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    GPS with Truck Routes

    Hello,

    I have a quick question. Are there any GPS units have Truck Route maps for the United States built in? Or can they be purchased or downloaded. I did an extensive Internet search, and I was unable to find any information on portable GPS units with truck routes. I know Laptop software is available, but I need a portable GPS unit. Thanks for your help and time.


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    Garmin

    Garmins (particularly the 2730, 2820, 7200 & 7500) have a truck setting that will (for the most part) keep you out of trouble. I bought one two months ago and I have found it accurate for low bridges and weight restricted roads but needs some work for local truck restricted routes. You will STILL need your Rand-McNally to suppliment it.

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    Thank you for the reply about the GPS

    What Garmin model do you have? Do you know where on the Internet I can read up on models with ‘Truck Routes’? It doesn’t have to be Garmin, any brand will do just as long it is portable and not laptop software. Also which is the cheapest one with the 'Truck Route' function? You know as well as I, when you're first starting off cutting corners is very important when it comes to saving money. If you have any more hints, tips or any advise I would appreciate it. Thanks.

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    I have the 2730. It runs about $500. The others run up to $1500. If you are going to go the GPS route, you do not need to go cheap -- you need to go reliable. If you cannot afford a good one, just stick with the ole Rand-McNally. You can search this or the other trucker forums under Garmin and find a lot of posts about them.

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    laptop

    hey, if you have a laptop there is a program called Copilot Trucks for laptop. Specially designed for truck routing. Has weight limits, low overpasses and routing for 53' trailers. I have the basic car edition and it works real well. But for 350 dollars you can get the truck routing software and a gps locater unit. As soon as I finish traing thats what I plan to get.

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    Not sure what you mean by truck routes.

    The big models 7200 & 7500 are designed for bigger vehicles - rv's and trucks.

    Google their names to get alot more info. And not sure what you mean by portable. Portable in the GPS world means handheld, as used by hikers.

    ALso look in the electronics forums below.
    Last edited by Captain67; 03.05.2007 at 08.47 PM.

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    Siemens VDO is supposed to be releasing a truck-specific GPS shortly. Right now its being tested in Europe

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    Quote Originally Posted by Captain67 View Post
    And not sure what you mean by portable. Portable in the GPS world means handheld, as used by hikers.
    I would assume, the type that you attatch to the windshield with a suction cup type device.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TNtrucker07 View Post
    Unfortunately the Garmin tech support people are a lot like the Dell tech support people -- they do not have a clue about their own products.
    I laughed out loud when you compared the Garmin tech support to Dell tech support. I've been going in circles with dell for quite sometime now (what a joke), but that's a another story. You stated you had the Garmin 2730. Can you program your in own route so it will talk to you as it comes up on the screen? That way it's not how the computer wants you to go, it's how you want to go. Also where did you purchase your Garmin 2730? Walmart has that model for about $740.00 with tax and shipping. You stated that you payed about $500.00. Did you buy your new, used or refurbished? Thanks again for your help.

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    Portable GPS

    Quote Originally Posted by Captain67 View Post
    Not sure what you mean by truck routes.

    And not sure what you mean by portable. Portable in the GPS world means handheld, as used by hikers.
    Please visit the Garmin Website they use the word 'Portable' as meaning Being able to take with you and not installed in your vehicle.



    "Our streetwise portable GPS electronics can guide you along the highways and byways — and down the beaten path as well — without the heavy price tag and restricting installation of standard automotive GPS systems."

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