by | Jun 24, 2021 | Z

Last Updated: Oct 15, 2021 @ 1:57 pm.

What's the best commercial-style GPS for a RV? Truck? We interviewed a dozen of our parent readers to find their favorite GPS models. Then we did another 5 hours of research, comparing features and overall accuracy. Here are the ones we recommend.

FYI: We've been reviewing and rating products for the home and families since 1994. To keep things independent, we don't take money or freebies from brands we review! Our work is 100% reader-supported!


Finding the best commercial GPS

Why would you want a stand-alone GPS display? Don’t most phones have GPS?

If you are planning an RV trip, or your job is a truck driver, you quickly realize that smartphone-based GPS only goes so far. If there is no cell signal, you may be out of luck getting updates on traffic and construction.

And since the point of an RV trip is to somewhere often off the grid, relying on a smartphone for GPS can be downright dangerous!

Dedicated GPS units provide several key features you don’t see in smartphones: warnings about speed limit changes, sharp bends in the road and detailed parking info.

One important tip: we’d use both a dedicated GPS and other sources like online maps to check routes. Using more than one source to map out a road trip is smart.

Here are the GPS units we’d recommend:

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Best Tried & True Brand

Map updates at no charge
We like the easy-to-use interface of this GPS, which has warnings about speed limit changes and traffic delays. 5" screen is easy to read.
$350.00

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Best Large Screen

Trucker-friendly parking info
When it comes to screens for GPS units, the bigger the better—and this model has a crisp 7" screen with traffic, weather and even fuel price updates.
$386.99

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Best Budget-Friendly

Supports RVs, cars, trucks and buses
This GPS unit packs an amazing number of features (touch screen, 7" display, bridge alerts and more) at a price that is easy on the wallet. Caveat: could be easier to update the map info.
$78.99

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