Sat Nav Choices. I Know ?? .............. (1 Viewer)

LAM

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I know this must be a much deliberated topic (but not for me and other new peeps).
I have researched the market, et al.... but there is nothing more valuable than the experiences and knowledge of those on this forum.

As some of you may remember (am still permenantly scarred !!), we almost lost the roof of our rented MH in Rouen during Le Mans week as le Tom Tom insisted we take that 'left turn'. I could go on but the upshot was.............. a bad move resulting 'all sorts'.

My question is...................... is there a sat nav out there which we are able to input all the relevant Height, length and so on in so much that when the route is planned it may give us at least warning of any of those impending dangers
 

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yep £50 chinese one that is as good as most tomtoms and garmins at much higher cost. plus get the right model and its got allsorts of extra features including rear camera input and video/music player
even the expensive satnavs are made in the far east, so comparable build quality too
 
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If you have a smartphone with plenty of available memory then Copilot truck is an offline satnav app in which you can enter your vans dimensions.
 
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As you already have a Tomtom could you download the Tomtom Camper and Caravan map?

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TheBig post: 1225614 said:
yep £50 chinese one that is as good as most tomtoms and garmins at much higher cost. plus get the right model and its got allsorts of extra features including rear camera input and video/music player
even the expensive satnavs are made in the far east, so comparable build quality too

More specific info on the "right model" please.
 
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my unit gives u campsites for either on-route or at destination so i have needed to download any poi
 
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If you have a smartphone with plenty of available memory then Copilot truck is an offline satnav app in which you can enter your vans dimensions.

£125 better to get a satnav ?

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I have been looking at getting a snooper but now I have seen these Chinese models.I may take a chance Not a lot of money ,but looking on here a fair few Funsters are using them
 
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snooper means cash anything which comes under the motorhome or caravan mark is cash cash cash
mine has seen me through loads of countries with no problem
you can say tolls or non tolls
when i head for benidorm after putting in beni once it finds it i then put in cusytom search and then accomadtion then camping it finds the sites there and then it away follow the voice lol
 
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sorry but need to say 1 downthing to these satnavs is the volume its low
but i just plug it into me aux on me radio and np if you dont have a aux then get 1 of those small speakers
 
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sorry but need to say 1 downthing to these satnavs is the volume its low
but i just plug it into me aux on me radio and np if you dont have a aux then get 1 of those small speakers
or use the built in fm transmitter and tune the radio to that channel to receive it.

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I fancy one of these myself there is plenty to chose from. What's the difference between them apart from price ? Also could I disconnect my rear camera screen and connect this ? As that would be a bonus for me too Thanks
 
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The easiest way is get yourself a Tomton 520/530/720/730 from fleabay and visit http://www.gpsunderground.com or similar (just do a google search). You can turn the above into a full blown tomtom truck with the latest 940 european maps with just a few clicks.

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We use our TomTom go live, when we purchased the MH I downloaded the camper maps to it, and I am very impressed. You can enter height, length, width and also enter maximum speed, so your eta will be a little more realistic.

My only criticism is that it is a little too wary in the route it selects, for example, I know that the quickest route between Farnham, Surrey and Ringwood in Dorset is the A31. The TomTom insists that I use the M3/M27 route.

Also the route will only be as good as the information that TomTom have on roads, so on occasions we have been directed to go onto roads that I can see are way to narrow for us to fit, but they don't have width restrictions in place, so the SatNav thinks that they are OK.

On the plus side, and I could be imagining this, the routes selected seem to avoid extremely tight corners. I have tested this in a few locations, where the quickest route would involve going around a very acute corner, and the TomTom goes the long way around, so that you get the shallow angle. My testing was only done in three locations, so hardly conclusive!
 
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have used Garmin for years, latest one under £100 first was £800 back in 2000:coffee: What I like is the ability to plan routes on PC/Laptop and download to unit using Mapsource/Basecamp...that way we go my way and not directed down spurious routes! by a pretty dumb infernal machine:D I'm not that techy but have my head around the system.

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:xThumb::xThumb: Thank you 'big 1' and to you all. Have placed my order poss a bit late for a Christmas arrival but am not travelling too far until next year so will try and avoid all low bridges until then !! :xrofl::xrofl::xgrin:
 
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£125 better to get a satnav ?
One less gadget to leave in the van when I'm out and about! Plus I use it when walking, it's just a personal preference. It's also handy when connected to my radio as it becomes a media unit, satnav and phone all in one.
 
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Can't beat Snooper we have had one for over 2 years and it has never let us down.. It shows you the Aires and even has photos. we had Tom Tom before that and it let us down big time in France. At the end of the day you get what you pay for and when you have an expensive piece of kit like a motorhome you want to be able to travel without worrying about the height of bridges and the width of roads

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I have a Falcon sat nav, you input length + height + width of MH. Comes complete with 1000`s of campsites
ASCI etc and local points of interest all pre loaded. It also connects to my reverse camera. We have used it in UK and France...its absolutely brilliant...
 
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I bought a decent tablet Asus memo pad me176cx it has built in GPS if you install Sygic Truck you can input height, length and width it has plenty of preinstalled poi's you can also install speed cameras (gpsunderground.com) so other than a satnav it is a great tablet to £79
 
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:xThumb::xThumb: Thank you 'big 1' and to you all. Have placed my order poss a bit late for a Christmas arrival but am not travelling too far until next year so will try and avoid all low bridges until then !! :xrofl::xrofl::xgrin:

What did you decide on ?

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