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Rand McNally TND 765/760

7 Total Score
Familiar, and very easy to install

The TND 765 has all the features you'd expect from an ELD, with the big bonus of being the easiest install on the market right now. One device, one cable. Plug it in and you're done.

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Up Front Cost Monthly Cost 3-year Total Cost
$550 $30 $1630


PROS:
  • Respected GPS device, familiar to drivers
  • Very easy to install
  • Low total cost of ownership

CONS:
  • Feels a bit dated, not the most user friendly
  • Easy install means easy tampering too
  • The touch screen can be difficult sometimes


The Rand McNally TND 765 (formerly 760) has a lot of great things going for it. It runs on the same hardware that thousands of drivers already know and love for GPS navigation. If you’re a fleet manager worried about how your drivers will adjust to ELDs, going with a device that they already know and appreciate can be very helpful.

It is also incredibly easy to install. There is no jumble of different wires, adapters, and fuses like with many systems. No real need to open up the dash panels. A single cable plugs into the truck’s diagnostic port. That cable is then hard-wired into the TND itself. Simply plug it in, mount the screen wherever you want, and go. This is a really great feature for companies that employ a lot of owner operator or short-term lease/rental vehicles. It avoids having to spend an hour or more installing or removing your ELD each time a new truck joins or leaves your fleet!

On top of these perks, Rand McNally is also one of those most affordable options out there. The up-front cost to buy the unit is $550, but that does NOT include navigation. Some fleets can do without GPS nav, but it’s a great bonus feature for drivers that many fleets will want. Adding navigation brings the initial cost up to around $650-$700. The monthly service cost varies depending on the features you want. There is a bare-bones Electronic Logs only plan for $20/mo, a Basic plan that adds in messaging for $30/mo, and the Enterprise plan for $40/mo which includes advanced features like driver scorecards, critical event reporting, etc. Rand also now offers a lease option, where you pay nothing up front for the hardware and instead pay $52-$62/mo for a bundle including the device and service plan. No matter which route you take, the TND ends up being significantly cheaper in total cost than many of its comparable competitors.

There are a few downsides to consider. The screens on the driver tablet feel a bit old-school. It doesn’t take long to get used to, but the ELD menus are not the most intuitive or user friendly. The touch screen is not terrible, but not one of the higher quality ones out there. It can be somewhat frustrating until you get used to the “feel” of it. Our testing encountered a few instances of buggy type behavior, especially after the unit reboots, but nothing too serious. The back-office tools are functional, but definitely not slick. They too feel dated and perhaps in need of some renovation. That said, many of these issues are largely cosmetic, and are easily overcome with a bit of training and practice.

All in all, the Rand McNally TND 765 is a very good option, especially for budget minded fleets that need an easy install/remove process. It may not be the fanciest solution, but it does the job for the right price and has some real advantages.

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Specification

Display Device

Type: Dedicated / Proprietary

Features

DVIR

Two-way messaging

Navigation

Engine Info (MPGs, faults, etc)

Document Scanning

Drivers can make log corrections

Price per unit

Up-front cost: 550

Monthly cost: 30

3-year Total Cost: 1630

General

Complies with latest ELD Mandate standards: Soon

Vendor: Rand McNally

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    Anonymous March 23, 2016 at 7:22 am
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    The user interface feels pretty 90s, and it had some weird buggy behavior. But overall it did the job, and its nice that it doubles as a good GPS that drivers are comfortable with. It’s also really easy to install since its all just one box with a single cable that goes to the jbus.

    + PROS: Easy to install Good GPS
    - CONS: Kind of old school for the driver
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    Anonymous September 2, 2016 at 6:34 am

    Wow one comment, I’m sold

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    John October 4, 2016 at 5:26 pm
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    One nice thing we noticed, is that Rand is constantly working on this to improve it and add new functionality.

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    Anonymous November 14, 2016 at 5:55 pm
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    It is easy to use and understand and a lot of nice features. However they connect using sprint which doesnt have good coverage once you leave the big roads. the older 760 do flake out quite a bit but it seems to be better with the 765 version.

    + PROS: easy to use and good feature for the drivers to use like the maps that they can find food,fuel, repairs etc.
    - CONS: Poor connectivity off the big roads
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    Dan April 10, 2017 at 12:04 pm
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    Not very user friendly. The maps are outdated, and the back-office system is complicated and hard to work with.

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    Aaron April 13, 2017 at 7:47 am
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    I did a 30 day demo with the TND 765. The unit itself was great. Easy for drivers to use, which is the biggest thing I need to find. However there are more negatives than posotives with Rand McNally. Their back office can only be used on Internet Explorer because it is built on Microsoft Silverlight. NO ACCESS FROM SMARTPHONE OR TABLET is what that means. Their mapping is within the back office is also inadequate. Additionally they use Sprint service, so they do a lot of storing and sending later.

    If Rand rebuilt their back office in a user friendly mobile accessible manor and changed to ATT or verizon they could be a major player.

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    Anonymous June 26, 2017 at 9:03 am

    Absolutely horrible, constantly losing GPS, very buggy, mileage way off from what was actually driven. Units constantly overheating even after update.

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    Bosco July 7, 2017 at 9:47 pm
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    We have 10 units, we had a lot of issues with them, but once they have installed new update situation got a lot better. On the other hand our drivers are not so happy with it

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    Doug August 1, 2017 at 7:08 am

    We have been trying to get our TND 765 units working for the past year. They do not calculate the correct miles and can not reconize when you cross state lines. Very unhappy !!!

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