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I recently checked out a few Truckers Forums to find out what the buzz was on the truckers GPS systems that are coming out all the time now. There are forums for everything under the sun.

Most forums are composed of a group or community of users with a common interest or occupational background. Members will have a certain degree of experience and expertise to offer. Many forums require user registration. So forums can by nature be restricted.

Truckers Forums are no different.

A forum can provide the opportunity to have discussions sharing ideas and finding out what is going on with issues, legislation and tools of the trade.

Often times the information one can get on product reviews is limited. It can be limited by user indifference or intolerance to new things. Still it can be a great way to find out things you will want to know to make an wise purchase. Does it do what it claims it can do? Is it user friendly. Does it need repairs? Do they stand behind their warranty?

Often times we know whats going on but not why. Forums provide for the exchange of ideas and bring things out into the light.

There are a lot of truckers GPS systems out there and a truckers forum is a good way to find out which units are delivering and how well they do what they claim they can do. Many of us have the tendency to put down the use of things we are not familiar with.

I read one thread that commented “A real trucker doesn’t need a GPS.” I wouldn’t want to paint all of us with such a broad stroke.

From reading in the forums I learned I am not the only one that does not like it when a new product comes without a printed manual in the box, even if I don’t read them from cover to cover. In fact the manual is a last line of defense with me, but I like one. I refer to a drivers thread that his GPS came with over 50 pages of .pdf he could print out himself.

It has been my experience that the folks writing a manual often do not know how to write what they mean anyway.

I read a few threads in a Trucking Forum giving roses to the same GPS unit and a few more giving razzberries to another GPS unit. That carries a lot of weight with me.

One routing evaluation I think boiled down to the basic saavy of choosing fastest time vs. shortest distance. However I play with that selection and there is no middle road. That is if you have to select shortest route to help the unit come up with a decent direct route it will often overkill and take you along the cannal ditch so to speak.

Weeding through the comments in a few trucking forums I learned the truckers GPS systems do not have every ones confidence but are gaining.

It has been my experience that any GPS unit can get you into trouble from time to time. You want to always be cautious using the truck routing sifters as they are not perfect. Like a lot of us older guys I used to get along with my Atlas and had to use a public phone to make my calls.

I really enjoy keeping a pulse on whats going on in the Trucking Forums.


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