NTTS database-The best-even better then the TND500 for truckstops, fuel, tires, repair, etc.
Alerts for most hazzards and weigh stations and built in traffic
Routing-not good. An apparent bias towards autos not class 8 vehicles-only fastest and shortest routing and not pratical routing options.
Problems with display of intersecting highway names on route-route or follow me modes.
There is no "ultimate" truck specific GPS unit on the market. On the whole, every offering seems to be strong in some areas and weak in others-especially where routing options are concerned. I have blown lots of cash in using 5 of the current offerings and have found this fact ... Read full review
There is no "ultimate" truck specific GPS unit on the market. On the whole, every offering seems to be strong in some areas and weak in others-especially where routing options are concerned. I have blown lots of cash in using 5 of the current offerings and have found this fact to be true. The 465T is not an exception to this truth. What sets it apart from the TND500 and PCMILER are the Traffic, ALERTS, and NTTS features which I found exceptional (this is the ONLY truck specific GPS to offer live traffic (in major metro areas)). Wether in "follow me" or "routing" modes, alerts for weigh stations and hazzardous roads are always displayed as well as any traffic issues ( again in metro areas only) one might run across. The alerts are clearly displayed and there is no guesswork involved such as with using the PCMILER. And while the TND500 also offers alerts, it does so only in route mode. The NTTS (national truck and trailer service) database is the best all around period. Extreamly descriptive and accurate. It definatly rivals the Trucker's Friend database used in the TND500 and I think, the NTTS is far more inclusive and informative.
Routing. Well, this is very dissapointing to say the least. We only get two routing types-fastest and shortest. Both use the user entered truck datas height, weight, length etc and hazmat) when routing however, the routing is not praticle. Drivers, it is up to YOU to discern proper routing, not ANY device. And if you trust THIS device, you could end up in a world of hurt but again, that is true of ANY GPS on the market-truck specific or not. However, this device, like the TND500 are very poor routing engines. Only the PCMILER has excellent routing (which is it's only redeaming feature). You can use the 465T to route but be aware of local regulations and problems-which you should be doing anyway. Also, like any paper map, GPS databases lag actual reality. Again, it is up to YOU to be aware of your surroundings and drive accordingly. If you drive for an outfit that tells you how to run, this isn't so much an issue untill the unit is used to actually get to the destination. For others, there is the ability to use multiple stops and to disply the whole route-there is also a STAA map for futher reference. On a personal note, on the trip I am on as I post this, the 465T actually routed me the way I had planned to go-sometimes one hits right. I did not buy this for it's routing engine but for the alerts and traffic and, the ability to ADD my own POI (no other truck specific GPS allows this). I think-I hope, that Garmin is committed to improving the unit. Indeed, this seems to be a hot market and they would be fools not to take advantage of it. We drivers love our gadgets.
As I mentioned before, I have owned 5 of the current offerings in my search for the "ultimate" GPS. It just does not exsist. Like anything, one must sit back and ponder what features are most important to the indivual user and choose the best unit to fit those parameters. For me, right now, this is the best unit.
DO NOT TRUST ANY GPS OR MAP TO KEEP YOU OUT OF TROUBLE. CONSTANTLY BE AWARE OF YOUR SURROUNDINGS AND CONDITIONS. having again said that-the Trucker's Atlas has the best and most updated information for trucks. Get it.