Rand McNally Introduces All-New RV GPS

Just in time for Labor Day getaways, Rand McNally has introduced its third-generation RV GPS device.

Rand McNally Launches All-New RV GPS: RVND 7730 LM (Credit: Rand McNally)
Rand McNally Launches All-New RV GPS: RVND 7730 LM
(Credit: Rand McNally)

Redesigned inside and out, the RVND 7730 LM provides all-new hardware, a faster processor, two new graphical user interface options, with improved map appearance. Bringing together Rand McNally’s award-winning navigation and new features such as Toll Cost estimates and Advanced Lane Guidance, the RVND device delivers leading-edge technology and tools specifically designed for RVers.

“Rand McNally’s RVND was the first navigation device designed specifically for RVers. With this next generation device, we’ve incorporated an all-new look but more importantly, new features to better help RVers get the most out of their on-the-road adventures,” said Stephen Fletcher, CEO of Rand McNally.

The device features a new, sleeker hardware design with a 7-inch screen—rugged and large for any RV dashboard. Inside, the RVND has faster processing speed, allowing for quicker route calculation, point of interest searches, route comparisons, and screen-to-screen transitions.

New navigation options give RVers more assistance and the ability to further customize routes:

Estimated toll road costs are now included for more informed trip planning.

More Advanced Lane Guidance instruction, combined with an increased number of enhanced Junction Views, goes beyond just turns and shows the best lanes in which to drive when approaching a turn or heading toward a complicated intersection.

Rand McNally Launches All-New RV GPS: RVND 7730 LM (Credit: Rand McNally)
Rand McNally Launches All-New RV GPS: RVND 7730 LM
(Credit: Rand McNally)

And drivers may avoid areas permanently such as heavily congested city areas—or temporarily—to accommodate closures of bridges or other roads.

The onboard mapping has been upgraded to include improved text and road shields, and new coloration for certain reference points such as shopping centers and parks. There are two new color schemes for the maps, giving RVers even more personalization options.

To further customize the devices, RVers can choose between two new interface options—”Ice” (with a white background) and “Carbon” (with a steel grey background). Users also may choose the familiar “Classic” design interface, from prior generations of the device. The new, proprietary, color-saturated icons in the design were created by Rand McNally making features easy to recognize with just a glance.

The 7730 LM device includes extensive updates to features such as:

The addition of the latest Rand McNally Best of the Road towns with roadside attractions, dining, and historical sites.

Rand McNally Launches All-New RV GPS: RVND 7730 LM (Credit: Rand McNally)
Rand McNally Launches All-New RV GPS: RVND 7730 LM
(Credit: Rand McNally)

A complete update of campgrounds—with 1,521 additions—including Good Sam campgrounds, public and commercial campgrounds, and Good Sam-rated campgrounds.

An updated cross-reference to the new 2015 Rand McNally Road Atlas, with emergency and roadside assistance information by state.

A comprehensive update of RV parking including rest stops and welcome centers, travel centers with RV-friendly amenities, and stores such as Walmart and Sam’s Club locations.

In addition, Rand McNally has incorporated new features and thousands of updates derived from “Tell Rand”, Rand McNally’s proprietary feedback loop for RVND users. For example, multi-stop trip planning now provides the detail of upcoming legs of the journey color-coded for easy differentiation, allowing for easy analysis of trip segments. And, with a one-click selection, drivers may hide buttons on the display to provide a larger view of the map.

The RVND 7730 LM includes Lifetime Map updates and the ability to switch over to car routing. The device is Wi-Fi connected, allowing for up-to-the moment information along a route such as current fuel prices, weather, and traffic.

The new RVND 7730 LM device is available at RV dealers and other retail locations nationwide, and in online stores such as amazon.com, bestbuy.com, and walmart.com.

Retail Price: $349.99

Rand McNally Launches All-New RV GPS: RVND 7730 LM (Credit: Rand McNally)
Rand McNally Launches All-New RV GPS: RVND 7730 LM
(Credit: Rand McNally)

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Rand McNally

Rand McNally is the most trusted source for maps, directions, and travel content.

Rand McNally’s products and services include road travel review site (bestoftheroad), interactive travel referral service (tripology), America’s #1 Road Atlas, TripMaker RVND GPS for RVers, IntelliRoute truck routing software and mobile communication solutions for the transportation industry, and the leading geography-based educational resources for the classroom.

Consumers, businesses, truckers, and educators depend upon Rand McNally to help navigate today’s world.

Address: 9855 Woods Drive Skokie, IL 60077

Phone: (800) 333-0136

Website: randmcnally.com

Best of RVing Website: bestoftheroad.com/rv

Best of the Road Website: bestoftheroad.com

Tripology Website: tripology.com/

Lifetime Maps Program Website: randmcnally.com/lifetimemaps

Worth Pondering…

I have never been lost, but I will admit to being confused for several weeks.

