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KeepTruckin ELD

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Easy to use, affordably priced, with lots of features

KeepTruckin provides a user-friendly ELD with lots of features, at a very attractive price point

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Up Front Cost Monthly Cost 3-year Total Cost
$0 $35 $1260


PROS:
  • Low cost
  • User friendly
  • Easy to install
  • More advanced features than most other BYODs

CONS:
  • Phones/tablets are always easy to shut off (but KT has tools to help with that)


KeepTruckin provides a slick, modern, user-friendly app for drivers to record their logs. When paired with the KeepTruckin ELD device and connected to the vehicle, it becomes one of the easiest and most affordable ELDs on the market.

The app is free for download from the Apple App Store or Google Play Store (where it receives very good user reviews). To make it into a compliant ELD all you need is the device that plugs into your vehicle’s diagnostic port. There’s no up front cost for the device, you simply pay KeepTruckin a monthly service fee, which includes the hardware. The basic service plan is $20/month and includes logs, DVIR, messaging, and some basic fleet management tools. Adding IFTA reporting and some “coming-soon” advanced features brings the cost up to $30/month, but not all fleets will find this necessary. If you plan to provide a phone or tablet to your drivers, then you should also budget around $15/mo for a cellular data plan. So you you’re looking at $35 or less per month, with no up front costs other than maybe mounting hardware for the display. That is one of the more affordable price tags you’ll find in the industry right now.

The KeepTruckin app itself is a pleasure to use. It’s very simple and intuitive, and has some convenient features that many other systems have missed. For example, there is a simple view of all “recap” hours that will be gained over the next 7 days. It also has the easiest method for driver log editing of any system we’ve seen. There is a convenient “DOT Inspection Mode” for showing log history to enforcement officers, and logs can be emailed or faxed right from the app. Other standard features like DVIR and two-way messaging are also available. While there is no built in navigation, a 3rd party app could be run alongside KeepTruckin for this purpose. Drivers can also take photos of paperwork, accident damage, or anything else and send in the images through the app.

The back office system is similarly modern and easy to use. It includes all the standard features like GPS locations, messaging, and an overview of HOS compliance. There are some basic Hours of Service and DVIR reports included, but more advanced reporting is part of the higher level service plan ($10 extra per month). Office personnel can view driver logs, and easily make suggested corrections, but the driver will need to approve the changes before they take effect.

Like most simple BYOD providers, KeepTruckin provides these basic features and a way to be ELD complaint without breaking the bank. However, unlike many of their BYOD competitors, they have been aggressively adding more advanced telematics features that bring them close to on-par with much more expensive systems. Engine diagnostics, fuel monitoring, idling reports, tampering alerts, driver safety scorecards, and geofencing are among the recently released features. Simple integrations with major TMS providers (TMW, McCleod, etc) are already available, and will be enhanced over time. With all these new features, KeepTruckin enjoys a fairly unique position as a simple, affordable device that can compete with the capabilities of the larger, pricier vendors. Very few other devices at this price point can boast such a rich feature list.

KeepTruckin has also set itself apart by being one of the first to actually achieve complete compliance with the ELD Mandate. Most other devices reviewed on this site are technically still only AOBRDs until they update their software to fully meet the new ELD standards. While all the major vendors will certainly reach full compliance before the mandate’s due date, it is worth noting that KeepTruckin is already at that point. Some of the other self-certified devices on the FMCSA’s list are of dubious quality and compliance, but KeepTruckin seems to have designed their system from the beginning to meet mandate requirements.

In short, KeepTruckin is a very attractive option, especially for fleets looking for low cost and an easy install. The system is simple to use for drivers and office staff, and the list of advanced features is a step above most of the competition. For our money, KeepTruckin is the premier low-cost ELD on the market right now.

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Specification

Display Device

Type: BYOD (Bring your own device)

OS: Android and iOS

Features

DVIR

Two-way messaging

Engine Info (MPGs, faults, etc)

IFTA

Document Scanning

Drivers can make log corrections

Price per unit

Up-front cost: 0

Monthly cost: 35

3-year Total Cost: 1260

General

Complies with latest ELD Mandate standards: Yes

Transmits logs to DOT via: Web (Email / Web Services)

Vendor: KeepTruckin

Featured: 4

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    Aaron April 13, 2017 at 7:53 am
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    Only reason they didn’t receive 5 stars is the bluetooth connectivity (which is to be a hardwire in a month). The device does nto auto reconnect when in range, making it not a great answer for a fleet when your managing drivers leaving at all hours of the night. Not phone to be on my end of the phone.

