Overview: The Rand McNally TND 720 is a portable GPS designed
specifically for truckers. Millions of Points of Interest (POIs) are available,
with detailed information on truck stops, weigh stations, service and repair.
When available, the unit will display a cross reference to the most recent
printed Rand McNally Motor Carriers Road Atlas. It has a large 7" LCD
touchscreen display for excellent visibility.
Truck Routing: The TND 720 routes you to your destination,
keeping in mind the special requirements and restrictions that are common to the
trucking industry, such as size, weight, or cargo restrictions. At each exit,
the Quick View shows which businesses feature truck parking and other amenities.
There are also warnings for speed limit changes, sharp curves, dirt roads, and
other potential trouble spots. You can switch vehicle type to car, if desired.
Multi-Stop Trips: When creating a multi-stop trip, you can
enter the location of up to 50 stops. The Optimizer Wizard will organize the
trip for the most efficient route. You can manually select the first or last
stop, as well as reorder the destinations as you desire. Routes can be saved
for future use.
Truck Information: Before you start your trip, you can enter
data about your particular rig. This data helps the unit to calculate the best
and safest route for you to take. The information includes:
- Hazmat Type: Choose from: None, Explosives,
Gases, Flammable Liquids, Flammable Solids, Oxidizers, Poison,
Radioactive, Corrosives, Other, or PIH.
- Weight (empty): (enter # of pounds)
- Weight (loaded): (enter # of pounds)
- Height: (enter height in inches)
- Width: (enter width in inches)
- Trailers: Straight, 48', 53', Double,
- ETA Adjustment: Choose from: Increase
Some, Increase More, OK, Decrease Some, or Decrease More
Driving Status: In the Main Menu, you can set the unit to
keep track of the status of the truck and the driver. The Load Option lets you
specify whether the trailer is always loaded or whether you want to be prompted
each time a route is calculated. The Driver Status field can be set to
Automatic, which starts and stops the driving timers when the vehicle is in
motion or stopped. You can also override the Automatic setting and enter the
Driver Status manually (On Duty or Off Duty).
Warnings: The unit will provide customizable warnings and alert
prompts for multiple situations. Warnings/Alerts can be Visual, Audible, Both,
or turned off, and can be automatically dismissed after 10 or 30 seconds.
- Hills & Sharp Curves: distance to
hills or curves can be set in 0.2 mile increments
- Driving Day: time before driving hours
limit warning can be set in 1/4-hour increments
- On Duty Day: time before duty hours limit
warning can be set in 1/4-hour increments
- On Duty Week: time before duty week limit
warning can be set in 1/4-hour increments
- Speed Limit Display: choose from None,
Truck only, or Show car (if no truck limit is available)
- Speed Limit Alert: speed over limit can
be set in 1 mph increments (up to 15)
- State Border Alert: distance to state
border can be set in 1 mile increments
- Crossing State Border/Time zone change: can
be turned on or off
- Tollbooth Alert: distance to toll booth
can be set in 1 mile increments
- Weigh Station: distance to weigh station
can be set in 1 mile increments
- Construction Area: distance to construction
area can be set in 1 mile increments
- Speed Limit Change: distance to speed limit
change can be set in 0.2 mile increments
Weather Data: The TND 720 can be connected to the internet via
Wi-Fi. This connection lets you receive current weather information for your
destination or along your route. You can select from a variety of weather data,
including temperature, wind speed, precipitation, forecasts, and relative
humidity. The weather data can be displayed on the map as you drive.
Traffic Everywhere: Rand McNally's Traffic Everywhere (a
yearly subscription service at an additional cost) is available via download
from their web site. Traffic Everywhere offers real-time traffic and construction
information covering highways and interstates, local roads in urban areas, and
major truck routes in rural areas, covering more than 260,000 miles of traffic
flow in the U.S. and Canada.
Virtual Dashboard: Your current speed is displayed in the
lower left corner of the main screen. Tapping the current speed will bring up
the Virtual Dashboard, where you can simultaneously view multiple bits of data
as your drive:
- Current Direction of Travel
- Current Time: shows current time at the yard, your
current location, and your destination, plus the estimated time of arrival
- Sunrise/Sunset Times: based on vehicle location and day
- Current Speed
- Elevation: at current location
- Percentage of Current Trip Completed: includes distance
to next maneuver and number of miles and time spent on the trip to this
- Current Mile Marker
- Average Uphill and Downhill Speed
- Trip Information for up to three trips: includes
odometer settings, hours, and speeds
- Add Fuel: opens a new fuel log entry (see Truck
- Reset: reset all at once or set time for auto reset
Exit Quick View: A tab on the right side of the main page
opens the Exit Quick View page, which shows points of interest and amenities at
upcoming exits. POIs include restaurants, lodging, fuel, banks, etc. The exit
name and number, and the distance to the exit is displayed, as well.
