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I'm researching GPS units and would like feedback from owners on whether they have dedicated GPS units and, if so, would they recommend them and why.  Also, if there are suitable apps for iphones that people would recommend I'd be interested in these too.  Thanks in advance.

I searched GPS and nothing returned.  If there are existing threads for me to reference please just let me know.

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My iPhone does what I need.  I have an older Garmin that I keep up to date and carry for backup when we’re out of cell range.  

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type "garmin" in the search box for a start.

I use a dedicated GPS unit because of its larger screen - yes, I could use my tablet but that device is already being used for my backup camera.  I also have navigation in my TV but I tend to like the features of the dedicated GPS better and it is nice to have the backup.

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After a lot of research, we ordered the new Garmin RV 890.  $100 more than the previous RV model, because it has an 8" screen.  I like that the RV models Have campground specific info built in.  Will post updates when we receive.

The only hesitation I had, in ordering this model, is that it has a larger ball mount.  Will need to get an adapter to get it to work with aftermarket mounts.

Ray and Susan Huff

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30 minutes ago, Susan Huff said:

 I like that the RV models Have campground specific info built in.  Will post updates when we receive.

That should be a good unit but I bet you a nice steak dinner that you turn off the RV warning nanny after a week. Maybe if you had a 14 ft tall motorhome, but with the Ollie, it is just noise. The campground database isn’t so great either, and the icons clutter up the screen. Many of them are never need anyway with the composting toilet, since you will be “dump station independent”.

Please post a report here.

If you want to load individual 24k state topo maps as an additional map option, let me know, and we can start a discussion about that. Be sure to play with the Voice options, my daughter prefers the New Zealand one. You can download custom or funny ones too, but that seems a little silly IMHO. But I do have to admit a Tom Selllck or Jessica Rabbit voice saying “Turn right in three hundred feet” might be cool.

This will give you a head start. .... https://www.gpsfiledepot.com/tutorials/how-to-load-maps-on-my-garmin-gps-unit/

 

John Davies

Spokane WA

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"Mouse":  2017 Legacy Elite II NARV (Not An RV) Two Beds, Hull Number 218, See my HOW TO threads: https://olivertraveltrailers.com/topic/john-e-davies-how-to-threads-and-tech-articles-links/

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32 minutes ago, John E Davies said:

That should be a good unit but I bet you a nice steak dinner that you turn off the RV warning nanny after a week. Maybe if you had a 14 ft tall motorhome, but with the Ollie, it is just noise. The campground database isn’t so great either, and the icons clutter up the screen. Many of them are never need anyway with the composting toilet, since you will be “dump station independent”.

Please post a report here.

If you want to load individual 24k state topo maps as an additional map option, let me know, and we can start a discussion about that. Be sure to play with the Voice options, my daughter prefers the New Zealand one. You can download custom or funny ones too, but that seems a little silly IMHO. But I do have to admit a Tom Selllck or Jessica Rabbit voice saying “Turn right in three hundred feet” might be cool.

This will give you a head start. .... https://www.gpsfiledepot.com/tutorials/how-to-load-maps-on-my-garmin-gps-unit/

 

John Davies

Spokane WA

Thanks for the tips . . . . . as for the RV "Nanny", in the newer RV specific models you can use it in Car mode and not get the height, weight, and other restrictions.  In comparison to older Garmins, I think the screens are more simplified and navigating through the menus is a bit more intuitive.  Anything will be better than the Becker Pilot that came installed in our MB Sprinter camper van.

Yes, let's start a topo discussion.  And, for sure I will be choosing Tom Selleck as my navigator!

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Ray and Susan Huff

Elite II Twin - delivery December 7, 2020

2013 F350 3.2l diesel Super Duty 4x4 long bed crew cab

2017 Leisure Travel Van Unity Twin Bed (sold)

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21 hours ago, gatorewc said:

I saw this yesterday.  Very informative.  We use our phone.  Just something to thing about for the future.....

We watched this when we were deciding between this and other Garmin GPS models.  Chose mainly for the larger screen, but also for Garmin reputation.  In addition, I have found that purchasing the latest technology is good practice.   Since this model is a new release, prices are the same no mater where you purchase (most likely someone will have a Black Friday sale; oh well).  We ordered direct from Garmin, and there's a 1-2 week delay in shipping.  I did use their customer support while planning the purchase and it was great. 

