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Old 03-20-2006, 01:53 PM
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Join Date: Aug 2004
Location: Mannington, WV
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Flying J is selling CoPilot now. I'm saving all of my Frequent Fueler coupons to apply towards it ;-)

Right now it's $50 off, so only $349.
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Old 03-26-2006, 06:12 AM
Join Date: Dec 2004
Location: Reseda, CA
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I used MS Streets and Maps 2005 and Co-Pilot Truck I picked up from the company itself while I was in New Jeresy.

Eh, all you old schoolers...

I can read the Map Book better than most of your old eyes could and I only use it as part of my final trip planning. I never opened it while on route anywhere, including Canada!

For total newbies, use the map book and get experience!

You'll learn alot from it. When you feel comfortable use mapping software as a tool to HELP YOU ROUTE your trip, not as a replacement for Route Planning! Its also invaulble if your multiple stops and your in mid-day traffic. I like to see one of you old schoolers get out of that one and I didn't have a CB, like I wanted to hear rasist comments and idle chatter all day long anyway.

I had a Laptop and loaded the maps up into a PDA my last days on the road. The PDA did all the routing and it was at EYE level so I can still see it and not take my eyes off the road ahead.

I know where every T/A, Pilot, Flying J's and even the places up in Canada that escape me now, without opening ONE FRICKIN BOOK. I also know where all the HOLES IN THE WALLS are too. If the software didn't and I found one, I can mark it and the software rememebers the next time I'm in the area.

Fug getting lost, Fug asking other truckers for directions (maybe on site so you know where to back, but otherwise...) I was more than upset when JB Hunt dropped paying for Idle Air...

But next time I go out, I'll have Direct TV and you won't see me setting up a DISH in the parking lot.

Technology RULES

Did I mention I did my logs on my laptop as well? Never an error and Scales LOVED THEM.

GOOD NIGHT NOW - Jim Rome impresionating Lee "Hacksaw" Hamilton
A. Thomas -

Car nut, not a truck nut....
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Old 06-13-2006, 07:53 PM
Join Date: Jun 2006
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Well after reading all the interesting answeres I'm just going to go and get the Delorme program... My trainer and I had used it when I was with him... The only reason for me getting this is so when the co sends directions over the QC sometimes there not all that understandable.. Especially when getting to your final destination ie: shipper or receiver.. y co like most have a set fuel route they want driver to take.. Most only allow 5% out of route per trip.. I have no problem getting from point A to parts of point B by reading the QC and comparing it to the road atlas, it is just the last part which most of the time comes from the customer themselves.. I can't see spending $300 or more on a program when the Delorme for under $100 works just as good... I quess to each his own...
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Old 06-17-2006, 07:07 PM
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Location: jackassville (winnipeg, mb)
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with copilot, you either get canada maps, OR stateside maps. I'm not gonna pay $800 to get both! That's just garbage!
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Old 06-19-2006, 07:31 PM
Join Date: Aug 2005
Location: Oregon
Posts: 92

with copilot, you either get canada maps, OR stateside maps. I'm not gonna pay $800 to get both! That's just garbage!
Whoa! That would be garbage indeed. :shock:
You are correct that the standard version of Co-Pilot Truck comes with Stateside maps only. I don't know where you are shopping but we charge $49 for the Canadian maps add-on.

Co-Pilot Truck with receiver, program, and US maps = $379
Add Canada maps = + $49

Total = $428 plus shipping.

Just sayin...

- DB
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Old 06-26-2006, 05:11 PM
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right off their website, but ya, that makes more sense. They didn't have the "addon" on their website. pretty lame.
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Old 07-01-2006, 05:31 PM
Join Date: Jun 2006
Location: Ontario, Canada
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Default No substitute for good maps

I agree with the general consensus. GPS are no substitute for good maps;However, like every other tool we use, they do have their place. I use the Garman Streetpilot 7200. I use it as a "get me in the ball park" but what I really like is the weather and traffic condition reports, helps me route around traffic problems.
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Old 07-02-2006, 05:31 PM
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Default Gps

Gps is a GREAT supstitute for maps. Always use the paper map? Thats whacky. I use the red section of the large sized laminated spiral bound atlas that honorably sits in its near permanent position in my sleeper.

