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Rand McNally OverDryve 7 Review

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Rand McNally OverDryve 7 has an average rating of 2 out of 5 based on 4 user reviews.
Rand McNally OverDryve 7

Rand McNally is changing the GPS navigation industry with it’s OverDryve 7, a tablet-like device that serves as a functional tech dashboard for both professional and amateur drivers. Those that don’t have vehicles equipped with the latest Wi-Fi technology have a ready solution. The device provides entertainment and internet connectivity in combination with Rand McNally’s famous mapping capability. The result is a complete driving experience that includes GPS routing and preloaded trucker apps to make all your trips easier and more pleasant.


The backlit 7″ LCD screen offers an impressive 1280 x 800 high resolution color display in all lighting conditions, captured in a sleek design. The OverDryve 7 includes 2 GB of operating RAM and 32 GB of data storage. The unit provides a 16 GB micro SD slot so you can add additional software functions compatible with Rand McNally’s tech. This also provides plenty of room for a library of music.

You can plug this GPS unit into your vehicle power or disconnect and take it with you wherever you go, thanks to a rechargeable 3950 mAH battery allowing up to 6-hours of use. Dimensions of roughly 4.5″ x 7″ x 1″ and one pound in weight make it easy to slip the OverDryve 7 into a pocket or bag. But it’s also heavy enough for it’s size that you get the instant impression of very solidly construction for years to come on the road.

It comes with both magnetic and suction cup mounts so you can easily place it anywhere that’s comfortable for you, either on the windshield or dash. You can change the viewing angle with a handy compass feature. The unit also ships with mounting brackets for the FM antenna/transmitter, an auxiliary cable, charger, anti-glare screen cover, and easy-to-follow user guide.


You get all the GPS truck navigation functionality you expect, such as the ability to plan and adjust routes, locate points of interest, and receive hazard alerts and warnings. It also includes a logbook for recording your hours and other trip information. You get lifetime access to Rand McNally’s extensive and detailed atlas covering the entire U.S. and other areas of North America. The map features are very clear and crisp. The OverDryve 7 menu is also designed for easy and intuitive use. You can see important details or access most features with a single command.

You simply switch over to tablet mode for access to entertainment features like SiriusXM radio. A steady Wi-Fi connection allows you to listen to music or surf the web when it’s time to stop and relax. If you choose, you can also download game apps or stream music, podcasts, or audio books. The OverDryve 7 provides voice command capability and voice assistance through Siri/Google for hands-free calling, texting, and navigation. Features also include Bluetooth 4.0 compatibility that will sync easily with most smartphones.


The unit comes with a built-in 8-megapixel dash cam. This allows you to capture high-resolution photos and video. The OverDryve 7 also includes a self-facing 2-megapixel camera for filming yourself, if you choose. You can also sync the device with a range of wireless products to add a backup camera to the system.


Along with the trucker’s mapping an directional assistance, this device includes full Wi-Fi tablet functionality and can even serve as a compact media system from it’s quality 2 and 3-watt speakers. The audio features are great, allowing your device to connect by auxiliary jacks and USB connections so you can channel the audio output through your vehicle’s radio and sound system or over external devices and speakers.

You can even transmit the broadcast from your GPS navigator straight to the radio, though the sound quality isn’t quite as good and will suffer with distance. Over a direct link, the sound output is excellent. You can even stream video to a device with a larger screen with an HDMI cable.

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Even so, the OverDryve 7 is primarily designed for truckers. If you want a vehicle entertainment system, you should buy one. But you get those benefits built into this navigator to make your time on the road more enjoyable, without skimping on the navigational tools that provide a smoother and more reliable driving experience. The OverDryve 7 is still a great choice even if a good, dependable navigation system is all you’re looking for. Even the magnetic mounts are strong enough so that your OverDryve 7 will rest securely on your dash on rough pavement.

Rand McNally’s mapping software is as good as you’ll find, and your vehicle’s movement is constantly refreshed via the GPS technology so that changing map views and directions are seamlessly updated. You’ll receive live traffic updates. Driving directions are clear and easy to follow. It will integrate with other trucker apps such as vehicle diagnostic monitoring that work over Bluetooth.

You should check with Rand McNally for questions on third-party software compatibility. Rand McNally’s website includes an FAQ page, but it isn’t as comprehensive as it should be.


The OverDryve 7 was basically created to add luxury tech features to what was already excellent GPS navigation capability. And it succeeds.

