GPS thoughts - Garmin and Magellan

Discussion in 'Trucking Electronics, Gadgets and Software Forum' started by samurai, Feb 28, 2012.

  1. samurai

    samurai Heavy Load Member

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    I was wondering what everyone runs for GPS these days. i know they make some that are for truck drivers. do you guys use them or do you do your planning with a road atlas?
     
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    tirednaz Heavy Load Member

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    MojoPotatoe Medium Load Member

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    I have the Rand 710. If I had it to do again I would get the 500. Only difference is the screen size. The 710 is just really big.
    In combination the GPS, Road Atlas, Qualcom directions, Google Earth really give you a great idea of where, what and how.

    Just a newbs 2 cents.
     
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  5. bigmikectn

    bigmikectn Medium Load Member

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    I studied all of the trucker GPS's and after seeing them used by different drivers I chose the Rand McNally 510. Lot's of trucker friendly features and customizations plus you get lifetime map downloads for free.

    Used it yesterday and today and I like it a bunch.
     
  6. pattyj

    pattyj Road Train Member

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    I use my atlas,map quest and only time I use my GPS is when im close to the cust.You have to watch it,GPS will take you on a no truck road.I don't know what the truckers GPS is like but ppl should'nt rely on GPS to plan routes.
     
  7. samurai

    samurai Heavy Load Member

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    i was looking at the 2 new ones. one from garmin and one from magellin both for commercial trucks.
     
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    jimvrg Medium Load Member

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    I still use my map for the most part,only use gps for time and when i get close to customers
     
  9. Mark Kling

    Mark Kling Technology Contributor

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    The GPS is a tool to be used along with your atlas and the driver has the final say-so in routing.

    Remember not all Maps databases are perfect nor will they ever be.

    Road restrictions are being added all the time and road restrictions may have never gotten into the databases for one reason or another.

    If you find a road restriction that is not in the map database, by all means let the navigation device company know. This only helps all drivers in the end.

    Remember not all road restrictions will have posted signs either.

    Slamming the navigation companies for missing restrictions will not resolve the issue. Communications will. But, understand that it takes time to verify the restriction and get it into the map databases.

    It always pays to be on the latest map database also. Many times at truck shows I find drivers with maps a few years old. The restrictions they mention were corrected.

    Map Database companies understand that the map data they put out reflects directly on how you do your job. But, verification and placement does take time to correct.

    Mark
     
  10. L.B.

    L.B. Third Generation Truck Driver

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    I use co pilot on my iphone. It's a paid app designed for truck use, but since it's on my phone it stays updated. That being said, if I am going some place I have never been before, I always check my atlas, verify with google maps, then put the address in my gps app last.
     
  11. trustno1

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    Rand McNally 510 is what i use with my atlas and google maps on my smart phone:biggrin_25525:
     
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