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bradvoorhees

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Garmin RV 770
« on: July 18, 2017, 07:19:51 PM »
I decided to buy an RV GPS so bought the Garmin 770. It  looked like it got mixed reviews on Amazon but went ahead and got it anyway.
I like the feature of giving warnings of hills and curves , thought a look ahead would help prepare. Also wanted to make sure I stayed away from low clearance situations.

Anyone else use this unit? Whats your take on the use of the RV gps units?
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dkreuzen

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Re: Garmin RV 770
« Reply #1 on: July 19, 2017, 10:03:15 AM »
I upgraded my 670 to the 770 when they first came out. The early shipments didn't have the current/correct software loaded and that caused a bunch of negative feedback. Garmin posted the current/correct software and the units have been working great. I just completed a 6000 mile trip and had no GPS issues.
I highly recommend it.
I also recommend getting BaseCamp and learning it. It is considerably easier to build routes on a computer than to do it on the GPS itself.
Dennis
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bradvoorhees

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Re: Garmin RV 770
« Reply #2 on: July 19, 2017, 03:41:00 PM »
Thanks, just downloaded basecamp
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billwild

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Re: Garmin RV 770
« Reply #3 on: July 19, 2017, 05:09:43 PM »
You will also need to download Garmin Express to download any future maps for your GPS.


Bill

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Re: Garmin RV 770
« Reply #4 on: July 19, 2017, 07:30:07 PM »
Brad, I just bought one from B&H a week ago. Took it out for a test drive in the car and it worked very well. The voice commands could stand improvement. Haven't tried it with the coach yet, but will be taking a three week trip to the Smokies mid August so I'll post a comment about it when I return.
John

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Re: Garmin RV 770
« Reply #5 on: July 19, 2017, 07:31:56 PM »
Dennis, I haven't tried it yet, but it's my understanding that you can export a Good Sam trip planner to the 770. I haven't tried Basecamp yet, but have already planned my trip out with GS. Do you have any idea if this will work?
John

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larrypowellnc

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Re: Garmin RV 770
« Reply #6 on: July 19, 2017, 09:37:15 PM »
I bought the RV660 and love it.  I believe it is just a smaller screen size from the 770.  The trip planning feature is unbelievable and the on the road features (rest stops, gas, restaurants, etc.) are great.  I especially like the Cracker Barrel link.  Enjoy.  Happy RVing everyone.

Charlie 5320

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Re: Garmin RV 770
« Reply #7 on: July 20, 2017, 06:58:30 AM »
My 660 will be here today. After my episode a couple weeks ago using google maps on my phone. My atlas is in the MH now.
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Re: Garmin RV 770
« Reply #8 on: July 20, 2017, 10:45:51 AM »
I bought the RV660 and love it.  I believe it is just a smaller screen size from the 770.  The trip planning feature is unbelievable and the on the road features (rest stops, gas, restaurants, etc.) are great.  I especially like the Cracker Barrel link.  Enjoy.  Happy RVing everyone.

Larry - the 660 is the smaller version of the 760, both of which are two year old technology. The 770 is the newest generation of Garmin RV PGS systems.
John

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dkreuzen

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Re: Garmin RV 770
« Reply #9 on: July 20, 2017, 12:59:00 PM »
Dennis, I haven't tried it yet, but it's my understanding that you can export a Good Sam trip planner to the 770. I haven't tried Basecamp yet, but have already planned my trip out with GS. Do you have any idea if this will work?

Not according to the GS trip planner. It states:

"Export Trip to RV GPS
Download the Dock Software and plug in your Good Sam or Rand McNally GPS.
Click the Good Sam Club Trip Import button and enter your passphrase shown below.*
Once you've synced the trips to your device, turn on your GPS and your trips will be automatically installed.
Then, simply go to Choose Destination and click Multi Stop Trips on your device"



I have been working with Garmin GPS's for the last 15 years and I haven't come across any non-Garmin brand mapping program that will directly download into one of their GPS units. There may some, but I am not aware of them.
Because the maps are identical between BaseCamp and Garmin the 770 there is much better accuracy between the two.
Dennis
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bradvoorhees

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Re: Garmin RV 770
« Reply #10 on: July 20, 2017, 04:59:15 PM »
You will also need to download Garmin Express to download any future maps for your GPS.


