RV GPS Systems for Trip Planning

 

RV GPS systems can be an indispensable part of your trip planning arsenal. They come in handy when you're trying to find the nearest fueling station, RV park, campground, or other recreational vehicle accommodation. Quality brands like Rand McNally, Magellan, and Garmin GPS each have many features to aid you on your motorhome or travel trailer camping adventure. Browse the Ridge RV listings below.


When you are traveling down the road in your motorhome, or pulling your 5th wheel camper, or travel trailer; you will likely find that a GPS system and/or an analog RV road atlas is beneficial. They will help you reach your chosen destination safely, and on schedule.

These two navigational tools will help you to properly plan your trip. You can easily plot each leg of your RV vacation to ensure things like shortest distance, adequate overpass clearance, gas stations, restaurants, and more.

An analog RV road atlas is always a great navigational tool to have. And, prior to the advent of the modern GPS system, RV’ers used printed road maps like the Rand McNally 2016 Large Scale Road Atlas. These are quite handy, and since they are spiral bound they will lay flat; which makes it much easier to read.

RV GPS Systems Map and Smartphone

As you probably know, these handy reference tools are both still available for sale. They are always great items to include in your recreational vehicle navigation arsenal.

Popular RV GPS Navigation Systems

There are a number of popular brand name RV GPS systems on the market today. The name brands that automatically come to my mind are Garmin, Rand McNally, and Magellan. Of these brands, the most popular RV GPS models, that I am aware of, are listed below.

  • The Rand McNally RVND7730 LM
  • Rand McNally RV Tablet 80
  • The Rand McNally TripMaker RVND 7710
  • Garmin RV 760LMT Portable GPS Navigator (with wireless backup camera?)
  • Magellan RoadMate RV9145-LM 7 Inch GPS Navigator for RV’ers
  • Magellan RoadMate RV9490T-LMB 7” High Clarity RV GPS Navigator

As I said, these are just some of the models off the top of my head. I am familiar with the product quality of these name brands, but the only GPS brands that I have had any personal experience with are the Garmin and Tom Tom brands. And, at this time, Tom Tom does not manufacture a GPS system for RV's.

So, look at the details I have outlined below for each of these RV GPS models. They have some nifty features to save you time, money, and stress when going on your next RV road trip.

Magellan RV GPS Navigation Systems

The Magellan RV GPS Systems brand is a leading brand of portable Global Positioning Systems (GPS). They have been manufacturing portable GPS devices since their founding in 1986.

Magellan is an industry leader. They have created a variety of GPS device series including the Magellan RoadMate, Maestro, Magellan Triton, and Magellan eXplorist portable navigation devices. Additionally, they offer a Smartphone Mobile GPS RoadMate App for the iPhone.

Magellan GPS currently manufactures seven recreational vehicle GPS systems. They are equipped with various features ranging from 7” touchscreens, traffic alerts, lifetime maps, Bluetooth capabilities, and much more.

Take a look at the Magellan GPS systems for RV’s below.

  • ​Magellan RoadMate RV9490T-LMB
  • Magellan RoadMate RV9365T-LMB
  • RoadMate RV 9165T-LM
  • RoadMate RV9165T
  • RoadMate RV9145-LM
  • RoadMate RV9145RV5365T-LMB

Magellan RoadMate RV9490T-LMB

The Magellan RV9490T-LMB portable RV GPS device is equipped with a variety of features that should help to make your RV vacation more enjoyable. It utilizes the Android operating system, and features a 7” HD Glass Touchscreen for improved viewing clarity touch sensitivity.

The RV9490T-LMB is also capable of receiving a variety of local information including data on lowest fuel prices, advanced weather alerts, and much more.

Magellan RoadMate RV9365T-LMB

Among Magellan’s portable RV navigation system offerings, the Magellan RoadMate RV 9365T-LMB Navigator is a great choice for RV’ers. It has a 7" High-definition Touchscreen with Adjustable Day and Night-view Display settings.

The RV9365T-LMB also provides convenient trip-planning features, hands-free Bluetooth operation, RV Sani-Dump locations, PhantomAlert traffic camera alerts, and many more features. This is a feature rich RV GPS navigator that is sure to please.

Magellan RoadMate RV9165T-LM and RV9165T Series

​The RoadMate RV9165T series RV GPS navigator is available in two different flavors, the RV9165T and RV9165T-LM. These two portable navigation systems are, with a few differences, essentially the same. Three of the primary differences between them are that the RV9165T model has no lifetime map update, no microphone, and no pedestrian mode.

The RoadMate RV 9165T-LM RV GPS navigator is a joint effort between Magellan and Good Sam. As is evidenced by its Free Lifetime Map Updates, this all-new RV GPS system was clearly designed with RV’ers in mind. These complimentary map updates mean you won’t have to worry about outdated road maps for the life of your GPS device.

