Magellan Introduces New GPS for RVers

Magellan will introduce two new GPS devices—RoadMate RV9145 and 5190T—at the 2012 International Consumer Electronics Show (CES), the world’s largest consumer technology tradeshow, at the Las Vegas Convention Center, January 10-13.

RoadMate RV9145

Magellan RoadMate RV9145

Targeting RV drivers the RoadMate RV9145 is loaded with features tailored to the unique needs for these large rigs, from multi-destination routing to RV park guides.

Retailing for $329.99, the RoadMate RV9145 offers a seven-inch screen for RVers and campers. The oversize LCD screen makes it easy to view the screen in Class A motorhome cabs when it’s mounted further away, as well as in lower lighting.

This latest large-vehicle device features the Good Sam Trailer Life RV Parks and Campground Directory, detailing the services offered at almost 12,000 facilities.

Also, the points-of-interest database counts 6 million locations.

Once a destination is selected, the driver can program an entire trip, noting planned stops and side trips along the way. By entering in basic parameters about the vehicle, such as height, length, and weight, the RoadMate RV9145 will route accordingly.

Although it doesn’t have traffic information, the RoadMate RV9145 can offer detour options to get around congestion. It also includes lane assist that can suggest the proper lane to be in for upcoming maneuvers.

The RoadMate RV9145 can be connected to a back-up camera, DVD player, or iPod through an A/V input.

Maps include the United States, Canada, and Puerto Rico.

This isn’t the first large-format navigator from Magellan, but its targeted functions should find appeal among RVers.

RoadMate 5190T

Magellan RoadMate 5190T

The other new GPS device, the commercial truck-focused RoadMate 5190T offers a five-inch touch screen color display, plus customized routes based on your truck’s height, weight, width, length, and HAZMAT restrictions. In addition to the usual multi-segment routing, the 5190T can automatically optimize the route based on a given set of delivery destinations to save time and fuel.

The RoadMate 5190T includes road speed limit data, and also specific truck speed limits, which are often lower on interstates. The 5190T also includes a highway exit category in its 6-million POI entry database for finding truck stops, weight stations, lodging, and rest areas.

Retailing for $379.95, the 5190T includes a tracking log for recording hours of service, plus driving status, hours, and state mileage for IFTA fuel records with an export feature for compliance reporting.

It also includes real-time traffic, Bluetooth, and a speaker system that projects sound at up to 93 decibels—perfect for hearing over the noise of an 18-wheeler’s engine.

The A/V input lets you plug in a backup camera, DVD player, or iPod.

The 5190T should also appeal to bus and taxi operators.



Magellan is a leading portable GPS navigation consumer electronics company. Founded in 1986 and with over 200 key patents in GPS technology, Magellan is recognized as an industry innovator and leader.

Magellan (also known as MiTAC Digital Corporation) is a wholly-owned subsidiary of MiTAC International Corporation and promotes and sells products and services under the Magellan brand name. Magellan is headquartered in Santa Clara, California.

MiTAC International Corporation (MIC) was founded in 1982 with headquarters in Taiwan. MIC is a world-class technology innovator and manufacturer with over ten thousand employees worldwide and locations in the U.S., UK, Belgium, China, and Japan.

The MIC portfolio of companies includes the Magellan, Mio, and Navman GPS brands, making MIC a worldwide leader in consumer GPS products.


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