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Old 04-30-2012, 06:45 AM   #1
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Does anyone have an RV GPS? If so which one and are you happy with it?

Our car GPS kept putting us on Parkways, it was really annoying.
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Old 04-30-2012, 08:16 AM   #2
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I'm not sure what is an "RV GPS" - I have two Garmin units, and on-road, they're as good as the road maps are recent / updated. The only real issue with either of them from my perspective is that road changes overtake the new map issuances, so from time to time I have an "adventure" when a road has been moved or an intersection improved since the last map update.

Accuracy is typically good to 11' or so, depending upon how many satellites they can "see." In this regard, I once had a very difficult time in the UK a few years ago with an older unit, where the back roads had no direction signs, and were very narrow and completely covered overhead by lots of tree branches / foliage, and the GPS kept losing signal lock. I think the newer units, with better receivers and better chipsets would resolve that issue.

On both of my units, you can specify what sort of roads you want to be on or not on ... but not clear to me exactly what is a "Parkway" or why being on one would be annoying. If this is a scenic, winding road with lots of nice views, that's just the sort of road I usually want to be on, but I don't think that Garmin's software has a setting to avoid such roads. I do know that some units allow you to specify the sort of vehicle you are driving, so if you select, for example, "Semi tractor" - they will avoid smaller back roads if possible.
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Old 04-30-2012, 08:23 AM   #3
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Our Magellans have been pretty good too. But we use the Baltimore-Washington Parkway all the time...
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Old 04-30-2012, 08:29 AM   #4
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Several years ago there was a story in the San Diego Union alluding to the fact that some GPS routes are designed to take you past a business that may have paid for that service. Interestingly enough, if I set a GPS to take me home, it will direct me past a Conoco station and add two miles to the trip.

I canned GPS years ago and depend on Benchmark state books and specific Google maps.
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Old 04-30-2012, 08:38 AM   #5
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We use IPhone Apps. Have one for campgrounds, one for rest stops, Google Maps, and one for directions.
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Old 04-30-2012, 09:04 AM   #6
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Thanks everyone. I live in New York and Parkway bridges are to low for us so it can be a big problem.

I can't wait for Summer and our first season RVing.
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Old 04-30-2012, 09:08 AM   #7
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If you get one, choose a model that includes lifetime map updates. Usually you can opt to change the route it suggests- asking it to avoid tolls, or certain roads. I'm a TomTom fan for the vehicles and Garmin for handhelds.
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Old 04-30-2012, 09:11 AM   #8
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BTW Parkway's are for Passenger cars only. You will get a ticket if you get caught driving with a trailer on a Parkway.
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We use a Garmin dezl 560LMT. It's made for truck drivers, so it has route information in it that is specific for truckers (underpass heights, grades, roads with tight turns, etc) and uses that to determine a route. Sometimes there is not a route that it can determine is safe for a rig, and will notify of those sections. (You can also set it to route for car and pedestrian use.)

It also allows you to enter the dimensions of your rig. So we've set it up for our truck and trailer. It comes programmed with the location of truck stops, so you can easily find somewhere your combo will fit if that is a concern. We've also downloaded POI sets for National and State parks and RV campgrounds.

Overall, I am quite satisfied with the performance of it. There's been a couple times that I have questioned the routing, but that's just a good reason to double check the route before leaving.
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Dissenting opinion here--read no further if you are easily perturbed.

The remark "Our car GPS kept putting us on Parkways..." is pretty revealing. The cartoon maps in most GPS units give you no idea about the wider world just a mile or two either side of a programmed trip. These units are insidious, evil machines that lull you into a misplaced sense of confidence that you know where you are and where you're going. You don't actually have a clue.

Using an I-Phone app to find the nearest Starbucks or Costco is the right idea, but asking an app or a GPS unit to get you from Denver to Omaha means you're ceeding navigation to some nerd desk jockey software developer--you deserve the route you get.

Get a real map system before you forget which way is north! Oziexplorer (for, like $100) is a terrific piece of PC software (yes, you need a laptop with a GPS dongle) that uses free maps (like Google maps, USGS maps, or even maps you scan in yourself). You can even use free satellite photos to navigate to lakes, RV parks, and beaches that don't show up even on detailed printed maps. Yes, it's a pain to figure out how to put a laptop in the front seat, but once you've got it there, with a wi-fi card, you can do a lot of other stuff, like check email, every time you stop for gas or a bite. And it's wonderful at night--the moving map keeps you oriented with just a glance. Plus, it records the track for every trip, which can be recalled years later when you can't quite remember where that last really nifty place was. Plus plus, Ozi is a great trip planning tool and you can calibrate your speedometer (most speedos are 2-3 mph high at when indicating 65 mph).

