Choosing A GPS System

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PackRat'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.

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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.

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I totally agree with this 100%. You do not need all the bells and whistles, especially in the beginning. The 740 will do everything I need, and is at least $200 cheaper.

Susan D. 's Comment
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Recently I got a company supplied garmin 780 that has our new blue tree elogs on it. I used it once, wasn't impressed, and haven't used it again. I'll stick with my Tomtom. And as far as blue tree goes.. I REALLY dislike that too.

Yes a Qualcomm will sometimes randomly reboot if its doing an update. I never had any trouble with omnitracs and I sure miss it.

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.

Elogs:

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.

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.
Anne A. (G13MomCat)'s Comment
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Recently I got a company supplied garmin 780 that has our new blue tree elogs on it. I used it once, wasn't impressed, and haven't used it again. I'll stick with my Tomtom. And as far as blue tree goes.. I REALLY dislike that too.

Yes a Qualcomm will sometimes randomly reboot if its doing an update. I never had any trouble with omnitracs and I sure miss it.

Hi Susan, sure miss your input around here~! Gonna be needing you females' advice soon...coming up this year to try again, haha! (Youngest will be 16.. so we shall see.) Back to topic, HOW / WHY did you switch from Omnitracs to QC .. ?!? Company call??

Victor, hubby has an older RM and swears by it, but then again he's intrastate , and rarely has trouble with his QC anymore.

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.

Elogs:

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.

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.

Intrastate:

The act of purchasers and sellers transacting business while keeping all transactions in a single state, without crossing state lines to do so.

Victor C. II's Comment
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I see what you mean. I have heard of the tablet being really slow. The camera, is nice, but how do you connect or get a good priced camera for a dash cam? Like I wanted to get a couple cameras for the trailer so I can snap them on and wirelessly hook them up to the gps unit so I can record or watch action all around, more than what the mirrors would see and that way I have a 3 ways of accountability while I am driving. Any suggestions?

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.

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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.

double-quotes-end.png

Recently I got a company supplied garmin 780 that has our new blue tree elogs on it. I used it once, wasn't impressed, and haven't used it again. I'll stick with my Tomtom. And as far as blue tree goes.. I REALLY dislike that too.

Yes a Qualcomm will sometimes randomly reboot if its doing an update. I never had any trouble with omnitracs and I sure miss it.

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.

Elogs:

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.

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.
andhe78'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

This right here is some of the best advice about gps units. Took me a couple weeks to get my preferences how I wanted, but it actually never led me astray in two years once I had it dialed in.

PackRat's Comment
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Take a look in my profile page under the photos gallery.

I have a couple pics in there of the Eagke Eye Dash Cam I have. It has three cameras that you can mount anywhere with a 12' cord on the two remote cameras. One on each mirror's CB antenna. It is not a wireless unit, though.

I picked it up at The Iowa 80 for about $240-$260 over a year ago.

Iron9s's Comment
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Rand is cycling out their current stock of what you have seen on the shelves with new models. Here is a place with some discount pricing. https://rand.factoryoutletstore.com/cat/25719/Rand-McNally-GPS-Navigation.html?cid=92970&chid=1&campaignid=63245644&adgroupid=6634438324&creative=175727814440&targetid=kwd-98169320&matchtype=p&device=m&network=g&gclid=EAIaIQobChMI-o2YgqX_5gIVg8DACh09VQ9OEAAYASAAEgI3I_D_BwE

P&D:

Pickup & Delivery

Local drivers that stay around their area, usually within 100 mile radius of a terminal, picking up and delivering loads.

LTL (Less Than Truckload) carriers for instance will have Linehaul drivers and P&D drivers. The P&D drivers will deliver loads locally from the terminal and pick up loads returning to the terminal. Linehaul drivers will then run truckloads from terminal to terminal.

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.

Goner's Comment
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Rand is cycling out their current stock of what you have seen on the shelves with new models. Here is a place with some discount pricing. https://rand.factoryoutletstore.com/cat/25719/Rand-McNally-GPS-Navigation.html?cid=92970&chid=1&campaignid=63245644&adgroupid=6634438324&creative=175727814440&targetid=kwd-98169320&matchtype=p&device=m&network=g&gclid=EAIaIQobChMI-o2YgqX_5gIVg8DACh09VQ9OEAAYASAAEgI3I_D_BwE

Pilot/Flying J has a $50 mail in rebate promo on the 740 going on also.

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P&D:

Pickup & Delivery

Local drivers that stay around their area, usually within 100 mile radius of a terminal, picking up and delivering loads.

LTL (Less Than Truckload) carriers for instance will have Linehaul drivers and P&D drivers. The P&D drivers will deliver loads locally from the terminal and pick up loads returning to the terminal. Linehaul drivers will then run truckloads from terminal to terminal.

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.

Arthur D.'s Comment
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Yes, the Garmin really is a disappointing unit. Perhaps knows about 80% of the truck stops. Put me on the wrong road multiple times, wrong lanes for exits. Does not find the quickest route. Thinks I can do a u-turn on a two-lane highway.

Looking forward to using as a frisbee.

SAP:

Substance Abuse Professional

The Substance Abuse Professional (SAP) is a person who evaluates employees who have violated a DOT drug and alcohol program regulation and makes recommendations concerning education, treatment, follow-up testing, and aftercare.

PackRat's Comment
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Looking forward to using as a frisbee.

Don't do that! Sell it on Craigslist instead and get some money back at least.

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