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Old 02-19-2018, 05:38 PM   #1
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GPS System for Motor Coach

Hi,

I just purchased a 2018 Thor ACE 29.3 for the wife and me. It didn't come with a GPS system and I want to add one because we will need it to find our way.

Does anyone have a make and model recommendation for a GPS?

Any recommendation and information would be appreciated.

Thank you.
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Old 02-19-2018, 05:57 PM   #2
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The 'search' feature here is your friend...
MANY posts on GPS recommendations - from phone apps to dedicated RV units.
One such thread just in the last 2 months is here:
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Old 02-19-2018, 06:17 PM   #3
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Garmin and Magellan both make some really nice units.
It's your money: it's your call...
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Old 02-20-2018, 01:03 AM   #4
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I have a Garmin RV770 which works well. You can input your RV measurements and it will route you around low clearances. My model, while pricey, comes with lifetime updates. There is a smart phone app that allows phone calls and weather alerts right on the gps screen. Pretty happy with ours.
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Old 02-20-2018, 01:38 AM   #5
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Rand McNally and Garmin are both good. I have both currently but use the one in the radio unit which is a Rand McNally as my main unit. Both have lifetime map updates. It is a matter of personal preference like a Ford or a Chevy.
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Old 02-21-2018, 01:11 AM   #6
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We use the GARMIN RV760...Like the fact it is quick disconnect from the base( no unplugging cords) and we connect the rear camera to it for a larger easier to see monitor for watching the toad.
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Old 02-21-2018, 01:16 AM   #7
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We use a Garmin RV 760LMT, as do several forum members, that or the newer 770. Ours sits on a bean bag mount, easily removed to use in the car we tow, or any other vehicle as needed.

As Greg said, this was thoroughly discussed in the last few months.
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Old 02-21-2018, 11:16 AM   #8
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I have a Garmin RV770 which works well. You can input your RV measurements and it will route you around low clearances. My model, while pricey, comes with lifetime updates. There is a smart phone app that allows phone calls and weather alerts right on the gps screen. Pretty happy with ours.
Same here. Display quality is outstanding.
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Old 02-21-2018, 12:21 PM   #9
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Garman RV660LMT question
Recommendations on GPS
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Gas Station Advice/GPS Advice?
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As you can see the GPS question comes up a lot.
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Why are we so worried about getting lost?
Isn't the journey more important than the destination?
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Why are we so worried about getting lost?
Isn't the journey more important than the destination?
Not sure that the concern is actually "getting lost"; I think its more "being lead to a too-low bridge" or "getting stuck and not being able to turn around".
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Old 02-21-2018, 02:15 PM   #12
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Oh! You mean the "unintended adventures..."
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Old 02-21-2018, 03:13 PM   #13
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Keep in mind even the best GPS doesn't replace an active brain. Mine led me the shortest route into a state park. It didn't know that once into the campground I would encounter a low railroad bridge... 12' 3"clearance. My RV is 12' 9". Luckily I saw it and was able to turn around after disconnecting the toad.
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Old 02-21-2018, 03:24 PM   #14
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Why are we so worried about getting lost?
Isn't the journey more important than the destination?
I've never been lost! I always know right where I am and someone is always telling me where to go
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Old 02-21-2018, 03:25 PM   #15
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IMO, I use GPS as a backup and my hard maps as a primary intended route. Never do I totally rely on them, they're not fool proof.
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Old 02-21-2018, 03:33 PM   #16
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It's been several years since we owned a dedicated GPS unit...it was a Garmin for cars. I splurged when I bought it for DW and got the lifetime maps. It was a good unit for a while. I updated maps a time or two.... then hardware went on the fritz. Replaced under warranty...and that one eventually died too.

At that point I figured the lifetime maps are a waste of money. Probably better to just plan on buying a new unit every couple years.

I don't know if it's still that way or not.....

I've been using cell phone and google maps mostly. I was using Waze but I find that the google app has a louder voice which i need in the RV.
I sure do wish Google would add settings for low overhead and weight restrictions.
Are you listening Google Maps?
They have steered me down a couple roads where I ended up getting hemmed in a bit (no trucks after a few turns in & no place to turn around, etc..)
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Old 02-21-2018, 07:08 PM   #17
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I always know right where I am and someone is always telling me where to go
Me too: I married her almost 35 years ago...
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Old 02-21-2018, 10:37 PM   #18
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Me too: I married her almost 35 years ago...
And I have no doubt, Bob, that you give thanks daily for that blessing.
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Old 02-21-2018, 11:40 PM   #19
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She makes sure to remind me to give thanks: every day!
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Old 02-22-2018, 12:15 AM   #20
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It's been several years since we owned a dedicated GPS unit...it was a Garmin for cars. I splurged when I bought it for DW and got the lifetime maps. It was a good unit for a while. I updated maps a time or two.... then hardware went on the fritz. Replaced under warranty...and that one eventually died too.

At that point I figured the lifetime maps are a waste of money. Probably better to just plan on buying a new unit every couple years.

I don't know if it's still that way or not.....

I've been using cell phone and google maps mostly. I was using Waze but I find that the google app has a louder voice which i need in the RV.
I sure do wish Google would add settings for low overhead and weight restrictions.
Are you listening Google Maps?
They have steered me down a couple roads where I ended up getting hemmed in a bit (no trucks after a few turns in & no place to turn around, etc..)
The cheapest and best way to avoid those situations is to stop by Love's or Flying J and purchase a Trucker's Atlas. You can get the really nice plastic coated 2018 one for about $50.00, or the regular paper one like I did for $14.00. Gives all low clearances in each State among other things.
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