I have always been a GPS junky, not on the technical side, but more on the usability side. I love a good road trip and the GPS got me to places I never would have found on a paper map. But those early units also got me into a lot of trouble, especially in the RV. I don’t know how many times I found myself confronted with roads that I wouldn’t even drive our Jeep on let a lone a 40′ motorhome. Well thankfully those days are gone with the Rand McNally 7730 RV GPS system guiding the way.
It took Rand McNally quite a few try’s at getting their RV GPS right with early models down right frustrating. But as each year passed, a new updated version gave hope that they would get it right, and the Rand McNally 7730 RV GPS is pretty much that GPS. Now I am not saying that the 7730 is the perfect GPS, I’m not sure that even exists, but out of the big three (Garmin, Magellan & Rand McNally) I feel it’s the best RV focused GPS system available today.
Unlike other GPS systems where you power it up, add an address, and go. You will want to spend a decent amount of time accurately adding your RV’s information as well as setting the preferences to your liking. This is important! Because this information will decide the route this GPS is going to come up with and you maybe cursing the GPS as well as me for recommending it. Two big factors that going into the Rand McNally 7730 RV GPS’s calculations is your RV’s height, weight, length & if you carry propane. I initially set the height to high thinking it didn’t matter and that first trip was a disaster! It had me driving down the most ridiculous roads probably adding 30 minutes to a 2 hour trip. Weight will also come into play as road weight limits may play a role in where this system will allow you to go. So it may take a little tweaking, but once your dialed in this GPS makes RV travel a little more relaxing knowing your heading in the right direction.
Here are just a few of the other great features the Rand McNally 7730 RV GPS has to offer.
- Advanced lane guidance – Be ready for what’s ahead, whether you’re approaching a turn or heading through a complicated intersection
- Toll costs – View estimated toll costs and compare routes without tolls
- Choose your RV from 11 different types and enter height, weight, length, and propane for customized routing
- Junction View with lane assist—Manage complex interchanges in 3D
- Exits Quick View—Display amenities at upcoming exits
- Warnings for speed limit changes, sharp curves, dirt roads, and other potential hazards
- Trails—Record a “bread crumb” path from the campsite, or a favorite shortcut
- Multi-stop trips
- Route comparison—Choose between primary and alternate routes
- “Am I close?” – Counts down addresses as you approach
- Three map views – North up, heading up, 3D
- Lifetime Map Updates
- Millions of points of interest—Travel centers, RV service locations, parks, restaurants, banks, and more
- Thousands of RV parks and campgrounds, including National and State Parks
- Custom POIs—Flexible importing of additional POIs from websites, with customizable icons and text-to-speech descriptions as you drive
- Trip content featuring images and videos
- Rand McNally Editors’ Picks, including Best of the Road® adventures, trips, and getaways
- RV checklists—Prepare for trip departure, campsite setup, or create your own list
- Video input—For back-up or rear view cameras; compatible with a range of cameras for flexibility in display
- Address Book—Sort by name, distance, or date added; create map icons and address book groups
- Fuel log—Track fuel purchases and calculate fuel economy
- Quick Planner—Calculate time, distance, and cost for trips between any two cities