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Old 04-21-2015, 10:48 AM   #1
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Heard the Rand McNally GPS for RV with 7 inch screen was the latest and greatest travel aid for convenient trailer camping trips, with plenty of data on nearest campgrounds, gas prices, tourist attractions, etc. Was going to buy it because I'm fed up with my Tom Tom GPS being very unhelpful when I need to search for something. Example: search for "Hospital" and it does not include any VA Hospitals in its search. Just finding a menu for campgrounds can lead to a fatal distraction.

But just read some disturbing reviews on the Rand McNally version, like freeze-ups, etc. What to do? Go Garmin? Magellan?...etc. Has anyone got a hassle-free GPS they really like?
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I have a Garmin . The point of interest function which is used to find campgrounds does not work well and often gives you an address which is incorrect. The touch screen is terrible, you have to sometimes almost pound on the screen to enter information. In Florida ,north and south are reversed so if the GPS says turn left you need to turn right . The memory in the GPS is too small to accept full updates IE If I want the mapping for Mexico ,I have to delete the mapping for Canada. When I contacted Garmin about the problems I was encountering , their answer is "Buy a newer unit" at a considerably higher cost..
GPS' s seem to be like computers in that they are outdated the day you purchase them.
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When I chose the Tom Tom over the Garmin it was about price... needing only basic stuff thought I'd get a better return for the buck. Now, not so sure. Moral of story: don't throw away your paper maps.
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We have a Rand McNally GPS for RV with 7 inch screen and love it! It searches for private campgrounds, state parks, COE, BLM. I don't know about the VA hospitals since, luckily, we've never needed medical care while on the road. It'll even show pet parks and vet clinics (however they show up and are not searchable-just click on one and request directions). We bought it because it was designed for the RVer. For gas prices and weather, you need to be connected via wifi. We've had it for about 2-1/2 years and it only froze up once. It seems very stable. It has lifetime map and software updates.
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Easily finding all the nearest campgrounds is what appeals most to me about the promises Rand McNally makes. At $319 the latest version is a bit much so I'm hesitant to pull the trigger if there's a trail of woe I'm not aware of.
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I know its not the same but my smart phone has gotten me out of crunches more than once. Just saying on Google "directions to nearest hospital" or similar and it starts the nav program and takes me there. I also use RVParky and have had great results with that program as I can call from with in it or near by searches. I do have a Tom Tom too. I had Garmin but they kept wanting money for new maps. The TT was lifetime. Also with the smartphone the map updates are just done all the time and it even indicates when there is a traffic delay. JMO
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Just looking at reviews of the 7730 (RM) and they aren't very good. But I noticed they have an iPad app which might be a cheap way to find out how good their maps and campground recommendations are (if you have an iPad.) I didn't see a price on that.
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I have lifetime updates with my Garmin GPS and have installed a micro SD card to increase my GPS' s memory . That being said ,I still cannot load the complete update package. Garmin adds points of interest with each update but that does me no good if my GPS cannot store the information. Plus states like Wisconsin have unincorporated towns and villages which are not a legal entity so Garmin says they do not exist. If I enter the closest town to my residence (pop 200) because the town is unincorporated ,my GPS says it does not exist. There are hundreds of small towns in Wisconsin that are unincorporated making my GPS useless on many occasions.
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I have lifetime updates with my Garmin GPS and have installed a micro SD card to increase my GPS' s memory . That being said ,I still cannot load the complete update package. Garmin adds points of interest with each update but that does me no good if my GPS cannot store the information. Plus states like Wisconsin have unincorporated towns and villages which are not a legal entity so Garmin says they do not exist. If I enter the closest town to my residence (pop 200) because the town is unincorporated ,my GPS says it does not exist. There are hundreds of small towns in Wisconsin that are unincorporated making my GPS useless on many occasions.
I have a Garmin Nuvi 3580 with lifetime maps, and added a 8GB micro card. I've been able to do complete North American updates with no problems, and still have space enough for adding some of the POIs available at the Discovery Owner's Website.

