The 5 Best RV GPS Systems As Of April, 2018 (And 2 Other Models)
If you are planning to go on a road trip with your RV, one of the most important things you will need is a GPS unit that is specifically designed for RV drivers and campers. Having a specialized RV GPS unit will help you in planning your trip and let you avoid the hassles of guessing where certain RV-specific facilities might be.
This page lists the newest RV GPS units that provide RV-specific information and generally include a built-in tripbook, such as the Good Sam Trailer Life directory in the case of Magellan models and, for Rand McNally's TripMaker RVND units, of course, the Rand McNally trip book, which existed in print way before GPS systems were invented. Expect features like customized RV routes (so you can avoid restricted areas and roads with low underpasses), RV parks, electric hook-ups, on-site laundry and water, and other useful establishments along the way, among other things.
The GPS models shown here were designed specifically for RV use and have displays of at least 4.3 inches.
Standing at 6 inches, the Garmin RV 660LMT is an RV GPS with backup camera input, obviously letting you pair it with a compatible backup camera so you can see behind your RV when driving in reverse. As a standalone RV GPS, it pretty much offers things that you would normally look for in a GPS system, such as custom RV routing (depending on the weight and dimensions of your vehicle), route elevation profile, and a list of RV campgrounds and service centers.
Some of the criticisms made on this 4-star backup-camera-supporting RV GPS were more incidental than technical, with one buyer saying that it directed them away from a traffic incident up ahead, but led them into the center of a large city, which, as you know, is not the most convenient position for an RV or towable trailer to be in. Having said that, the same buyer mentioned that this particular model takes some getting used to, commending its snappy response to voice commands. Other buyers also praised this backup-camera RV GPS's elevation and grade features, which come particularly handy when driving over mountains. Additionally, some appreciated it for being easily programmable. A couple of other users even go so far as to say that it works as advertised, which is undoubtedly music to the ears of the folks over at Gamin.
Unsurprisingly, though, there were a few unhappy reviewers as well, one of them complaining that the 660LMT keeps on altering the routing without reason. Moreover, another buyer recalled a time when the 660LMT led them to steep inclines and curvy roads, instead of directing them to main highways -- a common problem among GPS, which sometimes depends on the settings you choose.
So, after scouring through a total of 117 reviews in this category and taking into account positive and negative reviews as well as everything in between, our shopping algorithm determined that the Garmin RV 660LMT GPS, which has a confidence level of 98 ((MWC)), is the best choice (Learn how we rank items) among GPS systems with backup camera support.
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The Garmin RV 760LMT sits among the big guys in the world of RV GPS navigators with its 7-inch screen size -- a good number of alternatives opt for 6 inches of display real estate or lower, and, while some may assume that its huge form factor makes it uncomfortably bulky, our shopping robot scoured through 863 reviews and concluded that its size is what actually matters for many buyers. One positive review, for instance, says that its 7-inch (800 x 480) screen is a welcome feature, especially since it stays still on the suction cup mounting system where a smaller 4-inch unit once rested, while another buyer claims that size was the best thing about this unit.
A few other reviewers who praised the 760LMT, which, by the way has an average star rating of 4 stars, mention that its voice commands feature and ability to pin-point RV parks (A familiar, but still appreciable perk) are notable facets as well. The 760LMT's key features also obviously include specialized RV routing, which essentially lets users program the dimensions of their RV into the GPS, for more accurate navigation instructions, aiming to spare you the trouble of dealing with tight squeezes like low-clearance bridges.
On the flip side, some complaints about this unit include the fact that its incessant flashing of warnings (which the reviewer claims are already made clear by road signs anyway) is a distraction while driving. Some also found its connectivity rather sluggish, saying that they ended up relying on mobile apps and Google Maps to navigate, but that's in the context of so many other reviewers being fully satisfied. Another reviewer complained about its tendencies to freeze when driving into metropolitan areas, although he also states that a software update, which you should definitely take note of, while you're here, did the trick.
With that said, the 4-star 760LMT is a good choice and ranks relatively high when pitted against other GPS units of its kind.
