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Posted: 09/11/19 06:56pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Hi,
Ever since I got a 41 foot 5th wheel I have been interested in an RV specific GPS or GPS app for my phone. I am a bit worried that my GPS will take me down a road with a low bridge or someplace that would not be optimal for a rig of this size.

I have read very mixed reviews of the phone apps so I decided against one.

I then just recently got a Garmin 770 and have been testing it driving it around town. It routed me down two different roads where I could not have taken my trailer--one of which had a railroad bridge with 10 feet of clearance.

So....I am not so confident in this purchase and will probably return it.

Anyone have any feedback to provide? Is there a GPS unit or GPS app that REALLY WORKS for RVs?

I would prefer an app since I have a perfectly good GPS system in my truck.

thanks for your help

Matt

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I have to ask a simple question, did you program the Garmin with the profile of your RV and was the GPS set for this profile? I use the trucker version, a Garmin 785 LMT because I drive charter buses and I've been real happy with it. As a backup, I have Sygic Truck installed on my Samsung phone. Sygic installs the map database on the phone so that you're not dependent on a cellular connection to load maps. It save you from the frustration of losing navigation when you lose a cell signal and also saves on the data plan on your phone. Sygic Truck also uses the vehicle profile that you enter into the program.


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Put the 770 in RV mode and put in your rv specs. On regular car mode it will send on some really non rv roads. I have the earlier 760 and it has never sent us down a non rv road, so far. Garmin makes some good stuff , just get it setup correctly. I went thru a learning curve too [emoticon]

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Ditto what the others have suggested. Think of a GPS as just one tool in the toolbox. I use three tools to plan my route. My Garmin 760, RV Trip Wizard and Google Maps. I plan very thoroughly before I head out. Even then, I'm not 100% sure I won't run into a low bridge once I'm on secondary roads. It's very important to watch for the low clearance signs. I almost took the top off my 5th wheel this summer when I didn't take my own advice and only used Google maps on my phone. Fortunately, I was able to get stopped and took an alternative route but I got close enough to make my heart pound!

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Hi,
Thanks for the replies. Yes, I did program the GPS with my RV specs and had it in RV mode. That is why i was really unhappy when it sent me on the route it did. I live in an area where there are several roads with low bridges and some truly unsuitable roads for RVs so it was the perfect area to test it. I realize that nothing will be fool-proof, but now I question whether the $300 was worth it if it is only marginally better than my car's GPS. Not sure.

Matt

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The Copilot RV app has kept me off roads I shouldn't have been on several times. I run it on a tablet. It does not need a cell signal to provide routing, but if you get Active Traffic it uses the cell data.

The DW uses a TomTom and backs it up with Google Maps on her phone. When thy differ (and they often do), we default to Copilot.


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Remember that most GPS units and their software are made in Eastern Europe, by people that have no idea even where the US is, much less how high a bridge is. Keep that in mind as you blindlessly follow a GPS into unknown places.


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This may help with low bridges. I've had it alert me to low bridges I'm near, but never actually on my route. I have no idea if it has all low bridges, but it does have a lot.

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Posted: 09/12/19 01:01pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Johno02 wrote:

Remember that most GPS units and their software are made in Eastern Europe, by people that have no idea even where the US is, much less how high a bridge is. Keep that in mind as you blindlessly follow a GPS into unknown places.


Hmmm... of Garmin's eight bases of operation, only one is in Eastern Europe...

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Posted: 09/12/19 06:57pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

It must’ve known the 5’er wasn’t in tow...pretty darn smart of it .

On serious note, I review my route on Allstays Pro website before heading out. It has properly ID several low bridges on our trips from GA to NY.


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