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MelindaK
I am looking to upgrade from my current Garmin GPS and thought I would get one that has RVers in mind. Currently have a Garmin Nova. Saw Camping World has a Cobra and a Garmin both can be programed for height of travel trailer/RV, weight, etc. Does anyone have an idea which is better? Or another suggestion.
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QUOTE(MelindaK @ Apr 16 2011, 11:25 PM) *

I am looking to upgrade from my current Garmin GPS and thought I would get one that has RVers in mind. Currently have a Garmin Nova. Saw Camping World has a Cobra and a Garmin both can be programed for height of travel trailer/RV, weight, etc. Does anyone have an idea which is better? Or another suggestion.

I don`t know which is better but I think I would stick with Garmin.I have used a trucker GPS but did not program for size so was sort of a over kill.That sounds like a good idea to be able to put in what you are driving.
Traveling man
I have a Navigon and a Tom Tom, and compared both for a year- The Tom Tom has nicer display, but the Navigon is more accurate.

What would be nice would be a GPS with an RV mode- propane locations, lock out for windy roads with one lane bridges etc.

I wouldn't be in an RV without one, if only to keep from ending up on a dead end road without a way to turn around
1775
Cobra may be a very fine unit, but with Garmin you know that there will be steady map updates available when you want them. Choices are limited for "trucker" gps devices and Garmin is the only one from the mainstream GPS companies.
fpresto
The new Garmin Dezl 560 is designed for trucks but also has a selection for RVs. It has a 5 inch screen and most of the features of the newer Nuvis. http://gpstracklog.com/2011/04/garmin-dezl...lmt-review.html has a good review. It is expensive.
Florida Native
I was reading an article on Yahoo a while back that said GPS units will no longer be sold in 3 or 4 years because they are included on most smart phones and are updated on a routine basis via the cellular system. Includes traffic and all of the normal GPS function. I have one on my Android that does what ever we need. It even has a French witch that keeps telling me I made the wrong turn.
MelindaK
Fpresto, thanks for the link to the review. Since I am headed up north this year late in September and early October for the Fall colors and after reading about the trucker GPS I thought it might be a wise investment to get me through the heavy traffic and avoid covered bridges or low overpasses. I think I am going to go with Garmin.

I can't imagine trying to figure all that out on a phone GPS while driving.
Florida Native
You just put the phone on speaker and it works just like a GPS. The screen is bigger than some. Nice little electronic lady talks to you.
edcornflake
I've been doing some research on this myself and hadn't found anything I really liked, but the link that fpresto posted is getting close!
MelindaK
I found the Garmin Dezi 560LT on sale for $359 and bit the bullet since I was told I could return it if I decided I did not like the unit as long as I had my receipt. I have not had a chance yet to test it out. I will let you know if I find any issues with it.
JDRobar
Is anyone aware of a garmin type application that is available for laptop use ? I like the idea of a larger screen.
joez
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Is anyone aware of a garmin type application that is available for laptop use ? I like the idea of a larger screen.


Microsoft Streets and Trips comes with a GPS version - you get an antenna to plug into the laptop. I use it a lot due to the large screen and I can hook speakers to it that will let me hear directions clearly. Also has good POI coverage. Only problem I have with it is wanting to play with it to see all the trip calculations (high speed, average speed, low speed, time remaining, etc).
JDRobar
Thanks Joez, I'll check it out; although while driving around town today my wife indicated she would NOT be interested in holding the PC for me to look at. huh.gif (Ok dear, just as you say dear.) I know there are stands out there to hold PCs in vehicles, but they look pricy.....maybe I'll have to make something that'll do the job.
Kirk
Check out the new RVND from the Rand-McNally road atlas folks.
Texasrvers
So have you tried it? If so how do you like it?
edcornflake
Kirk,
The RVND looks like the exact piece of equipment I've been looking for. Thanks for posting the link.
JDRobar
Joez, I've done some due diligence on the MS Streets & Trips. People have had problems with it being compatible with NT7. While complaints on the web are circumspect, MS has had a spotty history on testing. dry.gif I wouldn't put it past them to sell a product labeled 2011 that wasn't thoroughly tested against their newest OS.

Do you mind me asking, what operating system do you have ?
JDRobar
It looks like the MS Streets and Trips has a problem with MS's own newest Operating System ohmy.gif (Joez let me know he uses Vista via msg - thanks joez).

After looking at what Rand McNalley had to say about their RVND 5510, in spite of not being able see just what accessory was needed to get real time updates for traffic, I made the purchase. Dang you, Kirk wink.gif Actually, I think I'll be much happier with the RVND if it performs as promised, thanks for the info, Kirk. (new toy ! new toy !)

Shopped around, and found Camping World has a better price if you are a President's Club member ($319.99, $5 shipping & w/ tax came to $355.87 here in WA) than Amazon (they want same price as Rand McNalley $349.99 b4 tax and shipping)

I'll let folks know what I think in two or three weeks.
Texasrvers
Be sure to give us a report. This sounds really interesting.
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