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No Professional Driver Should Be w/o a GPS Navigator with Truck Routing
Wondering what truck GPS is right for you? RoadTrucker recommends the Rand McNally TND730, but we thought you might want to compare some of the features, so we put together this comparison chart. All top GPS System manufacturers like Rand McNally, Garmin, Cobra, and Magellan are constantly updating the routing options, truck-specific mapping, traffic receiver capacity, etc. Meaning, no GPS is static. Updates are always improving the functionality.
Below is the Breakdown of Truck GPS Comparison Features. Take time to consider what you need the most in your truck and what will help get you where you need to go. You might go for Free Lifetime Maps and Traffic; Or Multiple-Stop routing; or preloaded NTTS Breakdown Directory. It's all up to you!
|Trucker GPS Feature||Rand McNally TND740||Rand McNally TND540||Cobra 8000 PROHD||Cobra 6000 PROHD||Garmin DEZL760LMT||Garmin DEZL560LMT||Magellan RC9270T-LM|
|Max Height (in)||20||20||1*||1*||3*||3*||20|
|Max Weight (lbs.)||180,000||180,000||1*||1*||3*||3*||180000|
|Max Length (in)||53 (2*)||53 (2*)||1*||1*||3*||3*||53|
|Max Width (in)||120||120||1*||1*||3*||3*||120|
|Resolution||800x480||480x272||800x480||480x272||800x480||480 x 272||WVGA|
|Volume||2 Watt||2 Watt||Loud||Loud||Loud||Medium||Medium|
|Ease of Use||Ave||Ave||Easy||Easy||Yes||YES||Medium|
|State/Province Mileage Recording||YES||YES||NO||NO||NO||YES||YES|
|On Duty Drive Time||YES||YES||NO||NO||NO||YES||YES|
|Includes RV*||See 7720||See 5510||YES||YES||NO||YES||YES|
|Ease of Contact||Easy||Easy||Easy||Easy||YES||YES||YES|
|Pre-Loaded Maps (US/Canada)||YES||YES||YES||YES||YES||YES||YES|
|GPS Antenna||SirfStar III||SirfStar III||?||?||?||?||?|
Please note: No GPS is perfect. Please take a moment and read "Understanding the Trucker GPS". There is normally no returns on open electronics. However, we will wave that and allow a return for a Limited period within 14 Days of purchase or 5 days after delivery with a 15% restocking Fee. Note: Scratch or damage the GPS in any way and you bought it. There is a $100 manufacturer's fee for returning a GPS that is anything other than pristine new condition. Note*: The warranty does not include the glass face.
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Please note: No GPS is perfect. Please take a moment and read "Understanding the Trucker GPS". There is normally no returns on open electronics. However, we will wave that and allow a return for a Limited period within 14 Days of purchase or 5 days after delivery with a 15% restocking Fee. Note: Scratch or damage the GPS in any way and you bought it. There is a $100 manufacturer's fee for returning a GPS that is anything other than pristine new condition.
Please Note: RoadTrucker is not recommending the Co-Pilot. There are too many compatibility issues (Vista & 64 Bit computers). The underlying database is outdated (Feb, 2008). ALK is working on upgrading the Co-Pilot and we will change our recommendation as soon as we feel they have been successful. If you liked the co-Pilot, you may like the PC*Miler GPS, as the routing software is supposed to be close to the Co-Pilot, except the underlying Database has been updated. Check with ALK.com for more information. We have stopped selling them.
Please Note: RoadTrucker is not recommending the Garmin. The unit is supposed to be for Truckers, yet it defaults to "Auto", when you turn it on. We feel Garmin has been remiss at best, if not outright irresponsible for releasing a Truck GPS that defaults to "Auto" when you turn it on. Garmin is riding on the notoriety of their Auto GPS. As far as Auto GPS go, we feel Garmin is the best, but as far as Trucker GPS go, we believe the Rand McNally TND510 & TND710 are superior in every way.
1* Cobra Max Height, Weight, Length & Width vary according to the type of Truck chosen. For example, 3 Axle Tractor 2 Axle Trailer Max limits are Weight 80,000, Length no Limit, Width 102", Height 13.5'.
2* Rand McNally Trailer is 48', 53', Straight, Double or Triple.
3* Garmin does not seem to have limits on the Width, Length
4* Pc*Miler & the CoPilot does not seem to have limits on Height, Width, Length & Weight
5* Teletype does not seem to have limits on Height, Width, Length & Weight
Includes RV - Some GPS have an actual Routing Type (Yes) to select for RVs, while other just use the Truck Routing Type (Y/N) with the RV dimensions. Note: There is only 1 GPS that was designed specifically for RV and that is the Rand McNally RVND5510.
ProMiles® - Covers all major Travel Centers in North America in addition to truck dealers, truck washes, repair services, etc. Includes detailed amenity information for Travel Centers including categories such as food options, movie theaters, shower availability, etc.
TruckDown™ - Industry Standard for Truck Services and Repair. Includes Towing Companies, Truck & Trailer Repair Shops, Mobile Repair Services, Truck Friendly Motels and Emergency Services.
NTTS (National Truck and Trailer Services) Breakdown Directory - Presents truck repair information by state, city, and type of repair in an easy to use, quick reference tool
AURA (90 days of Free updates to AURA). Includes Red light cameras, Speed cameras, Dangerous Intersections and Speed Traps. 100% Verification.
Roadwork™ - Construction updates.
Trucker's Friend® - Searchable National Truck Stop Directory®
CAT Scales and Truck dealer locations
Quick Planner - determine profitability and drive time for an upcoming route
FM Lifetime Traffic