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Old 07-21-2013, 06:22 PM   #1
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In my search for a new GPS, I notice Garmin has one for the RV'er.

Anyone have the Garmin RV 760LMT?

Care to coment on it's usefullness to the RV'er?
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Old 07-21-2013, 06:34 PM   #2
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I don't really see the point of standalone GPS units anymore. Pick up a google Nexus tablet and in addition to a wide choice of Nav apps, you will also get a fully blown tablet for email, web browsing, movie watching...
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Old 07-21-2013, 06:41 PM   #3
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Agree. Only need a special unit if on a motorcycle, for example...
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I have a Garmin GPS although not the one you mention. GPS units are really purpose built, so you really need to define your needs first and then decide.

When driving we mostly use my wife's iPad or iPhone. There are apps for the iPhone like Telenav that is available for free that works pretty well for transiting.
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Old 07-21-2013, 07:23 PM   #5
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Hi from AZ. . . Another vote here for the iphone as GPS. The last 2 Garmins I bought were junk, and the reviews on any of them are all over the place. So we starting using the iphone. Works great, but you need a decent data plan, cause it uses a LOT of data., regards, Craig
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I use my IPad for planning, but Internet service is too spotty to use it for on the road navigation. I have the 7 inch Rand McNally RV unit for travel.
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Using an iPhone or tablet for navigation doesn't mean you need always on data. There are a number of apps available that download the maps to the device. No data needed for those to work
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But you do need Internet to actually use them for real time navigation.
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And if you travel out of your country the cost of service is high. Old fashioned map or a gps is the most cost effective.
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I also find that a map gives a better idea of where and how far you are going.
GPS is great for finding an address in an unfamiliar area.
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Originally Posted by D Air Cloud View Post
In my search for a new GPS, I notice Garmin has one for the RV'er.

Anyone have the Garmin RV 760LMT?

Care to coment on it's usefullness to the RV'er?
Does anyone ever read what people say or do you just have to type so everyone can hear you? He didn't ask about ipads or google or anything else he asked about the garmin 760lmt. I was interested in the same unit and was hoping for some feedback to his answer. I don't want to sit here all night looking at post about everybodys idea of what we should use.
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Have Rand McNally GPS for the tow vehicle and a Garmin GPS for hiking. Special purpose navigation is a benefit because of satellite link. I would not trust a Iphone or pad to help me navigate because half the time there is no signal. Now if you are driving the main highways between RV resorts, I guess cell and paper maps are sufficient. Will need to look at the new Garmin
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I used my Garmin for the first time on our trip to Canada. I am glad I had maps of each state as well.
There were a few occasions when in SE Montana, that the Garmin wanted me to drive in circles. When we left Devils Tower and headed north. Between DT and Billings, it told me a number of times to turn left and there were NO ROADS.
But it works great when I want to find Dairy Queen. LOL
There was a story on 60 Minutes a while back, where a woman used the GPS to take her home and she almost died in the desert.
So, I say. Be careful when using these devices. Your life could depend on it.
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But you do need Internet to actually use them for real time navigation.
No, that's incorrect. The GPS chip does not need a data connection to work. If the map data is contained on the device, then no internet connection is needed for navigation.

I use the Navigon app on my iPhone. All maps are downloaded to the phone and work with no cell reception needed.
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