Are truck/large vehicle satnavs worth the extra price

Dec 28, 2015
697
1,346
lake district
Funster No
40,888
MH
low profile mh
Exp
Since 2015
I am looking to replace our deceased satnav. I like Tomtom do we are looking at either go6200 or the prof6250 where you can enter your vehicle size

I don’t know if it’s worth the extra cost to be able to input your size .
We are 2960 high and 6750 length

Any advice welcome

Cheers Sue and John
 
Oct 7, 2013
4,655
29,435
South Wales
Funster No
28,463
MH
Swift Escape Compact
Exp
Since 1988
The short answer is.......






.......YES!

In our opinion, at least.


How much does it cost to replace a roof taken off by a low bridge?

We bought one after coming to a halt with a low bridge ahead, a cliff to the left and a drop to the right. Never to be repeated.
 

Euphony

Free Member
Nov 9, 2016
481
2,808
Perthshire
Funster No
46,008
MH
B Class
Exp
3 years of weekending with the odd month here and there.
Yes, you can programme height, width, length and weight so you won’t be wandering into situations that are un-navigable.

Subscribers  do not see these advertisements

 

Gellyneck

LIFE MEMBER
Jun 5, 2014
7,099
12,779
Scotland
Funster No
31,836
MH
C Class
Exp
More than toes wet now!
Amazon have the Garmin Camper 760LMT-D on offer at under £300 at the moment.
Might be another alternative for you?
 
Apr 16, 2017
119
335
Cornwall
Funster No
48,182
MH
Hymer Mli570
Exp
Getting better
Hi @sueandjohn
It seems to be about £100 difference in price and I would agree what others are saying. Visiting France last year on a 2400 mile round trip we encountered at least 3 occasions where the height restriction of low bridges had us navigating ourselves out of the area. The more help in sat nav support helps with MORE Enjoyment of your trip
 
Oct 7, 2013
4,655
29,435
South Wales
Funster No
28,463
MH
Swift Escape Compact
Exp
Since 1988
We bought the Garmin one from the Caravan & Mothome Club. We find it invaluable with its pre-loaded C&MC sites and ACSI sites too.

Subscribers  do not see these advertisements

 
Mar 1, 2012
436
310
Rotherham
Funster No
20,010
MH
Kon tiki 30ft
Exp
20011
We have one they are good and make you more secure about the roads that it takes you on . Ours was ust under 300 .
 

DanielFord

Free Member
Jun 1, 2013
3,030
3,109
Funster No
26,287
Wouldn't be without mine, once came across a low bridge with a standard at nav, took us ages to convince the sat nav that I couldn't go that way.

Now we have dimensions programmed, have never had an issue in 6 years!
 

Badknee

LIFE MEMBER
Aug 25, 2014
6,116
213,994
notloB
Funster No
33,046
MH
Hobby 750 tag.
Exp
Living the dream.
We use a Navtech Chinese sat nag, £35 on e of the bay. Brilliant bit of kit, wouldn't be without it.

Subscribers  do not see these advertisements

 
Nov 25, 2013
872
1,171
kent
Funster No
29,170
MH
Swift Kontiki 669
Exp
Since April 2013
Firstly, you should always know the height of your vehicle, and nearly all low bridges are marked, , The Snooper can be bought with the Camping Chip , Shows many sites and Aires in the UK and Europe, and you can set up your Height, length and axle weights on it.
I fitted one into my S700 and it works very well.
 

funflair

LIFE MEMBER
Dec 11, 2013
15,253
20,176
Guisborough
Funster No
29,351
MH
MORELO palace
Exp
since 2012
Yes they do work, we use CoPilot caravan on iPhone so not even a lot of cash OK we are a bit bigger at 8.5 metres and 6t.

Martin
 
D

Deleted member 29692

Deleted User
Yes definitely.

We have a Pioneer one integrated with our radio unit.

It has never let us down.

Subscribers  do not see these advertisements

 

davejmobile

Free Member
Mar 13, 2010
206
63
Funster No
10,610
Have the snooper unit has not let us down in three years not cheap but neither is a roof also run app on phone so they can fight with each other
 

Northernraider

LIFE MEMBER
Jul 30, 2017
17,332
62,584
On the sofa ....
Funster No
49,727
MH
Hymer 654
Exp
On and off since 95
Had a cheap Chinese truck nav off eBay
I had it set at 3.3 metres high 9 metres long and 6 tonne just to be safe

Tried to take me under bridges 2.5 metre etc one was 1.8 metre.
It would constantly tell me vehicles if my size were banned from places I wanted to go...but generally it worked reasonably well.
It eventually died just outside Portsmouth at only 5 months old

I bought a Tom Tom In Argos Portsmouth for £79 Was the cheapest one with European maps included.
And so far here in spain it's been brilliant...hasnt failed to get me where I want to go. I just pay attention to the road and if it tries to take me down roads that have signs etc for low bridges or look to narrow I just don't go down them and it will tell me another route.

