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Old 05-16-2016, 02:48 PM   #21
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Instead of spending the money on a Garmin, I just use my iphone or ipad mini (w/ suction cup on my window.) I use Google maps and AllStays RV & Camp app which is sufficient for me. I did invest in a rear camera w/ night vision as I drive frequently at night.
Google and Apple maps will not find you RV specific routes. Following those can lead you down some roads you really don't want to take your rig.
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Old 05-16-2016, 08:41 PM   #22
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We've had a Garmin GPS navigation system for years, and are very satisfied. We always double check maps first to get general route information so that we know how to get close to our destination. Best to get a GPS system that is satellite linked, so you don't have to download updated map information on a yearly basis.

I've tried several back-up cameras, and none have been worth the expense. Mostly, the video displays are too small for my 72-year old eyes. After 30+ years of RV life, my wife and I have developed a "back-up" system of hand signals, yelling and shouting that beats the heck out of a back-up camera!!
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Old 05-16-2016, 09:53 PM   #23
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Garmin RV760LMT here also.




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Old 05-16-2016, 09:59 PM   #24
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if you go cheap, you get cheap. You get what you pay for.
Are you implying Garmin is cheap or are you just saying in general?
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Old 05-17-2016, 07:55 AM   #25
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Decent GPS

I looked at reviews and a lot of truckers tell you not to rely on GPS for low bridges as the ones that don't have a lot of clearance are usually not picked up by the GPS as they are off main hwys and aren't registered with the province or state.
I wanted to get and RV GPS for that purpose, but after reading some of the truckers comments and RVers I decided to keep my TomTom. And my old Tom Tom has lifetime Traffic and Map updates with no restrictions on the amount of updates unlike the Garmin.
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Old 05-17-2016, 08:33 AM   #26
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I have to give a vote to the Garmin RV760 also. Not only lifetime maps, but also has traffic that will detour you around congested areas or backups. The detours will only take you on routes that fit your RV profile, and will tell you how much time you will save. The couple times I have followed it, I found it to be surprisingly accurate.
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Old 05-17-2016, 12:16 PM   #27
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If you want to see what a low bridge will do for a camper just google 11ft8.com. It's a railroad bridge in Durham,NC. It must have been hit about 100 times


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Old 05-17-2016, 06:10 PM   #28
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I just used Google Maps on my iPhone to find a remote place in western MD., boy did we loose our signal. If the maps are pre-loaded into a gps, don't you still have directions no matter what?


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I'm not going to pretend to be an expert but here's my understanding of how the GPS works. All the maps are installed in the onboard memory of the GPS. So is all the programming that makes it work, location coordinates, etc. The only thing the satellite connection us used for is to locate the unit on the ground. By connecting to multiple satellites the unit is able to accurately triangulate its location. If you lose the satellite connection, the maps are still there but it won't have the ability to know your location, therefore no turn by turn directions, etc. To see what I mean, just program in a route, then drive into a covered parking garage and watch how it behaves. Not really an issue except in mountainous zones and downtown areas where the view of the sky is limited or narrow. Hope this makes some sense.
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If you want to see what a low bridge will do for a camper just google 11ft8.com. It's a railroad bridge in Durham,NC. It must have been hit about 100 times


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