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Truck GPS Reviews

Truck GPS Reviews

 

GPS Model Rand McNally TND-730LM Rand McNally TND-530LM Garmin 760-LMT Garmin 560-LMT Worldnav 7650 Worldnav 5300
Screen Size 7" 5" 7" 5" 7" 5"
Multi-Stop Routing Yes, up to 50 stops Yes, up to 50 stops Yes Yes Yes Yes
Optimize multi-stop route Yes Yes Yes Yes No No
Bluetooth Hands free no no yes yes Yes Yes
POIs (weigh stations, truck stops, etc) Millions Millions Millions Millions Millions Millions
Map Updates Free Lifetime Free Lifetime Free Lifetime Free Lifetime Pay for upgrade Pay for upgrade
Real-Time Traffic Capability Yes, with optional Traffic Everywhere $19.99/yr subscription. WiFi connection required. Yes, with optional Traffic Everywhere $19.99/yr subscription. WiFi connection required. Lifetime traffic  included Lifetime traffic  included No No
Junction View Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Active Lane Assist Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Logging Yes, extensive Yes, extensive Yes Yes Yes Yes
WiFi Connectivity Yes Yes No No No No
Weather Yes via WiFi Yes, via WiFi No No No No
AV Video input yes  yes Yes Yes Yes No
Truck Routing Maps U.S. and Canada U.S. and Canada U.S. and Canada U.S. and Canada U.S. and Canada U.S. and Canada
AC & DC power cords Vehicle charger Vehicle charger Vehicle charger Vehicle charger Both Vehicle charger
 Speaker Volume very good very good very good very good Good Good
Headphone/External Speaker Jack yes yes Yes No Yes Yes
Brightness Control yes yes yes yes yes yes
Select Map Detail no no yes yes Yes Yes
GPS Model Rand McNally TND-730LM Rand McNally TND-530LM Garmin 760-LMT Garmin 560-LMT Worldnav 7650 Worldnav 5300
Car Mode Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
RV Mode No No     Yes Yes
Download Software updates and Map updates Yes, via TNDdock online Yes, via TNDdock online Yes Yes Yes Yes
Calendar Yes Yes   No Yes Yes
Hours of Service log timer Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Show Speed Limit  Yes  Yes        
Show speedometer  Yes  Yes        
Show Speed Limit Warning Yes Yes        
Enter Multiple Drivers Yes (2) Yes (2) Yes Yes Yes Yes
MCRA Atlas Yes Yes     No No
Log State Miles Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Export Miles Driven to PC Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Truck Maintenance Warnings Yes Yes   No No No
Trip Odometers Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Address Book "Favorites" Yes, and add notes Yes, and add notes Yes, Searchable Yes, Searchable Yes Yes
Show weigh scale icons on route Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
POI Search for truck services Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Trip Statistics Yes (average speed, uphill, downhill, and more Yes (average speed, uphill, downhill, and more) Yes, many Yes, many Yes Yes
Time to Recalculate Route Varies (5-25 secs) Varies (5-25 secs) Varies (5-25 secs) Varies (5-25 secs) Approx 12 Secs Approx 12 Secs
GPS Model Rand McNally TND-730LM Rand McNally TND-530LM Garmin 760-LMT Garmin 560-LMT Worldnav 7650 Worldnav 5300
Zip Code Entry Yes Yes   No No No
Edit Trip on the move Yes Yes Yes Yes No No
Preview Route Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Show Construction Yes, download using TNDdock Yes, download using TNDdock No No No No
Detour Feature Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Avoid specific roads Yes Yes Yes Yes No No
Map shows mile post markers Yes Yes No No No No
"Save Current Location" Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Compass Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Warranty One Year One Year One Year One Year One Year One Year
Other Features     Voice-activated Navigation   Display restricted roads with specific color and detailed info.  Split Screen navigation Display restricted roads with specific color and detailed info.  Split Screen navigation

See  USDOT  FMCSA  Advice regarding safe GPS use in commercial vehicles

Truck GPS Reviews (continued)

All of these truck GPS units feature truck-specific mapping data that contain as many as 700,000 miles of truck restricted roads!  That's a lot of road data.  Bottom line is that a truck GPS will help you get to your destination, but for safety's sake, remember, you're still responsible for obeying all road signs, bridge heights and restricted areas.  A truck GPS is just another tool of the trade.  Use it to help get you where you need to go.....and above all drive safely.

Truck routing GPS units are designed to get you from dock to dock safely and efficiently.  The first thing you do when you receive your new GPS is to enter your truck's height, width and weight.  Also, enter any Hazmat conditions.   When you enter an address into the truck GPS, it will attempt to route you the shortest distance, while avoiding low bridges and restricted roads.  Some of our truck GPS units also have trucker features like mileage logging, fuel logging, timers, real time traffic (to help avoid road constructions and heavy traffic), service and maintenance alerts, etc. 

