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Old 09-13-2017, 07:48 AM   #1
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Question regarding our Garmin...

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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Old 09-13-2017, 08:26 AM   #2
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I've seen other GPS do the same thing because it thinks the turns are worth the 3 seconds it may cut off the trip.

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Old 09-13-2017, 09:30 AM   #3
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Ditto what Tbos says. ^^^^

We've had Garmin, Magellan and built-ins all do the same thing. One even took us on a legitimate road through a corn field in rural PA instead of going up to the corner on a paved road; saved maybe 100 yards. Most GPS have a preview function where you can see the route it is taking you (with spelled out turn instructions). We almost always spot check that to see if there's silliness like what you described going on, and the either ignore those instructions or lock them out and the GPS will accommodate with the slightly longer but better directions.

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Old 09-13-2017, 09:41 AM   #4
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We usually depend on the GPS we have, and at times supplemented with our phones, but you can't beat having an old fashioned paper map to get you to the proper location. We were just in Winnemucca, NV, heading to one of the three RV parks. Our, supposedly, good RV GPS took us off the highway, right into a residential area, clear across town from where the RV parks are located. We've been in some of the weirdest places using these GPS devices, and it makes you wonder who did the programing that is installed in them. It's just fortunate that I am pretty good at backing our 40 foot fifth wheel, because we have been into deadend streets and other places where there is no turn around.
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Old 09-13-2017, 11:05 AM   #5
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Had the misfortune of not programming my options correctly and ended up on a narrow dirt road and across a minimal width bridge! Made sure to check off Unpaved Roads under Avoidances under Navigation as well as U-Turns, Ferries and Carpool Lanes. Might have missed the carpool lanes and upaved roads as you had to scroll down to see them? Also under Route Preference make sure Off Road is not selected! This is on a Garmin nuvi portable.
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Old 09-13-2017, 03:51 PM   #6
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My Rand McNally (RVND 7725) has the option for car or RV (you enter the type of RV, length, etc.) plus other options bridges, tolls, tunnels, etc. which helps.
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As close to perfect as I've found ~~ Garmin RV 760 LMT.

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We also use the 760 LMT, but I've found that the maps app on my iphone works very, very well as of late and is a great backup to make sure I don't head down any dead end streets.
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Originally Posted by CaptnJohn View Post
As close to perfect as I've found ~~ Garmin RV 760 LMT.
I agree with CaptnJohn. I also have the Garmin RV 760LMT. My biggest worry has always been low bridges. This Garmin gives me a comfort level.
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I have Tom Tom and Garmin regular GPS'. I find the Garmin is far more agressive at saving time as compared to the TomTom. If TomTom hadnt broken their map update and taken 6 months to fix it I would still be using it.

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