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

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millionmiler24 (CRST Amba'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

Where the actual GPS unit attaches to the magnets, around that plastic area, I just superglued it to the magnetic part and its held ever since. Considerin I drive a Freightshaker it has held up well so far.

∆_Danielsahn_∆'s Comment
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I use the atlas, Google earth, and the Copilot Truck Navigation app, on my phone. I run the app next to my Qualcomm. It has helped me find better routes, than the Qualcomm wanted to take me. I haven't cracked my atlas as often as I did at first, though. I need to.

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.
PJ's Comment
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I’ve been running the 740 since jan. Once I got used to it I love it. I’ve never had a problem with the base. I love pulling it off to enter stuff

Rainy D.'s Comment
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I should attach some.sort of retractable cord to bring it down but short enough it wont break hahahah

Dave Reid's Comment
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If you like your Garmin Nuvi auto GPS, you will probably like the Garmin 770 TND truck GPS as it works in a similar fashion. I'm a long-time Garmin user, so bear that in mind, but I find the Garmin truck GPS to be much easier to use than the RM, albeit less sophisticated.

I have and regularly use both the current top Garmin truck unit AND the current top RM unit. I use them both all of the time. If I could have only one, it would be the Garmin. But I really like having both of them for lots of reasons.

Last year I tried the Magellan. What a piece of junk. I sold it.

My current MDT is the newest DriverTech. It has nav but it is useless. They just did an update a few days ago which made it even worse.

I've used the nav on several other MDTs. They vary in usefullness. What would be ideal is a driver-frlendly unit that the company automatically uploaded your prescribed route into. Some companies do that. My company does not.

Google Maps is great for close-to-location directions and satellite view...I always check it for customer locations or if I get in trouble elsewhere.

When you are new it is always good to look at your route in the big book you just bought. I wouldn't buy anything else until you get your own assigned truck....you don't need to be hauling it around.

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.

CDL:

Commercial Driver's License (CDL)

A CDL is required to drive any of the following vehicles:

  • Any combination of vehicles with a gross combined weight rating (GCWR) of 26,001 or more pounds, providing the gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR) of the vehicle being towed is in excess of 10,000 pounds.
  • Any single vehicle with a GVWR of 26,001 or more pounds, or any such vehicle towing another not in excess of 10,000 pounds.
  • Any vehicle, regardless of size, designed to transport 16 or more persons, including the driver.
  • Any vehicle required by federal regulations to be placarded while transporting hazardous materials.
PackRat's Comment
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I bought a Rand 740 a week after they came out at the 2017 MATS. It replaced my RM 730. As for the magnets, they do suck on the bumpy roads of Indiana, Michigan, Arizona, et al....I superglued everything together, so no more falling off and skidding across the dash anymore. Did this 8 months ago and no problems. I prefer the graphics on the 730 (easier to see), but the 740 might be a touch faster. I don't like the touch screen of the 740, as I prefer using a pen. A stylus is just another small object to get lost in the cab. I was wondering: don't companies give new drivers an Atlas at orientation?

JakeBreak's Comment
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I had a garmin in my truck. It was really good. It was handy to keep my stops in check and you see the mileage to the next rest area pretty easy as well. I used to sit down and set it up with all my primary steps on the trip so all I had to write down were my back ups. And you could adjust the backups during the day if you needed to.

Don's Comment
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If you like your Garmin Nuvi auto GPS, you will probably like the Garmin 770 TND truck GPS as it works in a similar fashion. I'm a long-time Garmin user, so bear that in mind, but I find the Garmin truck GPS to be much easier to use than the RM, albeit less sophisticated.

Are you referring to the Garmin DEZL 770?

Google Maps is great for close-to-location directions and satellite view...I always check it for customer locations or if I get in trouble elsewhere.

I use Google Maps before I travel somewhere.

When you are new it is always good to look at your route in the big book you just bought. I wouldn't buy anything else until you get your own assigned truck....you don't need to be hauling it around.

I am not going to buy anything until I am actually in my own truck. Have to make it to that point, first.

Don's Comment
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Are you referring to the Garmin DEZL 770?

If you like your Garmin Nuvi auto GPS, you will probably like the Garmin 770 TND truck GPS as it works in a similar fashion. I'm a long-time Garmin user, so bear that in mind, but I find the Garmin truck GPS to be much easier to use than the RM, albeit less sophisticated.

I have and regularly use both the current top Garmin truck unit AND the current top RM unit. I use them both all of the time. If I could have only one, it would be the Garmin. But I really like having both of them for lots of reasons.

Last year I tried the Magellan. What a piece of junk. I sold it.

My current MDT is the newest DriverTech. It has nav but it is useless. They just did an update a few days ago which made it even worse.

I've used the nav on several other MDTs. They vary in usefullness. What would be ideal is a driver-frlendly unit that the company automatically uploaded your prescribed route into. Some companies do that. My company does not.

Google Maps is great for close-to-location directions and satellite view...I always check it for customer locations or if I get in trouble elsewhere.

When you are new it is always good to look at your route in the big book you just bought. I wouldn't buy anything else until you get your own assigned truck....you don't need to be hauling it around.

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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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CDL:

Commercial Driver's License (CDL)

A CDL is required to drive any of the following vehicles:

  • Any combination of vehicles with a gross combined weight rating (GCWR) of 26,001 or more pounds, providing the gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR) of the vehicle being towed is in excess of 10,000 pounds.
  • Any single vehicle with a GVWR of 26,001 or more pounds, or any such vehicle towing another not in excess of 10,000 pounds.
  • Any vehicle, regardless of size, designed to transport 16 or more persons, including the driver.
  • Any vehicle required by federal regulations to be placarded while transporting hazardous materials.
Diver Driver's Comment
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confused.gifconfused.gif What's an atlas ? Wasn't that a guy in Greek mythology?

Me personally, I don't trip plan. I like to live dangerously. rofl-1.gif

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