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Old 04-29-2015, 11:05 PM   #29
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Do be careful with GPS. We used our Garmin Nuvi in Utah a few years ago running dirt roads. Be aware that they may show roads that aren't there anymore, if they were ever built. We ended up back along a cliff for about half a mile. Things may have improved, or not.
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Old 04-30-2015, 01:10 AM   #30
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Do be careful with GPS. We used our Garmin Nuvi in Utah a few years ago running dirt roads. Be aware that they may show roads that aren't there anymore, if they were ever built. We ended up back along a cliff for about half a mile. Things may have improved, or not.
Be careful out there
If you have followed any of the current RS2477 controversy between the state of Utah and the federal government there are a lot of roads that Utah claims are there that never really existed.
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Old 04-30-2015, 08:04 PM   #31
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This is not news to us!

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We thought we would all die of coronaries even if we didn't roll down the cliff. Thank goodness our buddy drives as well backwards as forwards!

We 'thought' we were taking a dirt shortcut to a ghost town we wanted to explore. In the end we had a nice visit but never found the ghost town


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Old 01-14-2016, 07:52 AM   #32
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Garmin RV760

Buy or Not to Buy

Will the Garmin RV760 keep me off the roads that the 13Ft Scamp would not be allowed?
Or any non RV GPS just as good
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Old 01-14-2016, 08:13 AM   #33
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There should not be many situations that your tow with a 13' trailer can not handle, so any reputable GPS should be fine. What the Garmin and other "RV" models have are POI for repairs and cg's and dump locations that the conventional one may not include. Your length and height issues are minimal.
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Old 01-14-2016, 09:41 AM   #34
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Garmin all the way!

And a MAJOR tip here folks!! When choosing the type of route, ALWAYS choose "fastest" route if you're unsure where you're going.

IF you choose the "Shortest" route, that's exactly what Garmin's going to try and do..... down any side road, back road....and could be a closed road. DONT use that option!

And, another piece of sound advice for GPS users, back up Garmin's route with an exploration via Goodgle Maps and for the icing on the cake- Google Earth. I have found this to be the most valuable time spent on my trips to new territories!

Just make SURE you get one with Lifetime Maps. (Usually an "LM" version. It's VERY important you keep it updated when traveling.
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Old 01-14-2016, 12:17 PM   #35
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Hi All,

Here's a few comments about how well my Garmin 760LMT stood up and how I use it.

I still love it for the most part. I accidentally left it outside one night and it got wet. It didn't work for a few days, then it worked again. Yay!

The advancing planning feature continues to be my all time favorite! I'm planning my next trip, day by day. I use my Rand McNally Atlas to find the scenic or interesting routes. I enter this route into my Garmin using waypoints because it's rarely the faster route. Sometimes the fastest way to get exactly the route I want is to browse the map and pick a spot on the highway I want. Add that, browse the map to a find a place 20-50 miles farther along my desired route, add it, etc. Then I save and view the map to make sure it didn't do anything weird. This is a critical step because I may turn me around and route to a "better" road. If it did, I add more points until I get what I want.

When my Garmin absolutely won't let me go on a road (routes me around it over & over) I google "RV access on xxxx" and see what comes up. I'll may see that I'd be crazy to take my trailer that way usually because of narrow roads and sharp turns.

The GPS is great for telling me how long the drive will take. If it's more than 4.5 hours, I try to shorten it. I build in rest days.

And I change the route on the fly as desired.

Other useful tools:

While entering the route, I use my iPhone "Ultimate CG" app to find low cost or free places to camp (search App Store for "ultimate us public campground"). This app requires cell service so I subscribed to the website version which allows me to download the campgrounds to my Garmin using the free Garmin POI loader. When planning, I find my desired campground with the app and search the POIs on the Garmin. Since I know the name from the app, it's easy to add it to my route.

I also download POI lists for Costco, Sam's, and Tractor Supply Co.

I use Boondockers Welcome and Harvest Hosts websites (require annual fees).

I rarely have to stay at commercial RV Parks, but when all of the above fail me, I fall back to the iPhone Allstays Camp & RV app.

I rarely make reservations at State Parks, but I often check their online reservation websites to see how full they are.

NOTE: I'm often out where there is no cell service. I was not happy when my Garmin got wet and stopped working for a few days. Fortunately, I had previously installed the iPhone TomTom app (USA $25) with full US maps (1.5 G.

And I carry my trusty atlas and AAA state maps, just in case.

As you can see, most of the tools above are not free. The full set costs about $50 up front plus about $100/year for subscriptions. They easily pay for themselves in less than a month.

As always... YMMV
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Old 01-14-2016, 11:02 PM   #36
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Funny story about GPS
We had a new Garmin Nuvi and our friend had a new 4WD. We decided to explore the back roads around their place near Four Corners
We saw some gorgeous scenery that day. We also found out our buddy was an ace at driving in reverse when we came upon a tree growing in the middle of a narrow dirt road along a cliff face. It was almost half a mile back to a place he could turn it around
Lesson learned; just cause it's on the GPS doesn't make it so.

As always YMMV


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Old 01-14-2016, 11:04 PM   #37
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I like Garmin GPS, but I really miss "Avoid Interstate highways" in the route options. It has "avoid major highways", but this option excludes US highways.
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Old 01-15-2016, 10:16 AM   #39
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My 2 cents:

You NEED to spend time getting to know your GPS tool. The more advanced the unit, the more time you need to spend learning the best way to use it. Most problems that people have with routing can be avoided if you learn the best way to use the tool.

I have a high-end Garmin that I love, but the only reason I love it is that I spent many hours (ten or more I would guess) leaning to use it while it hooked to a power supply in the house. And I have to go back for a refresher course once in a while if I don't use it often enough.

One of the cool features is user selected exclusion zones. You draw a box around an area (like the Chicago SMSA) and the GPS will route you around that area. Its take a bit more creativity to map a "scenic" route but this is where your skill in using the tool pays off.

I also agree that the more tools in your tool box the better. Another GPS (phone maybe?) and book of maps, GoogleEarth, etc. all help when planning a route. But they too require that you spend some time with them to get the most benefit.
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