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Old 04-27-2017, 11:21 AM   #1
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Radio/GPS.... what do you have?

So we are look no for a radio/GPS for our bus. Hopefully it also has connection for rear camera. Do you guys/gals have any suggestions or advice on ones we should avoid? What do you have in your bus and how did you install it?


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Old 04-27-2017, 10:56 PM   #2
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Take a look at the Garmin RV 660 or 770. Both can accept a wireless camera that Garmin also has available. The cool thing about these is that you can program in the dimensions and weight of the rig and it will avoid roads that will get you stuck or in a dangerous situation due to vehicle specs.

As for radios I use a CB, a HF/UHF/VHF Yaesu, and a Motorola APX 7500.
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As for radios I use a CB, a HF/UHF/VHF Yaesu, and a Motorola APX 7500.
I think they're looking at AM/FM/XM/BD/DVD/CD/Cassette/8 Track, not two-way

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So we are look no for a radio/GPS for our bus. Hopefully it also has connection for rear camera. Do you guys/gals have any suggestions or advice on ones we should avoid? What do you have in your bus and how did you install it?
I've heard mixed things about those multifunction units, mainly with the GPS lack of functionality. You'd be better off with a separate GPS and radio head.

And here's the link to the Garmin 770RV. Looks nifty.
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Old 04-28-2017, 06:19 AM   #4
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I didnt bother with a proper radio.. I can get all my Local news / talk stations on iHeartRadio, and all the music I want from my own collection or via spotify / DI.FM , and other streaming or music apps..

a bluetooth module connected to speakers and amps.. no Head unit needed.

I use an ipad mini(cell model with cell not activated) with Co-pilot Truck. and active-traffic.. it is a great little program.

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Old 04-28-2017, 06:53 AM   #5
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I use a Garmin LMT760 RV, it's big and I can put in my own custom POI's. There are a lot of places in west central Indiana, other places I'm sure, that phone gps don't work.

My radio is an old Pioneer double din that has CD and cassette. I like my old tapes.
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Old 04-28-2017, 08:23 AM   #6
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XM... Garmin. Anything that makes noise can plug into our boosted speakers.
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I still find GPS to be inaccurate and more trouble than its worth. We use actual maps(GASP!!!!). Bought a little 300watt amplifier with a 3.5mm input so any portable music device or cellphone can plug right in when we're OTR... Also I can plug run an audio line from my desktop to those speakers and have even more speakers for movies/video games etc. Super cheap, super effective. Did I mention super cheap?
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Forgot, I have XM too. I was one of their first customers.
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Take a look at the Garmin RV 660 or 770. Both can accept a wireless camera that Garmin also has available. The cool thing about these is that you can program in the dimensions and weight of the rig and it will avoid roads that will get you stuck or in a dangerous situation due to vehicle specs.

As for radios I use a CB, a HF/UHF/VHF Yaesu, and a Motorola APX 7500.
What kind of antenna setup do you have for HF mobile?

I wonder if I could pull off a 40m NVIS??
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Like slaughridge85 says, GPS still has a long way to go before it becomes useful for me. Last Sunday I had my GF give me GPS directions twice, and on both occasions it completely screwed up, sending us in totally the wrong directions. Nothing beats a good ol' Del Orme Atlas and Gazetteer for complete accuracy and reliability! I really don't want to be dependent on a system that could be turned off at a moment's notice by the US military, especially if that system doesn't even work for me in the first place.

I recently installed a Rear View Safety 770613 camera system. Wow! I now can't imagine life before having it - it's completely indispensable when backing into a narrow storage space at night when the neighbours' RVs are parked too close and crooked. Well worth it. It's good quality, easy to install, and works very well.

I will soon be removing my radio altogether. It's never worked well, and once I'm away from the LA basin there's only crap stations anyway. I really don't want any distractions while driving, and I prefer to be able to hear the engine and what's happening 40 feet behind me. I like to hear when the fan goes between full and half speeds, when the air compressor starts, and all the other subtle sounds that tell me the bus is healthy and happy. Conversely if something doesn't sound quite right I can immediately check what's happening and hopefully prevent Something Bad later happening. Most mechanical failures give warning, either audible or tactile, so I don't want anything blocking that from me. In the radio's place I will have an OAT gauge, a clock, and a compass - they're far more useful to me than a radio. And there's no nicer music than a big Detroit 2-stroke!

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