The Garmin Nuvi 2798lmt is by far our favorite GPS unit. Lately we have been installing them in fleet vehicles for large companies that handle deliveries. We found that this unit was stupid simple to install and even easier to use, couldn’t have enjoyed the installation any more than we did.
The coolest part about the installation was that we didn’t need to run wires from the front of the vehicle all the way to the back. This was made possible by the wireless backup camera module that wireless-ly sends the image to the Garmin GPS up front. The wireless backup camera has a power and ground that is generally tied in with the the reverse light circuit so that it is not always powered.
Though we like to connect the backup camera module to a switched source that only powers when you are reversing you can connect it to a 12v accessory source that stays powered when the vehicle is on whether or not you are in reverse. Just remember you will have to physically press the backup camera button on the Garmin Display in order to see the backup camera image.
The actual GPS unit is installed up front only needs a cigarette lighter connection. That adapter comes in the box and is simply plug and play. However, there are times when we use an adapter that converts the Garmin’s cigarette lighter plugin adapter to a power and ground wire. We usually do this when the customer would like a stealthy install with no wires showing.
What’s in the box?
- Garmin Nuvi 2798 Gps
- Mini USB charger for your computer and Home
- Warranty card
- Instruction manual
- Garmin BC 20 backup camera
- Wireless camera receiver gps charger
Maps with free lifetime updates
The Garmin Nuvi 2798LMT and backup camera offers free lifetime map updates. This feature is one of the (have to have) options for any GPS if you ask me, Every year or so building are knocked down, businesses move and new businesses are built and your GPS needs to know this in order to efficiently navigate you to and from your destinations.
Your map updates load up with brand new points of interest such as businesses, restaurants and hotels. This helps you navigate a lot easier by picking these destinations right from your map or from a list of interests points on the fly with the press of a button.
Garmin’s lifetime map updates are handled by a free Garmin application available on Garmin’s website that you can download on your computer. Garmin updates this application with any map updates you will need, after you receive your update all you need to do is plug in your GPS and update the software.
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Garmin nuvi 2798lmt and backup camera Features:
- Free Lifetime map updates
- Free Lifetime traffic updates
- Bluetooth for hands free calling
- Smartphone link keeps smartphone linked to Garmin GPS for integrated features (android and IOS)
- Hassle free turn by turn lane guidance
- Detailed pictures of junction (actual pictures)
- 7 inch display
- Voice commands and voice navigation
- Pre-loaded Mexico, United states and Canadian maps
Garmin BC 20 Backup Camera
Garmin’s BC 20 wireless backup camera give you mirror image of whats behind your vehicle with easily customized distance lines. It comes with installation instructions that are extremely easy to follow and can be mounted directly onto your license plate with little to no customization needed.
To top that off it can be up to 43 feet from your GPS and still work flawlessly! As soon as you shift into reverse your camera turns on and the Garmin GPS switches to the camera display and you are able to safely reverse your vehicle.
Free traffic updates
With the Garmin Nuvi 2798LMT and backup camera bundle you have on-board traffic updates that are delivered to you via voice and displayed on the screen for you. Traffic updates keep you up to date with whats going on in your route, if your route has traffic the Garmin will let you know where the traffic jam is.
It will also let you know if there are any possible detours and let you know the expected amount of time the traffic jam will take to subside. The best part about this feature is that it is voice activated, this means you are able to control its options without even having to touch the display.
Frequently Asked Questions
Does this GPS have lifetime map updates?
Yes, you can update them on the Garmin website and download the map update software onto your computer and download the update to the GPS with the usb cable connected.
Is the screen easy to see?
The screen can get very bright if you adjust it. The screen also does not reflect sun light very much when brightness is turned up.
Does the display show guide lines and a distance ruler while backing up?
Yes, the backup camera will show distance lines to allow you to judge how far you are from an object when backing up.
When does the screen show what the backup camera see’s?
If you hook your backup camera module to a circuit that powers when your vehicle is reversing it will only power on during reversing.
Bluetooth and Smartphone Link
The Garmin Nuvi 2798LMT and backup Camera also comes with a few new smartphone features that help to make your drive a lot more efficient and safe such as on board Bluetooth and an application called Smartphone Link.
With the Bluetooth feature you are able to import your phones contacts and make phone calls safely while driving, this can be done from your phone or even from your Map screen without interrupting your navigation route.
After you’ve paired your phone with the Garmin Nuvi 2798LMT and backup camera via Bluetooth you can download the smartphone Link application to your android or iPhone and use some of the really cool features this application has to offer such as real time weather updates, points of interest sharing with your friends and family. One of the new features (my favorite) is the “where is my car” option, with this feature you can easily find your parked vehicle right from your smartphone whether your GPS is turned on or not!