Am I the only one?

r3gulator3

Friendly Neighborhood Former Technician
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Rand TND740. You need an active WiFi hotspot connection to download the data.
Oh I see I have a 530 I can turn on WiFi for it but never have. Someone was telling me Garmin diesel does that stuff off of the gps satellites.
 

ironpony

Professional Pot-Stirrer
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And that does it without WiFi hotspoting to your phone? Also can you alter routes with drag and drop on those like old Mapquest?
Yeah... mine constantly complains that it won't receive said data without using the factory supplied power cord. I am using the factory supplied power cord.

POS
 

BirchBarlow

I love KW 680s
All i use for gps is google maps (phone app), google earth and a road atlas. Also my memory. For example i can drive between most major cities on the east coast and midwest by memory. I only need 'help' for directions when i get off the highway.

I view truck specific GPS's as a waste of money.

Anyone else share my thoughts?
I have a Rand Mcnally though Like you we go to most the same places so I can get there by memory just by having been there so many times..

Over The Road I often used my Motor Carriers because I could find shorter routes or take 2 lanes to aviod bad spots.

For instance if I was heading to texas most guys run down 57 through illinois which sucks either construction plus almost daily wrecks.

Then 55 to 40 and that gosh awful mess between Memphis and Little Rock...

And thats the GPS way too..

If from Chicago I would go 55 and 255 around St Louis and pick up US 67

Or from Michigan or Ohio 70 to Effingham and stay west to St Louis

Now 67 is now mostly 4 Lanes and 65 mph until about Arkansas line although near Poplar Bluff watch those hills cause cops like to sit in that strecth n pop people

Past Pochahontas Arkansas to Hoxie its 2 lane but no big deal

After 67 splits off into a Full Freeway all the way to Little Rock..

Alot less traffic and a much more peaceful of a drive
 

quillcom

Well-Known Member
I like the GPS for the traffic updates. Something happens in front of me, could be an hour in front of me, GPS will list delay, and sometimes find an alternate route.
Google maps has all of that, last I checked, like today.
 

Ontario Outlaw

Hozer Witta Hood
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Some gps apps are not that accurate but helpful though. It's still good to use memory and ask the local people about the road and location whereabouts.
Agreed....but sometimes locals don’t know street names, they just know how to get to work. Or, the young lady at the front desk who drives her little car to work, will give you directions on roads that aren’t truck friendly.

I will run no truck routes, unless there’s a weight restriction or height restriction I need to pay attention to.

Skinny two lane and paper maps FTW :thefinger:
 

Rigjockey

In Gord we trust!
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Agreed....but sometimes locals don’t know street names, they just know how to get to work. Or, the young lady at the front desk who drives her little car to work, will give you directions on roads that aren’t truck friendly.

I will run no truck routes, unless there’s a weight restriction or height restriction I need to pay attention to.

Skinny two lane and paper maps FTW :thefinger:
Turn right at the Tim Horton's, when you reach the next Tim Horton's make a left. We are right next to the Tim Horton's You can't miss it:thumbsup::rolllaugh:

BTW. bring Tim Horton's!
 

Ontario Outlaw

Hozer Witta Hood
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Turn right at the Tim Horton's, when you reach the next Tim Horton's make a left. We are right next to the Tim Horton's You can't miss it:thumbsup::rolllaugh:

BTW. bring Tim Horton's!
When you get to the Y go left. Then at the T go right. Don’t worry about the dead end road signs when you get to the fork bear right. Follow the logging road 10 miles. Look for the blue dot on the tree. Wait there we’ll meet you with the loader
:coocoo:
Then you lose cell reception....

Then your gps stops working and just keeps recalculating.

Funnily enough it usually works out. Your whole body is screaming “trucks do not belong here why are we here turn around stupid”.

And then you spy a tree with a blue dot :yahoo:
 

ironpony

Professional Pot-Stirrer
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When you get to the Y go left. Then at the T go right. Don’t worry about the dead end road signs when you get to the fork bear right. Follow the logging road 10 miles. Look for the blue dot on the tree. Wait there we’ll meet you with the loader
:coocoo:
Then you lose cell reception....

Then your gps stops working and just keeps recalculating.

Funnily enough it usually works out. Your whole body is screaming “trucks do not belong here why are we here turn around stupid”.

And then you spy a tree with a blue dot :yahoo:
But it really was the tree with the blue dot you missed 5 km back, 'cause you were POd at the GPS tellin' ya to turn around...

:rolllaugh3:
 

Hillbilly Canuck

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Or it's the right tree and you got there quick and easy but the loader doesn't show up for another hour because they were "on lunch"......whatever that means.
 

Ontario Outlaw

Hozer Witta Hood
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The best one I think was “your gps will either bring you right to our front door, or it’ll take you 20 miles the wrong direction and get you lost. 50/50 chance”
 

semidisturbed

New Member
I trained 4 drivers within the last 4 months, not to learn how to drive, but to learn the company paperwork and computer system, and all had at least 3 years to 20 years of experience, and all four never planned one trip. I am the opposite, I plan every turn and exit to my destination. I use a smartphone, GPS, and an atlas or street map. The atlas is used for an overhead view of my trip, smartphone to look at traffic and weather, and the GPS for distance to my next turn, to see my next turn a mile or block away, ETD time, total drive time. After forty years those street signs are getting smaller and harder to see at night or missing altogether and with the GPS you can find that street. My question would be why not use all of the tools available to do your job?
 
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