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Garmin RV 780 & Traffic

Portable navigator with 6.95" screen for RV drivers — includes free lifetime map and traffic updates

Item # 150RV780

Your RV has a large windshield, so why not complement it with a large portable GPS navigator? Garmin's RV 780...

Your RV has a large windshield, so why not complement it with a large portable GPS navigator? Garmin's RV 780...

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About the Garmin RV 780 & Traffic

Let Garmin lead the way on your next RV outing

Your RV has a large windshield, so why not complement it with a large portable GPS navigator? Garmin's RV 780 portable navigator features a beautiful, high-resolution 6.95" touchscreen display, so you'll always have a great view of your maps and its many other features. You'll be assured of being on the right path with RV-specific routing, built-in Wi-Fi® for software updates, and free traffic reports and map updates to keep you up to date. And built-in voice recognition lets you speak your destination aloud so you can keep your hands on the wheel.

Let Garmin lead the way on your next RV outing

Your RV has a large windshield, so why not complement it with a large portable GPS navigator? Garmin's RV 780 portable navigator features a beautiful, high-resolution 6.95" touchscreen display, so you'll always have a great view of your maps and its many other features. You'll be assured of being on the right path with RV-specific routing, built-in Wi-Fi® for software updates, and free traffic reports and map updates to keep you up to date. And built-in voice recognition lets you speak your destination aloud so you can keep your hands on the wheel.

Garmin RV 780 portable RV navigator

A large-and-in-charge 6.95" screen

This Garmin's 6.95" edge-to-edge display features multi-touch control that gives you easy access to preloaded maps of the U.S., Canada, and much of Mexico. It's big enough to allow flexibility about where you can mount it on your dash or console and still see the maps. RV-specific points of interest will come in handy when it's time to find Wi-Fi or on-site showers — you can even add your own favorite destinations. And with one tap of the screen, Garmin's Up Ahead feature pulls up details for services that lie ahead on your route, including restaurants, gas stations, and more. You also get up to four free map updates per year to keep you current on road changes.

RV-friendly routing

Road restrictions info enables the RV 780 to find the perfect route for your RV. You can build a custom profile with your RV's height, weight, length, width, and trailer details, and the navigator will deliver the best, safest route to your destination on most roadways in the contiguous 48 states and Canada. If you're in a hurry, Garmin includes standard RV sizes which allow you to change your vehicle profile with the push of button. And you can plan trips with multiple stops and save routes for future reference with ease.

The navigator's elevation map tool gives you info on elevation along your route while viewing the map screen. You can tap the screen for more detail about potential steep grades before you hit a hill your RV might not be ready for.

Find RV parks and services with ease

The RV 780 includes a database of RV parks and services around the globe, giving you instant access to thousands of sites in North America and beyond. You'll be able to find RV parks and campgrounds quickly, and you can narrow your search by type of amenities desired, including pet-friendly, on-site laundry, electric hookups, Wi-Fi, and more. You can also narrow your search to include results from PlanRV Parks, iOverland, Ultimate Public Campgrounds, and KOA, as well as European directories. The included PlanRV directory can point you to nearby garages that can help if your RV breaks down or needs service.

Stay abreast of potentially dangerous situations

Worried about possible dangerous road conditions? The RV 780 provides upcoming highway info, such as sharp curves, high winds, and weight limits. You'll also get local info like bridge heights and animal or railroad crossings. If you're in an area with one-way streets or school zones, you'll get a heads-up about paying attention to the speed limit or driving in the wrong direction. The navigator also provides mile marker locations, along with border notices five miles before you reach a new state line or the border to a different country.

Don't let traffic slow you down

Garmin includes a traffic information receiver with the 780, so you can get a comprehensive view of congestion along your route and how long potential delays might be. It'll even suggest alternate routes to get you to your destination faster. And you won't have to pay a penny more for this service over the life of your navigator.

Get more mileage with the Garmin Drive app

You can pair the RV 780 with your iPhone® or Android™ smartphone to take advantage of Garmin's Drive app, which allows the two devices to share information, such as live traffic information, saved and recently found locations, where you parked, and your current destination. The Drive app also provides smart notifications to your navigator for incoming calls and texts so you won't miss anything important. You can also subscribe to dynamic services from Garmin for more road-friendly content like advanced weather reports, live parking, and traffic camera locations for an additional fee.

Points of interest via Foursquare® and TripAdvisor®

This Garmin comes with crowd-sourced points of interest from TripAdvisor and Foursquare, giving you user-verified info for millions of stops along America's roadways. You'll find the most relevant and popular hotels, restaurants, and roadside attractions within seconds, many with TripAdvisor ratings.

