TomTom Pro Truck GPS 7150 (user) Review

 

I just purchased the 7150 because of my overall high marks for the TomTom One XL. Got if from Newegg for $279 which included free shipping. A better deal than Amazon.

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EDIT: The FULL REVIEW for the 7150 can be found by scrolling down this thread to July 4, 2013.
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As a professional driver, I've been using the One XL for the last 8 months while driving a semi and it has performed beautifully. I make good use of POI Factory files on a daily basis:

--Rest Areas
--Independent Truck Stops
--Major Truck Stops (Pilot-Loves-TA, etc.)
--Weigh Stations
--Low Clearance Underpass

These POI files have not only made my job easier and more enjoyable, the bottom line is that I can make more money by diligently using them. The more time I can spend driving, without wasting time or having to worry about where I'm going to park for the night, the more money I can make while over the road. I can also make the case for less stress leading to safer driving.

Using truck specific POI's are a lot quicker than referring to the Rand McNally (Motor Carrier's) Road Atlas or using the Truck Stop Handbook. Again, time is money.

And the sheer number of Weigh Stations located here on the POI Factory site blow away what you can find on the RM Road Atlas.

The One XL has done a very good job for me after setting up audible warnings for all of the above trucker related POI's. The navigation is excellent and it re-routes quickly. But I still have to pay close attention for restricted roads and bridges while driving. And recently while driving in upstate New York, where there are mountain ranges everywhere, the car TomTom was not providing what I needed... and what I needed was to know restricted roads (which seemed to be around every turn).

So in a month after I get some real experience with the 7150, I'll post a detailed review of it here. I'll compare it to the One XL.

***There are basically no user reviews/comments to speak of anywhere on the internet for the PRO Truck TomTom GPS.***

This is probably because not many people know that the TomTom makes a truck specific GPS and sales are severely lacking. You won't find a TomTom at a Pilot, Flying J, Love's, or Petro truck stops like you will with the Rand McNally, Garmin, and Cobra GPS's. TomTom has made the decision not to sell their unit at a truck stop.

In the mean time, if anyone here has any experience with this GPS feel free to post your comments.

Tags: TomTom truck GPS, truck routing specific GPS, trucking GPS, truck driver GPS, truck GPS review, Rand McNally truck GPS, Garmin truck GPS, Cobra truck GPS, truck GPS navigator

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Update

Just took the unit out of the box last night and started getting familiar with it.

Experiencing problems with TomTom, not the unit itself right now. Can't find the download for the User Guide after an exhaustive search, and keep getting an error after trying to enter the Promotion Code for the Lifetime Maps.

At least they have a Forum for questions, and it appears to be fairly active, so hopefully these issues will be resolved soon. But even on their Forum it appears that nobody is discussing the Pro Truck GPS.

Edit: After calling Customer Service, I was directed to the "Business" section of TomTom where the User Guide could be downloaded. Who knew? And CS then manually entered my Promotion Code so that my Lifetime Maps would take affect. Problems solved.

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TomTom 7150

I appreciate the input, I'm glad the new unit is working out for you. Mostly importantly is something you mentioned in your first post that should be applied to any gps "But I still have to pay close attention for restricted roads and bridges while driving". Smart driving just cant be beat. Have fun with your TomTom.

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Reviews?

Check out the reviews on Amazon for this device. (3)
I see customer support is lacking.
Good Luck

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Will be interested

to see your review after you've chased all the bugs out of it.. And as a fellow driver I completely agree with the statement about the Truck Specific POI's found here.. They saved me more than once on the road..

Amazing Amazon reviews

spokybob wrote:

Check out the reviews on Amazon for this device. (3)
I see customer support is lacking.
Good Luck

This is why I'm going to do a thorough review. You say "customer support is lacking" and I contend that that conclusion probably should not be drawn from only a handful of reviews. So far my experience with CS has been very positive.

My favorite review on Amazon is the one "My husband uses this GPS and loves it, blah blah blah." Not very informative.

My goal here is to help other professional drivers out there who are only considering the other three brands and have never considered a TomTom because of the lack of user reviews. It almost steered me away.

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Customer Service

Vito wrote:

This is why I'm going to do a thorough review. You say "customer support is lacking" and I contend that that conclusion probably should not be drawn from only a handful of reviews. So far my experience with CS has been very positive.

