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Old 09-23-2016, 09:47 PM   #1
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Portable GPS, which is best?

Garmin, Magellan or Rand McNally? We have been trying to use Google Maps on our tablet, but we hate it.

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Old 09-23-2016, 10:10 PM   #2
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My experiences with handhelds are with TOPO maps only; and used for desert and mountain backpack trips. But I have a few Garmins, one quite old and it still works. I had ONE Magellan and that fell apart when I went to change the battery. And that happened in the Maze in SE UT on a nice 115 degree day.

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Old 09-23-2016, 11:12 PM   #3
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We have owned the "Garmin 50" for a few years now, and it got us where we needed to go. In and out of state. It's been pretty accurate.

I just today download the App "MapQuest GPS Navigation & Maps" onto my phone to give it a try. We are flying into Orlando on Sunday and we will be renting a car, so I wanted to pre-test the MapQuest directional knowledge. I lived there years ago so I know of the area to be able to test it's accuracy.

I am impressed, and quite surprised, to see how accurate this phone app is. I like that it shows ( animates ) the course of direction with the voice commands, just like the Garmin.

A definite thumbs-up on this APP.

P.S. I agree, I too, am not fond of the Google Maps. I prefer MapQuest.
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Old 09-24-2016, 07:29 AM   #4
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The Garmin RV760lmt seems to be a good RV related GPS. It has both RV and automobile modes and chooses different routes for each. It seems to have a large data base of RV parks and campgrounds which are searchable based on hook-ups, facilities, etc. Also eats, fuel, ATM's, etc.
My favorite function is the closeup diagram of intersections. It allows my navigator to scroll ahead and tell me what lane to be in for a turn.
It has a traffic function which warns of delays ahead when the info is available, usually only in larger cities.
Overall we like it and always take it along in the RV or car.
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Old 09-24-2016, 07:44 AM   #5
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Originally Posted by f5moab View Post
My experiences with handhelds are with TOPO maps only; and used for desert and mountain backpack trips. But I have a few Garmins, one quite old and it still works. I had ONE Magellan and that fell apart when I went to change the battery. And that happened in the Maze in SE UT on a nice 115 degree day.
Well, I see you're still here. I guess nothing compares to using it as a tool, not an end all like the millenials seem to do. Had a nice young man pull in my driveway all flustered asking very politely for directions because he was "lost". Said the battery died on his "smart" phone equipped with gps, ironic wouldn't you say!
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Old 09-24-2016, 12:14 PM   #6
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Rand McNally RV GPS

We've used the Rand McNally 7730 for several years. It has free lifetime maps and campgrounds, Walmarts, travel centers, RV service, and more in it so we don't have to use other apps. You enter your RVs info into it so you don't have to worry about height/weight. TechnoRV has several videos online showing how they work if you want to see one.
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Old 09-24-2016, 01:05 PM   #7
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On a cell phone or tablet...Co-Pilot app downloads maps and is NOT dependent on data feed from cell towers...nice feature set and looks and feels like a "standard" GPS nav system for a lot less CAN enter the height of your RV for routing safety or you can buy their RV specific app for about $50 that gives you more preferences and RV database POI's.

In a stand alone RV GPS...we have the expensive and good Garmin 760LMT which we've been very pleased with using a bean bag mount on the dashboad. NOTHING is perfect though and this is particularly true with point of interest databases in with the destination is not precise as a pure address would be. Last trip we "arrived" at an RV Park from the database which was actually a residential cul de sac! Putting in the actual address (after using our phone app) gave the correct location about 4 miles away. Moral.... Always have 2 GPS alternatives!
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Old 09-24-2016, 01:39 PM   #8
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I second camaraderie's recommendation for the CoPilot GPS app and for using more than one source of nav data. I prefer paper maps (atlas) for big picture situation awareness that is difficult to impossible to see on any electronic display.
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Old 09-24-2016, 02:47 PM   #9
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We had a Factory Navigation unit in our VW GTI. While VW Nav was OK in the city, we still used our old Garmin when travelling South as it was more reliable. We since bought a VW Tiguan and bought a Garmin nüviCam™ LMTHD GPS with Built-in Dash Cam. The 6" screen is great. The Dashcam works well and the GPS enhanced features are really good. It is not cheap but definitely is worth checking out.
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Old 09-24-2016, 03:09 PM   #10
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Have a Magellan 9250LTM(life time maps. very nice unit, I own 4 other Magellan units, have had no problems. This Magellan has a wireless back up camera available($115.00), attaches to back up light and attaches to license plate frame. very happy w all my Magellan's and the maps

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