Speak your way to your destination

You can activate the RV 780's guidance by using your voice — simply speak one of its recognizable commands and it'll get started. Hit the road without using your hands for safer exploring.

Easy-to-follow directions right to your ears

The powerful built-in speaker overcomes engine noise so you can hear about upcoming maneuvers. The navigator offers Garmin Real Directions with Garmin Real Voice, a combination that helps keep you relaxed as you drive. Real Directions voice prompts speak the instructions to you like a friend would, using easy-to-see landmarks, buildings and businesses, and traffic lights, rather than streets with tiny signs that you might not see in time. With Real Voice technology, you'll hear directions spoken in a personable, human-sounding voice that you'll comprehend readily.

Garmin RV 780 portable RV navigator

Keep on course

Active Lane Guidance shows you colored arrows for the correct lane for an upcoming turn, while 3-D representations of buildings and terrain help give you a better perspective of where you are. You'll see these visual features in a split-screen with your overall route so you won't lose sight of what's further down the road. This Garmin's also compatible with the optional Garmin BC 30 wireless rear-view camera, so you can add an extra layer of safety when you're backing up.

Convenient Bluetooth® compatibility

The Garmin's built-in Bluetooth connectivity allows you to conduct phone calls hands-free with your compatible phone. You can keep in touch with friends and family without diverting your attention from the road ahead. Most points of interest in Garmin's database include the phone numbers, so you can call ahead to make reservations at restaurants or check availability at nearby campgrounds.

Update easily with built-in Wi-Fi

Nobody wants to hook their navigator up to their computer when it's time to get a map update or other software change. With built-in Wi-Fi connectivity you can perform updates from your vehicle, so long as you're connected to a Wi-Fi signal or a public hotspot that doesn't require a web browser sign-in.


Product highlights:

  • portable GPS navigator for RVs
  • 6.95" (1024 x 600 pixels) edge-to-edge display with pinch-to-zoom touchscreen control
  • includes Garmin Traffic service for life
  • nüMaps Lifetime subscription (receive up to 4 map updates per year without additional fees)
  • suction-cup windshield mount
  • car power adapter with built-in traffic receiver, micro-USB cable, and built-in rechargeable battery with up to 1 hour of life
Navigation Features:
  • millions of points of interest (allows custom points of interest)
  • preloaded with maps for the United States, Canada, and much of Mexico
  • accepts spoken commands and voice address entry
  • includes RV-specific features:
    • routing for large vehicles and RV parks and services directories
    • allows RV-specific restrictions when routing in the 48 contiguous United States and Canada
    • RV-specific campground and services directories
    • elevation profile map tool displays possible steep grades along route
  • includes TripAdvisor and Foursquare points of interest
  • Garmin Real Directions
    • gives instructions using landmarks, buildings, and traffic signals
    • Real Voice announces directions in human-like voice
    • text-to-speech voice prompts announce actual road names at turns
  • Easy Route Shaping allows simple one-touch route modification
  • Up Ahead feature informs of nearby services
  • Active Lane Guidance with voice prompts
  • 3-D buildings and terrain
  • speed limit and school zone indicators
  • trip computer
  • periodic break reminders
  • multi-destination routing: route optimization
  • transport modes: auto, truck, RV
  • Bluetooth for making and receiving hands-free calls with your compatible phone
  • Wi-Fi for wireless software and map updates
  • allows Foursquare check-ins via connected smartphone
  • works with Garmin Drive app for iPhone and Android phones — includes Garmin Traffic updates and other dynamic services (live parking updates, advanced weather reports, and traffic camera locations)
  • smart text and call notifications via Garmin Drive app
Other Features and Specs:

What's in the box:

  • Portable navigation device for RVs (w/6.95" LCD)
  • Universal bracket mount
  • Suction cup mount (2.2" diameter)
  • TA20 Car charger with attached 68" cable (Right-angle Mini-B 2.0 USB plug)
  • 20" USB cable (Type A USB on one end and Mini B 2.0 USB on the other end)
  • Setup and Configuration sheet
  • Important Safety and Product Information

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General Features
Navigation Features

General Features

Overview: The Garmin RV 780 is a portable GPS navigation device that provides automatic routing and turn-by-turn voice directions. It is designed for recreational vehicles (RVs), and includes customized RV routing for the United States, Mexico, and Canada. The unit includes subscription-free, lifetime traffic updates and free lifetime map updates. With built-in Bluetooth, you can make and receive hands-free phone calls through a Bluetooth-enabled phone, plus receive live services through a free Garmin Drive app.

