Which sat nav please ?

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  1. Kevingrc

    Kevingrc Funster

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    Hi, we're going to buy a sat nav and would like some guidance/recommendation please, I've read on here that a 7inch truck one is the one but I'm on eBay now and there are 95 of that description so if anyone could help narrow it down I would be most grateful, cheers Kevin
     
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    Quite a few of us bought the garmin camper from aldi last week, seems very good. Someone was still lucky finding one in stock yesterday, might be worth a phone call or a trip.
     
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    Cheers Carolyn, wife's going to call in now, I'd actually just read a post about them that I must of missed Kevin
     
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    If they have none left see This Thread from yesterday (y)
     
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    Thanks will do
     
  6. Tony Campbell

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    I have just bought a Snooper Venture 8500, and am very pleased with it, it's not cheap at £450 but has a Dab radio and free view tv, together with lifetime maps.
    I am new to the mh scene and wanted to buy the best unit.
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    Get the Tom Tom caravan and camper had it for 12 months great!
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    the first question is whether you need one. I have some great apps on my phone with both online and offline mapping. The maps are updated frequently and some are free.

    If you specifically need a dedicated sat nav from all that has been said on here I would go for the Chinese truck sat naV.
     
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    Hello

    I recently purchased this Chinese Truck Sat Nav off eBay for just under £36.00 delivered!

    I must admit that I was a bit nervous wondering if it would be rubbish, but at that price I thought that even if it was, well I'd not lost much money!

    Well I can tell you that it is fine. It has the iGO mapping software which is nice and clear. You can set your vehicle's dimensions and weight and it will then avoid any restrictions on your route. I am so pleased that I didn't purchase one of the expensive units.

    I'm sure that there will be quite a few people who would rather spend a few hundred pounds on a Sat Nav, but believe me this Chinese Truck Sat Nav at 1/10th the price of some of the well known makes is WELL worth the money.

    I have said before on this forum that the sale of portable Sat Navs has plummeted in the past couple of years due to two factors. 1) Most new vehicles come with Sat Nav already fitted. 2) Most smart 'phones have a Sat Nav app.

    You would think that TomTom and Garmin would be almost giving them away to get rid of old stock.

    Let me give an example of how some people would rather pay more for an item.

    Lidl shortbread is made by Walkers (seen on a factory tour at their Speyside factory). It is of course put in a Lidl package. An acquaintance of ours who buys Walkers' shortbread on being told this said that she wouldn't buy the Lidl shortbread because it was 'cheap'.

    You pays your money and you takes your choice.

    As for me the £300.00 I saved on the Sat Nav, well that will put a lot of diesel in the tank of my MH! :)

    KH
     
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    Quite apart from that, TomTom have shot themselves in the foot by going down the Snooper route of not allowing addition of third party PoI sets. Snooper seemed to have a "customers know nothing and mean nothing" attitude when I spoke to them at a show about 7 or 8 years ago and didn't seem to have changed in subsequent discussions.
     
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    So does the Chinese special actually work, in terms of route navigation based on the vehicle dimensions you set? How much space remains on the 4GB version with all UK and EU maps preloaded (room for updates?), or is the 12GB worth considering instead for a few quid more? I see the vendor has some negative feedback for not allowing return of allegedly defective units, anyone here been impacted or encountered reliability issues?
     
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    I have a Tom tom, Garmin, cheap Chinese Truck Nav, various SatNav apps on my tablet and phone including Sygic, Navigation, and Route 66. In addition I have an old version of Autoroute and Memory Map on my mini laptop....Les keeps telling me to "get lost"... I can't!! (But I can get confused!!) :think:
     
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    Yes it works based on vehicle dimensions. Space depends on the number of different maps you have loaded. If they don't exceed 4GB then you can run the software from either the unit or MicroSD card. If they are larger you need a MicroSD card big enough.
     
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    CoPilot Premium HD Europe for around £27 (now on offer) to use on iPad or iPhone is well worth considering at a fraction of the price of a dedicated SatNav – and it works!


    We meander through France when on holiday and after years of arguing about which route to take and which way to go at un-sign posted road junctions we haven't had any problems since getting a CoPilot.
     
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    Do you find that sat nav apps on tablet have a tendency to show the vehicle icon seem to be some distance away from the actual road or they make a detour from the road even if you don't!!? Perhaps it's my Lenovo tablet that does not pick up the GPS signal too well?
     
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    We have an iPad and everything seems to work okay with no problems at all and it's never taken us anywhere but the destination we've put into it.
     
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    Why pay anything ????? Just leaving Morocco after travelling round with Maps.me never let me down and had some roads on that tom Tom and garmin didn't.
     
  18. Tackle man

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    I have had other sat navs in the past but the best by far is the Snooper Venture 8500!! In my opinion you get what you pay for! (y)
     
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    As per my previous post. Having spoken to Snooper I decided I didn't want to pay for what they had got :D
     
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    Unless you go into Lidl and then buy Walkers shortbread! :)

    KH
     
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