Consider yourself lucky. Most of the long time TT users don't use Customer Service, because they have learned from experience, that it is worthless.

TomTom Support

tendriver wrote:
Vito wrote:

This is why I'm going to do a thorough review. You say "customer support is lacking" and I contend that that conclusion probably should not be drawn from only a handful of reviews. So far my experience with CS has been very positive.

Consider yourself lucky. Most of the long time TT users don't use Customer Service, because they have learned from experience, that it is worthless.

When I got my first GPS a couple of years ago (a TomTom) I had a problem when I did an update, and my subsequent experience with TomTom Customer Support on the phone was very satisfactory.

Shortly after that, TomTom transferred its support office from upstate New York to Mexico. I have heard complaints about that office, but I have no personal experience with that location, so I cannot judge the current support based upon personal knowledge.

In addition, I do not know if the support for the models sold to the general public is provided from the same location as the support for the models aimed at professional truck drivers, so my personal experience may or may not be relevant to the models sold for truck drivers.

With best wishes,
- Tom -

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TomTom Pro Truck 7150 (user) Review

Vito,

What are you expecting the 7150 to do for you, that the ONE XL can't do. So far, your posts have not mentioned anything specific about any advantageous 7150 features. To date you have only praised POI Factory's POI files.
I ask this question because a TT Truck unit and/or navcore usually require a Truck map to be fully functional. I am not aware of a North America Truck map. This would explain your quote, "But I still have to pay close attention for restricted roads and bridges while driving".

Reply to tendriver

tendriver wrote:

Vito,

What are you expecting the 7150 to do for you, that the ONE XL can't do. So far, your posts have not mentioned anything specific about any advantageous 7150 features. To date you have only praised POI Factory's POI files.
I ask this question because a TT Truck unit and/or navcore usually require a Truck map to be fully functional. I am not aware of a North America Truck map. This would explain your quote, "But I still have to pay close attention for restricted roads and bridges while driving".

No disrespect, but you obviously don't drive a big rig. Even with a truck GPS, the driver STILL has to pay close attention to ALL SIGNS. Just last week my 7150 routed me down a road that had a low overpass. I had to turn around. The one sign was 1 quarter mile down after I had made my turn up the street, so I had no advance warning (I've recently reported this low overpass to the POI factory).

This is an obvious mistake in the routing and I reported it to TomTom as such using Map Share. A truck specific GPS will normally not route you on a road after you've entered the weight and dimensions for your truck. It considers restrictions for it's route planning.

The 7150 does indeed have TRUCK ROUTES for the USA and Canada. I believe there are even truck specific routes for Mexico.

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TomTom 7150 GPS Review

I've used this GPS every day, over the road, for one month. I am going to make this review as thorough as possible, and will update this post as necessary.

AT A Glance
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The POSITIVES:
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- Very bright screen
- Screen is very touch sensitive (maybe a little too sensitive)
- Loud audio output (can also be routed to an in dash radio using a cable)
- Bluetooth enabled (can be integrated with cellphone)
- Five inch screen (discussed below)
- Very powerful processor. Routes are planned and alternatives are generated in rapid succession.
- Allows for Way Points
- Voice command enabled. Works well.
- Quick and easy disconnect from it's magnetically mounted cradle. The cradle is sturdy, secure, and has very flexible positioning angles
- Truck Specific long-range routing is usually very dependable (discussed below)
- Good near destination routing. Also, most addresses are located while planning the route
- The Live Traffic Service is helpful
- Accurate estimated time of arrival
- Lifetime map updates
- Lifetime traffic updates
- Extensive database of POI's to easily find restaurants, entertainment, businesses, etc. and these are updated each quarter along with a new map.
- Map Share is a real bonus (and making your own map corrections)
- Enter your vehicle profile (including HAZMAT) and you should be routed on all legal roads
- Relatively speaking, it's modestly priced. A good value at under $300
- Many settings to personalize your unit
- Customer support has been good

