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Old 09-23-2017, 06:33 AM   #11
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Just a quick (hopefully) question on our Garmin. Wondering if others have the same "issues".. Not sure of the model as it is in the truck.It will take us through residential areas, not staying on the standard surface streets. An example, on our trip to Idaho on 97 through I believe Terrebone it tells us to take the right on 3rd. Just to see where it is taking us we did. After maybe five blocks it brought us right back into 97... We only had it on at this time to take us to the next rv park.
The directions are pretty good. It gets us from point A to point B but does it in the strangest ways. Doesn't seem to be settings to stay on hiways only; looks like less miles, shortest time and least fuel...
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If your GPS is a Garmin RV 760LMT then it sounds like you need to go thru the setup and set your parameters and preferences. With our setup, 41' trailer ball to rear bumper spare, and 19' of truck, the GPS has made travel easier buy not routing me on tight turns and switchbacks. That GPS also has height restrictions, propane restrictions, length weight and width restrictions that will route you away from those issues. Link it to the phone via Bluetooth and the Garmin smartphone link will add live traffic and weather alerts
Before the Garmin had a Magellan RV GPS and it was awful, my opinion.
Always check a map before setting out.
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Old 09-23-2017, 07:15 AM   #12
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Yeap been there with the Magellan RV, although it makes a descent wheel chock.

I am sure we all have our "reached your destination stories" Still remember one of my better favorites, GPS announced destination reached, look around only to see we are in a residential area with people cutting their front yards. I am sure wondering what the He.. is that big thing doing here Believe me feelings were mutual. Found out campsite was on the opposite side of town

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Old 09-23-2017, 08:08 AM   #13
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Yeap been there with the Magellan RV, although it makes a descent wheel chock.

I am sure we all have our "reached your destination stories" Still remember one of my better favorites, GPS announced destination reached, look around only to see we are in a residential area with people cutting their front yards. I am sure wondering what the He.. is that big thing doing here Believe me feelings were mutual. Found out campsite was on the opposite side of town

GPS devices were designed to drive us nuts
Magellan RV GPS is junk... only GPS that I've owned that I could outrun on a constant basis...

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Old 09-23-2017, 09:42 AM   #14
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If I were to buy an RV GPS I would buy Garmin. They all have their limitations, but Garmin seems to be the best of the bunch. I've used their different products in aviation for a long time. Some portables also have an automotive mode.

Currently, I just use Waze or Google Maps, but you have to be careful in urban or suburban environments, whatever you're using, or you'll find yourself on narrow backstreets to avoid traffic congestion, which is good when driving a rental econobox (hate those little things).
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Old 09-23-2017, 02:53 PM   #15
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I believe we currently have 4 Garmin GPS, none of which is perfect --- especially if you don't choose the right nav options. Last week, just because I forgot to turn the 760 LMT to passenger car when going to the store near our Littleton, NH, CG, it sent me 10 miles North so I could turn on a different road to back track those 10 miles plus the actual 2.7 miles to the store. The road from the store back to the CG was one of those that the GPS announced that it really wasn't sure of the ability for a 13'+ tall RV to travel. It was fine but the GPS wouldn't say so. Then there was that trip from near Portland ME to that CG near Littleton. Samantha (the lady inside my GPS) changed my route overnight to the one I really wanted vs how she plotted it when I told her where I wanted to go - amazing lady. Read my mind The joys of touring with electronics. I still use a paper map if for no other reason but to check our route.
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