Any motorhome owners on here?

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  1. Gofirstclass

    Gofirstclass Well-Known Member GOLD Sponsor

    Apr 20, 2010
    Tri Cities, WA
    1995 550 Sedan Bridge,
    1981 Boston Whaler 130 Sport,
    CAT 3406C's, 580hp.
    As some of you know we're about to make the transition from a boat to a motorhome. One of the things I would like to add is a dash mounted GPS with a fairly large screen. I've gotten really spoiled by the 11" Raymarine I have on the boat and would like to go with something a little smaller than that.

    All I can find on Garmin's website is a 6.95". I already have a couple of that size in the cars. Given that the distance between the screen and my old eyeballs is going to be about twice what it is in the cars I'd like a screen somewhere between 8" and 11".

    Anybody know of a company that makes such and animal?

    Also, for you RV owners, does anyone know of any GOOD RV forums? I'm not looking for the ones where they bash the brand the other guy tows or drives, but sites like this where there is as good exchange of info.
     
  2. Jeremygavin

    Jeremygavin Well-Known Member GOLD Sponsor

    Mar 6, 2012
    Cape Cod, MA
    2011 520 Sedan Bridge
    2016 Sea Ray 19 SPX OB
    2019 Walker Bay Generation 340
    Cummins QSM11s
    Mercury 150 Fourstroke
    Honda 40hp
    I would get a good mount such as a ram mount and use an iPad Pro (pro Because they are larger) with cell service and use Google maps or Waze. Then you end up with real time traffic and routing. Or you could tether a iPad without cell service to an iPhone
     
  3. The Bill Collector

    The Bill Collector Well-Known Member GOLD Sponsor

    Jun 2, 2008
    Tacoma, WA
    1998 450 Sundancer, Achilles dinghy
    3126 Cat's
    +1
     
  4. The Bill Collector

    The Bill Collector Well-Known Member GOLD Sponsor

    Jun 2, 2008
    Tacoma, WA
    1998 450 Sundancer, Achilles dinghy
    3126 Cat's
  5. M Prod

    M Prod Well-Known Member

    Oct 6, 2017
    North Vancouver, BC
    2005 Sundancer 340
    Zodiac Cadet w/FCT console Yamaha F20
    Kohler 5KW Genny
    8.1 Horizons /V Drives
    Yes a must for Waze and the iPad. I have a Navi in my car but instead always use my iPhone 11 with Waze because it’s so much better. Way more intuitive and informative. An iPad with Waze in a motorhome would be perfect.
     
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  6. wyrman

    wyrman Well-Known Member

    Jul 12, 2012
    Tri-Cities, Wa
    2007 310 Sundancer
    Twin 350's, V drives
    1994 18' Bluewater bowrider
    The only problem is he may want directions when there's no cell service.
    I have had a few trips where there's no cell service for hours.
     
  7. The Bill Collector

    The Bill Collector Well-Known Member GOLD Sponsor

    Jun 2, 2008
    Tacoma, WA
    1998 450 Sundancer, Achilles dinghy
    3126 Cat's
    download map in advance
     
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  8. MonacoMike

    MonacoMike Well-Known Member

    Sep 15, 2009
    Indiana lakes and Lake Michigan
    2000 Cruisers 3870
    8.2 Mercs
    85 Sea Ray Monaco 197
    260hp Alpha 1
    Waze is without a doubt the best gps you can get. I think with an account you can set your height. I wish they had a dash mounted Waze device as I need my phone for other tasks.
     
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  9. Havana Shamrock

    Havana Shamrock Well-Known Member

    Sep 9, 2008
    L.I. N.Y./ Longboat Key FLA.
    2005 500 DB
    2008 205 Sport
    QSM11's,
    if your car has Apple car play you can plug in the phone and use waze /music apps etc. and tell Siri to make a call or text etc.
     
  10. play dough

    play dough Active Member

    324
    Aug 29, 2011
    Mackinaw City, Michigan
    1997 330 Sundancer, 7.4L MPI V-Drive
    7.4L MPI Mercruiser
    RVillage may offer some entertainment and information in the world of RV living.
     
