Rand McNally has a new GPS designed for RVs.
Has anyone had experience with prior versions, the RVND 5510 or 7710...good or bad?
Is anyone aware of other RV oriented GPS devices?
might be some of the RV forums. Seems there is always someone on those that keeps up with the latest gadgets!
I am doing some checking myself.....really like some of the features they offer when towing our 5th wheel.
Rand-Macnally PNDs come equipped with a lot more POIs already installed, including some that are sadly lacking in mainstream PNDs, 'attraction-type' POIs that recreational travelers might be more interested in. The 7720 page says it has 14 million points of interest. If you look at printed RandMacNally maps, it's not too difficult to find some relatively obscure POIs on there that still aren't in computerized mapping systems like google maps or Garmin's PNDs. For example, while I have recently been testing out many different nav apps and PNDs, I remembered that my old 1998 R-M Road Atlas had some rest areas located off the beaten path, which aren't in the rest area POI file http://www.poi-factory.com/node/6643
and also not in S&T (or most PNDs, AFAIK). I checked what is usually the most complete online source (google maps) and it did have one of them, but not the others. And I'm sure there are many other POIs in other categories that jave been around for decades but have simply slipped under the radar of the maps used for PNDs, online mapping & nav apps. As for why that is, here's what it says on the page for the older 7710: "More than 14 million points of interest – including festivals, national/state/regional parks, and other Rand McNally researched locations..." And I guess that last part is the difference compared even to google maps.
Magellan also makes RV (and truck) oriented PNDs, but I think Rand-Macnally is probably the leader as far as built-in POIs.
I was all set to order the RVND 7710 from Amazon and the reviews caused me to hold off for more info. There were 10 five star and 15 one star reviews. Four star had 12, so maybe positive out numbered negatives, but I decided I needed to study further.
I would be interested in any first hand experience that gets posted here.
Has anyone had experience with the:
Garmin dezl 560LMT 5-Inch Widescreen Bluetooth Portable Trucking GPS Navigator with Lifetime Map & Traffic Updates?
Part of the description reads “RV drivers will appreciate the ability to setup an RV profile and calculate routes based on height, weight and length restrictions.“
This unit seems to get pretty good Amazon reviews, but I like all of the additional features that the Rand McNally RVND 7720 has.
I wish Garmin maps could be in the Rand McNally unit, since the mapping is the main complaint for the RM unit.
Thanks to each of you for the comments so far. I'll keep looking and report any new/intersting findings here.
Just got my 7720 yesterday trying to see how it all works now so far very impressed
Good for you. Let us know what you think after using it.
I have had my 7710 for 10 months now and I hate it.......I would never buy another Rand Macnally product......their customer service is non existant and they do not respond to emails either.....I would sell it on Craigs list but I would not be able to sleep nights knowing I had taken advantage of some one......No mater how you load the poi's it alphabetizes them.....so you have to scroll thru hundreds of them just to get to Texaco gas stations or Zaxby chicken restaurants......Save your money buy something else.....
No mater how you load the poi's it alphabetizes them.....so you have to scroll thru hundreds of them just to get to Texaco gas stations or Zaxby chicken restaurants...
Unfortunately, alphabetical order is an all-too common occurrence in many different PNDs. Gotta wonder who would ever think anybody in the USA would want to have "Egyptian food" and "Ethiopian food" ahead of "Fast Food" (and the answer is they don't think). But what's even worse is that some of PNDs don't even have a "Fast Food" subcategory. Streets & Trips doesn't have a "Fast Food" subcategory either.
I have the 7720 LM and for some reason it tell me my address on arrival is before I get to it.... I did a lat and logn on it and it gives me a different address other than mine,,,,any comments on this
Welcome to The Factory.
especially the section titled "Complicating Factors:"
Finally, several caveats on using interpolation:
The typical attribution of a street segment assumes that all "even" numbered parcels are on one side of the segment, and all "odd" numbered parcels are on the other. This is often not true in real life.
Interpolation assumes that the given parcels are evenly distributed along the length of the segment. This is almost never true in real life; it is not uncommon for a geocoded address to be off by several thousand feet.
Segment Information (esp. from sources such as TIGER) includes a maximum upper bound for addresses and is interpolated as though the full address range is used. For example, a segment (block) might have a listed range of 100-199, but the last address at the end of the block is 110. In this case, address 110 would be geocoded to 10% of the distance down the segment rather than near the end.
