Garmin GPS truck routing

Discussion in 'Electronic Connection' started by Hopfrog, Oct 22, 2007.

  1. yamayagi

    yamayagi Bobtail Member

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    Garmin currently has made two truck GPS units. Their first was the Nuvi 465T their second generation truck GPS is the DEZL 560 (pronounced Diesel). The DEZL is the one to get if you can afford it. It's features are a vast improvement over the Nuvi 465T.

    Here is a link to Garmin's site with both models shown: https://buy.garmin.com/shop/shop.do?cID=275

    Where do people get the idea that their GPS is upgradeable to a truck model? If it wasn't manufactured as a truck GPS then it's not a true truck GPS. Don't get suckered into anything but a real truck GPS. Garmin is the best of the best and if you get something else you'll regret it!
     
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  2. LBZ

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    Any issues with the Dezl 560? I have the 465T bought originally Feb '11 & had a issue at start up. Not sure the reason, but if it did not start or load something properly, the voice would not work. Exchanged it 30 days later & this one does the same thing. The navigation part works great, just seems like something in the software has a permanent glitch.

    Also noticed Rand Mcnally dropped their price $50 this past week, wonder if Garmin will follow suit shortly.
     
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    The response we have had from our customers is that the dezl 560 series has been very reliable. And easy to use.

    There has been no word yet from Garmin or any of the other manufacturers re: price roll backs.

    I believe the RM TND510 rollback price was in response to Cobra's 5550 pricing at the $299 level.

    However, with Garmin's pricing structure, one can never tell what Garmin will do.
     
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    Have to wonder if the initial furor over the GPS devices is fading or faded enough that sales are dropping across the board. None of these things, from whomever, are matching up to expectations. They all have flaws of one type or another which arn't being addressed and I think, having talked to a few fellow drivers regarding this, it's frustrating enough to just walk away form the thing and spend the money on something else.

    Mark
     
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    i have a garmin that has truck routing, and, No not all garmins do, mine, has never failed me
     
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    Sites like the POI Factory.com have files and files of POI data which can be uploaded into Garmin devices. There are several files that deal with truckstops, weigh stations, low clearences etc. This probably has something to do with it. And since the 560LT like is earlier cousin, makes some poor routing calculations-like routing hazmat through downtown Atlanta-some people think that regular auto-routers are just fine with the specific POI databases loaded. And honestly, this is what I did and never had a problem ( had a Garmin and a Tom Tom-with both having personalized POI databases I uploaded). Every truck-specific device outhere is no where near 100% accurate and for some, no different then a non specific device.

    Garmin is not the best of the best nor the worst of the worst. The routing is definatly suffering from a biased restriction overlay that seems to favor auto-routing over truck and truck-restriction routing. Also, the Poi database is flawed to extent that it has refused to reconize truckstops I am actually sitting at-both the truckstop POI DB and the NTTS DB. These two are also independent of each other and one can't do a collabertive search of both at the same time.

    Having said that......

    Brands X and Y are also having issues. X seems to be in the area of physical issues and Y-well Y just suffers from pre-engineering concepts that were flawed before they got to the design stage.

    No solid unit exsists-yet. A lot depends on which outfits are going to go the distance with this concept and are not just on the popular band wagon. Garmin is very successful with other likely more lucertive product lines-especially in the area of general aviation where the G1000 series of GA "glass" avionic suites is an entrenched leader. Will Garmin make the decision to really put an effort into truck specific devices or just keep it as an adjunct to the auto line of GPS devices? Guess we'll see.

    Mark

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    yo, i have a garmin nuvi 465....when i put in an address is the time of arrival, home time or their time ( destination)??
     
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    On a Garmin, the time you see as an ETA is the time of the unit. If you have it set with a fixed time, like CST, then all times are CST. If you have it set to auto time zone change, then it will be the time zone you are in, as you change time zones, the ETA will change with it.
     
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    Odd, because mine always gives the correct time in the time zone I'm driving to. Didn't know I could set it to a fixed time zone.
     
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    The time zone settings may be different on some models.

    If memory serves me, I could pick from a few options.

    I like using home terminal time for the GPS. It is easy to add or subtract the hours for local time. Plus it stays with the log book.