As with the Magellan 9365T-LMB GPS model, the RoadMate RV 9165T-LM also includes hands-free operation via Bluetooth. Another convenient feature is the One Touch Favorites menu, which allows RV’ers instant access to previously saved favorite searches and destinations.

Additionally, this portable RV GPS system sports a 7 inch touchscreen display, speakerphone capabilities, pre-programmed Good Sam Club discount locations, route planning, traffic alerts, and many more useful features.

Magellan RoadMate RV9145-LM and RV9145 Series

Like the RoadMate RV 9165T-LM RV GPS system, the RV9145-LM is also a joint effort between Magellan and Good Sam. This GPS unit also has free lifetime map updates for the life of the device. On a side note, an internet connection is required to receive the free updates.

As with the majority of the Magellan RV GPS Systems, the RoadMate RV9145-LM is equipped with a large, high-definition (HD), 7” touch screen. Naturally, the larger screen makes it easier to see, and easier to use.

The portable GPS navigator has a number of features that will likely prove to be very useful to RV’ers. One of these features is the One Touch Favorites Menu. It allows the traveler to save all favorite destinations and searches. This is great for “quick” access to previously visited attractions. No more having to remember, or search. Everything is a few clicks away.

As part of the team effort between Good Sam and Magellan, this RV GPS provides access to all U.S. and Canada campground locations published in the Campground Directory, and from Good Sam RV Travel Guide. In addition, to save you a little jingle while you are touring the country in your favorite recreational vehicle, the unit provides access to pre-programmed Good Sam Club discount locations.

Also the Magellan RoadMate RV9145-LM identifies “pet-friendly” parks, RV service locations, Six Million Points of Interest, and much more. So, check it out in our listings at the link below.

Magellan RoadMate RV5365T-LMB

As with their larger models, the Magellan RoadMate RV 5365T-LMB is ideal for trip planning. The user can set up customized vehicle profiles with a variety of parameters, which can assist in determining the best routes for your trip.

  • Free Lifetime map updates.
  • Free lifetime traffic alerts.
  • Preloaded with Good Sam RV Travel Guide.
  • RV Sani-Dump locations.
  • Automatically adjusts color and contrast for best night visibility.
  • Spoken street names, and turn-by-turn directions.
  • Integrated Bluetooth.
  • and many other features…

So, if you’re looking for an RV GPS navigator with a smaller footprint, the Magellan RV5365T-LMB might be just the ticket. Check out our listings below.

Rand McNally RV GPS Navigation Systems

The Rand McNally TripMaker RVND 7730LM RV GPS

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The Rand McNally RVND7730 LM RV GPS Navigator is a GPS system that is sure to please most RV’ers. On the technical side of the house, it boasts a 7-inch, TFT High Definition Widescreen, which adjusts for low and strong lighting conditions.

The RVND7730 LM is equipped with video input, which is compatible with a wide range of back-up and rear-view cameras. It has Wi-Fi connectivity, which allows you to connect to a wireless hotspot or mobile access point, to obtain real-time weather information. Moreover, if you are tired of struggling with toll costs, the TripMaker 7730 GPS will estimate those costs. It will also compare routes without tolls.

Additional Product Features:

  • 3D Junction View: - Assists with lane guidance by showing three-dimensional views of complex highway interchanges.
  • Choose your recreational vehicle from 11 different types of RV’s.
  • Enhanced Warnings: - Provides the traveler with information regarding, sharp curves and steep hills, upcoming speed limit changes, and time-zone changes.
  • Real Time Traffic: - Current live traffic enabled via accessory.
  • Rand McNally RoadWork™ Construction Updates: - Helps you save time and money by allowing you to route around construction zones, or add additional time to your route.
  • Expanded Address Book: - Allows for import address book / contact information from other applications, and enables you to sort by distance or name.
  • Cross-Reference to Printed Atlas: - In an instant, the 7730 LM provides you with a cross reference to Rand McNally's analog version of their Motor Carriers' Road Atlas.

The Rand McNally 7730 has a variety of other great features. For additional feature information, and product specifications be sure to consult the product owner manual for complete details.

Product Technical Details:

  • Display Size: 7.0" TFT High-Definition Widescreen
  • Product Dimensions: 7 1/4" (W), 4 1/2" (H), 13/16" (D)
  • Battery Type: Rechargeable Lithium-ion
  • Processor Type: Dual-core processor
  • Device Storage: 8G on-board storage

What’s in The Box?

