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Rand McNally TND 540 Review

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Rand McNally TND 540

The TND 540 GPS navigator is designed to be a very compact, portable, but powerful system for professional truckers and personal vehicles, as well. It features a bright, clear 5″ screen and comes with Wi-Fi connectivity and lifetime map upgrades from the people famous for maps.

It’s been totally redesigned from the previous 530 model with many new features that will make the TND 540 a vital tool for truckers with an often complex job to do. The tech features and menus have not only been streamlined, but the TND 540 includes a more power quad-core processor and double the memory.

It includes seamless live updates to your maps, intuitive icons for recognizing information more easily, and audio capabilities that allow you to route the device output through your truck’s sound system. It’s also Bluetooth-compatible with DC 200 and ELD 50 plug-ins.

The 540 TND includes a range of Wi-Fi services, including:

Weather Updates

You can check on current conditions and forecasts, or choose from among 10 different route overlays that show wind speed and precipitation for the road ahead.

Fuel Costs

This GPS navigator allows you to display local fuel prices on your map, or search and filter by fuel brand, type, or price.

Localized Search

You will easily find local businesses such as banks, shops, restaurants, and more, searchable by keywords or company name.

Traffic

You can retrieve current updates on local traffic information, whether you’re on a remote company road or downtown in the city.

Route Comparisons

The TND 540 allows you to switch between primary and alternate routes to make comparisons. You’ll be able to search for destinations by zip code, address, or latitude/longitude map coordinates.

Alerts

With the TND 540, you can activate or deactivate warnings for speed limit changes, dangerous curves, steep declines, and other driving issues. You can also customize these alerts by setting your own preferences and how far ahead of time you’d like to get the alert.

Fuel Logs

The fuel log feature allows you to enter and save all your fuel purchases, by date or by area, and calculate current or average fuel costs whenever you wish.

Junction View

You get 3-D imaging to help you navigate difficult highway interchanges, including a lane assist feature.

Quick Exits

You can also see a list of amenities for upcoming highway exits, including food, showers, fuel, and so on.

Truck Profile

Calculates routes based on the vehicle specs you enter (height, width, length, load).

Route Stops

With the TND 540 you can easily plot in up to 50 stops and review the entire route as you go. You can also create “bread crumb” trails by recording any off-the-path roads you choose to follow.

Dashboard

You can easily view your driving metrics, such as start and stop times, route progress, mileage, topical elevation, and yard time.

Points of Interest

You’ll be able to search and access detailed information on trucker-critical points like weigh stations, truck stops, and service centers.

Construction

You also get constant updates on construction work along your route so you can avoid traffic jams or detours.

Spoken Command

You can text, navigate, and take calls all by voice command without taking your hands off the wheel.

Additional Features

This GPS navigator provides standard digital tools like calendars, notepads, and calculators. Yoll be able to predict remaining time and distance on all your routes. The TND 540 also lets you cross-reference Rand McNally’s famous printed Atlas as well as access online help and FAQ sections.

ELD-Compatible

The TND 540 comes with a DriverConnect app that allows you easy integration with a variety of electronic logging devices. You can visit the Rand McNally website for a full list of compatible devices. DriverConnect syncs up automatically with Rand McNally’s web app so you can view and print as much as six month’s worth of your log information, plus view data on vehicle inspections.

Specifications

  • Uses 1000 mAH lithium ion battery
  • Map coverage of both U.S. and Canada
  • Sleek, modern, low-profile design at only 5.32″ x 3″ x .75″
  • Package weight only 1.7 pounds
  • 1GB of RAM
  • 16GB of data storage space

Display

The TND 540 offers a 5″ LCD display in high resolution. Purchase includes an anti-glare screen and magnetic dashboard mount. There is a night mode for reducing the map brightness when driving in low light to make it easier on the eyes. You can also get after-market adhesive pads, hardware mounts, sunshades, hard travel case, and more.

The Rand McNally TND 540 comes with:

  • Anti-glare screen protector
  • USB vehicle charge cable
  • Suction-cup window mount
  • Quick Start user manual

Verdict

Rand McNally has been working with the trucking industry for over 70 years. All that time they’ve been collecting feedback from professional truckers to constantly improve the quality of their devices and services. They’ve also been collecting live on-the-road data to provide the tools and functions that you want from a GPS navigation system.

The result is the TND 540, feature-packed to provide a range of cutting-edge technology to assist truckers.

All in all, for a very reasonable price the TND 540 is a reliable and feature-rich accessory that makes all your driving easier. It shows a level of rugged, quality manuacture that you’ll be able to count on for years.

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