Back Up Sat Nav

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  1. Madmag

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    I asked previously about the Chinese Truck Sat Navs but reading all the comments and links from that decided not to bother. We have a TomTom Go Caravan Sat Nav which I have been happy with when using through France & Spin with a caravan. There were a couple of occasions though, around (and through) Madrid and later around Bordeaux where the Sat Nav got it very wrong!! Now we have a motorhome 7.4m long I am a bit more cautious so thought a back up might be useful. Does anyone know if co pilot caravan is any good or am I better spending a bit more on a truck sat Nav. I would prefer the back up to be on iPad. Or maybe just stick to Tom Tom , common sense and maps. Thanks
     
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    We used to use Co pilot .. worked fine.
    Currently have a garmin camper ... love it.
    Don't see a need for a back up tbh. The garmin is normaly correct but it's never blindly followed and an element of common sense ensures there's no problems
     
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    I've looked at various sat nav packages on Android but found that they are difficult to assess unless you spend what can add up to a substantial amount to buy the full versions. In general I'm also a bit suspicious of Android apps because they tend to push updates so often (indicating badly written code probably).
    As far as sat navs go I also like purpose built units - much the same as using specific tools of any type.
    By pure coincidence I updated my Sat Nav notes last night.
     
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    I use a Garmin Camper 760 as the main unit and generally it is excellent, although every now and again 'Mrs. Garmin' will have a hissy fit and try a daft route.
    As back up I have CoPilot on an iPad mini and between the two we don't have many problems.
    Occasionally Garmin will want me to go through a small town whereas CoPilot will direct me round the bypass, so having both gives you the option.
    The new caravan/motorhome version of CoPilot looks useful for someone who hasn't already paid for the full app. The truck app is quite expensive I think.

    Richard.
     
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    i use a tomtom XL which has the latest maps and POI files but, as back ip, i still have a very old tomtom one v3 which i keep updated with my POI files and any mapshare changes....although i dont pay for the map updates.

    also useful to use in the car.
     
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    And the answer is .....A paper map . No better back up or indeed first choice source.
     
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    Get something on the tablet your wife has, then she can use it to follow the route, work out an alternate or as a back up. I have CoPilot Truck and Sygic Truck, as mentioned the new caravan CoPilot looks a good buy. Benifit of an app is that you can transfer it to a new tablet or phone when the next tech arrives which you would likely have bought for a multitude of tasks.
     
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    As a backup I use google on my phone.
     
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  9. Madmag

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    Yes I am perhaps being over cautious, managed for years when we had the caravan both UK and trips through France into Spain. Maybe its just because I am aware of how big the Motorhome is as I am sat in it rather than there being a mass behind us which we could take off if necessary!! Or maybe because its shiny & new!!!.
    Thanks Sallylillian but I AM the wife!! Husband does all the driving, well experienced HGV etc etc whilst I do all the navigating. He has no idea at all as to how any of 'the gadgets' work that is my department. I love maps but found they weren't always detailed enough, hence the introduction of our sat nav. It has only really been used for European travel rather than this country where I tend to just use maps. I have a new iPad so thought I might clear my old one off and use it just for travel, sat nav, maps, sites etc. so was looking for ideas as to the better buys & downloads available.
    Thanks for everyones help.
     
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    we have tomtom and "satnav sue" - this promps angry comments from him in doors like "which b****y woman am I supposed to be listening to? "
    Teehee
     
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    Sad I know but ours is " Direction Doris!!!"
     
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    I have backup satnavs. In the MH I use TomTom, Snooper, and at present my main one is the chinese cheapy, as I prefer its routing (set to easy and avoid tolls). I do have them all on at once but the sound on one only.
    In case my backup or the backups backup fail I have Here drive on one phone with all Europe maps downloaded, and Sygic on another. ( I also have satnav programs on two tablet PCs but that's getting a bit silly)

    Oh I do have a map, its a bit out of date but I only use it to look at nearby places that might be interesting.
     
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    Prefer android myself. iGO primo for main and Co-Pilot on another phone just in case. Neither are camper or truck versions. Never had the need to use Co-Pilot yet as iGO has yet to let me down. Oh i also have iGO primo in my tablet as a just in case just in case.
     
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    Is iGO an Android app or iOS as well as can't seem to find any details. Thanks
     
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    Thanks
     
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