Garmin Satnav From Aldi.

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  1. Barbara Hughes

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    Hi was just interested to see what people thought of their Garmin satnavs purchased from Aldi a few weeks ago,.......so what do you think of it?
     
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    We've used ours on the current trip to Peterborough, Epworth and Doncaster and it has been generally OK. One suspect turn on the way to Epworth which we ignored but could well have been alright.

    I find some of the built in POIs obtrusive so will look at taking them off when we get home. Also some of my custom POIs don't display but that is probably an icon problem.

    Now that @lunarman has sorted out my Chinese sat nav I intend running the 2 side by side on our next trip.
     
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  3. Barbara Hughes

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    We're still waiting for delivery of our new motorhome so haven't used ours yet ..I was waiting to see what everyone thought of them.. if they weren't up to much I was going to take it back as I haven't updated it yet and there was 90 days on it :)
     
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    It took me down some fairly narrow roads which included a hairpin bend in Cornwall last week. :Eeek:

    The display is very clear and I like the advance warning of speed limit changes.
     
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  5. Barbara Hughes

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    Was it difficult to upgrade?
     
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    Took one for a spin in the car to Caerphilly last week, turned off the planned route by accident, it tried to direct us down a one way street.
    May have been a recent road change, who knows.

    MH trip planned next week after which its decision time keep or return. Looking very much like the latter given the fun updating it and the lack of response from Garmin about poor route choices.
     
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    I missed out on the Aldi special, but bought one on impulse for £239 in the Halfords flash sale on St Goerge's day which got delivered today. No problems updating the maps earlier this evening, very straight forword, assuming the device will now actually work... ;)
     
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    Rubbish ( or should I say garbage).
    On the way back from Peterborough it kept losing the satellites coming accross the M62 & up the M6. On the rare occasions the TomTom loses the satellite( tunnels, bridges etc.) The screen greys but it keeps moving allong the route. It assumes you are doing the same speed & sticking to the planned route. The Garbage(Garmin) just freezes with a big sign telling you it's lost the satellites, so you can't follow the route.
    As we got near home it wasn't happy when I turned off the A590 onto a minor road ( which horse boxes & coaches etc. Use regularly) & kept telling me to turn off down even smaller roads that, A dont take me in the right direction & B are even narrower than the road I was on.
    Needless to say it went back to Aldi on Thursday, no quibble from Aldi, for a refund.
    A phone call to TomTom resulted in my Via 125 being upgraded to Camper version with 12 months map updates & all for £29.95.
    Result!
     
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    Sounds like early days yet then, Not sure what to do ....I've had a Navman for the last few years in my car and it's been superb hmmm shall wait a little longer and see I think
     
  10. Barbara Hughes

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    Really that sound pretty poor to me wonder if I can get my old one updated to camper version Must have a look!!
     
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    I have had my Garmin 560 (truck satnav) for nearly two years and it has been very good. (It's a slightly smaller version of the 760.) Sometimes it chooses odd routes but generally will only direct me down a narrow road if there is no alternative. By default, it will prioritise major roads over minor ones. Note that you can set these truck Garmins to give you an option of faster time or shortest distance then it's up to you if you choose the latter. Still, it will try and keep you off small roads. I assume those having problems have set and activated the motorhome (or truck) profile with appropriate size and weight dimensions?
    Personally, I would not bother with a camper version. It only has camping POIs ready installed and I prefer to get the ones I want off the internet and load them myself onto the standard 560 / 760 truck model.
     
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    We've used ours around the UK and southern Scotland..
    No issues at all. Updates are simple..
    Looking forward to using the basecamp planning software.
     
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