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Old 06-04-2014, 12:22 PM   #1
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Rand McNally $350 RV GPS Review

We are considering buying the Rand McNally GPS but with such a hefty price tag, I was wondering if anyone out there has one and their thoughts on this product. I think it would be great when traveling through mountainous areas and just good to have when traveling in our 40' motorhome with tow vehicle. We also do a lot of cross country traveling.
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Old 06-04-2014, 01:04 PM   #2
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I have a RV7710 and I like it. It takes my RV's size into consideration when planning routes. Keeps me away from tricky areas. If your like the RM GPSs they also make one with a 5" screen which is a little cheaper.
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Old 06-04-2014, 01:04 PM   #3
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We are not happy with ours. It takes forever, and I mean forever, to boot up. After we told the thing 1k times that we have a 36 footer MH, it still manages to route us through areas we shouldn't be. I don't know how many times DW had to use her iPhone's GPS to double check a route.
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Old 06-04-2014, 01:12 PM   #4
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Thanks y'all! Sounds confusing and I'm not sold yet. Was reading reviews on their iPad APP and decided that's not the route I want to go!
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Old 06-04-2014, 01:14 PM   #5
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Had our original RM for over three years. Works great only one situation but a no hassle one. It is important to update the current data on a regular basis as all GPS devices need this. RM is a no charge update. The ability to add your profile is a tremendous option.
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Old 06-04-2014, 01:34 PM   #6
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Look at the Garmin RV760LMT. Takes into consideration your weight and dimensions to plan your trip and also has a car mode so you can easily move it to the toad when you land. I have used one since the became available and would not change.


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Old 06-04-2014, 03:45 PM   #7
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I started with the 7710 and now have the 7720. I like that when planning a route, it gives you two choices. That was an update last year and has made a world of difference.


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Old 06-04-2014, 08:17 PM   #8
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We have the 7710. It is, by far, the worst GPS ever. It has routed us down roads that would have been fun to drive in the 240Z my wife owned many years ago. Aldo dead ends, and narrow city streets. We finally gave up on it on our last trip home from visiting our daughter in Boise. For the fastest route it wanted us to get off I-84 in Pendleton Oregon and drive up through the Blue Mountains through Walla Walla. I would have been crazy to take that route plus it would have taken hours longer than going through the Tri-Cities and up 395. When I changed the route to freeway it wanted us to drive WA 26 from the Tri-Cities to Vantage to pick up I-90 instead of taking 395 to Ritzville and picking up I-90 there. That route would have taken us 165 miles out of our way. The 7710 is headed for the dumpster. Never had that problem with a Garmin.
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Old 06-04-2014, 08:44 PM   #9
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I've followed several of the gps threads and got a good idea of the really bad situations. I then went to Best Buy and tried out my top three choices. Granted, without gps signal, I was limited to the on board demo but could operate each of the menus and try different functions. My particular interest was with the RV applications.

My choice was the Garmin RV760...purchased it through Amazon, cheapest price, no tax, and free two day shipping.

Test drove it on a known route with actual profile. Edited the profile on the return by increasing the width of the vehicle two feet. Worked very well. Seven inch screen is a must have for me!

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Old 06-04-2014, 08:52 PM   #10
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I've looked for an iPhone RV routing app but I have not been able to find one yet.
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Old 06-04-2014, 09:53 PM   #11
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I have seen a lot of posts from people who say their RM GPS took them in areas they should not have been, or through small streets. A common mistake with this unit is that it is designed for RVs and Cars, and there are two different setting. If you have it in car mode, it can take you down an alley of two.
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My wife and I have had no problems with our 7710. I regularly check for updates and keep the unit current. I like the ability it has to inform us of traffic speed changes in construction zones. Being we live on the left coast it is great knowing of steep hills, sharp corners or whatever other hazard the thing tells us about.
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We have the Rand-McNally RNVD 7720 - not be confused with the 7710. We love it. End of report.
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A vote for RM 7720. No GPS is perfect, but we are pleased with the 7720.
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