Sold on my Blaupunkt Columbia 945

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We drive an American Motorhome, but at just 27 feet, we are rarely the longest van on a campsite. Most every tag axle van is longer than us, and there are a lot of those around these days. Like most of us, when reversing, I do like to know what is behind me. My partner, after huffing and puffing, finding shoes, putting a coat on, sometimes gets out and guides me back. But, after 30 years she still hasn’t quite grasped the concept that if she can’t see my mirrors, I can’t see her frantic waving. I’d had enough; I wanted a reversing camera. I’d noticed the one in my son-in-laws Mercedes, a crisp, clear view, and those fancy super-imposed lines that show you what you are going to hit (or miss). I was going to get one.

After years of reading about how difficult it can be hiding cables for wired systems and how good wireless camera are these days, I opted for the easy option, a wireless system.

The guy who sold us the kit at the Peterborough show assured us that wireless cameras were fitted to rigs much longer than ours and that they work well. And to be fair it did, it was excellent, but only at around midday in mid-summer. Only then was it bright enough to give us a good picture, and then, as long as we were at least at a 100-degree angle away from the sun; otherwise the glare obliterated everything. It seemed most anytime before mid-morning, or after mid afternoon it wasn’t quite bright enough. The image was grainy and indistinct, (maybe Wales should take the blame for some of that.) Then whenever it was raining, or windy, or we were anywhere near other radio signals, there was no picture at all. 

Was it the distance from camera to monitor causing the problem? I spoke to others who had shorter vans than us; some were happy with their wireless system, most thought it could be much better. I was going to have to bite the bullet and get a decent wired system fitted.

How hard could it be to fit one myself, camera one end, monitor the other, a bit of power to each, I could do that couldn’t I? Probably not, electricity has been a mystery to me all of my life. But it wasn’t the power that put me off it was the cable run! How on earth would I manage to run a cable the length of the van and keep it invisible. Lots of threads like this one confirmed how difficult this would be.

I know; I’ll ask my old mate Eddie at Vanbitz how to do it. He’s been hiding alarm cables in vans professionally for 30 years. It was then that he sold me on my new twin lens camera and navigation system from Dometic.  After describing the quality of the cameras, how they can almost see in the dark, and how easy it is to switch from one lens to the other. He described the lens functions

A 140°wide angle  lens that looks directly down and back, enabling precision manoeuvring onto pitches, and making things easier it has those fancy superimposed lines that remove any doubt about where your back end is.

A 50°straight back lens that acts as a rear view mirror but with a much wider and sharper view, showing me everything that is happening behind me on the road.

I was sold and he knew it.!

Ever the salesman he didn’t leave it there, Eddie said I could have a regular monitor attached to the dash which would be excellent. But of course that monitor would sit there only of any use when reversing, or, if I spent a bit more, Okay a lot more, I could hook the rear view camera up to the Blaupunkt Columbia 945 – a top-of-the-range double-DIN multi-media/sat-nav/ which comes with a database of European campsites. Has a whopping 6.8in screen along with detailed mapping for 44 European countries. Eddie said you can program specific height, length and weights, and tell it if you are towing your trailer!

It sounded great but I wasn’t sure, so Eddie invited me to come and look at the same system he’d fitted in his own motorhome. I did, It was everything he said it was. I’ve always been a sucker for a gadget but It looked so smart.

Just one dial and a couple of rows of buttons. Everything is done from the touch screen. A couple of rows of customisable big square on screen buttons, easy to stab with one of my fat fingers so you can select things like DAB Radio or PHONE etc.

Eddie touched a big square section called REAR VIEW and immediately filling the whole screen was the scene behind in eye-popping detail, even better that my son-in-laws Merc.

Cam44 and Columbia Multinav

It’s 3:45pm in January and while its not fully dark yet we’re not far off. I can see I’m exactly 1m from fence and I’m missing the gas bottles by less than a foot!

I bought it. I had a choice of the Funsters discount or free fitting, I thought about all those cables for camera and power and chose the free fitting, I chose right.

