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Old 11-17-2015, 07:25 PM   #1
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RV'ers Navigation Device or App

I'd like to see some opinions on Navigation Devices or Applications. Does anyone have anything good to say about either of these that are actually designed for RV'ers? I mean, who in this forum has been brought down roads that are clearly not RV friendly? (Bumpy) Who in here has been forced to turn around because their RV will not go under an overpass? What are some good Navigation Options?

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Old 11-18-2015, 09:28 AM   #2
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I swear y the Rand McNally RV GPS my unit is out of date now. They do over newer models with the features. Buy the unit with lifetime maps which are updated yearly. The unit allows you to plug in the height with and weight of your trailer, it also wants to know how many propane tanks are on board. I have never had an issue with being routed incorrectly when towing the trailer. I can switch between Truck/trailer and car. It is a 7" screen with day night time usage. But I also use paper maps to see if I agree with the route.

There are POI;such as campgrounds, fueling stations, banks, shopping and landmarks for some of the items on the unit.

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Old 11-18-2015, 09:39 AM   #3
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We love our Rand McNally Navi!

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Old 11-18-2015, 10:05 AM   #4
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There are several threads that discuss the pros & cons of Smartphone/Tablet apps & RV GPS - try a forum search for a more exhaustive discussion.

Short answer is there are only 2 games in town for the serious RV'er: The Rand McNally GPS and The Garmin RV760 LMT. Both allow you to input your Rig's specifications and will actively route you around low overpasses, switchbacks, and weight restricted roads.

We have the Garmin and it works great - not sure about the Rand McNally, but the Garmin comes with free lifetime map updates.
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Old 11-18-2015, 10:36 AM   #5
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We are using the Copilot app and think it works pretty good. You can choose type of transportation, car, bike, bus, walk and even RV(you can add height of RV). All maps are stored on your device so no data connection is needed to us it. Maps are updated for free and what seems to be a fairly regular basis.
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Old 11-18-2015, 11:32 AM   #6
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I also like the CoPilot App, but would like it much better if it listed truck stops like Loves and Pilot/Flying J
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Old 11-18-2015, 11:39 AM   #7
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Rand McNally RV GPS has lifetime maps only for the original purchasers of the unit. So beware of buying used.

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Old 11-18-2015, 12:13 PM   #8
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Which GPS?

I've had two questions that fit into this string. To avoid confusion I'll ask only one of them here. Which would you prefer, the Camping World Good Sam RV GPS or the Magellan? Both are side by side in the CW catalog and I can't tell the difference. Or should we consider the Rand McNalley GPS?
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Old 11-18-2015, 12:39 PM   #9
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I tried the Rand McNally and did not like it. One positive is that it allowed WiFi access directly without cables. I didn't like how it mounted to the windshield mount. It took two hands to slide it on and take it off. I used it about three weeks and it gave me wrong directions several times going between home and work.

I then got the Garmin. I like how you can remove and reinstall the unit with one hand. It doesn't have WiFi directly. You have to plug the unit into your computer to upload new maps, etc. I just returned from a 15k trip to Alaska and used the Garmin 100%. Three misdirections: Twice down gravel roads about 10 ft wide. Both times I was able to find a spot to turn around. Both CG'S mentioned that ALL GPS'S have similar problems finding them. The third time I had stopped for gas and the GPS wanted to send me back where I had just come from. Even trying to start over it was trying to send me backwards. After going about 10 miles in the right direction, it got me back on track.

I am going to notify garmin of the problems and maybe they'll include the corrections in a future update.
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Old 11-18-2015, 02:16 PM   #10
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The Good Sam model is a Rand McNally. There are differences among all of them, but there are at least two things that are important IMO: It needs to specifically state that it's for RVs. Secondly, look for the label "LMT". That indicates "lifetime maps and traffic" updates for as long as you own it. (Maps are generally updated quarterly.) The "traffic" feature gives you real-time notices about congestion, construction and may offer alternate routing. Together, the LMT features are going to make the unit cost more, but in the long run, they are well worth it.

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