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Old 04-30-2012, 06:49 AM   #1
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Does anyone have a RV GPS? If so which one and are you happy with it?

Our car GPS kept putting us on Parkways, it was really annoying.
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Old 04-30-2012, 07:51 AM   #2
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Our car GPS kept putting us on Parkways, it was really annoying.
That sounds like perhaps a programming issue - any GPS we have owned (and we have had a lot) can be set to avoid certain roadways.

We have a Rand McNally 5000 series RV GPS. We could not be happier with it. We did have to buy a screen to filter sunlight ($12) for very bright days. I like the construction/speed limit warning features, automatic updates, and the lane instructions. POI info is better than most we have used - if you like the Woodall's campground info, that is part of the RM package. Several have reported issues with their RM purchases, but ours has worked well from the beginning.

Routing info on the RM has been very good. Once in a while it will suggest a road that does not seem like the best choice. Given that there are only two map sets available, and the logic programmed in to pick routes, I am not surprised that the results sometimes need adjustments.
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Old 04-30-2012, 08:06 AM   #3
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Our Dodge Durango (our tow vehicle) has it built in and in my car I use a Garmin, neither of them have an option to avoid Parkways. I looked at the Garmin site to see if I could by an RV map for it, but there wasn't one.
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Old 04-30-2012, 08:08 AM   #4
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Garmin Desl. Very happy with it!
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Old 04-30-2012, 08:45 AM   #5
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Try this thread link...

GPS

One of a few related threads you might like. The search feature can be a little wonky but for the most part, it gets you where you need to be.

BTW...still debating between the Garmin Dezil and the RM model. SOOO MANY CHOICES!
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I have the Rand McNally 7710. By far the best GPS I've ever owned. Beats my Magellan hands down.
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What is the definition of a Parkway? In Kansas City area... we have a few numbered streets that will turn into Parkways once they get out into the suburban areas that are higher dollar areas. Is it the center grassy median that makes it a parkway? I think GPS would have a problem with a consistent definition of a Parkway as opposed to a Highway or toll road or a secondary highway such as the state highways rather than interstates.
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Old 04-30-2012, 11:37 AM   #9
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Parkways are a type of highway. I live on Long Island, NY. We have Northern State Parkway, Sunken Meadow State Parkway etc. These highways lead to parks and were designed so that trucks and busses could not use them. The area around New York City has a lot of these types of roads. We have come across these types of roads in other parts of the country, PARKWAY would be part of the road name. It may not be a problem in your area but there is a height warning before you exit onto these roads.

These roads get shut down frequently because tractor trailers ignore the sign that says passenger cars only. You'd be surprised at how many trucks don't read the height signs and hit the bridges or have to be backed off the highway.
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I have used the on that came with my truck Ford, not to sure what brand or softwear it uses, it was ok but needs to be updated and I have to buy a DVD to do that, I never use it at home and so it was a bit of a learning experiance to figure it out. Once I got the hang of it it was a realy good tool to use. I am going to look into getting a Truckers GPS, there systems are desinged to help keep you on truck aproved routes (no low overpasses, small streets, ext.) One of the gps im looking at is the Garmin dezl 560LT & 560LMT
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I loaded CoPilot Live on my iPhone, and have completely quit using my Tomtom. It can be programmed to avoid certain types of roads. If you set it into RV mode, it will ask for the height of your rig and route you appropriately. For $8/year, it will give you current fuel prices at all ststions near you.

It is also available for Androids.

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I'm very pleased with our Randy McNally 7710. The more I use it the more I learn what it can do for us.
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I love this forum. So many helpful people. 😃

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[QUOTE="xbr443"]I love this forum. So many helpful people. dde03

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