Subscribers  do not see these advertisements

 

EX51SSS

LIFE MEMBER
Jul 18, 2015
6,075
29,060
North Manchester
Funster No
37,198
MH
Hymer Exsis A Class
Exp
since 2007
Another vote for Garmin camper albeit mine is the 660. Use it every day in truck 14'6" high and I put in 60' length. Works superb.
 

stewartwebr

LIFE MEMBER
Jun 6, 2010
737
1,508
Edinburgh
Funster No
11,937
MH
Morelo Empire Liner
Without a doubt for piece of mind.
I have a Snooper in the cupboard somewhere. Biggest piece of junk I have ever bought. Graphics looked like they were drawn by a 6 year old, stand looked like it was made at a wood workclass and the sound was like a 1972 portable radio. As for updating it...forget it...threw it in the cupboard
 

scotjimland

Free Member
Jul 25, 2007
0
-12
.
Funster No
15
MH
.
Exp
.
Also use a Garmin camper, bought from Aldi when they were on offer at £198 ..

It is very good, best I have ever owned.

Bear in mind any sat nav is only as good a the road data base, which is far from perfect.. In the UK Roads are classified as Motorway, A and B class . but none have had the lanes width measured, so you can be send down a B road that is only a single track road.. but if that is the only way to get to the destination it will use it..

setting your width it will avoid narrow bridges or roads that are on the data base.. but as said, the data on this isn't 100% . same for low bridges.


In France roads are classified; Autoroute, National and D (department) roads .. D roads are maintained by the Department and can be anything from a Farm track to a dual carriageway.. the sat nav has no way of knowing the actual road width..

This is where plotting and using other software or paper maps is worth while.. and Garmin Basecamp is excellent.. plot your route, add waypoints etc and load to Garmin.. no surprise detours though industrial estates or housing schemes. It takes a bit of learning, but worth while, there are tutorials on Youtube..
http://www.garmin.com/en-GB/shop/downloads/basecamp

Load it with sites and aire POIs, I use Camperconatct, or whatever you use, and when you need a place for the night it will show the closest and navigate to it .

Watch for deals on Aldi ..
 

grumps147

LIFE MEMBER
Jun 6, 2010
1,687
1,799
St.Helens
Funster No
11,938
MH
Rapido 696f
Exp
MH 10 yrs -Tent/Caravan 49 years
We bought the Garmin one from the Caravan & Mothome Club. We find it invaluable with its pre-loaded C&MC sites and ACSI sites too.

Our choice to, it’s some years old now and at first we had problems with Garmin and the lifetime elements especially map updates. That had to be sorted by a strong complaint to the club, but was eventually.

Please remember none are perfect. I have learned to add an extra few inches in width size settings after ours routed us down one of the narrowest streets in Honfleur, it must have been shorter than the main route by about 25 yards.

There are also some interesting minor roads in parts of France, my fault, I believed the sat nag instead of listening to the seat nag.:whistle:

Google street map for the last 1/2 mile into your night stop is brilliant to view likely problems - also check market days.
 

two

Aug 4, 2011
4,403
3,439
West Midlands
Funster No
17,624
MH
A-Class Fiat
Any SatNag is better than none but, if you need to watch the pennies, I’d just get whatever I could.

My fancy Pioneer SatNag tried to take me through a narrow and low archway on the very first outing. I have a very low opinion of them, considering the number of iterations they’ve gone through. Sadly, I’ve not found any of them do what they claim (on the tin). The Truck ones are better, but still not perfect.

It’s about time SatNags were completely voice-response and the data kept up to date.

Subscribers  do not see these advertisements

 
Oct 29, 2008
4,354
4,061
West Yorkshire
Funster No
4,712
MH
PVC
Exp
since 2008
If you trust any satnav 100% you will end up in trouble some time. I think a lot of people trust them far too much! Especially truck ones.
 
Feb 12, 2018
355
3,904
Yorkshire
Funster No
52,385
MH
Globecar Campscout
Exp
Since 2017
Best to regard electronic Nav systems as an "aid to navigation" and apply common-sense/use other sources for checking bridge heights etc.

I bought a TomTom Start 25 in January 2016, with life-time upgrades for Western Europe Maps for £74.99 from Amazon. (Currently on sale for £102, but watch out for offers.) This does not include Speed Camera (sorry - "Safety Camera") updates after the first year but these are available for on-line purchase.

I choose this model because I had had 2 previous TomToms so was familiar with their use and also because even with a 5" screen it is compact and light making it easy to carry in a cabin bag when flying and picking up a hire car, as well as in our motorhome and car. We also find it convenient to use as a hand-held device when walking/sightseeing in new Cities.

I found that the internal battery was not holding much charge after two years - no problem when plugged in to 12v in the Motorhome or a car, but becoming less useful for hand-held use when walking. TomTom say the battery can not be replaced, but I was able to buy a replacement battery kit (tools + battery) from Amazon for £10.25 Fitted this a few weeks ago and so far working fine. Found fitting fairly easy but a bit fiddly. The kit came with no instructions, but a Google search gave an easy to follow video on YouTube showing how to fit the replacement battery.

I would also recommend using "Brodit" holders, which we have specific to our car and motorhome. These are well designed, a good fit and place your TomTom (or other satnav) where you need it, rather than at some distance stuck on the windscreen. If interested have a look at https://www.brodit.co.uk/ , but possibly cheaper to buy the identified specific model for your satnav/vehicle on Amazon.
 
Top