Rand McNally or Garmin

Discussion in 'Trucking Electronics, Gadgets and Software Forum' started by Mototom, May 18, 2021.

  1. MTN Boomer

    MTN Boomer Road Train Member

    Feb 4, 2019
    My Garmin can't find the address, when you find it and tap on the spot, it navigates there. Has a habit of telling you that the road is restricted, it is lined with docks.
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  3. MidWest_MacDaddy

    MidWest_MacDaddy Road Train Member

    Feb 21, 2015
    South Carolina
    I use copilot as my main backup option to my RM. The one area where I really prefer RM, and I don’t even see this on CP, is the ability to “look ahead” on the fly to see Rest Areas or Truck Stops or other options like a Walmart and see how far down the road it is for times when I’m looking for a place to take a 30 or parking for the night or just use the facilities.

    CP is pretty good at getting you from A to B using Truck Routes, but falls a bit flat beyond that… and that’s where I really appreciate RM each day and several times per day too.

    but ya, I like that it resides on my iPhone and iPad as you mentioned.
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  4. Lucky12

    Lucky12 Medium Load Member

    Nov 24, 2019
    How did you like the RM 8 2.0? Is the improved navigation better?
  5. Wespipes

    Wespipes Road Train Member

    Jul 14, 2019
    Didn't notice a difference from the 8 at all tbh. Ran it for just under 30 days and exchanged it for the garmin otr800.
  6. disoba

    disoba Light Load Member

    May 7, 2013

    I don't know about the 740 but I recently retire the old 520 and purchased the 750 and 4 month later I hate it.
    Incomplete truck stop directory...
    Incomplete POI like missing a Grocery store like Meijer for example
    -When searching for a POI around destination it will show distance from you current location, not from the destination address..
    -no zip code search, if fact they don't use z code at all, instead it show the coordinates, that works great when taken the plane or sailboat ...
    -full keyboard impossible to operate when truck is in motion, even for a passenger
    -in the old 520 you could tap a point in the map and will show distance to it, not on the 750. that was a very useful feature when coming from back road and want to know the distance to the interstate.

    This are few of the thing I miss from the old one...I seems like the 750 was developed on the back seat of a ricksaw in a far away land... even the voice is weird

    I was thinking of getting the Garming, now I don't know...
    Maybe the hammer will work
    Last edited: May 23, 2021
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  7. Espressolane

    Espressolane Road Train Member

    Nov 21, 2009
    Just south of the north 40
    I would not purchase any technology products with a RM name or logo on it. The company was sold again not to long ago. Some private equity operation. When that sort of thing happens, no telling what is in the near future.
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  8. Anonymousproxy

    Anonymousproxy Road Train Member

    Mar 2, 2015
    These private equity firms are nothing but vultures. They buy struggling companies, run them straight under, liquidate them out of business and take off with the money.
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  9. BigTizle

    BigTizle Bobtail Member

    Oct 4, 2021
    I use TDP, it’s a black app icon on the store. It has everything trucker path has but it’s better in my opinion. You can completely customize it, provides weather, low clearances, the works.you can add your axle weight, gross weight and it’ll navigate routes that are restricted if necessary. I personally like it. It’ll also give you your averages at the end of the run. Tell you approximately 1-11 hours will be upon your trip, etc… check it out

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    it’s saved my bacon lots of times.

    I also use Waze for driver reports for the smokeys and traffic jams as well. Four wheelers don’t want tickets and neither do i ;)
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  10. BigTizle

    BigTizle Bobtail Member

    Oct 4, 2021
    No need to buy an $800 gps when I have a $1500 phone that does everything for free
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  11. Ffx95

    Ffx95 Road Train Member

    May 18, 2017
    I still use my RM think it’s a 740. You just got to double check the routing. Usually I set it to “prefer freeways” to make sure it avoids any unneeded crazy country backroads routing but I’ll sometimes set it to just “avoid small roads” if I know the backroads will save me a substantial time. In the end you’re the captain not the gps it’s up to you to determine if you’re taking the right route.
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