Garmin International Inc., a unit of Garmin Ltd., announced the latest expansion to its RV-dedicated navigator series with the introduction of the new RV 770 LMT-S model, according to a press release.
Built specifically for camping enthusiasts, the RV 770 LMT-S offers advanced RV-specific navigation solutions, including free live services with real-time traffic updates, basic weather information and more. The new navigator offers a bright edge-to-edge 6.95-inch display that can be viewed any time of day and is preloaded with TripAdvisor data so drivers can see ratings for popular travel points of interest, such as hotels, restaurants and attractions.
“The RV 770 LMT-S offers a valuable navigation solution for RVers wanting to make the most of their adventures,” said Dan Bartel, Garmin vice president of global consumer sales. “It’s important for RVers to drive without the use of bulky outdated travel sources. This new RV navigator offers relevant travel information for places along your route, including the option to let friends track your whereabouts along a trip.”
The RV 770 LMT-S also offers LiveTrack functionality, a feature that allows drivers to share their locations with friends or loved ones to track their spot along a journey. Built-in Wi-Fi allows drivers to download map and software updates while trip planner settings can pinpoint attractions along a route.
With the RV 770 LMT-S, drivers can benefit from essential customized routing based on the size and weight of the RV or towable trailer and also features a comprehensive directory of RV parks and services that can be filtered based on preferred amenities like onsite water, internet access and electric hookups. Campers will also be guided with helpful RV-specific driver alerts for upcoming steep grades, bridge heights, weight limits and more. Users will receive alerts for sharp curves along a route, as well as fatigue warnings that activate after longer periods of consecutive driving without any long stops along the route. The fatigue prompt asks drivers if they are in need of a break and suggests places nearby, such as restaurants and rest areas. RV users can even alter their routes to include preferred roads or cities by touching the screen with the Easy Route Shaping option.
In order to encourage safer driving, the RV 770 LMT-S offers convenient, hands-free navigation features and voice-activated navigation. Users can also wirelessly pair their navigator to a smartphone to make and receive hands-free calls via Bluetooth and obtain smart notifications. Any text messages, app alerts, and other relevant notifications from a compatible smartphone will appear alongside the map screen.
The RV 770 LMT-S is compatible with the Garmin BC 30 Wireless Backup Camera (sold separately) that lets drivers easily view the area directly behind the RV or trailer while in reverse. Additionally, the navigator works with any Connect IQ compatible Garmin smartwatch, such as the new fenix 5 (sold separately), providing driver alerts directly to the watch as well as compass guidance from a parked RV to a destination, and back to the RV again.
The Garmin RV 770 LMT-S is expected to be available February 2017 with a suggested retail price of $399.99 and will be available through a variety of retailers including Camping World. For more information, visit www.garmin.com.