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A GPS Designed For RVers

May 11, 2011 by Rex Vogel · 50 Comments  
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After extensive research and beta testing in the RVing community, Rand McNally has released the TripMaker® RVND™ 5510 sporting a name that’s almost as long as my motorhome. It’s the first navigation device designed specifically for RVers.

Rand McNally's GPS for RVers (Credit: Rand McNally)

Rand McNally's GPS for RVers (Credit: Rand McNally)

It comes stocked with information that would make a car driver’s head spin. Routing isn’t just routing on the 5510. The GPS also includes height and weight restrictions and turning preferences that are tuned to the type of RV you’re driving. For example, you might not enjoy maneuvering your 43-foot-long motor home around a tight right corner into the Cracker Barrel parking lot. The 5510 will show you a left turn into your destination.

There’s also the question of where to park your house-on-wheels. The points of interest on this GPS are expanded to include RV campgrounds, dealers, repair providers, and travel centers with dump stations.

“We’ve listened carefully to members of the RVing community, who told us overwhelmingly that they would be interested in purchasing a GPS if it provided RV-specific routing, stops, and amenities that RVers need while on the road, and things to see and do along the way. Our new TripMaker® RVND™ line will solidly deliver on these expectations,” said Dave Muscatel, CEO of Rand McNally in a new release.

RV-critical Information

Fully operational in English, French, and Spanish, the TripMaker® RVND™ features more than 14 million points of interest—including festivals, and national, state, and regional parks, and other Rand McNally researched locations. Other key information includes:

  • RV campgrounds, RV dealers and service, parking, and rest areas, travel centers with detailed amenities such as dump stations, propane availability, and more
  • Detailed exit information and available amenities on upcoming interstate exits
  • RVer tools such as checklists for set up and take down, maintenance logs, trails back to your campsite, and quick mileage calculations
  • Pet friendly locations including parks, animal hospitals, and beaches
  • Extra content downloadable with a PC and internet connection via the RVND™ Dock
  • Real-time traffic ready; requires additional accessory

RV-easy Routing

TripMaker® RVND™ 5510 screenshot (Credit: Rand McNally)

TripMaker® RVND™ 5510 screenshot (Credit: Rand McNally)

Starting with a base of award-winning navigation from Rand McNally, the TripMaker® RVND™ 5510 layers on all the information needed to have an enjoyable and safe trip in an RV.

The routing includes:

  • Legal (including propane and other RV-only)
  • Height and weight restrictions
  • Quick reference to the Rand McNally Road Atlas
  • Turn-by-turn spoken and text directions keep the driver focused on the road ahead
  • Safe routing of larger vehicles with eleven RV classes

RVer Tools

The RV-specific tools include:

  • 13,000+ RV parks and campgrounds with amenities such as dump stations, electric hook ups, water, and sewer
  • More than 6,000 travel center locations with information on parking, dump stations, and showers
  • 24,000 pet-friendly locations including animal hospitals, hikes, parks and beaches
  • More than 150,000 places near interstates, organized by exit number— including propane availability, dump sites, RV parking, restaurants, emergency services, and more
  • RV logs and checklists

Road Trip Suggestions

TripMaker® RVND™ 5510 screenshot (Credit: Rand McNally)

TripMaker® RVND™ 5510 screenshot (Credit: Rand McNally)

In addition to routing and tools critical to RVers, the TripMaker® RVND™ features Rand McNally Editor’s Pick Content—proprietary data provided by their editorial staff with video and photos The content includes:

  • Best of the Road® which includes three-to-four day adventures including unique stops, photos of the locations, maps, and more to plan a memorable adventure
  • Regional trips, scenic tours, weekend getaways, and city trips
  • 12,000 researched locations that will make any trip exciting and unique

Details

Rand McNally TripMaker® RVND™ 5510

Cost: $ 349.99

Additional Information: www.randmcnally.com/rvgps

Availability:

In stores by June (just in time for road trip season); to pre-order, click here

Best of the Road: The Rand McNally Best of the Road® program is being featured this month in a promotion with USA TODAY

Worth Pondering…
As you go through life, when you come to a fork in the road, take it.

