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Old 05-06-2018, 11:32 PM   #1
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We are new owners of a 2017 Pleasure Way Ascent and Sprinter chassis. We've ridden motorcycles for years and always used the Harley website to create a custom route to travel before downloading it to the GPS device on the bike. We so love to plot a trip and then just follow it on our GPS.

What are others doing with setting up a custom route and what GPS device are you using? The Becker pilot seems clumbsy compared to the Garmin. What apps or other software are being used in the RV travels?

Thank you in advance for sharing any wisdom from your experiences. We appreciate it and look forward to our RV journey!!
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I know of no really good ones that interact well with GPS units.

For trip planning, https://roadtrippers.com isn't bad. It is quite good at finding restaurants, attractions, and lodging along the way.
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I like road trippers app and think they are on to something pretty cool. But it still doesn’t navigate a whole trip at one time. Thanks for the insights.
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I hated my Becker so much that I found a 6 inch Garmin on Amazon for $100, and use it constantly. Basecamp and I believe google maps has ways to plan and load trips.

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Basecamp and I believe google maps has ways to plan and load trips.
The problem with Google Maps (last time I checked) is that it has an arbitrary limit of something like 12 waypoints, which is not nearly enough for a complex trip.
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We're new owners of a 2018 Pleasureway Ascent. I am unable to get the Becker Map Pilot to work-it's message is that there is no navigation module detected. I'm thinking maybe the battery in it is no good? Otherwise go to Mercedes dealer?
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We're new owners of a 2018 Pleasureway Ascent. I am unable to get the Becker Map Pilot to work-it's message is that there is no navigation module detected. I'm thinking maybe the battery in it is no good? Otherwise go to Mercedes dealer?
Are you sure you actually HAVE the navigation module? It would be in a socket inside your glove box. Often removing and reinstalling it will remedy such problems. There is also a reset button on the module. The battery in the module is rechargeable and should recharge when plugged into the van. As a last resort, try plugging the module into a computer using a USB cord. You should be able to reinstall/update the firmware using the Becker Map Pilot software you can download from their website.
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We plot our very custom route trips with Garmin Basecamp on the laptop, and then transfer it directly to the GPS. Basecamp is a bit wonky to use, but allows you to chose exactly what roads you want to take, without it freelancing, because it uses the same maps, and apparently calculating algorithm, as the GPS itself. The planning on Basecamp is the typical drag and drop the route routine like most route planners.
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Are you sure you actually HAVE the navigation module? It would be in a socket inside your glove box. Often removing and reinstalling it will remedy such problems. There is also a reset button on the module. The battery in the module is rechargeable and should recharge when plugged into the van. As a last resort, try plugging the module into a computer using a USB cord. You should be able to reinstall/update the firmware using the Becker Map Pilot software you can download from their website.
I have had it in and out several times and have had it in computer-registered, downloaded maps. I'll try the reset button. Thank you!
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In every single way, the Becker “system” that arrives in a PW is total, unmitigated crap.

When we purchased our 2017 Ascent, we asked about iPhone connectivity, GPS, apps like Sirius and Pandora, etc. We were told by the Salesman,
“Well it’s a Mercedes! So yeah!”.
uh. So no.

We chose to completely replace the Becker “system” top to bottom. We had a Kenwood Apple Play in-dash unit installed along with some high quality speakers (the Becker speakers have paper cones. Seriously). Installation was seamless and the back-up cam integrated beautifully.

Until we decided to go this way, we used our Tom-Tom with good results.
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