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philh

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Posted: 05/04/21 07:11pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I was all set to buy one to replace my older Garmin, right up until I read that traffic data comes from your phone. I really really don't want to link my phone to the Garmin. While my old garmin doesn't have lifetime maps, it does have traffic. I actually used it today when WAZE was advising me to get off the freeway, I pulled the Garmin out, and put it up. Garmin agreed, so alt route it was.

My new 5th wheel is tall, legal max height tall! Do I need or want the RV GPS?

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Which model are you looking at? None of my 760s or 770s need my phone for traffic up dates.

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Seem's like Waze, Google Maps and Garmin all use the EXACT SAME sources.

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The RV890 uses cell phone data for Traffic and weather and for map and software upgrades. And it must be connected to the power supply that magnetically holds the unit. A USB cable will not do the job.
I mainly stay out of cities and so we do not especially worry about traffic updates, and I would connect to my phone hotspot for brief periods if I was.
Otherwise for 90% of its functions it does not need the phone.
I was a long time GPS resister preferring software on a notebook, but the RV890 has me converted so far.


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Posted: 05/05/21 01:25am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

philh wrote:

I was all set to buy one to replace my older Garmin, right up until I read that traffic data comes from your phone. I really really don't want to link my phone to the Garmin. While my old garmin doesn't have lifetime maps, it does have traffic. I actually used it today when WAZE was advising me to get off the freeway, I pulled the Garmin out, and put it up. Garmin agreed, so alt route it was.

My new 5th wheel is tall, legal max height tall! Do I need or want the RV GPS?


I have a Garmin 780 and I do link it to my phone for traffic, but I've found that its traffic reports are not nearly as good as what I see in Google Maps. But I do like the routing and UI of the 780, especially for searching to see what services are at upcoming exits.

So I use both my phone and the Garmin while driving, I primarily use the Garmin for navigation, but refer to my phone when it reports traffic or when I'm nearing a city and looking for the best way to avoid traffic.

If I had to decide again whether or not to buy the Garmin even though I have navigation on my phone, I probably would - the other advantage of the Garmin is that it works anywhere, even when I have no cell service.

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I just purchased and received the new Garmin 785. I've been setting it up and putting addresses in, but haven't used it for travel yet. I really prefer the Rand McNally RV GPS, but I've had 3 and they all have failed. When you are on the road and it says "No GPS" you are screwed. One I sent back and received a replacement and it works "most" of the time, but I guess I have to say they are unreliable. I've had a Garmin fail as well, but it was years. . . and I mean many years old.

This Garmin has a dash cam and traffic as well. My DH recently passed away and I wanted a unit that multitasked, since I don't have my navigator with me anymore. Gone are the days when he would sit in the passenger seat and have a split screen on his laptop showing GPS and weather/traffic, etc.

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Scottiemom wrote:

I just purchased and received the new Garmin 785.

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The new Garmin for RVs is the RV890

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Both the 8" 890 & the 10" 1090 are Android tablets modified by Garmin. They have a built in browser, and can be updated over WiFi (you do not need a computer to update software or maps). I agree with agesilaus - the 890 is the best Garmin I've had. The large screen shows far more off track information than the typical Garmin - reminds me of the old Street Atlas.


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After spending a small fortune on Garmin GPS's over the years and looking at a new Garmin for RV's I decided to try the Copilot RV APP. You can input the ht of your RV and it will also avoid propane restricted tunnels. It came with active traffic for 3 mos or so. I paid $6.99 on sale about 10 years ago and still use it. Maps are automatically up dated unlike my old Garmin's. There may be better APP's for RV travel now, but bottom line I would not go back to a dedicated GPS like Garmin. I have an old I pad with a much bigger screen than my I Phone that I have used several times but I like the phone better.

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agesilaus wrote:

Scottiemom wrote:

I just purchased and received the new Garmin 785.

Dale


The new Garmin for RVs is the RV890


Well, I got a new Garmin 785. . . perhaps not the latest, but it was the size I wanted and it has all the features of the 890.


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