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Old 12-24-2016, 01:42 PM   #1
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We are thinking about purchasing a GPS system for our tow vehicle. Does anyone have any suggestions?
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Old 12-24-2016, 02:06 PM   #2
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Hi Lloyd,

We are getting a cell phone booster for Xmas and hope to get a GPS by camping season. Based on recommendations and research, I am leaning toward the following for the GPS:

Garvin RV 760LMT Portable GPS Navigator. It is currently listed on Amazon for $289.

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Whatever you get, get 'lifetime maps'. My TomTom gets free map updates several times a year.
Toyota charges my buddy $250 for an update for his Highlander ( western Canada and U.S. is a separate update from eastern Canada and U.S. - so $500 total ) and they only update once a year.
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Here is the naming convention for Garmin devices:
LM - life time maps update
T - real time traffic info.

So 760LMT has 'lifetime maps'.
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Sergey,

Cool beans. I knew it had those features from the description, but did not know that the letters in the named represented those features.

Thank you for the tip.

Take care,

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Hi Lloyd,

We are getting a cell phone booster for Xmas and hope to get a GPS by camping season. Based on recommendations and research, I am leaning toward the following for the GPS:

Garvin RV 760LMT Portable GPS Navigator. It is currently listed on Amazon for $289.

Happy Holidays,

Dean
So, I was going to ask if anyone had experience with an RV GPS, and now I see that Garmin has one.

We purchased a pair of Garmin 2598LMT's at Costco in the Fall of 2014 for our cars. These are not RV units, but I am very impressed with Garmin overall.

We bought a 2010 Audi in August 2015 and I ran the Garmin at the same time as the Audi's integral GPS system for a while to compare the two. I haven't run the Audi's integral GPS for over a year now as the Garmin is so far superior.

Incidentally, the windshield suction-cup holder provided with the GPS did not work well for us. I bought a pair of Garmin's "Portable Friction Mount" units, a sandbag dash holder. I like these so well that I bought a third one for our TPMS as they use the same ball mount.

Now I've got two devices on the dash when we tow, which is pretty ironic for a loaded luxury vehicle with internal GPS and TPMS systems. But, the TPMS doesn't cover the trailer tires, and the Audi's GPS is just so so-so.

Now if I add a dash-mount hula doll I'll probably have to hang my head out of the driver's window just to see the road ahead.
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My go to site for product reviews is the wirecutter. They pick a Garmin for top spot.

The Best Car GPS | The Wirecutter
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I received a Garmin GPS about 10 years ago and it was great, but it didn't have lifetime maps. So about 3 years ago I bought a new Garmin with lifetime maps, and it has been a disappointment. The interface is much less intuitive IMO and I would have trouble getting the GPS to do what I wanted it to do (when searching for addresses not nearby, for instance). The lifetime maps deal has been a pain, too, because their maps are now too bloated to fit onto my GPS; my update 1 year after purchase no longer had room for Canada and Mexico, and this summer's update wanted me to pick only 1 region of the USA to load! Nuts to that! I doubt that I will ever buy another Garmin GPS for driving.
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What ever you get just be sure to have a map with you and review the route ahead of time and be smart enough that you do not turn down a cow path that will get you stranded then when they find you blame it on the GPS.
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Old 12-24-2016, 10:15 PM   #10
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I received a Garmin GPS about 10 years ago and it was great, but it didn't have lifetime maps. So about 3 years ago I bought a new Garmin with lifetime maps, and it has been a disappointment. The interface is much less intuitive IMO and I would have trouble getting the GPS to do what I wanted it to do (when searching for addresses not nearby, for instance). The lifetime maps deal has been a pain, too, because their maps are now too bloated to fit onto my GPS; my update 1 year after purchase no longer had room for Canada and Mexico, and this summer's update wanted me to pick only 1 region of the USA to load! Nuts to that! I doubt that I will ever buy another Garmin GPS for driving.
There is a slot on most Garmins to add a micro SD card... I had the same issue with my Garmin in that when updating my GPS it would only accept maps for the US , not Canada or Mexico.. After adding the SD card I could down load the maps for all of the USA , Canada and Mexico. I bought the SD card at Walmart
( 16 GB ) for under $15
The Garmin internal memory was too small when it left the factory and Garmin was aware of the problem. Garmin keeps adding POI to their program and there is just not enough room to accept all the data with out adding the SD card.
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Steve, I was having the same problem, bought the micro SD card (32gb) and still rec'd the "not enough storage" message, but it turned out that our internet speed was way to slow to download within the time frame required, or so I was told. I never did go to a library for faster speeds to update our Garmin.
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I have the Magellan roadmate RV 9145-LM.Magellan RoadMate RV 9145-LM it is very good like it alot, free updates. Carl
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Old 12-25-2016, 06:03 AM   #13
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My biggest concern when towing is the unexpected appearance of a low bridge. Most of the GPS reviews of models which identify hazards indicate that even though they claim to identify all low bridges, their internal data is sadly lacking. There is a web site (lowclearances.com) that has the most complete database, constantly updated, for the US and Canada. While it is a fee site, the prices they charge are a bargain if it prevents a "vertically challenged accident." The data can be loaded on a Garmin with Garmin's POI (points of interest loader, downloadable from Garmin's website). The alert distance to the obstacle can be customized to the user's desire. Incidentally, there are lots of other POI databases (e.g., quilt shops, rest areas, waterfalls, craft breweries, etc.) on the web. Once POIs are installed they show up on the Garmin's screen, and will "beep" with a warning at the user's selected warning distance.

PS: I am editing because I forgot to mention the best accessory for ANY GPS is a good road atlas to verify routes. After using mine for a number of years, I affectionately named it; the given name: Stupid!


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Old 12-25-2016, 07:39 AM   #14
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I've had a Garmin for many years. My current one has lifetime maps (which I just updated a couple of months ago) and traffic alerts.

I remain in awe of this technology even today. Is it perfect? Not 100% of the time, but it will usually get you to where you want to go eventually. The traffic alerts feature has saved me many hours at border crossings by alerting me to long waits, so that I could use a different bridge when leaving or returning to the US to/from Canada. The awe comes from having virtually every back road, body of water and POI for an entire continent in a 4" X 6" X .5" device plus it's ability to pin point my location. Find it extremely useful for night time mountain driving to be aware of how sharp upcoming curves were - proved very accurate.

Anyway, maybe I'm easily impressed - I'm also in awe of how the Post Office can come right to your house, pick up a letter, then send it anywhere in the US and deliver it right to the recipient's door for less than 50 cents. I have never understood why folks complain.

Anyway, Merry Christmas or Happy Holiday (if Christmas isn't your thing) everyone.
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