What GPS Unit Should I Used Or Its The Most Helpfull?

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Emmanuel A.'s Comment
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Hi I have a debate with myself about wich unit to buy,but not thinking about going to crazy,somebody if offering me the cobra 5550 pro,waiting for you advices,thanks.

Ernie S. (AKA Old Salty D's Comment
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Hi I have a debate with myself about wich unit to buy,but not thinking about going to crazy,somebody if offering me the cobra 5550 pro,waiting for you advices,thanks.

When I was looking to buy my first GPS, I did some research and for me I found the Rand McNally had the best reviews and features that I like of any of the GPS units on the market. That still holds true today. Just my opinion.

Ernie

Freightdog (Shaun)'s Comment
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Hi I have a debate with myself about wich unit to buy,but not thinking about going to crazy,somebody if offering me the cobra 5550 pro,waiting for you advices,thanks.

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When I was looking to buy my first GPS, I did some research and for me I found the Rand McNally had the best reviews and features that I like of any of the GPS units on the market. That still holds true today. Just my opinion.

Ernie

I'll second that. I used the Rand McNally, company Qualcomm , and Motor Carrier's Atlas to trip plan and navigate. On at least three different occasions the company Qualcomm failed completely and I was glad I had the Rand McNally all set up as a backup.

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.
SOBER-J's Comment
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Only time I used GPS I was running flatbed in South Carolina. Got to talking on the CB to a driver that was going to same shipper and I never been there. He had it I didn't. We ended up on a dirt road for about a mile and he kept saying " can see the yard and the place we going right here on my GPS it's just another half mile." Well it was but the damn road was blocked from that way in and we had to back out!

Yall use them if you want to but my advice is learn to read a map and get your directions from the last exit you get off.

I'm Sober-J over

Shipper:

The customer who is shipping the freight. This is where the driver will pick up a load and then deliver it to the receiver or consignee.

Rolling Thunder's Comment
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Ditto on the Rand. I have had mine for almost a year and it is very helpful. Always refer to a paper map just in case though. All GPS units have the potential to put you in a very tight situation.

RedGator's Comment
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I bought the brand new Rand McNally 760 or 720 or whatever and I hated it! Yea the features are nice and all but dont make up for crappy navigation. I now have the Garmin dezi 560 and although it has different features I still find the directions suck. Ive come to the conclusion that when you know these roads and how to read a map these GPS' s all seem like garbage. Out of those 2 my preference is the Garmin.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Nighttrain03's Comment
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Hi I have a debate with myself about wich unit to buy,but not thinking about going to crazy,somebody if offering me the cobra 5550 pro,waiting for you advices,thanks.

It's up to you what you wanna use, Garmin; Rand McNally; Cobra whatever. Just remember that a GPS is a tool to help you out, it's not a be all end all to navigating to your pick up or delivery location. I have a Rand McNally 520 (paid $299 with $50 mail in rebate, common at most truck stops), it's mostly accurate but yet there are certain roads that it doesn't recognize as legal roads to drive down, it tells you that it's not feasible or compatible to drive your truck down that particular road. You'll be able to tell if the road is conducive or not. Bottom line is use your best judgment. If you feel like it's not a good road to go down, then it probably isn't. If so, continue until you can find a suitable place to turn around. Just my opinion, I've been in some tricky situations that I don't care to do again. Take care Targe

guyjax(Guy Hodges)'s Comment
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I have been over the same roads year after year for 16 years. I can get just about anywhere with a map and phone. The only real reason I use the GPS cause it makes figuring out times easier. ETA mostly but also allows me to see the miles between my waypoints.

Jimmy P. 's Comment
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Just thought I would mention that Pilot has the Rand McNally TND 720 LM with free lifetime maps for $299.99 reg price is $399.99 . $100.00 off not bad I picked it up with the 2015 Deluxe Motor Carrier's laminated atlas the total was $329.98 not bad and I really like being to make notes in the atlas with a dry erase marker then wipe them off when done !

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