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I'm looking to buy a new GPS for my truck... Is there one that i can personalys it with my locations and add comment to each stop.. Thank for all your help and info..

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I have the rand McNally TDN. It's easy to use. However it does freeze from time to time. I'm stuck with it can't afford just to buy another. I always check my route with my IPad, which is by far the most clever device I've ever owned. I use the google map app which seldom lies to me. I also verify my destination address by viewing it in the satellite mode.

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I like my FREE GOOGLE NAVIGATION on smart cell phone. It's NOT truck routing but you can look at maps and see better routing, say around a city if you are delivering their in stead of drivine thru downtown. Plus with automatic rerouting it will choose the rout you are taking most time once you get closer to delivery . I play the turn by turn direction thru truck stereo. GOOGLE now has option you can download a 10 square miles of the map incase you lose cell signal. With street view i have 360 view or i can get the Satellite view and see if their is parking or how stuff looks around. Plus it all FREE from Google

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In my opinion the Rand Manically TND 720 is the best out there at this time. It has current location weather overlay as well as predicted weather at your delivery location.

The thing I like the most is the mileage recorder. It records the mileage driven in each state. It's great for calculating IFTA taxes.

There are meany other great features as well.

What ever you decide on don't buy the Cobra GPS it is a total peace of junk. The one I had froze up all the time and would send me down none truck roads. I sent it back two weeks after buying it.

As with any GPS buy the lifetime map updates. With out that it is just junk

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Rand mcnally. Free updates, elog, mile tracker per state and loaded or empty miles, trip speed calcs etc.

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Garmin makes a truck specific unit 465t....''italic text''

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I just bought that garmin 565 dezl on a recommendation from Steve Booth. Working great. I bought it so I could keep track of mileages per state for IFTA. Gps's have gotten so cheap it would be easy to buy a couple. I also have a Magellan on my dash. Works good but I like the garmin , it's the third garmin I've had , they do wear out and stop working eventually.

Think I will get the one you can down load into my iPad. I think it's about $149.00 or something like that. The best ones though are the 2 gps programs that are on my cell phone. I don't use them that much because I'm busy doing other things with the phone. Not sure what the phone gps's are called , my daughter put them on my phone for me.

I did buy and use that rand McNally 7" model. Worked good ....for about a week then stopped working completely. Took it back and got my $ back. The 7" was just overkill and I could tell the unit was cheaply made.

Not sure about adding your own comments into a gps like you asked about.

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I have always been a fan of Garmin GPS units. I had the 465T when it came out and it was great. Then they came out with the DEZL 560 and I love it. It keeps track of my log, IFTA, as well as my route.

You can personalize it quite a bit and add your own favorites. You can also import GPX files from the web for other points of interest.

It also come with the NTTS National Truck Trailer Service directory installed with most of the trucking related places names and phone numbers.

If you end up with the Garmin DEZL 560 do your self a favor and get the one with lifetime maps and traffic. The Loves had them on sale last month for $339, not sure if they are still on sale or not.

You can tell if it's lifetime maps and traffic if it has LMT after the name. L stands for lifetime, M stands for maps, and T stands for traffic. There are 3 untis on the market. Either DEZL 560 LMT, or DEZL 560 LT, or DEZL 560 LM.

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These are three posts I had on the same questions on another site so please bear with the repetitiveness....

I would recommend a 7" Tablet running the Android operating system. Then download PC Miler Co-Pilot into it and it has the features I love. Much faster routing, crisper graphics, better user controls and you can download other applications as well and use it for a variety of stuff i.e.: weather, traffic, audiobooks,podcasts, photos, email....ad infinitum.

I have found with the stand alone truck specific GPS's that two are better than one.

I have both the RM TND 500 and a Garmin Dezl 560 on my dash.

I usually drive by consensus...if two agree go that way

Since I have both the RM TND 500 and the DEZL 560 running side by side, there are times that I will prefer the route one chooses over the other even using one for one leg of the trip and then picking the route the other is giving me for another leg.

The Garmin is losing GPS signal more often than the Rand but the Garmin is a more stable system IMHO. I actually have switched to relying on the Garmin more than the Rand and like the screen that gives you a visual map of the shortest and the fastest route so I can choose. If I could only have one I'd pick the DEZL, but I really like having both as one will route you essentially illegally whereas if both say that you should go that way they're usually right.

Seems like the only way I can get what I need (or want) is to have multiple GPS's running. Currently I have my TND500, a DEZL560LT, and a 7" Samsung Galaxy tablet running PC Miler Co-Pilot live (car version until they put out a premium truck version).

