What Trucker Gps Is Better? My Qualcomm Keeps Getting Me Into Trouble...

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Victor C. II's Comment
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Ok that helps a lot. But how do I put the routes I want to take in the qualcomm? I have been looking but cant find how to do it. Oh and where do I buy a laminated version of the Rand Mcnally atlas?

Qualcomm:

Omnitracs (a.k.a. Qualcomm) is a satellite-based messaging system with built-in GPS capabilities built by Qualcomm. It has a small computer screen and keyboard and is tied into the truck’s computer. It allows trucking companies to track where the driver is at, monitor the truck, and send and receive messages with the driver – similar to email.
Old School's Comment
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where do I buy a laminated version of the Rand Mcnally atlas?

You can order it online at Rand McNally's website, or purchase it at just about any truck stop you happen to be in. You may find the best price by ordering it from Amazon.

Dm:

Dispatcher, Fleet Manager, Driver Manager

The primary person a driver communicates with at his/her company. A dispatcher can play many roles, depending on the company's structure. Dispatchers may assign freight, file requests for home time, relay messages between the driver and management, inform customer service of any delays, change appointment times, and report information to the load planners.
Pianoman's Comment
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There isn't a way to do that unfortunately. All you can do is put in the address and let it plot it's own route.

Eric G.'s Comment
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From what I have seen most truck stops are discounting the 2017 version of the map since we are almost half way done with the year.

For Prime I get my load assignment and it comes with my fuel stops and shipper and receiver address. On the Qualcomm navigation I go to the dispatch option and select which destination I'm going to next. I would say about 85-90% of the time it matches the route given to me by dispatch. However I still check that route on my map before I even move the truck.

There are times when there is a time crunch and you need to get to your shipper. I just verify the route there before I move the truck, then I verify the rest while I'm at the shipper.

There are also times when the route given to us is not a good route to take. It's legal, but it may not be ideal fir a trainer or first year person to go down. Hopefully you some of these from your trainer, if not you will learn through experience. Fir example coming out of Nogales AZ going to the northeast we usually get routed through this little town in AZ. Well apparently there are a bunch of speed traps and one hell of a hill to climb in the dark. So e just go back up to 10 even though that is go My northwest fir us first then go 10 east.

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.

Qualcomm:

Omnitracs (a.k.a. Qualcomm) is a satellite-based messaging system with built-in GPS capabilities built by Qualcomm. It has a small computer screen and keyboard and is tied into the truck’s computer. It allows trucking companies to track where the driver is at, monitor the truck, and send and receive messages with the driver – similar to email.
John S.'s Comment
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I've been using the CoPilot Truck Navigation App on a Nexus 6P for the past couple of months and have been satisfied with the results so far. It's subscription based and you can get a free trial for 14-days before buying. That's what I did. US pricing should be under $10/mth or $100/yr.

I like that it stores complete NorthAmerican maps on the device (<2gb) so uses very little data (for traffic alerts). I tested in some really tough routing in downtown and old Montreal, with uber tight streets, no-truck zones and numerous low bridges and it routed well. I know the city well (lived here for almost 40 years) and was pleasantly surprised by some of it's routing suggestions as in "Wow, yeah, that makes sense for a truck, why didnt I think of that route?"

That said, it makes mistakes and as previously mentionned, it is but a single tool and you need to double/triple check against Google and RM, plan your trip, use common sense and always RTFS (Read The F*** Signs).

Errol V.'s Comment
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where do I buy a laminated version of the Rand Mcnally atlas?

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You can order it online at Rand McNally's website, or purchase it at just about any truck stop you happen to be in. You may find the best price by ordering it from Amazon.

Currently I'm seeing the 2017 laminated version at Petros for $20. Get one before they're gone!

Dm:

Dispatcher, Fleet Manager, Driver Manager

The primary person a driver communicates with at his/her company. A dispatcher can play many roles, depending on the company's structure. Dispatchers may assign freight, file requests for home time, relay messages between the driver and management, inform customer service of any delays, change appointment times, and report information to the load planners.
Dan67's Comment
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You have to plan every trip, relying on just the qualcomm gps is dangerous. Just wait until it tries to send you down a goat road. I use a 2017 Rand laminated large print version, garmin dezl 770, the qualcomm, and my phone to bring up satellite map of the customer if I've never been there before.

Qualcomm:

Omnitracs (a.k.a. Qualcomm) is a satellite-based messaging system with built-in GPS capabilities built by Qualcomm. It has a small computer screen and keyboard and is tied into the truck’s computer. It allows trucking companies to track where the driver is at, monitor the truck, and send and receive messages with the driver – similar to email.
Victor C. II's Comment
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Yeah I will have to get a Garmin dezl 770. I looked at that program that John s. uses and I may decide to get that too. I have used google alongside the qualcomm and found that it was quite accurate. smile.gif

Qualcomm:

Omnitracs (a.k.a. Qualcomm) is a satellite-based messaging system with built-in GPS capabilities built by Qualcomm. It has a small computer screen and keyboard and is tied into the truck’s computer. It allows trucking companies to track where the driver is at, monitor the truck, and send and receive messages with the driver – similar to email.
Jay68442's Comment
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I have been using a garmin dzel 570 for about 6 months now and it has been 99% accurate. There were maybe 2 instances where it told me to make a turn and road was marked no trucks. Not a problem if you read the signs. In both cases the road in question was to narrow to make the turn so I didn't even consider them anyway.

mountain girl's Comment
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I use Google maps. It's not specifically made for truckers but Rand McNally kept getting me into tight spots, even in a day cab with a pup.

-mountain girl

Day Cab:

A tractor which does not have a sleeper berth attached to it. Normally used for local routes where drivers go home every night.

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