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The NEGATIVES:
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- Speed Cameras are included, although this service requires a subscription after 1 year
- The MyTomTom application (support for the unit) is web based and I've found the TomTom website to be very buggy (they recommend you use Google Chrome)
- It's difficult to impossible to delete custom POI's (discussed below)
- When requesting to display "POI's along route" you'll only see those POI's along the route for the FIRST 50 MILES (discussed below)
- Many roads do not have displayed speed limits (probably because there are not enough users yet submitting corrections via Map Share)
- Sometimes navigates you on roads that a big truck has no business on even though it's "legal".
- The integration with a bluetooth phone is buggy (discussed below)
- Leeway time needs to include day (discussed below)
- No N-S-W-E displayed while driving (discussed below)
- Altitude is not displayed (discussed below)

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DISCUSSION
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Overall I'm happy with this unit. I can drive with confidence that 99.9% of the time the routing I am taking is for big rigs and I won't be driving on any restricted roads. This saves me time, eliminates stress, and perhaps most importantly will help me from being fined perhaps $1000 and having CSA points added to my driving record. This is where a truck GPS beats a car GPS hands down.

This particular GPS is a "standalone" commercial unit. In other words, it works by itself without Webfleet integration (optional). So there are several Services that are present on this unit that do not work because they are intended to operate within the Webfleet service. These non functioning services are Weather and Local Search.

    Screen Sensitivity:


As far as the screen, it appears to be ultra sensitive to the touch. It's easy to accidentally make a selection that you didn't intend simply by having your finger "glance" over an icon. In my opinion I'd like to see the screen a little less sensitive but I seem to have gotten used to what the 7150 delivers.

    Screen Size:


This 5 inch display is more than adequate for viewing. Many truck GPS's today are 6 and 7 inches and the drivers are mounting them on the dashboard or windshield. I don't think this is the best location for a truck GPS. With the slightly smaller size of the 7150 I can mount it on the driver-side side window. I operate it with my left thumb while driving. It's within easy reach. This allows for selecting POI's along the route, such as rest areas, truck stops, etc., all at less than an arm length away. Mounting a truck GPS on the dashboard or windshield would be awkward in this regard. So the smaller 5 inch screen is a PERFECT size for side mounting. It doesn't interfere with your view of the side mirrors. A larger screen size would probably be too big and would obstruct your view.

    Navigation:


Occasionally, just like all GPS's, this unit gets "confused" in it's routing. Several times while on an interstate it's routed me to an exit ramp, only to route me right back on an entrance ramp to the interstate. Once so far I was routed to a 12'6" low overpass. I then reported this to TomTom using Map Share. In Florida I noticed that I was routed on a few routes that were restricted with weight limits that were less than the 80 tons I had entered for my truck profile. I then reported these roads as well using Map Share, reporting their 20 T and 30 T limits.

    Bluetooth Integration:


I've got a bluetooth headset that I use with my cellphone while driving. For kicks, I decided to link the 7150 to the cellphone. At first it was great. If a text came in it would be prominently displayed on the GPS. Calls could be made and answered using the GPS, and with the voice command feature life was good.

Then it happened. A call from my fleet manager came over the GPS, I answered it, then started talking. I could hear him but he couldn't hear me. So I tapped the option on the screen for "send audio to phone" at which point I was able to hear and speak with my FM. But for the next few hours the audio for the navigational instructions were muted and this could not be fixed. And for the next 2 days the audio alerts that were set for the POI's were also muted. Basically the GPS had become a mute and there was no setting to get the audio back. Somehow it came back by itself after the hours and days had ticked by, but in the mean time it was a real PITA not having audio. I've notified TomTom of this bug and they said a few others have reported this and now they'll look into fixing this.

    No Altitude Display


Having altitude prominently displayed on this unit would be very helpful. In the winter while starting out at a certain elevation, for each 1000 feet of elevation the temperature drops by 1 degree. So if you start out at 35 degrees, and it's raining, and have to climb 5000 feet you can pretty much be assured that you'll hit snow/ice by the time you crest the mountain. Knowledge is power. And safety in this case.

    No N-S-W-E Displayed


The ONE XL displays North South West and East while driving. I've found this helpful at times, especially in those times when the GPS is "confused", coming out of a shipper where the access road is not mapped and the unit is not sure if I should make a left or a right onto the intersecting main road. Again, knowledge is power.

    Leeway time needs DAY input


The Leeway time feature on this unit is nice. But it only works for the current day. If you enter that you need to be at the destination by 1600, and it's currently 1100 with a 4 hour drive time, the unit correctly tells you that you have +1 hour leeway time. This information is displayed on the navigation screen and will tick down every time you stop.

