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Old 06-30-2020, 05:01 PM   #1
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Any motorhome owners on here? A couple of questions.

As some of you know we're about to make the transition from a boat to a motorhome. One of the things I would like to add is a dash mounted GPS with a fairly large screen. I've gotten really spoiled by the 11" Raymarine I have on the boat and would like to go with something a little smaller than that.

All I can find on Garmin's website is a 6.95". I already have a couple of that size in the cars. Given that the distance between the screen and my old eyeballs is going to be about twice what it is in the cars I'd like a screen somewhere between 8" and 11".

Anybody know of a company that makes such and animal?

Also, for you RV owners, does anyone know of any GOOD RV forums? I'm not looking for the ones where they bash the brand the other guy tows or drives, but sites like this where there is as good exchange of info.
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Old 06-30-2020, 05:12 PM   #2
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Considering getting a "Phablet" type phone and mounting it in a holder closer to your seated position. It's pretty hard to beat Google Maps as a routing and guidance solution. Get an RV that accommodates Bluetooth through the sound system, and now you have guidance, music-on-demand (or podcasts or audio books) and hands free calling all in one.
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Old 06-30-2020, 05:45 PM   #3
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There are general, brand based and chassis based RV forums.

iRV2.com is a general, non brand specific forum. Winnieowners.com is specific to Winnebagos. And sprinter-source.com is for Mercedes Sprinter based RVs.

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Old 06-30-2020, 06:22 PM   #4
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iRV2 is the roadie version of TF. You won’t go wrong with joining that group.
https://www.irv2.com/forums/

Lots of GPS threads, including some fresh ones you can jump in on:
https://www.irv2.com/forums/f53/gps-...ps-494631.html
https://www.irv2.com/forums/f59/rv-g...ml#post5325897
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Greetings,
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Old 06-30-2020, 08:16 PM   #6
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+1 for iRV2... it's a sister site to TF run by Social Knowledge. Set up very similar and very active.

Re GPS I started w a GPS software on a laptop but have switched to a self contained Garmin RV unit and like it a lot better. Phones and tablets work well for auto routing but I have been lead astray using them in the MH. The Garmin & other RV specific units let you set restrictions that help routing.
I tried various locations but prefer a close location on top of the dash so it is just out of my normal site line and easily reached for adjustments is best for me. I would not want it mounted on the windshield or too far away. I have seen some figured out a way to use the front TV for display but it takes some work arounds and I never saw the need for.
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Old 06-30-2020, 10:11 PM   #7
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Greetings,
Mr. GFC. Old eyeballs eh?
Mr. RTF, do you know if RAM makes a dashboard mount for that?

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I keep going back to WAZE on the smartphone for directions and traffic. If I wanted something bigger I'd look into an 8 or 10 inch android tablet. Either with it's own dedicated sim card or use the smartphone as a WiFi hot spot with the tablet connected thru it.
Something to consider with a bigger tablet is the mount is going to almost have to be screwed down somewhere because of the weight.
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For the bigger motor homes your Atlas from Rand McNally is all you'll need when combined with a smart phone. You're not taking a big unit off road anyway.
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For pickups or Jeeps, whether your preference is the Navigation Systems put out by Ford, Ram or Chevy the OEM installed systems are pretty good. We just finished traveling the back roads of CO where cell service does not exist. Google let us down but the Acura nav system kept right up. Now onto MT back country.

We're thinking of a pickup pulled trailer (Airstream maybe) or something like a Newmar motor home. Our take, with a smart phone and an OEM pickup nav system you'll do fine. For the true back roaders, the gold standard are USGS, Forest Service and detailed Atlas type maps showing where goat tracks are available.

But, beyond the simple stuff there are toys galore to help you get (un)lost. Marketing 101 guarantees it.
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Old 07-01-2020, 01:26 PM   #11
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Tom, thanks for that info. I doubt we'll be doing much (if any) off road stuff with the motorhome. Some gravel road travel is likely but nothing where it's a 2-track trail. I'd bet that 98% of our travels will be on paved roads.. We want to see as many national parks as we can plus a trip up to Alaska.

I think for my aging eyes a ~10" screen would be the ticket. My eyes are still good enough that I was able to pass the eye test for my CDL so I have no problem driving.

The RV we're looking for will be in the 33'-36' range. Anything larger than that and you can't get into many parks and campgrounds.
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Well Mike living in WA you're halfway to Alaska. At least for us last year, Sweetgrass was halfway at 2500 miles from home. Alaska is a wonderful trip in a motorhome but plan to spend lots of time in Canada also. We saw more wildlife in Canada along the road than in Alaska.
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Try this:

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https://www.campingworld.com/electro...ps-accessories
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A big screen could be a hassle and as dangerous as texting.

Road width is no hassle with a boat , you are not required to follow a lane 10-12ft wide at speed.

Even 30mph is 44 feet per second.

Our technique for finding an address in a busy location is a small tom tom style unit held on the top of the steering wheel.

It is much quicker to glance from the road to the small screen and back since the small unit is already in your line of sight.

If all you have is a TV sized screen it is safer to have the co-pilot count down the direction of and distance to the next turn.

If you are going to purchase a big RV , the better truck GPS will give height restrictions and road and bridge weights .
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I use my apple ipad (9.5"?) dash mounted (removable), google maps, online or down loaded maps.
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I used to have a 34' Class A RV, about 10 years ago. I belonged to rvforum.net and it was a pretty friendly group. I always avoided freeways when possible and took the smaller highways, if you do that you can quickly get away from cel service even today, so a dedicated GPS system is nice if you plan to get off the beaten track much.

Here is a link to an accounting of one trip we took

3000 miles; two weeks; 6 people; a 21 year old RV and a tour of the southwest (Read 23206 times)
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"We want to see as many national parks as we can plus a trip up to Alaska. We want to see as many national parks as we can plus a trip up to Alaska."

If selecting a motor home a flat glass wind shield is preferred .

If a rock gets it on a road being repaired , flat glass can be had locally , a brand specific wind shield will be far longer to obtain.
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Good info from all of you. Thanks, and keep the tips coming.
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I think that one on the corner is a nice one. Have you stopped to see how much? Crusty has owned a few so I know his advice would be rock solid.
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