It took around 4 hours to fit and after hours of ogling all the goodies in the Vanbitz shop and drinking endless free cups of coffee I was ready to have the kit demonstrated to me by Ash.

I was very impressed, the kit is just so intuitive. You just drag your most used items onto the screen just like you’d do on a smart phone. It hooks up to your phone for streaming music and it’s so simple to do. It also provides unrestricted access to the Promobil campsite database.

The software is built on the Android operating system and there are literally hundreds of apps you can install.

The radio both DAB and FM is so easy to operate on the big screen, you get a remote to so we can operate it from our bed. The crystal clear Parrot Bluetooth system for my handsfree calls on route is superb. And the icing on the cake for me.. the navigation, the most clear mapping and instructions I’ve ever used, So much better that my old Tom Tom which would never again fall off my windscreen. You can search for a campsite or location and then navigate in just a couple of clicks, nothing fiddly, BIG easy on screen buttons. The way that phone calls radio and navigation all work together, one going quiet as you use the other, makes it a joy to use. Oh and if like me your partner still decides to get out and watch you back, you’ll hear her cursing you through the inbuilt microphone!

This kit comes highly recommended from me (and Mrs B). We paid £1500 for the full system and got free fitting from VanBitz.

I’m still exploring many of the functions, but this should give you a good idea about the capabilities of my latest gadget.

 

 

Jim Brown

Jim Brown

Jim is a long time motorhome enthusiast travelling extensively in the UK and Europe. Averaging 12000 motorhome miles a year. He has owned many motorhomes both British and Continental. His present motorhome is a 27ft C class RV.
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  1. We had one fitted a couple of months ago by Vanbitz as well. Nice piece of (expensive!) kit but best to point out that DAB is not standard on it, you have to buy another £100 or so box of tricks to add on before you get this facility.

  2. We had one fitted a couple of months ago by Vanbitz as well. Nice piece of (expensive!) kit but best to point out that DAB is not standard on it, you have to buy another £100 or so box of tricks to add on before you get this facility.

    Hi Bob, the deal I got included the DAB kit and the Twin Lens Camera.  This is a pic of the flyer in the shop.

  3. We had one fitted a couple of months ago by Vanbitz as well. Nice piece of (expensive!) kit but best to point out that DAB is not standard on it, you have to buy another £100 or so box of tricks to add on before you get this facility.

    The DAB is included in the Navigation/Multimedia/CAM44 twin lens camera.

    If you buy the Columbia just as a "stand alone" product, you can select which "bolt ons" you require, and yes, the DAB module is available as an "add on"

  4. Does it the Sky Sports Channels on it?

    JJ 😎

    Yes you could watch Sky sports on it via Now TV or Sky Go with the correct subscription

    and a usable wifi connection

  5. I know someone else like this:

    My partner, after huffing and puffing, finding shoes, putting a coat on, sometimes gets out and guides me back. But, after 30 years she still hasn’t quite grasped the concept that if she can’t see my mirrors, I can’t see her frantic waving.


    :LOL:

  6. We use some old Blaupunkt Sat Navs (based on the same software as the original Mercedes Comands and many other systems).

    They withdrew from the market for some time and I would be interested in hearing peoples opinions!

  7. We regularly watch couples argue and fight trying to hitch up trailers and A Frames. To avoid this I do it all myself.  A blob of silver paint on the tow ball, and a bit of wood I reverse up to the "A" frame, stop when the ball disappears, jump out, remove my stick, the A Frame drops on to the ball and I plug in the electrics and test them from the car.  No fuss no drama.

    We had a customer came into the office a few years ago and asked if "Some one could go and help his "partner" in the car park"

    It turned out that the bloke had knocked her over, and reversed partially over her, yet thought it was her fault as he can "never bloody see her"  The lady was in some pain and quite shocked so Lyn drove her to A&E Asking if he wanted to go with his Wife

    "Not my wife, and I am OK here"  and walked off.