—Yogi Berra

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50 Responses to “A GPS Designed For RVers”

  1. Carolyn W on May 11th, 2011 3:10 pm

    Does this GPS have road grade information on mountain roads?

  2. T. Millington on May 11th, 2011 5:11 pm

    That is a little on the Expensive side of GPS mapping software. I don’t think I will Stop Thinking when I plan trips and drive. I will stick with my current source for GPS software.

  3. Richard Daniels on May 11th, 2011 5:35 pm

    Sounds interesting. There have been times I have found myself on roads not fit for an RV. I will have to give this some thought, a bit expensive however….

  4. RoadToad on May 11th, 2011 6:11 pm

    Woukd be super nice to have PC & Mac software modules to load into our Tablets. Use our existing GPS sensor and give us intergrated WEb service.
    Kinda like Streets & Trips on steroids.
    Toad

  5. AzYooper on May 11th, 2011 6:30 pm

    I would like to see picture of the map screen. I’m not a fan of these 3-D presentations. I prefer a good old flat, North is up map presentation. Also, with an investment like this, I would like to know what the long term map upgrade policy is. I love my (eight year old) Garmin 2620, but they stopped supporting it or providing new map upgrades. This is improtant for a long term investment. They keep putting in new interstate beltlines in urban areas, particularly, and we need annual upgrade capability on a good GPS.

  6. Anne on May 11th, 2011 6:33 pm

    We are talking RV’ers not millionaires

  7. Martha Wagoner on May 11th, 2011 7:43 pm

    We all have GPS Systems already…all we need is software, as others have said, like Streets and Trips for RVers! And especially something that is MAC as well as PC. There are a lot of IPADs out there and we all need, well, maybe WANT, to use them for full traveling convenience. Even software for a MAC computer laptop would be a GREAT help…Software PLEASE!!!

  8. Geoffrey Pruett on May 12th, 2011 1:06 am

    Will be interested in this unit with a couple of “ifs”, did the software people understand that there are roads west of the mighty Miss and is the users manual actually meant to be read by humans. Current unit, a Garmin, with the latest software upgrade goes beserk on HWY 97 passing thru Redmond for about 2 miles giving such usefull instructions as left turns thru a concrete center divider and right turns into a holding pond. The last major change to 97 is long enough past that sign hardware is starting to rust. No with a reputation for honesty is doing hands on testing on this type of unit, The price is stiff but still within reason is it comes with a satisfaction return policy. Other wise some one else can beta test this. I am in the market!

  9. Lew Pinsker on May 12th, 2011 6:52 am

    Sounds interesting but the Rand McNally web site doesn’t say what countries are mapped. If it includes Canada I might be interested. My current Tom Tom includes Canada and a lot of Western Europe (not that I’ll be taking my 5th wheel across the pond), but the ability to program height of the vehicle and other RVcentric features would be helpful.

  10. butterbean carpenter on May 12th, 2011 7:52 am

    Howdy Rex,

    Get one, make a cross-country trip AND THEN GIVE US an update on how good it is..
    Rand McNally is known for ‘flubs’!!!

    Smooth roads & balmy breezes !!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  11. Steve Wilson on May 12th, 2011 12:38 pm

    The windshield mount places the GPS to far from the cockpit. I called Rand and asked if they had an external antenna their reply was that it was not needed! I’ll believe that when I see it.

  12. Brad Fuller on May 12th, 2011 2:39 pm

    Sounds like a good concept but it needs to be put to the test by some RVers before I go out and by one. The GPS I have now is adequate.

