GPS???

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Christopher L.'s Comment
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Today I was given a CB, an inverter and a cooker by an old trucker. He also told me to buy a separate trucker gps and not rely on my Qualcomm one. Is this true? If so they are very expensive

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.
Bruce K.'s Comment
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There was very recently a number of comments on this subject. you might be able to search "GPS" and find the latest comments.

PackRat's Comment
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Make sure to get a GPS intended for Truckers use/Commercial vehicles.

Prices can range from $300 to $700.

The first investment should be a deluxe Rand McNally Truckers Road Atlas.

Not all companies provide a GPS built in to the ELD.

NaeNaeInNC's Comment
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"Ehhhhhh, Haven't you heard of an atla Back in my day, we did it by pay phone call, word of mouth, cb and an Atlas! All y'all steering wheel holders are the exact same" *ptooooooey*

Having got the obligatory trucker comment about using GPS vs not, I would say splurge on the dezl otr800 from Garmin. Yeah, it's expensive, and in my opinion that extra inch is truly worth another $200 😜😳 seriously though, I like the mounting bracket better, and the 4 points of information in the " up ahead" tab.

Now, I use a combo of the atlas, Garmin gps, and the Navigo on the Qualcomm. Are they perfect? Nah, but if you can get two things to agree in the trucking industry, consider it a miracle! Use common sense, read your signs, and remember your " Nevers. "

OTR:

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.

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.
Mikey B.'s Comment
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Today I was given a CB, an inverter and a cooker by an old trucker. He also told me to buy a separate trucker gps and not rely on my Qualcomm one. Is this true? If so they are very expensive

I used the Qualcomm GPS directions very much successfully for two years by itself. It provided great turn by turn (my opinion) directions. My new company doesn't use the Qualcomm GPS so I bought a Garmin dezl 700. Cost $399 at all truckstops. Almost got the 800 but didn't see much difference other than price from the 700. I've been very happy with it so far.

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.
Christopher L.'s Comment
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"Ehhhhhh, Haven't you heard of an atla Back in my day, we did it by pay phone call, word of mouth, cb and an Atlas! All y'all steering wheel holders are the exact same" *ptooooooey*

Lol I was thinking here we go. I am old enough to remember using maps, however, gps is so much easier but I will also use the mcnally atlas

Stevo Reno's Comment
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There have been times even the GPS don't help. IE, warehouse is so new, it's not picked up, then we'd use our cells, when nearby the location, to pinpoint exactly where we needed to be.

And I always did a google earth shot, to look for the right entrance to use. Saved a lot of grief too !! My co-driver bought the expensive Rand McNalley GPS with all the bells and whistles, pfffft waste of money!

I'd prefer the Garmins , and you don't need to buy the fancy big azz 1's either starting off with , save your moolah til later lol

Chief Brody's Comment
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The 3 benefits that I have found of using the Garmin GPS are first, getting the exact location for my pickup or delivery, second the "arrive in" time estimation.

If you connect your Garmin to your phone you can send the address from Google Maps and then in the Smart link app you can move the destination to the exact location of the guardhouse at the shipping or delivery site.

I also rely on the "arrive in" time which when connected to your phone will adjust for traffic up ahead. So when I'm driving along and I get delayed or there's traffic up ahead I can readjust my stopping place for the night based on my available time

Garmin also has an up ahead function that will show you all of the truck stops and rest areas and I also have Walmart's plugged into my up ahead function. So when I'm driving along and because of traffic or other delays I am short on time to get to my destination from the night I can simply pick one on the fly.

Christopher L.'s Comment
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I ordered the Rand McNally Atlas and will buy a Garmin when I'm out on the road

Old School's Comment
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You don't want just any old Atlas. You want the one for motor carriers. It has additional sections with tons of important information you will need. It also shows you all the truck routes. I prefer the one with a spiral binder. It lays flat which makes it much easier to use.

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