But if you have a longer run, say one that is 800 miles and you won't arrive until *tomorrow* at 1700 you can't use the Leeway feature. Why? Because it doesn't allow for entering a leeway time for the next day; it only works for a 24 hour period within the *same day*. This needs to be addressed by TomTom.

    Unable to delete custom POI's


This is my second choice for the biggest issue I have with this unit. If you add a location to a custom POI category that you've generated, good luck trying to delete this POI at a later time.

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Example: You've located a Hess Service Station, which has truck parking, as you drive by a road for the first time. You immediately add this spot as a Favorite, soon to be added as your custom POI for Truck Stops. This happens to be a new truck stop that is NOT in the POI factory database of Indy Truck Stops (which you have set on alert when you are near). But then you discover, after there's an update to the Indy Truck Stops database at the POI Factory, that this Hess Station is now included as an update which someone else submitted. So the next time you drive past the Hess, you get an alert from the Indy Truck Stop POI, along with your custom POI that you generated for the Hess. Now you want to delete the Hess from YOUR custom POI category to clean things up. Here comes the problem...

... You select Settings>Manage POIs>Delete POI>Select category to delete POI>Vito's Truck Stops>...

and behold, the Hess does NOT SHOW UP on the list of POI's in order to be deleted!
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WHY does the unit behave this way? I don't know, but it's a BUG! One would think that if you've just passed this POI that it would be available for deletion, especially since it's within a 50 mile radius. But there's obviously a programming error which prevents this POI from being displayed ONCE YOU'VE DRIVEN PAST IT.

Does my ONE XL behave like this? No. I've contacted TomTom about this and they said they'd look into it.

    Does not display ALL POI's Along Route

This is my biggest gripe with this GPS. Planning is everything to trucking, and time is money. If I have an 800 mile run I need to know ALL the POI's along the route, not just the ones 50 miles away from my current location. But this is how the 7150 calls up it's database. It limits the displayed POI's to 50 miles along the route, even when the route is 800 miles long. Simply put, this SUCKS and SUCKS badly! It is a PITA and annoys me to no end. It decreases my productivity as a driver. Here's how...

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Example 1: I've got an 800 mile run with a heavy load. I need to know if there are any Weigh Stations along the ENTIRE route because I "think" I've got my drives set correctly but I "may" be heavy on them, but if there are no Weigh Stations along the route, or if there are just a few after 300 miles into it (after I've burned 60 gallons of diesel amounting to 420 pounds) I can then PLAN on whether I need to scale my load or not! But without the knowledge of where, if any, weigh stations are I cannot PLAN accurately!
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Example 2: I've got a 500 mile run and starting my drive at 0600. I figure I'll drive all day and stop early at a truck stop after about 400 miles, saving the rest for tomorrow. Before I move the truck, start my 14 hour clock, I need to know where I'm staying that night because I'm driving in Pennsylvania and truck stops are at a premium starting at 1700. But I'm anticipating finishing my driving at around 1500, after driving about 400 miles.

So the question is, what truck stops are available along the route at 400 miles away? This GPS won't tell you!

It will only display what truck strops are available 50 miles from your start now. The only way to know which truck stops are near the 400 mile mark is to wait until you are about 355 miles into your route, THEN bring up "POI along Route" and HOPE that there are indeed some truck stops at, for example, 385, 400, or 403 miles along your route (all within 50 miles from current location). But there may not be any! ***This is the point!*** In reality, there may have been a truck stop that you just passed at the 350 mile mark, that you could have stayed at HAD YOU KNOWN THIS FROM THE BEGINNING when you first had your route planned, but now that you are near the point of stopping you learn that there are no truck stops nearby, and who knows if there's any after the 406 mile mark!!! Because now you are requesting information that is FIFTY ONE miles away! So you're screwed! Unnecessarily! Because TomTom has made a TERRIBLE decision to make the 7150 behave like a retard in this regard, making my ONE XL look like a college professor.
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This inexcusable lack of functionality, along with the lack of deleting custom POI's are the (2) reasons, and the ONLY (2) reasons that forces me to drive my big truck around using BOTH the 7150 with the ONE XL alongside it. The ONE XL is used exclusively for planning ALL POI's AlONG THE ROUTE! Important, NEED TO KNOW POI's, like Low Clearances, Truck Stops, and Weigh Stations!