The two truck specific ones disagree enough that when they do agree I listen. Today the DEZL had a fit when I took US40 from I-68 in MD to I-77 in PA. It kept telling me it was a road with a 5 ton limit. If I didn't have the Rand McNally routing me down it I might have second guessed myself.

I really like the galaxy running pc miler android software. It is closer to google maps than the others with the ability to "drag" the route where you want. You are also able to move the navigation screen around by touching it with your finger and dragging the screen to see the roads ahead (something I use frequently) or with two fingers "pinching" to show more area around you or doing the opposite to zoom in.

Both the Garmin and the TND have the touch and drag capabilty as well but they both perform the task so badly they're almost worthless. Not to mention now the Garmin jumps to a second screen and zooms out to the whole length of the trip when all I'm trying to do is see the names of the next couple of immediate roads. Who thought that was a good idea?

It would be a thing of beauty to have all the features a driver needs in one.

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I'm a fan of Garmin, buy the best one you can afford. They make a few models that are trucking specific, but mine have always been non-trucking ones.

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Google maps/street view is better than any GPS on the market.

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I've had the pc miller 7" for about 3 or 4 years. I didn't like it much. I've had the Rand McNally 7" for about 1 year now and I love it! I got the 710 wich is gen 2. They are about to come out with the next gen 720.

From what I read here it seems garmin is in the lead... I guess thats fine, but think about this, most drivers have a rand McNally in their trucks. I check all my routes on map or goggle. My gps rarely gets it wrong.

I like having the 7" screen. It means no sqinting. It updates fast. As far as breaking... I've never had one that did (both of mine are still working). As far as adding coment to and address. If their is a way to do it on ether of mine I don't know it. But it does save loc's easy and the touch screen is quick.

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It is easy to add comments or notes to the rand McNally. Just go to a saved address or location in your address book and click on it, then click on note, then write your note.

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The main four Truck Specific GPS units are Garmin, Rand McNally, Cobra, and ALK CoPilot. I think all of them are good and you just have to look at them and decide what features you like best. Most of them track miles/state. CoPilot uses a different map database. It had a rough start, with some production problems.

I use CoPilot on a mini netbook computer, $70 and I beta test Rand McNally GPS software on their GPS unit. I like running two GPS units with different mapping databases. Another quirk is the GPS units will often point out where a highway joins into another highway while the computer will point out where a highway that had joined in parts ways with the highway your on.

Personally I do not like the display options on the Garmins but that is a matter of personal taste, so, play around with the display models at the truckstops check out the screen shots on the manufacturer websites and try to narrow down your choices. Good luck.

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I have a 7.5 Cobra, Not thrilled with it.I would not buy another one. Maybe the truck Garmin

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after 13 month my rand mcnaly7" was 5 times broken [3 usb charging problems, 2 times burn down] now i have at home death gps for 480$.

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Garmin DEZL 560 or the new RAnd-McNally 720

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Stay away from RAnd-McNally . 10 months and been repaired 3 times.

Mainly the cheap usb connection on the unit The traffic ant dont work either it uses the same usb. My next one will a garmin as soon as my RAnd-McNally sells on e-bay..

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I've had very good luck with a Rand McNally RM510. I like it, and it does a more than adequate job.

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I have a brand new in the box rand Mc Nally 510 in the box if your interested. works flawlessly! contact me at dreamers2trucking@yahoo.com

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Hands down, the one I would buy is the Rand McNally TND 720! It's new on the market and offers all you would ever need, including predictive traffic, (saved my butt in rush hour traffic in Los Angeles), and can also display weather radar via wifi. It is also ruggedized. I have the TND 710, and LOVE it. The 7" screen for me is a must because it's so much easier to see than the smaller displays.

What ever you get, I would apply the best quality screen protector you can get on it for protection. Found mine at Best Buy, made for tablets.

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PERSONALLY I THINK THAT RAND MCNALLY HAS FINALLY FIGURED OUT THE GPS WITH THE NEW TND720. IT HAS A RUGGED DESIGN AND HAS BEEN WORKING GREAT FOR ME THE LAST 6 MONTHS, I LOVE THE ADD FUEL, WEATHER AND SUCH THAT GOES WITH IT LIKE THE LIVE TRAFFIC ( YOU DO NEED A WI FI SIGNAL THOUGH). THE TND710 SUCKS BIG TIME I WOULD NOT RECOMEND THE 710 TO MY WORSE ENEMY LOL.

