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Old 06-29-2013, 03:45 PM   #21
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Any recent GPS recommendations?

Hi, folks.

I've had a Rand McNally RVND7710 for about 1 1/2 years, and am not impressed (more below). I'm looking for recent recommendations for another unit.

Anyone have any experience with the Magellan RV-oriented units?

I notice that Garmin now has an RV-oriented unit, the RV 760LMT. Anyone have any experience with that one?

The problems I've had with my RVND7710 include:
1) It took us to two bridges that were lower than the height of our rig;
2) It occasionally freezes completely; we've got to poke the reset button to restart it;
3) The cigarette lighter power cord broke (was replaced under warranty);
4) It sometimes says you're at your destination and the destination is nowhere in sight--after turning around to go back, it now says the destination is somewhere else;
5) Now is refuses to connect to the computer--Rand McNally sent me a new USB cable free but that didn't solve the problem, and the unit is out of warranty;
6) All information about waypoints and routes has to be entered on the unit itself, whereas the new Garmin model allows you to enter this stuff on a computer and transfer it to the GPS.

I could go on, but those are the main points. I'm looking for another unit that people have had better luck with. Thanks for any feedback.

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Old 06-29-2013, 04:20 PM   #22
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Iíve given up on my Rand McNally 5510 GPS. While it has some nice features, it just has too many mapping errors in it. Also when I save a route, it doesnít save any of the detours I may have built into that route. Apparently when you save a route it only saves the origin and destination and not any changes to the route you make.

For my birthday this year Iím asking for the Garmin RV 760LMT.
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Frankly, I think an IPad is the best way to go and you have navigation right there plus a scad of really cool apps.

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I like my Garmin nuvi 2460 LMT especially now that I downloaded the low clearances to it. It will alert me to any low clearances of 12'6 or lower 19 miles out or up to 38 miles out whichever I choose. Has the lane alerts, etc.
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Old 06-30-2013, 08:14 AM   #25
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Frankly, I think an IPad is the best way to go and you have navigation right there plus a scad of really cool apps.
Please correct me if I'm wrong, but I'm guessing this requires an iPad with the 3G or 4G capability (not sure which) and requires a data plan of $50/month or so. (Of course, if you want the data plan for other things, then the routing is a free bonus.)

Can the iPad (so equipped) tell you exactly where you are?

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I like my Garmin nuvi 2460 LMT especially now that I downloaded the low clearances to it. It will alert me to any low clearances of 12'6 or lower 19 miles out or up to 38 miles out whichever I choose. Has the lane alerts, etc.
Interesting. I infer from what you said that the unit warns you when you're approaching a low bridge but doesn't actually route you around them. Is this correct?

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Interesting. I infer from what you said that the unit warns you when you're approaching a low bridge but doesn't actually route you around them. Is this correct?

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Suppose to warn you and route you away. I haven't actually used it yet, but you can set it to 200,000 ft (38 miles) warning so if it doesn't route you away, you should be able to avoid it. I'll find out on the Goshen trip & beyond.
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Please correct me if I'm wrong, but I'm guessing this requires an iPad with the 3G or 4G capability (not sure which) and requires a data plan of $50/month or so. (Of course, if you want the data plan for other things, then the routing is a free bonus.)

Can the iPad (so equipped) tell you exactly where you are?

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Depends on the App.

"Copilot" uses the GPS (only available on 3G equipped models but you don't need the 3G service to use it) and has the maps as part of the application.

My AT&T data plan is 2 Gigabytes per month (plenty BTW) for $25.00 US.

The iPad (using the GPS) will "flight follow" you on the moving map display.
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I just had (...and got rid of) the Magellan RV9165T-LM. It took us in opposite directions and routed way, long routes out of our way. It got to a point that I didn't trust it. Just from a functionality standpoint, the lag on the screen putting in a destination was enough to drive you nuts! I did my review here: Magellan RoadMate RV9165T-LM

I've put in order the new Garmin RV 760LMT but have not received it yet. The product was just announced and shipments heading out in a week or so. Again, my review will go here: Garmin RV 760LMT - Announced

I'm a gadget nut so this is what I can bring to this group of diverse individuals. Being a techie does that to you I guess? :-)
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Old 06-30-2013, 09:32 AM   #30
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Suppose to warn you and route you away. I haven't actually used it yet, but you can set it to 200,000 ft (38 miles) warning so if it doesn't route you away, you should be able to avoid it. I'll find out on the Goshen trip & beyond.
Interesting! We'll be at Goshen too, perhaps we can chat.

BTW, I'm giving a talk there on taking better pictures and I'm trying to drum up some interest!
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