—Daniel Boone

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TruckDown Launches PlanRV

In recent years TruckDown, a service designed for the commercial trucking industry, recorded an increasing number of RV owners using TruckDown.com to locate repair services and generate truck routes.

TruckDown Launches PlanRV
TruckDown Launches PlanRV

Turns out the “truck worthy” size of many modern RVs limits which repair vendors can accommodate these units and it can also mean that large RVs are like commercial trucks when it comes to routing around low bridges.

In order to better serve the RV community TruckDown has launched PlanRV.com, which includes more than 45,000 Point-of-Interest locations (POI’s), such as campgrounds, RV parks, rest areas, truck stops, RV repair, and RV towing providers across the United States and Canada.

PlanRV.com continues to follow the TruckDown.com model of being free to use whether people are planning a road trip or looking for a repair service.

Details

PlanRV

PlanRV-logoPlanRV is designed to help RV and camping users find the best POI’s for their RV and camping adventures. In one place you can find the POI’s that will make your adventure stand out and ensure that you have access to the best service providers no matter where you are so that your RV and camping equipment works when you need it to.

With PlanRV, it is also possible for users to generate and save truck legal routes and search for POI’s along the entire route or any given point.

Phone: (877) 300-7138 (toll free)

Website: www.planrv.com

TruckDown Info International, Inc.

Founded in 1997, TruckDown Info International Inc., is a vendor-content provider furnishing service to a range of web-enabled communications devices and hand-held GPS devices. Revenues stem from vendor listings and data licensing, allowing the Winnipeg-based technology firm to provide services at no charge to commercial fleets and individuals.

TruckDown delivers a fast, easy to use system for fleets to locate qualified Vendors, manage their Vendor contacts, and rate Vendor services as needed.

TruckDown is a Vendor content provider to a wide range of web enabled communications devices and hand held GPS devices. TruckDown also makes it possible for fleets to generate and save truck legal routes and search for Vendors along the entire route or any given point.

Phone: (877) 300-7138 (toll free)

Website: www.truckdown.com

Worth Pondering…

If you don’t know where you are going, any road will lead you there.

—G. Harrison

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Magellan Introduces New SmartGPS 5390 Cloud Connected Navigation Device

Santa Clara, California-based Magellan, a leader of innovative GPS devices for vehicles, fitness, outdoor, and mobile navigation announced its new SmartGPS model.

Magellan SmartGPS 5390
Magellan SmartGPS 5390

The new unit, SmartGPS 5390, is a powerful navigation device that keeps drivers informed, saves them time and money, and provides safer navigation. The SmartGPS 5390 also includes free companion apps for either iOS or Android smartphones.

“As a pioneer in the GPS navigation industry, we recognize that in today’s socially-driven world consumers want and need a more comprehensive navigation solution than what traditional GPS devices and smart phones can offer,” said Stig Pedersen, associate vice president of product management for Magellan, in a news release.

“Our cloud-based SmartGPS Ecosystem and SmartGPS device is engineered from the ground up for consumers who desire discovery, relevance, and local awareness combined with navigation.”

Featuring a sleek and stylish appearance, the Magellan SmartGPS 5390 offers a connected car experience for a fraction of the price of a premium in-dash infotainment system.

Harnessing the power of cloud computing, advanced navigation, and a glass multi-touch screen, the SmartGPS 5390 combines the best of smartphone and GPS capabilities.

The SmartGPS 5390 helps users save time and money by automatically delivering the locations of the lowest fuel prices and other real-time valuable local information such as reviews and tips from Yelp and Foursquare, as well as PhantomALERT red-light camera alerts, weather reports, traffic conditions, and much more with no additional subscription or data plans required.

MagellanIn addition, the Magellan SmartGPS 5390 comes with powerful, specially designed iOS and Android smartphone apps that allow users to easily browse and select locations from a variety of sources, then send those locations directly from their phone to the unit, and immediately begin navigating.

Apps are currently available for the iPhone 4S and newer and most Android models.

Sharing information between the SmartGPS 5390 and a user’s smartphone, computer, and tablet is easily and automatically conducted through automatic cloud syncing. This ensures that once contacts and destinations are entered or bookmarked, they will always be readily available.

Magellan’s long-held position as an industry leader continues with the SmartGPS 5390. It is packed with premium features, including a 5-inch capacitive touchscreen LCD display with multi-touch interface, free lifetime map updates and traffic alerts, WiFi and Bluetooth, and highway lane assist.

