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Old 10-15-2018, 08:41 PM   #113
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we bought the Garmin 750. just a month later the 770 came out

we still love the 750 plus the great backup camera
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Old 03-14-2019, 01:26 PM   #114
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I'm resurrecting this thread to add some new information.

In the last few months we purchased a 2018 GMC Sierra. The infotainment software built into the dash utilizes Apple CarPlay (as well as Android Auto). We have Apple phones so CarPlay is the interface we use.

I had no idea how handy this software would be! With CarPlay we can access Apple Maps or Google Maps and have it displayed on the infotainment as well as providing turn-by-turn voice prompts. This is a big step in the right direction for our travels.

There are still some limitations and I will continue to try to work through these (in no particular order):

- Apple and Google continue to "take short cuts" when traveling down the road and the software algorithm finds a slightly shorter distance from A to B and it will direct you down some narrow side-street in order to save 1/4 mile at the expense of forcing you to make a left hand turn across four lanes of traffic!

- I still can't tell the map the route I want to take. At best, I have to choose the lesser of evils with the two or three proposed routes the software suggests.

- Google Maps allows me to enter several points that I want to stop between A and B and they can be re-ordered if needed. This is the best method I've found for overcoming the limitation mentioned in the previous bullet. I have not found a similar feature on Apple Maps that allows me to enter intermediate points or allows me to reorder the sequence of points.

- I don't know yet what happens when the cell phone has no coverage. Will the built-in GPS feature allow the map to be updated as we travel down the road in a remote area of Wyoming for example? Or will I have to get out the Garmin (a real GPS) to find my way.

- Etc., etc.

CarPlay (and presumably Android Auto) are very useful to us because they allow us to use the very familiar cell phone features/interface rather than be encumbered by the very unfamiliar Garmin features/interface. However, there are still questions to be answered and time will tell whether this is the ultimate answer for our use.

Any comments regarding CarPlay? or Android Auto?
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Old 03-14-2019, 01:36 PM   #115
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Any comments regarding CarPlay? or Android Auto?
We've been using CarPlay almost exclusively in our 2017 Sierra for the past 2 years, and I agree that it's very useful. I will sometimes zoom in on the maps and verify the route to avoid any silly detours, and you can sometimes drag the route to change it if you don't like one of the 3 it proposes.
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Old 03-15-2019, 05:20 AM   #116
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- Apple and Google continue to "take short cuts" when traveling down the road and the software algorithm finds a slightly shorter distance from A to B and it will direct you down some narrow side-street in order to save 1/4 mile at the expense of forcing you to make a left hand turn across four lanes of traffic!...
In fact, it does this to such an absurd degree that I typically have my husband "fly the route" on his phone screen ahead of the trip to ensure that there no such traps have been inserted.
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Old 03-15-2019, 07:51 AM   #117
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Garmin chips

This is an old string. Since it started several companies have come up with topo apps that don't need a cell signal to function. My son played with one of them last hunting season. It was backcountrynavigator.com. Head to head it was just as good as my Garmin hand held. Pricing for these is typically in the SAAS model/subscription & not expensive.

My F150 has mapping but I only use it when I don't have a cell signal. The screen's location takes my eyes too far off the road.

I am using a Garmin 680 for hunting. I use the USA topo chip most of the time. For circumstances when I care about property lines I use specialized Garmin chips that show same. This Garmin could be used for the road too but my iphone is good enough most of the time.
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Old 03-15-2019, 08:00 AM   #118
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we bought the Garmin 750. just a month later the 770 came out

we still love the 750 plus the great backup camera
I found the RV770 as a refurbished unit for $269. It looked new except the box said "refurbished".
I too use it for the back up camera, and I certainly appreciate the 7" screen.
What I dislike are the icons for repair garages I can't get rid of. Sometimes there's so many it blocks the map.
Also the database for gas stations is terrible. If I want to find a Shell station, and enter shell in the search, I have a 50-50 chance of actually finding one. You're just as likely to find a "Flashgas" that USED to be a Shell or a Shell station that is boarded up and closed.
Overall, it does more good than bad.
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We fly the route also and take written notes for the next day's travel. That way we know Lacy Street and Hwy 620 are the same turn. The street name sign is small and Hwy sign is large and the GPS only shows the street name sign.

I hate to make the right left right to save 6 inches.

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My eyes hurt from reading this thread and to say thanks for all the thoughtful insights.


I've been struggling with Navigation wrt taking the trailer places it does not fit or belong. Google, Googlemaps and horse sense has taken me this far.


What I've been trying to avoid is another piece of "stuff" on the dash. That said, WAZE has been the single best thing out there. Pairing that with willingness to look ahead using Google etc. does a good job with not much effort.


Today I took at CoPilot GPS (app) and did some routes using the 14 day trial. Tomorrow I'll take my first run up the east coast. The software correctly routed me around a Propane restricted tunnel so I'm feeling positive. Also, the turn by turn directions appear to work well including sending via Bluetooth to my hearing aides. Yep, modern science it's incredible.
I'll report back, this looks good.
Let's talk about RVtripWizard. I've laid down my money because it seems well organized for finding campgrounds, parks etc. The application seems to fall far short if you want to use it for turn by turn navigation (on screen) please tell me if I'm not seeing something it won't be the first time.
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Let's talk about RVtripWizard. I've laid down my money because it seems well organized for finding campgrounds, parks etc. The application seems to fall far short if you want to use it for turn by turn navigation (on screen) please tell me if I'm not seeing something it won't be the first time.
Agreed. I use RVTripWizard along with Google Maps, ThousandTrails, HarvestHost and Escapee Maps (lol) for trip planning only. Actual routing is with indash GPS.
Disappointed with so many dated campground reviews in RVTripWizard. Cannot depend on comments from 2015.
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Today I took at CoPilot GPS (app) and did some routes using the 14 day trial. Tomorrow I'll take my first run up the east coast. The software correctly routed me around a Propane restricted tunnel so I'm feeling positive. Also, the turn by turn directions appear to work well including sending via Bluetooth to my hearing aides. Yep, modern science it's incredible.
I'll report back, this looks good.
Though I have limited experience with CoPilot, it has worked for me and I like that it is an app.
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Though I have limited experience with CoPilot, it has worked for me and I like that it is an app.
I'm half way thru my trip on the East Coast using CoPilot. The GPS turn by turn and bluetooth is very good. Day of...it did correctly route me around a propane restricted tunnel.

There are some features I'm just starting to get used to like tapping the right hand progress bar to see if there are traffic delays.

The app lost GPS lock at some point however it is a simple matter to kill the app (ios = double tap home button and swipe the app up) and restart. The app asks if you wish to continue the route and all is good.
Somebody please convince WAZE that truckers and RV would pay into the system if they would just include height/weight/restrictions into the algorythm. Because WAZE crowdsources their data it has no equal when it comes to real time traffic/accidents/LE etc. LOL I'm no complaining
CoPilot is leading the pack thus far.
That said, I'm inclined to do my work and research restrictions ahead of travel and just use WAZE. This trip will prove me one way or the other!
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