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G.Lewis

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Posted: 05/19/13 09:04pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

In the latest Good Sam Highways magazine, May-July 2013 a new GPS is reviewed. It is produced by Rand McNally for Camper World. I was wondering if anyone has one and their comments on it.


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We bought one last week, and so far we're satisfied. Haven't used it a lot--waiting for the coach to get out of the shop. I do like the big screen.


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These units have gotten a lot of attention -- not all good. You can review some of the previous discussions here.


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Posted: 05/20/13 05:15am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Save your $$. The Rand is a horrible GPS!!!!


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I have the RVND 7720. The Good Sam is basically the same unit,. I like it. No Nav is perfect, they all rely on map suppliers and map errors do happen. I haven't had an issue, I don't understand the previous post stating it's a horrible GPS without any details.


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I agree. I don't know what would prompt saying it is horrible.
I have the 7710. Same unit but smaller screen. I have used it on several trips with out any major problems. I have had lock up issues a couple of times which isn't good.

But it is functional. I don't know what it can't be as good as my car Garmin GPS. But even the Garmin units for use in trucks get bad reviews. There just seems to be some issues getting all the bells and whistle we want in the RV GPS to work all the time. I think just a lot of moving parts in the software. Hopefully they will work them out. Rand is always making improvements for download.

I am going to purchase the Rand McNally App for IPAD. It is $99 and is the same software as in the stand alone unit. I will use the difference in cost of purchasing the stand alone to buy my IPAD which I can use for many other purposes on the road and it has a 9 1/2" screen instead of 7" that is on the unit.

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I, too, read the glowing review in Highways and thought the RVND 7725-LM sounded great. I have a Magellan and a Garmin, but those units somethimes send you into places you don't want to be with a trailer.

I bought the RVND and my first trip was to Key Largo from Boca Raton, FL. The unit put me onto I95 for a long way (to Atlantic Blvd) instead of the way I normally get to the FLA Turnpike, so I thought it must know something about the ease of getting on the pike there or something. Not true, though. Coming back, I was already on the tunpike coming out of Homestead and the unit directed me to go into downtown Miami, get onto HWY 1 and then to I95. I used to work in Miami and anyone who knows that route knows it would be your worst nightmare with a 40' trailer.

I had already input all the parameters about my vehicle and said I wanted the fastest route and tolls were OK, so I was amazed the GPS logic would be so stupid as to route an RV into downtown Miami! We tried saying "avoid freeways", so it told us to take HWY 27 to South Bay and then come back east to I95. That's neither the fastest or the shortest route! I couldn't get it to shut up about I95 while going up the Turnpike, so I had to just shut it off!

I like a lot of the features of this unit, but I'm going to send it back because I fear where it might take me if I didn't know any better.

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Horrible due to its very poor reliability. Having been through 3 of them and Camping World's refusal to honor the extended warranty...never again. Back to a Garmin. With a few POI files loaded its every bit as good as the RVND, faster and much more reliable. And I bet SquareTrade will not argue with me if it fails during the warranty term.

Its been a long time since I have run into a piece of electronics gear as poorly designed and built as the RVND units. Rand McNally is a map company, not an electronics designer and it shows.


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I have the 7720 and love it. The 7725 is identical to the 7720, it just has been rebadged for Good Sam. I have used my 7720 alot and it has never lead me astray. I know a couple of other RV'ers that have them and have had no issues. I would buy it again.
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goldviper wrote:

I have the 7720 and love it. The 7725 is identical to the 7720, it just has been rebadged for Good Sam. I have used my 7720 alot and it has never lead me astray. I know a couple of other RV'ers that have them and have had no issues. I would buy it again.
Les


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I always look on a map before I hit the road and check it against the GPS. If I find something hincty, I alter the directions. Sometimes, it is as simple as going in and checking your RV settings.

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