Follow the links in this post for more details on Ozi's features and examples of different maps that are available.

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Old 04-30-2012, 01:54 PM   #11
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a little background. ny built parkways for non commercial traffic. they are scenic routes with low overpasses. trailers and such are prohibited.

rand mcnally makes a gps for trailers. a friend looking into getting one decided against it because of some poor reviews.

i've seen posts on here from an outfit that manufactures this type of gps. you might find it if you do a search.
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Dissenting opinion here--read no further if you are easily perturbed.

The remark "Our car GPS kept putting us on Parkways..." is pretty revealing. The cartoon maps in most GPS units give you no idea about the wider world just a mile or two either side of a programmed trip. These units are insidious, evil machines that lull you into a misplaced sense of confidence that you know where you are and where you're going. You don't actually have a clue.

Using an I-Phone app to find the nearest Starbucks or Costco is the right idea, but asking an app or a GPS unit to get you from Denver to Omaha means you're ceeding navigation to some nerd desk jockey software developer--you deserve the route you get.

Get a real map system before you forget which way is north! Oziexplorer (for, like $100) is a terrific piece of PC software (yes, you need a laptop with a GPS dongle) that uses free maps (like Google maps, USGS maps, or even maps you scan in yourself). You can even use free satellite photos to navigate to lakes, RV parks, and beaches that don't show up even on detailed printed maps. Yes, it's a pain to figure out how to put a laptop in the front seat, but once you've got it there, with a wi-fi card, you can do a lot of other stuff, like check email, every time you stop for gas or a bite. And it's wonderful at night--the moving map keeps you oriented with just a glance. Plus, it records the track for every trip, which can be recalled years later when you can't quite remember where that last really nifty place was. Plus plus, Ozi is a great trip planning tool and you can calibrate your speedometer (most speedos are 2-3 mph high at when indicating 65 mph).

Follow the links in this post for more details on Ozi's features and examples of different maps that are available.

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Come on, if you're going all in why not develop your own maps with CGPSmapper, that way your sure to include all necessary information, and you will not be dependant on "googley" or "wifi" or "cloudy" or.............oh excuse me I just had a moment.....sorry.......everyone as you were.

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The Big Three in GPS units are Magellan, Garmin, and TomTom. All three place well in Consumers Reports, FWIW.

There are three things I would check on on the one you buy: (1) the voice of "announcer", because you will listen to him/her for longs periods at a time, and the ease of entering data into the keyboard. Before you yell at me, I know that some units allow you to change announcer, but not all.

(2) The keyboard: my wife uses the Magellan, and I hate her keyboard. Nearly impossible to NOT make at least one mistake and have to backpeddle to correct it. She tells me I have "fat fingers", but that's another story. The old Garmin I have, never a problem.

OTOH, her Magellan has more flexibility in the exclusions or settings. She can tell it to avoid certain items (highways, let's say) but for this route only. My Garmin, you need to change the global settings to do that.

Her Magellan "dings" right at the point where you take action. In fact, it has three different "dings": one for right turn, another for left, and yet a third for straight ahead.

That gives good confirmation of what to do at the right time, without taking your eyes off the road.

And lastly (3) I think that most, if not all of the units today have the "text to speech" feature. This simply means that it tells you the name of the road you are turning on to. Both of ours just say something like, "Turn right in XX metres". Text to speech units say "Turn right on YY Street in XX metres".

Lastly, Zep, while everything you say about Ozie is true, I could not bear to have a laptop or even a notepad in the front seat. In fact here in Canada it's only the Police that are permitted to have that setup, since you will for sure be looking at it far too much to be safe, IMHO. However, I used Ozie with our first GPS, a handheld with no real map in it, and it was indispensable, but that was for boating.

So, my last word is: be sure you can return and/or exchange the one you buy, in case it has something you don't like. They are all different, some in subtle ways, others in glaring ways. Don't buy the cheapest one, you will surely regret it.

Oh, another Last Word: get one with "Lifetime Maps". This mean that you will always have an up-to-date map in your unit, and not have to pay $60 to $100 every two years or so. They update about 4 times a year, I think. Well worth a bit more...
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I have been happy with the RVND with about 4,000 miles of use. It is designed for RV'ers with all the major camp grounds and dump stations loaded in. But I still look at maps to make sure I know where I want to go and plan my own routes. Computers and Iphones won't work in many areas of UT, NV, AZ & NM. No phone signal.
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