GPS for trucks come in either a laptop based GPS or a stand alone GPS. Probably the best known laptop application is CoPilot® Truck. The stand alone GPS for trucks include Teletype World Nav 7200, Goodyear GY500X, Garmin Streetpilot 7200, Garmin Nuvi 5000, or Garmin Nuvi 465T. In this article, we will take a look at the Garmin trucker friendly GPS.
The largest screen Garmin GPS for trucks is the Streetpilot 7200. This GPS has a supersized 7 inch diagonal screen. The Streetpilot 7200 was not specifically made for truckers, but because of the large screen size, it has become a popular GPS for trucks. The 7200 was discontinued by Garmin, but you can still purchase this GPS. The 7200 does not operate on batteries and must be connected to the truck power at all times.
The current large screen Garmin unit is the Nuvi 5000. This GPS for trucks has a 5.2 inch display. This is the largest display in the Nuvi line. Like the Streetpilot 7200, the Nuvi 5000 does not operate on batteries and must be connected to the truck power for operations at all times.
The Garmin Nuvi 465T is the only Garmin GPS made specifically for trucks. It has the NTTS (National Truck & Trailer Services) Breakdown Directory, specialized routing options to support truck-related restrictions (customizable by height, weight, length, width, and hazardous materials) throughout the lower 48 states, and truck-friendly points of interest.
The Nuvi 465T comes with Bluetooth which allows hands free calling through a Bluetooth enabled cell phone. It also comes with an FM traffic receiver and lifetime traffic subscription to help avoid traffic jams. This can be a real time (and money) saver. It operates on battery power for up to four hours when disconnected from the truck power supply. This allows you to take it into the truckstop with you to plan the rest of your route.
A down side to the Nuvi 465T is the 4.3 inch display which makes it smaller than the previous two larger screen GPS for trucks.
For information where to find a side by side comparison of these three Garmin GPS for trucks, read the resource information at the end of this article.
John V. W. Howe is an entrepreneur, author, inventor, patent holder, husband, father, and grandfather. His degree in physics makes him curious about how things work and he was naturally fascinated with early GPS units and has followed their development.
His website, The-Best-GPS.com, helps readers identify the best GPS units. For an detailed side-by-side comparison of the Garmin GPS for trucks, go to http://www.the-best-gps.com/GPS-for-Trucks.html
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