GPS for the RV crowd


It may seem like everybody has a GPS (global positioning system) in their car or truck today, but there are still classes of travelers who don’t. One of these groups is the casual motorhome user. Most RV (recreational vehicle) owners use their vehicles less than two weeks a year. Few RVs less than three-years-old come equipped with GPS from the factory but there are specialized solutions to this gap.

Magellan,, a leader in GPS devices for vehicles, took advantage of the crowds at the recent CES (Consumer electronics Show) to announce its new 7-in. RV GPS, the Magellan RoadMate RV9490T-LMB. It’s a companion navigator that further integrates the Magellan Cloud experience into RV life. The model provides Magellan's safety, convenience, and trip-planning features with additional RV-friendly functions for every size and travel style.

The RV9490T-LMB features customizable routes per your RV profile, pre-loaded RV specific POI (points of interest) such as the Good Sam Campground Directory, RV Dump stations, realtime weather information and alerts, the cheapest fuel locations, plus premium safety features that optimize the RV experience. It features a high sensitivity touch panel, a brighter and clearer screen, and Wi-Fi and Bluetooth connectivity. This allows for the realtime 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.

Pre-loaded RV travel resources include customizable RV routes based on vehicle type, dimensions, and additional driving preferences to avoid low and narrow bridges, unpaved roads, and more. Using geotagging you simply input latitude/longitude information and navigate to your desired location.

On the road trip information including speed limit, mile marker, direction, grade, elevation, and other key metrics are available. The unit can receive customizable alerts such as speed limit warnings, speed camera and traffic camera alerts by PhantomALERT, toll plaza alerts, and free realtime-traffic alerts—avoid traffic jams and delays before you are in them.

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