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Hi guys I'm looking for a good gps for my hdt I've narrowed it down to a garmin would the rv785 or one of the desl modules made for trucking be better for our applications i understand the rv with all the campground info is more suitable for camping but would the desl models made for truckers be better for us to stay out of trouble on non truck routes?

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21 minutes ago, steamynachos said:

Hi guys I'm looking for a good gps for my hdt I've narrowed it down to a garmin would the rv785 or one of the desl modules made for trucking be better for our applications i understand the rv with all the campground info is more suitable for camping but would the desl models made for truckers be better for us to stay out of trouble on non truck routes?

Howdy steamynachos,

I have an older Garmin RV 7something GPS and like it.  You can input into the GPS your setups lenght, weight and height, that will keep you off of most roads that could give you grief.  A Truckers Atlas, along with any GPS is your best friend and NOTHING beats local knowledge if you really want to know what the road ahead holds in store.

Dave

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It sounds like you are set on getting a stand alone Garmin, but I will say that I use a CoPilot app on my iPad and it works great.  I like the larger screen on the iPad vs a stand alone GPS device and with the CoPilot app, I can also enter the rig dimensions to keep me off roads I should not be on.  So far (several years of part time use) it has worked very well for me and has not led me astray yet.  It is also cheaper than a stand alone unit since I already had the iPad and just bought the app to use on it.

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If you're going with a Garmin, choosing a Desl over an RV model won't gain you a thing as far as routing.  The RV Garmins use the same road and highway database as the Desl versions.  The only difference is the POI database, with the RV models having POIs that matter to RVers, and the Desl models having POIs that matter to truckers.  When you're RVing with an HDT it would be convenient at times to have both available at times, but that's not an option. 

I was on the fence like you are when I bought mine many years ago, I chose the RV version, and I'm convinced that I made the right choice.  When I'm navigating to any given night's destination I'm headed for an RV Park, not a truck stop, and that's what the Garmin RV models provide.

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I have a garmin dezl.  I like it very much.  I use it in the truck and also in my car.  Its very handy for finding hotels quickly, and dining options as well while traveling.  Most of my travels are now between South Dakota and Virginia, and the Dezl garmin has been very good so far.

And it's easy to jump from one vehicle size to another without issues.

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Check out the Rand McNally RVND 7 ;GPS. You input your weight, length, height, and it will not route you onto roads unsuitable for those parameters. It includes RV parks and a long list of other RVing features.

I've been in 45 states and both coasts of Canada without a routing mistake; after I got the parameters properly set on the first trip.

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Howdy!

I also have been using Co-Pilot for years as a fulltimer and would not buy another stand alone gps. I used my tablet towing the 5er and my smartphone in the car. They now appear to charge a yearly fee for the cost-pilot app but it appears to also excludes live traffic updates which you use to have to pay for. The RV app is only $29.99  a year. 

https://copilotgps.com/en-us/compare-features/#pricing

”Happy Trails”

Chiefneon

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