Rand McNally Soups Up GPS Unit For Summer RVers

Navigating around in a car is one thing, but now that the summer is upon us, it's time to think about renting that RV you've been dreaming about, packing up, and driving across the country. Rand McNally has just introduced their newest PND, the RVND 5510, which is described as the first navigation device designed specifically for RVers. The device includes legal (including propane and other RV-only), height and weight restrictions, right or left-turn preference based on eleven different RV types, and a quick reference to the Rand McNally Road Atlas. There's also turn-by-turn spoken and text directions, as well as 14 million points of interest (things like festivals, and National, State, and Regional Parks).

RVer Tools such as Checklists for set up and take down, Maintenance Logs, Trails back to your campsite, and Quick Mileage Calculators are included, and pet friendly locations including parks, animal hospitals, and beaches should help travelers when choosing places to stay.

The unit is expected to ship in North America in June, and is fully operational in English, Canadian French, and Spanish. No word on price, though.

RAND MCNALLY UNVEILS THE FIRST GPS FOR RVers

Navigation device provides RV-specific routing, amenities, and things to do along the way

Skokie, Ill., May 6, 2011 /PRNewswire/ - After extensive research and beta testing in the RVing community, Rand McNally has released the TripMaker® RVND™ 5510 – the first navigation device designed specifically for RVers.

"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.

The TripMaker® RVND™ features:

RV-easy Routing
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, right or left-turn preference based on eleven different RV types, and a quick reference to the Rand McNally Road Atlas. Turn-by-turn spoken and text directions keep the driver focused on the road ahead.

RV-critical Information
The TripMaker® RVND™ features more than 14 million points of interest – including festivals, and National, State, and Regional Parks. 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 Calculators.

Pet friendly locations including parks, animal hospitals, and beaches.

Things to see and do along the way
In addition to routing and tools critical to RVers, the TripMaker® RVND™ features Rand McNally Editor's Pick Content – proprietary data provided by our editorial staff with video and photos! The content includes:

Best of the Road® – 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.

The Rand McNally Best of the Road® program is also being featured this month in a promotion with USA TODAY (for more information, visit www.BestOfTheRoad.com), and in the recently released 2012 Road Atlas.

The TripMaker® RVND™ 5510, available in North America in June, is fully operational in English, Canadian French, and Spanish.

For more information, visit www.randmcnally.com/rvgps.
Via:  Rand McNally
Comments
moo 3 years ago

Well, I bought one. We liked the size, ease of use, mounting, calculator, and quick delivery. There are problems though. Hard as we tried to correct this, it selected routes that AVOIDED NATIONAL PARKS. This is a big glitch and Rand McNally was unable to correct the problem... must be a carryover from the trucking programs for which this unit was originally designed. Towns are not indicated on the screen... Where are we? It does have a note below that indicates then next town. We would prefer to see it on the map. Overall, we would give this a C+ or B- rating.

realneil 3 years ago

Thanks for the hands on review of this.

It doesn't sound like such a great deal to me now.

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