GPS THE BEST

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Lowry F.'s Comment
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So a little back story I drove regional for Schneider on Walmart dedicated for awhile and they had gps built into the Qualcomm. Well I wanted to be home more than 48 hours so u did a local gig for coca cola well I dont want to be unloading 10 to 15k by hand no more so i switched to Ryder on a regional dedicated account for mmi door i will be monday-friday with to nights on the truck the rest will be home plus off weekends. Well I'm fairly positive they dont have built in gps in the elog system they run so I'm looking at the dezl 770 or ran Mcnally's 740. What's y'alls option on any gps or these ones?

Elog:

Electronic Onboard Recorder

Electronic Logbook

A device which records the amount of time a vehicle has been driven. If the vehicle is not being driven, the operator will manually input whether or not he/she is on duty or not.

Regional:

Regional Route

Usually refers to a driver hauling freight within one particular region of the country. You might be in the "Southeast Regional Division" or "Midwest Regional". Regional route drivers often get home on the weekends which is one of the main appeals for this type of route.

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.
Bobcat_Bob's Comment
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Rand McNally is great, I bought one with my first check. It takes some getting used to but I liked it.

Unfortunately I do not use it anymore since i switched to linehaul.

Linehaul:

Linehaul drivers will normally run loads from terminal to terminal for LTL (Less than Truckload) companies.

LTL (Less Than Truckload) carriers will have Linehaul drivers and P&D drivers. The P&D drivers will deliver loads locally from the terminal and pick up loads returning them to the terminal. Linehaul drivers will then run truckloads from terminal to terminal.
Turtle's Comment
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I vote for the 740. Love mine.

Lowry F.'s Comment
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The 2 things that have me shying away from the 740 is the magnet mount and no bluetooth connectivity. I would love the overdrive 7 but that's a lot of loot for a gps

Bobcat_Bob's Comment
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I liked the magnetic mount personally, it was east to take off when I needed to pull it down, but stayed mounted when driving.

Lack of bluetooth wasnt a big concern for me as much as map accuracy.

The 740 syncs with Rand Mcnally atlas

Tony R.'s Comment
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Garmin Dezl for me.

Big Scott (CFI Driver/Tra's Comment
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I have an RM 540 and Garmin dezl 580. Together they make the perfect GPS. I love and hate them both.

PlanB's Comment
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I absolutely hated the magnetic mount on the Rand McNally. Every time we hit a bump in the road the damn thing jumped off the mount and landed god knows where in the cab.

The unit itself was good. Just hated they mount.

Now I use the Garmin and it does a great job.

Both are great units, it's really just personal preference between the two.

Tractor Man's Comment
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RM TND 730. I use it as a companion to my qualcomm GPS. I use it for POI's along my route. Swift "final mile" turn by turn on Qualcomm is programmed to truck entrances(for the most part). RM will take you to the address of the business. Front door so to speak. Great for upcoming truck stops, rest areas, Walmarts,etc. Sometimes it doesn't have a clue. For example, it is oblivious to the most direct route from Phoenix to Las Vegas. Always double check any GPS against a paper map/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.
Turtle's Comment
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I've heard complaints about the magnetic mount of the 740, but mine has never fallen off. Not even once. I do keep it mounted about a half inch above the dash, with a little foam in the gap to cushion any bumps. In fact it's the foam that came in the 740 packaging.

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