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Old 11-08-2011, 05:59 PM   #11
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We got a TomTom free because we bought 4 tires as few years ago. Nice surprise as we had not heard of promotion, but dealer had (Discount Tire, good folks). Never had one before. Used it for several years now. We both like it.

We tend to travel old back roads, we hate freeways. This meant my wife needed to keep her nose in the paper maps a lot. Now she just programs in the next town or so we want to pass thru. She loves that.

Also we need to worry less about getting lost. GPS will always find a route to somewhere we can find on a map.

Me I like that it tells me WHEN I need to start looking for the next turn, is it 1/2 mile or 20 miles. I like that.

Sometimes we do get stuck on Interstates thru crowded areas. The GPS tells me what lane to be in to turn. I REALLY like that, as finding myself in the right lane, with solid cars on lane to my left, when the exit is a left exit, is no fun at all. Thankfully many folks give RVers a break.

Does it ever screw up? Yup, it has taken us down dead end roads, but very rarely. In each case it has happened to us, road has been dirt, but we often take dirt roads. You do not need to as GPS will find alternate route automatically if you don't turn where it says.

Overall it has sure made it easier for us older folks to continue to RV.

My wife is NOT tech savy at all, and refuses to even turn a computer on. If you tried to take "her" GPS unit away, you better be faster than a speeding bullet!
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Old 11-09-2011, 02:32 AM   #12
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If your thinking about getting a new cell phone get a smart phone, the free Google Maps app is the best thing since sliced bread.

No more paying for yearly map upgrades, get true real-time traffic reports for no cost, all the same features as the typical Garmin. Went on a month and half cross country trip and NEVER lost cell map coverage using Verizon. Maybe once, at the bottom of Palo Duro Canyon

Google Maps are updated daily! at n/c.

Granted there is no RV specific info in Google Maps (for now) but we augment it with The Next Exit book.

By the way if you own any Garmin stock sell it, even their aviation, marine and cross country devices are not keeping up with losses of their auto division.

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Old 11-09-2011, 03:53 AM   #13
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I've used a Garmin for years and find it's the best/easiest to use.

Don't know if an RV specific one would be all that much more useful. Got my last one with a 5" screen at Costco for $145.

My new truck has the built in Nav and Onstar. I like the nice Onstar lady - she's quick at finding stuff and downloading it into your Nav. She's not around though, to tell you to get in a specific lane for a turn-off ahead. But she will tell you to have a nice day
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Old 11-09-2011, 05:15 AM   #14
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I've used a Garmin for years and find it's the best/easiest to use.

Don't know if an RV specific one would be all that much more useful. Got my last one with a 5" screen at Costco for $145.

My new truck has the built in Nav and Onstar. I like the nice Onstar lady - she's quick at finding stuff and downloading it into your Nav. She's not around though, to tell you to get in a specific lane for a turn-off ahead. But she will tell you to have a nice day

And now that ONSTAR is available for installation in every type of vehicle, anyone, not just GM owners can benefit from being told to "have a nice day"
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Old 11-09-2011, 07:14 AM   #15
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We bought the Rand McNally 5510 GPS when we retired in June. We have been on the road since then, 15,000 miles. We have had a few little problems but nothing bad. I am pleased with this unit notified us of speed zones, dirt roads, and low bridges, never put us in any compromizing positions. good luck George
This one has really caught my eye. It has all the same features as a lot of the more higher priced units but at a cheaper price. I also liked that it has the ability to switch between RV use or regular car use. One thing I have seen in reviews on this one is that people have had some trouble updating the maps through the included software. Was just wondering if you have ever had a problem with yours?

Like a lot of you I have always been a map guy and that is how I was taught and still to this day sit down with a road atlas and plan my route weeks before we actually leave. The internet has help with trip routing thanks to sites like Goolge maps, Map Quest, Good Sam's, etc. and a great site called Safe Travel USA.

I appreciate all of your comments and will probably be looking into a GPS in the coming months. I would love to have something before we start our summer travels.
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Old 11-09-2011, 07:32 AM   #16
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We not only use a GPS (Garmin NUVI) but also our MS Streets map/program on my laptop and the Rand McNally truckers edition.

We traveled for a year cross-country and found the use of all three was necessary at times. I tried to get a state map also, if given the opportunity, each time we crossed a state line as they have lots of info on them as well.

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Old 11-09-2011, 08:20 AM   #17
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HI ALL SOME OLDER GARMINS LIKEMINE WILL PUT YOU ON A HIGHWAY THAT DOES NOT ALLOW CAMPERS/COMMERCIAL TRAFFIC EVEN IF YOU HAVE SELECTED NO TRUCKS. ALSO MOST OF THE GPS UNITS USE TOWN RECORDS FOR THERE LOCATIONS OF HOUSES ETC. IF THE RECORDS ARE WRONG SO IS THE GPS. IT HAPPENS ALOT IF WENT WITH THE GPS MY HOUSE WOULD BE 3/4 OF A MILE DOWN THE ROAD. ALSO ABOUT THE THIEVES STEALING YOUR GPS I HAVE A SOLUTION. WE ALL KNOW HOW TO GET TO OUR HOMES ONCE WE ARE CLOSE RIGHT? I PROGRAMED HOME TO TAKE YOU RIGHT TO THE POLICE DEPT! BUT I LOVE MY GPS SOME DAY I'LL UPDATE IT TO ON OF THE NEW ONES WITH A BIGGER SCREEN.
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Old 11-09-2011, 08:31 AM   #18
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there is a truck drivers version The Garmin nüvi 465T. Its the way to go for you BIG HAULERS good luck
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Old 11-09-2011, 10:10 AM   #19
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One of the only downfalls to the smart phone is when you lose signal.
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Old 11-09-2011, 03:30 PM   #20
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or your phone i never know where mine is.
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