Radar Detector Recommendation for Jcharge722

Jcharge722

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What kind of vehicle you have?
2006 Chevrolet Silverado 2500HD

Do you want a remote mount or windshield mount detector?
Windshield

What's your budget?
$300

Where do you live and where do you primarily drive?
Carroll County Maryland, with schooling in Kansas
Driving around both areas, and between

How do you drive?
I prefer to drive around 15 over, nothing insane

What is your daily drive like?
Lots of back roads, some highway, little city driving, some long trips

How long you have been using countermeasures, if at all?
Haven't started yet

What is the terrain like where you normally drive?
Lots of hills/curves in MD, flat in KS, both

Are there red light and/or speed cams in your area?
Yes

Do you need / prefer a GPS enabled unit?
Yes

Are you willing/do you want to use your phone to pair with the RD?
Yes

What kind of device do you own or would use for your detector?
Android

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

If you have any preconceived notions or thoughts about RDs, please tell us how long you've been using RDs or other units? etc. -- or any other relevant info you think might be important, let us know that as well.
I have never used a RD and would like to learn on a unit that is friendly to beginners if that even exists. Excited to learn about other features involved with a higher-end device. The Valentine 1 Gen 2 seemed appealing because of the connectivity with the phone and features provided through that, but I am not at all set on that unit. Would love any recommendations or tips to get started with the learning process!
 

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If your budget is $300, the V1G2 is outside of that. For $300, the Uniden R3 is the best on the market for sure.
 

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The Escort iXC has built in GPS and traffic camera database. Plus you can update it over WiFi. It is pretty user friendly and has good detection range. Right now it's $399 and usually there are discount codes that can be used for $50 off if you buy direct from Escort. Code "Escort50" usually works.

That would get you near your budget amount. https://www.escortradar.com/products/escort-ixc
 

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$25 budget: Batman detector
$200 budget: Uniden R1
$300 budget: Uniden R3
$350 budget: Escort iXC
$425ish budget: Uniden R7
$500 budget: Valentine 1 Gen 2
 

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The R1 and R3 are going to give better range and filtering than the iXC, for less. I wouldn't recommend the iXC at all.
 

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Since you want GPS, the Uniden R3 is the best at $300 as mentioned. Below that, there's the Uniden DFR9 at Costco for $199 and above that the Escort Max 3 for $399. Both of them have GPS and good detection range.
 

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What kind of vehicle you have?
2006 Chevrolet Silverado 2500HD

Do you want a remote mount or windshield mount detector?
Windshield

What's your budget?
$300

Where do you live and where do you primarily drive?
Carroll County Maryland, with schooling in Kansas
Driving around both areas, and between

How do you drive?
I prefer to drive around 15 over, nothing insane

What is your daily drive like?
Lots of back roads, some highway, little city driving, some long trips

How long you have been using countermeasures, if at all?
Haven't started yet

What is the terrain like where you normally drive?
Lots of hills/curves in MD, flat in KS, both

Are there red light and/or speed cams in your area?
Yes

Do you need / prefer a GPS enabled unit?
Yes

Are you willing/do you want to use your phone to pair with the RD?
Yes

What kind of device do you own or would use for your detector?
Android

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

If you have any preconceived notions or thoughts about RDs, please tell us how long you've been using RDs or other units? etc. -- or any other relevant info you think might be important, let us know that as well.
I have never used a RD and would like to learn on a unit that is friendly to beginners if that even exists. Excited to learn about other features involved with a higher-end device. The Valentine 1 Gen 2 seemed appealing because of the connectivity with the phone and features provided through that, but I am not at all set on that unit. Would love any recommendations or tips to get started with the learning process!
I agree with the Uniden R3. It has top end range. Sensitivity is awesome. It's really hard to believe it's only $300.
 

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R3 seems like the winner for a $300 budget. Great range, solid features and filtering, for the price it's a beast.

If you can stretch to a V1G2 and you find it appealing, it's an excellent choice and probably what I'd buy if buying today.
 

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Stretch your budget out a bit and get an R7. It’s on sale now @ BB and Amazon and it’s totally worth it especially when the new f/w releases. Just for the arrows alone it justifies the upgrade - and it’s cheaper than the V1.
 

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Stretch your budget out a bit and get an R7. It’s on sale now @ BB and Amazon and it’s totally worth it especially when the new f/w releases. Just for the arrows alone it justifies the upgrade - and it’s cheaper than the V1.

+1 on @L4D44 's recommendation.
 

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Since you want GPS, the Uniden R3 is the best at $300 as mentioned. Below that, there's the Uniden DFR9 at Costco for $199 and above that the Escort Max 3 for $399. Both of them have GPS and good detection range.
This is a solid bit of advice.
R3 would be my preference if OP wants to hit his $300 ceiling.
 

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The R1 and R3 are going to give better range and filtering than the iXC, for less. I wouldn't recommend the iXC at all.
AGREED !!

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I agree for the listed budget, R3 is an easy pick. You can find refurbished units that will be like new to maybe save a bit more. Solid detector that if you decide later you want something else and need to sell, you will get most of your investment back.
 

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For the $300 budget, add me to the list of people recommending the Uniden R3. The Uniden R3 is an excellent performer and great value at that price point.


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For $300.00, I'd vote for 2 R1's off of our classified section and make a killer "ghetto arrow" setup! I've done just that more than once! The R1 is my favorite budget detector, it's a monster on all bands and is no nonsense!
 

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For $300.00, I'd vote for 2 R1's off of our classified section and make a killer "ghetto arrow" setup! I've done just that more than once! The R1 is my favorite budget detector, it's a monster on all bands and is no nonsense!
As much as I respect you and the "advanced" Ghetto's arrows setups, I think one R3 with GPS lockouts and muting features are more in line with what most users could live with.
I couldn't ever imagine a non-GPS R series in my vehicle, but 2 of them?? :oops: :p
 

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As much as I respect you and the "advanced" Ghetto's arrows setups, I think one R3 with GPS lockouts and muting features are more in line with what most users could live with.
I couldn't ever imagine a non-GPS R series in my vehicle, but 2 of them?? :oops: :p
I feel the same way about even one GPS detector in any of my cars! Different strokes! I was kidding about the 2 R1's sorta anyway, but one of them will do a great job as a budget detector!
 

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Thanks for the feedback y'all, I appreciate it. I would like to purchase a single unit and run with it for as long as possible, which is why I'm now considering pushing the budget to closer to $500. I don't know how appropriate the term "future-proofing" is in this setting, but which of these recommended units would last me the longest?
 

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