Garmin has introduced another device in its 2017 lineup: http://newsroom.garmin.com/press-release/automotive/garmin-d...
Projected availability Feb. 2017
I have been waiting for the 7" screen to come out for this model line. The smaller version is nice, but I relaly enjoy the larger screen. I have always been nervous about some of the routes I take with my motorhome, so hopefully this will avoid any problems I may encounter. I know it is no subsitute for reading signs and watching ahead, but it will give me a new confidence level when routing trips.
Note that the RV 770 is a LMT-S like the new Drive 51/61 devices. I assume this means it does not come with a traffic receiver and you need to use Smartphone Link app for traffic.
When I read the informaiton on their web site, it said the same thing. Since most (I did say most) people have smartphones today, this is not to bad of a deal. I have also read a lot of people who have reported that this does not use too much data. If you were Garmin and wanted to make money for the shareholders, then the best way to do this is by reducing costs. This eliminates another piece of equipment they have to maintain, and they no longer have to pay a subscription to the traffic monitors.
I would like to see them offer more options for those who do not have smartphones, but of course, not everyone at Garmin would agree with me on that...
Although the owners manual for the RV 770 isn't out yet from what I can tell, the RV 770's web page tab for accessories and mounts leads to this:
If correct, this means that powered mount for the earlier RV 760 is gone for the RV 770. A cost saving measure, I suppose, but not what many owners would hope for.
If anyone knows more, let me know for my FAQ update. Thanks.
I know this thread is for the new 770, but I own a 760 and would like to make use of some of the additional POI databases on this web site. Does anyone know how I can import them into the Garmin Base camp software?
Use POILOader to install the POI's to your RV 760, then plug it into your computer with Basecamp running, give Basecamp a few minutes to read, index and sync your 760. You should then be able to access the POI's in Basecamp.
Having a 7" screen is very nice.
I had one of the much older 7100 unit and it was so easy to see the maps.
It was a pleasure to use. Yes, it blocked the view out the windshield a little more if you had it on top of the dash, but I put mine down onto the console and it was still easy to see.
The Owners Manual is now available.
The manual confirms my earlier guess that the RV 770 does not have a powered mount unlike the previous RV 760 which does.
For many here at The Factory, even though it's a cost savings move made by Garmin, it's not going to be well-received by potential owners.
I agree, that does make it a limitation that I hated with an earlier model. I like to just unclip it and go and not have to deal with a cable to unplug...
I guess we couldn't expect them to include it all with the upgraded model. More money, less features...
A couple of online stores are now showing the RV 770 in stock (theGPSStore and B&H Photo). Some others (Amazon, GPS City) still show them as preorder.
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