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Old 11-25-2014, 06:02 AM   #43
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My TOMTOM gives me FITS! When I need it most it fails me. SO Garmin it is next time we hit the road coast to coast.
A coworker of mine used to have a TomTom. He still tells the story of when he was smack in the middle of a high-rise bridge over the Gulf Intracoastal Waterway and it told him "Turn right." The GPS mistook the waterway for a highway!
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Old 11-25-2014, 06:10 AM   #44
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Old 11-26-2014, 09:11 AM   #45
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I use the maps app on my iPhone. You need a phone anyway why spend money on a second device! You can use the money you save on more fuel!!!
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Old 11-26-2014, 09:31 AM   #46
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You need a phone anyway why spend money on a second device!
That kind of depends on your phone's data plan and how close you are to incurring overage charges for the month.

I'll admit I only upgraded from a flip-phone to a smartphone last week and don't yet have a good handle on how much data individual applications use, so I don't know if using a GPS/mapping/routing app all day will require a lot of data transfer. But with data overage charges on my smartphone's data plan running $15 per gigabyte, I'd rather use a GPS that isn't on my data plan and avoid the risk.
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That kind of depends on your phone's data plan and how close you are to incurring overage charges for the month.

I'll admit I only upgraded from a flip-phone to a smartphone last week and don't yet have a good handle on how much data individual applications use, so I don't know if using a GPS/mapping/routing app all day will require a lot of data transfer. But with data overage charges on my smartphone's data plan running $15 per gigabyte, I'd rather use a GPS that isn't on my data plan and avoid the risk.

Plus the phone screen is small and, in my use for it at work, it is doubtful it is meant to be used 12+ hours at a time.

I agree with the idea of wanting fewer devices, but the cost in both ways coupled to a small screen made the 7" Garmin easier to buy. Not to mention closer to free with points off a fuel card.
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Old 11-26-2014, 12:09 PM   #48
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We upgraded from Garmin to Tom Tom and gave the Garmin to our son. We could not get used to the Tom Tom and traded with son to get Garmin back. He eventually pitched the Tom Tom and now uses a phone app. Now looking to get the garmin 760 RV with back up camera.
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Old 11-26-2014, 01:50 PM   #49
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Yes the Garmin with backup camera is my next $300.
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Old 11-26-2014, 02:38 PM   #50
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We are a house of Garmin owners and like them. I use a Garmin Nuvi 3490LMT named Gretchen. She is voice activated. I say, Gretchen, find address. She says "speak an address in the US" and I say #### Airstream Way, Tampa, FL and she sets it up. You can add waypoints between as well just by speaking them. Most of the time it works quite well. Other times I look like I am crazy yelling at my dash repeating myself as she misunderstands.

My other family members have simpler units. That require touch screen address entry. I am not sure if you have to have an RV model at 10 feet or so height but you do have to be mindful of that if NOT an RV model. Allstays app will help with clearances on routes if you do not get an RV model.

Smart Phones are great most times as some share. I do better with a dedicated device.
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Old 11-26-2014, 02:51 PM   #51
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Plus the phone screen is small and, in my use for it at work, it is doubtful it is meant to be used 12+ hours at a time.

I agree with the idea of wanting fewer devices, but the cost in both ways coupled to a small screen made the 7" Garmin easier to buy. Not to mention closer to free with points off a fuel card.
I don't use the screen. Siri gives me audible directions. If I want to know about road conditions or weather I ask and she tells.
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Old 11-26-2014, 04:05 PM   #52
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Yes the Garmin with backup camera is my next $300.
That's where I'm going too. Do you have a place to get the bundle for $300? The cheapest I found it was $350. See my post #9 in this thread.
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We have been on the road foe 3 of the past 12 months covering 11 western states. Never lost coverage with the map app , only used it to find things so no overage problems.
I also highly recommend the Benchmark map books for each state. We found BLM land where we could boondock, forest service campgrounds $4.00 a night, state campgrounds $20. Stayed away from RV parks. You can't get this information with garmen or TomToms. Works for us!
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We have been on the road foe 3 of the past 12 months covering 11 western states. Never lost coverage with the map app , only used it to find things so no overage problems.
I also highly recommend the Benchmark map books for each state. We found BLM land where we could boondock, forest service campgrounds $4.00 a night, state campgrounds $20. Stayed away from RV parks. You can't get this information with garmen or TomToms. Works for us!
That's why you have no coverage problems, you're on the road. You need to get off the road.

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Top of the line Garmin has voice commands and works well. Also some have input capabilities for the specs of your RV, height, weight, length etc. they are called DEZL, I believe. In practice I have at least two Garmin units running, one with sound, the other giving trip data and giving me nearly a "heads up" speedometer.


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Top of the line Garmin has voice commands and works well. Also some have input capabilities for the specs of your RV, height, weight, length etc. they are called DEZL, I believe. In practice I have at least two Garmin units running, one with sound, the other giving trip data and giving me nearly a "heads up" speedometer.


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So, there is such a thing as a female gadget geek. I have heard about it before, but passed it off as mythological. There is hope for the world after all. I wonder how many more of you are out there. My wife is close, but i'm sure even she would make fun of me for having two GPSs running. She doesn't know I secretly also track our trips on my android phone.

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