The Garmin RV 770 LMT-S is a mutation of the 760 LMT model that maintains its sibling's sizable form factor by touting a 6.95-inch display -- 7-inch RV GPS interfaces were considered big, but not colossal, as we were writing this. It pretty much comes with RV GPS system essentials, including customized RV routing based on the weight and dimensions of your vehicle, location suggestions along your route (for those who don't mind a few spontaneous side trips along the way), and voice commands feature. Most of the praise that the 3.5-star (This is its aggregate star rating after 102 reviews) 770 LMT-S received is attributed to its apparently responsive touch interface, which one user likened to that of contemporary smartphones that obviously have snappier displays than GPS systems in general. The same user also noted this unit's ease of finding RV campgrounds and route modification, for those who love driving on certain roads.
Its Find Service function, which enables users to locate a nearby Walmart or Cracker Barrel (for quick rest stops) is also a plus for some buyers. Unfortunately, the 770 LMT-S was not safe from some brutal reviews, with one buyer stating that its mapping data led them to elevations of 8000 feet, nearly burning up the vehicle's transmission (We can't imagine what kind of pickle that must have been). Another buyer also complained that having this GPS unit take them 6 miles further than their desired campground location (which the GPS itself got right when he had programmed the address) was the last straw for him. That being said, many other users consider accuracy as the name of the game for the 770 LMT-S, with one buyer giving it a perfect 5-star rating for what he calls perfect routing. So, it looks like the classic GPS accuracy debate (GPS guidance is still an imperfect science and must sometimes be coupled with a discriminating driver, which explains the higher number of complaints in GPSes compared to other consumer products) continues for this Garmin unit as well.
With all that said, our review crawler algorithm, which surfed through a total of 2513 RV GPS reviews, makes us confidently say that the Garmin 770 LMT-S deserves a relatively high rank among RV GPS systems.
Greeting users with a 7-inch (800 x 480) display, which is a welcome display size for an RV GPS system (A lot of its competitors stick to roughly-6-inch facades), the Magellan RoadMate RV 9365T-LMB features a AAA TourBook Guide on top of a bunch of GPS essentials. This feature provides users with ratings and descriptions of various AAA-certified RV grounds or diners. This 3.5-star unit also comes with a backup camera input, obviously with the backup camera being sold separately.
Its other features include your usual campground directory and customizable RV routing, with Bluetooth connectivity (It can be used as a hands-free speakerphone) tagging along. Out of the 52 reviews for the RoadMate RV 9365T-LMB, roughly 30 percent were 1-star rants, with some of the most-critical buyers bashing its inefficient and sometimes downright incorrect vehicle routing -- unfortunately a classic complaint for most GPS. And not surprisingly, the same user said he experienced similar problems with units from other notable GPS brands like Garmin and Rand McNally. See? That's what we just told ya! GPS, it seems, is far from a foolproof technology and works best with discriminating drivers.
Other reviewers, on the other hand, were not as bitter, with some complimenting the 9365T-LMB's ease of operation and programming as well as its mapping accuracy. Our shopping robot, which scoured through 2513 reviews for RV GPSs, also picked up on some positive feedback for this model's other aspects, with some buyers praising its desirably-large display and passable readability under both daylight and nighttime conditions. Others noted that the mounting bracket held up steadily, despite this unit's size.
When it's all said and done, the Magellan RoadMate RV 9365T-LMB is one of the highest-ranking GPS systems out there, despite coming short of the top spot.
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Aside from having the Android OS and RV-specific POIs, this 7-inch GPS tablet can also function either in car or RV mode.
Display size = 7.0 inches
Special: Good Sam/Trailer Life Directory, RV Dump Stations, Advance Weather & Alerts, Yellow Sign Alerts, Toll Booth Alerts
GPS mode(s): RV, Car
Coming with RV Sani-Dump Station Locations, the 2013 Good Sam RV Travel Guide, and customizable routes depending on whether you drive a motorhome or RV trailer, this RV GPS sports a 5-inch screen.
Display size = 5.0 inches