combo trucker/auto GPS

Discussion in 'Geek Central' started by GAnthony, Jun 18, 2017.

  1. GAnthony

    GAnthony Official ORD Oddball

    "if you had to buy a GPS, what GPS out there is good for both cars/trucks?" i am seeing car specific and truck specific GPS, i want one that can handle both and to be able to take it with me in my car.

    thanks in advance
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  2. mountaingote

    mountaingote Gote With a Tude & a BIG Hammer Staff Member

    If you put the truck model in yer car it will run you into a low bridge, then you're screwed
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  3. flyingmusician

    flyingmusician RIP John 1966-2017 We miss you

    I've always used rand macnally products. I like the mapping and routing and features.

    I've tried both the garmin and cobra products but just wasn't able to use them to the level of detail/planning I'm able to with the RM products.

    I haven't checked the tablet I use now but the previous RM units had a choice for car/truck routing under the settings menu.
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  4. chris887

    chris887 Head Dog

    My coworker has a pretty cool gps, I think it's a garmen, not sure what model. I can ask him tomorrow. It has a one touch setting to switch between car mode and truck mode. I know he spent like $300 on it. Since I am a local driver with fairly repetitive routes, I know the roads pretty well and don't see the need for the truck gps myself.
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  5. GAnthony

    GAnthony Official ORD Oddball

  6. GAnthony

    GAnthony Official ORD Oddball

    as i too have a regular route. we at my shop were told we will be getting new drop off/pick up points in the upcoming few months. directions we have been given in the past are not exactly up to 53 footer friendly. they seem to only think that only thier box trucks go to the locations, even though, they contracted us with 53 footers.

  7. chopper103in

    chopper103in Head Dog

    I use a Rand McNally gps, it can be switched from car mode to truck mode
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  8. Vilhiem

    Vilhiem Wiki Willie (Captain Obvious)

    If you leave your truck gps in truck mode while in your you still have to swing wide and is 10 tons still 10 tons?

    Aside from the company gps, I don't use/have one for truck use. So this is of particular interest to me.
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  9. Doc B

    Doc B Not a real doctor

  10. cranky yankee

    cranky yankee Resident Sea Dog

    I use a RM too
    the 5 inch models are big enough no need to spend the money on the 7 inch ones
    the gps fresh from the box might not have the latest updates so you will have to download that info
  11. mountaingote

    mountaingote Gote With a Tude & a BIG Hammer Staff Member

    Probably have to stop at the scales too
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  12. GAnthony

    GAnthony Official ORD Oddball

    to me, it is like i do not have a dash cam either for my car or truck. i'd like to have these gizmo's, but there a re so many tests, conducted by 3rd party testers that get compensation for conducting the tests, so who does one believe.>???

    for a dash cam, i'd like to have perhaps the same name brand facing out my car's rear window. but from what i have been reading, to have any camera turn on automatically when the ignition key is truned on, takes some hard wiring.

    i wish to "set it and forget it, till i need the video"...

    in other words, maybe wireless connections that turn it on'off with the ignition key?

    then comes the pricing.

    of either the GPS or the dash cams and the features each has.

    i'd like for instance, a dash cam that can video during the darkest of all nights, and the brightest of all day's.

    seems like getting both is not doable. you get one or the other.
  13. Vilhiem

    Vilhiem Wiki Willie (Captain Obvious)

    Yep. My experience has been to do exactly what you're doing and ignore the company analysis. Ask around and do a bunch of research.

    Yeah, it does take hardwiring. But unless you want it looking pretty (which requires you to pop off your car's trim) most just wire it into the fuse box on the same circuit as the radio.

    As for the rest of it... Getting all that will require you spending about 200$. But, Blackvue, Thinkware and I think there's a 3rd company that sits at the top but I don't recall the name. Blackvue makes a battery pack that pulls from your cig lighter to spare your car battery when not running. Hardwiring continues to drain the battery.
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  14. GAnthony

    GAnthony Official ORD Oddball

    well right now, i have a brand new lease car. so i would be limited as to do anything such as hard wiring as mentioned in your spoiler. i should have mentioned that earlier. which is why remote/wireless would be my way to go, but then too the costs.
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  15. Vilhiem

    Vilhiem Wiki Willie (Captain Obvious)

    Oh... There are work arounds for that, which is why I also mentioned the battery pack by Blackvue.

    Now, the alternative to that might be the all in one tablet that's got the dashcam and gps built in... But as somebody once told me, if it dies then you have nothing. :confused:

    I suspect our resident scholar may have a few words of wisdom...
  16. GAnthony

    GAnthony Official ORD Oddball

    i have "sort of" a battery pack. it is a lithium battery that i can jump a dead battery with. it is very compact, maybe about 2" tall, x 4 " wide x 6" deep.

    it also has a light, very bright

    i can run many different device form it as well. and the battery can last quite a few hours




    there is a tv show on my local PBS as well as the Velocity channel, called Motorweek

    they had this very same battery pack. i bought it from an online tool company, i think under $89..?????

    i only have had to have it "ready" this past 2 winters for any electrical blackouts in severe snow storms.
  17. Vilhiem

    Vilhiem Wiki Willie (Captain Obvious)

    Well, the idea behind the Blackvue pack is that it plugs into your cig lighter to charge as you drive but spares your battery while off.

    Lot of electric cars ran into that issue since unless you hardwire it, the cam is always in on mode.

    You can still hardwire the cam into your rental, but you can't hide the cord. All you're doing is stuffing the wire in with the fuse. But if you're planning to switch it out like you would your gps, then hardwired wouldn't work for you anyway.

    I've got a Thinkware F750, it just plugs into the cig lighter. I believe most have that option.
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  18. GAnthony

    GAnthony Official ORD Oddball

    i would really like to keep my tech owning devices down to a bare minimum. i learned a LONG time ago, when i was building pc's, you can build the faster pc out there. then about 3 to 6 months later, it is old and out dated, so i keep what i have for a long long time. the investments in all these gizmo's, i'd rather have a new car, or truck, or repaired home. things i really need.

    devices although very desirable for some, just don't light my fire.

    which makes me a caveman by the standards (which i nary care about) to the younger generations.

    the younger people think this is a throw away society and by golly, the PLANNED OBSOLESCENCE of ALL our products proves that. which is why we no longer have tv's, refrigerators and other appliances that simply do not last more than the drive-way warranty...(you drive it away, the warranty expires)
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  19. GAnthony

    GAnthony Official ORD Oddball

    yes, that charger i posted pics of, plugs into the cig lighter as well to recharge.
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  20. Vilhiem

    Vilhiem Wiki Willie (Captain Obvious)

    Eventually we'll pay for the throw away mindset... but that's another topic for another day.
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