Road Atlas And GPS Brands

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Richard D.'s Comment
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Hey guys and girls, I just got myself a Garmin Dezl over the Rand McNally because Rand needed WIFI to do anything and I'm too poor right now to change my phoneplan to a higher gigabyte and tethering enabled plan.

Was wondering if anyone uses Garmin Dezl or any other brand, would like to read some feedback.

Was also going to buy the Rand McNaly motor carrier road atlas but figured I'd get TT's blessing on that first.

If you guys use phone apps to help you with your jobs, lemme know about them to!little car boxed in by a bunch of tractor-trailers

guyjax(Guy Hodges)'s Comment
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The only thing the Rand McNally uses a Internet connection for is live traffic updates. That's it. It works perfectly fine without it. I tried the Garmin and it did not have the options I like which come with the Rand McNally. When you put in your route then look for truck stops it will not show on the Garmin all the truck stops along that route. Only the large ones. When I first got it I did a search for truck stops in the area and it said the nearest one was 14 miles away even though I was standing in a Petro parking lot. Go figure.

The Garmin did have a few features I liked. The voice command was neat and worked pretty well. The ability to choose routes to save fuel could be useful but not for a company driver since companies want you on a certain route.

There was a few more features I liked but not enough to give up my 720 Rand McNally.

OOS:

When a violation by either a driver or company is confirmed, an out-of-service order removes either the driver or the vehicle from the roadway until the violation is corrected.

Brett Aquila's Comment
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The Rand McNally Motor Carrier's Atlas is the really the only atlas truckers have used for 20+ years. That's the way to go.

Eric P.'s Comment
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Guy, Is that the one with the 7" screen? I'm debating between that one, the Garmin Dezl 760, and the Truckers Tablet TT2. To be honest I'm leaning more towards the Rand McNally one because it has that seperate e-log devise that it's compatible with in the event that paper logs have to go.

Richard D.'s Comment
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The only thing the Rand McNally uses a Internet connection for is live traffic updates. That's it. It works perfectly fine without it. I tried the Garmin and it did not have the options I like which come with the Rand McNally. When you put in your route then look for truck stops it will not show on the Garmin all the truck stops along that route. Only the large ones. When I first got it I did a search for truck stops in the area and it said the nearest one was 14 miles away even though I was standing in a Petro parking lot. Go figure.

The Garmin did have a few features I liked. The voice command was neat and worked pretty well. The ability to choose routes to save fuel could be useful but not for a company driver since companies want you on a certain route.

There was a few more features I liked but not enough to give up my 720 Rand McNally.

I had the Rand McNally 720 but when I went to do a search for the local sheetz gas station, it told me I needed a wifi connection to do searches like that while for Garmin it just up and goes. Did I do something wrong?

OOS:

When a violation by either a driver or company is confirmed, an out-of-service order removes either the driver or the vehicle from the roadway until the violation is corrected.

Richard D.'s Comment
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The Rand McNally Motor Carrier's Atlas is the really the only atlas truckers have used for 20+ years. That's the way to go.

10-4! Thanks for the info! Will be getting it =] and some dry erase markers too lol

Steve C.'s Comment
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I use the Rand 720 GPS, Rand atlas, and a smart phone app called "mydat trucker" - it lists size and exit number of truck stops as well as hotels that have truck parking if you're ever taking a road 34 and want to treat yourself. It's a free app too.

guyjax(Guy Hodges)'s Comment
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The only thing the Rand McNally uses a Internet connection for is live traffic updates. That's it. It works perfectly fine without it. I tried the Garmin and it did not have the options I like which come with the Rand McNally. When you put in your route then look for truck stops it will not show on the Garmin all the truck stops along that route. Only the large ones. When I first got it I did a search for truck stops in the area and it said the nearest one was 14 miles away even though I was standing in a Petro parking lot. Go figure.

The Garmin did have a few features I liked. The voice command was neat and worked pretty well. The ability to choose routes to save fuel could be useful but not for a company driver since companies want you on a certain route.

There was a few more features I liked but not enough to give up my 720 Rand McNally.

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I had the Rand McNally 720 but when I went to do a search for the local sheetz gas station, it told me I needed a wifi connection to do searches like that while for Garmin it just up and goes. Did I do something wrong?

What may have happened is it would need an update which all GPS units need to update properly. Software update that is. See the GPS may have sat around a warehouse for months if not a year or more and software gets out of date pretty fast.

OOS:

When a violation by either a driver or company is confirmed, an out-of-service order removes either the driver or the vehicle from the roadway until the violation is corrected.

PJ's Comment
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I also have the rand 720. I love the larger screen. When I first updated mine it was way behind and took awhile. It did sit around a warehouse, but after the first update it has been great.

Richard D.'s Comment
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Gonna take my Garmin back and give it another shot! I really liked the Rand McNally gps and its so much more rugged thant he Dezl. Thanks for the help everyone!

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