Stubborn GPS`s

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  1. Linte_Loco

    Linte_Loco Road Train Member

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    My RM gps is usually ok. On my way from NM on I-10, I decided to take 8 to the Phoenix bypass. My RM pretty much said “ Bypass Phoenix? I got u boss”

    My copilot decided to take 8 all the way. Ok it will figure it out in a bit. But oh no. It kept want to reroute back to 8 all the way up 85 and even back on 10 into CA. It didn’t figure it out until I passed banning literally

    No unusual settings. Past few trips it has always figured it out early on. But today it was scared of banning I reckon o_O

    Never had a gps get that stupid

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  3. Six9GS

    Six9GS Heavy Load Member

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    They just switched out my Qualcom with a tablet running some piece of crap routing program named Pointe. The thing is absolutely worthless in my opinion. Qualcom was kind of clunky, and sometimes provided odd routes. But, they were always usable routes and kept up with things. New system, I don't even want to talk about it because it is so garbage and unusable.
    I went and bought myself an OTR800 Garmin. Paid $550 for it at a Love's in Oregon (no sales tax!!!). Not happy with it either. The maps aren't up to date, if you edit a route to the route you want, it doesn't seem to hold your route and tries to route you back the way it originally gave you. It's missing several truck stops. The only way you can enter where you want to go is by entering the address. And, several of the addresses I entered, it couldn't find. It won't let you zoom into the map, pick the point on the map you want to go to and route you there.
    Anyway, I bought a Garmin because it seemed like that was the one most preferred by other drivers. But, disappointed with it.
    Thinking of having to go old school and write my route out on a sticky note and stick to the corner of my windshield.
     
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  4. mustang190

    mustang190 Road Train Member

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    I8 to 85 back on I 10. Why do you need a GPS for that?
     
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  5. Linte_Loco

    Linte_Loco Road Train Member

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    I don’t. I know that route well. It was just funny that copilot refused to take 10 to LA. And how RM figured it out quickly. The gps is for the final few miles to see the roads better once I get off 60.
     
  6. Mototom

    Mototom Road Train Member

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    Wait till it tries to make you take 6-7 hair pin turns when there’s a straight shot into your customer :mad:
    Bought my rm 750 and don’t even hardly use it anymore.
    I’d rather use my Apple Maps and road atlas/customer direction.
    Google earth is fantastic for looking at the roads. If I don’t like a sharp turn google earth shows alternatives.
     
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  7. Linte_Loco

    Linte_Loco Road Train Member

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    That’s what I like to do. I know ahead of time what I will do. I just like using the gps to see road intersections and such instead of looking at my phone on that last stretch. Just me though
     
  8. Six9GS

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    Actually, it just did that this morning. I think it was trying to spare me a tight right hand turn, but the turn wasn't that tight! Also, when routing to my next stop, tried to route me on a private road closed to local traffic. Pain in the butt! I guess I had it easy with the Qualcom. Like I said before, it sometimes gave me some funky routing, but never gave me a bad route!
     
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  9. Redtwin

    Redtwin Road Train Member

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    I have a Garmin OTR and apart from the missing truck stops (it doesn't seem to like Love's) I haven't had the routing issue you have had. Maps seem up to date and I can navigate to a point in the map which I have had to do many times as I often go to farms that don't seem to have legit addresses. Entering addresses is a pain though Rand McNally was much better in that regard as you pick the city and state first.
     
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  10. Six9GS

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    I assume you use the coordinates entry option for this? I was going to try this, but Google maps uses digital degrees and Garmin wants it in degrees and digital minutes. I can convert between the 2 formats, I was a cartographer for 20+ years. But, didn't have time to break out a calculator when I was looking at that option of input. I still think you should be able to zoom into the map and place a point where you want to go and have it route you there. If you can do it that way, I haven't figured out how yet.
     
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  11. Linte_Loco

    Linte_Loco Road Train Member

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    I know loves are popping up everywhere. GPS updates can’t keep up with them lol
     
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