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Old 04-29-2014, 03:05 PM   #1
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Does anybody know anything about the Tom Tom RV model GPS? Anybody have one? Been using Tom Tom for a number of years and would like to keep the same operating system. But am getting tired of being routed through residential areas and over forest service roads or worse. So I am looking for a RV gps.
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Old 04-30-2014, 07:59 AM   #2
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I don't but just retired from working at a company with 75 40' box trailers and tractors. I interacted with the drivers weekly and always asked about what GPS they use. MOST use the standard Gramin. Reason they give (gave) was that the "Truckers/RV" GPS systems will, to avoid what you are referring to, sometimes take them 100 + miles out of their way. So they simply follow the Garmin, if a turn does not look good they keep going and it re-routs. I have a system in our Ford truck, I think it's Magellan, but I also have a Garmin car GPS and a Droid tablet which gives us a complete moving overview of where we are going and what we are doing.

Good luck, been trying to find the perfect RV GPS for a long time.
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Old 04-30-2014, 08:42 AM   #3
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I'm ready to trash my Garmin. It has led me up too many dead end streets.
I'm thinking about the Rand McNally GPS.
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I bought a Sprinter based MH with the Tom-Tom built in. Hard to read the screen, so I built an iPad mini holder that sits on the dash and uses the Google maps app and I have instant access to Allstays camp/RV app.
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Old 04-30-2014, 09:21 AM   #5
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I used Google Maps on my iPhone on my recent 3,000 mile trip through the Southwest and it appeared to work well. The price is right.

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Possibly you could reset the paramenters to quickest route from shortest or most direct
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.... MOST use the standard Gramin. Reason they give (gave) was that the "Truckers/RV" GPS systems will, to avoid what you are referring to, sometimes take them 100 + miles out of their way. So they simply follow the Garmin, if a turn does not look good they keep going and it re-routs.....

Good luck, been trying to find the perfect RV GPS for a long time.
I have found that sometimes it's best to 'just pass' an exit with the Garmin. I was taking a trip out west and it took me off the Interstate to 4-lane stop and go traffic about 20 miles from my destination. I later found out the Interstate paralleled this 4-lane. Since then, if I'm not sure, I just pass the turn. If there's another way, it reroutes. If not, it tells me to turn around. I think I've had to turn around maybe once in the last 2 years, so I agree, the truckers have figured it out.

I think that by switching from 'shortest' to 'best mileage' it will quit dropping me off the Interstate. I have yet to test this hypothesis.

Garmin does make an RV model; RV 760LMT
https://buy.garmin.com/en-US/US/prod135455.html
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Several years ago the San Diego UT did a story on how companies pay to have Garmin, Tom-Tom, etc. route traffic past a business. If you were in Durango and punched in my address, your GPS will take you 2 miles out of the way so that you pass by a ConocoPhillips station.
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Several years ago the San Diego UT did a story on how companies pay to have Garmin, Tom-Tom, etc. route traffic past a business. If you were in Durango and punched in my address, your GPS will take you 2 miles out of the way so that you pass by a ConocoPhillips station.
That explains why, when you are traveling on the Interstate, it routes you to an exit, goes around a few blocks, then puts you back on the Interstate at the same place. Microsoft Streets and Trips would do the same thing, it was the weirdest thing. Plan a trip that took you past a city and there wouldn't be any reason for you to get off / on again, yet there it was.
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