As to finding small towns, I've found that you can often find them by doing an address search. I put in "1 Main Street". The database seems to be better at finding an address than a town all by itself.

Lastly, as to finding "all" campgrounds, there is no application, GPS or app that will do that. You are going to miss some, find some that are closed & abandoned, and trailer parks that don't do camping with most applications. I prefer Allstays Camp & RV, and The Ultimate Campground Project apps, both of which have filters that let you select the type of campground you are looking for over the Garmin's camping database.

Allstays tends to favor commercial campgrounds, while the Ultimate Campground Project only includes non commercial campgrounds. Between the two of them I've always been able to come up with what I'm looking for...
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I have a Garmin Nuvi 3580 with lifetime maps, and added a 8GB micro card. I've been able to do complete North American updates with no problems, and still have space enough for adding some of the POIs available at the Discovery Owner's Website.

As to finding small towns, I've found that you can often find them by doing an address search. I put in "1 Main Street". The database seems to be better at finding an address than a town all by itself.

Lastly, as to finding "all" campgrounds, there is no application, GPS or app that will do that. You are going to miss some, find some that are closed & abandoned, and trailer parks that don't do camping with most applications. I prefer Allstays Camp & RV, and The Ultimate Campground Project apps, both of which have filters that let you select the type of campground you are looking for over the Garmin's camping database.

Allstays tends to favor commercial campgrounds, while the Ultimate Campground Project only includes non commercial campgrounds. Between the two of them I've always been able to come up with what I'm looking for...
There is a large county campgrounds in Jackson County near Hatfield Wisconsin
If I enter "Hatfield" the GPS says there is no such place. ( Hatfield appears on a Wisconsin State road map). I enter the legal name of the park ,again it comes back as no such place. If I enter the GPS coordinates for the park it finds a location but shows the location being in the middle of a river. I added an 8 GB SD card to my GPS before doing the last update and still had to choose between Canada or Mexico. My frustration is that I paid extra for the lifetime updates but I am unable to access the full updates . I called Garmin and their answer is "Buy a new GPS" . My GPS is only 2 years old and in my way of thinking I should not be required to replace it every 2 years. I am glad that your experience has been good but unfortunately mine has not
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I have the Garmin RV760LM, it has the 7" screen, voice command. it is designed for RV so it has all the campgrounds that can be filtered by amenities, you can program in you combined rig size and it will avoid roads with low overhead, steep grades, etc if desired. You can also pre program your route. You can also connect it to an optional back-up camera. So far I am very impressed with the unit.
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Another vote for the Rand McNally rv unit, no freeze ups and with the on line mapping program, very easy to upload to the unit a custom planned trip by you at home. Also has a list of vets, for those traveling with pets.
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Re Onstar: It came free for 3 months with my new Silverado. We used it a few times for non camping drives over that time and found it helpful and agreeable. Her more than me, actually, because I just don't like asking an actual person for directions. Who does? Something about that live sweet voice into my cab smacks me as an irritating, nosy, spoon feeding invasion by big brother. Get out! Who are these strangers? My domain, my truck cab, my castle.

But, when our free trial period was up I did nothing to stop the service. So it now is costing me over $33 a month, a silent service shovel into my credit card.

Last week I got an email from OnStar alerting me to a three dollar increase in the monthly charge and that's when I my radar screen began to arc and spark red. We hadn't used the thing at least the last 3-6 months. So why am I paying out $400 a year for a service my Tom Tom replicates, true, imperfectly, but at no monthly charge? Paying OnStar a $340 upfront yearly discount price (nice little annuity for them there) was also not an option.

For the record, I also refuse to own anything but a ten dollar burner cell phone, and then only if we'll be gone for over 4 days. Smart phones and aps are great fun but totally over the top tinsel to me. Which has brought me to this post, and a search for the best of all possible worlds: A GPS which works really really good.
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