GPS Basics

Getting to your RV destination is easy with a global positioning system (otherwise known as a GPS unit).  It'll help you save time and makes it easier to find your way to the campsite and home again.

Many different types of GPS units are on the market today. Picking the right one for you depends on which features and functions matter most to you. You may not always be able to rely on your smart phone.

All portable GPS units use satellites to show your current positioning, and offer turn-by-turn instructions as standard features. Screen sizes range in size from 3.5 to 7 inches.

GPS units come with a variety of features, so carefully consider the one that best suits your needs. Some come with Bluetooth® connectivity and built-in speakers for hands-free cell phone operation; some come with text-to-speech capability that converts map text into a synthesized voice that tells you where to turn along the chosen route.

Most GPS units come preloaded with detailed maps of most cities and highways in North America. Some models come with lifetime map updates included in the price of the unit, while others offer map updates as a post-purchase add-on.

Other services, like live-traffic updates, are included in the price of the unit or sold separately as a monthly subscription. These live-traffic updates help you save time by routing your trip around traffic jams, road construction, and accidents.

Points of interest (POI) are predefined destinations that your GPS unit can route you to. These destinations may include gas stations, restaurants, banks, shopping malls, and local attractions. The number of POIs available depends on the GPS unit you choose. 

Some GPS units allow you to plan a best route based on conserving fuel, while others will allow you to add bookmarks so that your GPS remembers your favourite destinations and can route you to them quickly.

Most GPS units come complete with everything you need to mount them in your RV, including charging and data cables. Individual owners can decide where they want to mount the GPS. Some mount it near the passenger seat so that co-pilot can help with navigation, while others prefer the driver to have a clear visual line-of-sight to the unit. Most owner's manuals for the GPS will offer some helpful suggestions to help with that decision. 

For the best selection of GPS devices for your RV, make Fraserway RV your first destination.