Bill

Bill, I just downloaded Garmin express, it stated new updates were available for my just bought Garmin 770 and it would take 2hrs and 2 minutes to load. For now I did not choose the option, maybe later today.
Did you find the same when you purchased your 770 ?
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John Stephens

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Re: Garmin RV 770
« Reply #11 on: July 20, 2017, 05:47:01 PM »
Dennis - now that I think about it, I was probably thinking of the RM 7730. I shopped both it and the 770 and decided on the 770.

Brad - Yes, when I received mine, I already had Garmin Express loaded on my computer from having previous Garmin's and from the time I connected the new unit to the computer to the time it was finished downloading and then installing the updates, it took about six hours. It had firmware updates, software updates and map updates. The maps take the longest. And then a few days later before the first I used it, I plugged it in again just the check, and it told me there was another software update. I am going to assume that until they get all the bugs worked out of it, which has caused many of the early negative reviews, we will be receiving updates on a regular basis. I am planning on plugging it in and checking for updates before I use it on every trip. Of course, that's only once or twice a year.
John

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Re: Garmin RV 770
« Reply #12 on: July 20, 2017, 05:51:03 PM »
Dennis - I downloaded Basecamp but haven't taken the time to learn how to use it yet. Once I create my trip, what do you do to get it to download to the Garmin?
John

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bradvoorhees

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Re: Garmin RV 770
« Reply #13 on: July 20, 2017, 08:11:22 PM »
Dennis - now that I think about it, I was probably thinking of the RM 7730. I shopped both it and the 770 and decided on the 770.

Brad - Yes, when I received mine, I already had Garmin Express loaded on my computer from having previous Garmin's and from the time I connected the new unit to the computer to the time it was finished downloading and then installing the updates, it took about six hours. It had firmware updates, software updates and map updates. The maps take the longest. And then a few days later before the first I used it, I plugged it in again just the check, and it told me there was another software update. I am going to assume that until they get all the bugs worked out of it, which has caused many of the early negative reviews, we will be receiving updates on a regular basis. I am planning on plugging it in and checking for updates before I use it on every trip. Of course, that's only once or twice a year.

Well I decided to install the updates and after  1.5 hours it said it still had an hour 49 min to go. I check back in an hour and it had not moved . Good or bad , I unplugged and am now starting over. This time I am going to leave in all night if I have too. Hope I don't mess this up.......
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John Stephens

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Re: Garmin RV 770
« Reply #14 on: July 20, 2017, 08:58:02 PM »
Brad - the worst thing you could do is unplug before it is finished. Hopefully, all you have to do is start over. How many updates were listed in Garmin Express? I had something like seven including the firmware update. I have learned from both my Garmin's and my Mac's that the best thing to do when installing updates is to do it last thing before going to bed and then just let it work its magic all night.
John

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bradvoorhees

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Re: Garmin RV 770
« Reply #15 on: July 20, 2017, 09:11:34 PM »
Brad - the worst thing you could do is unplug before it is finished. Hopefully, all you have to do is start over. How many updates were listed in Garmin Express? I had something like seven including the firmware update. I have learned from both my Garmin's and my Mac's that the best thing to do when installing updates is to do it last thing before going to bed and then just let it work its magic all night.

