the #1 RV Forum Today - It's Totally Free!

iRV2.com RV Community - Are you about to start a new improvement on your RV or need some help with some maintenance? Do you need advice on what products to buy? Or maybe you can give others some advice? No matter where you fit in you'll find that iRV2 is a great community to join. Best of all it's totally FREE!

You are currently viewing our boards as a guest so you have limited access to our community. Please take the time to register and you will gain a lot of great new features including; the ability to participate in discussions, network with other RV owners, see fewer ads, upload photographs, create an RV blog, send private messages and so much, much more!

Old 01-21-2012, 09:48 AM   #2
Senior Member
 
CapnMorgan's Avatar
 
Monaco Owners Club
Appalachian Campers
Join Date: Dec 2011
Location: Asheville
Posts: 166
I am curious about this as well, from a different angle. If you were purchasing new, would you purchase a dedicated gps (tom tom, garmin) or move to ipad/iphone/android. Are the trucking/rv applications better on the dedicated devices? Are the dedicated devices at the end of their evolutionary life cycle? I know that the trucking app that tells you what route to take if you have a big motorhome (low bridges) cost about $150 for the ipad. Is this the same data that is on the dedicated gps?
__________________

__________________
CapnMorgan is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-21-2012, 10:05 AM   #3
Junior Member
 
BBQTVpa's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2011
Posts: 9
The Magellan dedicated GPS (9146T Pro) has issues with sound and updates, as an FYI. It also has ads for hotels that are annoying. They have came out with a RV9145 for the RV's which is not on the market yet, so I cannot talk about that. They do however have bluetooth on them. I would say there are pros and cons to both the apps and the dedicated GPs. Powering mobiles devices being one issue and receiving incoming calls. The data limit on your plans using a mobile device may also hinder your navigation.
__________________
BBQTVpa is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-21-2012, 10:30 AM   #4
Senior Member
 
JJH3rd's Avatar


 
National RV Owners Club
Workhorse Chassis Owner
Join Date: Feb 2011
Location: Covington, GA
Posts: 506
Send a message via Skype™ to JJH3rd
Here's the link to a Windows laptop version:
CoPilot Live GPS Navigation for iPhone, iPad, Android, Windows Mobile and Laptop
__________________
J.J. Hayden (KN4SH)
Covington, GA
2005 National Dolphin 5342
JJH3rd is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-21-2012, 10:44 AM   #5
Senior Member
 
chuckinthebus's Avatar
 
Newmar Owners Club
Join Date: Nov 2011
Location: Chattanooga, TN
Posts: 1,711
With the cost of the app and update price for the trucker version, you would be almost better off having a stand alone GPS with lifetime updates We all know the phone will never ring just as we are trying to navigate a new area, plus with the new laws regarding hand held devices and driving, the phone app may be cause for unavoidable additional delays to explain why your phone is in your hand.
__________________
chuckinthebus is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-21-2012, 10:49 AM   #6
Senior Member
 
PyrateSilly's Avatar
 
Monaco Owners Club
Join Date: Jul 2011
Posts: 2,200
Here are some comparisons and reviews of some of the GPS's out there for truckers/RVers. - Truck driver GPS review comparison and rating features - Garmin, PC Miler, and Rand McNally TND

As for us, we have not only our android phones with navigation but 2 GPS's (both Garmin) for the vehicles and a GPS (Magellan) for geocaching. We are now looking to buy the Garmin Dezl 560 with lifetime maps soon.

What do you want the software to do? Everyone is different is what they want done so there really is no one right answer to which is better.
__________________
Thom and Christine having fun in a 1993 Monaco Crown Royale Signature Series 40ft 300hp RV. Towing a Fiat 500 Abarth and a Harley.
Our blogged repairs and travels
PyrateSilly is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-21-2012, 02:55 PM   #7
Registered User
 
Winnebago Owners Club
Vintage RV Owners Club
Join Date: Apr 2010
Location: Cherry Creek, BC Canada
Posts: 7,650
Has anyone used this
Street Atlas USA 2012 PLUS - DeLorme

It comes highly recommended by a friend in the tourism business but I was wondering if good for RV use.
__________________
Possum is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-21-2012, 07:54 PM   #8
Senior Member
 
lonestarace's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2009
Location: TX
Posts: 722
Here is a link about ipad use as a gps
GPS - iPad2, CoPilot HD, Dual Bluetooth GPS
__________________
CURRENTLY MOTORHOMELESS!-Past MHs: 02 Monaco45'Sig,00Monaco43'Sig,99Monaco42'Exec,98Mona co42'Sig,98Newmar38'DSDP(pictured),88FW26'Jamboree .
lonestarace is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-22-2012, 10:04 AM   #9
RV Mutant #14
 
Wayne M's Avatar


 
Winnebago Owners Club
Texas Boomers Club
Freightliner Owners Club
iRV2 No Limits Club
Join Date: Aug 2008
Location: Texas
Posts: 12,202
The iPad comes with a mapping program built in. My DW uses it exclusively when we are traveling to check TomTom. On a few occasions we have used the iPad vice the TomTom because we/she liked the route. It has worked for her.

