The name Rand McNally is not a new one amongst commercial drivers in the United States. This is because they are virtually the country’s most recognized and trusted source for navigation maps and associated content, having been established since 1856.
Let that sink in for a moment. This company has been around long before the advent of any electronic tracking devices, providing paper maps at a time when navigators had to be skilled at reading them to get from point A to B.
Many consumers who trust the brand held bated breath waiting for the day when Rand McNally would finally launch their competing ELD device, and that time has finally come. Amongst the most useful feature would have to be tracking of vehicle metrics, basic logging and much more, as we are going to discuss now.
There are many benefits associated with using a Rand McNally ELD. These include:
Although the Rand is considered an entry-level device, it still outdoes many more “advanced” devices, possessing the following key features:
How To Install The 50
This ELD is extremely easy to install, as it does not require a host of wires and companion parts. To install, do the following:
Rand McNally ELD 50 Cost
Rand McNally remains one of the most affordable ELD options and is available to purchase either via a one-off cost for the device along with monthly subscription costs or with an enhanced plan which costs nothing upfront for the device but is reflected as a higher monthly subscription price.
If you go with option A, you can mail a completed rebate form (after purchasing a subscription plan longer than three months), and after that time, you will receive a check in the mail with money back.
Depending on which plan you choose, the compliance plan or core plan, the number of features you will have access to will differ.
Depending on what you are expecting from an ELD device, The Rand McNally ELD 50 may suit you just fine or leave you disappointed. It does package the basic features you may have come to expect from an ELD, and its affordable price is arguably its greatest selling point.
It does become a bit annoying when it inadvertently causes you to exceed your HOS with faulty status tracking, and its connection has been criticized as being spotty. That and anecdotal reports that customer service is outsourced and challenging to deal with making it a little frustrating.
With that said, it is a budget option, and overall does what it is supposed to do. The features are also good since you’re not paying an arm and a leg. It may serve its best function in smaller fleets.