Best Truck GPS to Buy?

Discussion in 'Trucking Electronics, Gadgets and Software Forum' started by uspl1, Jan 15, 2012.

  1. uspl1

    uspl1 Bobtail Member

    Oct 1, 2011
    I need to buy a truck gps cobra or rand mcnally?
  2. Redfisher

    Redfisher Bobtail Member

    Aug 16, 2011
    Land O' Lakes FL
    After reading every product review I could find, I didn't like what I found about the reliability of the Rand Mcnally and even more so the Cobra. Seems like most everyone was happy with the Garmins. I know from experience that Garmin is pretty rock solid. I bought and love the Garmin 465LMT (truck version with lifetime maps). I would still love to have some of the additional features of the Rand McNally but I will keep the Garmin in case it freezes up.
  3. fgb3

    fgb3 Light Load Member

    Nov 2, 2011
    elba ny
    i use a rand mcnally and like not sure about others but mine works fine.just dont lose your atlas because no matter which one you choose you will still need that
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  4. MSheets

    MSheets Light Load Member

    Sep 2, 2011
    Granite Falls,NC
    I bought a Rand McNally 710 at first i was not happy. But after using it for a month now I like it.
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  5. bfroment1979

    bfroment1979 Bobtail Member

    Jan 12, 2012
    I here cobra is pretty good, but I like the Rand Mcnally personally.I guess either 1 is just as good minus an option or 2.
  6. vinsanity

    vinsanity Road Train Member

    Nov 23, 2009
    South Florida
    None are worth the money. IMO.
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  7. Lucky Dog

    Lucky Dog Light Load Member

    Jan 7, 2012
    Overland Park, Kansas
    I have had two different Garmins and bought them as "Last Years" models. That is to say tehy didn't have the latest updates on them however the seller on Amazon offered an update included in the purchase price. And the price was about half of the "Current" model offered for sale.

    My only suggestion outside of that is getting the traffic update in whatever brand you buy. I have had great luck with this as it alerts you to a delay and the approx level of that delay in time. It also of course tells you where the delay is which gives you an opportunity to devert or stay with it depending on your situation. I will say also that the information can be a little misleading because I have gotten to a specific place looking for the delay and it was already gone and my Garmin hadn't updates to show the delay being gone.

    Its also been said here that the best gps is a map. I agree with this to an extent but having the added information of speed, distance and other trip data has been very helpful from time to time.

    Good Luck in your search. Whatever you buy will quickly become a part of your daily routine.
  8. jgremlin

    jgremlin Heavy Load Member

    Apr 21, 2010
    SW Michigan
    I use a Garmin 560LMT and if something happened to it I would buy another tomorrow without hesitation.
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  9. Captain Canuck

    Captain Canuck "Captain of the Ship"

    Apr 7, 2007
    Woodstock, NB, Canada
    I've been using the PCMiler GPS's for a couple of years now with little difficulty. No matter which system you choose, having backups helps. My backups are: an older copy of PCMiler's CoPilot Truck for laptops, Microsoft's Streets and Trips, my smartphone, my wife on the internet at home, and the good old Mark #1 Trucker's Atlas.

    Needless to say, I don't get lost all that often, but when I DO, hooooo-boy....
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