    Lyn rang from the hospital, to say that the lady had a broken arm and bruising and would be release and wanted us to let her "partner" know whats what"

    I found him sat in his van watching TV not a care in the World, and didn't seem to care that he had hurt his "partner"  He was still convinced that it was her own fault, and that he given up trying to tell her where to stand so he could see her!

    Trouble is, at this stage all the sympathy will be directed at the lady and most reading will think that the bloke is a real bastard, but they must have both been in their Eighties, bickered constantly but seemed to travel all around Europe with each other so it was impossible to take sides, as she also thought that it was her fault as "He is always telling me that he'll bump me over one day"

    I wonder what happened to them, I'd hate to think of them stuck in a No through road somewhere in North Africa arguing still about how to turn the van around lol

  8. Fitted a Blaupunkt 945 in our Laika and it's been brilliant. Found the code to ROOT it so I could add Google Play Store which is missing. Have now added CoPilot Truck which I have also added to my IPad and Samsung Tab 3. You will be surprised what you can do with it. The Laika has a rear camera and it's own 7" monitor on the dash. The Blaupunkt now displays the route on the monitor when not used for the rear camera. I have SWC on mine and have had all sorts of agro getting it to work. I now have it sorted. One problem you may have if you haven't got the steering wheel controls is how to turn up the volume for the sat nav. There is no volume button for the media channel. I found an apk in the Google Play Store that you can use if you break your volume control. So I can now set the volume of the directions. POI files are also easy to add as are speed cameras. Have fun .. Great Choice .. Ps there are some updates on the Blaupunkt website. Might be worth checking you have the latest.

    Blaupunkt Capetown 945 is the same as the Dometic .. I paid £490 for mine ( 2016 ) from a Company in Germany .. You can get them on Amazon for £795

  9. on tinter

    Fitted a Blaupunkt 945 in our Laika and it's been brilliant. Found the code to ROOT it so I could add Google Play Store which is missing. Have now added CoPilot Truck which I have also added to my IPad and Samsung Tab 3. You will be surprised what you can do with it. The Laika has a rear camera and it's own 7" monitor on the dash. The Blaupunkt now displays the route on the monitor when not used for the rear camera. I have SWC on mine and have had all sorts of agro getting it to work. I now have it sorted. One problem you may have if you haven't got the steering wheel controls is how to turn up the volume for the sat nav. There is no volume button for the media channel. I found an apk in the Google Play Store that you can use if you break your volume control. So I can now set the volume of the directions. POI files are also easy to add as are speed cameras. Have fun .. Great Choice .. Ps there are some updates on the Blaupunkt website. Might be worth checking you have the latest.

    Installing  co-pilot what a great idea. I've not done too many journeys yet and I'm more than very happy with the supplied Navigation, but knowing I have that option is good yy

  10. Fitted a Blaupunkt 945 in our Laika and it's been brilliant. Found the code to ROOT it so I could add Google Play Store which is missing. Have now added CoPilot Truck which I have also added to my IPad and Samsung Tab 3. You will be surprised what you can do with it. The Laika has a rear camera and it's own 7" monitor on the dash. The Blaupunkt now displays the route on the monitor when not used for the rear camera. I have SWC on mine and have had all sorts of agro getting it to work. I now have it sorted. One problem you may have if you haven't got the steering wheel controls is how to turn up the volume for the sat nav. There is no volume button for the media channel. I found an apk in the Google Play Store that you can use if you break your volume control. So I can now set the volume of the directions. POI files are also easy to add as are speed cameras. Have fun .. Great Choice .. Ps there are some updates on the Blaupunkt website. Might be worth checking you have the latest.

    Blaupunkt Capetown 945 is the same as the Dometic .. I paid £490 for mine ( 2016 ) from a Company in Germany .. You can get them on Amazon for £795

    Is that DAB? with a CAM44 twin lens camera, fitted?

    If not its not the same thing

  11. Its identical .. Even the software is the same .. All they do with the twin rear view is use the video inputs .. and YES I have a DAB Radio ..

