Looking For A Great GPS $400-$500

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Michelle G.'s Comment
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I had a Rand McNally TND tablet but the touch screen didnt work and I am sending it back. Reviews on this one are not great.

What personal GPS are you using?

A must have would be a real ETA time based on speed and not what Google says the speed limit is.

Maps that dont take me bogus routes would also be helpful.

Thanks!

King Pin's Comment
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I have the Rand Mcnally 730. I have no complaints about it.

I had a Rand McNally TND tablet but the touch screen didnt work and I am sending it back. Reviews on this one are not great.

What personal GPS are you using?

A must have would be a real ETA time based on speed and not what Google says the speed limit is.

Maps that dont take me bogus routes would also be helpful.

Thanks!

ChickieMonster's Comment
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I have the Rand McNally 530. Love it.

I have my average speed set at 63 on the GPS. I'm governed at 68 on the pedal and 70 on cruise. I leave the speed on 63 so that I'm consistently making up time. That way if dispatch asks for an ETA I give them the GPS ETA. And usually I beat it. Obviously if any delays come up I communicate them, but my system is working so far.

Landion's Comment
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I've had the rand tnd 730 for almost a year and a half, no issues with it.

Cwc's Comment
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I bought my Garmin while I was still teaming. I had codrivers that had all bought Rand McNally GPS so I got a DEZL just to see if it was better or what..

And before to long I'll be buying a Rand McNally also. I feel a little let down by it, it doesn't show every truckstop or place to park like the RM and tries to take some really weird routes a lot of the time.

It's not like I got the cheaper model or anything, the only one I've found that was more expensive Garmin wise,was the same except it had a dash cam..

It does allow you to change the route but that can be a pain at times

Robert B. (The Dragon) ye's Comment
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The Garmin Dezl is probably the best one on the market. I personally prefer my Rand Atlas with laminated pages and then verify location entrances, potential parking etc using Google Earth for a satellite and street view. I don't have a GPS in my truck.

LDRSHIP's Comment
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I do about the same thing. I use Apple Maps app. Verify RTE is truck accessible using my 2017 Rand McNally Atlas. If I have to go down more than 1 local street. Especially if I turn off a street that is directly connected to the interstate then I use google maps street view to check out my RTE.

Interstate:

Commercial trade, business, movement of goods or money, or transportation from one state to another, regulated by the Federal Department Of Transportation (DOT).

Rick S.'s Comment
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I do about the same thing. I use Apple Maps app. Verify RTE is truck accessible using my 2017 Rand McNally Atlas. If I have to go down more than 1 local street. Especially if I turn off a street that is directly connected to the interstate then I use google maps street view to check out my RTE.

And you end up anywhere near where you want to go?

Apple maps got me into some weird routes on trips. Stopped using it.

I have ALK's Co-Pilot 4 Wheeler Version on my iPhone/Pad. Same folks that make PC-Miler software (which is what many companies use for their routes). Truck version is like $149. I'd suspect it would be of similar quality (truck-route-wise) to PC-Miler.

The Better RM units are still getting top reviews.

No one tool is going to be perfect. Most folks use GoogleMaps/Earth for the "last miles" from exit to destination.

I followed the Grateful Dead around, through at least 42 of the lower 48 through the 70's/80's with nothing but folding paper maps and a sense of adventure. Never got in too much trouble. When I had my bus and was taking bands out on tour - I had two truck/rv gps's onboard - and used to let them fight over the route - rarely did both choose the exact some one.

Electronics should never replace COMMON SENSE. Nothing replaces a good sense of direction, an RM Motor Carrier Atlas and a dry erase marker. Have a friend who trains for a smaller company - and the folks he trains never get to touch a GPS for trip planning. It's all done with RMMCA. I think he's a plick, but the people he trains know how to get from A to B, the good old fashioned way.

Something to be said about that...

Rick

Interstate:

Commercial trade, business, movement of goods or money, or transportation from one state to another, regulated by the Federal Department Of Transportation (DOT).

OOS:

When a violation by either a driver or company is confirmed, an out-of-service order removes either the driver or the vehicle from the roadway until the violation is corrected.

LDRSHIP's Comment
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I have only had it fail me once. Google maps found my shipper though. Granted it will try to take me down streets that aren't truck accessible. That is why I use google maps street view once it gets to the point of trying to take me down side streets. Pretty much any road directly connected to the interstate is truck accessible. If it isn't then the exit sign will say so. Worse case I slow up near my turn onto a side street and start looking for truck route / no truck signs. If I see a sign that no trucks except local deliveries and I am delivering to a place off of that street. Fair game.

Shipper:

The customer who is shipping the freight. This is where the driver will pick up a load and then deliver it to the receiver or consignee.

Interstate:

Commercial trade, business, movement of goods or money, or transportation from one state to another, regulated by the Federal Department Of Transportation (DOT).

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