Garmin GPS truck routing

Discussion in 'Trucking Electronics, Gadgets and Software Forum' started by Hopfrog, Oct 22, 2007.

  1. Hopfrog

    Hopfrog Light Load Member

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    I have heard mixed things about the Garmin truck routing on their GPS's.

    Do all Garming come with it and how effective have you found it to be?
     
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  3. leannamarie

    leannamarie "California Girl"

    Got one for my boyfriend when he started and it works pretty well. I played with the truck routes vs the car routes and it did it right. It it not a replacement for a map, but it is a useful tool.
     
  4. Strngs012

    Strngs012 Light Load Member

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    I have the Garmin C330. I have used both the car/motorcycle setting and the truck setting and IMHO both seem to be the same. I do alot of the same routes so I have been able to test it on both settings. Still it's a great little unit and it saves me an awful lot of time throughout the day. I started with my company in Aug and the reason I bought it was I couldn't stand the fact that I would have to learn where all new customers were. My previous employer would just hand you a stack of bills and say have a nice day.:biggrin_2554:
     
  5. macroman

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    I don't know if all Garmin units have the truck route feature. I would assume they do though. I have used the 350 for about a year now and would not go without it. It will not avoid LOW CLEARANCES and will send you on local streets that are marked NO TRUCKS, but it has never sent me on major roads such as New York and New Jersey parkways.

    Bottom line: It is a wonderful product but you still have to use your brain or you may make a right turn into a building just like the commercial on tv. :biggrin_25525:
     
  6. stuge

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    okay, so to clear the air, which models/brands of gps are for truckers ?
     
  7. Roadmedic

    Roadmedic Road Train Member

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    Actually, I use a Garmin 350. However, NONE of them in my opinion are to be relied on 100%. That is what the directions from the shipper and receiver are for. Company also may know of the obstacles. The trucker atlas with the low clearances is also needed.
     
  8. notarps4me

    notarps4me Road Train Member

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    Mine does, but I still double check the routing.
     
  9. New Driver

    New Driver Light Load Member

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    Notarps4me, which gps unit do you have?
     
  10. Rocks

    Rocks Road Train Member

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    I never had any GPS unit in my life. Started my search online yesterday. Don’t have a laptop, and my only pc is at home, still using Windows 98. I intend to run irregular routes in 48 states. So, I’m thinking about buying a Garmin but don’t know which model. They are all pricey. Someone told me that download and storage capacity are important. How much storage capacity should I get?
     
  11. IceDogg

    IceDogg Bobtail Member

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    Get a Garmin StreetPilot C340 or higher. It doesn't just say "turn right in 500 feet." It says out loud the name of the street, which is priceless.

    When I started driving, I used MapQuests, and they are dangerous to look at while driving. Yes, good GPS units arent cheap. But GPS totally falls under the "you get what you pay for" rule.
     
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