GPS-Rand McNally or Garmin?

Discussion in 'Questions From New Drivers' started by Whatagal, Aug 14, 2020.

  1. Alexander suero

    Alexander suero Light Load Member

    Nov 17, 2018
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  3. Alexander suero

    Alexander suero Light Load Member

    Nov 17, 2018
    I have a RM tnd 80. Biggest paper weight Ive ever owned. Keep away. Many quality issues and service problems.
  4. RunningAces

    RunningAces Heavy Load Member

    Jul 2, 2017
    I got one of those big ### rand McNally tablets and hated it. Software was slow and confusing. It found its way to the trashcan so now I'm picking up a Garmin and crossing my fingers.
    Hegemeister Thanks this.
  5. Moose1958

    Moose1958 Road Train Member

    Dec 17, 2010
    Ainigriv Notpmah
    If I were driving I would use Garmin. Along with using a GPS comes the common sense of knowing its limitations. A driver that gets into trouble using GPS has deeper issues that go well beyond GPS.
  6. Midlife Trucker

    Midlife Trucker Light Load Member

    Dec 3, 2011
    Shady Dale, GA
    My trainer had two Rand McNally tablets. They fell off the windshield mount a couple of times on rough roads. They would freeze up at inopportune times. It could have been he didn’t keep the firmware up to date or they had other issues but I decided to go with Garmin. I ran the Garmin 770 for quite a while but recently went to the Garmin DEZL OTR 1000.

    Is it big? Yes, it is. It displays a lot of information. The voice commands are different between the 770 and the 1000, so I am re-learning. I, personally would not use this at the bottom of the windshield. I like my dashboard clear. Another negative is the voice is not as load as the 770.


    If you are a new driver, does your company have GPS already installed in the truck? We have CoPilot installed on our Qualcomm. It works very well and can save a new driver money.

  7. Farmerbob1

    Farmerbob1 Road Train Member

    Jan 17, 2017
    The new Rands are horrible. I have the newest model, with their new truck routing system and it is utter garbage.

    The new system combines all the stupidity of the old, while removing the ability to 'prefer freeways.'

    What this means is that the newest Rand software will take you the most retarded legal route possible, without considering that secondary roads have stop signs, traffic lights, and farm equipment.

    The one and only useful new feature in Rand's new software is the ability to permanently block travel on lots of specified roads.

    You will need that feature to de-tard some of the idiotic routing Rand will try to force on you.

    Oh, and they have not updated their truck stop database in nearly 2 years.
  8. Marquis31408

    Marquis31408 Bobtail Member

    Aug 30, 2020
    This refurbished Rand McNally TND tablet is the worst at times. It'll lose signal while I'm driving, so I constantly have to reset the motha##### through out the day. Ive only had one Garmin GPS and I wish I would've held on to it because they seem to be more durable than McNally. If purchased 4 Rand McNally GPS over the past 6 years, but I'm thinking that the Garmin Deizel would've lasted me longer than the Rand Brands.
  9. GettingRolling

    GettingRolling Light Load Member

    Aug 30, 2018
    Have the 7" garmin dezl. I look at the GPS as 80% of the trip. The first 10% getting on a main highway and the last 10% getting to the destination. I look at my atlas and Google maps to check for any issues my GPS my drive me into. Only issue I've had with it is when I missed a turn and it turned me down a not very truck friendly route. Other than that the included tools on the gps were very helpful, most of the rest areas and truck stops are listed for in route stops.
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