Additionally, it comes with a Texas Instruments Cortex A8 1GHz processor to support the increased demand for high-resolution graphics and multi-function data processing, 4GB memory to support applications and detailed navigation maps, microSD card slot for storing additional maps, and a microUSB connector.

The SmartGPS 5390 is now available from the Magellan website (SEE link below) for $229.99.

Details

Magellan

Headquartered in Santa Clara, California, MiTAC Digital Corporation, manufacturer of the Magellan brand of portable GPS navigation devices, is a wholly-owned subsidiary of MiTAC International Corporation.

Magellan, the industry leader for innovative GPS navigation devices since 1986, globally markets award-winning products in multiple categories including auto, RV, commercial, outdoor, fitness, and mobile.

Continuing its spirit of innovation, Magellan is developing new cloud-based technologies, wearables, OEM and B-to-B solutions to meet the changing needs of today’s consumers.

Website: www.magellangps.com

Worth Pondering…

I have never been lost, but I will admit to being confused for several weeks.

—Daniel Boone

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Rand McNally Releases Significant Enhancement to RV GPS App

Rand McNally released a significant update to its highly rated RV GPS app, the first such iOS application for iPad designed for navigating recreational vehicles.

rvgps_ipad_splashThe RV GPS app routing considers road, bridge, and tunnel restrictions for propane -on –board, as well as RV-prohibited roads.

In the release, available to all current users, Rand McNally has included significant new features that allow drivers to choose between a primary and alternate route, manage and track fuel costs, and easily search for local information, according to a company news release.

Following is a rundown of the new features:

Real-time fuel prices and logs: With market-leading fuel price data, this feature provides diesel and gas prices at stops along a route or near any location. Fuel prices and fuel stop icons can be shown on the map and in list format, viewable by brand, price, or distance to location. Additionally, the feature includes fuel logs that automatically calculate fuel economy for a route, and can be viewed by month and by quarter.

Integrated local search: This feature expands the ability to find points of interest on the device, using a keyword search, such as ‘burger’ or a category or business name. Once a location is found the app shows a description, address, and phone number. With one tap, an RV-specific route to that location is generated.

Compare Routes: It’s great to have options. Compare Routes provides a primary route and a reasonable alternate, allowing the driver to choose. Both routes are presented on a map for quick review.

In addition to new features, the release includes a full road map update for the U.S. and Canada.

rvgps_app_4_lgThe update includes:

52,000 changes that impact RV routing, including enhancements to parkways, weight restriction and vertical clearance updates.

Significantly enhanced speed limit information.

Updates and additions to numerous points of interest important to RVers such as commercial campgrounds and ratings; overnight parking information; dealer and repair locations; rest areas with RV-friendly parking; dump stations and RV-friendly travel centers.

17,000 new roadside attractions and Rand McNally’s Best of the Road finalist towns.

An updated Road Atlas e-book, as part of the app.

The RV GPS App is rated more than four stars on the iTunes store, and is compatible with iOS 4.0 and higher.

Turn-by-turn navigation is enabled for iPad cellular models, but requires a GPS accessory for Wi-Fi only models.

Details

Rand McNally

Rand McNally is the most trusted source for maps, directions, and travel content.

rvgps_app_5_lgRand McNally’s products and services include road travel review site (bestoftheroad),  interactive travel referral service (tripology), America’s #1 Road Atlas, TripMaker RVND GPS for RVers, IntelliRoute truck routing software and mobile communication solutions for the transportation industry, and the leading geography-based educational resources for the classroom.

Consumers, businesses, truckers, and educators depend upon Rand McNally to help navigate today’s world.

Address: 9855 Woods Drive Skokie, IL 60077

Phone: (800) 333-0136

Website: randmcnally.com

Best of RVing website: bestoftheroad.com/rv

Best of the Road websitebestoftheroad.com

Tripology website: tripology.com/

Lifetime Maps program websiterandmcnally.com/lifetimemaps

Worth Pondering…

I have never been lost, but I will admit to being confused for several weeks.

—Daniel Boone

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Magellan Introduces New 7-Inch RV Caddy Navigator at CES 2014

Santa Clara, California-based  Magellan, a leader of innovative GPS devices for vehicles, fitness, outdoor, and mobile navigation, announced its new 7-inch RV GPS, the Magellan RoadMate RV9490T-LMB, a perfect companion navigator that further integrates the Magellan Cloud experience into RVing life.

The Magellan Road Mate RV9490T-LMB is a perfect companion navigator that further integrates the Magellan Cloud experience into your RVing life.
The Magellan Road Mate RV9490T-LMB is a perfect companion navigator that further integrates the Magellan Cloud experience into your RVing life.