  11. Gofirstclass

    Gofirstclass Well-Known Member GOLD Sponsor

    Apr 20, 2010
    Tri Cities, WA
    1995 550 Sedan Bridge,
    1981 Boston Whaler 130 Sport,
    CAT 3406C's, 580hp.
    OK, I am a total ZERO when it comes to knowledge of Apple stuff. Never used them before, not the phones, not the ipad. none.

    So I just looked at Costco for product info and they have basically two models that should work. One with 64Gig for $430 and one with 256Gig for $620. If I bought the 64 gig and will only be using it for navigation will I be sorry I didn't step up to the bigger memory model?
     
  12. techmitch

    techmitch Well-Known Member GOLD Sponsor

    May 1, 2008
    Chesapeake Bay, Middle River/Frog Mortar Creek MD.
    1999 270 DA
    Twin 4.3s W/Alpa I Gen II's
    Whoa, whao, No need to switch to "Crapple"! You can get a good quality Android tablet with GPS and do all that and a "boat load" more.
     
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  13. M Prod

    M Prod Well-Known Member

    Oct 6, 2017
    North Vancouver, BC
    2005 Sundancer 340
    Zodiac Cadet w/FCT console Yamaha F20
    Kohler 5KW Genny
    8.1 Horizons /V Drives
    You'll want it eventually. You may want to download songs and play them via bluetooth from the device. You may want to download books. Not to mention said maps which region by region can add up quick. 64GB in this day and age is nothing really. Just like a boat, buy your next iPad first.
     
  14. Gofirstclass

    Gofirstclass Well-Known Member GOLD Sponsor

    Apr 20, 2010
    Tri Cities, WA
    1995 550 Sedan Bridge,
    1981 Boston Whaler 130 Sport,
    CAT 3406C's, 580hp.
    OK, M Prod, that's enough of plagarizing my "Buy your second boat first" line but I must admit it did make me chuckle.

    I hadn't planned far enough ahead to even consider uploading a ton of songs. We have a bazillion CD's around here that will likely find their way into the RV, and we both have Pandora on our phones.

    But you are correct with your advice about not buying the 64GB model. Thanks.
     
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  15. Gofirstclass

    Gofirstclass Well-Known Member GOLD Sponsor

    Apr 20, 2010
    Tri Cities, WA
    1995 550 Sedan Bridge,
    1981 Boston Whaler 130 Sport,
    CAT 3406C's, 580hp.
    Tech, please tell me more. I've never used a tablet of any kind so no nothing about them.
     
  16. techmitch

    techmitch Well-Known Member GOLD Sponsor

    May 1, 2008
    Chesapeake Bay, Middle River/Frog Mortar Creek MD.
    1999 270 DA
    Twin 4.3s W/Alpa I Gen II's
  17. MonacoMike

    MonacoMike Well-Known Member

    Sep 15, 2009
    Indiana lakes and Lake Michigan
    2000 Cruisers 3870
    8.2 Mercs
    85 Sea Ray Monaco 197
    260hp Alpha 1
    Are the Costco models wi-fi only or can they connect to your cellular carrier? Must have cellular connection IMHO...
     
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  18. Gofirstclass

    Gofirstclass Well-Known Member GOLD Sponsor

    Apr 20, 2010
    Tri Cities, WA
    1995 550 Sedan Bridge,
    1981 Boston Whaler 130 Sport,
    CAT 3406C's, 580hp.
  19. Gofirstclass

    Gofirstclass Well-Known Member GOLD Sponsor

    Apr 20, 2010
    Tri Cities, WA
    1995 550 Sedan Bridge,
    1981 Boston Whaler 130 Sport,
    CAT 3406C's, 580hp.
    See, I'm such a newbie at pads that I can't even answer your questions Mike. I don't think connecting through my cell carrier (Verizon) would be a good way to go because wouldn't that really rack up the minutes?
     
  20. wyrman

    wyrman Well-Known Member

    Jul 12, 2012
    Tri-Cities, Wa
    2007 310 Sundancer
    Twin 350's, V drives
    1994 18' Bluewater bowrider
    Mike, if you're able to go to Costco, find the guy in the wheelchair in the electronics area.
    He knows his stuff, and is very helpful as far as how the tablets and such work.
     

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