GPS-planet™ carries all currently available GPS solutions for the commercial truck driver, including the Garmin Truck GPS units Rand McNally Intelliroute Truck GPS units and WorldNav Truck GPS units.


 tnd 520 truck review The Rand McNally IntelliRoute® TND 730 LM, TND 720LM, TND 530 LM and TND-520LM truck GPS units have a new rugged design, upgraded and louder speaker, brighter screen, Wi-Fi® Connectivity and Weather updates – Current and forecasted weather data, including storms and wind speeds, displayed along your route (needs Wi-Fi connection).   Map updates, software updates and construction updates are easily managed through the online Rand McNally Dock software.   Also has a video input for third party back-up cameras.   The Rand McNally units have more trucker features than any other currently available truck GPS unit, which is probably why they're our top selling truck GPS.

Conclusion:   The Rand McNally truck GPS units are top notch and easy to use.   They are full of excellent trucking features specifically targeting the needs of commercial drivers, and that's on reason we rate these truck GPS units the number one choice for commercial drivers.

5 Stars


dezl770lmt.jpg The Garmin Truck GPS units are designed specifically for commercial truck drivers. The name Garmin has become almost synonymous with GPS in the minds of drivers and outdoor enthusiasts. With the dezl 770LMTHD they are aiming to become the go to brand for truck drivers as well. This top of the line truck navigation unit comes with an impressive array of features that are sure to earn it top marks from commercial users. Garmin goes the extra mile to integrate the best modern technology has to offer. The end result is one of the best commercial driving GPS units on the market today.

First Impressions
Right out of the box the superior quality is apparent in the solid case design and glass screen. The 770LMTHD uses a capacitive multi-touch display with True Flat Technology. This provides the great viewing angles and crisp touch response found in today’s best smartphones and tablets. It is slightly heavier than most of its competitors, but the weighty feel adds to the overall impression of solid construction that is missing from many of the lighter competing models. The one possible complaint is short battery life. Listed at 1 hour, it is possible to drain the battery faster when using the connectivity features. This is mostly a non-issue since this GPS will almost always be in use within a vehicle. Included with the unit are a suction mounting bracket, USB cable, and 12v power cable. The unit also has a micro SD card slot for expanding storage.

Everything Truckers Expect
This navigation unit comes with all the features a professional driver expects. The easy to configure truck profile takes no time to complete. Once this is done Garmin’s great routing software optimizes routes based on the information provided. There are all the maintenance, time, and fuel tracking tools truckers have come to expect. As with all Garmin GPS products the maps are up to date and top quality. Points of interest along the chosen route make planning pit stops simple and quick. Lifetime life traffic and map updates make sure the information displayed is actually relevant in the moment. The live HD Traffic does a good job of calculating the likely delay caused by changing conditions and alerts the driver in time plan around them.

Ease of Use
This is where the Garmin dezl 770LMTHD really stands out from the pack. With customizable menus and responsive touch input, finding the right function at the right time has never been easier. To make it even better Garmin included voice control for hands free use while on the road. Further reducing distractions, the Nav unit can give voice directions in a clear easily understandable voice. It even has the option to give directions in relation to landmarks rather than calling out street names for which there may or may not be signs. Stealing a play from built in nav units, the 770 is compatible with many other personal electronics. There is a built in video input to connect a reverse camera as well as Bluetooth for pairing phones and headsets with the unit. Once set up and connected this unit becomes the hands free central computer for entertainment and information in the cab.

Conclusion
Coming in at $419.99 MSRP the Garmin dezl 770LMTHD is on the high side for a mid-range truck GPS. However, the additional features alone are worth the extra fifty or sixty dollars. When the quality construction and fantastic customer support are factored in it becomes an easy choice. There is a reason Garmin is consistently among the top brands when it comes to navigation tools. They know what the user’s needs and they provide it in an easy to use package. This unit is certainly no exception.

5 Stars


worldnav truck gps reviews The WordNav GPS units are self-contained GPS units that come with truck routing software installed.  The Worldnav, made by TeleType, is offered in two sizes, a 5" screen, and a 7" screen.  This unit is perfect for the driver looking for a complete package GPS made specifically for the commercial truck driver.  The units also have nice features like an MP3 player, picture and movie player built into it.  The latest units are the Worldnav 7650 and Worldnav 5300 Truck GPS units.

Conclusion: We've used these units and they worked very well for us.  We think they are a good choice for the commercial truck driver and have greatly improved since the first Worldnav units came out a few years ago.  The high definition screens are another big improvement. The manufacturer, TeleType, is constantly updating their maps.

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