GPS Definition: The Global Positioning System (GPS) is a space-based satellite navigation system that provides location and time information in all weather conditions, anywhere on or near the Earth where there is an unobstructed line of sight to four or more GPS satellites. The system provides critical capabilities to military, civil and commercial users around the world. It is maintained by the United States government and is freely accessible to anyone with a GPS receiver.
GPS navigation technology is fantastic for your typical traveller, but RV's have their own set of requirements that many GPS units simply don't take into consideration. Height and size constraints are particularly critical to RV travel. The best routs provided on a typical GPS simply may not work for your RV when the route takes you through narrow winding roads with low hanging tree limbs, or under overpasses with particularly low clearance. Fortunately GPS manufacturers are starting to recognize the needs of RV's in the GPS marketplace.
RV GPS Brands
Magellan, Garmin, and Rand McNally are three RV GPS Brands catering to the RV market today. Each brand carries various units offering different features depending on your needs. Talk to one of our specialists at Oregon Motorcoach Center to find the RV GPS that is best for you.
When it Comes to shopping for an RV GPS there are the following considerations:
the amount of time your RV GPS will last without being connected to a power source.
RV GPS screens come in a variety of sizes averaging between 5" and 7". The larger the screen, the better the readability of routing maps and data display.
Voice Activated Navigation:
RV GPS functionality allowing the driver to input navigation instructions verbally.
Spoken Street Names:
RV GPS audio commands with street names and turn alerts.
RV GPS digital screen display with lanes, streets, and layout of intersections for simple navigation.
RV GPS data input for trip planning based on the specs of your RV, including weight, height and length.
RV GPS instruction on which lane is appropriate when merging and turning.
Lifetime Traffic Alerts:
RV GPS traffic data that includes weather conditions, accidents, and other real time events to plan your route.
RV GPS option for alternate routes or 'detours'.
Multi Destination Routing:
RV GPS data input for multiple destinations for trip planning.
Points Of Interest (POI):
RV GPS preloaded data points (destinations) for one touch navigation.
Refers to the ability to update the map data (New roads, road changes, speed limits, etc) on your RV GPS for the as long as you own it. Updates to to you RV GPS map data are necessary every few years; this includes new roads, road changes, speed limits, etc. You typically want to check for updates to your RV GPS before any extended trip in unfamiliar regions.
RV GPS data display for fuel consumption, cost, and mileage.
Backup Camera Option:
RV GPS screen allowing backup camera display.