Truck satnav or camper satnav?

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  1. Spidey

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    Thinking about getting Garmin satnav but wondered whether a truck one is better than a motorhome one? Anyone tried them?
     
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    We like the Garmin one, but have never tried the truck one. Really you need someone who has / had both.
     
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    I have had the Garmin Dezl 560LMT truck version for three years and I think it is very good. It has customisable programs for truck or motorhome (RV) where you can input length, width, height and MAM. I would not bother with the camper version as you can get all the POI files you want and load them onto the Dezl. That way, you choose what you need rather than having the POI set that Garmin has agreed with a club.

    Before getting the Dezl I had a Nüvi for a few years and the truck version is definitely better for motorhoming. Note, it can only take account of road size where it has the data in the map set. Minor roads remain minor roads whatever system you have. But remember that a lot of very big trucks use fairly minor roads to get to the place they need to be.
     
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    Thanks, this is one we were thinking of :)
     
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    There is an option for traffic but I think it is only historical data that is uses, nor live. The map updates are free but have to be done via a PC
     
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    free map updates for life and uses historical data on traffic
     
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    I chose Garmin for various reasons. When I bought the first one (Nüvi) it was not possible to load Lat/Long coordinates on some other makes; Garmin virtually invented satnav devices so I went for experience; it had to work with a Mac as I don't use a Windows PC (I don't think TomTom was Mac-compatible at the time).
    Having got used to Garmin, I decided to stick with it when looking for a truck model (Dēzl).
    Of course, the cheapo ones were not available when I bought the first Garmin, but I would still stick with the brand if replacing.
     
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    likewise, i have been a tomtom fan for years, although i have inherited a few others like garmin with vans i have bought. all of them have some limitations and the price for big name manufacturers is ridiculous compared to cost of manufacture. at first, i like most people associated the idea of chinese goods as cheap and inferior. however other technology has proved they have taken huge leaps in recent years like phones and tablets etc. so I risked £40 on the thought that if useless as a satnav would still work as a media player for videos etc

    all i can offer is my opinion as an experienced gps user and can happily confirm that they do everything other makes can and plenty more besides

    outputs audio on the cab radio
    full bluetooth support even music
    plays video
    and great quality gps features

    and no before you ask, i am not connected in any way to selling them, just a very happy user keen to pass on a bargain
     
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    I am thinking of getting a RV700 DVR anyone had an experience of this model, only reviews on the net are those by the sellers or makers and they would tell a buyer anything, no independent reviews, also looking through satnav forum by members so many like this but don't like that, same with us men getting a wife its just to confusing, so anyway getting back to the satnav RV700 anyone have one or tried one
     
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    Sorry.. never heard of it had to Google to see what it was..

    frankly I'd stick to the tried and tested Garmin.. Aldi had the Camper 660 LMT-D model on offer at £139.99.. best price on-line is around £250.. it was £300 when it first came out

    I bought on last week and would highly recommend it
     
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    Another vote for the Garmin Dezyl we have had one for the last four years and it's been very good although like most it does have its moments!!!
     
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    Personally if you want a GPS stick to Garmin far better than the competition.
    As for the cheapo Chinese ones I had one and after they replaced it 3 times I gave up plenty of others had similar issues if you search.:eek:
    We use Copilot nowadays but having said that my phone blew up yesterday so lost Copilot. Guess what I got out yep my old Garmin Nuvi.(y)
     
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    do they have free updates and Europe on the system??

    thanks for the reply
     
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    I'm using iPhone and google maps exclusively now.
     
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    yes.. updates for life with Europe maps

    forgot to say..

    if you are interested, call Aldi customer services and they will advise if there are any left in you local store(s)
     
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    Yes if you buy a model with the suffix LM (= lifetime maps) or LMT (= lifetime maps and traffic)
     
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    thanks for all the info

    crabs
     
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    The only sat nav I've seen described as a RV700 DVR is the Aguri one.
    Aguri is a fairly recent company, formed (I understand) by people who ran Snooper before they sold out to an American company.
    For me the Aguri is a non-starter (like Snooper) because they have continued the practice of not allowing customers to load their own third party POIs.
    @Khizzie was trialling an Aguri model a couple of months ago so he might have some useful information.

    Personally I would agree with @scotjimland about the Garmin. I wouldn't buy any of the TomTom NAV4 for reasons explained here.
     
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