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Old 08-15-2015, 04:36 PM   #1
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Travel Warnings

It would be nice to have information in one spot with regard to places that are difficult to traverse and may cause the unwary some problems.

Some examples: "Black Rock Mountain State Park, Georgia
This last weekend was the inaugural trip in our 5.0 "Day Break" and what a good time we had. 2 families actually visited our campsite to see the camper and lots of folk just stared or took pictures. This is a great camp ground, but be advised that there is a 2 mile climb at a 18 - 20 percent grade up to the campsites and some of the pads were very difficult to get into."

"I should have realized something was amiss when I saw the road signs approaching the pass, warning that trailers weren’t allowed from November until May, but it wasn’t until we had actually started the ascent that we noticed the “Steep 10% grade for 5 miles” sign. By then, there was no place to turn around so we had to commit. Not only was the grade steep, there were precious few turnouts -- which we couldn’t have used anyway without running the risk of not getting started uphill again! Our only saving grace was the fact that there was an older RV two cars ahead of us (he didn’t check the route either ... obviously) who was going slow enough to make us look like we were just in the traffic flow. Of course, at the summit, he pulled over, probably thinking that he was doomed as it’s a 10%, 5 mile grade on either side of the pass. We went down just fine even though there were a few prayers being murmured along the way (and more than a few thanking our lucky stars we had the brake controller). Later, I checked some RV forums and laughed as I read the comments: DO NOT, UNDER ANY CIRCUMSTANCES, ATTEMPT THE TETON PASS IN AN RV OR PULLING A TRAILER. Live and learn."

"Towing through Sonora Pass in California, brakes smoking down a 26% grade. Pretty scary moment.

Towing through the Smithsonian Back Country Byway. Very rough and steep road."

While I also think it would be a good idea to get the Mountain Directory West, it would be nice it know of other situations as well such as very twisty and narrow roads plus to have the information in one easy to find place with labels as to areas as well.

Just a thought.
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Old 08-15-2015, 07:02 PM   #2
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Since two of our offspring are computer engineers working for Garmin, I will prod them about this. I think there is probably a corporate suggestion system for product development ideas. Wouldn't it be nice if your GPS would automatically steer clear of RV-unfriendly routes?

In the meantime, do not under any circumstances drive Old Priests Grade to approach Yosemite National Park! --Liz
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Old 08-15-2015, 07:28 PM   #3
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Automotive GPS-based navigation systems routinely include a setting to indicate the type of vehicle, and change route recommendations accordingly. This does not always include RV, and there are models specifically for RVs that include this feature. Since this is just software, you're actually paying a premium price to get the same product but with some additional software - this is how they get the minority who care about this to pay for the development (including getting the data needed).

The Garmin RV 760LMT is an example of a RV-specific unit. Features include
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RV 760LMT comes with detailed maps for the U.S. and Canada that include RV-related restrictions, such as bridge heights, for most major roads and highways. You just enter your vehicle’s height, weight, length and width¹ and you’ll get routes suitable for your RV.
I don't know if it considers grades, or avoids roads that are narrow but still passable by vehicles of the RV's width. I suppose one could set a greater width than actually true for the trailer, and it would avoid very narrow roads.
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Old 08-15-2015, 08:33 PM   #4
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It would be nice to have information in one spot with regard to places that are difficult to traverse and may cause the unwary some problems.
I agree. I thought there was something like that already, but you're saying there isn't? Major bummer. How does one find out ahead of time?

When I got the Trip Tik for my month-long RV rental from AAA, I thought they would warn me about roads too twisty for the motorhome. Nope, didn't say anything. Fortunately I got through that area just fine, but it was quite the knuckle whitener time.

So, you have a 5.0TA then? Guess you get to update your bio info on the left side of the screen!


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Since two of our offspring are computer engineers working for Garmin, I will prod them about this. I think there is probably a corporate suggestion system for product development ideas. Wouldn't it be nice if your GPS would automatically steer clear of RV-unfriendly routes?
Hey, while you're at it, tell them that when you use the back-up camera that works with the Garmin, it should have a feature where it'll switch back to your programmed route when you take it out of the camera mode. It doesn't. It goes back to the beginning screen and you have to program your trip in again. I ended up using both my new Garmin for the back-up camera and my old one for the route. Not ideal, though, as the old Garmin doesn't show which lane you need multi-lane exits. PITA

I already submitted this suggestion to them months ago, but, of course, never heard from them about it.
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I can't speak about Magellan or Tom Tom, but I have had a Garmin for many years. I affectionately have named it "Stupid" because of all the times it would have gotten me in trouble had I followed its instructions. It once detoured me a mile down the road and then a mile back on the other side on access roads rather than straight through an intersection to the other side. Or the time it tried to send me down a dirt road to a swamp rather than taking the main road to a Kentucky State Park. I keep a salt shaker in the tow vehicle because I now take everything the Garmin says with a grain of salt. And every time I get tthe message that the maps are out of date and upgrade it, nothing gets corrected. Garmin has been in business for several years, but still has a long way to go to truly be a trustworthy product. It's better than nothing, but not much better. I use it more to find points of interest at my destination rather than point to point navigation.
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My Garmin is useful because it does tell me which lane to be in. Other than that, I think it has a "mess with them" feature that randomly decides to tell me to get on or off the interstate or drive 10 miles out of the way. From the reviews on amazon, it seems the RV ones have that feature too.
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We like our Garmin but use other resources as well when on the road. Here is another great resource:

Mountain Driving Guide for Truckers, RV and Motorhome Drivers

We have used the western edition but since we plan to do more traveling we may get the eastern edition. I notice they have electronic options now too.

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Is the mountain guide any good for us Canucks?

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