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Old 08-24-2010, 11:21 PM   #11
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When we got our coach this spring, I tried a Garmin that is a "truckers" model. Supposed to give you routes that don't have low clearance or weight restictions, etc. First trip out it wanted to send us through a bridge tunnel that we would never have fit through. Luckily the campground asked us if we were using a GPS and warned us about it. They said all the units direct the traffic that way. Of course I thought our "trucker" model wouldn't do that, right? Guess again. That's exactly the way it was taking us.

The next morning I got a look at the tunnel, and the road leading to it, as we left camp. There's no way we would have made it, and it would have been quite a trick trying to back out with a trailer!

The Garmin has also given us some bogus directions. We have decided to go back to our Magellans that we have used in the cars. BTW, Best Buy has Magellans on sale this week!
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Old 08-25-2010, 07:29 AM   #12
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We have a Garmin Nuvi something or another and it works great. Well except the time it wanted to route us through downtown Mobile, Alabama on our way to Disney while towing our 5'er. ALWAYS have a good set of paper maps with ya and you'll be fine no matter what GPS unit you get. Garmin does have one for truckers and RV'ers but they are on the high dollar end.
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Old 08-25-2010, 09:23 AM   #13
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I concur about the misdirection problems. My Legend Cx loaded w/ City Navigator tried to send me down an unplowed township this past winter as a shortcut.

Unlike the Oregon couple that was stranded the same way.
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Old 08-25-2010, 09:26 AM   #14
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Old 08-25-2010, 09:35 AM   #15
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RxFiller -- Can you answer a few questions for me and maybe it'll help someone else in the future. I'm very interested in that unit and am surprised it didn't know about the low clearance.

You have the 465T right?

Did you have the unit set up in truck mode or car mode? You can switch them and if you're in car mode it ignores the rig height, length, etc.

What height did you set your rig up as?

Have you noticed any other anomalies with the unit?
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Old 08-25-2010, 11:32 AM   #16
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I have the Garmin 205W and really like it. I used it last year when we went to Silverton, CO and was surprised at all the roads and mountain trails it had on it. Oh it will try to lead you wrong sometime, but for the most part it worked well. I have a lot of extra POIs loaded for fuel and Walmart locations.
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RxFiller -- Can you answer a few questions for me and maybe it'll help someone else in the future. I'm very interested in that unit and am surprised it didn't know about the low clearance.

You have the 465T right?

Did you have the unit set up in truck mode or car mode? You can switch them and if you're in car mode it ignores the rig height, length, etc.

What height did you set your rig up as?

Have you noticed any other anomalies with the unit?
I've got the 465T and we have found it to be reliable so far. Again, as others have stated, make sure you know where you are supposed to go and you'll be fine. From Buffalo to Boston, which is a straight shot on I-90, it tried to have us get off 90 and take US20. That would make a Boston run a very long arduous journey. In its defense though, I have to note that it was trying to route us around some construction on the NY Thruway which is a tough drive in an 8 and 1/2 foot wide motorhome.
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Old 08-25-2010, 10:19 PM   #18
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The 465T will keep you on the standard truck routes. LOCAL truck routes that you might take with you RV are NOT listed
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You might be asking too much to use one unit in both the RV and the Jeep. If you do a lot of off-road as we do you will find the Nuvi will probably have a hard time keeping a lock on the satellites in dense trees. For our motorhome and around town use we have a Nuvi. In the Jeep and for Geocaching we use a Garmin 60CX. They now have out the 62 series which have an even better receiver and antenna. We use the 60CX exclusively for gathering the data we provide on our web site as it will hold a lock on the satellites like nothing I have ever seen. We can get signal in our house with a floor above us!
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Yeah, I have the 465T, in truck mode, with the height set at 12.5 feet.
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