Choosing A GPS System

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Victor C. II's Comment
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So I have been doing my homework like a male bee and I have been looking at several gps types. The ones I am looking at are Garmin 785 lmt-s, 780 lmt-s, Rand Mcnally overdryv pro 8, overdryv pro 7, tnd tablet 8 inch, tnd 80, 740. I have heard really great and really bad news of either and I know a lot of you can help me cut through the propaganda and the bad experiences and straighten me out so I can get my thoughts collected, cooled and solid before I make the decisive decision. I am leaning heavily to the Garmin 785 and 780 but like I said I am reading pretty bad stories about like rebootimg them, not processing, rebooting in the middle of a trip, Customer Service standing people up and so on. Please and thank you for your help. I am posting this because for some reason a lot of the Qualcomms are rebooting randomly and I want a gps unit with great features to make sure a trip is successful. Plus I will buy an updated Rand Mcnally truckers road atlas. I really appreciate your time and help here.

God bless you all!

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.
Jeremy's Comment
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I have absolutely no complaints about the tnd series of rand mcnally easy to use and has never ever done me wrong

000's Comment
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I have absolutely no complaints about the tnd series of rand mcnally easy to use and has never ever done me wrong

I like mine too but it got me twice. Once it put me on an uphill street that was so steep, I barely got her in 5th gear & crawled up that monster. The second time was on my way to the Public DC in Dacula, GA. Took me off perfectly legal street to put me on 2 18 ton limit streets. Luckily they weren't bridges cause I was near 80K.

I've used the garmin but prefer the RM. If you want further research Victor, run a search in the bar above. Lots of threads on this subject. At the end of the day, make sure you check your road atlas before you start your drive. Especially the restrictions section with the red color tab.

DAC:

Drive-A-Check Report

A truck drivers DAC report will contain detailed information about their job history of the last 10 years as a CDL driver (as required by the DOT).

It may also contain your criminal history, drug test results, DOT infractions and accident history. The program is strictly voluntary from a company standpoint, but most of the medium-to-large carriers will participate.

Most trucking companies use DAC reports as part of their hiring and background check process. It is extremely important that drivers verify that the information contained in it is correct, and have it fixed if it's not.

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.

PackRat's Comment
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I first used a RM TND 730, until the 740 came out about two and a half years ago. I upgraded at that time, using mostly points on my rewards card from Love's, in addition to the sale price of a $50 rebate. The big chain truck stops usually will run sales on the major-ticket items like fridges, GPS units, and CBs twice each year, so keep your eyes peeled for these sales. Don't pay full price if you don't need to.

I have a second 740 spare that I got on sale in July. Good thing, because Monday morning, my primary unit died sometime during the night. Next time I'm home, I'll send it back for a battery replacement (most likely).

The only thing I don't like about the 740 is the weak magnetic mount. I use a few drops of superglue and everything stays put.

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.

Jeremy's Comment
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I agree packrat i couldnt use the protective case on mine every bump jarred it off not to many issue as it comes out of the box

Rubber Duck's Comment
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I bought the garmin trucker gps and I can say for sure it’s a piece of crap. Don’t expect it to ever get you anywhere the way your supposed to go. It will take you the wrong direction every chance it gets and it will have you on a dirt road in West Virginia I guarantee it. Go for the rand McNally gps. I never had it but it has got to be better than this garmin.

Jeremy's Comment
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You can punch in all your preferences on the rm no dirtroads or all the other places you wouldnt wanna be with truck

Victor C. II's Comment
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Wow thank you so much for helping me with that, knowing people who are using a product that I have read both good and bad reviews. So I think I will probably go with overdryv 7 or 8. Sad thing with 8 is you cannot get apps from google play store and many of useful apps come from there. Im not sure where to find apps other than google play store. Do you all know of good place to get apps?

OWI:

Operating While Intoxicated

Victor C. II's Comment
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I might even look into the TND 80 or 70. I am not sure which one is best. I know I saw a video review show the tnd was really slow but the overdryv was great except some color bleed and not able to get apps from google play.

Rubber Duck's Comment
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I wouldn’t waste the money on one of them super fancy gigantic tablet like gps devices that allow you to download apps and stuff. Let your gps be a gps and get a tablet if you want a tablet. The last thing you want is to bog down your gps with a bunch of spam and stuff. I wouldn’t even get one of them gps with a camera. If you want a camera get a camera. That’s just me though. I’m sure there’s people out there who are happy with that tv screen sitting on their dash but it’s not for me.

I might even look into the TND 80 or 70. I am not sure which one is best. I know I saw a video review show the tnd was really slow but the overdryv was great except some color bleed and not able to get apps from google play.

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