Time for a new satnav

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  1. icantremember

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    I have an old TomTom Go500 which has been generally very reliable but is now showing signs of forthcoming problems as touch screen is sometimes not reacting and the built-in battery loses charge very quickly, so it is time for a new one.

    As we sometimes pull a toad I have been looking for a satnav that allows for large vehicles but can also adapt to use in a car and as such have seen the TomTom 7100 and the Snooper Ventura.

    Does anyone please have any experience or views on either of these or any other makes that could be suitable for use in the UK and on the continent?
     
  2. motorhomelover

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    I got the snooper in 2009 at Lincoln show

    I would recommend it
    works well a nice big screen
    takes the size length and weight of motorhome
    keep away from narrow roads low bridges

    DTV is a nice extra
    doubles up as a cctv monitor

    buletooth hands free phone
    lots of bits for the money
    easy to transfer to another vehicle.

    not cheap however i think it is value for money

    :thumb::thumb:
     
  3. Phill D

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    i have a snooper Ventura S5000. does what it says on the tin! and its great.:thumb:

    it has many useful features.:thumb:
    i have connected a rear view mini camera too it which is easy and automatically trips to rear view when reverse selected. :thumb:

    Dont buy the bottom of the range Ventura:Angry: i did and swapped it within 2 weeks ( got it credited against the S5000 ) no volume, bad GPS aerial and would freeze about once an hour ) may have just had a Friday one!:Eeek:
     
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  4. icantremember

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    Thanks for that.......which Snooper model have you got?
     
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    I got the snooper in 2009 at Lincoln show

    I would recommend it
    works well a nice big screen
    takes the size length and weight of motorhome
    keep away from narrow roads low bridges

    DTV is a nice extra
    doubles up as a cctv monitor

    buletooth hands free phone
    lots of bits for the money
    easy to transfer to another vehicle.

    not cheap however i think it is value for money

    :thumb::thumb:
     
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    Just my opinion , best buy at the moment is the TT XXL classic with full European mapping on offer at Tesco for £140 http://direct.tesco.com/q/R.215-8381.aspx

    no bells and whistles but does what it says on the box.. and does it well.

    If you want you can add your own weight, height and width POIs as I did with my TT One XL when I used it with the RV .. Took me all over Spain, Portugal and France with no problems..
     
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    Thanks Jim ...looks to be good value

    Brian
     
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    I,m with jim (well, not in the biblical sense:BigGrin:) put your own POI's in, the one i use for work (HGV driver), has height warnings, and "bad spot for lorry" etc etc,....in the trade papers, not a lot of credence is given to "truck friendly" satnav, even if you had one, it aint going to move a badly parked van, an awkward gate, or a stroppy bus driver...save your money.:thumb:
     
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    My wife got me the Snoooper Ventura s7000 for my birthday last month.

    I am pleased with it although I haven't used it a great deal yet.

    Has a built in tv which I will probably never use:BigGrin:
     
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    Tom Tom

    We have the tom tom truck but adapted for caravans/motorcaravans,
    I think that is the 7100, its good you can in put size we are nearly 40ft when pulling toad, then alter it for car, and down to walking if you want.
    It is expensive, but has a lot of the campsites already input. We have had it for about 16months and are very pleased with it
    Peter & Glynis

     
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    About couple of weeks ago I posted, about updating my Garmin, but it seems you have to pay mega dosh for doing this, does anyone know of an alternative, beside buying a new satnav........Del
     
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    My old 3.5" Tom Tom One seemed to be getting smaller and less clear when driving my car - well it was about 10 years old! So decided I needed a new satnav that could be used with car and motorhome settings,

    My wife says I just need new glasses!!!!

    I did the research and in the end for cost and from user friendliness in reviews, I bought the 5" Garmin Dezl 560 ( and dear just to say - it was cheaper than new glasses).

    I have used it a couple of times and have found the following:-

    1. It is different from the Tomtom.
    2. The mapping is clear and it does give the name of the road when turning into a new street.
    3. The American method of describing the road number is amusing and for the first few goes - it makes you think!
    4. You can add POI's very easily - after going through to the Garmin helpline I find that they do not automatically appear on the screen when you are in the area, but you have to choose them first, and then they will take yo to them.
    5. I have not driven down any very narrow roads yet, but the height and twisty road symbols do show when in motorhome mode
    6. It is the only "motorhome" specific satnav recommended by both Practical Motorhome and Practical Caravan
    7. You can buy for a one off fee (£70) lifetime map updates! It was going to cost me £50 for just one update for the old Tomtom
    8. I do however think the Tomtom method of advance route planning is easier, but you would have had to pay an additional £100 to get a similar Tomtom, so I will get used to it.

    For the limited time i have used it I think it is good.

    Will let you know further after a few trips.
     
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    halfords have on sale tom tom classic xxl inc uk roi & we maps £116.33 and I think £10cash back.

    good offers on garmin too
     
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  16. Phill D

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    word of caution (others may have raised this ). when you buy your new sat nav it will have the maps from the year before it was made ( i.e. made in 2011 but map updates are not available for 2011 until well into 2012 ).:Doh:

    so you may buy a new nav thats been on shelf for 6 months and already have 2 year out of date maps that will cost you anything up to £100 ( much less if you are lucky )

    so watch out..:thumb:
     
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  17. Cyclewalkbob

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    Just updated my garmin maps today (free first update).

    tried it when i first bought it in November but found that it would not download using a wireless router.

    Taled to garmin helpline who said the map update lasts for 90 days from purchase. so tried again using an earthnet wire from router to computer and it worked perfectly.

    So I now have the latest version of maps

    another plus for the garmin.
     
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    some of the halfords garmins have free map upgrades for life?
     
  19. icantremember

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    Yes I was on their web site & saw that, looks like they have some good deals.........I will call in the store to have a closer look.
     
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    sat nav

    just bought a new tom tom via 125 europe on amazon from porter ltd £95.99 plus £4.95 carriage this is not the live version but a cracking bargain, personally didnt want the live version as only use in motorhome and wasnt sure if i would be sent down narrow sidestreets to avoid traffic jams
     
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