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Old 09-23-2020, 09:28 AM   #15
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I bought a Garmin 890 just before leaving for Colorado last month. Performed flawlessly. Really liked the KOA and all campgrounds apps that are included. Just do a search, pick your campground and hit go. I also liked the info on the side bar. Upcoming cities and rest stops displayed with miles to go. All in all, highly recommend!!
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Old 09-24-2020, 09:25 AM   #16
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PaulTNaples:

Regarding the sidebar on the 890, can you configure it to show info that YOU would like (say, distance to next time point, time of day, direction of travel, ETA at destination etc.) or must you accept what Garmin decides to display there?

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Regarding the sidebar on the 890, can you configure it to show info that YOU would like (say, distance to next time point, time of day, direction of travel, ETA at destination etc.) or must you accept what Garmin decides to display there?



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Time of day displayed at bottom. Time to destination is also displayed on the bottom. On the right up and down bar there is the next exit /town as well as rest stops. The exits also indicate fuel, food, sleep. It also has a 3-D function for the route. Shows the hills and terrain features. Cool feature.
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I think I would miss the "up and down bar" flexibility of showing what I wanted there, even though it appears you can select a couple of data pieces along the bottom.

I usually show (configurable)
- time of day
- direction of travel
- next Via point arrival time, since the destination arrival time shows along
the bottom of my RV760
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Anyone bought / used one of these yet? My 760 has been quite reliable , wife dropped it last year and the screen is messed up so I am need of a replacement....cant find a single review on the 890 anywhere.TIA
I have read through the various posts and still not sure what the difference is between the 890 and say either the 760 or the 780. Our 760 has worked well, but lately it has trouble locating satellites or looses the satellite connection. Today, for example, it took nearly 30 miles before the unit found satellites and it was a beautiful, cloudless day. Assuming this is an indication that something serious is wrong I will be in the market to upgrade. Is the 890 worth it, or should I look for a refurbished 770 or 780? Since I have nothing to compare it to, our 760 seems to have everything we need, but I am sure the 770 or 780 has some new can't live without upgrades over the 760. And while I am sure the 890 also has some neat new things besides the screen size, if the 760 has met our needs why spend so much for a new 890 when a refurbished 770 or 780 should meet our needs just fine. Thoughts??


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It's primarily features, we have a 780 RV and really like it. It's not perfect and I always proof my route before we take off. Sometimes it wants me to go a different route from A to B.
The 890 is the latest and greatest, it has the most features. like phones nowadays the more features, the more $.
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I purchased the Garmin 890, And I agree it would not show the speed limit or the exits coming up period twice it took me off the interstate in residential areas and twice that got lost I returned it to sender
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New 890

Hi all, I've been using Garmin GPS unit's on my bicycles for years but just purchased my first vehicle GPS. My RV 890 arrived yesterday. We are stationary in a RV park for another week but I used it running around in my Jeep today for a few errands. My experience so far.
The unit fired right up out of the box and seems pretty intuitive to navigate.
My unit needed a map update and some other updates as well. To run the updates over WIFI it has to essentially be a broadband / fiber type speed. This is according to Garmin. You can not use a mobile hotspot which is all we have! Luckily with all my other Garmin units I have Garmin Express which allows me to do it all through my computer. A few more steps but no big deal (I thought!).
Garmin express downloaded the update but as soon as it went to install it on my new RV 890 it said I needed an SD card which was not included of course. Out to the store I went and got an SD card. Got the SD card installed and the update kept getting hung. I tried everything I could think of, searched the Garmin site and even called them (not much help). Finally I removed the Garmin Express program from my computer and reinstalled it. After that the update loaded right up.
On the road I really liked the big screen and the voice commands "Hey Garmin directions to........"
I did have one issue. Driving down a fairly major Hwy it told me the Hwy was closed ahead and tried to route me off of it. It was not closed. This happened before my update so I'm holding out hope that was the issue? Regardless, I will be running Google maps on my phone along with this at all times and comparing.
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