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greg121

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I only use GPS to tell me about my immediate area - destination, turns, exit/lane guidance, services etc. I can't imagine my ever letting a GPS set my route so I load them in.

So is there any advantage to having one of the RV specific GPS's? It might be interesting to see what it comes up with for a route as compared to what I come up with but not enough to cough up a couple hundred more dollars. Which I wouldn't mind paying if there is a reason but one is just not occurring to me.

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greg121 wrote:

I only use GPS to tell me about my immediate area - destination, turns, exit/lane guidance, services etc. I can't imagine my ever letting a GPS set my route so I load them in.

So is there any advantage to having one of the RV specific GPS's? It might be interesting to see what it comes up with for a route as compared to what I come up with but not enough to cough up a couple hundred more dollars. Which I wouldn't mind paying if there is a reason but one is just not occurring to me.


No reason if you have a Class B. Could be a good reason if you have a Class A, or big 5'er, or even a long TT.

A special RV GPS does allow you to put in weight and height of your rig. This feature could keep you off of bridges that can't handle your weight, or off of roads that have tunnels too low for your rig.


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IMHO GPS is one of the most useless gadgets to ever come down the pike. I'll take paper maps and recommendations from other RVers every time.

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Homer wrote:

IMHO GPS is one of the most useless gadgets to ever come down the pike. I'll take paper maps and recommendations from other RVers every time.


Wow... "Most Useless Gadget to ever come down the pike?" That's a pretty defenseless view.

I think GPS is the maybe "one of the greatest inventions since sliced bread".

Guess we'll just be miles apart on how much we like GPS...

I'll admit the mapping ones do have a few quirks. But being able to push my finger on the screen...and then tap the MEDICAL symbol, and have it route me to the nearest hospital... alone, is worth the price of admission.

I like being able to see when I'll be getting to my destination at a glance, and it's usually within a minute or two of when we actually arrive.

I like being able to search "along route" for a walmart, restaurant, or filling station.

I like having it warn me of LOW OVERHEAD CLEARANCES within a programmed radius of my current location.

I still carry a maps with me...but IMHO they're only good for planning a route while you're sitting on the can.


You can still use a GPS along with recommendations from Fellow RV'rs... IT's not precluding you from doing that.

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Look at different GPS models. BUT, I do make the following recommendations.

1, make sure it's what you want.
2, provide guidance regarding roads, truck routes, bridges, etc.
3, able to plan/change route.
4, allows you to add POI (points of information) files, ie,
5, screen is large enough for you to see (5 or 7 inch model).

Instead of the RV GPS, I went with a Trucker model. Since we have a class A, I wanted one that would provide the guidance information that a coach my size would need. I don't depend on the GPS by it's self, as I plan our routes using streets and trips and google earth, but any of the 3 by themselves does not provide the detailed snap-shot of the route that I'm looking for. As each product has a history of providing faulty route planning.

Good luck on finding the right unit for you.


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Homer wrote:

IMHO GPS is one of the most useless gadgets to ever come down the pike. I'll take paper maps and recommendations from other RVers every time.


Couldn't disagree more, and couldn't agree more. I like looking at maps to see the whole picture, like were to travel through a state. As for route planning I'll look at a full size map. But if I'm looking for the shortest route possible or need directions to a certain place I'll take GPS anyday. The nice thing about GPS is you can use it on a smart phone which in turn allows you to have Apps. I have Gas Buddy and use that app to find the cheapest gas while traveling. Also use it to find RV parks, resturaunts or other places of interest. I have Nav in my truck but have never used it. Always use the GPS on the smart phone. Heres an article that was emailed to me about Droids and GPS. http://blog.rv.net/2012/04/droid-smartph........log+%28RV.net+Blog+Daily+Updates+Feed%29

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X2 on a GPS that meets criteria above, especially to enter POIs.

We use GPS to find things around our destination (grocery, winery, places to eat). We also use it to get a general idea of when we might arrive at a campground to help us pick where to stop for the day.


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Nothing at all wrong with using a GPS, paper maps, and/or whatever for directions. Most of them don't relocate streets or towns from version to version, but POIs can move with the slip of a finger when typing in the GPS coordinates.
I usually use Streets and Trips, and buy an updated version every other year. There's one RV park in Sarasota that's east of I75. I've stayed there and its still in the same place, but succeeding versions of S & T have been moving it closer and closer to the Gulf of Mexico. Based on S & T, I expect to find it in the Gulf in the 2013 edition. Best to visit the CG's own web site. They generally know where they're located.


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Greg,

The only advantage to one of the RV specific GPS is the ability to warn you of low clearances and keep you on truck routes. As neither of those is any interest to me, if that is not of interest to you, there is your answer. Any good vehicle GPS will get you as much.

GPS cannot replace common sense.
The POI loads matter much more than the type of unit. For my money, those are easier to manage with a laptop running SA or S&T.

If you want the built in check lists, get paper and a pencil. I keep paper charts around because they are very reliable.

Working with Woodall's, the AAA tour info (books are of limited availability) and the local guides is much more valuable.

The only time I ever really looked at the RV-GPS units was to evaluate them for others. (For some reason people think I know about this just because I've used them for several decades.) For some of my life, my job description was "Navigator".

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My Garmin has a function where I select car, bus or foot. For the RV I pick Bus and that way it won't try to take me down a road it won't fit. I love my Garmin.


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