The model provides Magellan’s leading safety, convenience, and trip-planning features as well as additional RV-friendly functions for every size of RVs and any travel styles, according to a company news release.

The RoadMate RV9490T-LMB is on display at CES 2014 in South Hall MP25740, January 7-10, 2014.

“Magellan’s ongoing innovation reflects our commitment to the RV community, who want more on-the-road information and a more enjoyable RVing journey,” said Stig Pedersen, associate vice president of product management for Magellan.

“The RV9490T-LMB features customizable routes per your RV profile, pre-loaded RV specific points of interest (POI) such as the Good Sam Campground Directory, RV Dump stations, real-time weather information and alerts, the cheapest fuel locations, plus premium safety features that optimize your RVing experience.”

The Magellan RoadMate RV9490T-LMB features a high sensitivity touch panel, a brighter and clearer screen, and Wi-Fi and Bluetooth connectivity. This allows for the real-time display of weather and fuel price information and gives users the freedom to choose how they connect, when they connect and what they want to download.

The Magellan RoadMate RV9490T-LMB gives RVers the best navigational tools and features for the safest journey. Pre-loaded valuable RV travel resources include:

Vehicle Profile – Customizable RV routes based on your vehicle type, dimensions, and additional driving preferences to avoid low and narrow bridges, unpaved roads and more.

Pre-loaded RV specific Points of Interest – provides a one-stop RV resource for every aspect of your RVing experience, including:

  • Good Sam RV Travel Guide & Campground Directory
  • RV Dump Station POIs
  • Walmart location POIs
  • Fuel Station POIs
  • Geotag Navigation

MagellanThe Magellan RoadMate RV9490T-LMB GPS navigator includes Magellan’s latest high-end features to make navigation safer and easier.

Dedicated Virtual Dashboard – On the road trip information including Speed Limit, Mile Marker, Direction, Grade, Elevation, and other key metrics.

More Alerts on the Road – Receive customizable alerts to manage your journey along your route.

Speed Limit Warnings

Speed Camera and Traffic Camera Alerts by PhantomALERT

Yellow Warning Signs

Toll plaza Alerts

Free Real-Time Traffic Alerts – Avoid traffic jams and delays before you are in them.

Junction View and Lane Assist – Realistic images of freeway signs and arrows guide you to the correct lane to make driving easier, safer, and less stressful.

Landmark Guidance – Conveniently receive directions using landmarks as your guide, for example you might hear “in 300 feet, turn right at the Shell Station,” making it a more intuitive way to navigate.

Next Two-Turn visibility – Be prepared when approaching the next turning location with valuable information about which lane to stay in or enter.

Wireless Back-up Camera Compatibility – Converts the RV9490T-LMB into a rear-view monitor for peace-of-mind while backing up or parking ($149.99 MSRP).

Users receive fresh, dynamic location based information right on their RoadMate navigator by connecting to either: a Wi-Fi hotspot to pre-load information before they leave home or on the road; or, via smartphone Bluetooth connection when no Wi-Fi connection is available. The RoadMate RV9490T-LMB provides valuable and timely information that enables drivers to make smart choices wherever they go and whenever they need information.

Weather – Dynamic weather map with graphic overlays of temperature, precipitation, or severe weather warning information for your current location, destination, and anywhere along your route. Live map overlays display important information for RVers.

Fuel prices – Find the cheapest fuel prices near your current location and along your route.

OneTouch Favorites Menu – Find your favorite Travel Centers, gas stations, and more in any city with a single touch. Easily create shortcuts to your favorite destinations and previous searches with personalized bookmarks so you can quickly find them anywhere you travel.

Hands-Free Calling via Bluetooth – Bluetooth connectivity turns your GPS device into a hands-free speakerphone.

Highway Exit POIs – Find gas stations, rest stops, or food near upcoming highway exits.

Free Lifetime Map Updates – Drive confident knowing you have the most up-to-date maps and points of interest.

The Magellan RoadMate RV9490T-LMB will be available in Q2 2014 through Magellan’s consumer electronics and online partners including Camping World and Amazon.com for $349.99 (MSRP).

Details

Magellan
Headquartered in Santa Clara, California, MiTAC Digital Corporation, manufacturer of the Magellan brand of portable GPS navigation devices, is a wholly-owned subsidiary of MiTAC International Corporation.

Magellan, the industry leader for innovative GPS navigation devices since 1986, globally markets award-winning products in multiple categories including auto, RV, commercial, outdoor, fitness, and mobile.

Continuing its spirit of innovation, Magellan is developing new cloud-based technologies, wearables, OEM and B-to-B solutions to meet the changing needs of today’s consumers.

Website: magellangps.com

Worth Pondering…

I have never been lost, but I will admit to being confused for several weeks.

