Road Carriers Atlas Is HUGE And What Is Your Favorite GPS?

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Don's Comment
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I went to the local LOVES and bought a 2018 Rand Mcnally Deluxe Road Carrier's Atlas. Paid $29.00 out the door and a $10.00 rebate! Cha-ching! I haven't even started cdl training at CFI and I bought a road atlas? Sure, why not? I figured it is worth an "Andrew Jackson" to start learning how to use it. It can't hurt, and I can always use it driving my personal truck. To my point.

In the future, if I am looking at a GPS to supplement the other modes of trip planning (company directions, Google Maps and Street view, DC Book Company, etc.) which one do you use and/or recommend? I have a Garmin Nuvi in my personal truck, which I have found to be accurate, but Rand McNally seems to be a majority favorite in the trucking world.

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  • Any vehicle, regardless of size, designed to transport 16 or more persons, including the driver.
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Big Scott's Comment
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I had a RM TND 730 that died. Quickly bought a Garmin dezl 580. If I had both, I would have one perfect GPS. I still prefer the Rand McNally to the Garmin. The RM almost always took me to the truck entrance and the Gamin never.

Robert B. (The Dragon) ye's Comment
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Road atlas, telephone and Google earth. Who needs a gps?

G-Town's Comment
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Big Scott wrote:

I had a RM TND 730 that died. Quickly bought a Gamin dezl 580. If I had both, I would have one perfect GPS. I still prefer the Rand McNally to the Garmin. The RM almost always took me to the truck entrance and the Gamin never.

Big Scott, just curious, does CFI have a GPS built into your Qualcomm/e-log system?

Thanks.

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.
Don's Comment
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I watched a RN TND 730 demonstrated at a BEST BUY, of all places, and liked it. I have not seen the 740. Some older drivers who use RN have stated they prefer the 730 because the fonts size makes it easier to see than the 740's. I have not seen in person, a demonstration of a Garmin truckers GPS.

I had a RM TND 730 that died. Quickly bought a Gamin dezl 580. If I had both, I would have one perfect GPS. I still prefer the Rand McNally to the Garmin. The RM almost always took me to the truck entrance and the Gamin never.

Don's Comment
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"GPS'? We ain't got no GPS'. We don't need no GPS'. I don't have to show you any stinkin' GPS!"

Quotes from that famous B -rated movie The Truckers Treasures of the Sierra Madre

Road atlas, telephone and Google earth. Who needs a gps?

millionmiler24's Comment
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I watched a RN TND 730 demonstrated at a BEST BUY, of all places, and liked it. I have not seen the 740. Some older drivers who use RN have stated they prefer the 730 because the fonts size makes it easier to see than the 740's. I have not seen in person, a demonstration of a Garmin truckers GPS.

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I had a RM TND 730 that died. Quickly bought a Gamin dezl 580. If I had both, I would have one perfect GPS. I still prefer the Rand McNally to the Garmin. The RM almost always took me to the truck entrance and the Gamin never.

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Don, I have the RM TND 740 and I LOVE it. It is by far the best truck GPS out there.

Rainy D.'s Comment
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I had the 730 and it kept dying. i had the 740 for one day and it dropped off the magnet and shattered the screen.

the 730 has a tongue in groove mount, the 740 a magnet mount. I now have the charger cord taped into my 730 and it is doing fine so far.

if you are a clutz, check out the mounts. the 740 and tablet have the magnets. it sux.

icecold24k's Comment
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I watched a RN TND 730 demonstrated at a BEST BUY, of all places, and liked it. I have not seen the 740. Some older drivers who use RN have stated they prefer the 730 because the fonts size makes it easier to see than the 740's. I have not seen in person, a demonstration of a Garmin truckers GPS.

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I had a RM TND 730 that died. Quickly bought a Gamin dezl 580. If I had both, I would have one perfect GPS. I still prefer the Rand McNally to the Garmin. The RM almost always took me to the truck entrance and the Gamin never.

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Don, I have the RM TND 740 and I LOVE it. It is by far the best truck GPS out there.

100% agree with this I bought the 740 about a month ago and don't regret it...

Rainy D.'s Comment
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I wanna know how you two keep it docked cause one bump and it went flying. i returned it right away with a shattered screen

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