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Posted: 05/30/21 06:12am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I don’t know, I have found that CoPilot for RV with their off-line maps is an incredibly powerful GPS with no Internet required. Someone said CoPilot led them down the wrong road! All I know after thousands of miles in all kinds of places it has never led me wrong.

Make sure you get the occasional upgrades and always download the new maps and you will be good. CoPilot makes a GPS for truckers and that is really telling. It is known as one of the best ones out there. As you can imagine truckers must have the right and best in directions and also the amount of time to get there. It’s a route planner and you don’t get much better than that.

My Garmin decided to recalculate just outside Indianapolis, IN putting me someplace I should not have been! With off line maps there is no recalculation or need for internet.

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Are you using the program "Garmin Express" for updates. I have a garmin and no problems "yet". If they are supposed to give you free updates then I would email or call them.

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azdryheat wrote:

I've been using Google Maps on my phone to navigate the country. Normally it shows me 3 different routes to chose from. It's free and reliable. However, I like to check it against a hard map. I use the Motor Carrier's Atlas, which shows me approved trucker routes.


^^^what he said -- why bother with something additional that you've got to buy in the first place, then you've got to upgrade, when google maps on your cell phone is all you need?


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viajante wrote:

Thanks everyone. It appears Garmin is using another company for updates, which requires charging me again. That really stinks...

What about cell RV map apps? We love google maps as they always have the latest info. Unfortunately, Google does not provide assistance to rv'ers! Used Google one time in Oregon for our motorhome and ended up on a road only wide enough for us! Really hairy.

So anyone out there using a cell app that gives RV map info that they like?

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Yes I bought a Copilot RV app years ago for $6.99 it allows you to input the ht. of your RV and routes you around propane tunnels. Once down loaded to your cell phone or Ipad it is a standalone GPS, no cell towers needed. It has automatic updates unlike my previous Garmin's. After spending a small fortune on these Garmin GPS's I decided to give this APP a try rather than spending another $400 plus on an new RV specific gps, I would never buy another Garmin.

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viajante wrote:

Thanks everyone. It appears Garmin is using another company for updates, which requires charging me again. That really stinks...

What about cell RV map apps? We love google maps as they always have the latest info. Unfortunately, Google does not provide assistance to rv'ers! Used Google one time in Oregon for our motorhome and ended up on a road only wide enough for us! Really hairy.

So anyone out there using a cell app that gives RV map info that they like?

Dave


Updated my Garmin Nuvi 57 LMT today using Garmin Express and had no problems. I'll try our older Nuvi 255 tomorrow.


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Aside from it being far easier to me to input my route, I just prefer to use GPS app on an iPad (or iPad mini) because it means I get a really big screen which can be very easily seen at just a glance and I can get voice cues in an ear bud even with the music cranked up.

Being able to put the antenna in a better location is great too.

It also means one less device to tote around and keep plugged in. I can use the iPad as my main internet access device and other tasks that a traditional GPS is useless for.

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I haven’t updated my older Garmon in about 6 months, it has lifetime updates. I’ll have to check it out this weekend.

I would steer clear of any phone app GPS! I tried CoPilot, the routes always seemed questionable. The very last time I tried it it sent me down a road in WV highway 60 (Midland Trail) through Gauly Bridge. I would have never chosen that route. I thought I researched it thoroughly. I was wrong. I was set up for length with toad, height and weight! It was questionable with a PuP and SUV let alone a 37ft class A towing a car! I stopped using that app immediately. I just use Apple Maps for now. I will be purchasing a new Garmin RV GPS soon.


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dodge guy wrote:

I would steer clear of any phone app GPS! I tried CoPilot, the routes always seemed questionable. The very last time I tried it it sent me down a road in WV highway 60 (Midland Trail) through Gauly Bridge.


If you expect to just plug in your destination and the car will drive you there...sure it might be problematic.

But GPS is an aid to navigation. As the helmsman, you still have a responsibility to look at the route. If in doubt, stick to interstate and major arterials if you don't want to vet side roads. That's basically what the dedicated RV/Trucker GPS units will do anyway.

Google maps is free, constantly updated and includes construction and congestion information. If you've looked at the route before departing, it's a really good option and avoids having an extra item kicking around on the dash board.

As far as finding things while on the road, the co-pilot will typically use Google Maps on her phone while mine is doing general navigation.


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valhalla360 wrote:

dodge guy wrote:

I would steer clear of any phone app GPS! I tried CoPilot, the routes always seemed questionable. The very last time I tried it it sent me down a road in WV highway 60 (Midland Trail) through Gauly Bridge.


If you expect to just plug in your destination and the car will drive you there...sure it might be problematic.

But GPS is an aid to navigation. As the helmsman, you still have a responsibility to look at the route. If in doubt, stick to interstate and major arterials if you don't want to vet side roads. That's basically what the dedicated RV/Trucker GPS units will do anyway.

Google maps is free, constantly updated and includes construction and congestion information. If you've looked at the route before departing, it's a really good option and avoids having an extra item kicking around on the dash board.

As far as finding things while on the road, the co-pilot will typically use Google Maps on her phone while mine is doing general navigation.


Like I said I thought I thoroughly checked the route, but missed the tight curves/almost switchbacks. And again google maps is good and I trust it when out west, but in the east with the tight roads everywhere it’s no good. And you can only pre check a 400 mile route so much. At 400 miles something will get past you. The GPS is a tool to go along with the knowledge on how to use it. I haven’t gotten stuck because of this thinking. But I prefer to skip backroads in the MH unless I’m well aware of what to expect!

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Another user who just updated my Garmin 760 yesterday with Garmin Express and NO CHARGE.

As someone said above, the Garmin works great for the main navigation. Co-Pilot will occasionally use Google Maps on phone to find local info or alternate route around construction or traffic issue.


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