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Bottom Line: RATING
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The inexcusable lack of functionality mentioned above is what causes me to downgrade this unit. If this were not an issue, I'd rate this unit a 9/10, deducting one point because the routing could be improved. But due to this fault, one that directly impacts my productivity and adds undue stress to an already challenging job, I'm awarding this GPS a 7/10.

I "like" this unit but I would LOVE this unit if the way it handled POI's were corrected!

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Nice

Nice review, I don't think I've seen ANY truck specific GPS get a 100% on bridge height..

Too bad about the POI's, that would drive me nuts.

You should share this on a couple trucking boards. Truckersreport.com comes to mind..

Thanks!

n9mxq wrote:

Nice review, I don't think I've seen ANY truck specific GPS get a 100% on bridge height..

Too bad about the POI's, that would drive me nuts.

You should share this on a couple trucking boards. Truckersreport.com comes to mind..

Much appreciated. Yes, I am pretty active on thetruckersreport.com and I just changed my signature to link back to this review.

I not only want others to consider this GPS as a purchase because there is strength in numbers (everyone reporting Map Share corrections) but also if I can steer some fellow drivers to this site then they will make this site stronger by downloading the POI's and updating them as I do. It's a win win for everyone.

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Update to Review

Not sure why, but I can no longer edit my review post. So I'll post updates here.

Negatives Update:

- After downloading MapShare updates and GPS Fix from MyTomTom, all of my custom POI's were reset. They were still present, only all the warnings were reset to the default of 300 yards.

- The preloaded TomTom "Truck stop & service" POI is a joke. Thanks to MapShare and some semi driver who doesn't know the difference between a TRUCK STOP and a WEIGH STATION, many weigh stations in this POI category are incorrectly brought up as truck stops! Duh! I finally got so disgusted with this nonsense that I stopped using this POI.

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Attn: Vito

Vito,

Your POI Factory "Contact" button is connected with an email address that returns a "user unknown" error from your internet provider.

If you want to receive emails from POI Factory folks with suggested additions to your POI File, you need to update your profile with Contact Info that's a valid email address for you.

Update #2

a) In the initial review it was noted that one of the main problems with the unit is the way it handles POI's, most notably the way POI's cannot be displayed along the ***entire route***. A work around has been found.

Once a route is planned, you need to select "View Map" from the main menu. Then "Show map of route". ALL POI's will be displayed under this map view provided you have programmed the unit to display POI's under "Options" for the map view, and have designated which POI's you want to be displayed under this view. It's a little tricky, but this map, along with the POI's WILL be displayed while driving along the route. You'll need to zoom in order to view some of the POI's.

b) The RDS traffic update NAGS you. If an alternate route is found that is shorter than the current route you're on, the GPS will ask you if you want to take this route. Then every 2 miles thereafter you'll be asked again. This continues over and over again until you finally break down and say "YES!" and take the alternative route. This can be quite annoying.

I suppose TomTom never considered that perhaps somebody would actually want to stay on a current route even if it is just 6 minutes LONGER than the alternative. Maybe the driver decided 6 minutes is worth it because this route is along a fuel stop. So the unit nags you until you finally break down.

c) When you leave the unit turned off overnight, whether it is plugged in to the 12 volt socket or not, the routing for the current trip is lost. This is not a big deal since you can easily navigate to "Recent destination" and the route will be planned again.

I suspect that this is because RDS traffic is integrated into this unit. Perhaps traffic has changed 8 hours later and it's best to plan the route over again.

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Update #3

In the initial review it was noted that custom POI's could not be deleted from the database. The POI that I need deleted is one that I have JUST PASSED along my route.

The POI cannot be deleted because it will not be displayed after selecting Settings>>Manage POIs>>Delete POI>>Select category to delete POI

The POI will not be displayed even after doing a "Search". Again, this bug exists because of the way TomTom handles it's POI database.

A work around has been found.

You first begin by identifying the POI you want deleted by using the "View route" feature, then selecting "Show map of route", the POI that you need deleted will be displayed on the map.