Nearly every driver ive ever met who uses GPS uses Delorme. It doesnt have Bridge info. It doesnt have restricted road info. But guess what, neither does Rand Mcnally. Not ACCURATE info. There are roads in NC and PA that will give yo ua BIG wakeup call if you trust rand mcnally. I especially love the bridges that are 12 feet on one side.. and 14 in the other lane. Fun stuff!

I use delorme to plan my trips. I type in shipper address, reciever address and let fly. I have set it up to avoid small roads, etc etc. You do have to use your brain it isnt idiotproof.... Then i look over the route a bit. If it takes a route i dont like i take 2 seconds to set a waypoint that fixes it. When i get to the shipper/reciever and they arent answering the phone/the qc doesnt have directions its rarely a problem. Maybe twice out of the last hundred runs ive made S&T hasnt directed me perfectly. And when i make a wrong turn etc? I can see EVERY road around me and exactly where i am now, my speed, my direction etc etc. One of the Biggest advantages is i can tell you Exactly how many miles to my next stop, next rest area, next scale, next truck stop. I can zoom in and find a walmart rght off the interstate. I can zoom and check out the next offramp to see if its one of the kind you can park on or turn around easily.
I can tell WHERE the truck stop is rather than "its somewhere off the exit ramp". I can tell you the second i start EXACTLY how long it will take me to get where im going. And >im never out of route<.

Have two buddies who use paper. One used to snicker at my techiemobile. Now he calls me for directions. The other was telling me how he was taking a certain route from Ill down souteast. I checked his route and gave him a route that took 150 miles off his. On the paper map they LOOK the same distance (the projection they use on paper maps is Intensely inaccurate). Not even close.

I'll stick with my gps and the red section thanks. Eventually they'll include that and i can frame my map as a decoration. Meanwhile you guys go on exploring the residential section of city X that the map SWORE this little road didnt take you too
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Old 07-24-2006, 02:43 AM
Join Date: Jul 2006
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I have tried Streets and trips and Street atlas both with gps. I like Streets and trips the best. Recently I got copilot4 and tried it out the maps were a bit out of date but I really liked it so I went to ALK website and found that the latest version was alot more then I would ever spend. Then I found a link on there site advertising a trade in deal. I gave them my street atlas and got Copilot truck laptop 9 for $99 (software only). The program works with the gps unit from streets and trips. I will have the program this week. Will let you all know how it works out.
That link was hard to find when I went back to there site to order luckly I had saved the form you have to send in, if you cant find it let me know and I can send it to you.
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Old 08-02-2006, 12:56 AM
Join Date: Oct 2004
Location: Manitoba
Posts: 10
Default Co-Pilot

Ive been running co-pilot truck now for almost 2 years, for the most part it has worked pretty good, but does have some problems.. once you learn to work around them it gets the job done.

one thing you might consider is getting a small touchscreen for your dash, I picked up a 7" LCD touch screen stuck it to the dash so its basically like looking at a Gauge, the laptop sits on the shelf in the sleeper and have USB and video extensions running forward to the screen.

also upgraded to a garmin GPS17 "little mushroom looking thing" instead of the crap that ALK sent me. if you order copilot don't get the GPS it really is junk. the major problem being anyone using a Two-way near it would lock it up and it would have to be unplugged from the laptop and back in again for it to work. also driving under High voltage power lines would do the same.

the Canadian MAP data was almost useless in alberta/sask/manitoba for guidance, as co-pilot would go totally out to lunch with the routing.. (the new Canadian map data seems to have fixed allot of problems) never had much trouble in the US other than a few places in Kentucky.

the previous version of co-pilot should have been FREE in my opinion, the new one that has just come out might actually be worth spending a few bucks on... (im still testing it) so far so good.

oh check out for those touch screens, they also have some neat car computers that would work good in a truck.

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