Rand Mcnally Or Garmin

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Tom's Comment
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I'm looking into getting a gos which one do you prefer pros and cons of them

PackRat's Comment
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I use the RM TND 740 currently, and have another as a spare. I had a 730 prior to this.

Seems to operate fast enough most of the time, display is large enough to see in any conditions. Suction mount has never come loose from the windshield.

Biggest problem is the magnet mount, which isn't strong enough to keep the unit attached while driving on not overly rough roads. My fix two years ago was four drops of super glue.

Cost is about $375 to $450, depending on where you are. I always save up my rewards points on a fuel card so the cost is less than $100. I also wait until these are on sale before I purchase one.


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Turtle's Comment
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I like my RM 740. The GPS is accurate, trustworthy, and quick on the reroute.

In two years, my magnet has let go only twice on a rough road. I've heard many others complain about the magnet, so maybe I'm just lucky.

My only real complaint would be that it just randomly shuts off sometimes. I don't know why, it's always plugged in. It'll always turn right back on, but then I have to re-enter my stops again.


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Don's Comment
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I like my Garmin. Although I drive to the same customers in Ohio, PA or NY, and don't really need to use it, I continue to do so, along with Google Maps. I think at this point, it's just to hear someone talking to me, and to remind me "hey dummy, don't forget this turn coming up!"

JuiceBox's Comment
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Rand took a dump so I gave garmin a try and am using it now. I've only had the garmin for a few days and I think the rand is much more user friendly but maybe I'm just not used to the garmin yet. I'd have stayed with the rand but it just stopped working. At first it would randomly shut off, then it would start freezing, and last it couldn't find where I was so I tossed it. I prefer google maps over all others though.

Pete E Pothole's Comment
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Used an overdryve 7 on my trainers truck and got myself a garmin 780. They both have many of the same tools, but I really like how you can shape the route on a Garmin to take the roads you want without having to setup multiple destinations.

Big Scott (CFI's biggest 's Comment
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Have both love and hate both. No matter what you get, always remember a GPS will screw you. Always know where you're going.

Joseph I.'s Comment
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Just to add something to the conversation. I drove a New Volvo for 2 weeks, the dealership is trying to get us to buy them for our fleet and it had a TomTom in it. It worked very well and I liked the way the user interfaced worked. I do not have a Rand and used a Garmin for a week a while back and like the TomTom a little better.

Errol V.'s Comment
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I have a TomTom Truck GPS. The one problem used with the TomTom route finder is that it loves freeways. In a given area, I know a local road is used by trucks and is faster & shorter, the route per TomTom takes the interstate.

If you have traffic reporting it does save you time in routing you around road backups.


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Goner's Comment
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Used both Garmin & Rand McNally. Much prefer the RM over the Garmin. Better routing & user interface.

Mine stopped working after 3 months. Sent it in & got a working one in the mail.

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