Carefully note the POI name and named location. Then, and only then, you will thoroughly search the POI database for the POI you've just identified. It will be mixed in with the others, somewhere. And it won't be where you expect it; the displayed milage from your current location will be incorrect. This is why you must carefully note the NAME and the NAMED LOCATION. Again, this is a bug with how TomTom handles POIs with this unit.

So, considering that I have found a workaround for both issues regarding the way this unit handles POI files, I am upgrading the unit to an 8.5/10.

Both workarounds achieve what I need, only it is far more difficult to do what I need the unit to do since this unit limits the POIs to a 50 mile radius along the route, and there is a bug with how the POI's are displayed for deletion.

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I'd go with garmin

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WHY?

"I'd go with garmin"

I checked out Garmin, RM, and Cobra before my TomTom purchase. They ALL have problems to some degree. The TT has worked great for me aside from this POI handling problem. And I don't have unnecessary features included like HOS logging. Maybe this is why it processes information so quickly because the processor isn't bogged down.

Tags: TomTom navigation system, GPS navigation, commercial truck GPS, Semi truck GPS, best truck GPS, GPS truck routes, TomTom Discussions

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light at the end of the tunnel ?

Vito wrote:

    Does not display ALL POI's Along Route

This is my biggest gripe with this GPS. Planning is everything to trucking, and time is money. If I have an 800 mile run I need to know ALL the POI's along the route, not just the ones 50 miles away from my current location. But this is how the 7150 calls up it's database. It limits the displayed POI's to 50 miles along the route, even when the route is 800 miles long. Simply put, this SUCKS and SUCKS badly! It is a PITA and annoys me to no end. It decreases my productivity as a driver.

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I "like" this unit but I would LOVE this unit if the way it handled POI's were corrected!

There appears to be light at the end of the tunnel. A number of people in North America have complained very strongly to TomTom that the 50-mile limit for POI display is not a good choice in North America.

If rumors are true (and IF is always the operative word when it comes to rumors), there is a software upgrade coming in the near future that increases the POI display limit to 1250 miles. It's not clear whether this will be implemented everywhere, or just in North America, but that's a moot point for those of us in North America.

It's also not clear whether it will be implemented on just the automotive units, or will also be implemented on the specialized devices used by trucks and campers. It would obviously be foolish for TomTom not to implement it on the specialized devices also, but TomTom has done even more foolish things in the past, IMO.

So cross your fingers and hope that the rumor mill is accurate.

- Tom -

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Thanks Tom!

-et- wrote:

There appears to be light at the end of the tunnel. A number of people in North America have complained very strongly to TomTom that the 50-mile limit for POI display is not a good choice in North America.

If rumors are true (and IF is always the operative word when it comes to rumors), there is a software upgrade coming in the near future that increases the POI display limit to 1250 miles. It's not clear whether this will be implemented everywhere, or just in North America, but that's a moot point for those of us in North America.

It's also not clear whether it will be implemented on just the automotive units, or will also be implemented on the specialized devices used by trucks and campers. It would obviously be foolish for TomTom not to implement it on the specialized devices also, but TomTom has done even more foolish things in the past, IMO.

So cross your fingers and hope that the rumor mill is accurate.

- Tom -

That is great news for sure!

I've managed to cope... in an update to the review I've discoverd a "work around" for this problem. But... it takes ***much longer*** than getting the information in list view. You have to use the Map View to see ALL the POIs along the route. But if the route is long, you have to scroll, and scroll, and scroll, and... you get the picture. It takes 5 minutes to get the information rather than just having the information displayed to you almost instantaneously (list view). And scrolling isn't that easy. You have to zoom several times just to have the POIs show up in the map view, then you have to scroll all along the route, trying not to lose your route as the map shifts. It's a real chore and it takes some skill and effort.

So I certainly hope you heard right. Like I said I'd LOVE this unit if it just handled POIs better! Right now I just really like it. LOL

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Yet another update to the TomTom Pro Truck 7150 (user) Review

I did a little team driving recently. During the week, the other driver had his Rand McNally 720 truck GPS hooked up and I had my TT running for a direct head to head comparison.

There were 2 critical flaws in the RM that we both discovered and agreed upon. Firstly, the RM typically had much longer routing than the TT. Not just by 50 miles or so, but 100 or even 150 miles sometimes added for a simple 500 mile trip. It was so bad that John started telling me to forget about the RM route, and "Let's take your route instead" after we checked the routing before embarking on the trip.