John, yeah I read the part about not unplugging. But...😀, something went right the second time around and it stated that I was now up to date. I will follow your advice on bed time to update, this time around it said I needed 1. Any ways, thanks for the links. I can't find base camp app for the iPad , I do have it on my windows puter. Guess I could do a search on google and see if I can download basecamp to the pad.
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John Stephens

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Re: Garmin RV 770
« Reply #16 on: July 21, 2017, 09:36:03 AM »
Brad - I downloaded Basecamp to my MacBook, which I will take with us on our next trip, so if it won't download the trip info to the 770, it's no big deal. I have no idea if it is available for iPad, however, thinking it is an application designed for full computers. But I really haven't dug into it yet, so I don't know that much about it. I'm sure someone on the forum will be able to give you more complete information on it.

Glad to hear the updates went smoothly after the unplug. I always wonder just how much damage you can do by unplugging early.
John

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bradvoorhees

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Re: Garmin RV 770
« Reply #17 on: July 21, 2017, 09:41:56 AM »
I'll be able to report back later today on how it works , my grand daughter wants to go driving around noon today so I figured I would take the 770 with us.
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billwild

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Re: Garmin RV 770
« Reply #18 on: July 21, 2017, 10:00:00 AM »
Brad, that big of an update would be the latest maps for your unit. Feel fortunate that your GPS has a big enough memory to take the new maps into it's memory, many Garmins a few years older could not as their memory chip is too small. You can check which maps you have by looking it up on your GPS under "maps". It should be 2018.20 as that is the newest maps. It is always a good idea to keep your software and maps updated.


Bill
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John Stephens

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Re: Garmin RV 770
« Reply #19 on: July 21, 2017, 10:01:44 AM »
I'll be able to report back later today on how it works , my grand daughter wants to go driving around noon today so I figured I would take the 770 with us.

That's funny. We are ready to leave to drive to Camping World to pick up some water filters before driving 20 miles to get our coach out of the shop. We decided to take the 770 along for the heck of it. We'll be bringing the coach back home and parking it in the driveway until we take off for the Smokies in August. Good luck with your unit.

Bill - one of the reasons we got the 770 was because the Nuvi was old enough that I was going to have to buy a smart card in order to update the maps. They plan obsolescence into these things when they build them.
John

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billwild

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Re: Garmin RV 770
« Reply #20 on: July 21, 2017, 10:07:40 AM »
John, I know all about Garmins planned obsolescence. I had an older unit, Street Pilot that was great in the motorhome with its 7' screen.  I purchased life time map updates for it. Garmin eventually said they were not supporting that unit for maps and so no more more updates for it. So much for "lifetime" updates. I have a Nuvi and I bought a large smart card for it, so it will take all the new maps with room to spare.


Bill
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dkreuzen

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Re: Garmin RV 770
« Reply #21 on: July 21, 2017, 10:19:46 AM »
Dennis - I downloaded Basecamp but haven't taken the time to learn how to use it yet. Once I create my trip, what do you do to get it to download to the Garmin?

It's a simple operation once the GPS is recognized by the computer. Review the Help in BaseCamp and any other information you can find.
Dennis
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dkreuzen

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Re: Garmin RV 770
« Reply #22 on: July 21, 2017, 11:07:45 AM »
BaseCamp FYI's

The maps are identical between the 760 and 770. I base this in the fact that when I purchased my 770 I had the latest maps on my computer from the last update of my 760 and Garmin Express did not need to download any new maps, it installed the ones already on my computer.

When using BaseCamp you need to select a option in Garmin Express to install the maps on the computer. By default it will only install on the GPS. You can re-run Garmin Express to install the already downloaded maps to BaseCamp.

Add functions and tools to the toolbar as soon as you figure out what you are going to use so you don't have to dig through the menus all the time.

One of the biggest issues I had when I started with BaseCamp was how it stored your data. I was used to stand alone files residing on my drive where I would open, edit, save those files as needed. BaseCamp does not use that model, instead it stores everything in a database modeled after the Windows Explorer with folders all under the master folder "My Collection". You can have sub folders but all objects (routes, waypoints, tracks etc.) are stored in Lists that are in a folder. Basically everything you create is automatically saved in the database. Even though it is easy to move objects around a plan to organize the folders is a good idea to start with.

