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#1 neilcarol

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Posted 01 September 2012 - 02:50 PM

Rand McNally has their GPS (7701) on sale.

Has anyone used this GPS and how does it compare to the Garmin reg. on truck version?
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#2 RVerOnTheMove

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Posted 01 September 2012 - 04:30 PM

The biggest complaint about the unit is that you can't see the screen well due to the glare.
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Posted 01 September 2012 - 04:35 PM

Compare the 7710 to the 5510.
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Posted 01 September 2012 - 04:38 PM

Bill, I think that is a problem with a lot of GPS units. Does any one make an anti-glare cover for such a small screen? I did take one of my units and made a tunnel like cover and reduced some of the glare. One of my units has a small puck like antenna extension and I can put the GPS down low but then its hard to see without taking your eyes off the road and look for it.

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Posted 01 September 2012 - 06:35 PM

I don't think the problem is as wide spread as you indicate. Most of the units can be seen quite well when sitting on the dash of an RV or toad. The RM cannot and makes navigating difficult if not dangerous. They make a shadow box for it to help with the glare which is the first indication that they knew they screwed up but released it anyway.

There is a 7720 due out soon which first reports are indicating that RM may have fixed this serious problem.
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Posted 01 September 2012 - 06:48 PM

10-4 New one coming out. You might get the feeling that they said lets put it out and after a year go back and fix the problems. Buy the newest unit out for $380.00 and a year later you can spend $380.00 again and get the up new and improved model. Wouldn't it be nice if they gave you a nice trade-in on the first model for the new and inmproved model. Just a thought and wishful thinking.

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Posted 01 September 2012 - 07:49 PM

That's why I am never an early adopter unless that company wants to send me the stuff to test for free. Even then, the work needed to help the company releasing a new product can be quite overwhelming at times and leave you questioning your sanity.
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Posted 01 September 2012 - 11:17 PM

I have one of the 5 inch units. I really like the ease of use. Using the device is more logical than most. I haven't found it necessary to use the owner's manual. There is an issue with glare under certain conditions, but it is by no means "dangerous." Which ever unit you decide upon, make sure you get lifetime map updates for free; otherwise, you will be out some extra cash soon.
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Posted 02 September 2012 - 09:52 AM

Rand McNally has their GPS (7701) on sale.

Has anyone used this GPS and how does it compare to the Garmin reg. on truck version?

I had the Garmin Truck version and now the Rand McNally. I like the RM unit much more as it is, amoung other things, RV specific.
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Posted 08 November 2012 - 05:29 PM

Good math Herman ;-) I got my 7710 from CW while passing through NH last May and as I posted in another forum the battery charging system went south on me on the way back from a 48 day west coast trip. Bottom line, as others have said, the RVND 7710 most probably has at leas some failed units or units which haven't been used long and hard enough to collapse like mine did. My faith in RM can only be restored if they treat me right with a good trade in program to a 7720 which has some nice features e.g. WIFI for instant weather updates and hopefully fixes any know 7710 problems right out of the gate. I hope they do well by their original purchasers on the cost issue as the unit is definetely a great help while driving an RV.
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10-4 New one coming out. You might get the feeling that they said lets put it out and after a year go back and fix the problems. Buy the newest unit out for $380.00 and a year later you can spend $380.00 again and get the up new and improved model. Wouldn't it be nice if they gave you a nice trade-in on the first model for the new and inmproved model. Just a thought and wishful thinking.

Have a good one.

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Posted 09 November 2012 - 11:11 AM

I had the Garmin Truck version and now the Rand McNally. I like the RM unit much more as it is, amoung other things, RV specific.

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Posted 09 November 2012 - 06:00 PM

I have owned Garmins in the past and have never experienced glare problems with any of the screens. They are fully viewable from 160+ degrees. I purchased the RM 7710 because of the RV specific format. It never saw the road. The screen quality was so poor. Even without glare, the screen was washed and dim. It had to be facing you nearly straight on to be seen in the daytime, without the sun in the windshield. I returned it and have a Garmin Dezel. Although the RV features are not as nice as RM, the accuracy is fine, the hardware is sturdy and it performs navigations very well. I am not aware of an available "glare schroud" for the Dezel. I agree that the glare shroud is RM's admission of an inferior product. Shame.
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Posted 23 November 2012 - 08:46 PM

I had the same issue with the RM 7710 ... the charging system failed. I could only charge it with a USB connection to my laptop. At the end of the day after many hours with their Tech support I sent the unit back and they repaired and returned it. I recieved no indication of what they did and have not had the opportunity to find out if it will work. Will head to Florida from Mass in January. I love the unit ... when it works.
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Posted 24 November 2012 - 10:55 AM

Hi everyone, I don't know where everyone is mounting there 7710 gps but I have the visor and the anti-glare film on my 7710 and I have used it for over 15000 miles and I love it. I also have a garmin nuvi 660 that my wife uses on her side of the coach and sometimes one is quicker than the other, but with the RV specific features of the Rand 7710 I prefer it. I love the ability to download any upgrades and maps from my lap-top and I have not had any problems with it over the 15000 miles. Just my two cents Smokeater75.
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Posted 24 November 2012 - 08:19 PM

You can use the anti glare screen material from a laptop or pad and cut it to size to fit the 7710. I am waiting for the new 7720 to come and hoping it will be brighter. Will post when I test it.
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Posted 24 November 2012 - 08:58 PM

I am going to get the 7720 as soon as I can get a good price so please do update us when you get your system. It might save me some money! My 2720 Garmin is now 7 years old and their software is getting worse every year.
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Posted 24 November 2012 - 10:20 PM

Great to hear about both the RM and the Garmin. Could someone please identify the "RV specific features" on the RM, for those of us who remain ignorant?
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Posted 25 November 2012 - 12:17 AM

Check it out here:
http://www.randmcnal...d7720/index.jsp]
Too many features to list.
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Posted 25 November 2012 - 02:27 AM

You add the specifics of your rv and its supposed to pick a route that is safe to travel.
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Posted 25 November 2012 - 12:51 PM

I see where there are numerous complaints related to the RM #7710, mostly related to screen quality and visibility. Suggestions are to wait for model RM#7720. It is available now, does anyone have any comments on this new model? There is also a Model 7715. It doesn't appear there is much, if any, difference between it & the RM7720? Finally, does anyone have experience with Maggellan products?
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