The second critical flaw found in the RM was how it handles low overpasses (compared to the TT). We were driving in Richmond VA and his RM told us to take a certain street. After making the turn, we discovered a low overpass that was not meant for 13'6" vehicles. The TT had told us to go past this street so the TT was smarter here. But then it happened again. As we were going up several more blocks, the RM once again said "Turn right" and this time the sign was right at the corner, clearly warning that a low overpass was ahead. Once again the TT did not direct us to turn up that street, even though it would have been the direct route to the shipper just 2 miles away.

To be sure, I asked John if he had plugged in all the vehicle parameters for the truck into his GPS. He said yes.

The bottom line: After using both units for a week, I am convinced that the routing is better for the TomTom Pro 7150 over the RM 720. It is inconclusive whether or not the RM handles low overpasses poorly since not enough data was gathered.

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Map Datum

Was the map datum of comparable age in both units?

I know you would think the bridge data should have been there for a long time, as most bridges aren't really new compared to GPS usage but you never know..

And as for routing, when I was with a trainer with Roehl, he had a Rand, and I had my Garmin C330 which was set to "Truck Mode" and the C330 out routed the RM every time.. Which is why I still have 2 C330's and 0 Rands...hehe

Good point

Now that you mention it, John told me his RM maps were about a year old while my TT had newer maps. But still, the routing that his GPS took us on was way roundabout... I can't imagine that just because the map was old that we would be taking such dumb routes, especially considering the routing was all (old)Interstates and US Highways.

And YES, one would expect the bridge data to be there, especially in Richmond where the RR has been using those bridges for the past 50 years.

Thanks for the comments, driver!

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For Vito

The rumored range expansion to over 1000 miles for TomTom POI Search that I mentioned above has now been released for the "regular" TomTom units, as I mentioned in another thread. I'm not sure if that has also been implemented on Truck devices, but it's probably worth checking.

There is one limitation in the released version that had not been rumored, which is that it shows you only the first 96 hits for your search criteria. Personally, I don't think that's a problem, as it should be easily covered by just starting the search near your tentative destination. Unless you are looking in a major urban area for a really common place like a MacDonald's, 96 hits should cover a pretty fair distance.

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Thanks Tom

Good news. Thanks!

So far there has been no update to the Truck GPS... I updated just yesterday and there was no release.

If I'm reading you correctly, the output now is 1000 miles OR 96 immediate locations. This is a lot better than what it is now, and I agree it really shouldn't be a major limitation. Hopefully they'll implement this in the Truck GPS units.

I've gotten very used to using the map feature with the POI's displayed, then scrolling all along the route to see the needed POI's (truck stops, rest areas, etc.). So I've been able to get the needed information, albeit it's a lot more time consuming.

Vito

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This might be a stupid

This might be a stupid question but would this be a good GPS for cars too. I plan to get a get my CDL in the future just for the time being I was going to use this for my car.

Absolutely!

buzzell360 wrote:

This might be a stupid question but would this be a good GPS for cars too. I plan to get a get my CDL in the future just for the time being I was going to use this for my car.

I think this is a GREAT question actually! In my review, I failed to mention that there are many choices for the type of vehicle that you are going to drive. The following choices are offered...

- Car
- Van
- Truck
- Bus
- Taxi
- Other

If "car" is selected, the GPS uses the same Truck Map that is included, but the **truck routing** for ***restricted*** roads is now lifted when car is selected. I use this GPS all the time with the car setting and it works great, just like the "regular" TomTom GPS that I've used (ONE XL).

I imagine that "bus" would be a good for either for a commercial bus or a personal RV bus.

On a further note, when "car" is selected, you are asked whether the vehicle is for commercial purposes or not. Pretty cool.

Vito

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Another Review Update

Good by and good riddance to "Map Share"!

Making corrections of local speed limits seems to stick, where the correction doesn't change back to another value. But when you make changes to highway speeds, say change a certain portion of road from 60 to 65, you can travel along that same section of road the next day and discover that your map correction has reverted back. How frustrating.

Furthermore, only OCCASIONALLY does TomTom actually correct user submitted problems with their maps. Like road name changes and restricting roads for weight limits, etc. etc. etc.