Another thing that will bite you is that once a object is created it can be copied to other lists but it only exists in the database once. For example, say you create a waypoint for your house and stored in a List called "People" which is in the folder called "POI".  In another Folder, say "Trips" there is a List called "2017", you copy the House waypoint to it. Later you decide you no longer want it in that list so you Delete it....wrong. A delete will remove that waypoint from the database, that is ALL occurrences in every list it's in. To remove an object from a list without deleting it you need to use the "Remove From <list>" command. Any modification to a object in one list will also effect all occurrences.

Don't attempt to use the "Trip Planner".

The BaseCamp (Mac or Windows) section of the Garmin Forum is a good place to review.

I do not want to write a instruction manual here, I just wanted to point out some issues I had learning BaseCamp.
I currently have over 11,000 objects in My Collection organized in many folders and lists. A big part of that is a library of RV parks that I have verified location on.
Dennis
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bradvoorhees

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Re: Garmin RV 770
« Reply #23 on: July 21, 2017, 11:54:20 AM »
Thanks guys for the tutorial, really appreciate the assistance since I know just enough techy stuff too mess things up.
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Charlie 5320

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Re: Garmin RV 770
« Reply #24 on: July 21, 2017, 12:23:39 PM »
I got my 660 yesterday and have been playing with it since. Very disappointed with it. I downloaded base camp to my PC and made my up coming trip, send it to the 660 and it changes the route I had on the PC. This thing is no better than the nuvi I had 10 years ago. Certainly no easier to use. Glad I still have a few days to TRY and figure this thing out.

Well I finally got the 660 to take the map I made in base camp. Certainly much more complicated than it needs to be. I did down load copilot to my tab A and it used the route I wanted on the first setup. I was beginning to think there was a low bridge or something on the route I wanted to take, but couldn't remember anything. Been many years since I've been down that road.
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Re: Garmin RV 770
« Reply #25 on: July 21, 2017, 01:43:02 PM »
Dennis - thanks for taking the time to share all that advice about Basecamp. It will come in useful when I try to learn how to use it.

Bill - I still have an old Street Pilot with a 3" screen that I bought around 2007 Don't know why I don't throw it away; it can't be updated anymore. The Nuvi used to be used in car trips, but since we got the coach and now the 770, it will probably also be retired.
John

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bradvoorhees

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Re: Garmin RV 770
« Reply #26 on: July 21, 2017, 06:48:22 PM »
I could not detect any issues with the 770 after I had pulled the plug and started update process over. It worked as designed as far as I could see, we took it on a 40 mile round trip spin. When we came across some dicey areas the 770 would give notice that it could not identify RV area or some sort of message to that affect. It continued to warn ahead of any curves in the road and all street names and fuelling stations. I think I'm gonna like it.
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John Stephens

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Re: Garmin RV 770
« Reply #27 on: July 21, 2017, 08:51:43 PM »
I, too, have noticed the RV warnings when using it in the car but in RV mode. We went to one restaurant and on the way, the Garmin told me it wasn't sure if I would find adequate parking for my coach. Mine doesn't call out the street names or fueling stations, but I think that's the way I have it set up. I like the idea of customizing your screen and alerts.
John

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Stephen S.

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Re: Garmin RV 770
« Reply #28 on: July 22, 2017, 02:41:45 PM »
Heh! I get a chuckle every time my RV760 tells me it's unsure if the road is RV accessible, when the campground is at the other end of that road!! :D
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bradvoorhees

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Re: Garmin RV 770
« Reply #29 on: July 22, 2017, 08:54:48 PM »
Heh! I get a chuckle every time my RV760 tells me it's unsure if the road is RV accessible, when the campground is at the other end of that road!! :D

I also noticed it warns of photo camera intersections.
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