I'm in Pensacola. Sun fried one for sure, possibility readily admitted by tech support, and may have contributed to the failure of the other. Probably successors to my 770 are better.My Garmin has been sitting on my dash for 3 years straight - no problems. Yes, Basecamp has a learning curve; but once you get it, it's great. (Lots of Basecamp Tutorials on the Internet). The newer Garmin units have WiFi built in and you can transfer routes from your PC to the unit fairly easily, I think. I really like the ability to do custom routes and planning on the laptop. Garmin bought up "Ultimate Campgrounds" and have integrated their campground database.
Back about 15 years or so ago, Rand McNally approached the Escapees for assistance in getting some beta testers for their new RV product. I, along with Mark Nemeth and several other well known Escapee folks were part of that beta program and while I can't say for sure about most of those involved in the testing, Mark & I both had a bad enough experience to send us back to Garmin for our GPS needs. It wasn't as much problems with the product being tested as it was the response we got when reporting issues.Well, my Rand McNally RVND 7 timed-out of lifetime updates,
Yes, I really like the Google maps coordinates feature, I can pinpoint the exact location of every turn or intersection then compare to street names, and many other uses.That's where BaseCamp is good. You can find the spot you want as a destination on Google Maps then "move" your destination for the Garmin. I always review my Garmin routes with Google Maps (satelite view) to ensure my route is good.
Been there done that! Came right up to a 8'6" overpass, was alert and able to make a u-turn in the road with adjoining parking area. Not a fun experience but sure educational.Though once Google tried to re-route us because of a road closure, but Garmin alerted us to a a low clearance on google's re-route. We had to find a good route "on the fly" with one or the other whining the whole time.