Sat/Nav systems

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  1. Stevie12

    Stevie12 Funster Life Member

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    We are brand new at this motorhome game and would like some advice on what sort of sat/nav system to get. We've seen ones on the internet which are pre-loaded with caravan club sites or camping and caravan club sites or both, we intend to travel in both the UK and Europe so would welcome some advice please.
     
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    We have had a couple of Tom-toms the last was the 1005. We nowhere a Garmin 3598LMT which I think is better than the Tom-tom in that it is more flexible and you can load your own POI if you want to. All the trip planning with as many steps as you want is great. I haven't gone for the type of satnav that is for caravans etc but I know some like them.

    6000 miles last year through France, Belgium, Holland Germany and back into France and I think it got it wrong on about three occasions, so if thats any recommendation you would be OK.

    I would stress that any satnav instruction should be regarded as a suggestion, not to be slavishly obeyed, you must look at the road/turning and then decide if you want to take it. If you igonre the satnav it will very soon plan an alternative route.

    Another think I like about the Garmin is it will give you up to three choices of route for given destination, even so I usually check the map before I set off just to see if I like the look of the route as at that point its easy to replan.

    Generally a satnav is a great servant and I wouldn't be without it, it makes our trips much more pleasurable. BUT its a poor master, if obeyed rigidly.

    Whatever you go for I am sure you will have a great time, particularly in Europe.

    https://buy.garmin.com/en-GB/GB/cOnTheRoad-cAutomotive-bBRAND465-p1.html

    Try Halfords for a look see.
     
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    I wouldn't bother with preloaded campsites. They will rapidly be out of date, and there are many sets of pois that you can download from the web usually for free. Just be sure that your chosen satnav will allow you to install youf own poi files, as some of the newer tomtoms don't.
    Caravan club or caravan and camping club sites are only useful in the uk as they don't have sites elsewhere
     
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    I use sygic on an Ipad. works fine for me
     
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    Gellyneck Funster Life Member

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    Garmin sat nav for us despite having one as part of the media centre.
    Use Garmin BaseCamp software (free) on pc (or iOS) to plan routes (in larger scale) and then load to the sat nav.
     
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    Welcome aboard ;) Sat navs for all sizes of van!
     
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    Hi SteveO'.
    There's always a war between Garmin and TomTom users :D
    Both parties are fiercely loyal. And then there's the cheapo Chinese/ebay devotees!

    There is a separate forum on here called GPS NAVIGATION. If you go to the Forums tab, then scroll way down, you'll find it. Has loads of information on there which should help you to decide.

    Me? I use A program called CoPilot on an iPad. It cost just over £30 so I get to use the iPad conventionally as well as getting a Sat Nav.
     
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    A lot of truck drivers use snooper I think that's the correct name
     
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    I've got a Pioneer camper/truck one mated with a Pioneer DAB radio that's great. Far better than the big name one I was using before. You do have to have the compatible head unit though.
     
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    I do the same as wingman, my advice if you have a tablet checkout Co-Pilot. With a tablet you can also run any of the camping Apps on it so it is much more useful than just a Sat Nav.
    Ezee
     
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    Quite a choice, I use TomTom loaded onto my iPhone and iPad, I have used TomTom for years so and used to it and to me it seems easier to use that Co-Pilot but I guess its what you are used to, many people say that Co-Pilot is very good and I am not going to argue with them. Whichever one of these two you have on your phone or tablet it is all loaded on so does not need data to access maps so no worries about data when abroad.

    I like the convenience of having the sat-nav in my pocket when walking around and especially when out on the bikes it comes in really useful.

    I dont use any preloaded POI or sites but do have Campercontact app on the Phone and this will find you a site and then put the Coordinates straight into TomTom or other routing apps if you have them installed.

    I guess its what suits you.
     
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    I have a vested interest as I sell them. (just thought I should mention that) lol

    I prefer the clutter free dashboard! So in our Motorhome we have a double DIN Pioneer unit which has DAB radio, truck navigation, with length width height ect, side and rear view cameras and also streams Blutooth our music through the motorhome. Great when driving or when on site.

    A Funster lady recently asked us to install a chinese imported eBay special, and was horrified when we pointed out that it was a cloned unit with knocked off software, worse as a direct import, no duty paid,
    no VAT paid and if it burst into flames whilst she was driving down the road, no liability accepted whatsoever from her suppliers. I am sure that this is somtbing people don't realise

    I wonder how many of us that complain about big business paying tax abroad to reduce their corporation tax liability, which is legal, do cash jobs, or pay tradesmen cash, and illegally import stuff with duty or VAT being paid?
     
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  14. Goronwy

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    Does co pilot work off line on I pad?
     
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    Yes

    You can download a trial that will calculate routes but wont guide you until you pay for it.

    I believe if you want it one iPad and iPhone you pay a different price, with TomTom you pay once and it works on both devices when you have synced.
     
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    Hi we have a DEZL 560 lmt garmin satnav with lifetime map updates also you can input your motorhome dimensions so it routes you on the best roads suitable for your van. No problems so far and pleased with the satnav. We have loaded all poi files for sites and aires around europe so can find most places we want.
     
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    Thank you
     
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