—Daniel Boone

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5 More Christmas Gifts For the RVer

Following are 5 more gift ideas on what to give the RVer in your life or even add them to your own Christmas wish list.

1. Big Rigs Best Bets Campground Directory

Big-Rigs-2013-Cover_x-200x300Big Rigs Best Bets Campground Directory includes a blend of 1150 upscale resorts, overnight stays along the interstate, destination parks, and suitable public parks.

Serving the RV community since 2001 with a user friendly spiral bound guide—504 pages, lays flat, quality paper, and large print. All parks personally visited by the authors.

The user friendly guide includes forty-nine states, eight Canadian provinces, a separate Alaska Highway section, selected diesel fuel stops, and notable restaurant tips.

The Directory is also available in an online version—detailed park listings with GPS physical addresses, color maps, fuel stops, restaurant tips, and more.

The 13th edition of the spiral bound book is available for $24.95 + shipping/handling; on-line version is available for $24.95 with a $15.00 annual renewal option with updates thereafter; spiral bound book and online version with a $15.00 renewable option with updates thereafter is available for $40.00

To order Big Rigs Best Bets Campground Directory, click here.

2. Emergency Kit

Fisrt-Aid-KitBuy a pre-assembled emergency kit or assemble one yourself. Be sure to include an American Red Cross First Aid Guide, a variety of adhesive and non-adhesive bandages, butterfly wound closure, gauze dressing pads, gauze roll, triangular sling, antiseptic towelettes, alcohol cleansing pad, antibiotic ointment packs, flashlights with spare batteries, light stick, candles, matches, flares, emergency blanket, a small pillow, scissors, tweezers, gloves, rope, and duct tape, whistle with neck cord, emergency poncho, and hand warmers.

A variety of first aid kits are available from the American Red Cross; to order, click here.

3. GPS Navigation Device

RV9365T-LMB-0-Large-Pop-up-ImageA global positioning system (GPS) is the perfect gift for RVers. A GPS will help you get where you want to go, make restaurant suggestions, and locate a landmark.

Magellan, a leader for innovative GPS navigation devices, has several RoadMate RV GPS navigators to help RV drivers get to their destination safely and stress-free.

The 5-inch Magellan RoadMate RV5365T-LMB and 7-inch RoadMate RV9365T-LMB provides RV-friendly functions and trip-planning features to drivers of recreational vehicles.

RV specific features include customizable RV route settings, car/RV dual usage mode, Good Sam RV Travel Guide & Campground Directory, Sani RV Dump stations, and AAA Tourbook

The Magellan RoadMate RV5365T-LMB and RoadMate RV9365T-LMB are now available for $279.99 and $349.99, respectively.

For additional information and ordering details, click here.

4. Family Motor Coach Association (FMCA)

fmca_logo_smallThe Family Motor Coach Association (FMCA) is an international organization for families who own and enjoy the recreational use of motorhomes. With approximately 85,000 active member families, FMCA is the world’s largest motorhome owners group.

Since 1963 FMCA has issued more than 425,000 memberships to families who look to the association as their source of information about all facets of motorhome ownership and travel.

Membership in FMCA brings with it a wealth of benefits and services including a mail forwarding service, an emergency medical evacuation program, international conventions, chapter and area rallies, and a free subscription to Family Motor Coaching magazine.

FMCA recognizes approximately 500 chapters across the United States and Canada. Many of them encompass specific or general geographic regions. Others consist of FMCA members who own a particular brand or model of motorhome. And still others are based on a common interest, such as music, sports, coach conversions, or amateur radio.

Membership dues are $50 for the first year and $40 per year thereafter.

To join FMCA, click here.

5. National Parks Conservation Association

npca-logo-testBy giving a gift membership, not only do you save yourself from the stress and crowds of department stores, but you’ll help protect America’s most treasured lands.

The National Parks Conservation Association offers gift memberships starting at only $25. Gift members will also receive a fleece blanket as a welcome gift, plus a year’s subscription to the award-winning National Parks magazine.

To introduce family, friends, or RVers in your life to the stunning beauty and rich history of our national parks, click here.

And don’t forget the ultimate holiday gift—a new RV sitting in your driveway!

Please Note: This is Part 1 of a 2-Part series on Christmas gifts for the RVer

Part 1: Top 5 Christmas Gifts For the RVer in Your Life

Worth Pondering…

A hug is a great gift—one size fits all!!!

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Magellan Takes RV Drivers to Their Christmas Destination With RoadMate GPS Navigators

Santa Clara, California-based Magellan, a leader for innovative GPS navigation devices, has several RoadMate RV GPS navigators to help RV drivers get to their holiday destination safely and stress-free.

