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Old 05-15-2016, 10:35 AM   #1
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I am thinking about investing in a decent GPS system, maybe a back up camera.

Anyone have experience with these? Amazon has a Garmin system with camera, a little pricey. Are they worth it?

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Old 05-15-2016, 11:00 AM   #2
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Garmin makes good products. I've used many of their GPS units, and have been pleased with them. I haven't personally tried the rear view cameras, but have heard several good reviews of them.

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Old 05-15-2016, 11:15 AM   #4
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I have a Garmin RV760

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Old 05-15-2016, 12:57 PM   #5
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I've been looking at Tadi Brothers, they look good and the reviews are good also.

I'd be interested if anyone has experience with them.

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Old 05-15-2016, 01:33 PM   #6
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I have and use GPS, on my phone, and a stand alone in the truck, or the one that came with the Jeep.
I have decided that rule one should be: Kind of know where you are going already, the GPS lies. People have forgotten how to pre-check maps, and get an idea of the lay of the land, Then they end up on small dirt roads with no turn-around, or on the wrong side of a fence, etc. The one in our jeep often tries to get us off the Interstate to take about 15-30 turns to get the same place.
Knowing "that aint right" is a help.
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Old 05-15-2016, 01:54 PM   #7
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I have had three different GPS over the years starting with the original TOM TOM... they were all good but you had to know how it was set... i.e. least use of freeways, quickest route, shortest route... one setting was not always the best for all destinations...

for the last 2-3 years I now rely on my iphone Google Maps app... best GPS going as I can talk to it and tell it to "take me to Zion National Park" or "Lake Cumberland State Park campground" and as long as it has a good data signal it will find the address (which I may not know) and find a route to it. The data it uses is usually more up to date than a dedicated GPS unit.

As hankpac says... you should at least have studied a destination before getting in your rig and have an idea where you are going and what route(s) may get you there... you CAN do that on your GPS or smartphone, just not easy to do while driving.

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One note about iPhones regarding GPS data: you do not have to have cell signal to use GPS. I have a topographic App, that I use when hunting. It works flawlessly, and shows exact terrain, trails, roads, etc. As long as you have battery, you have a map. Geo Caching also works without cell signal. Some map programs require cell signal in order to pinpoint your location. I consider that a weakness of programing.
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Yes, my iphone will work with GPS even in remote areas without cell service... I was referring in previous post to the ability of the smartphone to FIND a destination even without knowing an exact address or even city... and for that you have to have a good data signal. Often I know the name of the campground I want to get to, but I do not know the address. The voice command "take me to St George Island state park Florida will show me a route, often several routes that I can pick from before hitting Start, to get turn by turn directions verbal directions from Google Maps.

I still use my GPS device as well as the iphone, as that is programmed to show me gas stations and places to eat as well as a digital speed indication and a comparison to the posted speed limit.

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Have had a Garmin for the car for several years. Very happy with it. Just bought a Garmin RV760 because of the back up camera. I wired the camera to my running lights for power. That way, I can see what's behind me without having to go into reverse. Should be handy for making sure I've completely passed someone before I move back into the lane.

The RV760 is geared to rv's ( duh ). Has info about campgrounds, rv parks, truck stops, etc. When you first set it up, it asks for a lot of info about your rig ( height, lenght, weight, etc. ). Supposed to help keep you out of trouble spots like low overpasses, etc. But they do toss in their disclaimer that they offer no guarantees.

It does come with lifetime map & traffic updates. That's a big plus. If you've ever seen what map updates cost for systems, you know. I think you get 4 updates a year.

Bit of caution though. Garmin sell a system called the Dezl760 ( may have spelled that incorrectly ). That is geared toward truckers.



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