    Easy to use, does indeed lack some of the bells and whistles you can get other places. Price is not as cheap as you originally think as you must supply the device with the data plan as well. However, I believe they are adding cellular service to the next version for an additional $10.

    Good company looking to become more robust as they are growing.

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    JD April 20, 2017 at 8:30 am

    Bluetooth trouble, hard to reconnect

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    MK May 17, 2017 at 8:16 am
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    Agreed, Bluetooth seems to be a weak link. Only works intermittently on an older Samsung S6, but seems to work fine on an iPhone 7+. Might work for a day or 2, but intermittently starts and stops recording drive mode.

    Technical support has been focused on ‘reset the ELD and everything is fine’ mode, but after a couple of months of fighting with it, we might be getting to the correct support level. The support teams have been pleasant to deal with, just not yet gotten to the core issue.

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    patrick baskin May 31, 2017 at 4:59 pm
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    I was using the free keep trucking app for long time and then bought ELD. it is good switch. i don’t have the bluetooth problems on my android phone.

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    David M June 2, 2017 at 7:56 am
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    Good product, bad company policies. They offer monthly contracts to large companies, but only offer annual contracts to smaller companies and owner operators. You have to pay the whole year in advance and there are NO REFUNDS.

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    Jim Messina June 13, 2017 at 1:25 pm
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    these guys have figured it out. i bought the transflows device from loves. couldnt even start it. this is definitely hte best device out there. no bluetooht problems for me.

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    Rob June 30, 2017 at 5:14 am
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    I started using their app and quickly understood why e-log apps are a thing of beauty. Everything is automatic and my boss loves the fact that he can check my logs simply by logging into a dashboard rather than having to wait for me to send it to him. After a couple of months of using the free app I have now subscribed to their ELD and the best part is that it tells me when my vehicle needs a check.

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    oleg July 13, 2017 at 8:59 pm
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    They just added USB connection. Now we can do bluetooth or USB. I love this one. So easy to use. Have 7 drivers on it now. going to be 30 by end of year. best prodcut for small carriers.

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    mike bell July 20, 2017 at 3:02 am
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    I tried a few of the elds. the 50 and the transflo. both have connection issues. bt works fine for me with kt but now got usb to if that stops. best of the 3.

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    Vinod Singh July 24, 2017 at 2:45 am
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    Just got it. Like it so far.

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    Brian Gunter August 8, 2017 at 7:20 am
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    Been using almost a year, everything was working fine, then all of the sudden they quit working. Losing connectivity to the phones intermittently or not connecting at all. Been dealing with customer service for over a month and still nothing resolved, their solution is to switch from IOS devices to Android devices and maybe they will work. Not happy at all and would highly recommend looking elsewhere for a better, more reliable device.

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    trevor September 5, 2017 at 11:24 pm
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    It works well for me

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    Howard Daschofsky September 9, 2017 at 5:20 pm
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    Was told that with the cable plugged into the tablet or phone it would charge it but it will not charge tablet now support tells me there is a problem and they’re working on trying to fix it so now I’m stuck with a tablet that I have to charge my hand

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    Northern Transportation September 14, 2017 at 11:13 am
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    Keep Truckin’ is an excellent low cost ELD solution for Owner Operators or small fleet companies. I like the breadcrumb trail so I can see where my truck is (I’m not the driver) and work through routing issues. They’ve added IFTA reporting and the ability to upload your fuel records, although a bit cumbersome, it works well once you’ve got it figured out. Driver needs an up to date smart phone or tablet and will need a small amount of time to get familiar with the app and how it works. The Dashboard and reporting has been very helpful. It’s particularly nice to see the fault codes as they are thrown so we know what maintenance we’re in for when we roll home. Their customer service is excellent. They are quick to respond and provide answers. I can’t imagine using anything else. And I think my drivers like it too! Ability to log personal conveyance and yard moves when necessary and installation in the truck is a breeze!

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    Chris September 14, 2017 at 4:26 pm
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    Best BYOD ELD out there. I’ve tested a lot and they are by far the best one I have used. Support is great. Love the product and I would recommend it to anyone.

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    Bronn Walter September 20, 2017 at 1:10 pm
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    USB works fine ! No connectivity issues that the others have mentioned . Great support team !
    Even though we have to pay upfront , its still cheaper than the others !

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