Junction View: Along your route, when approaching an
upcoming maneuver or exit, the Junction View displays a graphical representation
of the intersection. Road signs indicating the proper lane to travel are
displayed, plus the distance to the turn. Once the maneuver is past, the
previously-viewed window reappears.
Rand McNally Dock: The Rand McNally Dock software enables you to
receive software upgrades, access map updates, construction updates, and
communicate with the company. You can also export fuel logs to your home
computer, and upload custom POIs, such as red light cameras, to the device. The
Rand McNally Dock also includes product news, hardware support, and an online
store. The Dock software is compatible with Windows and Mac, and can be
downloaded to your home computer via the supplied USB cable.
Tell Rand: During your trip, you can enter messages for Rand McNally
regarding construction sites, vehicle restrictions, addresses, the device, and
more. This information is passed along to the company the next time you connect
to the Rand McNally Dock.
Suction Cup Mount: The unit comes with an adjustable
windshield mount with a large 3-1/2" diameter suction cup.
Power Requirements: The TND 720 is powered by a built-in
Lithium-Ion rechargeable battery. The battery charges in approximately two hours
and has a battery life of approximately 1 hour. It can be operated (and the
battery charged) while connected to vehicle power from the supplied 12-volt
cigarette lighter adapter, or ordinary household AC current when using the
supplied AC adapter (Input: 100-240V 50/60Hz; Output: 5V DC 2A).
Timers: The TND 720 offers multiple timers to keep track of
the amount of time you have spent driving during the current driving session,
cumulative hours driving, total day hours, and total week hours. Two maintenance
counters count down the number of miles until the next scheduled maintenance.
The Timers tab also has two separate odometers that keep track of your mileage,
as well as two separate gauges that calculate your average moving speed.
Logs: The Logs tool keeps track of your mileage based on
your Load Option status (empty, loaded) and your Driver Status (on-duty, off
duty). Logs are kept in quarterly files, allowing you to review logs from
previous months, quarters, or years. You can also view logs by date, by state,
or by loaded/empty status.
Trails: The Trails Tab lets you record a "bread crumb" path of GPS
coordinates where your truck has traveled. This features lets you save a favorite
route, shortcut, or help find your way back to a specific location. Each Trail
entry can be given a custom name, and can be shown on the map when recalled.
Fuel: The Fuel Tab lets you keep fuel logs along your trip.
Each fuel log entry includes the date, location, number of gallons, price per
gallon, and total cost. You can also mark the purchase as taxable. Fuel
purchases are saved in quarterly files. Once fuel purchases have been entered,
you can view the details by state or by month.
Quick Planner: The Quick Planner helps you estimate the mileage and
time between cities. After entering the beginning and ending cities, the unit
will calculate the distance and driving times. You can edit the average speed,
based on your own driving experience, to give you a more accurate driving time.
If you enter the cost per mile, you can calculate the total cost of the trip.
The Quick Planner covers larger cities in North America only.
Road Atlas Information: As you plan your trip, you may want to know
more about the areas you'll be traveling through. The Road Atlas Information tab
gives you basic information about the 50 US states, Canadian provinces, and
Mexico. Data includes general information about the state/province (largest
city, land area, population, etc.), Truck length restrictions, as well as emergency
and key phone numbers and websites.
Other Truck Tools: The TND 720 includes the following
- Converter: converts miles to kilometers or kilometers
- Calculator: lets you perform basic arithmetic
- Calendar: lets you look at the current date, week,
month, and year, or use the arrows to view other months and years
- Notepad: lets you write notes on a blank note pad and
save them for later use
Mini-B USB Port: The TND 720 has a Mini-B USB jack on the
back for connecting the unit to one of the power adapters or to your computer
(using the supplied USB cable).
Rear Camera Input: The unit has a side-mounted 2.5mm
sub-mini jack video input for connecting an optional back-up or rear-view
camera. When a camera is connected, a camera icon appears in the upper left
corner of the map screen. You can tap the icon any time you want to see the
Audio Output: There is a side-mounted 3.5mm audio output for
connecting the unit to an external speaker or sound system.
Memory Card Slot: The unit has a side mounted microSD card
card slot for future use only.