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Old 07-16-2019, 05:17 PM   #15
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We have navigation on the 2018 Tahoe, but usually use WAZE with carplay, and it displays on the screen, gives you all sorts of warnings about debris in the road, radar traps, etc......oh and its free......and of course we have pandora going too, so the mobile is hooked up to the Truck regardless.
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Old 07-16-2019, 05:43 PM   #16
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I have a 2019 RAM and I agree with you the CarPlay and WAZE are in my opinion are far superior to the in-dash system that RAM has.



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We have navigation on the 2018 Tahoe, but usually use WAZE with carplay, and it displays on the screen, gives you all sorts of warnings about debris in the road, radar traps, etc......oh and its free......and of course we have pandora going too, so the mobile is hooked up to the Truck regardless.
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Old 07-16-2019, 06:01 PM   #17
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Time to change to RAM?

If youíre bent on getting a new TV and have a smartphone, ensure it supports CarPlay or the Android version.

You can also upgrade your existing radio to something that supports those and is a lot less $ than a new truck (though itís a great excuse)! Check out crutchfield

I just picked up a 2019 duramax, itís impressive. I also really like the no-contract WiFi hotspot in the truck.

I will readily admit the Ram was the most impressive, but $22k more than a similarly equipped chev.
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Old 07-16-2019, 09:29 PM   #18
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A lot of the new trucks and car entertainment centers have either Android auto or apple auto.

For Android auto, just plug in you Android phone via the USB and after a brief setup, you will see Google Maps on the entertainment center screen.

I did this for my 2019 Ford F250.

Apple also has this as well if you have an iPhone but I haven't tried it.
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Old 07-17-2019, 05:18 AM   #19
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We get Google maps on our nav screen on our 2017 xlt. Works great. Ours has been in for 2 recalls. And it took a second trip to get the door latches working 100%. Unfortunately, it’s in the shop now for a complete timing chain and tensioner assembly replacement. But under warranty so that’s fine. The eco boost is a monster. And we have 1810 lbs payload. Our last 2 tow rigs were Chrysler. Never again. The only thing I would replace our 150 with would be a Chevy/duramax/Allison 2500.
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Old 07-17-2019, 05:42 AM   #20
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Interesting perspectives. I have always bought cars with the NAV systems and have been thoroughly bothered by the cost and infrequency of updates. In my Volvo it takes hours for the update from a thumb drive, so I just stopped updating. There are only a couple of services in the country or world doing the map database and updates so no real options. But, I do like the simplicity of integrated navigation.
I suspect that many people today use their phones and Google maps, but I am a holdout on unlimited data service, I refuse to do it.
As long as I have owned trucks, I am content to put my Garmin on the dash. They do FREE updates at least quarterly, which is the business model I choose to support. I also like the RV features, including elevation profiles, in my Garmin RV.
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Old 07-17-2019, 05:46 AM   #21
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For those that have newer RAM's and GM products how are they on the navigation systems?
Daquenzer, I have a 2019 Ram 1500 Laramie with the 12" screen and NAV. It's my first FCA vehicle and can tell you the Uconnect system is pretty intuitive and the maps offer what you'd expect with arrows for lanes to be in and next turn instructions in the center (speedometer) display.

I agree with the other posters that CarPlay or Android is silly-simple to use, but I love the real estate you get with the 12" display for Uconnect maps. *Car Play and Android only use the top half of the 12"; you can display the radio or environment controls in the bottom.

That said, the other reason to consider a Ram is the interior. It's "Mercedes / BMW" like inside. The rest of the truck is very nice too. Go sit in one and you'll see what I mean.

To gypsydad's point - definitely check the driver's door sticker for ACTUAL payload. I was told our Ram 1500's payload was 1840# by the salesperson based on his Ram Configuration Tools - they dealer-traded for the vehicle. A few weeks after we picked it up I discovered it was really 1220#. Had I known that I would have opted for a Ram 2500 gas that's in the 3000# payload range.
Still working with the dealer to get the payload we were sold...

Good luck!
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Old 07-17-2019, 07:23 AM   #22
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If youíre bent on getting a new TV and have a smartphone, ensure it supports CarPlay or the Android version.