THE TND 700 ( THE 1ST 7" THEY CAME OUT WITH) IS STILL WORKING GREAT JUST LACKING THE NEWEST FEATURES IS ALL. i ALSO HAVE THE TND 500 AND TND 510 BUT THE 500 IS WAY BETTER JUST TOO DANG SMALL

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I'm using CoPilot app on Samsung 10.1 tablet with cup holder mount. I'll never use another stand alone gps again. :)

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I bought the garmin dezl becuase I had there street pilot 2730 that I loved, but the dezl has a lot of nice toys some are a waste of time.

Now my issues with it (1) if its rainy really hard all the streets on the unit disappears all the is left is your icon (the truck).. (2) it has a future, where you can your favorites on current route that does not work it shows all of your near you none on your route,,it will even show you favorites in the opposite direction of your travel..

(3) I live in Canada this unit is the only one that your in canada it does not show any scale house will not take you down truck routes that are clearly marked truck route,(4) if you entered a new address thats more than 800 hundred miles away and you started to drive because you sort of know where going it can take 15- 20 minute to calculate one more thing if you make a wrong turn and don't where your going pull over cause it takes for ever to recalculate, I go to Laredo Texas which is approx 1860 miles to Brampton On Canada my Dezl always tells its 1322miles each time you do an update it gets slower I HATE THE DEZL 560 from Garmin they have exchange it 3 times in the passed 11 months also one last thing it has a split screen for when you're exiting from any road with about 1/2 mile to go mine likes to for hours at a time.. example head south on I 35 from Dallas Tx to the flying J in Laredo Tx mine will stay in split screen until I pass Austin..... Now Garmin is blowing me off the street pilot 2700 series was the best... Ive talked to other driver who all have similar issues Garmin is saying send us the unit back it will take 3-6 weeks to fix any issues they might find... my question is what do I do I need it for work they responded buy another unit ......... so choose carefully

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copilot truck for android. Recently overhauled. Maps autoupdate over the air. traffic autoupdate over the air. I run it on a samsung galaxy note. The new update enables context menus on current location or any location on the map or any destination on the map and sharing info with others from the context menu. i can point on any location on the map and send an alert that the routing in this area was bad and they will look into it and fix it. I was going to get a standalone gps until they did this badly needed overhaul.

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I have the TND510 and it sends you down the wrong roads, it will send you down 2-3 exits if you pass your original exit, instead of having you turn back at the next exit. Routed me down dirt roads. I want to get another brand and compare.

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So far the best truck type gps we have used is the Garmin nuvi;which has easy to purchase lifetime updates. Good luck

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the rand mcnally 710 is the one i have,it froze up last night,read the instructions.there is a reset button,use this to reser.the only other gps i would recommend is the garmin 560 LMT this one is the most expensive garmin because of lifetime updates.the 560lt(which the truckstops sell )don't have lifetime updates included.go look at best buy.i did research for over a year before i bought the bullet.this one still does stupid things.DON'T RELY ON THIS SOLELY! use google maps and the rm truck atlas,and customers(shippers not secretaries)to get directions

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Garmin by far easy to use and program if you have doubts Garmin Makes Aircraft GPS systems the others don't... Nuf Said you won't be disappointed

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I use CoPilot on my IPad. Because I use my iPad for other things also it saves having yet another divice.

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I'd like to throw this idea out there. I use a Cobra 7" screen, but I also have a smart phone with Google maps. Yeah, it's not trucker friendly, BUT, the maps have a feature called layers. Layers lets you see your destination on satellite view, and this is always day time pics. Many times at night, especially on real dark, rainy nights, you can look at the layout of the lot or yard without leaving the safety of your cab. Nice to know how tight the place is, or if there's a hazard you may not see.I do this often in unknown locations.

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I have used the Garmin 465T and Co-Pilot Truck on both my laptop with an external GPS antenna. I am currently using the Co-Pilot Truck edition App on my iphone. I like Co-Pilot. I now longer carry my laptop with me everything done with my phone.. At first It took a lot of getting used to and learning how to use it on the phone. Now that I know how to use it its the best in my opinion. I have my phone velcro'd to the dash of my truck. Easy to see. and don't have another gadget to power or be in the windshield. The app is $149.99 but you don''t have to pay for updated and I have broke my phone and it installed on the new phone just like any other app the I have bought. It downloads all the map data to your phone so your don't use any data and it works without a phone signal. Tracks with the GPS built into the phone. Once you learn how to use all its features the only down side to it is that it takes up a lot of room on you phone so you cant have as much music and other stuff. One device for everything. Much cleaner and neater appearance in the cab of truck

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