I need a new Sat Nav

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  1. Portland

    Portland Funster

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    My old Tom Tom sat nav has bit the dust and I need to replace it. I have searched on many web sites and I'm confused as there are so many to choose from. What will be the best for a motorhome and also I need to be able to put in a map for Marocco. What do you think of the low priced Chinese units? :Eeek:
     
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    I have one of the Chinese truck sat navs and find it great, easy to use, its going to France an Spain the end of the week :thumb:
     
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    A sat nav is only as good as the person that uses it!

    I use an everyday tom tom loaded with low bridges poi's in a 44ft artic, I check the route before hand & adjust it with way-points as necessary.

    1005 if you must know :BigGrin:
     
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    I agree with Rob, there is no sat nav with a brain.. that's where the 'human' comes in..

    A Truck sat nav is simply a standard sat nav unit loaded with POIs for bridge heights, load and width limits.. they can all be added to a standard unit .. free

    I certainly wouldn't go on a route without checking on a paper map.. especially in a country like Morocco where the road system varies from modern Autoroute to unmade sand and gravel roads.. many not even on a map ..

    Buy the Michelin sheet map 742, plan your route then do the sat nav bit .. stage by stage.

    Whatever unit you decide on, it won't come supplied with a map of Morocco, so check that it has it as an upgrade map available.. .. TomTom have one .. cost £44.95

    My choice would be the basic TomTom unit from Halfords

    TomTom XL UK, ROI & Western Europe Classic Sat Nav
    £89.99

    I chose this as I've had the TT XL One since 2007 .. a basic unit with no bells or whistles.. just does the job.. used it all over Europe .. yes, it will take you down daft roads if you let it.. but as said .. it doesn't have a brain..
     
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  5. SandT

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    Mine is a Chinese NozaTec truck satnav including free updates ( and they are TOMTOM maps) all for under £60!

    Works great but like all satnavs it takes time to understand how to work it and format it for your criteria.

    We always plan our route on a map first and then use the satnav but always defer to the Map if in doubt.
    The satnav is very useful for looking ahead at upcoming junctions and roundabouts etc so you can see exits and lane positioning.

    Terry
     
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    Or try an Android tablet with an app like CoPilot or Sygic. I have both (truck versions) on a 7 inch tablet. You can get some great mounts now rather than the silly wobbly phone ones. Morocco available on Sygic not CoPilot though.
     
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    While on a sat nav thread--
    Would anyone know why my Garmin Zumo keeps wanting to take me off at all motorway junctions just to guide me back on the motorway again on the same junction :Eeek:

    I know it`s telling me lies but it is complicated working out time/miles to go when all ever does is go from junction to junction.

    I have tried resetting , updating the maps , adjusting nav settings :cry:
     
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    Thanks for all the info, its all good guidance but I think I'm leaning towards the old Tom Tom, just because I cannot get to see a Chinese unit, :thumb::thumb:
     
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    wise choice.. and if you buy at Halfords or any other high street shop you have a no quibble return policy.. :thumb:
     
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    TomTom via 135 M Europe with lifetime maps.

    Got one for £119 from Curry's.

    Does what it says on the box.



    :Cool:
     
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    Have you used Garmin Basecamp/Mapsource to plan your route and upload to your satnav?
    If you are make sure you zoom in when adding via points because some times you can click on the opposite carriageway which totally confuses the Zumo.
    :Wink:
     
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    I had one that did that. I reinstalled all the software including maps and it sorted it. Works fine now.
    I can recommend a Garmin Dezl 760. Nice and big, easy to read and works well. But, as others have said, you need to use a bit of common sense. If it does try and take you down a road you are not happy with, just carry on and it will recalculate a new route without any or the irritating " recalculating" statements.
    Never got on with TomTom since one insisted I perform a u turn on the M23!
    Allan
     
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    By way of an anecdote, but an important lesson nonetheless, here's a recent experience I had with my TomTom in Udo...

    I was returning from having Udo's new stereo fitted in Reading and needed to get back to his storage place in Bordon. So a quick cross-county drive.

    Looking very briefly at a map, I figured an easy main-road route should be selected by my TomTom Go400... It was configured for main road selection.

    So off I drive and all is good for 20 minutes or so. Then it advises I turn left. I know this is a lane, so ignore it and carry on until it sorts out a 'better' route. That happens and I soon get another request to turn left onto an even smaller lane. I ignore that, too.

    Then it recalculates and the ETA shoots up and it gets pretty insistent I turn around. So I stop and check. Crikey! Better turn around and head down that lane back there. It can't be too bad...

    And it wasn't. But that lane went to another. And another. And another. And they get progressively smaller and narrower. To be honest, it got me pretty worried.

    I ended up being spat out of the final very narrow lane 3 miles from Udo's storage place. Hardly a 'main road' route. I wasn't happy. Udo was fine but my nerves were a trifle raw by this point.

    So, two things:

    1. Driving a large-ish MH down narrow lanes isn't so bad after all. It's possible and perfectly doable.

    2. The sat nav route SHOULD be checked beforehand. Truly. I know this yet blindly followed it like some lemming. CHECK!!!

    Would a different sat-nav have directed me any differently? Who knows?

    Is it worth changing the thing for another model? Probably not. Have I looked? Yes. Will I? Probably not.

    The problem was the idiot using it. This is why maps are so bloody handy. They don't tell you what to do.
     
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    I can recommend a Garmin Dezl 760. Nice and big, easy to read and works well. But, as others have said, you need to use a bit of common sense. If it does try and take you down a road you are not happy with, just carry on and it will recalculate a new route without any or the irritating " recalculating" statements.

    Hi Alanm, do you have the Motorhome & Caravan model or the Truck version.

    Brisey.
     
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