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Al S.'s Comment
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Is the Rand McNally 740 gps any good

Jamie's Comment
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I've heard some good things about it, I personally use the Garmin dezl 780 and have had very min problems. But just to throw it in there, never blindly follow your GPS, always make sure to read road signs, etc.

A lot of drivers will tell you to make sure to compare your GPS route with your Atlas Map, but I haven't done so in the last two and a half years(just make sure the GPS is set correctly) I've been in trucking and things have been good on my part, just got to use common sense. If it doesn't look like a truck route, then it's probably not. But some advise I have gotten awhile ago was "Never turn down a street/area that you aren't prepared or skilled enough to back out of.".

Jamie's Comment
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A lot of drivers will tell you to make sure to compare your GPS route

Felt the need to add that it's a good idea to do so, just I don't personally do it.

Errol V.'s Comment
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Rand McNally publishes the (paper) road atlas that most truckers swear by. So their GPS had better be good.

I use a Tom Tom truck GPS myself.

Big Scott (CFI's biggest 's Comment
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I have both RM and Gamin GPSs and dash cams. Gamin works more. I cannot recommend a Rand Mcnally GPS for a primary GPS. The best thing they make is their Atlas. It always works.

PackRat's Comment
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The 740 is SO GOOD, I bought two of them.

The newest version that came out about six months ago is the TND 750. That's the one I would purchase if it was my first one, as opposed to the older 740 model.

Chief Brody's Comment
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I use the Garmin 785. It connects to my phone for real-time traffic and weather.

It does have glitches where it wants to take me around the block.

Making my delivery today it was a little bit disconcerting to hear it say " turn left on the unpaved road." But it was taking me to the right place.

Don's Comment
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I use a Garmin Dezl 580. Frankly, going to the same places, I only use it to get to a consignee I have not been to before, which is rare. I use mine to help me keep an eye on my speed, redlight camera's warnings, animal crossings, curves,cetc.. of course, I already know these areas if going to the same places. The beeping helps snap me back into strict attention if I happen to creep above speed limits. Plus, "She" keeps me company. Haha.


The customer the freight is being delivered to. Also referred to as "the receiver". The shipper is the customer that is shipping the goods, the consignee is the customer receiving the goods.

Parrothead66's Comment
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I run the Rand 540 (I think), it’s the 5” screen and it’s 5-6 years old...never had a problem. Knocking on wood now. But as Scott said, their Atlas never breaks down

James R.'s Comment
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I use the markers on google maps for my navigation. After verifying every turn with satellite and such, i set a custom "spot" 'saved point' a few hundred feet down every turn i want to take and will select the individual markers for gps guidance just so i know my distance to that turn. I consider it a nice middle ground between having everything written down and depending solely on gps for all directions. It does take a little extra time, but the extra benefits of being notified of sudden backups and more recently, cop and speed trap markers, are nice.

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