Best GPS

Discussion in 'Questions From New Drivers' started by farmerjohn64, Jun 15, 2020.

  1. GrumpyJoe

    GrumpyJoe Light Load Member

    Oct 8, 2019
    So I turned off speeding dinger as it was making too much noise. Traffic is only OK compared to WAZE. It does not show alternate routes and as a solo driver it is useless.

    Power is a usb plug and cig lighter. Later I will change the cord to usb-usb and ditch the cig.lighter part. Mounting is tough in a T680. The dash is textured so the suction cup will not stick. All the truck stops just did a reset so the glue on disk is not available otr. Amazon to the rescue. Until then it sits covering the tach, fuel and temp gage. When I route home in two weeks I have a bunch of mods to pick up from the house.

    Maybe my next post will be trick my truck ideas.
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  3. deepdiver888

    deepdiver888 Light Load Member

    Apr 6, 2018
    Like the TND 740 a lot but the mount the made for it is garbage. Hate that magnetic mount and it falls off the dash fairly often. It is powered through the base of the mount so most generic makes of GPS holders will not work with it.
  4. Cattleman84

    Cattleman84 Road Train Member

    Nov 1, 2017
    The Sticks, Idaho
    I mounted mine to the bottom of the windshield so the GPS rests on the dash... Doing this has all but eliminated the problem of it coming loose. In the last 18 months or so it has only come loose maybe 3 times.
  5. Alexander suero

    Alexander suero Light Load Member

    Nov 17, 2018
    Hope you didn't buy the old rand mcnally. They came out with the new version cause the older ones were too weak and couldn't keep your position. Of course i bought the old version..... now buying a Garmin.
  6. CAP-Transport

    CAP-Transport Bobtail Member

    Aug 8, 2020
    Virginia, USA
    I just tend to stick to interstates and US/state routes that are highways (US50, US30, US24, etc.). I use Google Maps and my atlas. When it comes to local directions, I just use Hammer or Trucker Path and compare it to Google Maps satellite view.

    Overtime you'll realize that sticking to main highways is typically faster, even if the distance is longer. For example if you're leaving Lexington, KY and trying to get to Durham, NC, every GPS I've owned wants me to cut across on 15 and 23 and 19 and all of these back roads because it's 50-60 miles shorter than going straight down I-75 and across I-40 or shoot over I-64 and down I-77 to I-40. But I'm getting there 2 hours sooner because I'm traveling at 65-70mph instead of 35-45mph.

    Or I pick up in Oksaloosa often and deliver to Indy. GPS wants me to shoot across 22 to 61 and get back on I-80 in Davenport, then to I-74, but it's much faster time wise for me to just go straight down to 34 and across to I-74 in Galesburg. Or I could just shoot straight up to I-80 and take it all the way to I-74. But the GPS is going by the shortest route, and the estimated time they calculate is just based on the speed limit of the road. It doesn't account for the amount of stop signs or stop lights you encounter, the potential for farm equipment you're stuck behind, etc. So I always find the fastest route to an interstate or 2 lane highway.

    Also to add if you're going regional or dedicated, you won't need a GPS after a few months anyways, and you'll regret spending $700 on a GPS.
    Last edited: Aug 8, 2020
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  7. MCDewy

    MCDewy Bobtail Member

    Aug 6, 2020
    Do any of the units have reminder features for your 150/3 load checks?
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