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I haven’t had a radar detector in a couple of decades. Luckily , I haven’t had a ticket in about the same time span. I feel like I am pushing my luck .

I own multiple vehicles and at least one is a magnet for law enforcement attention. I have a daily driver/work car (2004 Camry), a vacation and tow vehicle used to travel from Long Island to points all over Pennsylvania while pulling a trailer with ATV’s, (2019 Suburban) and finally, my toy ((2013 Camaro ZL1).

I am looking for a detector that I can use in all three vehicles with a simple plug/unplug ease. In my mind, I am looking for a best value type unit. I’m not looking for necessarily the top performer. If I could land at, or around the $200.00 price range and have something that would give me a reasonable degree of protection, I would be happy.

I use an Android phone, and could use it with my device, if needed. My driving style varies greatly. When my wife is onboard, I am the chauffeur, otherwise I often push it a bit.

As far as terrain goes, that varies. Long Island is as flat as a board. Traveling in and to Pennsylvania is a different story. Mountains, winding roads and often long elevation changes.

Thanks in advance for your guidance .
 
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Welcome! Ther are certainly some good options around $200 price point as mentioned above create a post in the general section and in your post answer the questions liste din the survey and we will help you select something. Also suggest using Waze if you don't already, it will help with live police reports, and speed/redlight camera locations.
 

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Let me clarify a bit, thank you.

1. What kind of vehicle you have and do you want a remote or a windshield mount?

2013 Chevy Camaro ZL1, 2019 Chevy Suburban, 2004 Toyota Camry. I am assuming a windshield mount so the unit can be shared between vehicles.



2. What's your budget?

$200-300, unless something is remarkable and warrants spending a bit more.



3. Where you live ( address not needed of course) and what states , country or areas you primarily drive? ( this is essential).

Suffolk County NY. Vehicles are primarily driven in Nassau and Suffolk Counties of NY . The Suburban sees frequent trips along Route 80 through NJ and all over PA.



4. How you drive?

I haven’t had a ticket in 20+ years . Although I do now drive a 700hp beast, that may change things.



5. What your daily drive is like (short trips? long trips? city? highway?) we ask this because of falsing issues that exist in many areas or cities.

My daily trip to work is about 20 miles, all highway. Road trips (Vacations, weekend get always) are highway and then backroads in very remote areas.



6. How long you have been using countermeasures, if at all?

Never used any.



7. Are there curves, hills, obstructions or is the area flat as a pancake.

Pancake flat when at home. Varied terrain on vacations. Large mountains and windy, twisty roads.



8. Are there Redlight cams/speed cams in your area and do you need / prefer a GPS enabled unit?

Plenty of redlight cams, although they are not a big concern.



9. Thanks to ahl: "Are you willing/do you want to use your phone to pair with the RD?" and "What kind of device do you own (iOS/Android)". There is Escort LIVE and droid only YaV1 for the V1 apps one can use to adjust their RD. There is also V1 Driver in the ios APP Store for V1 users who wish to use an Apple device. ** Note that many of these apps allow you to use the APP (either droid or Apple) to readjust your settings for the V1. Escort Live allows you to do this as well on Escort products that are LIVE compatible.

I have an android phone and will probably remain with it. I am fine with incorporating that into my decision.



10. Do you face MRCD and/or MRCT in your area?

Not in my immediate area currently. NYC has it, but I don’t drive there.
 

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Thanks for the welcomes!

I neglected to add that I am a Costco member and noticed that they have the DFR9 for $199.99. I guess I missed the boat on the R7 from PC Richards @ $499.00 but that was a bit more than I wanted to spend anyway.

I am open to suggestions.

Thanks again.
 

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You'll need something that is easy to turn bands on/off. For Nassau/Suffolk county you'll need K/Ka. NYC Ka only, NJ Ka for the turnpike/GSP and K/Ka for local roads, PA . K/Ka. Laser is a major threat so for your faster car I'd get some lidar protection.
 

