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Tips on Buying RV Navigators

RV riding is a real adventure. Whether you go on a trip alone, with a partner, or a group of dear people, this motorhome will give you all the comfort and convenience, just like in a real house. With it, you can travel wherever you want and even go on some outdoor terrains (provided the roads are well paved and RV-adapted).

Having a GPS in your motorhome is an essential piece of equipment. Navigating an unfamiliar area can be challenging and end up costing you more money, nerves, and time. This handy device will save you from the hassle of wandering around or getting stuck in traffic. It can help you navigate quickly and accurately in a wide variety of settings.

Yet, some people find this device unnecessary. They rely on their phones and apps like Google maps. These might be handy as they are free and pre-installed on most smart devices. But they are not always accurate and adapted to RVs. So if you’re in quest for navigators like RV Garmin or similar, you should shop around, as there are many models on the market.

Know GPS Types’

Whether you look for a simple device to guide you through your daily routine or an advanced one with more features, you can choose an RV GPS that will give you accurate directions. These devices are usually permanently mounted on your RV and have screens similar to what you’ll find in any modern car. 

These units are adapted to RVs and drivers who don’t mind the extra space on the dashboard but want more than a GPS for their daily routine. Unlike car devices, RV navigators can suggest campground and RV park locations, suitable navigational routes for large vehicles, etc. 

GPS devices belong to three types: street navigation, sports systems, and handheld units. But most navigators are marked as “street GPS type” They are something that most new RVs have pre-installed. Once you get a new vehicle, you’ll need a proper toolkit, as explained here.

Street navigation systems have a bunch of preloaded maps, but if you want, you can get a regular update for international maps, too. They come with all essentials like speed and route tracking, suggestions for places of interest, gas stations, rest areas, hospitals, etc.

Screen Size

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When looking for a GPS for your RV, make sure to consider the size and resolution of the screen. A five-inch device is sufficient for most recreational vehicles. Yet, many users prefer larger screens. Although these models may be bulkier, they have added functionality and are more useful for people on the road. 

Sure, a bigger screen is more convenient to operate, as it will allow you to view the map while staying focused on the road. But if you don’t adjust the light, especially during the night ride, it can disturb you. So, in addition to resolution and screen size, you should also look for the brightness settings. They should provide you with enough flexibility to ensure that you’ll see the screen without glare.

Bluetooth and Wi-Fi

A well-functioning GPS is a key to a safe trip. Not only does it provide accurate directions, but it also helps you to stay safe while traveling. To make that possible, your device needs to be constantly ‘up to date’ with events on the roads and destinations where you travel. 

It means that its maps need to be updated frequently through a stable Bluetooth or Wi-Fi connection. These features allow for smooth RV travel by providing you with current information. That way, you can adjust your routes to avoid congestions and all that stress. So you can spend more time enjoying your ride and final destinations. 

Remember one thing – not all RV navigators will update their maps regularly. If you travel a lot, that can be a problem. So feel free to look for updates every time you plan to hit the road, as there might be some new or changed routes. 

Installation Requirements

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While a GPS that provides you with directions is helpful for your road trip, it should also be easy to install and use. The best models on the market offer multiple mounting options. The most common types of RV GPS will have a windshield mount or suction cup mount. 

Navigators with multiple mounting options can be expensive, but they are still worth the extra money. That comes in handy if several drivers ride your RV. Each of them probably has different preferences regarding distractions on the dashboard.

Other Features

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Just because they are classified as ‘others’ doesn’t mean these features are less important than those mentioned above. One of them is voice control. It’s not always wise to use the touchscreen while driving, so voice-activated commands come in handy. That way, you don’t have to look at the GPS non-stop.

Also, the memory capacity should be adequate for recording your trip and preferred routes. If you need to store more information, you can expand the internal memory with a micro SD card or USB drive. Make sure to check the other features, too, along with memory capacity.

Warranty

When choosing a GPS for your RV, you should consider the warranty offered by the manufacturer. It’s important to understand that warranty periods differ between different brands. You can expect most manufacturers to guarantee their devices for up to five years.

While most warranties cover the components and parts, make sure to vet this item thoroughly. For example, suppose your navigator fails to provide accurate routes. In that case, a warranty won’t cover that, as it’s probably the problem with the software. Most brands will service your device only for hardware issues.

On the link below, find useful tips on claiming warranty:

https://donotpay.com/learn/tv-warranty/

When traveling in an RV, getting lost can be a stressful experience. It can even ruin the entire trip. But the last thing you want is to spend a long time staring at a map, which can be distracting and can cause accidents. With GPS technology, you can avoid these stressful situations. A reliable navigation device in your RV is the smart way to go.

Fry Electronics Team

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