NewHeroBanner_RV_bgcolor_005c7fThe 5-inch Magellan RoadMate RV5365T-LMB and 7-inch RoadMate RV9365T-LMB provides RV-friendly functions and trip-planning features to drivers of recreational vehicles.

“No matter where they’re traveling this holiday, whether it’s across the country or across town, Magellan has built what RVers need to arrive safely and enjoy the trip along the way,” said Sunnie Tsai, director of product marketing at Magellan, in a news release.

“Our 5-inch and 7-inch RV GPS’ include Magellan’s latest high-end components such as Bluetooth, RV dump stations and next two-turn visibility to make navigation safer and easier this holiday.”

The Magellan RoadMate RV Series gives RVers the best navigational tools and quality attributes for the safest journey.

RV9365T-LMB-0-Large-Pop-up-ImageRV Specific Features: Customizable RV route settings, Car/RV dual usage mode, Good Sam RV Travel Guide & Campground Directory, Sani RV Dump stations, AAA Tourbook

RV Safe Navigation Tools: Hands-free calling via Bluetooth, Junction View and Highway Lane Assist, Landmark Guidance, Speed Limit Warnings, Speed and Traffic Camera Alerts, Next 2-Turns visibility, Adjustable day and night display, Wireless Back-up Camera Compatibility

Easy Navigation On The Road: Preloaded premium maps of the US, Canada, and Puerto Rico, OneTouch Favorites menu, QuickSpell with SmartCity Search, Highway Exit POIs, 8 million POIs, Latitude/Longitude Geotag search, SmartDetour and automatic re-routing, multi-destination routing, Best Parking for small and large vehicles, Free real-time traffic alerts, and lifetime map updates

Pricing & Availability

The Magellan RoadMate RV5365T-LMB and RoadMate RV9365T-LMB are available now for $279.99 and $349.99, respectively.

Existing users of the RoadMate RV5365T-LMB can download a software update from Magellan’s online content manager to experience the newest features this Holiday season.

For more information on the Magellan RoadMate RV Series, click here.

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Magellan

MagellanHeadquartered in Santa Clara, Cailfornia, MiTAC Digital Corporation, manufacturer of the Magellan brand of portable GPS navigation devices, is a wholly-owned subsidiary of MiTAC International Corporation.

Magellan, the industry leader for innovative GPS navigation devices since 1986, globally markets award-winning products in multiple categories including auto, RV, commercial, outdoor, fitness and mobile.

Continuing its spirit of innovation, Magellan is developing new cloud-based technologies, wearables, OEM, and B-to-B solutions to meet the changing needs of today’s consumers.

Website: magellangps.com

Worth Pondering… 

I have never been lost, but I will admit to being confused for several weeks.

—Daniel Boone

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Forest Service Now Offers Digital Maps for Mobile Devices

The U.S. Forest Service now offers access to a variety of visitor maps for people using Android and iOS devices.

download (1)“This mobile app makes it easier than ever to plan your visit to a national forest or grassland,” said U.S. Forest Service Chief Tom Tidwell, in a news release.

“By putting important forest information right at your fingertips, it will encourage more Americans to get outside and explore their forests.”

The digital maps are part of USDA’s work toward reaching President Obama’s initiative to create a paperless government that also provides the American public with better, more accessible information.

Online customer surveys also indicated a desire for more online products and information, such as maps.

The Forest Service is currently working on the first phase of a website redesign, expected to debut early in 2014, which centers on a map-based tool for planning trips onto our nation’s forests, grasslands, and other special places.

The PDF Maps Mobile App, developed by Avenza Systems Inc., is available as a free download from iTunes and the Android Play Store. The app provides access to Forest Service maps, such as motor-vehicle-use maps, which are free while pages from national forest atlases are 99 cents and forest visitor maps are $4.99. Prices are pending for other agency maps.

pdfmaps-header-gwf2The maps are geo-referenced with the user’s location appearing as a blue dot. The app works on iPhones (3GS or newer) and iPads with WiFi+3G. It also works with Android 4 or newer operating systems on devices with at least 1 gigabyte of memory.

Through the app, users can purchase and download professionally created maps that are stored on their devices. They can use the maps based on their location when GPS is available. The maps also will allow users to measure distance and area, find coordinates, open a current view in Google maps, plot place marks, add notes, enter their own data, and add photos as attributes. Almost 700 Forest Service maps are available through the app.

In areas of national forests and grasslands where Internet connections are unavailable, the app and static maps work well if users download the maps prior to their visit. The apps and maps also will be useful for wildland firefighters.

In geographic areas with Internet availability users will be able to use the products with live data. The interactive map is expected to be available on a limited basis starting in March 2014.

