satnav GPS... is it worth it?

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  1. Tom Lurk

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    The family and I are off on a 4 week euro road trip through france, spain and portugal in a couple of months. We have (a fairly old) car satnav, but i was wondering if it was worth the expense upgrading to a specialist 'large vehicle' model?

    Our route is mostly planned out already, in terms of being booked into sites, so we are not going to be doing too much off-piste exploring.
     
  2. Kool Kroozer

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    If it were me i would get a new up to date sat nav (and not a car one) only my opinion.
     
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    Satnavs have saved many a marriage! I wouldn't want to be without either!

    P.S. If you're going to buy one then get one with height/weight facilities - and make sure it has free map updates for life!
     
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    Agreed.
    Check your local Aldi to see if they have any Garmin Camper 660 models left. At £199.99 they are a good buy but some stores have apparently knocked another £50 off.
     
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    If you are happ with what you've got when driving your car and are in no rush stick with it. I have biught one of the chinese ones off ebay but can't honestly say it makes that much difference.
     
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    If you need to ask “is it worth it”, I’d suggest you don’t bother. SatNavs are extra toys that can make life easier.

    I’ve owned several, from £200 to £2000. They are great for guiding you through unfamiliar territory but, if map reading and navigation is part of your ‘fun’, you may not want that. My latest has taken me along roads I’d rather not go and to a camp site that had moved, so even expensive ones are not perfect. I’m getting another in my next van because I can afford it and I feel that they can be useful but they are equally something I could manage without.
     
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    We've had many different satnvs over the years and to be quite honest the cheap 7" screen chinese ones bought via e-bay are pretty good.
    We used ours while travelling around France, Spain and Portugal.
    Like all sat navs they are not infalable but we were travelling with folks who had much more expensive ones and I can't say their's were much better.
     
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    My opinion is that you need a satnav with up to date maps.
    If you can't update the maps buy new with life time maps.
    Beware all the satnavs I have had seem to want to use narrow single track lanes to cut off a corner that in practice save sod all.
     
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    Interesting that you say the sat nav took you to a camp site that had moved. Presumably that means that the POI set was out of date.

    I had a discussion elsewhere with someone yesterday who said he didn't require user-updatable custom POIs as he was happy with what the company supplied. My reply to him pointed out that you can't trust the companies to keep up to date :)
     
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    Even an old, car, sat-nav can do something a map can never do, show you exactly where you are. Can be very handy sometimes.
     
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    If you already have a sat nav that you are used to and happy with then I'd suggest you go with what you know. "Old" doesn't mean no good and "car" doesn't mean not for motorhome.
    You don't plan to do a lot of wandering. If your avatar pic is up to date, it seems you won't be driving a huge outfit so spending money on a height/width new sat nav that probably won't calculate a different route to your car one, would be a waste.
    Rather spend your time checking your chosen campsite GPS co-ords on Google Earth and then loading the accurate co ords onto your existing sat nav (assuming it accepts co ord input).
    If all else fails - use a map - you know where you're going.
     
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  12. Tom Lurk

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    good mix of views here, thank you all for your input.

    i think that geriatric wanderer is probably closest to what i was thinking.
     
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    Gps is the best friend you can have outside the UK. 99% of all campsites stellplatz and aires have there positions shown in co-ordernates hard to find without gps. We fulltimed for over 7 years in Europe and got fantastic positions from it. Silly to not buy one
     
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    I would buy a truck or camper specific one.

    It's not the motorway bit, you don't need a satnav for that. It's the bit from each motorway to the campsite that it will save you on.

    A car one won't take height, width or weight into consideration and believe me, unless you're in a little PVC you need to be thinking about those things.
     
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    If......you get a new one, suggest one that can update maps and load on poi's.
    But you can't beat a good old map book, utilise that with your sat nav and you'll be fine.
     
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    I managed without one until they were invented. Just made a list of significant places from a map and used the road signs. Looking for a site look for the signs. I have never had a usefull navigator.
    Any satnav will get you there even if the maps are years out of date, towns don't move much.
     
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    Instead of buying a new one ... if you have a smartphone you could consider using a sat nav app. Lots of info on them here. .. I've used Co pilot and it's fine ... just another angle
     
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    Yes & Sygic
     
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    Best sat nav on a phone I've found is HERE+, though it may only be for Windows phone. Free, with free worldwide mapping, maps can be downloaded so no internet connection needed.
     
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