I removed a restriction for US 33 in WV, near the border of OH, about 4 months ago. I removed the truck restriction on about 20 sections of US 33 because when I personally traveled it going from WV into OH, there WERE NO TRUCK RESTRICTIONS. Yet TT had this route color coded purple, meaning it was restricted for my truck parameters, and when I investigated it, I found the road was restricted for both weight and length limits to a tractor trailer. Not true. There are no signs anywhere, I saw other trucks traveling it, and not far from the bridge into OH there are several truck stops. This is an obvious map mistake that needed correction. Yet TT has repeatedly ignored fixing this. So as a driver you are then routed about 100 miles out of route just to avoid this bogus restricted route.

What's worse is that when I map updated last month, MY map corrections were all wiped out when I updated with TT's new map. So even though I had my Pro Truck personalized to take US 33 (by removing the restrictions), after the new map install my settings were wiped out and I now had the bogus restrictions placed back on US 33. Every time I do a "map share" update this would happen as well, where my personalized map corrections were wiped out.

So I'm done with "Map Share". Until TomTom proves that it's really trying to make corrections via user submissions, I will not participate in this feature which destroys my personal TT settings every time I connect to my computer. Since they don't seem to stay on top of user submitted submissions, the errant map share settings constantly override your personal map corrections. This is unacceptable.

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Poi files into TomTom Pro Truck 7150

After many years as a One XL user I was recently given a 7150. I am totally mystified as to how to bring in new POI files. I was successful in importing the files from my ONE XL but there are updates available but no instructions as to how to import them.

I also built a number of Itineraries in my old TomTom but that function seems to lost in the truck pro? I used to be able to take my prebuilt route and change the destination for the day, track my progress whilst being alerted to various waypoints for fuel etc.

I have been feeling my way around on the new GPS because the instructions are so skimpy. I don't have confidence in the Truck Pro yet. When you are rolling with 120,000 pounds you really want to be sure where you are going.

Any help would be very much appreciated.

English manual here

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Poi / itineraries

Thank you for the link Boxcar. I have already read this manual however. It tells you how to create your own POIs but not how to import from existing compilations from others.

Upon re-reading the manual it appears itineraries require the work option to create with the driver only capable of editing.

in Aus, I live and work in a

in Aus, I live and work in a Roadhouse, 800km from the nearest neighbour, every vehicle stops,
I don't drive for a living, seldom now even for the pleasure, just a 35tonne water truck when we git thirsty,
among other reasons
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nobody makes a truck gps with Aus maps
car map info is not correct to clear bridges

The total pain-in-the-butt-ness,
backing a 53m, 156 tonne,4.5m high, triple
away from a 4.4m bridge, that is supposed to be 4.7m
and the bloody thing isnt posted in road signs before you get to the bridge or in the gps.
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4000km from home, there is nobody to btch to.
I dont drive no more

35tonne = 77,200 pounds
53.5m = 58.5yds
156tonne = 343,920 pounds
4.4m = 14'5"
4.5m = 14'9" miss by 3.5 inches
4.7m = 15'5"
4000km = 2500 miles
triple =

  • prime-mover
  • triaxle semi
  • triaxle dolly
  • triaxle semi
  • triaxle dolly
  • triaxle semi

= 70 wheeler

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It's more involved to add POI's now

Bumblebunny wrote:

Thank you for the link Boxcar. I have already read this manual however. It tells you how to create your own POIs but not how to import from existing compilations from others.

Upon re-reading the manual it appears itineraries require the work option to create with the driver only capable of editing.

You have to use the TomTom "My Drive" software. You install the program onto your computer, but then this interacts with the TT website in order to load POI's. You select "Manage Community Content" from your taskbar icon on your desktop, it takes you to the TT website, and then this is how you can upload an OV2 POI file.

You no longer have a standalone program like you did with the ONE XL. The Pro uses the internet to upload/download POI's, icons, etc.

You can create an Itinerary by selecting "Plan Route" on your Pro. You don't need the internet for that.

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The 7150 Pro Truck is DISCONTINUED

Found out last week that this model has been discontinued. I phoned TomTom and usual got great tech support (don't know why people say their support isn't good, that has NOT been my experience at all).

I was informed that the new 7250 would take the place. I'll be looking to buy this unit soon, and I'll probably do an in depth review of it as well.

FYI the number for TomTom tech support is 1-866-459-3499

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