Forest Service Now Offers Digital Maps for Mobile Devices
Forest Service Now Offers Digital Maps for Mobile Devices

Paper maps are still available for purchase online at the National Forest Store.

The Forest Service differs from other federal government agencies in how the Forest Visitor map is funded. The Agriculture Adjustment Act of 1938 calls for the sale of maps as the funding mechanism to revise and produce maps for the public. In 1999 the Act was amended to include products available through the web as “geo-referenced data.”

The mission of the U.S. Forest Service, an agency of the U.S. Department of Agriculture, is to sustain the health, diversity, and productivity of the nation’s forests and grasslands to meet the needs of present and future generations.

The agency manages 193 million acres of public land, provides assistance to state and private landowners, and maintains the largest forestry research organization in the world.

Public lands the Forest Service manages contribute more than $13 billion to the economy each year through visitor spending alone. Those same lands provide 20 percent of the nation’s clean water supply, a value estimated at $7.2 billion per year. The agency has either a direct or indirect role in stewardship of about 80 percent of the 850 million forested acres within the U.S., of which 100 million acres are urban forests where most Americans live.

Forest Service Now Offers Digital Maps for Mobile Devices
Forest Service Now Offers Digital Maps for Mobile Devices

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US Forest Service

Established in 1905, the Forest Service is an agency of the U.S. Department of Agriculture. The Forest Service manages public lands in national forests and grasslands.

Address: 1400 Independence Ave., SW, Washington, D.C. 20250-0003

Phone: (800) 832-1355 (toll free)

Website: fs.fed.us

Worth Pondering…

Millions of Americans each year use our national forests to go hiking, fishing, hunting, camping, swimming, horseback riding, and canoeing.
—Ric Keller

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Garmin Introduces First Navigation Device for RVers

Olathe, Kansas-based Garmin International Inc., a unit of Garmin Ltd. , a global leader in satellite navigation, introduced the Garmin RV 760LMT, its first navigator created just for the RV lifestyle.

Garmin RV 760LMT
Garmin RV 760LMT

The device features a large 7-inch screen and ability to generate routes based on the height and weight restrictions of roads and bridges. Users enter their vehicle’s height, weight, length, and width to find routes suitable for their RV, according to a news release.

The device is also preloaded with America’s RV Parks & Services Directory enabling drivers to locate RV parks, campgrounds, state and national parks, and repair shops. The directory offers 20,000 parks and campgrounds in the U.S. and Canada including national and state parks and privately owned campgrounds.

America’s RV Parks & Services Directory lets you search by 20 preferred amenities including pet-friendly, on-site laundry, Internet access, and electric hookups.

The directory also includes more than 14,000 RV-specific service locations, including towing, tire shops, truck stops, and repairs.

Plan your RV trip with BaseCamp desktop software. You can create routes along specific roads and search for points of interest, including local attractions, restaurants, and fuel stops. Then, upload your pre-planned trip to your RV 760LMT and follow along for a stress-free ride.

Garmin Adventures, powered by BaseCamp, is a free, interactive way to record and share your trips. With Garmin Adventures, you can combine routes, waypoints, geotagged photos, YouTube videos and more into an adventure that you share online. Garmin Adventures also allows you to rate your trips, read reviews, and download routes shared by fellow RVers.

Garmin-ad-01The device is compatible with Smartphone Link, a free mobile app that connects the PND to an iPhone or Android smartphone via Bluetooth to receive free and subscription-based live services.

Services include weather, points-of-interest (POI) ratings, fuel prices, real-time speed- and red-light-camera alerts, and photoLive Traffic Cameras, which lets users view real-time photos from traffic cameras across the U.S. to see traffic and weather conditions.

A local search feature lets consumers use their smartphone’s browser to find a point of interest, then send the POI to the PND via Bluetooth for navigation.

RV 760LMT features free maps and updates for the useful life of your device, so routes can reflect the most up-to-date maps, points of interest, and America’s RV Parks & Services directory information.

With the included combination power cable/traffic receiver, the RV 760LMT offers free traffic information for the useful life of your device. RV 760LMT can help you avoid traffic jams and find the detours you need to keep moving.

Spoken turn-by-turn direction technology called Garmin Real Directions guides drivers by recommending turns at recognizable landmarks, buildings, and traffic lights rather than simply by street name.

Voice-activated navigation enables the PND to respond to spoken commands.

Active Lane Guidance with voice prompts prepares you to drive through an exit or interchange with confidence. As you approach, an animated model uses brightly colored arrows to indicate the proper lane needed for your route; a friendly voice offers additional help.

And photoReal junction view realistically displays junctions and interchanges, including the surrounding landscape and road signs along your route.

