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Old 09-19-2022, 04:05 PM   #1
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I have two GPS and I am not pleased with either. I have DP 41 ft 12 ft 10 inches high.

One unit is a Garmin 795 for RVers. The other is an Older Rand McNally for RVers (about 8 yrs old)

The Rand McNally is awful! The screen is not clear and hard to read at times. Programming is a pain and worst of all takes you in circles. The case is rotting and is very sticky.

The Garmin 795 is ok but still the route is not good. Takes me on roads yes an RV can travel but many times they are narrow county roads. Also, routes take me out of the way and there are shorter routes with out any restrictions.

What I would like is a GPS that I can push the route by the route I want to take and still advise if there are any height restrictions. A GPS that will allow me to drag with a pointer and change the route on the screen. My Garmin will let me do this with difficulty but if I turn off the GPS even if I request to save the route changes it does not.

Since no device is perfect my co-pilot has two GPS, paper maps and a tablet using Google maps.

Suggestions on a new GPS, maybe a trucker GPS and advise what you do.
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Have your navigator download the Co-Pilot for RV app to her tablet. It can be be configured for size and weight and propane. Also you can select the type of roads you want to avoid and your choice of quickest or shortest travel routs ( shortest is usually not the quickest ). https://copilotgps.com/en-us/rv-navigation/
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I agree, the Garmin must have some sort of kickback from vendors along the route, they sure take you out of the way sometimes to get between point A and B!
This last trip, I used two apps to keep me going the correct direction. One was my Garmin ( I think an RV785) that I loaded with a route through their PC based software called basecamp. If you haven't used it, plan on spending some maybe not so quality time trying to learn how to get that program to take you the way you want to go.
the other app was the smart phone based version of the RV Travel Wizard ( BTW, they sponsor this web site).
Their web based app will let you choose RV or not route, speed, and how far you want to drive per day in hours or miles. The web based app will draw a ring on the map, that represents the approximate time or distance you would travel from your starting spot or last place you stopped. I thought this was quite handy for choosing a place to stop for the night. The phone based app pretty much just shows you the route that you set up in the Web based software. It wasn't 100% perfect, and I don't think any of them are. The RV Wizard used to have a 30 day trial period before they would ask you to buy it. If your a member of the Escapees RV group, I think it's 3 months free and a reduced rate to purchase the year subscription. No I don't get any reimbursement from RV Life or RV Wizard for telling you this.
One poster suggested another app to "put on you pad". If he means smart phone then, sure try it. If he really means pad, like iPad, its good to know that only the iPads with built in cell service have the built in GPS, standard iPads don't have GPS,
Best of luck with your choices.
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