GPS?

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Mike V.'s Comment
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Ok guys, I know alot of you run Rand Mcnally GPS but Im partial to garmin because its what ive had for years. Which one do you like better and why?

Dennis R. (Greatest Drive's Comment
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I use a garmin nuvi 50 off craigslist for $50.I dont use or need the extra features of the truck versions.The most usefull feature is junction view,which show which lanes are being used at interchanges.

Brett Aquila's Comment
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You can get around great with a Garmin. The truck features the others ones have can be duplicated in other ways like with apps, paperback reference books, or somewhere on the Web. And you're always going to be checking ahead using other sources like Google Maps, Google Earth, Rand McNally Motor Carrier's Atlas, and other references. So you shouldn't be blindly trusting your GPS if you can at all help it, and with good planning you can almost always help it.

Jay R. R2-Detour 's Comment
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Google maps saved my rear once at least. I left the "north" off an address one. If I hadn't have scoped it out on Google maps I would have wound up in a small residential area instead of a nice, large truck stop.

Mike V.'s Comment
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Thanks, i know they cant be trusted 100%!!

Andy F.'s Comment
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I use a Garmin dezl760. I like it because it has all the bells and whistles, but mainly it alerts me of upcoming weigh stations when I'm on unfamiliar highways. Also trucks stops on my route. Upcoming speed changes Alot of stuff like that. Bought a refurbished one off of Amazon for just over 200.00. Also it split screens and shows actual pictures of the exits to take and which lanes you should be in. I like it.

Jeff L.'s Comment
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I have been told that the randy does not show the curbs as well, but I have the Garmin and it has saved my ass few times when I made bad or wrong turns in downtown areas and rerouted me when my truck navigo was showing nothing. It also lets you know what's coming and takes the confusion out that the navigo can give you if there are multiple turns in a short distance. Get the truck version for turns and grades alone. It has a lot of conveinant features that allow you hands free communication like finding the nearest rest stop or repair center. It will pay off in the long run.

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Daniel's Comment
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Ok guys, I know alot of you run Rand Mcnally GPS but Im partial to garmin because its what ive had for years. Which one do you like better and why?

Rand McNally.

Why? Shows everything I need / want. Customizable distances (weigh stations, 1st/2nd/3rd turns, curves, winding roads, steep hills, etc).

I've used: TomTom, Garmin, Rand McNally, and one other unpopular GPS before.

6 string rhythm's Comment
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I purchased the Rand TND 720 last year, the screen froze up with pixilation, similar to bars of colors on old televisions, not even a year after purchase. I got the 730 a month ago, and probably need to do another update since I'm having software issues - it requests to be shut down.

I looked at the Garmin, but stuck with Rand because of familiarity. Seems like bugs are hit or miss with all brands.

As another individual noted, Google Maps is also extremely valuable. Used in tandem with a GPS, you'll be well prepared. I'd still also recommend a paper atlas as well.

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Chris the stick slinger's Comment
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I purchased the Rand TND 720 last year, the screen froze up with pixilation, similar to bars of colors on old televisions, not even a year after purchase. I got the 730 a month ago, and probably need to do another update since I'm having software issues - it requests to be shut down.

I bough a factory refurbished 720 and it is a great tool. Haven't had it a year yet though. (fingers crossed)

Google maps for your destination, great. Google maps for your route, better check it with an atlas. End up on a goat trail "highway" like I managed to do.

These truck GPS are nice. They have several useful features like low overpass, weight restriction, and raised RR crossing warnings. Mine can go haywire on me sometimes.

If it manages to save me a single ticket it has paid for it's self.

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