Sat Navs

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  1. Jack the Rev

    Jack the Rev Read Only Funster

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    Hi all, looking for your help.

    I hope to purchase a Sat Nav for my motorhome for going to France in the summer. Was wondering if anyone has any experience of Pro Nav PNN200 or the Snooper Ventura S7000? I would appreciate any comments.

    Thanks

    Jack the Rev
     
  2. Jaws

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    I would suggest you buy mainstream especially if you are not a big user of them.

    I have been involved in three mainstream consumer tests and believe that both TomTom and Garmin are very hard to beat for ease of use and accuracy ( though the TomToms I tried were not quite up to the Garmins .. but as that was last year and development is continuous that info could be out of date )

    I currently have 5 Garmins in use on the various vehicles in the family and all have got me in just about every nook and cranny I have ever asked to be 'taken' to all over Europe
     
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    Hi, a bit of advice I think is worth remembering when using a Sat Nav, we have a Tom Tom, is "always" check your map as well. Sat Nav systems are excellent but do not take into account the type of vehicle you are driving and will try to send you via the most direct route.
    You can easily find yourself in a very narrow or deteriating road with no place to turn around ! Otherwise it is fantastic !
    Also France keep building new roads which may not be recognised by the device.
    Happy motoring.
    Denny. :thumb:
     
  4. Lincolnshire Rover

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    We used to have a TomTom go710 which we used in Europe for last 3 years and found it a must but as everywhere the roads are changing and upgrading so we decided to buy a new one instead of paying for updated maps we have now bought a TomTom go 750 live which is brilliant best price off tinternet was £195 post paid a good deal I would not travel without it in UK or Europe BUT as good as they are you also need to have a GOOD road atlas as well .We always use fastest route so it doe's not cut corners and also set to avoid toll routes as we like to meander not blast the motorways in France.
     
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    sat nav

    just got my sat nav, somebody on this forum suggested it:thumb:. its atom tom go910(refurbished) came with charger, case, mains charger(various plugs for EU) and computer cable. Its got 1 year warranty, works absolutley great. price them, mine cost £85.10. :Smile:
    Cats whiskers.
    peter:Smile:
     
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    This has had excellent reviews, input your vehicle size to avoid narrow roads. [ame]http://www.amazon.co.uk/Garmin-Satellite-Navigation-Caravans-Vehicles/dp/B002KDTHEA/ref=sr_1_6?ie=UTF8&s=electronics&qid=1267898276&sr=1-6[/ame] VMax
     
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    Dont listen to them. Dont get a map. Rely totally on your TomTom when in europe otherwise when you get back you will have no great stories to tell down the pub like - "Remember the time the TomTom took us down that goat track and we almost went over that cliff and it took us three hours to turn around!":Smile:
     
  8. Larrynwin

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    Barry, there was a picture of a motorhome posted on this site a few months ago that was taking a sharp downhill bend and his rear overhang grounded and left his rear wheels completely off the ground. Dunno how to find it but I wonder how much he planned his route :BigGrin::BigGrin:
     
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    Probably as much as I planned a lot of mine! I remember a couple of times last summer where I was too lazy to look at the map, Knew where I was going and just totally relied on the Sat Nav. Once we ended up trying to turn round on a dead end at an impossible 40 degree angle (well it felt like 40 degrees). I seriously though we were going over! and once we went for miles only to find the road got so bad we had to turn around and go back and yes, read the map.

    After a while you just know, and ignore the sat nav. I actually end up arguing with her. If it looks dodgy, it probably is!
     
  10. warwick

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    We have had a Garmin 255W for nearly a year now used it here, and to the S of France and also a trip to Holland, would`nt go without one now, they make life so much easier. Recommend checking the intended route at home before setting out, otherwise let it take do its thing.
     
  11. sedge

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    Pete argues with our Tom, esp when he tries to send us down a one way the wrong way. Plus he never seems to know when its market day and they've completely blocked the whole road does he? stupid thing.

    Or "Exit Ahead" on motorways, I go yes, but it's 1.795 miles ahead you idiot, don't tell us yet!

    Or then when you go somehwere along D roads (because that's where you just happen to be going) for a long while after he thinks D roads are your preference; takes ages but by heck! you see some scenery you wouldn't have seen otherwise!
     
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    garmin

    We have a Garmin 610t it nearly had a dickie fit when going down to Cornwall last year, the new dual-carrigeway running alongside the old road, suddenly the Garmin found itself driving in the fileds ha that was fun it didn`t know it`s A*$* from it`s Elbow.
    Then in Italy we were looking for a small town between to rather high mountains, it was determined to take us up one mountain and then the other, we just turned the poor thing off to put it out of it`s misery.

    I`m just waiting for the time when we ignore a direction for it to say "why the bloody hell did you ask me if you have no intention of listening" :Rofl1:

    On a more serious note we downloaded the new 2010 upgrade maps but we can`t get them into the garmin, it says not enough space, despite deleted the old maps, tried loading them of the sd card and it says it can`t see the card, yet when you select the photo option it asks from internal memory or sd card. Grrrr
     
  13. Spacerunner

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    I have a Garmin 765T, 'T' stands for traffic and is a free add-on that allows you to navigate round traffic delays.

    Garmin also do a very good deal with updates. For a one-off fee of £99.99 (?) you get map updates forever for the life of your device.

    The 765 also has language guides (words and phrases) city guides, bluetooth for handsfree, good MP3 player. Music , driving instructions, and phone calls can be played through your vehicle's stereo system.
     
  14. Lincolnshire Rover

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    If more space is neaded on the device you can always delete all the languages except English its suprising how much space all the other languages take up as I can only speak English there is no need to have my tomtom speaking to me in German/Italian /Polish : etc:Rofl1:
     
  15. KenandSue

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    It seems we all have a myriad of tales to tell about satnav - we have one built into our Volvo which I call 'Miss Baxter' as she sounds like a school teacher, and I always feel I should sit up straight and pay attention when she tells me where to go. She sometimes sends us into pretty villages, where there just happens to be a nice pub for lunch.............:thumb::thumb::thumb:

    Anyway, back to the subject in hand. We have also (like Jack the Rev) been looking at the ProNav PNN200 for the motorhome, as you can programme in your dimensions (motorhome that is)!! so that, in theory, it won't send you anyway near width restrictions, really low bridges, or any other dodgy bit :Eeek: Anyone have experience of this particular satnav???
     
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    Last summer our ancient TomTom came out with a blinder. We were driving across the Simplon Pass over the Alps between Lake Maggiore in Italy and Switzerland. We just kept going up and up and up and then all of a sudden near the top the TomTom anounces after 100 yards turn left, then TAKE THE FERRY!
     
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    That's brilliant!! :Rofl1::Rofl1::Rofl1:
     
  18. sedge

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    So .... did you?
     
  19. Jaws

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    Number one son has a yank thing that has UK maps on it..

    First time I heard it I was in fits of laughter !

    At the junction make a left

    Now drive for ( long pause ) some way

    Or

    Now drive ........... for a while

    There were loads of others but I am blowed if I can remember them !!
     
  20. Larrynwin

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    My Garmin 865t did that I telephoned the Garmin helpline, they were in fact very helpful and got the problem solved
     
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