  • Rand McNally RV GPS RVND™ 7730 LM
  • Windshield mount
  • Vehicle charger
  • Quick Start Guide
  • USB cable
Rand McNally RV Tablet 80 GPS

Rand McNally RV Tablet 80

Another very popular Rand McNally RV GPS System is the RV Tablet 80. It is equipped with a larger, higher quality, viewing screen, and sleek new design. The Tablet 80 GPS navigator has also been enhanced, and upgraded with additional routing tools, and features.

In addition to the points above, the Rand McNally RV Tablet 80 is also equipped with a rather lengthy list of features; as indicated in the feature highlights below.

Product Features:

  • 8” Widescreen IPS LCD Capacitive Touchscreen display
  • 3D lane guidance, which aids the driver at complex, interchanges.
  • Warns of speed limit changes.
  • Create checklists for things like campsite setup, trip departure, and custom RV checklists.
  • Provides alerts for sharp curves, dirt roads, and roadway hazards.
  • Alerts driver of speed limit changes.
  • Displays various amenities at upcoming highway exits.
  • Includes lifetime maps.
  • Estimate Toll Costs & Compare Routes w/o Tolls
  • RoadWork™ Construction Updates
  • 3D Junction View: - Assists with lane guidance by showing three-dimensional views of complex highway interchanges.
  • Fuel Logs: Allows for calculation of average, and current fuel economy.
  • Multi-Stop Route Preview: Displays all the stops of your entire route, at a highway level.
  • Expanded Address Book: - Allows for import address book / contact information from other applications, and enables you to sort by distance or name.

Product Technical Details:

  • Connectivity: Wi-Fi only (802.11a/b/g) (no cellular)
  • Display Size: 8" IPS LCD capacitive touchscreen
  • Display Resolution: 1280 x 800
  • Operating System: Android 4.4.2 (Kit Kat)
  • Device Storage: 16 GB onboard storage
  • Device Memory: 1 GB DDR3 RAM
  • External Memory: Micro SD slot
  • Processor Type: Cortex A7 Quad Core processor, 1.5 GHz5 MP rear camera
  • Battery Type: 4000 mAh
  • Tablet: mini HDMI, micro USB, audio out
  • Mount: micro USB, video in
  • Map Coverage: U.S. and Canada
  • Dash Cam: Rear camera continuous loop recording
  • See user manual for additional features and details.

Included in Box:

  • Rand McNally RV Tablet
  • Powered magnetic mount with commercial-grade GPS boost
  • Quick start guide
  • Anti-glare screen protector
  • Vehicle charger
  • Wall charger
  • USB cable

As with the Rand McNally RVND7730 LM RV GPS Navigator, the RV Tablet 80 has many great features to excite all types of RV users. For more information on the many great features, product innovations, and technical specifications; consult the appropriate product owner’s manual for complete details.

​Rand McNally 7710 RV GPS Systems

The last model in the Rand McNally GPS line is the RVND 7710 RV GPS System. It is equipped with a 7” High Definition screen, and is designed with both the RV’er and camper in mind. Some of the tools and features that this GPS navigator include are:

Product Features:​

  • Routing, which includes height, and weight restrictions designed for the type of RV you indicate. You can choose from 11 types of RV or car, and the number of trailers.
  • Checklists and Logs – Allows you to provide details of vehicle, and campsite preparation and takedown.
  • Points of Interest – Find a variety of parks along your route to include, National, State, and Regional parks. Get detailed information regarding locations of festivals, and other points of interest.
  • RV Specific Information – Find location of rest areas and travel centers along your way. Also, locate RV service locations, RV dealers, and RV campgrounds.
  • RV Trip Tools – Access maintenance logs, mileage calculators, checklists, and more.
  • Pet Friendly Locations – Quickly locate pet friendly beaches, walking and hiking paths, and trails, animal hospitals, and more.
  • “Real-time Traffic Ready” (requires additional receiver sold separately).
  • Trip Planner – Allows you to easily plan everything from little side jaunts, to a weekend trip, regional trip and more. Obtain detailed information on places to visit (includes video and photos).

Product Technical Details:

  • ​Display Size: 7.0" TFT High-Definition Widescreen
  • Product Dimensions: 6 17/20" (W), 4 4/5" (H), 2/3" (D)
  • Battery Type: Rechargeable Lithium-ion
  • Processor Type: Dual-core Processor
  • Device Storage: 8G on board storage

Included in Box:

  • Rand McNally TripMaker® RVND™ 7710 RV GPS System
  • Windshield Mount
  • Vehicle Charger
  • Wall Charger
  • Quick Start Guide
  • USB Cable

In summary, a trip planner or RV GPS system is a great electronic device to have while on the road. It can help ease your navigation, traffic, and other trip planning woes. Take a moment to browse through our listings, and if you are looking for other accessories, and supplies; be sure to take a gander at the other sections of our Ridge RV replacement parts site.