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... which of the latest Truckers GPS units is the best value. I have it down to two for ...
on June 2, 2016
I know many of us are going crazy trying to figure out which of the latest Truckers GPS units is the best value. I have it down to two for many reasons. I will go into why in another review when I make my final decision. No one has written anything (that is no users) about the Rand McNally TND-710. But I will because I just ordered it. I have been using this one (The Garmin dezl-560 LMT) LMT just means included free lifetime maps and traffic updates. The LT will cost you to update the NuMaps (thats the mapping co) after 60 days from purchase. Its worth getting the LMT model for the lifetime updates of maps. Don't get that confused with software updates to fix glitches... they are always free. Now about the lifetime traffic. Well the receiver it comes with that is built into the power cable is free because it throws up advertisements at you now and then. I hate advertisements! I called Garmin which has excellent support as does RM and they said the non-ad power (the traffic receiver is built into the power cable) cable will cost an extra $120.00 and if you want premium traffic and construction service add $49.00 to that. WOW the only thing I can say good about that is its a one time fee. Now to add traffic and speed camera updates thats $25.00 per year. Lets add this up. I paid $459.00 for the unit (560LMT)on Amazon. $70.00 for accessories (Micro SD, Case, Windshield mount, Dash mount)$170.00 for traffic receiver power cord with prem software and $25.00 for the first year of camera warnings. Thats $724.00 all together if you want all the bells and whistles as I always do. By the way all that ado about getting add-free traffic...It sucks anyway. The traffic predictably is poor at best. Just turn it off so you don't see the advertisement. Save the $170.00. Maybe it will get better. Its a 3rd part co so its hard to say. RM (Rand McNally) Says it will offer a similar traffic receiver and service in June when there external antenna, case and other accessories come out. Right now RM only offers map updates for one year so its hard to say what the end cost of this unit will be. I WANT THE BEST! ...So I am spending alot to find out. DieselBoss is the only retailer I could find that was taking the time to compare these two units. Check it out. [...] The info is still coming in about the garmin but I agree with what they say about the Garmin so far.. I bought the Garmin here on Amazon...Best price.
I have owned or used 5 other GPSs to date.
Garmin dezl 560LMT (same as LT but no lifetime traffic)
PRO... *Starts,routes and re-routes fast 10-30sec, no lockup yet *(GREAT ROUTING SO FAR...This is the MOST IMPORTANT feature about any TRUCK GPS.) *Shows the posted truck speed of most roads next to your speed that turns red when you go over. *(Garmin has an unbelievable database) Every address I entered it had. This is not true of Google or even my Co-Pilot (PC-Miler).*Loud Speaker. *Quick access to brightness control. Easy snap-in mounting (No USB plug to plug in every time which can break) * Lane asst ...yea...love that.* Lots of fun stuff and voices you can add from the garmin AND 3rd party websites.
CON...*5" I WANT 7". *Does not show the names of cross streets as you pass them. *You can not just pan & zoom on the nav map. You have to go to a special map screen. * ETA does not adjust or work well at all...but its so bad i'm sure they will fix the software soon. My Co-Pilot ETA works perfectly. * You cannot show ETA and MTD (miles to destination) at the same time. Booo...I want both!. * The graphics could be better. Co-Pilots is Sweet Looking. Sounds like I'm working up Co-Pilot...lol...I'M NOT. POOR POOR Truck mapping almost every time with Co-Pilot...DON"T BUY.
Over View... The Hardware is rock solid, no freezes here and it re-routes you fast if you miss a turn but I wish they had a 7'. *The Software is very good for truck mapping and address thanks to garmins extensive data base but needs improvements on the stuff thats not as important but convenient.
I will update this as I learn, use and remember more. Going on 3 day trip tomorrow. MD-IN-NJ-DC-MD
Lets see what Rand McNally brings to the table with the TND710. I can't wait to get it.