What Sat Nav

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  1. pinkie

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    Even though i'm a MAP kinda girl, I am going to bite the bullet and succumb to the allure of the sat nav for the Morocco trip.

    Without spending a fortune, can anyone recommend a decent one with a large screen for Europe, assuming most of them won't have Morocco on.

    Thanks.
     
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    Hi Pinkie, I am rubbish at technology but BECAUSE I am rubbish at technology I ask a lot of questions in shops. I have always found that Maplins have always been really helpful with me on anything like this ... don't think it will just be the local one, as it seems to be good staff training.. Might be worth asking your local one for any offers going.

    Hope you get sorted.
     
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    Snooper 7000s

    Not cheap. The best for every motorhome
     
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    What a brilliant question - and just at the right time too.

    If people come back with good suggestions and recommendations we can both show our other halves what we would like for Crimbo.

    I can't fault your timing Pinkie.:thumb:

    Regards,

    Trikeman. :Wink:
     
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    If you have a smart phone with a large screen you could try this:

    http://copilotgps.com/uk/

    It has a setting on it for motorhomes, £34.99 for the full Europe version.

    I use this and find it great (but have a large screen phone)
     
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    I would strongly recommend Garmin. The only problem if you don't know exactly what you want is they have a vast choice of models but they are a very big brand with maps for more or less anywhere you would want to go. Prices start at around £100 and it may well be this is probably all you need but if you want to spend several hundreds they have these too. You can get Garmin models specifically for motorhomes but I don't think they really do much more than a car one other than perhaps being preloaded with some campsite locations - which you can buy as an extra if you want for other models. The Garmin camper model can also be loaded with the characteristics of your vehicle, i.e. width and will select routes accordingly but this feature won't cover every area and almost certainly not Morocco. They also do a reversing camera which can link to the GPS screen wirelessly if you need one. However, I don't have any experience of these so probably worth asking what the differences are if you want but there is likely to be a price premium over a standard car one.

    For Morocco you will probably have to buy the map on a card. My Garmin, now discontinued but still supported, came with a lifetime update of maps for western Europe but this doesn't include Morocco.

    TomTom are another well-established brand but I think Garmin have the best maps.

    However, remember there are really two sorts of GPS. The ones for use in a vehicle which will give you directions but don't really have much of a map you can see and ones you buy for walking or cycling which normally have a scrolling, detailed map. The Garmin Etrex 20 is one of the cheapest of the latter. I use one by the British company Satmap for cycling and they produce very detailed maps of Morocco for their GPS but these are probably not what you want for just driving about the country as this sort of device doesn't shout directions at you, they are just a moving map.
     
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    Thanks guys, keep them coming, as I know zilch about these things I will go with the most popular probably, although not prepared to spend hundreds on the thing!

    Borrowed someone's for use in the Micra once, as I don't know East of London at all and was travelling from Ipswich into London..............what I nightmare, got to Essex and the bloody thing kept saying "turn round, turn round, turn round"...........I ended up going halfway back to Ipswich, much swearing and screaming at the thing, before I finally switched it off and much later, got to London with no satnav.

    So, can't say I'm a fan, but for a big trip, I can see the usefulness.........not sure where I will end up though! :Rofl1:
     
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    I was always a mapman, and to some extent still am. But since purchasing my old Tomtom 700 I am converted. When buying a satnav consider what you want to use it for. For example, you will need one that downloads of POIs are available such as Aires, campsites etc free. Tomtom is well supported in this field and IF you know what you are doing, or IF you know someone that knows what they are doing, then updates, and new mapping can be done FREE. My old Tomtom has mapping down to Istanbul and the whole of Morocco and cost nothing to update. I have no idea how to do it, but I know a man that can :Wink:
     
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    Sounds good, but I fancy a tour of Turkey (hopefully!!!) in the Summer so would need more than Istanbul.

    Anyone got a device that has Morocco and Turkey on it? Or am I asking too much?
     
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    Snooper S7000 Ventura PRO - big screen. Has never let us down unlike a previous Garmin which would send us down narrow lanes despite telling it the MH dimensions :Angry:

    It also has all ACSI and Camperstop Europe sites programmed in which is very handy if you want to search for a stop over from a particular location you're not familiar with without trawling through books
     
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    A few months ago I bought the Tomtom Start 25 from Halfords for £99 which has Western Europe maps with free lifetime map upgrade. Well worth it but not sure about Morroco being on.

    Mike
     
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    Hi, you might be a 'MAP Girl' now but you will soon become a 'SatNav Girl' and will never look back!

    Would recommend TomTom 25 if you are looking for a cheapish satnav of Europe with updates. As you are aware you will need to buy 'Morocco' which will cost extra in the region of £40 +/- at the moment.

    A few of the Morocco Funsters are 'TomTom Boys' so would be able to help you with your POI etc. :Eeek:

    You might like this HERE
     
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    Okay, what is the difference between the tom tom 1005 live and the starter model, is it just the ability to track hold-ups en-route?
     
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    Hi Pinkie

    Garmin are good and the best of the lot is the dezl 760 LMT
    It has. 7 inch screen, free life time maps and traffic. Motorway junctions are as seen on the road. It has all Europe, not just part of, as well as all the Aires pre loaded as points of interest.
    You can also use it as a hands free phone as well as a music centre etc. etc.
    Good luck with your choice!
     
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    I tossed my Sat Nav into a drawer last year after finding 'Waze'. It's a smartphone app, completely free and can be downloaded onto Apple or Android. Updated by the second, logs accidents, cars pulled up on hard shoulder etc. Like a sat nav but millions better. Give it a try in the UK to see if you like it. Am sure it's for abroad too...... maybe ?
     
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    Hi,

    That is eye-wateringly expensive! Discounted on those grounds!!!!
     
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    A lot depends on what you get used to and feel comfortable with. I am a Garmin fan and have recently changed my old Nüvi 250W for a Dezl 560. The latter is a 'trucker's SatNav' which allows you to enter the size of the vehicle. It is a slightly smaller version of the 760 referred to in the previous post - but it is still larger than most standard car SatNavs. I find it very good and it warns me of large vehicle obstacles and restrictions. I run it in RV mode. The routing is pretty good and certainly much better than my previous car version. If I try to go along a route that it thinks is unsuitable it repeatedly warns me that I should not go there due to weight or height restrictions etc. You have to tell it that you are ignoring the warning before it carries on routing.
    Ultimately, one has to remember that no SatNav is perfect and a Truck SatNav can only keep you off small roads and away from low bridges etc., where the base map data contains the relevant information. So far I have found the Dezl to do this well in most circumstances and at least it warns when it has no relevant truck data for the roads I am using. Also, remember that if the only way to get to your chosen destination is via small roads, that is where the SatNav will take you.

    The Dezl is not cheap but in my view it's pretty good for a motorhomer.

    p.s. Just seen your dismissal of the Dezl 760 due to price - the 560 is a bit cheaper and noticing your profile notes, one advantage of the Dezl series is that the volume is extra loud to carry over the noise of a truck engine.
     
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