  12. Not a lot of good for junction views then .. The IGO Software shows pictures of junction and lane views .. It does not tell you exactly which lane you should be in. I have played with IGO for a few years. It was installed in an Alpine Sat Nav I had before. The other problem I have with IGO is you cannot tell DORIS not to use local roads or not to use Peage unless it is necessary. DORIS loves taking you down narrow country lanes to save a couple of yards on a journey distance.

  13. Anyone know how the Blaupunkt Columbia 945 compares to a similar Pioneer AVIC F80/88DAB UNIT? Does either have any significant advantages over the other for use in a MH?

  14. Depends if it's a TRUE Android System or just something that uses WinCE with a Looks like Android front end. Difference is vast as you certainly would not be able to put Android Apk files on it and run any other programs. You would also need to check if you can add your own POI files and Speed Camera Database without having to use Third Party Software. Most of these manufacturers have got things set so you cannot get to the file system so you have to use their software at a cost. I managed to find a program that let me into my Alpine Sat Nav. What it did was crash the system by trying to load a file from the SD Card. Once it had crashed you were back to good old WinCE so you could get to the files you wanted to change.

  15. Not a lot of good for junction views then .. The IGO Software shows pictures of junction and lane views .. It does not tell you exactly which lane you should be in. I have played with IGO for a few years. It was installed in an Alpine 920 Sat Nav I had before this one. The other problem I have with IGO is you cannot tell DORIS not to use the local roads or not to use the Peage unless it is necessary. DORIS loves taking you down narrow country lanes to save a couple of yards on a journey distance.

    I have just been planning a route through France from Calais to the Spanish Border near San Sebastian. I tried CoPilot which has worked out a route using a couple of stretches of Peage ( Use Toll Roads if Unavoidable ) without to much fuss. IGO on the other hand with the don't use Peage flag set says that a route is not available.

    Simply select XL Motorhome from the vehicle selection, and use input the weight, height, width and length and it won't take you down county lanes

    Also you can choose to be offered things like tolls and if trailers are connected for example every time to input a destination

    It is expensive, no one is denying it, but at £1500 installed, with a DAB antenna installed, a separate TMC antenna installed, the Weaco twin lens camera installed with the AMP 100, switch box allowing you to toggle between back view and down road view it takes the best part of a day to install, properly.

    As for selecting between rear view and navi, I really don't have an issue pressing a button on the unit to switch between the two, to be honest, I only tend to switch to rear view with I'm driving in built up areas

    The navigation continues with voice commands over all screens as well

    The Pioneer we removed to install the Blaupunkt had a split screen for rear view and navi, but had a stupid warning message across it, and, I couldn't select rear screen only except in reverse.

  16. Its identical .. Even the software is the same .. All they do with the twin rear view is use the video inputs .. and YES I have a DAB Radio ..

    I don't think, but I stand willing to be corrected, the the Cape Town has the same software?

    The home screen on the Columbia has a motorhome icon, which lists all of the Promobil camp sites, and the motorhome software allows you to select small medium large or extra large motorhome from the vehicle list and as I mentioned earlier, allows you to input lots of physical data about your motorhome.

  17. I don't think, but I stand willing to be corrected, the the Cape Town has the same software?

    The home screen on the Columbia has a motorhome icon, which lists all of the Promobil camp sites, and the motorhome software allows you to select small medium large or extra large motorhome from the vehicle list and as I mentioned earlier, allows you to input lots of physical data about your motorhome.

    Hi Eddie.

    I can't find that motorhome icon on mine? Would it be possible perhaps to take a photo of the relevant screen to show where it is? It's perfectly possible I could have missed it as there are so many features there for an old man like me to take in!

    Ta,

    Bob

  18. I don't think, but I stand willing to be corrected, the the Cape Town has the same software?

    The home screen on the Columbia has a motorhome icon, which lists all of the Promobil camp sites, and the motorhome software allows you to select small medium large or extra large motorhome from the vehicle list and as I mentioned earlier, allows you to input lots of physical data about your motorhome.

