Best Satnav (1 Viewer)

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Hi. We have had our MH 1 year now and would like to go over to Europe and further afield. However, very confused with what is best Satnav to buy. So, looking for recommendations please? Thank you
 

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Hi. We have had our MH 1 year now and would like to go over to Europe and further afield. However, very confused with what is best Satnav to buy. So, looking for recommendations please? Thank you

We’ve got a Head Unit (expensive, but after two years and 5 other failed units, I don’t care 🤷‍♂️ ;)) and can play Android Auto through it. So there’s the satnav in the Unit and the option to use Google Maps or other Satnav Apps……the one that suits you.👍
 
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Use Google maps to monitor your exact location, then plan your preferred route with an atlas and follow signs for each city/town you pass along the route. Then use Google navigation for the last mile or 2.
All sat navs I've used stitch you up sooner or later.

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We have a TomTom and love, mostly because we are so used to it and we value all the POI's you can download to it free.
It's not fool proof by any means, you still have to use the standard mk 1 eyeball from time to time

I put my motorcycle Tom Tom in the van once. I forgot the setting was on ‘Twisties’…….I chose to ignore the suggested route.😱🤣

But I do like my Tom Tom.👍
 
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Tomtom 6250 Professional for me. I've used Garmin (bit vague coming up to junctions and off ramps). The Tomtom's programable, height, weight, width etc. And portable, If using different vehicles. (y)
 
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Tomtom 6250 Professional for me. I've used Garmin (bit vague coming up to junctions and off ramps). The Tomtom's programable, height, weight, width etc. And portable, If using different vehicles. (y)
Tom Tom still doing free lifetime updates? Had my Rider 550 a few years now, and able to update the maps on e regular basis.👍

I only got 3 years with my new expensive Pioneer Van Unit…..I’ll just use one of the Apps when that expires.
 
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I travel solo and use a TomTom but mainly just to guide me through cities and major towns. I always use a map first to jot down the main towns on my trip so that I also have a mental image of my entire route.

I used to have my route written out and slide inside my tank bag map pocket, still do on longer runs.

First Satnav I used on my bike was a Tom Tom Car 720, with a Tesco Freezer bag keeping it waterproof. Power cable plugged into my Optimate lead under my seat. :ROFLMAO:

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Stealaway

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Tom Tom still doing free lifetime updates? Had my Rider 550 a few years now, and able to update the maps on e regular basis.👍

I only got 3 years with my new expensive Pioneer Van Unit…..I’ll just use one of the Apps when that expires.
My TomTom is over eight years. It was bought with lifetime European map's.
They are still supplying them but they have made it much harder to download. At the moment I'm still beating the system.
Stupidly they keep wanting to sell me their latest model
 
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As per my posts elsewhere about sat nav issues I have gone back to my ordinary Garmin that the insurance company replaced nearly seven years ago.
I tried Google and the I Pad maps app this trip but it was hopeless. Admittedly some of my troubles were due to poor WiFi I think.
The Garmin would be better if it was the caravan one for vehicle size but being careful and re thinking some routes it’s been reliable in most cases.
 
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We have an Avtex Tourer. Works well and you can put you unit dimensions in to avoid low bridge etc.

The best one is 67 and sits in the co-pilot seat. We dod get lost a bit but that's how you find some lovely places off the beaten track.

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I've used various Sat Navs over the years, a.bog standard cheapo Tom Tom has been my go-to. I tried an expensive motorhome special, it was slow, large (7"), heavy, and caused more problems than it solved. For example, in Italy I used the Tom Tom to get to a campsite near lake Piano in the Italian Lakes. I entered the dimensions into the camper sat Nav, and it replied that no return route was possible, yet the Tom Tom had got me there! But when we subsequently drove down the Lake Garda, I could see what it meant! Also, if you missed a turning, the camper sat Nav would ignore all the entered dimensions and send you down the narrowest roads and tightest of turns to get back on it's predicted route. Pointless. But since, I've found that the basic Tom Tom, plus a little common sense, works best. Just don't follow it blindly. I'm not keen on using a phone ap, it's too flaky.
 
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I've used various Sat Navs over the years, a.bog standard cheapo Tom Tom has been my go-to. I tried an expensive motorhome special, it was slow, large (7"), heavy, and caused more problems than it solved. For example, in Italy I used the Tom Tom to get to a campsite near lake Piano in the Italian Lakes. I entered the dimensions into the camper sat Nav, and it replied that no return route was possible, yet the Tom Tom had got me there! But when we subsequently drove down the Lake Garda, I could see what it meant! Also, if you missed a turning, the camper sat Nav would ignore all the entered dimensions and send you down the narrowest roads and tightest of turns to get back on it's predicted route. Pointless. But since, I've found that the basic Tom Tom, plus a little common sense, works best. Just don't follow it blindly. I'm not keen on using a phone ap, it's too flaky.
Appreciate your comments thank you
 
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Minxy

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Use Google maps to monitor your exact location, then plan your preferred route with an atlas and follow signs for each city/town you pass along the route. Then use Google navigation for the last mile or 2.
All sat navs I've used stitch you up sooner or later.
Are you sure it's not user error! :LOL:
 
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Minxy

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We've had a few different dedicated sat nav units of which Tom Tom was the best but we don't like the later versions and much prefer to use a 10" tablet with Sygic sat nav on it, a major benefit is that you can use it with apps such as Park4Night, Search4Sites etc and once you've found a place on them you want to drive to, click on the navigation icon, select your sat nav system (eg Sygic) and it will set the route and start directing you immediately.

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jumar

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Never use a Sat Nav now....my mobile phone has Google maps on it like all mobile phones...
My travel partner for many years jumartoo sat with a map on on her lap, plotting the route as we sped along...now she has her mobile as a back up to keep us from wandering off route...It works well for us...
Do use a Sat Nav on our bikes though.....,,,,,👍🇪🇦😃
 
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I use an iPad Mini (the cellular version as that has the gps chip) with copilot. I have entered my dimensions although it does seem to ignore them sometimes so you still need to be aware but overall I am very pleased with it.
 
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I had a garmin but it was not a motorhome one and kept sending me down unsuitable roads.
I saw posts similar to this and many recommended Xgoby truck sat navs, a Chinese make and far cheaper than most (about £60 on ebay at mo). Being a cheapskate, I thought I'd risk one and have had no issues with it as long as you programme you dimensions into it.
Just check on description it comes with lifetime European maps
 
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