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Need help deciding which Garmin to get?

Need help deciding which Garmin to get?

Posted by Eric Johnson on Apr 21st 2021

There are 4 Garmin RV GPS units to choose from. All 4 of these units have Garmin’s world class navigation capabilities, but there are some other variations that make each a bit different. The navigation on all 4 units will allow you to enter your RVs height, weight, and how many propane tanks are onboard so that it can then route you on roads that are safe for your RV. Lets look at the 4 different models.

Note: The Garmin 785 is the ONLY model with a built-in dash camera.

ALL Garmin RV GPS 

  • Allow you to put your RV's height, weight, length, etc. in to provide safe routing
  • Provide road warnings to keep you aware of steep grades, sharp curves, weight limits and more
  • Include a directory of RV parks and services.
  • Can be controlled with your voice including hands-free calling² and voice navigation
  • Come with built-in Wi-Fi® connectivity allowing for updates without using a computer
  • Include live traffic
  • Include free lifetime map updates 
  • Include TechnoRV Video Learning Series

Garmin RV 780 | $399.99

  • 7-inch screen  
  • cradle mount which allows you to remove the GPS from the mount
  • 1024 x 600 screen resolution
  • 1-hour battery life

Garmin RV 785 | $499.99

  • 7-inch screen with a rugged exterior
  • built-in dash camera
  • a magnetic mount which allows you to connect and disconnect your GPS from the mount easily
  • 1024 x 600 screen resolution
  • 2-hour battery life

Garmin RV 890 | $499.99

  • a large 8-inch screen that can be viewed in portrait or landscape mode
  • a magnetic removeable mount which allows you to connect and disconnect your GPS from the mount easily
  • 1280 x 800 screen resolution
  • 2-hour battery life 

Garmin RV 1090 | $699.99

  • a large 10-inch screen that can be viewed in portrait or landscape mode
  • a magnetic removeable mount which allows you to connect and disconnect your GPS from the mount easily
  • 1280 x 800 screen resolution
  • 2-hour battery life

No matter which model you choose, you will be routed safely in your RV and have access to the large database of RV-related points of interest.  

Click here to shop all 4 models of the Garmin RV GPS at TechnoRV.

So how do you decide? Here are some questions to ask yourself:

  1. Do I want the largest screen possible for my GPS? If yes, then get the Garmin RV 890 or 1090.
  2. Do you have to have a built in dash cameras? If yes, then get the Garmin RV 785
  3. Do you want the economical choice? If yes, get the Garmin RV 780
  4. Does your passenger want to use the GPS to enter destinations while in motion?  The 785, 890, and 1090 all have a great magnetic mount that makes it simple to remove the GPS from the mount and it auto-aligns when replacing the unit on the mount.  The 780 can be removed, but it is not as simple to use in motion.

What Garmin GPS do we use?

I personally like the bigger screen of the Garmin RV 890, and I like that I can view it in portrait or landscape mode.. When I am driving my RV, I am always taking quick glances at the GPS and I want that screen to be as big as I can get to see the navigation features. Bear in mind that I am in a class A motorhome with a huge window so an 8-inch screen doesn't overtake the dash. Also, because my GPS is not mounted directly to my window and sits on my dash instead, the built-in dash camera does me no good; instead I use the Garmin Dash Cam 46. If you are attaching it to the window using the included suction mount say in a truck or a Class C. the built-in dash cam found in the Garmin RV 785 would work well.

Everyone's RV situation is different so think about what would work best for you. Whichever you choose, know you are getting a great unit! We have tested and used them all and are very happy with their performance.

Click here to shop all 4 models of the Garmin RV GPS at TechnoRV.