Advice For A GPS.

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Truckin Along With Kearse's Comment
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Kearsey, my bad. I thought the question was asking for a recommendation for which gps unit people are using, not about the accuracy of a particular app or if a gps alone was trustworthy..

The two main trucker GPS brands are Garmin and Rand McNally. Each have quirks and features that some like and some dont. They can cost between $300 to $500 but you can use truck stop fuel rewards points to cut the costs and there are often rebates as well.

Our companies often provide a GPS as well. I have the company GPS and a Rand MCNally Trucker version. My student just paid for Trucker Path annual that is supposed to have a trucker GPS and she found that all 3 recently took her different directions. And 2 told her to turn on non truck routes.

I am sorry if I came off rude. But as a trainer I have woken to trainees driving through corn fields because they do not understand that the GPS is not to be trusted

The OP is still in training and sounds as though he is relying on this?

Optical's Comment
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The OP is still in training and sounds as though he is relying on this?

Yes, I am in training but I'm also not looking to solely rely on it. But I am also a bit of a technophile and enjoy using technology as tools in a toolbox.

Big Scott (CFI's biggest 's Comment
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I have RM 540 and Garmin Deal 580. Together they make one good GPS. Rand Mcnally has the worst suction cups, they fall down all the time. I also have Garmin and RM dash cams.

The Gamin is more intuitive and is my lead GPS.

PJ's Comment
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I started with a RM 720 then bought the 740 when it came out. I like them, but as said you have to take what they say with a grsin of salt. The power cords are the wesk points of both. I seem to replace those annualy.

I bought my gf a rm tablet and it is terrible. It likes to loose gos signal on a regular basis.

My truck has a built in gps using garmin routing. It works ok but not as accurate as the rm and doesn’t have the truck stops listed in it.


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