Purchasing A GPS

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Petro Hauler's Comment
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I'm sure this question has been asked and answered many times but somewhere along the line I missed them all... What is the best GPS to purchase? I've heard the Rand McNally was top of the line for truckers....Any thoughts??

Anchorman's Comment
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Here is a helpful post: GPS Question . I have the Garmin dezl 760LMT . Make sure it is a truck specific GPS. You always want to have a Motor Carrier's Road Atlas as your main reference.


Dispatcher, Fleet Manager, Driver Manager

The primary person a driver communicates with at his/her company. A dispatcher can play many roles, depending on the company's structure. Dispatchers may assign freight, file requests for home time, relay messages between the driver and management, inform customer service of any delays, change appointment times, and report information to the load planners.
Troy V.'s Comment
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I have the Rand 720. The thing is amazing. I can only speak for that one though because I have not tried any other but will say I have had no problem at all with it at all.

ThinksTooMuch's Comment
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I have the Rand McNally 720 as well. Only complaint is that it doesn't make mashed potatoes.

Very good unit, DON'T but it at a truck stop as they over price it. Look online or buy a refurbished one from Rand website.

Troy V.'s Comment
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I have the Rand McNally 720 as well. Only complaint is that it doesn't make mashed potatoes.

Very good unit, DON'T but it at a truck stop as they over price it. Look online or buy a refurbished one from Rand website.

Yeah I got mine from the Rand website as well. Way to overpriced anywhere else

Woody's Comment
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I bought mine refurbished on the web. If you do a search online you will probably find a discount code and save some money. When I got mine they were on sale for $249 and used code GREAT20 for another 20% off. Bought it for like 210 shipped to my door!

When it arrived I was missing the car charger, but customer service was fast and easy they shipped me one out immediately.

All in all I really like the unit, and find new tips and tricks all the time. The large screen is a BIG plus.

Some minor things I don't like. The speed limit is often wrong, make sure your still reading the speed limit signs. It picks up curve warnings from adjacent roads and will tell you a sharp curve is coming up even when on a straight road. Same thing happens with dirt roads. As with all GPS units check your routing. It will at times send you to the right place but take a strange route to get there.

It is the only truck GPS I have owned so I really can't compare with others. I have a garmin for my personal vehicle that I really like. When approaching intersections it actually shows which lane to be in more accurately than my Rand does but I do not know if the truck GPS works the same way.

One thing I really like is after I have routed to my final destination I can search point of interest along my route and either add my fuel stop or look at distance to truck stops and decide where I want to shut down. Then hit "travel via" and it will take me to that stop then continue on to final destination.


ThinksTooMuch's Comment
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Yeah the speed limit thing is slightly annoying as well as the curves. But you should always be looking at signs anyway. embarrassed.gif It is nice when it warns you of upcoming speed limit changes because that is often where DOT sit and catch unscrupulous drivers.

As mentioned always check your route with your atlas, Google maps, other drivers, company directions, and any other resource you have.


Department Of Transportation

A department of the federal executive branch responsible for the national highways and for railroad and airline safety. It also manages Amtrak, the national railroad system, and the Coast Guard.

State and Federal DOT Officers are responsible for commercial vehicle enforcement. "The truck police" you could call them.

Petro Hauler's Comment
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Thanks guys, I think I have made my decision, looks like the Rand for me....Thanks again for the advice....

Chris L.'s Comment
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I have Rand McNally 520, only problem I have is it will try to take you on a long detour if your destination is on truck restricted roads. Even if the destination is a couple blocks away it will take you way around, even though there's a sign stating no trucks except local deliveries. Other than that I'm happy with it.

Ralph P.'s Comment
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Hi! Rookie here. Are there any Trucker GPS that have microphone capabilities.

Where I can talk to it and give instructions?

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