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Serah D.'s Comment
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Hi ya'll,

Where do l start? After many ups and downs while in training and in the first few months solo, l am still a truck driver...yeah! (God knows l was on the brink of giving up quite a few timesl.

It's now been 14 months as a solo driver and let me say this, l am having a blast. Left OTR for a dedicated acct that runs me in TX, OK, LA, KS, and occassionally Nebraska and MO. This is where l have truly horned most of my driving skills. I am still a Swiftie. Took the advise given here about sticking with the company for a year at least.

Question, who can tell me about the Rand Mcnally TND 740 GPS? Does it only work with internet? If so, about how much data is required? My daughter bought me one for my birthday but l am already paying over $100 for my Verizon phone and do not really feel like spending that much more.

Thank you for your replies in advance.

OTR:

Over The Road

OTR driving normally means you'll be hauling freight to various customers throughout your company's hauling region. It often entails being gone from home for two to three weeks at a time.

Jamie's Comment
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According to their website: https://www.randmcnally.com/product/tnd-740

It seems the wifi part is optional, only if you want live weather updates/fuel prices/traffic/local searches. It doesn't seem to be required to use the mapping feature.

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.
andhe78's Comment
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Question, who can tell me about the Rand Mcnally TND 740 GPS? Does it only work with internet? If so, about how much data is required? My daughter bought me one for my birthday but l am already paying over $100 for my Verizon phone and do not really feel like spending that much more.

Been running the 740 for almost a year. It works fine without the internet. Have only connected to a hotspot twice to update it. It will not give you live traffic or weather updates unless connected to the internet, but the maps and routing work just fine.

TWIC:

Transportation Worker Identification Credential

Truck drivers who regularly pick up from or deliver to the shipping ports will often be required to carry a TWIC card.

Your TWIC is a tamper-resistant biometric card which acts as both your identification in secure areas, as well as an indicator of you having passed the necessary security clearance. TWIC cards are valid for five years. The issuance of TWIC cards is overseen by the Transportation Security Administration and the Department of Homeland Security.

Serah D.'s Comment
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Thanks. Now l can tell my daughter am keeping it.

Big Scott (CFI Driver and's Comment
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I switched to Straight Talk with unlimited data. I have a Garmin GPS and connects to my phone via Bluetooth for traffic and weather and wifi for updates.

Diver Driver's Comment
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Been running a TND 740 for about a year now. The thing I've noticed is that trip planning is CRITICAL when using it. It will try and route you down some very narrow (1 lane bridge anyone?) roads that may be legal, but you shouldn't really be on. The problem is when your in an area where your atlas doesn't have a detailed view. Anyway, if your careful with it, and just remember that its a tool, you should be good.

Old School's Comment
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l am still a truck driver...yeah! (God knows l was on the brink of giving up quite a few timesl.

It's now been 14 months as a solo driver and let me say this, l am having a blast.

Serah, it's great to hear from you!

It's even more rewarding to hear that you are still at it. Congratulations!

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Rick R.'s Comment
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I’ve been using the 740 for almost 3 years. As mentioned, it’s a tool. You’ll need to get used to it’s routing quirks based on the parameters you use in route management - ie- allow or prefer freeways, avoid or allow tolls, etc. The best advice I can give to a new user is look closely at the route it calculates before starting. For example, if you use the highway default (allow freeways v. prefer freeways ) it will sometimes want to take you off an interstate to save a few miles. Generally, this isn’t the best option, but sometimes is. I know, that’s vague, but double check the routes before you start, and modify if need be. Other that that, I love it for the ability to show upcoming potential stop points - truck stops, rest areas and points of interest. I really like mine.

Interstate:

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

Rainy D.'s Comment
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I hate the charger. because it attached woth a magnet i glue it on. the first one fell off and shattered just by closing the truck door

Grumpy Old Man's Comment
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I hate the charger. because it attached woth a magnet i glue it on. the first one fell off and shattered just by closing the truck door

The charger fell off, or the GPS fell off?

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