  13. dixie stewart on May 12th, 2011 6:55 pm

    how about map updates? will they be available? road updates are more important than any other travel updates ans some gps systems do not include these updates

  14. Manuel Enos on May 13th, 2011 6:44 am

    Have had a Street Pilot for years and still use it but its maps are out dated and cannot download anymore. Purchased a new Nuvi 1490LMT 3 days ago and am not happy with it. Cannot download truck routes!! Does this Mcnally have Long and Latitude in it and truck routes – we use the truck routes around big cities and for Diesel fuel.

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  16. DAN on May 13th, 2011 3:39 pm

    The PC-MILER 450 GPS unit has been available for about 2 years now and has most of the pertinent details for RVers. It was initially designed for truckers and as such includes routing based on length, weight, width, height, etc. It has detailed functions for recording mileage and time in each state, provides interstate info as well and it is sometimes on special with lifetime map updates included. It too has text to voice capability. I have been using mine for about a year now and have found it to be great. It has the more typical 4 inch screen and costs approximately $232 online. Just wanted to let others know there are alternatives available with a tighter wallet.

  17. Walter on May 14th, 2011 4:00 am

    Did I miss it, or did they just not have the screen size listed? We keep ours in the middle of the dash so both can see it. I agree, updates are very important.

  18. Jeff on May 17th, 2011 10:41 am

    Any idea how it compares to the Rand McNally 710, which granted is a trucker’s GPS, but it is the second iteration of that model and it has a 7inch screen.

    I expect the 710 won’t have dump stations and it has features RVs don’t need, i.e. driver’s logs, but it gives height, length, width etc routing.

  19. D McNeil on May 17th, 2011 5:46 pm

    For over five years I have tried to get someone to listen to what we Rvers really need.
    When on the road in an unfamiliar area and you are ready to find a park ahead of you where do you go? We used the Trailer Life Directory before installing the TL Directory Campground Navigator on my laptop and using a GPS receiver. My laptop is touch screen but the program does not have a on-screen-keyboard. The battery life is short and it still takes a lot of room in the truck. What I think we really need is one of two things.
    A Tablet PC type computer the size & weight of a 10” Ipad with a GPS receiver. The user can install one or more GPS programs such as TL 2011 Directory Campground Navigator for finding RV Parks and Garmin Mobile PC for navigating.
    Rand McNally or Trailer Life to sell RV Park locations as a POI file to be installed on a portable GPS, IE Garmin and Magellan.

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  21. RV Navigator on May 22nd, 2011 8:05 pm

    I think you’ll like the features built into the RV GPS from Rand McNally. It has adjustable routing for every type of RV. This includes the ability to route off of freeways or/and tollways and several other criteria. It has either flat or 3D 5″ display (with north as up as an option) as well as many points of interest actually displayed on the screen during navigation. Many POIs have an icon that actually indicates the type of POI that it represents (fuel, restaurant, campground, etc.). You can also add your own POI files although the built ones are quite complete.
    It also has customizable check lists to make your RVing trouble free – did you lower the antenna, close the steps.
    The maps are US & Canada and includes suggestions for a wide variety of interesting itineraries with scenic stops. Many of these are on the back roads of our vast country. We have found that our Garmin with the latest maps often does not understand the needs of our rig. Rand McNally makes a significant step forward for this underserved market.
    I notice that there is a $70 discount by putting in the code VIP on the preorder web page.

  22. jeff on May 25th, 2011 9:56 am

    Looking on RM web site it doesn’t appear this unit supports Bluetooth which is unfortunate as this should be available to be paired with phones.

    Is it possible?

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  24. Rashard Baker on July 7th, 2011 11:47 pm

    The one big hassle about those systems is getting upgrades on them. Roads and maps are regularly updating and having an out of date GPS is the same as having none at all.

  25. Rhonda L'Estrange on September 7th, 2011 1:53 pm

    Hello

    We are frist time RVers and have used this device in both the USA & Canada. There are lots of functionality gaps in Canada. There are a number of reviews on the link shown below including mine. Will need to cut & paste in your browser

    http://www.campingworld.com/shopping/item/rand-mcnally-tripmaker-rvnd-5510-gps/56741#reviews

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