What Is The Best Trucking GPS?

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Terry A.'s Comment
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I read reviews on Rand McNally units and they describe an awful product. I would have thought the leader in bound maps would be a good choice. Anyone have a recommendation on a good make and model? I think A 7” screen should be about the right size.

PackRat's Comment
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I've used the RM products since I started OTR. I had a TND 730, then upgraded to a TND 740 when that model arrived.

It does everything I need for a trucker GPS.


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.

Joseph I.'s Comment
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My truck has a pretty good GPS built in with the ELD. So I added a Garmin, not the truckers model, that works really well. It does better finding newer addresses as I believe it is more easily updated and even without wifi connectivity in the truck it will update me on approaching traffic delays. It also has a nice feature that will show me distance ahead to next town fuel or rest area. I used a TomTom in a test truck I drove for a week that I also liked. I have nothing bad to say about RM I just never have used one.

Errol V.'s Comment
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I read reviews on Rand McNally units and they describe an awful product. I would have thought the leader in bound maps would be a good choice. ....

There's nothing wrong with Rand McNalley. You think correctly. RM didn't get to the leader position by making bad products. They set the standard for everyone else. Un-moderated reviews are most often with by people with a beef about the product, or about a trucking company for that matter.

Don't let large numbers of gripey reviews change your mind.

PJ's Comment
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I started with a RM 720 and now have the 740. They work pretty good, but the power cords seem to go out after about 1 yr. I’ve had to replace several. The support number is always busy, at least when I call. They are helpful once you get through.

Big Scott (CFI's biggest 's Comment
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The best one is a Rand McNally and Garmin. I used both in the truck. I have a RM540 and 5" Garmin Dzel. Always know where you're going and refer to your RM Atlas. Every GPS will eventually steer you wrong.

Marc Lee's Comment
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Smart Truck Route 2 on a Samsung Galaxy Octacore S6 tablet rocks!

Chris L's Comment
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I have the Garmin DezlCam 785 I like it the only complaint I have is Satellite view is not available map layer otherwise it's a decent GPS unit. Before my company did the Qualcomm software upgrade to ELD I also used the GPS feature that was available sometime both systems would contradict each other on the route that I would take. After the upgrade I only used the Garmin. Speaking of that I should bring it home with me this weekend and check for software updates.


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.
Iron9s's Comment
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I have the new RM TND 85 and it is night and day better than the 740 I was using before. The calculations are fast as well as the recalculation are almost instant. So far after a few months it’s been pretty spot on.

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