Thursday, June 1, 2023


Garmin introduces new RV-specific GPS navigator

The following is a news release from Garmin (slightly edited).

OLATHE, Kan., April 10, 2019 — Garmin International Inc., a unit of Garmin Ltd., today announced the new RV 780 GPS navigator, specifically designed for RV and camping enthusiasts to create experiences one campground at a time. The RV 780 navigator offers a 6.95-inch high-resolution edge-to-edge display that allows RVers to develop specialized custom routes that consider the size and weight of their vehicle to provide efficient routing, road warnings for steep grades, sharp curves, weight limits and more.

The RV 780 includes a directory of RV parks and services along with access to millions of POIs (points of interest) that bring Ultimate Public Campgrounds, KOAs, iOverlander™, PlanRV™ and more helpful features along on the drive.

“What makes the RV 780 special is how well it was crafted to make the most of your overall camping experience by limiting the road challenges that come with driving an RV or camper,” said Dan Bartel, Garmin vice president of global consumer sales. “Having access to millions of RV-specific POIs at your fingertips, connected features, along with road warnings based on your RV profile, can make all the difference when you are planning your next campground adventure.”

The RV 780 arrives road-trip ready with the inclusion of notable sites from leading media brand HISTORY® Network, a U.S. National Parks directory, TripAdvisor® traveler ratings and millions of Foursquare® points of interest. For added convenience, Garmin Traffic is also available directly out of the box with an included traffic cable.

The RV 780 navigator boasts useful features to help the RV enthusiast stay connected and aware of their surroundings for a better travel experience. For example, built-in Wi-Fi® is available to access simple map and software updates. The device also promotes a clear display that details full North American maps and is compatible with the free Garmin Drive™ app. Once the app is downloaded, the device can connect with a smartphone via Bluetooth® for premium access to live traffic2, photoLive traffic cameras, and weather forecasts. Connectivity to Bluetooth also enables the option to use hands-free calling2 and smart notifications2 that can be seen directly on the navigator’s display. The RV 780 is also compatible with the Garmin BC™ 30 wireless backup camera solution to help drivers spot hard-to-see obstructions behind the RV.

The Garmin RV 780 is expected to be available this month with a suggested retail price of $399.99. To learn more watch the one-minute video below.

Chuck Woodbury
Chuck Woodbury
I'm the founder and publisher of I've been a writer and publisher for most of my adult life, and spent a total of at least a half-dozen years of that time traveling the USA and Canada in a motorhome.


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Phil Atterbery
3 years ago

The 7 in 1 stylus is a great tool for those of a certain age. I’m using mine now to make this comment. The soft tips are replaceable by contacting Xtreme. Finally broken down and got one for my DW so she would stop stealing mine.

Brad Teubner
4 years ago

We have the Garmin RV760 LM. I never use it in the RV mode. In RV mode; it will send you hundreds of miles out of the way if it doesn’t know for certain that the road is RV safe.

4 years ago

Lots of bells and whistles. Our experience with our new Garmin confirms that accuracy in Routes and destinations is NOT of great concern at Garmin.
Update? Sure, but you have to buy sd card to do that. Update did not guide us as accurately as our 10 year old Magellan.
Missing lots of very old locations by 1/2 a mile.
Not impressed.

Mary W.
4 years ago

How does this compare to the 770?

4 years ago

What, no drive camera? I was looking forward to a Garmin RV specific GPS. No thanks, Ill just keep using my current Garmin with a built-in camera system. Might need it to resolve an accident some day. Garmin missed a bet on this one.

Dry Creek
4 years ago

I am using the Garmin DEZL 770. It was a gift from my brother who is an O/O trucker. So far I like it. It does have one very useful tool – it shows the locations of shops capable of big-truck repair. If you have a Class A, then this could be a useful tool. I wonder if that feature is included in the RV-specific model?

KT Gillespie
4 years ago

I have 2 Garmin’s and one GS/Rand Mc Nally. I like the Garmin over the Rand, BUT, I hate the computer application “Basecamp” for creating lengthy trips with multiple stops. My Garmin has screen brightness and speaker volume over the GS/Rand, as well as battery life and the traffic aspect. The only reason I don’t switch is the computer app. (My Garmin are not RV/Truck models, so I like the RV features of the Rand)

4 years ago
Reply to  KT Gillespie

I also have 2 Garmin GPs I even use one for a speedometer as the 04 speedo in my F53 went out. It is not a sensor So I use the Garmin for now. I wanted a bigger screen and this just might be the answer if it comes with free map upgrades.

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