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Old 03-17-2012, 01:25 PM   #1
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I'm looking to purchase a GPS but am confused as to which is a good model / brand to buy. I usually just look at the map, but with 30 foot of trailer in back of me I don't want to find myself turning around because I missed an exit, etc. I have used an older TomTom but it was horrible. It's user interface was hard to use and I couldn't update the maps.

I really liked my Droid phone with Google maps, but I don't have that phone anymore.

I figured this forum was the best place to ask for an opinion.

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Old 03-17-2012, 01:55 PM   #2
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I have had Garmin's all my life...but I purchased the Magellan Roadmate 9165 at Camping World and then purchased the rear-view camera from Magellan online. The Roadmate does everything my Garmin's ever did and they have all the campsites in them also. They show you which lane you should be in when on an interstate...they give you warnings 2 miles in advance compared to 1 mile for the Garmin. They then give you warnings again at 1/2 mile and when you are just about on your turn you hear a chime, which is nice. You can program trips in, along with the weight and height of your trailer and it will warn you of obstacles or roads you should avoid. I haven't been throughout the country with it yet but everywhere I have been so far it has worked as advertised. I am pleased with it and give it 4.5 out of 5 stars. The only way it would get 5 stars is if it cost less than $100 LOL. I hope this helps you Steve. Let me know if you need more info.

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Old 03-17-2012, 10:45 PM   #3
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We have the Garmin 2450 it have life time map update and it work super, it also have the highway split screen that show you the highway split and service lanes we love it and it is easy to use.
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Old 03-18-2012, 12:48 AM   #4
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We too have a Garmin 2450 and used it on our 8,000 mile trip around the country last summer, it never missed a beat. We have a number of different Points of interest (POI's) loaded including Low Clearances, Wally Mart,Odditiesand more. We too have the lifetime maps that we always check before a trip. "Jeanine" does a good job of giving directions and the screen is easy to see in bright sunlight and not so big as to be distracting.
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Old 03-18-2012, 01:07 AM   #5
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Old 03-18-2012, 02:28 AM   #6
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My Magellan is about a 100yds behind me on the freeway. When it says exit now I have already passed it plus they want $80 to upgrade the maps. Funny but it worked fine until the first upgrade to the firmware and it's been behind ever since. I just checked CW and they now offer lifetime map upgrades for the Magellan Roadmate Plus BUT $50 more. I have been looking at the Rand McNally and with my experience with Magellan am leaning that way. The idea of a backup camera is interesting but the only place I would want it is on the back of the trailer and I don't think it has that much range, plus the drain on the trailer battery.



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Old 03-18-2012, 07:50 AM   #7
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My garmin has a tendency to get me lost. I have to be really careful with it. It likes to take me to some really weird places.
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Old 03-18-2012, 11:15 AM   #8
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If you want to get lost try Microsoft Streets and Trips.. No matter where I want to go it routes me thru a town about 65 miles to the east of my. Even if I want to go SW. I haven't figured that out yet.
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Old 03-18-2012, 01:03 PM   #9
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Garmin all the way. Use 1 in my personal vehicle as well as all our fire trucks are equipped with various models of Garmins.

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Old 03-18-2012, 03:36 PM   #10
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Have a Garmin 560 with lifetime maps which has been pretty good so far....but the Rand McNally is very impressive. If I had to buy one today it would be the RM which was designed especially for RVs with several features like Walmarts and Vets in the database in addition to the stuff the Garmin has.
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