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Old 10-16-2015, 11:08 AM   #1
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Thoughts? have one?

Hey got this in my e mail thought i would toss it to the group and see what happens to me just a tad pricey and if anyone has one and what they think of it.Rand McNally RV Tablet 80 RV GPS Android Tablet
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Old 10-16-2015, 12:30 PM   #2
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Looks great. It is pricey.



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Old 10-16-2015, 12:49 PM   #3
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Looks interesting I wonder who makes it for them. I hope it's Garmin and not Magellan.
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Old 10-16-2015, 07:47 PM   #4
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Looks very interesting, with more options other than just navigation.
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I have suggested several times to them, that they make the software (only) available for Android tablets. I already have two Android tablets; I don't need another.

They already offer the software for IPad.

So, instead of software only they offer this.

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Old 10-16-2015, 08:40 PM   #6
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I can tell you I have the garmin 760 rv lmt. The 7" screen is great but too big for the dash as it blocks my view. I've had trouble finding g holders strong enough to hold something that heavy anywhere but the dash. You will likely have the same problem with the tablet
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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.



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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.
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We are staring to look for a new GPS for the RV our Garmin is 6 years old and getting a little flakey. We are thinking about getting and using an iPhone as we still have flip phones. But we are a little concerned that they are not going to be as good as a dedicated unit for an RV. Any thoughts?
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We are staring to look for a new GPS for the RV our Garmin is 6 years old and getting a little flakey. We are thinking about getting and using an iPhone as we still have flip phones. But we are a little concerned that they are not going to be as good as a dedicated unit for an RV. Any thoughts?
If you are asking me, then I vote for iPad / iPhone. In my opinion "RV dedicated" navigation units are a sales gimmick.

Get a tablet or smart phone, a GPS dongle ad use any nav app you want.

Just my $.02 worth.
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Is there an RV or truck app as we like being able to set the clearance bridge/road rating?
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I'm loving the Garmin , don't go out much but loving it. 7" screen can see it good, nice sweet friendly voice. Yep, just loving it !
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It looks like you have to buy the app ( IOS) for 100$ 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.
Say, what??? You mean the IPad doesn't have a GPS built in?

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Old 10-17-2015, 12:54 PM   #14
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I use the Sandy she is always telling me where to go lol. If you didn't surmise that the DW.


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Say, what??? You mean the IPad doesn't have a GPS built in?



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I just checked and that review I read was incorrect. A I Pad does have a built in GPS. I assume it will run that program. I might try it. My 7710 is having issues again.



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I just checked and that review I read was incorrect. A I Pad does have a built in GPS. I assume it will run that program. I might try it. My 7710 is having issues again.

The problem with the IPad is you have to have cell service. It's not a true GPS. I know, we found out the hard way.
But it wasn't in Florida😏


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Am I missing something here? If you want a device that gives you all the information of a GPS, why not just buy a GPS? I have two Garmin units and one Pioneer [wife's Lexus] unit. Stick with Garmin. Mine talks back and forth with me and drives the DW crazy. I named her "Darling". [GPS, not DW]
I can tell her to "wake up" and find any way point, restaurant, hospital, address, etc, etc, that I want and she takes me there and I don't even touch it. Couldn't ask for more. Still learning what all it will do!
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Trying to save money we need to get a smart phone and want to upgrade our GPS. It would be nice to save $400-$500 being retired.
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The problem with the IPad is you have to have cell service. It's not a true GPS. I know, we found out the hard way.
But it wasn't in Florida😏


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Hence the reason for the Bad Elf.

My iPad is WiFi only. No cell service. I set my iPhone as a hot spot, iPad links with it, use it for data when necessary.

The iPad uses Bad Elf for true GPS, same thing pilots use.
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Not wanting to drill holes in the dash or anywhere on TOWTA's old junker or my old broken down Chevy, I just made thin alum brackets and attached with existing screws. In the truck, there is a blank cavity used for who knows what that I blocked off.

Neither the Nuvi 2460 in TOWTA's junker or the dezl 760LMT in the truck vibrate or are bothered by the sun or block view.
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