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Old 01-20-2015, 07:04 PM   #1
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Buying an RV GPS.

Been looking for a good GPS for our travels and have been looking at a Rand McNally Tripmaker 7735. But it's listed at $550. Yikes! There is almost an identical GPS on Camping World's web site also made by Rand McNally and also listed as model #7735, but it's listed at $330. I don't think this can possibly be the same GPS with that price difference, but just wondering if the brains on this forum have any experience with either of these products. The ratings on the Good Sam modal are not very good.
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Old 01-20-2015, 07:20 PM   #2
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My $129 TomTom works just fine for me. Couple that with maps you pick up at tourist kiosks or by searching Google Maps and that's all I need.
I've used Google Maps to look at a satellite view of an RV park to determine if it is next to a river or next to the dump.
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I have the Rand McNally 7720, last years model. It is probably the best GPS I've owned. I travel with dogs and it has local vet's loaded. It has the Rand McNally dock on my computer for map planning and then downloading to the GPS. It also has the ability to pick up wifi and super impose weather onto your route. My new truck has GPS but I'm not sure if it is as good. Otherwise I'll sell the 7720. it was expensive, but worth it.
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Any thoughts on why the Rand McNally #7735 is so much more than the Good Sam/Rand McNally 7735?
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Before my 4Runner I used an older Garmin both in the car and on the motorcycle and it always got me there. The “new to me” 4Runner has a factory GPS which seems to do the trick and for camping I'll use it in conjunction with an AllStays app.
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Old 01-21-2015, 12:03 AM   #6
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I'm pretty sure the Rand McNally GPS RVND 7735 LM simply is the Good Sam GPS RVND 7735 LM: the Rand McNally web site offers the manual for the Good Sam 7735, and does not offer a 7735 under their own brand in their RV GPS page (or RV GPS shopping page).

Where did you see a non-Good Sam version for $550? FactoryOutletStore lists one for $550, but it is the Good Sam unit; I see no reason this retailer is charging so much for it, unless a lifetime traffic subscription is included.
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We use an older Rand McNally TripMaker RVND 7710 when we're camping in the USA. It has thousands of Places Of Interest (POIs) that are real handy when travelling - such as gas stations, rest areas and campgrounds. It's not so good in Canada, so I also use a TomTom. Whatever you get - check the # of POIs it comes with, and make sure it has lifetime map updates.
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It would appear the 7735 is branded for Good Sam only, and Camping World notes that it's loaded with 2100 Good Sam Parks. You'll likely be guided to those parks, as well as all the other businesses with which Camping World has affiliated.

The reviews of the product on the Camping World site aren't that hot.
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Been looking for a good GPS for our travels and have been looking at a Rand McNally Tripmaker 7735. But it's listed at $550. Yikes! There is almost an identical GPS on Camping World's web site also made by Rand McNally and also listed as model #7735, but it's listed at $330. I don't think this can possibly be the same GPS with that price difference, but just wondering if the brains on this forum have any experience with either of these products. The ratings on the Good Sam modal are not very good.
Hi: batcat... We bought a plain old Magellan N393M-5000!!! Nothin' fancy but pre- Christmas sale at Canadian Tire for $79. Not sure what it'll do, but prolly won't serve draft or Poutine!!! Alf
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Hi: batcat... We bought a plain old Magellan N393M-5000!!! Nothin' fancy but pre- Christmas sale at Canadian Tire for $79. Not sure what it'll do, but prolly won't serve draft or Poutine!!! Alf
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As long as it can be updated, and is good for the USA as well as Canada, and has a large enough screen for you I think you got a good deal!!!
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