6.95" Touchscreen LCD: The RV 780 features a large 6.95" edge-to-edge touchscreen display with a resolution of 1024 x 600 pixels. It has multi-touch technology to let you zoom in and out of the map with a pinch-type motion.

Preloaded Maps: The RV 780 contains HERE's City Navigator North America NT 2019 maps. Maps includes detailed coverage of the United States, Mexico, and Canada. In addition, the device has several map features specifically designed for RVs and camping, such as a directory of RV parks and services, National Parks, and public campgrounds.

Free Lifetime Map Updates: The RV 780 offers free lifetime map updates so you'll always have the most up-to-date maps, POIs, and navigation information. Map updates are available for download up to 4 times a year with no subscription or update fees and no expiration dates. Map updates can be obtained by connecting the device to a Wi-Fi network and directly download the maps, or connect the device to your computer and obtain the updates through Garmin Express.

Wi-Fi Compatible: You can keep the device updated with the latest maps and software without connecting it to a computer. When connected to a Wi-Fi network, the device checks for available updates, and displays an icon on the screen. The connected network is added to the list of saved networks, and will reconnect automatically when it is within range.

Garmin Express: You can connect the unit to your computer with the supplied USB cable for downloading map updates, custom POIs, voices, and vehicles. You will need to download the Garmin Express software to update your maps and register the unit. Garmin Express requires Windows 7 SP1 or newer or Mac OS X 10.11 or higher.

RV Parks and Services Directory: The Garmin RV 780 includes a directory of thousands of RV parks and campgrounds, as well as service locations in the coverage area. You can search for sites with various amenities, including hookups (full, electric, water, pull-throughs, dump stations), accessibility (pet-friendly, handicap, big-rigs), recreational (boating, fishing, swimming, cable TV, internet), and service (truck stops, towing, repairs, tires). Additional content from Ultimate Public Campgrounds, KOA, iOverlander, and PlanRV.

Customized RV Routing: The included maps feature RV-related restrictions, such as bridge heights, and related information for most major highways. After entering your RV's dimensions (height, weight, width, and length), the device will find routes that are suitable for your RV. While traveling, the unit will display the elevation grade of your current route.

Avoidances: You can program the unit to avoid certain things that may be undesirable on your route. The device can avoid areas with environmental or emissions restrictions that may apply to your vehicle. Other examples of things that can be avoided include U-Turns, Highways, Carpool Lanes, Unpaved Roads, and Ferries. You can also add Custom Avoidances for certain areas and roads.

Bluetooth: The RV 780 has built-in Bluetooth technology. This allows you to sync the unit with a Bluetooth-enabled device for hands-free calling through its integrated microphone and speaker. You can make and receive phone calls as long as the devices are within 33 feet and paired.

microSD Card Slot: The RV 780 has a microSD card slot so you can store and use optional City Navigator maps (available from Garmin), or download and save vehicle icons from the Garmin Garage. The unit will accept microSD cards from 4 to 32 GB.

Universal Windshield Mount: The unit comes with the Garmin Universal Bracket mount with a suction cup that holds the unit securely in place on the windshield. If you wish to mount the unit elsewhere, a number of optional mounts are available, including a friction dash mount, and a premium suction cup mount.

Power Requirements: The Garmin RV 780 is powered by your vehicle's battery using the included 12-volt cigarette lighter power adapter. The built-in Lithium-Ion battery will provide up to 1 hour of use after a full charge.

Optional Backup Cameras: There are a couple of optional backup cameras that you can add to the RV 780 to help you see what's behind your vehicle when backing up. The new Garmin BC40 wireless backup camera can pair via Wi-Fi to the RV 780 and transmit a clear view from the rear of your RV. The BC40 is battery operated, so it doesn't require a separate power supply. The Garmin BC30 wireless backup camera has separate transmitter and receiver and operates on the 2.4 GHz ISM radio band. If you use the device with the BC30, the camera's power cable will be used to power the navigation device.

Navigation Features

Garmin Real Directions/Garmin Real Voice: The RV 780 features Garmin Real Directions with easy-to-understand driving directions using recognizable landmarks, buildings, and traffic lights, in addition to spoken street names.

Note: Only those voices marked "Speaks Garmin Real Directions" will speak specific street names.

Voice Command: You can use your voice to activate and operate the RV 780 . Voice Command allows you to use the device by speaking words and commands and following the voice prompts. After speaking a predetermined Wakeup Phrase, you can enter the names and/or address of popular, well-known locations. If necessary, you can disable voice prompts without muting the device, so you'll still hear the audible directions as you travel.

