What Type Of GPS Units Work Best In A Motorhome?

by Martin
(Placerville, Calif.)

What type of GPS works in a C-Class motor home?

ANSWER: Greetings Martin thanks for submitting your question on our Ask An RV Question Page.

I have got good news for you Martin, basically any GPS unit that is designed for use in an automobile will work in a Motorhome. So you have a lot of GPS units to choose from.

The next question is where to buy them? You will find the best prices and best selection of Vehicle GPS units on Amazon.com. They have close to 800 different Vehicle GPS Units available at great prices.

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Amazon also has a good selection of Handheld GPS Units as well as GPS Computer Software that will transform your Laptop Computer into a Portable GPS Navigation System.

There is a lot of information that you should know about GPS Receivers before you actually buy one, unfortunately I do not have the space on this page to go into much detail. If you want to learn more about the Wonderful Of GPS you might want to read the highly rated book GPS For Dummies. This book will help you compare GPS technologies, units, and uses. You’ll find out how to create and use digital maps and learn about waypoints, tracks, coordinate systems, and other key points about using GPS technology.

If you decide to also get a handheld GPS unit you may want to join in on the fast-growing detective sport that’s fun for all ages called Geocaching. In Geocaching you use your Handheld GPS unit, maps and a compass to find containers of goodies hidden around the world by other Geocachers. You can also hide a cache of your own. Geocaching allows you to see new places and get some exercise as well.

To learn more about Geocaching you might want to read Geocaching For Dummies.

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A good Motorhome GPS
by: Anonymous

Garmin 760

The Garmin 760 with the 7 inch screen has the ability to select Motorhome or auto. With Motorhome, you put in length, weight and so on, and it keeps you off roads not suited to your rig.

by: Steven Langridge

My TomTom has a bus setting, I set my GPS to Bus. I'm assuming the Bus setting is for all bus types in the USA.

I would like to find a GPS software designed for Motor Coaches. I also have the Magellan 7 series for motorhomes but for some reason I like the TomTom software better.

Motorhome types very too much in sizes. Motor Coaches
are very big vehicles in general. Plan installing a heads up GPS on front driver size wind shield.

Dont buy a GPS
by: RVingFT

If you have a DROID smart phone you already have a great GPS app in your hand. The iOS (Apple) GPS app is not very good at all.

Since most smart phone users usually have their phone with them it's better to have 1 piece of equipment than 2 separate.

I am sure you will not want to take your GPS out of the RV just to go exploring but you will always have your smartphone with you.

GPS for MH
by: Anonymous

We are using the Magellen GPS...it allows you to put in the type, lenght and height of your vehicle, offers different route options such as fastest time, most freeway, least freeway, shortest distance. It recognizes your tow vehicle and offers a ton of apps for campgrounds, shopping, restaurants, gas/fuel, hospitals, vets, etc.

Had it for almost 2 year, very happy with it. Of course, we never depend on it 100%, use MapQuest, GoodSam and paper maps as backups also. It might be a little pricey to get into, but it's paid for itself many times over.

A Car GPS is NOT the best for an RV
by: Jim O'Briant

GPS units designed for use in 18-wheelers and motorhomes will generally include such important things as vehicle length limits on certain highways, location of low clearance underpasses, and other information related to larger vehicles. None of this is available on the basic automobile-oriented GPS units.

You only have to rip one air conditioner off the roof of your RV to realize that spending a little more on a GPS would have been a smart investment.

Jim O'Briant
Gilroy, Ca
CEO & Administrator

by: Tim Tracy

I have a copilot gps I bought in a truck stop in Okhaloma and it has setting for low bridges and diesel fuel at interstate exits.

GPS extras
by: Anonymous

When you get your GPS, if it accepts downloads, you can go to http://www.poi-factory.com/ and find all kinds of neat add-ons. I loaded Walmarts, campgrounds, state parks, Diners, Drive-ins and Dives locations and many others. It's not the most user friendly, I had to download to computer then save and then upload to GPS. Easy once you figure it out Might have been my system.

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