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Old 04-22-2018, 07:34 PM   #1
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Furrion Back Up System or Garmin?

I have had Waze, Google, etc. send me down some horrific roads that I shouldn't be on with an RV. Therefore, I wouldn't mind an RV specific GPS (even though reviews are mixed).

I also have the camper pre-wired for the Furrion back up camera. I can get the Garmin 770 and the Garmin Back up camera OR I can get the Garmin 770 and the Furrion.

Anyone have both, one, or the other?
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Old 04-23-2018, 10:53 PM   #2
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The Furrion back up camera mounts and draws power from the pre-wired outlet on the back of a trailer. I communicates at 2.4 Ghz with a small flat panel screen on the dash of your vehicle. It supposed will communicate over 100 feet.

The Garman unit camera is powered over a long cord leading to the front of the trailer and a power source has to be found there. It will supposedly transmit 45 feet to a GPS unit mounted on your dash. It also works at 2.4 Ghz. I don't believe you can mix and match.
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Old 04-24-2018, 03:26 AM   #3
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I really like my Furrion observation camera. As stated above, it gets its power from the pre-wired plug. Mine (and I believe most) are tied in to the marker lights. As I run with headlights on, thatís not a problem.
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Old 04-24-2018, 09:43 AM   #4
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Iíve had em both

The garmin is a very good nav system but the back up camera is poor on a long ď35í ď trailer. Also it is only a back up camera. The furrion is a very good ď observation ď camera and works very good on a long trailer but no nav. The garmin camera can be hooked up to any 12volt source especially the marker lights.
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Old 04-24-2018, 12:48 PM   #5
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Get the Garmin since you have mirrors to see behind you.
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Old 04-24-2018, 12:48 PM   #6
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I have the Furrion camera and monitor. I am not too impressed with it. Maybe its the monitor, or maybe the camera.

BTW, someone mentioned 2.4 Ghz. Do you know if its an encoded signal at that frequency? I ask because maybe I can buy a better and bigger monitor, but I don't know if that signal is proprietary?
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Old 04-24-2018, 02:38 PM   #7
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I have the wireless Furrion rear view system on my trailer. Has worked very well so far. I use a Garmin Nuvi in the cab. I definitely am running out of room for monitors, but have not seen a particularly good combination unit, so I stack them up. I also run a TPMS monitor but it's small and it has alarms so only need the occasional glance at it.
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I have had Waze, Google, etc. send me down some horrific roads that I shouldn't be on with an RV. Therefore, I wouldn't mind an RV specific GPS (even though reviews are mixed).

I also have the camper pre-wired for the Furrion back up camera. I can get the Garmin 770 and the Garmin Back up camera OR I can get the Garmin 770 and the Furrion.

Anyone have both, one, or the other?
I have the Garmin 770 and have also had the Rand McNally from Good Sams and I can tell you that none are infallible. I've had the Nuvi (the best of all of them but not for an RV) and they all make mistakes. The 770 made 5 errors in a 6,000 mile trip but it stayed working whereas the RM did not. The RM would randomly shut off and always at the most inopportune times. I love the voice activated instructions on the 770. It works pretty well about 70% of the time.
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I have the Garmin setup. I plan on hooking up in the next couple of weeks. I am planning on using the power from the prewired connection in the back of the trailer. The cord that runs towards the front is to communicate with the Garmin. My trailer is 30ft if it doesn't work I will then order the extension cord. I was lucky I got the camera on a good sale it doesn't work then I will buy the Furrion. Not a big loss.

Good luck with your choice I will be posting my results but it won't be for a few weeks.
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I have found that I need to plan my route ahead as even the Garmin will just not make some adjustments, as in taking the beltway routes around San Antonio instead of the nightmare, (with a fifth wheel) ride through the center of town. Garmin just keeps trying to take you back to the center of town and you have to listen to an hours worth of false directions till you finally get past the point where you are headed back to the interstate. Because it's a little farther around, even if you de select the "fastest route" tab it still tries to take you through the middle of town. I have found that most GPS units "fixate" on a route, and unless you are prepared, that's the way you're going.
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