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I recently bought a used magellan 700 from another trucker. This is my first experience with a gps unit and I am hooked. I drive a big truck across 48 states and wonder what is the best system to buy? Is there any unit that has truck routes? The Magellan 700 is great for cars,but I need something that can route me around low bridges, and keep me off streets and parkways where trucks and commercial traffic are illegal, as in New York City and a few other areas around the country.
Any thoughts or ideas?

Thanks,
Randycoke245

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Randy Coke

I wonder if...

Some newer GPSr units have "truck" navigation settings - which I assume are programmed to follow "truck routes". Have you checked to see if these settings are available on your unit?

I believe work is in progress for "low clearance" POI's - use the search feature to locate them.

Randycoke245 wrote: but I

Randycoke245 wrote:

but I need something that can route me around low bridges,
Any thoughts or ideas?

Thanks,
Randycoke245

Under the Alphabetized List of POI files are 2 files which may be of interest.

Low Clearance Underpasses
and
Rest Areas Combined (has turnouts also)

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Randycoke245 wrote: I

Randycoke245 wrote:

I recently bought a used magellan 700 from another trucker. This is my first experience with a gps unit and I am hooked. I drive a big truck across 48 states and wonder what is the best system to buy? Is there any unit that has truck routes? The Magellan 700 is great for cars,but I need something that can route me around low bridges, and keep me off streets and parkways where trucks and commercial traffic are illegal, as in New York City and a few other areas around the country.
Any thoughts or ideas?

Thanks,
Randycoke245

Look for the Garmin Nüvi 5000 due out this spring. It is supposed to have some great features for truckers (and RV'ers... anyone driving a big vehicle).

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Rick - Nüvi 260 - eTrex Summit HC

hey randy

Randycoke245 wrote:

I recently bought a used magellan 700 from another trucker. This is my first experience with a gps unit and I am hooked. I drive a big truck across 48 states and wonder what is the best system to buy? Is there any unit that has truck routes? The Magellan 700 is great for cars,but I need something that can route me around low bridges, and keep me off streets and parkways where trucks and commercial traffic are illegal, as in New York City and a few other areas around the country.
Any thoughts or ideas?

Thanks,
Randycoke245

I too drive otr. Maverick flatbed. Anyway this site/these people are great for getting your system set up. (family oriented if u have little ones?) I have the truck stops (found some incorrects on loves-but my Garmin had the correct ones loaded already), the weigh stations/temp. weigh stations with a proximity alert, walmarts, low bridges/underpasses with proximity alert, and other useful files. You can add and set your own proximity alerts (at least with Garmin-see freq ask ques). As far as the truck routing from what I understand (with Garmin) the truck option (which of course I leave on) was added in case they ever actually got real truck routing- but they don't have that yet. It does seem to attempt to keep you on big roads though. As a matter of fact you may find yourself switching back to shortest route because it will go to far out of the way to keep you on big roads. Also if you use the avoid traffic otion (I don't mean the traffic reciever-just the option on the gps) it seems to try to keep you on the bypasses of bigger cities you are trying to get around and don't need to go thru the middle of (usefull during rush hour-may waste your time on midnight runs with no traffic). Basically as far as I know-the only true truck routing goes on a latop- so as it always is with everything my gps has become an indespensable tool to use with my discretion and experience- like always- you know how it is. Try exeriementing with yours-you'll soon learn when to listen and when not, and which options you want to use when- and of course end up in places you don't want to be every now and then. (unavoidable with 48ft. of trailer living on the road, going places you've never been everyday- as you know). All in all this is a tool I hope to never go without again- no more missing a exit, reading a map with four wheelers cutting you off and nowhere to pull over, etc). I also recommend reading the freq askd ques, getting started, becoming a member options, and searching your unit on search. Redlight/speed cameras files had been helpful also. Take some time-study you stuff (so as not to ask the same questions that get asked all the time by gps rookies), then ask ques. when u get stuck- these guys are great about giving a hand when ur stuck and can't figure it out. Check thru all the poi file with the mind of a trucker and learn to set longer proximity alerts. As far as the Garmin 5000- I think it's gonna be aimed at truckers/rvs but doubt it has real truck routing like the laptop system I keep hearing about. I thnk it does show upcoming grade elevation and has a big screen along with other truck friendly features. I've done fine with the poi I've downloaded and adjusting the unit I have to contain the information I need, (for the most part). If you want a personnal recomendation for a unit- I recommend a Garmin c550, 530 (you can do a tts mod to it- I hear), and some of the higher nuvi's I hear about in the 300's or 600's. Also you'll find names of web sites to look at/purchase from on here that usually do better than the junk base models or prices at truck stops (u know how that goes to
). These guys have posted allot of usefull info on here about those units and Garmin's own unit comparer is helpful. From what I understand Garmin is one of the best at taking care of its customers and you can actually speak to someone who know English- isn't that crazy. (I think they have a headquaters in Kansas City). Keep your paper maps- you'll soon find places where the info. on your unit is outdated- though not as often as you may think. You'll soon have your new best friend on the dash with your cb. God Bless brother- I'll see ya out there.

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Thanks for your response, I

Thanks for your response, I will be looking at the 5000, soon. And this site may be another great find.
Very helpful.

Thanks again,

Randy Coke

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Randy Coke

Garmin 7200

The best one I have had for a big Truck, and I have had a few, Google it.

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Bud

Truck GPS

Stay away from anything running off a SD card. Usually has Windows CE5 operating system. Total disaster. Get a Garmin 7200 (around $320) and go to truckerspoi.com to take care of your POI's.

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Gary

Interesting article

that also does a comparison with the nuvi 465T. Enjoy smile

http://www.gpsmagazine.com/2010/03/rand_mcnally_intelliroute...

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