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    The NUVI2639 we have been using since our Yellowstone trip in 2013 is starting to have issues. Randomly turning off, locking up etc..So I thought before we left for AZ we should buy an RV GPS to replace it. I'm partial to Garmin GPS's. Was looking at the 890, 795, 780, 660.... Then found out 890 is discontinued. 1090's are a bit too pricey. Not sure if 10" screen is too big anyway.
    We've never had an RV GPS before. Anybody have a recommendation?
    2018 Dodge 3500 6.7 Cummins w Aisin and 9 cup holders
    2021 Reflection 303RLS, Haloview RD7, Strong-arms, Micro-Air364
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    Originally posted by Scott'n'Wendy View Post
    The NUVI2639 we have been using since our Yellowstone trip in 2013 is starting to have issues. Randomly turning off, locking up etc..So I thought before we left for AZ we should buy an RV GPS to replace it. I'm partial to Garmin GPS's. Was looking at the 890, 795, 780, 660.... Then found out 890 is discontinued. 1090's are a bit too pricey. Not sure if 10" screen is too big anyway.
    We've never had an RV GPS before. Anybody have a recommendation?
    I've only used Garmin, too. I have a Zumo 660 (old!) for my Goldwing and a RV770 for the RV. While (way) less than perfect, I use Basecamp extensively to plan trips. I like that Garmin comes with lifetime maps, too, if you get the "LM" version of a particular GPS.

    I haven't done in-depth comparisons on the new GPS' available, but I do know TechnoRV has a sale (and better price than Amazon) on the 890. https://technorv.com/collections/bes.../garmin-rv-890
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    • #3
      I replaced a Magellan with a Garmin 770. I prefer the Garmin. The Magellan could be easily confused just by driving a 360 circle around a fuel stop. The Garmin responds faster and accurately to off-route direction changes. It saved me several times to recover from wrong turns I made.
      Ted
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      • #4
        I don't care for RV gps units, I buy the standard Garmin auto gps and and add custom POI's (points of interest) from POI Factory http://www.poi-factory.com/
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        • #5
          Scott'n'Wendy

          I have been looking at them, but haven't purchased yet. I agree that the 10" model is just too big for the dash/front window space.

          A nice feature (IMO) with the 890/895 (and 1090/95) is they have a magnetic screen mount. Very easy to remove and store away, or for the navigator to pull off the mount and search/update, etc.

          Last I looked there were still some 890's available on Amazon Canada.
          Ken & Sandra
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          • #6
            Walmart had what seems to be a good price on the 890 , Garmin 010-02425-00 8 inch RV 890 GPS Navigator Bundle with Dual DC12V/24V Electronic Multifunction Car Socket Cigarette Lighter, Hard Shell 10 inch Case and GPS Navigation Dash-Mount - Walmart.com

            I have the built in GPS in my truck, Are there benefits to having a RV GPS such as the 890?

            Not that I need another gadget but we are getting to travel a few more different places and if the benefit is there this may be something that I would get.

            Brian
            Brian & Michelle
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            • #7
              I have a built in GPS in my truck as well. And in my wifes Subaru. They are about 25% as good as a Garmin. Don't have a Chevy so can't say if theirs is any good, but Ford, Dodge, and Subaru factory offerings are crap..in my humble opinion.
              2018 Dodge 3500 6.7 Cummins w Aisin and 9 cup holders
              2021 Reflection 303RLS, Haloview RD7, Strong-arms, Micro-Air364
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              • #8
                major problem i have had (recurring) is that built ins do not allow change while in motion. now pick your best bet portable.
                2021 Solitude 390RK
                No truck - don't travel

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                • #9
                  Wife ordered a Garmin 890 this afternoon. $389 off amazon.
                  Works for me! 😎
                  2018 Dodge 3500 6.7 Cummins w Aisin and 9 cup holders
                  2021 Reflection 303RLS, Haloview RD7, Strong-arms, Micro-Air364
                  There's no such thing as public opinion...There is only published opinion. WC

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                  • #10
                    We found refurbished Garmin 890 Rv units on Techno RV for $350.

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by Country Campers View Post
                      Not that I need another gadget but we are getting to travel a few more different places and if the benefit is there this may be something that I would get.

                      Brian
                      Yes you need to buy another gadget Keith...wait, I mean Brian...Need to work on spending your money as well....lol

                      2018 Dodge 3500 6.7 Cummins w Aisin and 9 cup holders
                      2021 Reflection 303RLS, Haloview RD7, Strong-arms, Micro-Air364
                      There's no such thing as public opinion...There is only published opinion. WC

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by Scott'n'Wendy View Post
                        Yes you need to buy another gadget Keith...wait, I mean Brian...Need to work on spending your money as well....lol
                        Thank you, I have one on the way as well.

                        Brian
                        Brian & Michelle
                        2018 Reflection 29RS Oct.2017 build date, EMS-HW50C , Lippert Remote
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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by Country Campers View Post
                          I have the built in GPS in my truck, Are there benefits to having a RV GPS such as the 890?
                          Brian
                          The biggest advantage is that they usually have height restrictions built into them. IE if you tell it your maximum height of your rig, and it will calculate routes that do not go under it.

                          They also have weight restrictions, which could be important on some of the secondary roads.

                          Less important, but nice is the campground POI's.

                          The Garmin 780 https://amzn.to/3XwGY5Y also reports sharp turns, steep grades, and other road hazards.

                          I don't have one, but I am considering one.
                          Mike
                          2017 Imagine 2800BH pushing a 2012 Toyota Tundra

                          Formerly: 2002 Rockwood Popup
                          Location: Massachusetts

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