    Hmmmm .. Looks like you can get a FREE APP for the Promobile camp sites, Once you have it installed on the unit you just put the APP on the front screen.. The Columbia is just Dometic and Blaupunkt getting together. The 945 in whatever guise is a great unit. It is even better with CoPilot Truck installed. The IGO Software has it's limitations one of which is the cost of new maps at £100 a throw. Nicest feature of the Blaupunkt is that you can use any Android based software on it. That is if you can get it to run in the first place. Google Play is missing but can be added easily enough. The base software is the same it's just the little tiny SD card thats got a couple of extras.

    As usual anything with Dometic on it is going to be far more expensive ..

  19. Hmmmm .. Looks like you can get a FREE APP for the Promobile camp sites, Once you have it installed on the unit you just put the APP on the front screen.. The Columbia is just Dometic and Blaupunkt getting together. The 945 in whatever guise is a great unit. It is even better with CoPilot Truck installed. The IGO Software has it's limitations one of which is the cost of new maps at £100 a throw. Nicest feature of the Blaupunkt is that you can use any Android based software on it. That is if you can get it to run in the first place. Google Play is missing but can be added easily enough. The base software is the same it's just the little tiny SD card thats got a couple of extras.

    As usual anything with Dometic on it is going to be far more expensive ..

    The Promobil is on the Navigation home screen not the main app

    How do you input height, length, weight, width etc?

    I agree it's just software, but making programmes for small niche markets such as the motorhome market, in comparison to say, the car market, is expensive.  I'd rather have the motorhome software on my navigation system, in my motorhome.

  20. All they have done is use TRUCK software. Hardly niche market when you see how many trucks use it. Days work for a decent programmer at IGO to add a couple of preset buttons to one of their screen layout theme files ..

    POI file then for Promobil .. Hardly rocket science .. You can add your own if you know your way round the software file system and how to import KML files and Speed Camera txt files rather than keep paying out for IGO products.

    TRUCK software lets you put in exact size of vehicle rather than predefined.

    As I said earlier ,, Great piece of kit .. but not at Dometic Prices 😮

    The CoPilot TRUCK software iwhich I have added is in my opinion far better and lets you input POI files in TomTom Ov2 format with a small bitmap picture file also. It also has FREE map updates and fixed speed camera database.

  21. All they have done is use TRUCK software. Hardly niche market when you see how many trucks use it. Days work for a decent programmer at IGO to add a couple of preset buttons to one of their screen layout theme files ..

    POI file then for Promobil .. Hardly rocket science .. You can add your own if you know your way round the software file system and how to import KML files and Speed Camera txt files rather than keep paying out for IGO products.

    TRUCK software lets you put in exact size of vehicle rather than predefined.

    As I said earlier ,, Great piece of kit .. but not at Dometic Prices 😮

    The CoPilot TRUCK software iwhich I have added is in my opinion far better and lets you input POI files in TomTom Ov2 format with a small bitmap picture file also. It also has FREE map updates and fixed speed camera database.

    That's great if you can.

    So we established that the two systems aren't identical

    I'll get you a price for the Motorhome software if you like so you can upgrade your car   Software?

  22. Whats the point .. The CoPilot TRUCK software is much better .. If I wanted the IGO TRUCK software I can just download it from the Internet (y)

    Other things you could try ..

    Connect the Blaupunkt to an external monitor. I have a rear view display fitted by Laika so the Blaupunkt displays the Sat Nav information when not in reverse on the monitor. Nice having two displays to see where you are going.

    If you ever come across one with SWC ( Steering Wheel Controls ) fitted I do hope that Dometic have solved the problem with the Fiat Canbus ? .. I did eventually find a unit that worked but kept getting the dreaded flashing mileage display indicating that the CanBus software had found something it didn't like. Managed to sort it eventually 😎

  23. @QFour Non techy types like me haven't understood much of what you have said :blush: Which is probably why I'm much happier buying the kit and having it professionally installed.  But if ever i'm feeling brave  If I ever want to find the root code, play with the canbus (whatever that is) break my volume control or add to the 44 countries mapping thats already included.  I'll be shouting for R2D2. 🙂   Meanwhile I'm more than happy with the setup as is.

