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Old 10-07-2021, 09:53 PM   #15
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The OsmAnd app (android) will also allow downloaded maps and offline navigation. I use it for toad navigation but I have no idea if it can handle height, length etc.
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When it comes time to change, I'll be considering Sygic Truck and Caravan GPS Navigation and will purchase a computer pad to run it. You can select RV/Bus and the company uses the same maps that Garmin uses.
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Old 10-11-2021, 06:36 AM   #17
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Sorry was away for a few days.....

As said earlier I'm going to give it a try. Run it along side my old Rand McNally.

I will be running it (both planning trips, and navigating) using my android tablet. First trip comes up in a few weeks.

Will report in on my experience.

Thanks All!
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Old 08-10-2022, 05:06 PM   #18
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Last 5 years I have been using a Rand McNally 7730 RV GPS to navigate our 40' coach and trailer in tow. If I were reviewing the device, I would give it a gold star for ease of use, and funtionality. Love being able to search my planned route ahead for services needed.

However, after the first 2 years,,, there has been no upgrades, no maps, no software etc.. My maps are 3 plus years old.

The new Rand McNallys have a poor rating. Seems lots of people are having reliability issues with the units, support etc. These units as well as Garmins are $400 or more.

Considering trying a smart phone or tablet based application like RV Life and Campground. Considering using my android tablet. RV Life is $49 per year.

Anyone tried this? Thoughts? Experiences? Did you run on a Android?

Will be headed on a trip west in 4 weeks, thought I may try it and run it in parrallel with my Rand McNally,

Thanks for sharing thoughts experience!
Everybody is pushing the RVtripwizard but it has given me bad advise as well. My RVND 7735 I'm told by RM is an "end of life devise" and new maps are no longer available for it. That's OK because their maps have always been bad. I'm thinking about getting a Garmin to replace it.
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In my old Winnebago View class C I has Infotainment system with Rand McNally. While it never misguided me directionally I had a frequent problem of the unit freezing up and showing errors that required fully restart.

In new truck I plan on using Waze for most open road driving and RVLife app when needed for clearance guidance. Regardless, I meticulously plan out my routes on my laptop using both RVLife and Google Maps. I print out (to PDF that my navigator can follow in an iPad) the Google Maps turn-by-turn details for reference. I display whichever app I currently need on my console screen with ApplePlay.

Now I just need to get out on the road with the new rig to see if that is enough.
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Thanks all for the input!!!

We are heading west in 4 weeks, S.C. to Arizona. Think I am going to give this application a try. Run in parallel with my Rand McNally.
Recommend you test that app in your car before going on an actual trip. Tried on iphone and it repeatedly froze. The web version I still use for planning and maintenance. That was 6 months ago so it may be better.
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RvLife app is throwing money down the drain; 8 months’ subscription covers the cost of a Garmin 890. Difference being after 8 months you’d still have the Garmin and it will still be worth a few hundred bucks if it comes times to get out of RVing. And if you stay in RVing the Garmin becomes the better value by orders of magnitude
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RvLife app is throwing money down the drain; 8 months’ subscription covers the cost of a Garmin 890. Difference being after 8 months you’d still have the Garmin and it will still be worth a few hundred bucks if it comes times to get out of RVing. And if you stay in RVing the Garmin becomes the better value by orders of magnitude
Say what? Yearly subscription is $59. Refurbished 890 is nearly $300 on eBay. You need to check your numbers.
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Old 08-16-2022, 01:45 PM   #23
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Rand McNally is out of the RV GPS business, instead concentrating on commercial trucking and boating industries.
As to map updates this is directly from Rand McNally
"Rand McNally will not make updates available for any product that Rand McNally, in its discretion, has designated “end of life,” which designation may occur at any time after the 36-month anniversary of the launch of the applicable product model."
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