Most interpolation implementations will produce a point as their resulting "address" location. In reality, the physical address is distributed along the length of the segment, i.e. consider geocoding the address of a shopping mall - the physical lot may run quite some distance along the street segment (or could be thought of as a two-dimensional space-filling polygon which may front on several different streets - or worse, for cities with multi-level streets, a three-dimensional shape that meets different streets at several different levels) but the interpolation treats it as a singularity.
If you like tables and graphs, this might even be more helpful:
Click Figures 3, 4, 5 in the above link for detailed visuals.
I put my Garmin nuvi 1490T in the car and bought a RVND 7710. I love it! It is RV specific, no question about that. The more I use it the better it gets. There is so much you can program it to do (to your personal likes).
Separate your POI's into specific folders, then load them. "Fuel" would contain all fuel stops, "Food (Fast)" would contain McDonald's, Burger King, Taco Bell. Ect. Work on it, takes little effort and time.
If you still want to get rid of it let me take it off your hands.
Had this 7720 about 2 weeks and so far like it very much, The rv put away for the winter but have been using in the car. Ran a trip from Mass to Orlando Fla and it told me that I had to go around due to propane which I knew but it drove me over the GW bridge upper level and I researed this and foung that I could do that with and RV I Never knew that. I t also drove me around Maryland on 695 which I also knew. Had so many POI that I shut them off till I get used to the man screen. A ton of imformation coming at you all at once speed limits are right on construtucion was a little off they told me there was construction but they only do it at night but nice to know the road would be rough. over all very happy so far still working with it
So far there seem to be more positive comments than negative comments. It may be spring before I invest in one myself. I don't do much winter RVing.
Thanks to all for your comments.
I have had it for a week or 10 days. It has a learning curve, but I think they all do. my brain is old, so I may learn a little slower than others.
I have posted a few other comments in other topics. The biggest drawback I see so far is the inability to see the whole route in detail when you have a multi-stop route. I think the present work-around is to create the route from end to beginning, then you can look at each leg in detail when you create it.
I have the 7720 and really like it. Brighter screen, louder volume and responsive.
I had the 7710 and worked ok but the weather and wireless the 7720 has is a nice option. I use my phone as a hotspot and weather updates as we travel.
trying to decide if I could use the traffic antenna. not sure if its worth it...
I have the traffic antenna on my current Nuvi. I don't find it to be much help. The actual traffic delay conditions hardly ever match the information provided by the Nuvi.
Just received my 7720 last week. Myself new RV'er. Not able to compare to other units, find the 7720 easy to learn.Easy to create multi-route trip. Been unable to download certain POI files. It indicates ''POI file not formatted correctly'', still working on that but if anyone has a solution, please. In general, I can see just positive notes...so far.
Is it the Garmin GPX format that does not work? Perhaps only the CSV files will work with Rand McNally.
I have a Garmin Dezl 760. It is the best GPS for auto and RV I have ever seen.
If there'a any interest, I have a full RV review I can post.
I'd be interested in more information.
I just received my new RVND 7720LM. After reading everything I could find on RV specific GPS, & a short demo at Camping World, I decided it offered the most big rig RV specific info. Garmin, Diesel & Magellan make GPS's labeled RV but Rand McNalley's experience with the big trucker GPS's, gathering data on low underpasses, road restrictions, big rig road compatability plus Woodall's RV data, etc made me feel theirs should theoretically offer the most.
I haven't had it on the road yet, I'm just getting introduced & finding it doesn't willingly accept POIs I used on my Zumo 550 & maybe others without more translation than I wanted to do.
nope not me
I have the new 7" 7720 by Rand for RVs. It takes a little getting used to but so far I like it. It's easy to see and easy to push the buttons to get where you want to go on the unit. I do think it takes a little more getting used to when trying to navigate all of it's options. Rand should have given a larger manuel to explain how to do all the things it can do but trial and error when you are not driving will get you where you need to be knowledge wise.
My only problem is trying to find POIs that are .CSV so I can load them. I want to load all the major Truck Stops (Flying J, Pilot, TA, Loves) but not all of those have .CSV formatted POIs. I could use some help in this category
Use Extra poi editor to convert the gpx to csv. You will lose some of the extra data that is in the gpx file, but it might be enough left for what you want.
Extra POI Editor is a good suggestion. Dealing with POIs seem to be the major objection to the GPS.
My experience has been terrific. I find the GPS to be one of the most user friendly devices I have used. My RV has a built-in gps that does not come close to the Rand McNally.
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