Is my TND 720 still any good?

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  1. Zangief

    Zangief Medium Load Member

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    Hi everybody. I started driving over the road back in 2011 and then took a job driving a city bus for a few years. After about 6-7 years, I've decided to get back into a truck and hit the road again. What I'm wondering is whether my 8-9 year-old Rand McNally TND 720 would still be trustworthy, or would I be better off just buying a new GPS.

    It was sitting in storage for the 6 years I was away. Just recently, I took it out of the box again, charged up the battery, fired it up and updated the maps. It seems to be working so far, but my concern is that this old unit will die on me right away when I'm out on the road.

    I will plan to have an atlas in the truck too, but I used the TND 720 a lot for directions and also to plan my day as far as where I would stop along my route for breaks.

    What would you do? Also, if you think I should buy another one, do you recommend still going with a Rand McNally, or would you recommend one of the other models?

    Any advice you can give would be greatly appreciated. Thanks!
     
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  3. Kyle G.

    Kyle G. Road Train Member

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    One thing I always liked about the Rand McNally GPS, you could look up a city and it would give you the corresponding page in the Rand McNally atlas. Maybe it even gives you the coordinates, I don’t remember.

    As for the old unit, might as well give it a try. In my experience GPS units always seem to automatically self destruct after a few years, but that seems to be the case with everything in my life... lol, so maybe for me it’s just operator error. if you find it doesn’t work so well, you can stop at any truck stop along your route and buy a new one.
     
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  4. DrFlush

    DrFlush Road Train Member

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    I had a 720 until it started shutting off occassionally and then more often, until it was shutting off several times an hour. My friend just replaced his for the same reason. On a side note your updated map is probably as accurate as the old gps map, even the brand new units have outdated maps after you update them. I think the new RM gps is junk.
     
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  5. Th3Guy

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    Definitely get a new device. I made a big review on the newest RM gps over a year ago noting how horrible it was but they just pushed a massive software update a week ago and it has improved significantly. They fixed the navigation and a lot of the issues I was having. I’ll be updating my review once I get some quality time with the changes, so far so good. That was a very much needed update. The link below is the review.

    New Rand McNally TND 85 (Huge Disappointment)
     
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  6. Zangief

    Zangief Medium Load Member

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    Thanks for the info! I have lifetime map updates on my old device. Would that get me the new software you mentioned? I'll probably just end up buying a new one just to be on the safe side anyway though.
     
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  7. Th3Guy

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    You get new map updates but not the new routing or UI as that is device specific.
     
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  8. Zangief

    Zangief Medium Load Member

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    OK. Thanks again!
     
  9. skallagrime

    skallagrime Road Train Member

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    It will work, roll with it till you get another one, then keep it as a backup, points of interest will be quite outdated. And it will of course be slower than a new device or even your phone.

    Personally i would prefer the old ui, made more sense
     
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  10. classic_150

    classic_150 Light Load Member

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    I bought a Garmin 780 when they stopped supporting my TND 730. No problems with the Garmin. I liked the interface on the Rand better than the Garmin, but support means a lot to me. I still have my TND 730 as a backup.
     
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  11. austinmike

    austinmike Road Train Member

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    Fire it up and see what it does. Personally I’m done with gps’s. Google maps did what I needed even though it’s not truck specific.
     
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