My brother uses his 1st generation iPad with the Motion X GPS app. He stated that it works very well for him up in Yankee land. There are two price versions, $1.99 and 2.99. You must have Wifi or 3G for the iPad to work, whereas a regular GPS device works off satellite.
__________________
Wayne MSGT USMC (Ret) & Earlene (CinCHouse)
2015 Winnebago Tour 42QD
RVM14
It is what it is, and then it is what you make of it.
Wayne M is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-22-2012, 10:10 AM   #10
Senior Member
 
450Donn's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2006
Location: Dallas,OR
Posts: 2,555
My Android phone has two built in apps for navigation. Both use Google maps as their base line, so they are as accurate as anything else on the market.
__________________
Don and Lorri
2007 Dodge 3500 dually
Resident Dummy.
450Donn is online now   Reply With Quote
Old 01-22-2012, 10:12 AM   #11
Senior Member
 
docj's Avatar
Official iRV2 Sponsor
 
Join Date: May 2011
Posts: 3,715
Quote:
Originally Posted by PyrateSilly View Post

As for us, we have not only our android phones with navigation but 2 GPS's (both Garmin) for the vehicles and a GPS (Magellan) for geocaching. We are now looking to buy the Garmin Dezl 560 with lifetime maps soon.

What do you want the software to do? Everyone is different is what they want done so there really is no one right answer to which is better.
We're in a similar situation with two Android phones that can do turn by turn navigation and two Garmins including the trucker 465T. We bought the Garmins before we had the phones and I think that one day the phones will be good enough to make standalone GPS units unnecessary.

However, I don't think that the time is yet right to discard handheld GPS, not as long as phones require continuous connection to the cellular network in order to provide directions. We often use the phones as GPS devices because it is so nice to be able to go directly from a restaurant website, for example, to directions to get to it. However, not all that infrequently while we are enroute to the location the phone will momentarily lose its data connection (not necessarily lose the entire cellular network). Usually, that's not a big deal, but I would hate to be in the middle of nowhere when Verizon has a "bad day" as they have had a couple of times in the last month.
__________________
Joel Weiss--WiFiRanger RV Ambassador
RVParkReviews administrator
2000 40' Beaver Patriot Thunder Princeton CAT C-12
docj is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-22-2012, 12:03 PM   #12
Senior Member
 
Wolfpack Fan's Avatar
 
National RV Owners Club
Join Date: Dec 2010
Location: Reno, Nevada
Posts: 851
I purchased an app for my ipad that I'm impressed with so far. It's called Sygic USA. It was $20 and uses a little over 1 gig of Tomtom maps that it downloaded. I got a couple more downloads for it for $.99 a piece. One is a city guide that has detailed information about hundreds of major cities. The other add on is 3D cities and that has a city landscape. It shows 3D images with buildings of hundreds of cities.

I haven't tested it on the road yet, but I'm pretty impressed with it so far. It does not need an active internet connection to navigate with. My ipad 1 has all the bells and whistles, but I don't want to pay AT&T for the internet connectivity.

I had downloaded another GPS program for the ipad, Motion X HD, but it wouldn't work without internet connectivity, so it was a waste of $2.99 for me.

I'm going to test it today on a short drive into town for some shopping. I'll post back on how well it does.

Someone mentioned that ipad has a built in mapping program. I didn't know that. What's the name of the app?
__________________
Wolfpack Fan is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-22-2012, 12:04 PM   #13
Senior Member
 
PyrateSilly's Avatar
 
Monaco Owners Club
Join Date: Jul 2011
Posts: 2,200
Oh docj the GPS's can lose sattelites too for a few mins. You still have your route but it is not tracking and let's hope you don't have lots of turns in there to do at that point. But you are right the cells will lose their tower connection faster than a GPS will lose the sattelites, and if the GPS dose lose the satteltes for a few it's not really that long before they get them back again.
__________________
Thom and Christine having fun in a 1993 Monaco Crown Royale Signature Series 40ft 300hp RV. Towing a Fiat 500 Abarth and a Harley.
Our blogged repairs and travels
PyrateSilly is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-22-2012, 06:36 PM   #14
Member
 
Mr John's Avatar
 
Winnebago Owners Club
Ford Super Duty Owner
Join Date: Dec 2010
Location: Boynton Beach, Fl
Posts: 96
We have used the I-Pad App for maps a few times and it runs turn by turn with our Garmin Nuvi. It is the Map app that came with the I-Pad. My wife uses it and I watch and listen to the Garmin. I still keep my paper maps handy; just in case.
__________________

__________________
Mr John is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply



Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Insite Software PandK Cummins Engines 6 01-27-2011 09:51 AM
Warning - iPod Touch Software Version 4.0 and Higher RustyJC Technology: Internet, TV, Satellite, Cell Phones, etc. 2 10-18-2010 08:49 AM
Seperate display for the VMSps software is a huge success!! SargeW Winnebago Industries Owner's Forum 22 11-14-2006 05:26 PM
7" LCD display for VMS software SargeW MH-General Discussions & Problems 1 10-30-2006 12:34 PM
GPS Navigation Devices vg5620 Just Conversation 40 03-29-2006 12:29 PM

» Virginia Campgrounds

Reviews provided by


Copyright 2002- Social Knowledge, LLC All Rights Reserved.

All times are GMT -6. The time now is 04:06 PM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2017, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.