Satnav for larger motorhomes, needed or gimmick ?

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  1. Motoberg

    Motoberg Read Only Funster

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    I have a satnav app on my iPhone from Navigon, it is a top class product. The chap who sold me the motorhome had a Snooper Truckmate (which he wanted to keep) into which you programmed your vans width, hieght and length (and weight?) and any calculated routes took this into consideration avoiding steep hills, low bridges tight bends etc etc...so in my curiosity I've now noticed Navigon have an upgrade for my iPhone app which now incorporates the above, albeit at £70...so, do people tend to use these things or are they seen as 'gimmicks' and you all get along fine with a standard satnav of whatever make ?

    the only downside of the iPhone satnav app (havent needed to use it in the van yet) is its a small screen and the windscreen on the Frankia is a long way away !

    The Navigon stuff is here:-
    http://www.navigon.com/portal/uk/produkte/navigationssoftware/mobile_navigator_iphone_eu.html
     
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    A bit of topic, but why use Navigon when Google Maps are free? Any advanatges?
     
  3. Swift

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    Get an ipad from some of the money you would pay for a truckmate and you can use the same application on the iphone on the ipad free (if you register as owner of both) :thumb:
     
  4. Motoberg

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    Does google maps talk to you ?
     
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    Too late, just bought a Blackberry Playbook:thumb:
     
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    I have never had a full conversation but it gives me directions :Laughing:

    Yes

    Free on Android so assuming it is free on iPhones/Blackberrys?
     
  7. Motoberg

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    The reason I have Navigon is that when I went to the States a couple of years back, I tried unsuccesfully to unlock the USA maps on my old Magellan Roadmate 700, so in a last minute panic the night before I travelled I dowloaded the Navigon USA app ( The Tom Tom App was in development but hadnt been released then) and was so pleased with it, bought the Europe version on my return...

    so back on topic :Smile: Is the hieght, length, width thing a gimmick or do a lot of Funsters use it ?
     
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    I would save your money.

    I have the Snooper 7000 which supposedly does the same, but in reality the only benefit over other satnavs is that it will avoid mapped low bridges or width restrictions. Other than that it cannot guide you any better as the mapping is not yet available. Mine has often sent me down unsuitable roads and up incredibly steep and narrow roads.

    For the time being stick with what you got and use common sense when using it, particularily watch for low bridges. :thumb:
     
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    Try www.lowbridges.com where for £9.95 you can download to your existing navigator.Also on the website are load, weight and width restriction downloads.
    Could save buying a new navigator :thumb:
     
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    that's what I use with TT , well worth the subs. >>>>:thumb:
     
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    heehee! The thing is with all nav systems unless somebody tells them in advance of your going there about the low bridges, new one-way systems and far too narrow bits on diversions eg when there is a burst water/gas main and they are digging up roads or there is a market that day spread all over the road you should be going down, you have to use your eyes and your seat of the pants judgment anyway!

    :Rofl1:

    Going to have look at that site "low bridges" etc; if Jim could use it on his TT for his comparative monster - then it should do for us? But I dunno; can make the whole journey more 'interesting' sometimes????
     
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    Gimmick don't waste your money no better than a £99.00 Garmin Nuvo:BigGrin:
    I've used a cheap Nuvo all over the world good as anything even when driving the RVs
     
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    "lowbrigdes.com There are thousands of bridges of 16' or less in the UK,..................... England, Scotland and Wales."

    pfft! :Doh:
     
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    I use a Snooper 7000

    I have a Snooper 7000. Driving an RV (Ford B class Winnebago) the vehicle is large and the bigger screen is a great bonus. I also have a pioneer which I mainly use as a back up /rear view camera facility.

    The Snooper allows me to see bridges off the route I am on and does avoid them. Plus you get audio warning of sharpe bends as well.

    used it for a year now and even used it to the South of France and back off motorways... like all sat navs it can have it's moments. But the basic concept is good and works.
    :thumb:

    Bob
     
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    Hi

    Agree with everything Bob says, I think the relevant word regarding Snooper is TRUCKMATE, we have had 1 of these for 3 years, used it both in the UK and abroad never has it sent us down the wrong road and avoids low bridges. We also get free updates. Have tried the rest Garmin, Navman but wouldnt use anything except Snooper Truckmate.
    Thats only MHO.

    Mick
     
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