The Rand McNally TND 740 is a GPS unit designed for use in the commercial trucking industry. As such, it offers processing power, route planning capabilities, and data relevant only to trucks, such as shipping and bridge weight restrictions. Additionally, as Rand McNally has been working with the trucking industry for decades to help develop optimized routes, the Rand McNally TND 740 is engineered to put those years of experience to good use by enabling truckers to find and take the route that is optimal for trucks, taking into account the need to fuel the truck, rest at proper intervals, and avoid certain roadways or hazards. This makes it a powerful companion for truckers who want a simple and dedicated device that is nonetheless very capable, although some may feel that its high price tag is unwarranted on a dedicated unit that cannot perform other functions.
The Rand McNally TND 740 is built on the principle of exterior simplicity and interior complexity. The entire device is a single touchscreen with no buttons to press and nothing to install. Its mount has a magnetic hold and release system, making it very easy to remove and store when not in use, as well as eliminating plastic clamps that have a tendency to jam or break over time. It is designed to require as little training to use as possible. All that is really necessary to operate it is to put in a destination and then permit it to calculate the route, although it offers many tools beyond simple navigation. This makes the Rand McNally TND 740 ideal for truckers who are not very tech-savvy or who just don’t want to spend a lot of time setting up or calibrating their new GPS.
Excellent Route Planning Features
However, those who are willing to put in the time to learn the features of the Rand McNally TND 740 will find that it can rapidly pay for itself in terms of time and money saved, thanks to its unique truck-centric software. With access to external wifi, which will need to be provided by the trucker themselves, it is capable of analyzing and displaying local fuel, food, and motel prices, as well as indicate whether or not such places are amenable to truck parking. This not only saves money by enabling truckers to analyze their route and pick their stops in advance, but it also ensures they do not need to change their plans just because they can’t get their truck into a planned stop.
Many GPS units offer this, though, and even phone-based apps are increasingly including similar functionalities. As such, Rand McNally has worked to ensure the Rand McNally TND 740 is superior by enabling it to log data from any Rand McNally compatible ELD device. This makes it an invaluable tool for independent operators looking to analyze and minimize their costs as well as for fleet owners who want to get metrics on what their trucks are really doing. Logs for up to six months can be stored and analyzed with onboard metrics, done quickly and efficiently by the onboard software and quad-core processor. This enables even beginning truckers to quickly determine the best way to run their truck to optimize performance and profit.
Constantly Updating Maps
Another modern feature on the Rand McNally TND 740 is constantly updating maps. While a copy of the most recent map is stored on the device, to enable it to function when wifi is not available, this map is updated every time the Rand McNally TND 740 connects back to the home server. This means that even if a road has only been closed for a few hours due to construction or inclement weather, the Rand McNally TND 740 will be aware of this closure and re-route automatically. The map also regularly updates with current traffic conditions and incorporates this into its route, offering new routes if heavy traffic appears even in rural areas. This is particularly useful in the event of bad weather or unexpected road closures, enabling trucks to change routes quickly or take detours as soon as they are routed.
Almost all GPS devices currently available can show roads and many can estimate traffic, but the Rand McNally TND 740 has a very powerful ability to display multiple types of information simultaneously. For example, the map can show not only the current chosen route and potential alternatives, along with the traffic for each, but also a display of current weather radar, enabling drivers to accurately predict when they will have to change routes or stop to allow inclement weather to pass. The map offers lane guidance to help prevent trucks from needing to change lanes quickly or squeeze their way into an exit at the last minute. It can even be tasked with showing useful warnings such as impending speed traps, sharp curves, steep hills, or other common hazards.
Some buyers may feel that the $400 suggested MSRP is rather high for a modern GPS, but that price tag comes due to the amount of truck-specific software on the Rand McNally TND 740, as well as the high-end processor and other hardware running and displaying it. The Rand McNally TND 740 is very easy to use yet offers a lot of very useful information to enable truck drivers to optimize their route, minimize their cost, and make the right decisions repeatedly. As such, it is likely to pay for itself quickly.