Garmin Drive: Garmin Drive is a smartphone application that allows the device to download live data using your phone's data connection, and transferring the data wirelessly via Bluetooth. The free Garmin Drive app provides access to real-time services, such as live traffic, basic weather and live parking. Where available, photoLive traffic cameras let you view live photos of more than 10,000 traffic cameras to see traffic and weather conditions. Notifications from your smartphone, such as text messages, calendar reminders, or app alerts, are sent to the RV 780 for viewing. Garmin Drive is compatible with devices running iOS 11.3 or later, or Android 6.0 or higher.

Garmin Traffic: Traffic reports help you avoid tie-ups that may delay your travel. Here (formerly NAVTEQ) collects, processes, and distributes real-time traffic conditions. Two traffic services are available with the RV 780: Live Traffic and Garmin Traffic. If you pair the RV 780 with your Bluetooth-enabled smartphone, and use the free Garmin Drive app, you can receive Live Traffic information through the app. Live Traffic data is updated minute-by-minute, and the alerts are fairly specific ("Stalled car in left lane." "Debris in roadway"). When the included TA20 Car Charger is used with the RV 780, Garmin Traffic information is received by the device and displayed on the screen. Garmin Traffic data is updated every five minutes, and the warnings are more generic ("Slow traffic ahead." "Accident ahead.").

Points of Interest: The built-in maps include millions of Points of Interest (POIs) from the vast Foresquare database, such as hotels, restaurants, gas stations, attractions, and ATMs. With the help of TripAdvisor, the world's largest travel site, you can view ratings for many of your destinations.

Active Lane Guidance: Active Lane Guidance with voice prompts lets you know in advance which lane you should to be in to make an upcoming turn. In select metropolitan areas, the RV 780 will enter split screen mode to display the photoReal junction view, a realistic depiction of the junction, complete with road signs and brightly-colored arrows to indicate the proper lane for navigation.

Map View Options: You can choose from a 3D map view or two 2D map views (Track Up or North Up) as you navigate to your destination.

Speed Limits: As you travel along a major road or street, the speed limit is displayed on the screen alongside of the vehicle's speed display. If you are exceeding the speed limit, a tone will sound, and the color of the vehicle speed indication will change to red. If the highway's posted speed limit has changed since the last map update, you can change the speed limit display on the unit.

Where Am I?: The "Where Am I?" feature gives you instant access to important information in case of an emergency. When you touch the vehicle icon on the map screen, the "Where Am I?" feature provides the coordinates (including elevation) of your current position, plus the nearest address and intersections. There are also buttons to help you locate the nearest hospitals, police stations, gas stations, and roadside assistance. You can also save the location for future reference.

Up Ahead: As you travel along your route, the Up Ahead feature constantly indicates the location of nearby businesses, including gas, food, lodging, restrooms, parking, and banks and ATMs. The locations are shown as icons, some with brand logos, and when the icons are touched on the screen, details of the services are displayed, and you are given the opportunity to navigate to that address.

Destination Search: When the Where To? button is pressed, you can use the search tools to find your destination and plan your route. The search tools allow you to search for cities, addresses, intersections, or coordinates. The Search Bar lets you directly enter a category, brand name, address, or city name. The unit's memory stores the last 50 locations you have found so you can quickly find a previous destination.

Trip Planner: You can plan your next RV trip using the Trip Planner app on the device. After selecting your starting location, you can add destinations until you trip planning is complete. The unit can automatically optimize the order of the destinations in your trip to create a shorter, more efficient route. Each trip you plan can be saved in memory until you are ready to make the trip again.

Where I've Been/Trip Log: The Where I've Been application allows you to view your previous routes and places you have stopped on the map. In addition, the device keeps a Trip Log, which is a record of the path you have traveled. The Travel History setting must be enabled in order for the Where I've Been and Trip Log features to function.

GPS Simulator: When indoors, you can activate the built-in GPS simulator and practice using the unit. This turns off the GPS receiver so it's not searching for satellites, saving battery power.

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how do i report places that are closed or change speed limits that are wrong? I was able to do this on my 3590. This RV780 has places that has been closed for years.
[ Woody  Sep 25, 2021 ]
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Garmin's maps are provide by a 3rd party so I imagine that's why there's no option to report directly from the device. They have an error report form on their website. Search for reporting garmin map errors and you should find it.
[ NEAL  Sep 26, 2021 ]

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