Thoughts and Impressions
Magellan clearly designed this unit with long road trips and RVs in mind, and it shows in the feature set. The main menu has a prominent button for inputting your vehicle’s height, weight and dimensions, and will take those into account when planning routes—not routing you under a low-hanging overpass when you’re driving a tall vehicle, for example, or keeping you clear of weight-limited thoroughfares in a fully loaded RV. The ability to act as a Bluetooth speakerphone is also a huge plus, allowing you to make and receive calls on your cell phone without taking your eyes off the road or your hands off the wheel for more than a moment at a time.
One thing that stood out immediately with this unit is the speed. Previous units from Magellan have suffered from a noticeable lag in just about everything, from satellite fixation to route calculation to simple button pushes. This unit, while still not instantaneous, still manages to be much more responsive.
While a smartphone’s GPS navigation might well be sufficient for someone who spends most of their time going to and from the same places, a dedicated GPS unit is essential for anyone who spends a lot of time traveling to new places, whether for work or for pleasure. For those who need more out of their GPS navigation than the bare-bones basics Google Maps provides, the Magellan RoadMate RV5365T-LMB GPS Navigator is a smart and capable choice.
- Snappy UI
- Can act as a Bluetooth speakerphone with no extra wiring or accessories
- Saved locations and proximity searches make programming a route faster and easier
- Map updates must be downloaded manually
- Navigation hazard warnings mostly locked behind premium subscription service