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pz

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Rand McNally Overdryve 7 RV review
« on: May 20, 2018, 12:18:19 PM »
I was tired of the GPS system in my Ram and the $150/year map updates so I wanted a map routing solution for Rv-ers. Camping World had the Overdryve 7 RV on sale so I took a chance and am delighted. The unit is an Android tablet base that Rand McNally built their GPS unit on. I rate it 4 out of 5 stars only because the tablet does not support Google Play apps.


Here's what I really like:
  • Large 7-inch screen that even my old eyes can see without glasses
  • The heavy base has the GPS built into it, but even when the unit is detached, it will still find your location with the built in GPS within the tablet
  • Live traffic, weather, and gas prices right on the display. You can instantly see the gas/diesel prices (your choice) in the location icons on the screen.
  • Free lifetime map updates.
  • The digital version of the Rand McNally paper map is available right on the unit, also with free updates.
  • Probably the best part is the "Exit" feature in which you can see all the services available at upcoming freeway exits. I don't know how many times I have passed an exit wishing I had known a particular service was available there only to see it pass by my window.
  • I can plan my trips using Trip Maker on my PC, and it is automatically available on the GPS unit when I enter my vehicle.
  • It works like an Android tablet - I can have multiple apps running at the same time. For example, I like Waze so it is running in the background as I am using the regular navigation system.
  • It displays the altitude
  • A simple screen click and you switch between map and step-by-step directions
  • the unit attaches to the base by 3 powerful magnets which makes it a snap to detach it when you leave the vehicle, or want to use it like a regular tablet. I was pleasantly shocked to realize that the platform is so stable there is little movement even while on bad roads.
  • You input your rig specs so the unit will route you using the best roads for your RV. The specs are so detailed it asks you your rig height, length, and weight.
  • The unit will send music and video to your stereo system
Here are the negatives:
  • The most important one: it does not support anything provided by Google Play services, including Google Maps. There are several apps I like that will not run because they are built on Google services, such as Gas Buddy, Facebook (which will run, but in a limited way), the Good Sam app, and others. If you want to run apps, they have a list of alternative app stores, but even on those, half would not run because they use Google services.
  • You cannot click the icons on the map to see more detail. For example, there are dozens of food icons on the map when you approach an area, but you cannot see what they are without going into the "Exit" feature.
All in all, this is the best GPS unit I have ever used.
« Last Edit: May 20, 2018, 12:23:58 PM by pz »
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Papadude

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Re: Rand McNally Overdryve 7 RV review
« Reply #1 on: Today at 07:45:00 AM »
Hi,
Do you have any updates to this review?  My wife and I are full-timers and need something better than google maps and the nav on my 2015 chevy truck.
thanks,
Guy
Guy
Air Force Retired
2019 Keystone Cougar half-ton 30RLS
2015 Chevy HD 2500 diesel 4X4 crew cab standard box