Originally Posted by Phil57
It looks like you have to buy the app ( IOS) for 100$ then you need a GPS adapter for another 100$. One review said the adapter takes the port so you can't charge it when using it. So your at 200 and have no mount and it can't be charged. Might be better to buy the android or just buy a regular GPS for RV's.
I'm not sure all this info is correct as I got it from reviews.
If this post is referring to using a iPad for nav, I can chime in.
Yes the Bad Elf "dongle" is about $100.00, but the dongle has a charger port in it. Plug the bad elf in to the iPad, then plug the charger into the Bad Elf. So yes, iPad is being charged while the Bad Elf is plugged in.
Bad Elf GPS for Dock Connector
As far as apps and their cost?
I mainly use Google maps and it is a free app? I have a couple of others, but have never paid over $3.00 for a gps/navigation app? But there are dozens of apps out there;
Our 2015 Mobile App Essentials for RV Travel | Technomadia
Yes you will need a mount. RAM offers several. Here is the basic unit I use.
Amazon.com: Ram Mount Suction Cup Base Car Windshield Mount for Apple iPad (RAM-B-166-AP8U): Electronics
My iPad is wireless only, so I set my iPhone as a mobile hotspot and link the iPad to it.
So why do I use my iPad / iPhone to navigate with versus a dedicated GPS unit? Two main reasons;
First, we usually take the iPad with us when we travel, just for net surfing, FB, etc. It with us anyway, why have a second piece of equipment too?
Second, I've have no less than (6) nav units from other manufacturers, ranging from the GM one in my truck, to Garmin Zumo450. Problem I have with those is you are stuck with their operating systems. Upgrades are expensive.