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Old 01-24-2013, 07:13 PM   #1
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Best 2013 GPS Choices?

Finally decided to get a GPS. Going to look for a basic simple one. Big display, lifetime updates and $125 to $200. Ive never watched one being used and I know nothing about them.

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Old 01-24-2013, 07:38 PM   #2
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Get a smart phone that has one built in. Google has several map apps. I was seriously thinking about getting a dedicated GPS but the phone works great and downloads the latest real time data. My phone is a Samsung SIII and it works well. It is probably not as nice as having one stuck to your window but it gets the job done.


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Old 01-24-2013, 07:38 PM   #3
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A good basic GPS is the Garmin NUVI 50 . The LM version has lifetime maps.
I paid $99. for mine. In addition to the usual routing from point A to B It allows me to load custom points of interest, gives me Lat/long and elevation when I need it. Beyond that i have no need for the bells and whistles on the higher end models.
I have found the Garmin maps are more accurate than the street atlas 2013 program in the rural area where I live.
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Old 01-25-2013, 07:17 AM   #4
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We got rid of the Garmin and use our IPhone.
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Old 01-25-2013, 07:59 AM   #5
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The phone is always with you. You can use it on the road or hiking etc. You don't need one for your car and one for hiking and one for hunting or whatever.

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Old 01-25-2013, 08:10 AM   #6
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I've used GPS on my phones before, and while it works, I prefer to have a seperate device. The garmin is a good choice more accurate that TomTom, anyway, when it comes to local roads and speed limits (in the sticks). Use the one that works for you!
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Old 01-25-2013, 09:45 AM   #7
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There is no monthly charge for your GPS----
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Old 01-25-2013, 09:45 AM   #8
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I have also been shopping around a bit for GPS devices.
Here is one I thought about because it can be tailored to RV use, a back up camera can be added as well as a tire pressure monitoring system. It is pricey though.... I like the idea of having one screen in the truck cab.

Tele Type GPS: WorldNav 7600 Truck GPS High Res 7"+ Rearview Camera
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Old 01-25-2013, 10:39 AM   #9
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Our main navigation device in the CLIPPER is still MS 'STREETS AND TRIPS'.

My navigator has '2010' version active on her laptop at all times and I have the drivers laptop going also if a complicated route is being encountered. (I see this is only a 2010 version so it may be time to update the system before this years eastern excusion.)

The large displays make it easy to quickly monitor where you are and where you want to go.

I also have an ancient Nextar GPSS 4.5" on the dash of the CLIPPER which includes a display for a roof mounted camera. This is basically for clearance confirmation in tight overhead situations and checking that I remembered to put down the TV antenna.

When we travel, (ROAM) we shut the smart/cell phones off as those unwanted charges you get with the monthly bill are sure a PO. (applies specifically to cross border junk messages)

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Old 01-25-2013, 01:09 PM   #10
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We have two Magellan units we like that we're thinking about replacing with newer Magellans (both are now 2+ years out of date for the map data; they both work fine though). I would recommend if you get a separate GPS unit that you get one with traffic and lifetime maps. The traffic feature is quite handy around cities - it saved us 15-20 minutes the other night.

I'm probably going to try using my phone for a while to see how it works before we buy one, though. I don't know if I'll like it more or not.
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Old 01-25-2013, 03:13 PM   #11
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I have a magellan 7" unit in my daily driver, its pretty accurate and has the ability to display video from a backup camera. It was bought as a refurb off Amazon last summer, around 90 something dollars and came with new warranty and lifetime maps. Other versions can come with traffic as well.

I would much rather have a dedicated unit for the gps function, but to each, his/her own.

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Old 01-25-2013, 04:53 PM   #12
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We didn't upgrade to a new Gps unit since 2009, but we will like to put a good word for the Rand McNally family of products.
We got the TND 510 when we were in the transportation field since we were doing a lot of oversize loads between wide boats (10 ft and up) or a 3 car hauler plus the dually we were @ the 62 ft. Now everyone knows that either load will complicate things in regular streets and that's the reason why we got the older version of this one:
IntelliRoute® TND™ Truck GPS
It was a great investment since it let us set the length, width and height of our combination and direct us to our destination safely.
We are aware that they also have an RV version that is loaded with rv info as campgrounds, trails, camping world locations and many other goodies like RV types, including Class A, fifth wheel, and travel trailer, propane restrictions and even right- or left-hand turn preferences!!!
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Old 01-25-2013, 05:25 PM   #13
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Magellan, Tom Tom, Garmin: those are the three top brands.

You want lifetime maps, text to speech, and traffic updates.

Lifetime maps means never having to say your map is out of date. Text to speech tells you the name of the street ("Turn right on Mayflower Street in 500 feet" for example). Traffic updates,well, that's traffic updates.

Phones of those three brands above with those features sell here around a hundred dollars new. A GPS is something I would not buy used.

Those features are the important ones the only other one that I would want is a way to use your cellphone via blue tooth through it, if you don't already have that with your radio. That will add significantly to the price though.

In the store, ask to try the keyboard out. This they can do without going outside. I find the biggest way they vary is how easy the keyboard is to operate.

Good luck!
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Old 01-25-2013, 06:53 PM   #14
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Hi from AZ. . . I second the 'smartphone GPS feature'... Go to Amazon or C-Net and check the reviews on all of the Garmins, Magellans or Tom-Toms, because they're junk ! Even the RV specific models are not well rated. I guess they're using the cheapest chips they can buy to keep prices down or their programmers are terrible ! After 3 Garmins and searching thru the other brands, we'll use the i-phone we have anyhow. If my 1st Garmin had been as bad as the last, there wouldn't have been another. regards, Craig

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