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You'll need something that is easy to turn bands on/off. For Nassau/Suffolk county you'll need K/Ka. NYC Ka only, NJ Ka for the turnpike/GSP and K/Ka for local roads, PA . K/Ka. Laser is a major threat so for your faster car I'd get some lidar protection.
Is there a particular unit that might meet these requirements? I don’t want to buy a piece of junk. I started doing research on my own and found something that looked truly amazing (The Judge by Rocky Mountain). Then I dug further and found it might make a better door stop than a RD.
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Thanks for the welcomes!

I neglected to add that I am a Costco member and noticed that they have the DFR9 for $199.99. I guess I missed the boat on the R7 from PC Richards @ $499.00 but that was a bit more than I wanted to spend anyway.

I am open to suggestions.

Thanks again.

In addition to the DFR9 on the Costco website, I just went to my local Costco and saw another option that isn’t on the website. They also have the Escort Max II for $299.99.

Not sure if either of those are units are ones I should be considering?
 
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DFR7, $130. Same as the DFR9 except for the fancy screen.
 

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As thebravo mentioned, I would definitely also run the waze app since no one method is fool proof. A radar detector isn’t going to help you if they are using Laser. Also be aware that some leo’s will lie in wait and run instant on radar (I/O) which will only give your detector a brief alert if someone ahead of you is targeted.

PA uses a lot of K band so when out there make sure you aren’t dismissing those alerts as just coming from blind spot monitors or door openers.

It sounds like the dfr7 will work well for you. The max2 would be a good choice too if you wanted to spend the extra money for automatic lockouts of stationary falses and better blind spot monitor (bsm) filtering.
 

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As thebravo mentioned, I would definitely also run the waze app since no one method is fool proof. A radar detector isn’t going to help you if they are using Laser. Also be aware that some leo’s will lie in wait and run instant on radar (I/O) which will only give your detector a brief alert if someone ahead of you is targeted.

PA uses a lot of K band so when out there make sure you aren’t dismissing those alerts as just coming from blind spot monitors or door openers.

It sounds like the dfr7 will work well for you. The max2 would be a good choice too if you wanted to spend the extra money for automatic lockouts of stationary falses and better blind spot monitor (bsm) filtering.
Thanks for the very thorough explanation. I will consider both units and make a decision.

Are there any CM’s that can be switched from vehicle to vehicle, or are they all imbedded and pretty much dedicated to one car?
 

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Only jammers are dedicated to a vehicle but they can be moved when uninstalled. Welcome and buckle up! I would go with an R3 as well.


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Welcome @John1960 !! Looks like you got some good advice. I don't think you can go too wrong with either the DFR7 or 9 or the Max 2.
The Max 2 might be a bit better with false alert filtering. Depending how far you're willing to push the budget there is also the R3 which has been king of the hill in range until the R7 came out recently and then there is the Radenso XP which is about the same price as the R3 and has some of the best filtering. The R3 is going to give you the best range of all these units which is most helpful on those PA drives and anywhere you might see I/O and the Radenso XP will give you plenty of range but more robust false alert filtering. The only place to go from there is the R7 or Max 360 at nearly twice the cost. Personally, if you're willing to spend $300 I would spend the extra $30 or so to step up to the R3 or $50 for Radenso XP.



Good luck and let us know what you decide to do.
 

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Dont be cheap (200 bucks) with your countermeasures (radar detector) caz you will regret it later, 100%. Especially dont be cheap if you use ZL1 / have 3 different vehicles that can push well over 100 mph in no sweat. At least go with Uniden R3. Dual antenna detector is preferred.
 

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700 hp should at least equal $700 budget, right?


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700 hp should at least equal $700 budget, right?


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I think so.
Its like installing 125$ knock off Chinese summer tires on ZL1. It can fit but will get all kinds of troubles with it. Just like 200$ cheap detector in a monster brings only trouble and questions after a simple pull over why I did not go for more sensitivity and range in higher price range detectors like R3?
Same goes for Suburban.
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Get an R1, if you look hard enough you can find one for closer to $200. The refurbs are cheaper and have a 90 day warranty. Thats the best bang for your buck imo, gl!
 

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