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Johno02

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Posted: 11/26/19 01:20pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

In a few, rare cases, the downloaded maps might be more accurate than a stand-alone, IF the downloaded version happens to show recent road construction and changes. But don't depend on that to be true, because they all use the same map databases that do not get instant changes applied very often. I have heard that there are only one or two actual map databases, and they are shared by all.


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Should you get nav in your car?

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Mickeyfan0805 wrote:

We are currently shopping for a new tow vehicle. Trying to decide whether or not we want to shell out $750 for a built in GPS. As much as I like having the built-in system and not having another screen on the dash, I'm thinking I could likely get something much more suitable for towing if I spent less money on a stand-alone unit.

Anyone have any thoughts on using built-in GPS units while towing?


Before you decide, check the cost of updating a map in a built in.
My Wrangler's map updates were quoted as being more expensive than adding a standalone unit WITH lifetime maps and traffic, included.

The other pros mentiioned here for using standalone units are also valid.
That built in update price blew me away. FCA must be getting a huge kick back from Garmin.


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One question, can you customize new factory built in systems for your rig? IE a fifth wheels weight, height, width and combined tow vehicle and RV length like a Garmin truck and or RV GPS? Back in my day, new 1 ton GM 2011 pickup factory GPS systems were not customizable (if that's a word!)


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In dash is nice except for the ripoff prices for updates. My experience with GM products is that they are a year or two behind Garmin on map updates and charge as much annually as the cost of a new Garmin each time and the Garmin has no cost lifetime map updates.

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Posted: 11/26/19 03:26pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

We have a new Garmin RV unit, can’t remember the model, which leads you around the bush to see a flower. Worthless.





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Another vote for Android Auto.


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In the dash is neat and convenient. I have 2 of them plus a Garmin portable, and the Garmin is my hands down favorite. The Audi GPS is such a pain-in-the-*** to use that it's almost not worth trying. The Honda GPS is usable, but the Garmin is the most user friendly. The Garmin has free map updates, while the others cost over $100 a pop. I have the Garmin mounted in the motorhome such that it's close to a built-in installation. When I use it in the cars, it's the mess of the power wire and sub-optimal temporary mounting. I've had a hard time understanding why the multi-thousand $ builtins can't be as easy to use as the $100 portable.


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Johno02 wrote:

Like someone else said, Google, or a cell phone is great, IF you have cell or internet service. If not, it is just a useless hunk of junk.


Not true at all..

Several GPS apps (for both iOS and Android devices) allow you to download the map database (in whole or just the part you need, in detail or not) and then your phone or tablet will work regardless of service availability, even in airplane mode.

I use an iPad mini (8” screen) with a Bad Elf GPS dongle and end up with a GPS that I can also check in on RV.net with after I get there.

Try that with your Garmin. LOL.

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Posted: 11/26/19 04:17pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

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I use an iPad mini (8” screen) with a Bad Elf GPS dongle and end up with a GPS that I can also check in on RV.net with after I get there.

Try that with your Garmin. LOL.


Funny, I was just thinking how nice it would be to be able to "check in" on RV.net with my dongle. Sounds almost pornographic ....[emoticon]

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