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

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JuiceBox's Comment
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Know where you are going and then drop pins on Google maps to take the exact route you want. I have done this in N.Y.C and LA and everywhere in between. The key is knowing your route first so you can plug it in. This method is usually not needed for interstates though.

I have a rand mcnally tnd 70 or atleast I think that's what it's called. It's an ok ETA estimator and great for pulling up rest areas and truck stops along the way but other than that Google maps is far superior, IMO.

Interstate:

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

OWI:

Operating While Intoxicated

∆_Danielsahn_∆'s Comment
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Know where you are going and then drop pins on Google maps to take the exact route you want. I have done this in N.Y.C and LA and everywhere in between. The key is knowing your route first so you can plug it in. This method is usually not needed for interstates though.

I have a rand mcnally tnd 70 or atleast I think that's what it's called. It's an ok ETA estimator and great for pulling up rest areas and truck stops along the way but other than that Google maps is far superior, IMO.

Be careful with Google maps. It will not always give you truck safe/legal routes. Especially if you are pulling hazmat loads.

HAZMAT:

Hazardous Materials

Explosive, flammable, poisonous or otherwise potentially dangerous cargo. Large amounts of especially hazardous cargo are required to be placarded under HAZMAT regulations

Interstate:

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

OWI:

Operating While Intoxicated

andhe78's Comment
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I’ll give another recommendation for the RM 740. This is my first gps so have nothing to compare it to, but I really like it. Took a few weeks to get the settings where I wanted them, but has been pretty dependable for several months now. It did try to take me over an underweight bridge a couple weeks ago, but it was marked in the atlas as a truck route too, so sometimes you just have to use common sense.

I’ll usually use the 740 to get to the general location, then company directions and google satellite to fine tune the last couple blocks.

As for keeping it on the magnetic mount, mine is mounted in one of the cup holders and the mount holds it facing more up instead of out. So gravity helps hold it down a bit. If that makes sense.

JuiceBox's Comment
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Be careful with Google maps. It will not always give you truck safe/legal routes. Especially if you are pulling hazmat loads.

Agreed. I am not suggesting to follow the route Google maps gives you because it is for cars. I would also not suggest you follow any GPS device route.

What I am suggesting is that you know your route and that every road you are taking is truck legal for your dimensions and weight. Then input that into Google maps. I do not know of any other GPS that will allow you to do this as easily as Google maps. Hopefully that is more clear.

HAZMAT:

Hazardous Materials

Explosive, flammable, poisonous or otherwise potentially dangerous cargo. Large amounts of especially hazardous cargo are required to be placarded under HAZMAT regulations

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