Best gps for truckers ???

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  1. PaulMinternational

    PaulMinternational Road Train Member

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    Sorry but you lost me when you brought snap on into it. Very wasrtfull! Haven't seen a snap on tool that can't be replaced with a tool of equal quality for pennies on the dollar.
    I have had some of the best mechanics in the industry work in my shop and they all changed thier mind about snap on except for one fool that likes to waste his money!
     
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  3. lual

    lual Road Train Member

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    I'm gonna have to go with 2Tap on this one -- a satellite-based GPS system will produce & maintain a working nav solution when the cellular-dependent systems drop out.

    Also -- I'm amazed/surprised at how tough everyone apparently has had it with the Garmins.

    My Garmin Dezlcam has been a real trouper for me -- time & time again....:dontknow:

    -- L
     
  4. Nahbrown

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    Totally agree. We bought a tablet with a GPS antennae. We learned this while sailing- get a tablet that has a GPS antenna and install Navionics software. Then you can use it as a back up navigation system incase you main system has issues or you’re struck by lightning.
     
  5. 54international

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    Rand Mcnally laminated and google maps for local navigation.
     
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  6. gekko1323

    gekko1323 Road Train Member

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    I'm sorry buddy, but if you've been using Google maps for five years problem-free, then you've been lucky. Google doesn't have truck navigation, nor does it show low-clearance bridges. One time in my first year, Google routed me through the Garden State Parkway. I was wondering the whole time, "####, these overpasses are pretty low. And why don't I see any trucks?" Well I got my answer 15 minutes later when a trooper pulled alongside me and hit his siren. I looked over and he motioned for me to get off on the next exit. The next exit was the one that would take me to the GW bridge. Luckily, he didn't give me a ticket. Another time, in Delaware, Google routed me through a tight business district near the University of Delaware. I was rolling along when I noticed that the bridge ahead was kind of low. It was about 10 feet of clearance. So I had to cut through a cemetery in a residential neighborhood to get out of that mess. Talk about keeping an eye on your trailer swing. I was puckered up pretty good winding through those streets.
     
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  7. JSanborn103

    JSanborn103 Medium Load Member

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    Luck has nothing to do with it. I dont blindly follow any gps.
     
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  8. PaulMinternational

    PaulMinternational Road Train Member

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    I must thank you for not being quiet, owning it and using it to help others!
    Thankfully you learned from it and fortunately don’t have a story about the carnage that well might have happend if it wasn’t for a little luck and getting an officer that must have got some the night beforehand!
     
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  9. lual

    lual Road Train Member

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    When hauling fuel late at nite & in the wee hours of the morning, I used a combination of the above:

    • Rand McNally's trucker atlas (laminated pages version, for making notes)
    • Garmin truck nav gps (5" screen)
    • "Trucker Path" cell phone app
    • Google maps (street/satellite views)
    Depending on the circumstances, I would use any -- or all -- of the above.

    The above strategy proved over time to be pretty much bullet-proof. :D


    -- L
     
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  10. gekko1323

    gekko1323 Road Train Member

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    I have the Rand McNally large-scale atlas with the laminated pages. I love that thing. It was pretty expensive but well worth it.
     
  11. cabwrecker

    cabwrecker The clutch wrecker

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    Gonna get hate for this, and I really don't care- Google maps.

    Back in the day, when we used GoMaps, and MapPoint, these were game changers.
    Google maps was, and still is a killer app for trucking.
    The ability to gauge your turn radius definitively, define overhead if it's a truck route, measure distances with the inbuilt compass, and get street views of bridge height signs, is a massive boost to productivity.

    I don't think new guys should use it, because, common sense.
    An experienced driver, with google maps is as likely to run into problems with google maps as they are with any "name brand" GPS.

    That idiot box will get you in trouble if you ask it to drive your truck, sure as the day is long, if you trust it with any degree of certainty.

    Nothing beats an experienced driver, with good info on what he's trying to do.
    And nothing beats free, combined with good chart keeping, and street view.

    That's my two cent.
     
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