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Just looking for some opinions. DW and I are sick of paying for GPS on our phones (thru ATT), and don't really want to upgrade to smart phones (because the bill will be upgraded as well...lol). We plan to use our laptop (or Ipad) for internet access while traveling, so we don't need it on our phones. I do enjoy the voice directions of GPS so we're thinking of buying a $100 Garmin for voice directions while driving, so we don't have to pay the monthly fee for GPS on our cell phones.
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Do it! The payback will be quite fast.


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We use a Garmin and it has lifetime map updates included.
We call it Betsey, as I would not want to bet on the directions all the time.

There is a couple out there that are RV friendly with their directions.
Rand Mc Nally has one for RV'ers


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Posted By: camperpaul on 04/09/12 05:00pm wrote:

Do it! The payback will be quite fast.
Posted By: Ka Ron on 04/09/12 05:03pm wrote:


We use a Garmin and it has lifetime map updates included.
We call it Betsey, as I would not want to bet on the directions all the time.

There is a couple out there that are RV friendly with their directions.
Rand Mc Nally has one for RV'ers



I use a Garmin with lifetime map updates.

You will almost pay for the new system just by not using your cell phone. In Less than a year.
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Most will probably agree with Garmin but the only way I would get another one is if someone gave it to me. My first one crashed just after a year and it was more to fix than replace so I bought a bigger one based on all of the reviews. It crashed within the first few months I had it. I got it back last month and it crashed again last week. I rarely use it but when I do I want something that works. No more Garmins for me.


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Check out this thread about GPS's


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Are you going to use this GPS in your RV? If so, you want either an RV specific GPS or a trucker GPS. Garmin does make a trucker GPS. If you use a car GPS in your RV it will route you on roads you may not be allowed to drive on -and when in a new area, you will not know until it is too late. If you are OK with a car GPS buy a Garmin and get one with lifetime maps and lifetime traffic included. It is worth the small extra in price to have these included with the unit.


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there are plenty of apps that give turn-by-turn directions when used with a gps-enabled tablet. no cell system connection needed. i use a vizio tablet (wifi only, $189). i use the iphone to do real-time searches if needed when in range of a cell tower.


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I have used different GPS devices (never my phone) and this I can say

I like the larger screen of my laptop computer, with Microsoft streets and Trips it's very easy to see where I'm at and where I need to go. S&T also offers Lola (Thank you Robin WIlliams for that name) That is to say "Voice assist" however I"m not pleased with the audio out from the laptops, Kind of anemic. Amplified speakers would fix that however. I like that I have a real keyboard to type on and all the other laptop features, The "GPS" version of the program is usually 50 dollars more, (GPS is a USB device) Since roads do not tend to move around a whole lot, I recommend last year's version (Fraction of the price)

That said, I recently switched from using S&T to a Garmin Street Pilot III, This I got at the Habittat for Humanity resale shop for $30.00. yes, Thirty bucks, LESS THAN TE DONGLE FOR S&T. It came with an ac-cord with data cable so I can hook it to the computer for things computerish (like map updates) and a 12 volt cord with external speaker, No batteries or software CD (Mapsource) though the unit itself is "Fully Loaded" map wise. Very happy with it, Though some of the routes it takes me on are a bit....er.. adventorous. (S&T did that to me once too) the one it sent me on yesterday was not too bad.. Though wife pitched a fit (her normal operation mode).

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I kind of like Lola (In the movie RV, Robin WIlliams says of the GPS device's voice "Like it, I call her Lola" or something like that, hence the name)


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