Will be using the Garmin as much as possible before we head to Hohenwald so we will be accustomed to its features.  I already have a rough out of our trip route, but will also try the Garmin trip planning feature.  I'm curious to see if Google Maps can send to the Garmin from our computer.  It does to our SUV nav, which is Google based (BMW).

Will report back once we have had a chance to play with the Garmin a bit.

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Ray and Susan Huff

Elite II Twin - delivery December 7, 2020

2013 F350 3.2l diesel Super Duty 4x4 long bed crew cab

2017 Leisure Travel Van Unity Twin Bed (sold)

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I've just downloaded the TomTom Go app to my iPhone. It offers  downloading of maps for what appears to be solid offline use and they're continuing to funnel features from their dedicated units  into  the app (things like  heads ups on approaching things like gas stations in a sidebar etc.). I haven't used it yet so can't give a review but from specs it looks like it may  be  a good phone based option for navigation while in cell dead zones  (which gets tough  any time you  are even diverting from a route that you  set while connected, let alone  when you're starting up in the  morning w/o signal. 

I like Waze when connected as it has nice crowdsourced alerts, knows sneaky back routes around traffic jams, and does half decent predictive routing taking into account typical  traffic volumes ahead of you in  space  and time (one of the nice things about leaning  heavily  on massive cloud computing  capability).

I have a very old Garmin that is still useful  when offline but I'm hoping that TomTom Go will make it irrelevant as anything other than backup  in  case of  hardware  failure. The Garmin is still a pretty decent  unit - one of their first forays into  multitouch screen interface with half decent voice control. I've  found the voice  control to be moderately useful  particularly  when  driving alone. 

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Jim and  Yanna, Woodinville WA

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5 hours ago, Jim_Oker said:

half decent voice control. I've  found the voice  control to be moderately useful  particularly  when  driving alone. 

LOL, my RV660LMT is indeed half useful. “Stop route”, any of the canned commands, work 95% of the time without having to repeat yourself. It is the next step that often tanks, completely. 

“Find city.”

”What city please?”

”Republic Washington.”

”Did you say Tacoma Washington?”

”Republic Washington.”

”Did you say Wilmington Delaware?”

She continues to give increasingly ridiculous suggestions...

”#%*+#£#!!!!!”

Types in REPUBLIC while trying not to crash.....

There have been some pretty harsh comments directed at Ms Gerty Garmin. On the one hand, it is more than a little entertaining and breaks the boredom.  On the second hand, it is a distraction. On the gripping hand, it is dangerous. But I am sure the voice recognition firmware continues to get better.

I really would prefer, in my next vehicle, to have Apple CarPlay sync with my iPad Mini 4, so I can use GAIA. But Apple forces you to use a phone instead. GAIA on a phone is harder, less intuitive, and there is way less storage for maps. Apple’s decision doesn’t make any sense at all.

John Davies

Spokane WA

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"Mouse":  2017 Legacy Elite II NARV (Not An RV) Two Beds, Hull Number 218, See my HOW TO threads: https://olivertraveltrailers.com/topic/john-e-davies-how-to-threads-and-tech-articles-links/

Tow Vehicle: 2013 Land Cruiser 200, 33" LT tires, airbags.

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6 hours ago, John E Davies said:

the next step that often tanks, completely

I've had somewhat better luck, but  also  have spent time testing even worse speech reco software and learning how to adapt myself  to its foibles w/o dumping too much  of  my cognitive capacity into  the  task (again, years of training from  work in  the  software industry I'm afraid). But yes at least on my Garmin unit it's not fantastic quality reco - it's fairly typical of mid-late-oughts second tier speech reco. And unlike Siri it has no cloud processing assistance (with the cloud you  can use more modern tools such as deep neural  nets  or their variants, which have helped drive some significant improvements  in things like speech  recognition, image understanding, and language translation, but  these require a LOT of both memory and processing power...). And on  top of the reco quality,  you have to understand the speech  command hierarchy the device is expecting - very  early-oughts again.

 

When we were using it regularly my wife and I  did have fun experimenting with which other phrases might be reco'd as the "voice command" start phrase

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Jim and  Yanna, Woodinville WA

2004 Ford E250 camper conversion

Oliver Elite II December 2020 delivery

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7 minutes ago, topgun2 said:

Gee, I sure do wish I knew what you two are talking about! 😁

Just picture the captain of the starship Enterprise asking the  computer  for  "tea, earl grey, hot" and getting a plate of succotash from the food machine.

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Oliver Elite II December 2020 delivery

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