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Old 08-16-2014, 09:29 AM   #1
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I am looking to buy another gps for my trip to Alaska. I need advice on what everyone thinks. I have a Garmin that I have had more than a few years, it's pretty good but I need to upgrade. I know a gps will sometimes take you the long way, I always check my maps but a good gps is good to have. I need advice on what you have.



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Old 08-16-2014, 10:22 AM   #2
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I have navigation in my pioneer head unit, but it's so out of date I usually use my iphone instead. (Magellan app or basic apple maps). Both have asked me to make some pretty tight turns at times so if I ever replace I'll be looking for an 'RV aware' GPS. I'd like to get it as an app as I don't really want another device laying around, but so far I haven't seen any GPS apps that I'm willing to spend more money on considering what I spent on the Magellan one.








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Old 08-16-2014, 10:28 AM   #3
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Old 08-17-2014, 03:47 PM   #4
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Not sure how useful GPS is in Alaska. Many, many roads are dirt......plus being that far North, I'm not sure how well a regular GPS will actually work. I'd probably check with some folks actually up in Alaska to see what the pitfalls might be....
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GPS will work fine in Alaska, except where the mountains block too many satellites, same as anywhere else. It is called Global positioning system for a reason. Accuracy of the maps might be an issue, but I am frequently surprised how many back roads they know. The road in front of our house in Florida is grass (not gravel, not dirt, grass), and it knows about it.
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If the unit is not too awful old and it has the current down loads, you should be ok. Have the 760 LM unit and it does good. Have not tried any long routes yet, but the short trips have not had any surprises.
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GPS will work fine in Alaska, except where the mountains block too many satellites, same as anywhere else. It is called Global positioning system for a reason. Accuracy of the maps might be an issue, but I am frequently surprised how many back roads they know. The road in front of our house in Florida is grass (not gravel, not dirt, grass), and it knows about it.
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Last time I was in Alaska, there were a LOT of mountains, which was the reason for my statement about not knowing how well the "global positioning system" would work. I, too, have never had a problem navigating in Florida......

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Have the Garmin RV760LMT and love it. FAST and intuitive and accurate. The lifetime maps and traffic are great in the lower 48!
The Good Sam Rand McNally unit which some did not like...has just been replaced with a new model (Camping World) with improvements and it is cheaper and I haven't seen reviews on it yet...Given the price difference it may be worth checking out.
I sailed all over the place with Garmin...I trust them and their commitment to the technology and mapping so I'm biased admittedly...but happy and just a few dollars poorer!
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After doing a bit of research, I just bought and installed a Garmin 760LMT in my 2013 Solera, using a RAM ball mount and cradle. Nice setup and the 760LMT looks right at home, hovering just above the Magnadyne in-dash unit.

With the fixed position of the Magnadyne, I was just unable to see through the glare on the screen during the daylight hours. The 760LMT has both a brighter display and can be angled on the ball mount to kill the glare.

Will be heading out with the Solera early next week on a trip to California and will be able to comment further on the 760LMT's on-the-road performance after I get back. I will say that I have used Garmin GPS units for the past 15 years and have not been disappointed.
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