  24. Hi Eddie.

    I can't find that motorhome icon on mine? Would it be possible perhaps to take a photo of the relevant screen to show where it is? It's perfectly possible I could have missed it as there are so many features there for an old man like me to take in!

    Ta,

    Bob

    We'll call you Monday

  25. I agree with you Jim. Really pleased with my system, again fitted by Vanbitz. With regard to the volume control of the sat nav, I found if you just turn the main knob that normally controls the radio volume whilst the sat nav is 'speaking', this controls the sat nav volume.

  26. I have the Pioneer in my van and I'm very impressed with it. It's the second one I've had and I'll be fitting one in my next van. Navigation is spot on in my opinion.

    Can't comment on the Blaupunkt but it is good gear.

  27. I agree with you Jim. Really pleased with my system, again fitted by Vanbitz. With regard to the volume control of the sat nav, I found if you just turn the main knob that normally controls the radio volume whilst the sat nav is 'speaking', this controls the sat nav volume.

    You can also change the volume in the speech settings where you pick the voices. You can do the same if you have steering wheel controls you just have to time it when DORIS is saying something. The new version of the software which I have just installed lets DORIS speak even if the radio volume is turned right down. They used to be some form of link between the voice and the sound. Lower the sound lower the voice.

  28. Can you download any other apps without play store?

    Can you install APKs from a memory card?

    I have put Playstore on mine. Found a post from someone who had contacted Blaupunkt. You do have to root the unit to do it but it all worked well. Mine logs onto the house WiFi so I can download other apps. They don't all work though. Blaupunkt is Android 4.1. Found a Speed App that sits over the Sat Nav and displays large speed which can be changed to KPH. I have also added CoPilot Truck and got that working. Yes you can add APK's from memory stick.

  29. I have put Playstore on mine. Found a post from someone who had contacted Blaupunkt. You do have to root the unit to do it but it all worked well. Mine logs onto the house WiFi so I can download other apps. They don't all work though. Blaupunkt is Android 4.1. Found a Speed App that sits over the Sat Nav and displays large speed which can be changed to KPH. I have also added CoPilot Truck and got that working. Yes you can add APK's from memory stick.

    So if you dont want to root it you can transfer the apk on a memory stick.

  30. I currently have a Blaupunkt single din dab radio and am seriously considering going for a Capetown and putting my favorite Tomtom Go on it. And it sounds like I can do this if I either get the Tomtom APK on via USB or I root it and add it via play store.

    A nice feature on the blaupunkt stuff is the hour timer so you wont flatten your battery.

    Having a panel van conversion aoI dont have the need for a truck nav system. I already have a rear camera that I'm happy with so I think I will go to my local Blaupunkt agent Autosound as they are only local to me.

    Now I need to find somewhere to add rear speakers. I have thought about adding a bluetooth adapter to the rear audio output then just have a bluetooth set up for the rear. Any suggestions would be greatfully accepted.

  31. You cannot stream music via Bluetooth from the Blaupunkt Capetown. The bluetooth settings on the unit don't recognise the device, I have tried it. If you are thinking of fitting one you will need to do a bit of dash surgery. I used a Dremel. I fitted a double din cage to hold the unit. It is also easier if you remove the top lid part. I have sorted mine so it's only held in place with two screws and some velcro. If you have a separate monitor for your camera you can link the Blaupunkt to it and have TWO Screens. The IGO Software is not bad.

  32. My twopenneth…

    These tidy "everything in one" units are all fine and dandy…. but a screen failure, electrical or software glitch/issue for example….

    Then you got nowt!.. 😉

  33. My twopenneth…

    These tidy "everything in one" units are all fine and dandy…. but a screen failure, electrical or software glitch/issue for example….