You can also upgrade your existing radio to something that supports those and is a lot less $ than a new truck (though itís a great excuse)! Check out crutchfield

I just picked up a 2019 duramax, itís impressive. I also really like the no-contract WiFi hotspot in the truck.

I will readily admit the Ram was the most impressive, but $22k more than a similarly equipped chev.
a similar equipped 2019 Duramax was $22k less than the Ram? Really?
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Old 07-17-2019, 08:05 AM   #23
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Daquenzer, I have a 2019 Ram 1500 Laramie with the 12" screen and NAV. It's my first FCA vehicle and can tell you the Uconnect system is pretty intuitive and the maps offer what you'd expect with arrows for lanes to be in and next turn instructions in the center (speedometer) display.

I agree with the other posters that CarPlay or Android is silly-simple to use, but I love the real estate you get with the 12" display for Uconnect maps. *Car Play and Android only use the top half of the 12"; you can display the radio or environment controls in the bottom.

That said, the other reason to consider a Ram is the interior. It's "Mercedes / BMW" like inside. The rest of the truck is very nice too. Go sit in one and you'll see what I mean.

To gypsydad's point - definitely check the driver's door sticker for ACTUAL payload. I was told our Ram 1500's payload was 1840# by the salesperson based on his Ram Configuration Tools - they dealer-traded for the vehicle. A few weeks after we picked it up I discovered it was really 1220#. Had I known that I would have opted for a Ram 2500 gas that's in the 3000# payload range.
Still working with the dealer to get the payload we were sold...

Good luck!
Interested to see about your resolution on that payload when they get you happy...thanks for the update!
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Old 07-17-2019, 08:12 AM   #24
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Ram has problem with payload numbers, my 3/4 RAM if you check the VIN it says it has 3180(?) but on my yellow door tag it says 2868.

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Daquenzer, I have a 2019 Ram 1500 Laramie with the 12" screen and NAV. It's my first FCA vehicle and can tell you the Uconnect system is pretty intuitive and the maps offer what you'd expect with arrows for lanes to be in and next turn instructions in the center (speedometer) display.

I agree with the other posters that CarPlay or Android is silly-simple to use, but I love the real estate you get with the 12" display for Uconnect maps. *Car Play and Android only use the top half of the 12"; you can display the radio or environment controls in the bottom.

That said, the other reason to consider a Ram is the interior. It's "Mercedes / BMW" like inside. The rest of the truck is very nice too. Go sit in one and you'll see what I mean.

To gypsydad's point - definitely check the driver's door sticker for ACTUAL payload. I was told our Ram 1500's payload was 1840# by the salesperson based on his Ram Configuration Tools - they dealer-traded for the vehicle. A few weeks after we picked it up I discovered it was really 1220#. Had I known that I would have opted for a Ram 2500 gas that's in the 3000# payload range.
Still working with the dealer to get the payload we were sold...

Good luck!
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Old 07-17-2019, 09:12 AM   #25
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Old 07-17-2019, 10:16 AM   #26
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You may not be at all surprised to learn that the number one complaint of all new car buyers from all vendors is that #%$&! navigation system.

I could tell you stories about my Nissan Pathfinder navigation system, but suffice to say, the voice activated part is soooooo bad, it is worthless to use in actual practice. Nissan should be publicly shamed for putting out such a system. And they want $150 every year to update the maps! Talk about out of touch...

I agree the iPhone is the gold standard; no car maker has come close to matching. Just give me CarPlay and I'd be happy. I do think FCA's Uconnect is the best of class, but CarPlay is much better. There is also the issue of hackers successfully hacking integrated Navsystems and causing havoc in the car's systems (applying brakes, in one case!) So there's that to consider...
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Old 07-17-2019, 11:00 AM   #27
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Gps

I spend a lot of time driving various vehicles, driving for Uber, pulling our Airstream and driving our personal vehicle. I not found any factory GPS that I like, even the newest, so I always come back to Google maps. Apple CarPlay makes it easy today.
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I bought a Magellan Rv9490t 2 months ago - Oh the regrets I have....... Dumb thing likes to freeze up. On my last trip it wouldn't power back up. Two days later it started to work again.
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