If there’s any drawback to the OverDryve 7, it’s that the device is a little slow on some of those luxury features even in tablet mode, such as reading from a micro SD card with a lot of data, or syncing up with certain Wi-Fi devices. You may also find that the audio picks up some interference, especially with the magnetic “Smart Mount” feature.
Rand McNally has packed a lot of technology into this small, handsome unit. With all it can do in terms of GPS navigator abilities and those luxury features, you may find it’s one of the best, most versatile units you can buy. Still, don’t forget that the OverDryve 7 is built as a trucker’s tool, first and foremost. It fulfills that function well.

User Reviews

Posted by Ninos


One night around 11:00 pm I was driving in Troy Alabama. This Rand macnally over drive 7 put me onto dirt road and then bridge 3 tons can cross. Nowhere to go back, it’s pitch black and dirt road. I nearly sharted myself. I shut the engine off and slept like a baby right in front of the bridge. I woke up at six in the morning and slowly backed out. I will never forget that night.

Posted by Jared

  • 1/5

7″ tablet is ok. not the quickest but gps is good. however….. eld 50 is aweful. constantly will not get information from truck. will not log as driving as it should. had this system since the 18th. out of all the days ive had it, it has worked properly 2 of them

Posted by Sam


Pretty good, but if you hit a pot hole or bump hard enough it will be laying on the floor, had mine 4 days then took it back after the second time hitting me in the shin.

Posted by Dany Harvey

  • 5/5

A very good GPS. When truck data is complete, no need to worry about low bridge or other hazard.

Posted by Anthony Bogdanich


Okay starting off I’m a big fan of Rand McNally GPS but the magnet mount sucks gps fell 3 times on one exit ramp had to stop and pick it up off the floor a few times now camera is worthless unless you want to watch the shoulder of the interstate all day xm radio would be awesome if it wasn’t for the magnet mount you hit crack in road and xm radio stops working sorry this is a fail product period I’ll be looking for a used 530lm again at least it will stay put and I don’t have to play with it going down the interstate

Posted by leftery

  • 1/5

The tablet attaches to the mount and it is a magnet that keeps those two (tablet and mount) together. Unfortatunately, those two come apart easily resulting in loosing gps signal (bumpy road)it takes quite a while to regain signal. I bought the tablet and the prodryve headphones. Warning the headphones DO NOT connect to the tablet via bluetooth when the tablet is attached to the mount. So if you are paying for xm satellite radio, you cant use the rand mcnally headphones to listen to it using their bluetooth headphones. Did I mention poor customer service. Dont bother calling with questions, because the customer service reps will no answers. Very poorly trained. I wish I knew what I know now before I dropped $600 for tablet gps and headphones

Posted by Eddie G


1 out of 5. This gps is junk. This unit worked fine the first 6 to 8 months other then magnetic mount letting the unit fall off if you hit a bump or pot hole due to poor design. Then it just died couldn’t reset and get it to do anything. It was under warranty so I sent it back. I received it back in 3 weeks or so. I didn’t need to use it for the next few months so I left it at home in its box. The first day I needed to use it it didn’t last 6 hours before it stopped working completely. Can’t reset will not do anything and for the price these thing cost should be good quality. I had the smaller version it only lasted about 16 months. I’ll never own another Rand Mcnally anything and you shouldn’t either buy a Garmin

Posted by Jamesd Daniel Mayo Jr


There is one fact about the Overdryve pro and that is I lost $600. The magnetic connection is horrible with every bump you hit in the road is falls off, the media and audo sucks and O don’t have anything other to say. The GPS has took me miles out of the way. What a waste

Posted by Deb

  • 1/5

Junk! GPS is constantly locked up and “searching for GPS”. Glitches out constantly. It tries to take me places no trucks should go.

Posted by William Halling


I bought a Rand mcnally overdrive pro 7. 6 weeks ago at loves. This thing is a piece of garbage and I am seriously thinking of filing a complaint with the attorney general. I purchased this GPS and it was literally not usable.
The first problem was The Voice and the text we’re approximately one-quarter apart from each other no correlation whatsoever. The second problem was the unit would heat up and shut off.
I called to Rand McNally and they told me to hook it up to the Internet and download a systems update.
Now after completing the update the correlation of the voice has been repaired however the unit freezes anytime you’re near a big city which is where we need it most. If I stop for more than 15 minutes the unit freezes and will not continue its route. I called Rand McNally again for the third time and they told me to go in the files and remove the GPS user and Ini user files. They also told me to go online again and activate the GPS repair. Both were completed and the unit continues to function the same. I find it compelling that they can put a product on the market for $400 that doesn’t even perform especially considering this is a safety situation. I would advise anyone that’s thinking of purchasing one of these two definitely not do it. I have had many Rand McNally is over the years and I can tell you I will never buy another one.

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