  • The Garmin RV 760LMT and Travel Planner features:
  • Easy to read 7-inch display
  • Customized RV routing for lower 48 states and Canada
  • America’s RV Parks and Services directory
  • RV trip planning and sharing
  • Lifetime map and traffic updates
  • Wireless backup camera compatible

The RV 760LMT is the latest from Garmin’s consumer automotive segment, a leading worldwide provider of portable navigation devices for automobiles, motorcycles, and trucks. Garmin’s user-friendly PND solutions have innovative features that provide time- and fuel-saving benefits to meet the demands of everyday driving.

Suggested retail price: $399

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Garmin International Inc.
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Garmin International Inc. is a subsidiary of Garmin Ltd., a global leader in satellite navigation. Since 1989, this group of companies has designed, manufactured, marketed, and sold navigation, communication and information devices, and applications—most of which are enabled by GPS technology.

Garmin’s products serve automotive, mobile, wireless, outdoor recreation, marine, aviation, and OEM applications.

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Rand McNally Introduces Outdoor Handheld GPS

Rand McNally introduces its first handheld/bike mounted outdoor GPS device for hiking, biking, geocaching, and more.

Rand McNally’s Foris 850
Rand McNally’s Foris 850

The Rand McNally’s Foris 850 comes loaded with millions of miles of high-quality street and trail maps, a sturdy bike mount, and an easy-to-use interface with on-device help.

Announced at the Outdoor Retailer show, Winter Market, the Foris 850 has been in beta testing and reviews by outdoor enthusiasts since January, the company noted in a press release. Received favorably, the Foris 850 is the result of collaboration between Rand McNally and Falk Outdoor Navigation, a business unit of United Navigation Limited.

Rand McNally’s Foris 850 map screen
Rand McNally’s Foris 850 map screen

“The Foris is designed to provide a ‘trail ready’ experience out of the box with everything included to get outside and go,” explained Dave Marsh, vice president of research and development for Rand McNally.

“Consumers have come to expect turn-by-turn voice guidance on GPS and in-car units, and we’ve brought that feature uniquely to the outdoor market with guidance on trails as well as roads.”

“Other industry firsts include Loop Me, a feature that creates a looped trail with the same starting and ending point, based on the user’s preferred time or distance for the hike or ride, and TrackNav, which creates navigable routes from ‘breadcrumb’ trails,” Marsh explained.

Other key features of the Foris device include:

  • Multiple U.S. map databases on device, including Rails-to-Trails Conservancy, U.S National Park Service trails, National Forestry hiking trails and multi-purpose trails, U.S. National Wildlife Refuge trails, and the national hydrographic dataset, among others (the trail maps are pre-loaded as vector trails, rather than raster images, allowing for navigation and routing vs. just viewing)
  • Millions of points of interest relevant to the outdoor market, such as trailheads, high points, bike shops, recreation areas, and campgrounds
  • Spoken and visual turn-by-turn directions, even on trails
  • Route compare feature that compares three alternative routes, along with their elevation profiles
  • Paperless geocaching through direct integration with geocaching.com; all descriptions, hints, logs, difficulty and terrain level on device
  • Storage capacity for a category-leading 7,000 waypoints
  • Barometric altimeter that shows accurate elevation levels on the map, or along current trail as well as how far to the top of a mountain or other location
  • Trailhead companion software for desktop computers allows geocaches, hikes, and rides to be stored, viewed, and transferred to and from the Foris
  • Glove friendly 3-inch touch screen (240 x 400 pixels) is sensitive enough to be used while wearing biking gloves
  • The box includes bike mount, batteries, an anti-glare screen protector, 8 GB internal memory

The Foris 850 has a suggested retail price of $399.99 and is anticipated to be the first in a line of outdoor market products from Rand McNally.

The Foris 850 will be available exclusively at amazon.com beginning June 7 and at other retailers as of June 21.

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Rand McNally 

Rand McNally is the most trusted source for maps, directions, and travel content.

Rand McNally’s products and services include road travel review site (bestoftheroad),  interactive travel referral service (tripology), America’s #1 Road Atlas, TripMaker RVND GPS for RVers, IntelliRoute truck routing software and mobile communication solutions for the transportation industry, and the leading geography-based educational resources for the classroom.

Consumers, businesses, truckers, and educators depend upon Rand McNally to help navigate today’s world.

Address: 9855 Woods Drive Skokie, Illinois 60077

Phone: (800) 333-0136

Website: randmcnally.com

Best of RVing website: bestoftheroad.com/rv

Best of the Road website: bestoftheroad.com

Tripology website: tripology.com/

Lifetime Maps program website: randmcnally.com/lifetimemaps

Worth Pondering…                

I have never been lost, but I will admit to being confused for several weeks.

—Daniel Boone

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