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Old 05-18-2022, 12:32 PM   #1
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Hello, I have a Rand McNally OD7RV and have had nothing but problems with it. The tablet will not hold a charge even when plugged in and it frequently loses connection with satellite. after multiple calls and non existent support from RM I'm looking for recommendations for a replacement unit. Looking for a dash mounted unit with a screen around 8" or so. TIA
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Ipad or Android tablet running Copilot GPS.


Can use a Garmin GLO2 if GPS signal is just weak at the dash location.
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Garmin GPS's are the most popular. Good customer service and a forum with tons of good info. BaseCamp Garmin's PC interface is also a robust program with a bit of a learning curve and will connect to a GPS wirelessly or wired. I'm not sure of their dash mount options.
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We previously used Co-Pilot and it was easy to use and accurate but decided to change to the Garmin RV 785 because it also has the front facing camera with lane departure and collision warning assistance.
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We use a Garmin 1090 and it has been great at notifying us of accidents, delays and road closures.
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I have the Garmin 890 and it has been terrific. Have used Garmin products for years in RVs, boats and planes.

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Thanks for the suggestions, you've given me lots of good leads, now time to see which one will work best for me.
Very helpful!
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The Garmin RV series is hard to beat. Iíve been on their beta test team for the 890 and the 1090.

While no GPS is perfect, Iím confident that the Garmin offers the best overall product for more reasons than I can go into here.

Iím currently using the 10Ē mounted vertical and itís a pretty big game changer for me.
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The Garmin RV series is hard to beat. Iíve been on their beta test team for the 890 and the 1090.

While no GPS is perfect, Iím confident that the Garmin offers the best overall product for more reasons than I can go into here.

Iím currently using the 10Ē mounted vertical and itís a pretty big game changer for me.

I can actually sum the benefits up into one sentence, since there's only one thing Garmin does head and shoulders over all other navigation systems-


Garmin knows how long your rig is and actually plots turns and routes based on that information and an expected minimum turning radius.
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Wish ever one you get. If you Drive a DP, ensure the Software accounts for Height, weight and length.
Google Maps does NOT take that info into account.
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Old 05-30-2022, 10:15 PM   #11
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Hello, I have a Rand McNally OD7RV and have had nothing but problems with it. The tablet will not hold a charge even when plugged in and it frequently loses connection with satellite. after multiple calls and non existent support from RM I'm looking for recommendations for a replacement unit. Looking for a dash mounted unit with a screen around 8" or so. TIA
The Garmin Nav system came with my 2022 Renegade Verona. I've only had my RV since mid April and used the Garmin about 10 times. My impression is that the Garmin software is far, far behind the cutting edge of Google maps. Just this past weekend, it couldn't locate a restaurant or a friend's house when I plugged in the addresses. The way you have to enter an address is very clunky and straight out of 1980. One of the most annoying features is that in order to change the volume, you must pull the unit off of its magnetic mount because the volume buttons are on the back! I'm sure I'll get more proficient at using the clunky software over time, but I still believe a major software upgrade is needed.
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We use a Garmin 1090 and it has been great at notifying us of accidents, delays and road closures.
Are you notified on the garmin or by text/email? Thinking of getting this too. Thanks
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I agree with Steve. I use Google Maps a lot and except for the fact you can't put parameters or avoidances like length, height and weight, Google maps is more user friendly. But because of the ability to enter those parameters, Garmin is a better tool for the RVer.

Garmin's BaseCamp software is incredibly versatile and you can do more with BaseCamp than Google Maps. But there is a learning curve to BaseCamp that most people won't do.
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Google maps can cause serious problems. Unlike a real GPS it will take you down residential streets,gravel and even dirt roads. Does not allow for low bridges. But if you have a true rv or tru cker gps you can use one to verify the other. There are no gps units that do not need some intelligent input from the driver.
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