Radar Detector Recommendation for CoryH

CoryH

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What kind of vehicle you have?
2018 GMC Acadia

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

What's your budget?
$800

Where do you live and where do you primarily drive?
Kentucky, West Virginia and Virginia (2 to 3 times a year - RDD immunity is not necessary)

How do you drive?
I drive 10 to 15 mph over

What is your daily drive like?
18 miles mostly of four lane with hills and mountains

How long you have been using countermeasures, if at all?
I’ve used them in the past, currently I use Waze

What is the terrain like where you normally drive?
Hills and mountains and an overpass

Are there red light and/or speed cams in your area?
No

Do you need / prefer a GPS enabled unit?
No

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?
iOS

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 want arrows and I’ve been looking at the Redline 360c, V1 Gen 2 and the R7. I’ve never really set up a RD just plug and go, willing to learn if needed. One thing I need to consider is cops will sit on the overpass and trigger pull and have another officer pull you over. Thank you
 

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You certainly have the budget for any of the detectors you've mentioned. However, even though you said you don't need RDD immunity, even one trip into Virginia will require a detector that can't be detected which rules out the R7.

This leaves the V1G2 and the RL360C. Both will provide everything you need in a radar detector, but the RL360C is definitely more plug and play than the V1G2 especially with an iPhone. I own all three detectors and I believe that @Vortex said it best in his review of the RL360C: "There’s definitely other (and cheaper) that can do many of the things the Redline 360c can, but there is no other detector that offers all these capabilities. Personally I love the fact that I can stick this on my windshield and it does just about everything I need. The Redline 360c is the closest thing we currently have to the ultimate radar detector."

All things considered, I would lean towards recommending the RL360C.
 

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@jestric makes some solid points. I'll have a go on the opposite side of the coin.

You state you don't require GPS and are willing to pair your detector with a phone. The two biggest knocks against the V1G2 are that it doesn't have GPS on-board, and that some people don't want to pair with a phone. Neither of those apply to you.

For those willing to pair with a phone, V1G2 can do pretty much everything a GPS-enabled detector can do, and often with greater precision than what the on-board GPS offers.

Valentine has an open API to make it easy for 3rd party apps to integrate. Escort wants to sell you a subscription to their defender database. For me, that says something about the attitude of the company, and I'd prefer to spend my money on the more consumer-friendly side. This won't matter to everyone, but it seems like it's worth mentioning.

I don't see anything in your parameters that would stop you from saving $300 and going with the V1G2. And of course you can save roughly another hundred going with the R7, but it does seem like it's worth the bump in price to get full stealth since you sometimes go to Virginia. I think the peace of mind would be worthwhile.

Not sure if you have to contend with laser as well. But if so, all the more reason to save a few bills on your radar detector because laser jammers are expen$ive.

Optimizing the V1G2 with an app might take a little more setup vs the R360c, but there is a TON of help available on this forum for any question you might run into. And plenty of users run it completely app-free and are still very happy with the results. It's better with an app but still very good without it.

In the end there's no bad choice here. V1G2 and R360c will both be great. R7: also great but with the slight caveat that you could have a bit of risk in VA. So in the end it mostly comes down to what you like. Which one triggers your "gotta-have-it" reaction? Which company gives you the warm fuzzy feeling that you're spending your money in the right place? Whichever way you go, you'll be well protected.
 

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I agree with @Signal Environment , you have three great detectors to choose from. When you discuss "overpass", I think laser. You might want to consider jammers too, or just slow for overpasses.

The R7 is $385 on Amazon right now...........
 
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I started off wanting the R7. Then it’s been back and forth with the redline and V1. I like what the redline has to offer, but the V1 is a small company from Ohio that has stood behind their product and I really like the smaller footprint. Wasn’t sure how it done as a stand-alone. The cops that gun from the over pass is the sheriffs department, I doubt they are using laser. Thank you for all the input.
 

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Hey do you know if your Acadia has blind spot monitors? If so you may want to make sure the rear antenna doesn't false to it. Alot of RD's false to GM BSM. I know in the R7 you can turn off K band on the rear antenna. I'm not sure if you can with the other detectors.
 

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@CoryH , You are looking at 3 solid radar detectors. As @jestric mentioned, the R7 isn’t quite as stealth for your trips for Virginia. The V1G2 and RL360c are both very good performers that may offer better protection in terms of stealth in VA.

On your other thread you mentioned you also needed an additional inexpensive radar detector for another car. I would highly recommend either a Uniden R1 or R3 for your additional detector. Since you said GPS isn’t necessary, the R1 would provide extreme high performance at a great price point. If you wanted to splurge for the GPS features, then the R3 would be my choice. The R1/R3 provide the “best bang for the buck” IMO.

I own both a V1G2 and a RL360c, and they are both solid performers. Personally, I have more confidence in Valentine Research as a company compared to Escort for product support, firmware updates, and reliability. I have been a long term customer of both companies.

I pair my V1G2 with V1 Driver as an I-phone user, and this set up works very well for me. The V1G2 is a beast against off axis on Ka-band, but it could use some refinements on K-band reactivity, but it has very good BSM filtering. I need/want to have the frequency of the radar source, so I need to use an app with the V1G2. I am not tech savvy (my wife and daughter would attest to that), but V1 Driver is very easy to use thanks to @Vortex and his tutorial videos.

The RL360c is 50% more compared to the V1G2 plus Escort charges state sales tax (at least for me in TN). Valentine Research did not charge me state sales tax. The RL360c is a great “all in one” detector, and I have been impressed with my RL360c in the short time that I have had it (especially the BSM filtering). I haven’t had as much driving time with my RL360c as my V1G2, but I can say my RL360c definitely appears on par and in the “same league” in terms performance as my V1G2.

Good Luck with your decision!! You have some great radar detectors to choose from.
 
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@CoryH: Yeah, everything @RoadDogg said! I too have both a V1G2 and Redline 360c. I haven't decided which one to use on a planned trip to the west coast yet, probably both, one at a time just to compare.
 

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@CoryH: Yeah, everything @RoadDogg said! I too have both a V1G2 and Redline 360c. I haven't decided which one to use on a planned trip to the west coast yet, probably both, one at a time just to compare.
Take both and alternate. Not as much PIA as one might think. Breaks the monotony. Plus, I REALLY like JBV1 on a long road trip. It is killer. I took others advice, got a Android machine (Apple user). G2 and JBV1 is killer road trip combo.
 
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Take both and alternate. Not as much PIA as oje might think. Breaks the monotony. Plus, I REALLY like JBV1 on a long road trip. It is killer. I took others advice, got a Android machine (Apple user). G2 and JBV1 is killer road trip combo.
Alternate. That's what I plan to do. I am an iPhone user but I have a Samsung S5 android with JBV1 installed to use with the V1G2.
 

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