    Then you got nowt!.. 😉

    I'll let you know when a Columbia fails lol

  34. You cannot stream music via Bluetooth from the Blaupunkt Capetown. The bluetooth settings on the unit don't recognise the device

    I woud be adding a bluetooth adapter to the rear audio outputs so it wont be a problem

  35. My twopenneth…

    These tidy "everything in one" units are all fine and dandy…. but a screen failure, electrical or software glitch/issue for example….

    Then you got nowt!.. 😉

    But surely that can be said of any tech based products these days, which are all dependent on said h/w and s/w components? You can always carry a spare satnav just in case.

    Or just stick with a road atlas and a wind up radio?  😉

  36. My twopenneth…

    These tidy "everything in one" units are all fine and dandy…. but a screen failure, electrical or software glitch/issue for example….

    Then you got nowt!.. 😉

    That may be true of a chinese ebay eonon but I have run a JVC head unit for 6 years. My Jag is 8 years old and everything runs through a touchscreen, satnav, radio, phone, aircon, cd changer and the screen works as new still

  37. You can always carry a spare satnav just in case.

      😉

    That was my point… more "stuff".. 😉

    So why not just stick with a sat-nav, radio, r-camera and smart phone..

    Or as you say.. paper 😉

  38. That was my point… more "stuff".. 😉

    So why not just stick with a sat-nav, radio, r-camera and smart phone..

    Or as you say.. paper 😉

    Where do you keep the food for the horses that pull your "horse a home"

  39. I'll let you know when a Columbia fails lol

    Since using sat-navs… I've had 3 or 4 touch screen units fail.. (always the screen) all Garmin mind!.. but all external… open to elements motorcycle units ….

    Be careful what you wish for 😉

    Also i'm so skint/tight that I cannot justify replacing existing servicable seperate units … but i'm sure I'll join the club at some point when singles no longer exist 😉

  40. Where do you keep the food for the horses that pull your "horse a home"

    In a nose bag of course.. :rofl::rofl: and made from good old Hemp 😉

  41. Since using sat-navs… I've had 3 or 4 touch screen units fail.. (always the screen) all Garmin mind!.. but all external… open to elements motorcycle units ….

    Be careful what you wish for 😉

    Also i'm so skint/tight that I cannot justify replacing existing servicable seperate units … but i'm sure I'll join the club at some point when singles no longer exist 😉

    What are you doing to them, I've had my Garmin Zumo for the motorbike for over a decade without issue, our Camper unit is a few years old now, we also have some other older Garmin which is largely neglected but still works if needed??

    Maybe its your aura or something! 🙂

  42. What are you doing to them, I've had my Garmin Zumo for the motorbike for over a decade without issue, our Camper unit is a few years old now, we also have some other older Garmin which is largely neglected but still works if needed??

    Maybe its your aura or something! 🙂

    Perhaps 365 usage had something to do with it 😉

  43. I have an old Android Samsung that still worked but was a bit lacking on memory and had been replaced by an IPad. Bit of searching on the Internet has come up with CoPilot Truck and IGO Myway ( Truck ) both of which work very well. So if everything goes South we have a backup or two or three.

    CoPilot Truck also works on the Blaupunkt but it uses the same sound channel as the radio and there is a bit of a delay so you seem to miss the very first bit of the instruction. Built in IGO Software does not have this problem.

    @jezport .. Good idea not thought of doing it that way. Number of units on the internet that might be worth a look.

  44. I have an old Android Samsung that still worked but was a bit lacking on memory and had been replaced by an IPad. Bit of searching on the Internet has come up with CoPilot Truck and IGO Myway ( Truck ) both of which work very well. So if everything goes South we have a backup or two or three.

    CoPilot Truck also works on the Blaupunkt but it uses the same sound channel as the radio and there is a bit of a delay so you seem to miss the very first bit of the instruction. Built in IGO Software does not have this problem.

    @jezport .. Good idea not thought of doing it that way. Number of units on the internet that might be worth a look.

    I just looked online and the Europe version is £120 – plus and extra £10 for traffic updates

    Did I miss something?

