Best option for sat nav on iPad

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  1. Gorse Hill

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    Anybody know the best sat nav system installed on iPad and a suitable in car bracket/holder , hopefully allowing me to download all routes so I don't have to use a data sim whilst on the move
    Any help will be appreciated
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  2. andrewjw

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    We use http://copilotgps.com/us/ on our i pad....easy to use , accurate and crucially doesn't need an internet connection to work..
     
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    Most iPads don't have gps , mine doesn't anyway, and will not work as a satnav with anything.
     
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    We have TomTom installed on our ipad & ipad mini and both iphones- one fee (about £79 i think) and you can install it on all your devices and you don't need to be connected to the internet to use it. You can also download POI - campsites, Aires etc but I havent managed to figure out how yet. You never have to pay for updates and it's big enough for even hubby to see!!!
    We have used it all round Europe and has been good apart from the odd times it tries to send us down lanes that seem only wide enough for a bicycle but you do have to use a bit of common sense.........
    Apparently tomtom do a system for large vehicles which may be better but its not avaliable as app at the moment.
     
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    i use Nav Free
     
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  6. Jonkil

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    Just had a look at Co-Pilot. I like it, maybe funsters who use it could tell me:
    1) is it better to get the truck version? Thinking about MH dimensions input?
    2) do we download maps? Eg. Ireland, UK, France?

    Any other info ?
     
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  7. Fragle

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    As a lorry delivery driver we have Tom tom at work and I had 2 Tom toms at home. But when we got our first motorhome in sept I started to look around for the best options because of the size of the van.
    Tom Tom camper is very expensive and to be honest Tom tom is very overrated. Not very good write ups for Garmin either
    I decided that the better option was to look in a different way at what was required. Having just bought our euro tunnel frequent traveller I needed to get online for info in when in France this year on holiday so I bought an iPad mini with cellular £319 refurbished from Apple so I have gps to use the apps and then purchased the copilot app for £29 full European cover and free map updates and a motor home option and traffic.
    So far I've used the copilot alongside my work Tom tom and after many years a Tom tom user I much prefer the copilot. Easier to use,better routing and options and I still have the iPad to use at the end of the day. Rather than the extortionate amount Tom tom charge. I took the advise on here and bought the 12g data card from Three that lasts for 12 months and I'm online in Europe as well. Happy days and I don't feel ripped off either. Hope this helps(y)
     
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  8. Jonkil

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    Thanks for that Fragle, appreciated.
    Did you buy the standard or truck co-pilot ?
     
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  9. Fragle

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    Standard European mate. Think the truck one was over £100. May yet upgrade if it has good reports. I'm still looking at the copilot against Tom tom at work just to see if it sends me down narrow lanes that are not required but so far so good.
     
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  10. Jonkil

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    Excellent.
    I have been using garmin up to now, but had a Tom tom in France recently and liked it.
    But since getting the MH I have been researching sat nav's and co-pilot looks good.
    Just downloaded the manuals and will have a look.
    Can I ask you:
    Have you imputed your vehicle dimensions yet ?, if so, how did you find the results?
    Thanks again.

    Jon
     
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  11. Fragle

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    As far as I see there is a motorhome option button. I've not seen an option to input size. I assume when to route with the motorhome it avoids small roads also all maps are downloaded on to the iPad so you need to check memory for space. I'll look to see about size input now.
     
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    As far as I see. No size input. You can adjust the speed for different roads so you get a more accurate arrival time.
     
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    Thanks Fragle,
    Valuable info to help me choose.
     
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    We got the standard version...there is a motorhome option on that. You only need to download the maps for the areas you are going to visit...split into different areas of Europe in some cases....some of the areas covered use up a lot of space on the memory of your device. In the year we've used Co-Pilot we have had several free updates ...suggests they are keeping up to date.
     
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    Not quite true lots of iPads have GPS Google maps has a good sat Nav when you put in somewhere to go it will give you instruction just like a sat nav,
     
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    Don't you need to be online for Google Maps to work like a "real" GPS? I've used Co-Pilot for over 10 years and love it; now on my phone and iPad.
     
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    I have a larger motorhome and think it is worth having the truck version of Co-Pilot. You can input dimensions and weight on that. I have not had any problems with it in just about a year of use and much prefer it to other sat navs I have used which includes TomTom. I especially like the alternative route feature which gives two alternative routes to choose from and the drag to change a route to your choice.
    ezee
     
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  18. wingman

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    Yep, CoPilot for me too. I use it with an iPad mini. Big screen, so NO excuses for getting the route wrong! Looks the bizzo too!
    I don't have an internet connection with the iPad; it's wi-fi only but I slave it by Bluetooth to a tiny external Garmin sat receiver (which I already had). Gives me 'real time' directions and lane-assist pictures etc.
    As others have said, there is a Motorhome icon with the standard version, but unlike the trucker's version, you can't enter the vehicle's dimensions with the standard one. Anyway, so far, it hasn't sent me down any roads where I needed to breath in! As with all of these things, I also use my filbert when navigating and chuck in a bit of common sense.

    There's no need to download that whole Europe map. It will take forever and you won't need most of them (assuming you're not going to Croatia or beyond!) I've just selected/downloaded France, Luxembourg, Switzerland, Italy. Does me!

    Cost me £34. Great product.
     
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    TomTom on iPad working with camper contact, gets us everywhere. But, your iPad does need to have GPS..
     
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    I think I am the only one on here who uses Sygic............. I like it and it's a good price too. I have used it for the last two years and apart from the odd hiccup it works very well. As with all GPS nav systems you still need to have an idea of where you want to go (have a map handy) otherwise they all have the capacity to send you on a merry go round :eek:

    A link to Sygic here (y)
     
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