Originally Posted by Millberry
I was wanting the Garmin 760LMT. I can still find it. Do you think the 785 is better for RVing? It sure is cheaper than what a new 760LMT used to cost. Thanks
The 785 is currently $500, a hundred more than the 780 because of the dashcam. How much was the 760 when new?
I looked at the manual for the 760 and it does not seem to have the Vehicle Profile setting where you can select Car, Motorhome, with Trailer, etc. That feature lets you set the height, weight, length, width, maximum speed and the number and size of propane tanks. Depending on your setup and where you drive that may or may not be important to you.
I have three vehicle profiles, Car
and Motorhome with Boat
because I pull a car on a dolly occasionally. I picked "boat" because its icon looks the closest to a car.
That profile lets me have its weight set to GCWR and also increase the total length.
The Vehicle Profile certainly cannot handle all road imitations but it has to help if you're driving in a new area. This site can add more bridge heights (or so they claim) but I have not bought it: Low Clearance POI - GPS Data
The 760 has America Parks and Services and the 770 added TripAdvisor and FourSquare. The 780 also has Ultimate Public Campgrounds, KOA, iOverlander and PlanRV, HISTORY, and National Parks Directory. The 785 seems to have just added the dashcam. The Garmin Drive phone app can provide traffic, weather, etc. when paired to the GPS.
Sure, that's nothing you cannot already do with a phone app but with a twist. The same campground will show up multiple times depending on who has it listed. That can give different information on facilities etc. So it's a bit more information in one place rather than jumping back and forth between apps. (Wow, have I gotten lazy!
One subtle change is that the 780 and 785 no longer carry the LMTS designation indicating free lifetime maps and traffic services. But they each say "Includes map updates". Perhaps they are just getting away from "Lifetime" because that's kind of a nebulous term and not because they are going back to the old model of annual subscriptions. Until everyone else does that I cannot see that happening.
The 770 does not seem to include the traffic receiver power cord, a $70 option, which is included with the 780 and 785. I have it on my car GPS and it works very well in metropolitan areas but isn't quite as real-time as Waze. You can still get traffic from Garmin Drive if you have cell service. And their app is not down.
The 780 does not include an SD Card while the 785 comes with an 8 GB SD Card. The 780 probably does not need one anyway.
The 785, because it's based on Android, has an Internet browser in it but so does my phone. The 760 has the 6.95" display which is nice.
I've had Garmin units for many, many years and I like that they still keep the old ones updated. The firmware updates keep adding features as well.
What a hodge-podge of information, eh?