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Old 03-19-2012, 10:09 AM   #1
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Which GPS do you all use?

I have a TomTom XXL 550Tand I'm starting to hate it. It seems to always want to lead us on County Roads. We do most of our camping around the Texas Hill Country and most of the County roads are dirt roads and narrow. Hardly the kind of roads you'd want to drive a TT on. Maybe I'm missing a setting or something that excludes these types of roads? Just wanted to see what others are using and how you like them?
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Old 03-19-2012, 10:20 AM   #2
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I currently use a TomTom 540 XXL but only because my daughter gave it to me. My next GPS will be the Garmin Nuvi 465t GPS Truck Navigator. However, even with a GPS, I still plan my routes the day before and never, ever depend on the GPS.
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Old 03-19-2012, 11:35 AM   #3
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Garmin 3790LMT. Love it!
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Old 03-19-2012, 11:41 AM   #4
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Garmin used here too. It does not always get it right. We hate when that happens. Sometimes close but not always. I think they are very helpful but not perfect.
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Old 03-19-2012, 11:44 AM   #5
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Don't use ours anymore. Our new Verizon windows phones come with navigation and are more reliable than the Tom Tom we have. Even after we paid $75 to "upgrade," there were a lot of roads that were not recognized with the Tom Tom.
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Old 03-19-2012, 11:47 AM   #6
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I have a Magellan Roadmate 1475T and have been very happy with it. Depending on where we are going you can select most freeways, least freeways, etc. We always have a general route planned via paper map or google.
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Old 03-19-2012, 11:58 AM   #7
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A good road map and beautiful navigator gets me where I want to go everytime.
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Old 03-19-2012, 12:02 PM   #8
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been using a Tom Tom xxl550 I just bought a TripMaker RVND 5510 that so far I like better than my Tom Tom
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Old 03-19-2012, 12:04 PM   #9
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I would be willing to be that a brand new GPS is less expensive than "a beautiful navigator".
My beautiful navigator is not always right either but I can't afford to upgrade her. (Not even considering it!) JUST KIDDING of course DW if you happen to read this.
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Old 03-19-2012, 12:10 PM   #10
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Ruben, I guess you have already tried to tweak your settings ?? I notice with my current Garmin, as with my previous Tom Tom 130, if I have the shortest route setup, it would take me back roads. If I have them set up to quickest route, it would take me mostly interstate and primary roads. My current Garmin now asks "do you want to take dirt roads (or something like that), if they are included on my route.
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Old 03-19-2012, 12:34 PM   #11
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I would be willing to be that a brand new GPS is less expensive than "a beautiful navigator".
My beautiful navigator is not always right either but I can't afford to upgrade her. (Not even considering it!) JUST KIDDING of course DW if you happen to read this.

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Hmm I think Rugged as the "upgraded" version of a navigator. I find mine is actually VERY unreliable for any directional calls made before 10am and two cups of coffee....

I am also interested in which gps models folks are enjoying. Am waffling between the truck version for the real time upcoming hazard warnings (sharp curves, steep grades, crosswinds, real time traffic) and the RV versions for the campground/points of interest data. Now if only 1 unit could do both.....
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Old 03-19-2012, 12:55 PM   #13
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Hmm I think Rugged as the "upgraded" version of a navigator. I find mine is actually VERY unreliable for any directional calls made before 10am and two cups of coffee....

I am also interested in which gps models folks are enjoying. Am waffling between the truck version for the real time upcoming hazard warnings (sharp curves, steep grades, crosswinds, real time traffic) and the RV versions for the campground/points of interest data. Now if only 1 unit could do both.....
the RVND 5510 does have warnings for sharp curves and hills but I haven't had a chance to check out how good that works

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Includes legal (propane and RV allowed), weight and height restrictions
Safe routing of larger vehicles with eleven RV and camper types, plus cars!
Prioritizes turns according to size of vehicule
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Louder speaker, larger screen size, and oversized buttons developed for in-RV use
Special "Breadcrumb Trail" feature tracks the route from the main road to your campsite for easy return

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Ruben, I guess you have already tried to tweak your settings ?? I notice with my current Garmin, as with my previous Tom Tom 130, if I have the shortest route setup, it would take me back roads. If I have them set up to quickest route, it would take me mostly interstate and primary roads. My current Garmin now asks "do you want to take dirt roads (or something like that), if they are included on my route.
I think that's what it may be. I'll have to check on that.
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Old 03-19-2012, 01:31 PM   #15
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Have a garmin here, but also use the good old map too! we usually stop at the first welcome center when going into the new state and pick up a free state map to go along with the truckers atlas that we travel with. also found out the welcome center usually have good information on places to see etc.
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Garmin nuvi 3750. Does everything it should but maybe not the best for trailering as it lacks low bridge warnings, etc. However, it does allow me to use GPS coordinates to set up a trip. That way my entire trip is preloaded before I ever leave home and follows the exact route I have specified. Beats the heck out of having the GPS try to take you through the middle of NYC.
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Old 03-19-2012, 03:34 PM   #17
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I have a TomTom One and I also have CoPilot Live on my iPhone. I find that I rarely use the TomTom anymore.
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Old 03-19-2012, 03:52 PM   #18
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We use the Garmin nuvi 1450. It came with lifetime map updates. Before a trip, we check to see if an update is available. So far, it hasn't let us down. But I always print out some directions as well. We lost our satellite signal once and had to pull out the back-up directions.
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Old 03-19-2012, 04:14 PM   #19
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CoPilot looks worth a try. Downloading as I am writing this. I had not heard of it before. Thanks for the post.
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Old 03-19-2012, 05:33 PM   #20
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Garmin nuvi 3760t. Not particularly RV-oriented, but works great for general use in my tow vehicle. Also have a nuvi 765t which in most respects is just an older version of the same thing. My wife and I also have smart phones with the usual location-aware apps, and I always map our route on Google/Bing/AAA/other before departure to destinations new to us.
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