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In the past I have used Garmin 550 and Nav V, none of which are without problems. I have a iPhone 7 but the screen is too small for me while driving no matter what app I use. strongly considering a Samsung galaxy tab 4 exclusively for navigation purposes and mounted on the dash. the question is, which map app? I have been told to try google maps but thought posting here would be invaluable considering I went to do boondocking 90-95% of the time. any help and direction would be most appreciated.

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We have a Garmin dezl 560 we used in our RVs. We also stopped at the visitor center of each new state to pick up a state highway map. Since we are no longer RVing we want to sell the Garmin. We are still updating the lifetime maps to keep that feature current but otherwise the unit is sitting on a closet shelf. I like the unit but since Dave now does all our driving and we are not traveling outside the metro area we have no need for it.

Linda Sand

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We use Google maps on laptops . We plan a route prior to leaving . Pat writes the turns on a sheet , just in case I have a laps of memory . 

That's it . No GPS or whatever . Dang things get more folks lost than if they were blind .

 

Edited by Pat & Pete

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I use Copilot on an iPad mounted to the dash of my rig.  The app works well and the RV version of the app allows you to set parameters for the size of your rig to help avoid low bridges/tunnels, etc.  I have been very happy with it while traveling.

I also use google maps for checking out routes and to get aerial views of locations.  The combination has never steered me wrong yet and I have a pretty big rig when I am running down the road so that is important to me.

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We don't want to be tied to the internet so we have a Garmin RV660. We are also starting to use Rvripwizard with their RVlife app. The RVlife app allows you to download maps to your phone or tablet and drive your route without the internet. They cost $.

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Google Maps for planning (setting parameters) and Garmin RV760 in the truck (with parameters set for the rig). I particularly like the fact that I can give the Garmin voice commands and find the distance to truck stops up ahead (to compare to the fuel range in the instrument cluster), rest stops, etc. The combo works very well for us.

Rob

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I use a galaxy tab 8 and  copilot with the US maps downloaded to a sd card, it works as good as or better than my dedicated truck GPS. I dont like paying for it every year but I use it on several phones and a couple of pads so the cost is spread out.

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I Use the long dead 2012 DeLorme Street Atlas to navigate on a laptop computer, the road net hasn't changed that much especially on major roads. The computer has a much larger screen, I have a laptop stand for the truck which works very well. Plus since I'm using Visible the laptop has internet access. I haven't figured out how to get googlemaps to recognize the GPS puck for real time navigation.

The S&T is hardly perfect but it's the best available now days since all the software navigation companies gave up. You need to apply real world knowledge to S&T since it can route you into bad places.  I use RV Trip Wizard for planning, also not perfect but pretty good once you adjust to it's many quirks.

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