  45. OK then. There are 2 card slots on the front of the head unit, One for the map, the other for a micro memory card. Now heres a big question. If you write the tomtom go APK to a card and put it in the map card slot will it run?

    Heres another question. Are Blaupunkt going to update the Android operating system is a very old version 4.1?

    And a final question. the mirrorlink works by plugging in the HDMI socket on the rear, will a chromecast dongle work if plugged in. This would then give wireless mirror link.

    I am very tempted to buy one but need more info first

  46. Can anyone help or suggest where I might be going wrong with the way I’m using my Colombia?

    First off I couldn’t enter the motorhome dimensions, and the motorhome icon on the nav screen didn’t actually do anything at all. I contacted Vanbitz who were very helpful and said that some of the navigation simcards supplied appeared to have the motorhome facility omitted so they would (at great cost to them as they had to fund the purchase of a new card then reclaim the cost when the old card was sent back) replace it. The new card arrived quickly and I thought that would sort out the difficulties I was having using the navigation facility but I still have some problems.

    I can now enter the dimensions of my motorhome which I couldn’t do before, but I don’t seem to have any database of campsites that I can access other than stelleplatzes on the continent. The motorhome icon on the main nav screen still does nothing at all. Help! What am I doing wrong? I have this horrible feeling that I am missing something really obvious in the way I am using the unit, although I am reasonably good with technology. Do any of you chaps out there who have similar units know what I might be doing wrong or is the new sim card still faulty?

  47. You can input your own POI's but you need to know your way round the IGO Software and how to use Android File System. The campsite database will be just a lot of campsites that are available and not necessarily CAMC or CCC sites.

    You get into the file system by going to the MyFiles App or whatever they have called it. It will then give you a file system like you see on a computer.

    If your not happy take it back and get it fixed it's a lot of money to pay for something that's not working as it should. Whoever supplied it should be able to fix it.

    The small button at the top of the screen should take you to the Navi Program. This is fixed and will always go to that location. If the large button on the main screen does not it may need the software installing so that the Blaupunkt knows where all the files are. The button you seen on the screen is like the Icon on a computer screen. You press it it takes you to the program. Changing programs has upset it.

    You could of course ask for a replacement …..

  48. Never having used the system, I can offer no help, only perhaps some obvious options…
    1) Persevere with product documentation/online resources and hope you can sort it yourself?
    2) Test the Blaupunkt customer support facilities and see if they can sort it for you?
    3) An excuse for a meander down to Vanbitz, let them have a look at it to verify / walk you through the settings etc, kind of like their version of the "Apple Genius Bar" (I'm assuming you acquired it from Vanbitz for option 3)? 🙂

  49. BobtheBass

    Can anyone help or suggest where I might be going wrong with the way I'm using my Colombia?

    First off I couldn't enter the motorhome dimensions, and the motorhome icon on the nav screen didn't actually do anything at all. I contacted Vanbitz who were very helpful and said that some of the navigation simcards supplied appeared to have the motorhome facility omitted so they would (at great cost to them as they had to fund the purchase of a new card then reclaim the cost when the old card was sent back) replace it. The new card arrived quickly and I thought that would sort out the difficulties I was having using the navigation facility but I still have some problems.

    I can now enter the dimensions of my motorhome which I couldn't do before, but I don't seem to have any database of campsites that I can access other than stelleplatzes on the continent. The motorhome icon on the main nav screen still does nothing at all. Help! What am I doing wrong? I have this horrible feeling that I am missing something really obvious in the way I am using the unit, although I am reasonably good with technology. Do any of you chaps out there who have similar units know what I might be doing wrong or is the new sim card still faulty?

    Ash has sent you a email with a step by step to search campsites

  50. There are two versions of this system ..

    Blaupunkt Capetown 945 which does not have the Hight and Width
    Blaupunkt Columbia 945 which does have Hight and Width

    Blaupunkt Columbia 945 is available from Dometic and Blaupunkt Capetown 945 is available from everywhere. Trouble is somewhere along the line Dometic products have got the software mixed up.

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