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Old 09-13-2018, 11:17 PM   #1
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I’m shopping for a new navigation for my 2003 40’ alpine coach
Model 40FDTS. I want a navigation system that take into play that I drive a 40’
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Goggle maps and wazes on my cell phone does not cut it for me,

Any suggestions out there.

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How bout a GPS. Garmin and several other makers have models that take into account your size rig.
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Hi ! Welcome to IRV2! We're sure glad you joined the gang!

There are several out there made specifically for RV use. It seems most folks choose either Garmin or Rand McNally.

Good luck, happy trails, and God bless!
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I’m shopping for a new navigation for my 2003 40’ alpine coach
Model 40FDTS. I want a navigation system that take into play that I drive a 40’
Coach.
Goggle maps and wazes on my cell phone does not cut it for me,
Any suggestions out there.
Thank you
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Check out the Garmin RV770LMT. It has lifetime map updates and lets you input the length, height, width and weight of your motor home to help avoid highway conflicts. It has a 7" color touch screen and is easy to use. I've been using the predecessor, RV760LMT, for three years and love it.
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I'm quite happy with my Rand McNally RVND 7730. It's settings include length, weight, # of axles, height, width, etc. It is however 6 years old now and newer products have improved the lineup. https://www.randmcnally.com/electronics/rv
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I have a tablet with Google Maps and Waze and run it along with the Garmin product. Just upgraded my old GPS to the Garmin RV 660 LMT, you can get that for $210 on Amazon right now.
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Got the Garmin 770 and just starting using it. Seems to be pretty good. Rand McNally also has a similar model.
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(Correct me if I'm wrong, as my info may be old and out of date, but...).. Does Garmin still give turn directions by street name only, and not by highway number(s)? Several years ago my wife got me a Garmin to replace a TomTom that occasionally and maddeningly frustrated me with bad and nutty routes. The Garmin was returned immediately because it only gave directions in street names, while the TomTom instructed by highway number(s). I much preferred Instructions by highway number because, when approaching a route change on a busy multi-lane road where the intersection was complex and had several paths that could be taken, it was often not very easy to follow the Garmin's instruction to turn onto a certain street out of the multiple ones possible. Street name signage is not at all as visible as highway number signage. Of course I could have watched the GPS screen more to see the turn better, but with highway signs to see and follow, I didn't have to take my eyes away from the road and traffic. Street signs are very often not prominent and easily seen at many, if not most, intersections. However, highway numbers are usually very well marked, both well in advance and within the intersection. This often includes the highest number being painted on the pavement in the lane you need to be in. All of this made getting onto the right road much easier with the TomTom. I wouldn't necessarily choose to get a TomTom because of this one feature only, but if all else were essentially equal, it would be a powerful push to me to select TomTom over the Garmin or any other brand that gives directions by street name only. Despite all this, the MOST important feature of an RV GPS to me is routing that avoids low clearances, a feature I've been living without (nervously and for too long) for some time.
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I second the Garmin RV 770LMT and we use the "Co-Pilot" app on our android tablet for redundancy.

Also, I carry a Truckers Atlas on board to verify usable routes for state, county and local roads.

You can pick one up at Pilot, Loves, TA, or most any truck stop.
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We have a Garmin 760LMT and are very happy with it. That being said, we did have a trip where it tried to put us on a road which was not fit for a motorhome. Thankfully a local came by. He said his pickup truck wouldn't even fit on the road the GPS was sending us on and gave us directions to get back to a major road. Yes, I did contact Garmin and notified them of the problem. Lessons learned!! Don't trust your GPS as your only source to get you there!! We use the GPS as a guide, then check the maps (old school) and follow the directions given on the campgrounds website.
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We have a Garmin 760LMT and are very happy with it. That being said, we did have a trip where it tried to put us on a road which was not fit for a motorhome. Thankfully a local came by. He said his pickup truck wouldn't even fit on the road the GPS was sending us on and gave us directions to get back to a major road. Yes, I did contact Garmin and notified them of the problem. Lessons learned!! Don't trust your GPS as your only source to get you there!! We use the GPS as a guide, then check the maps (old school) and follow the directions given on the campgrounds website.
I know that feeling unfortunately i didnt have a road map
White nuckel driving at that point
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Veraken,

That is good advice as the GPS can be wrong sometimes.....been there, done that ( like almost everyone else).

This is the reason to always use another back-up navigation app and I have gotten into the habit now of using Google Earth to view my approach to campgrounds I am not familiar with.

I have had two instances where the GPS brings you from a designated RV route, but you can't turn into the campground from that direction once you arrive.....especially with a toad attached
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We always navigate via multiple sources, paper, GPS unit, tablet. To answer a question posted by HEC, the Garmin 660 will not only speak street names but also give you some identifiers i.e. "turn right on elm street just past the post office". And the price is right.
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