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Message posted by Monty1522/3/2021 at 6:50pm
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Not sure about the caravan dedicated ones, but some car route finder apps (Navmii for sure) can be used perfectly OK offline if you download the map data to phone memory. Only need to hang on to the GPS signal, which can get flakey amongst tall buildings!

If you use TomTom's mydrive online route planner, you can select vehicle type (car plus caravan, motorhome, etc., enter dimensions, max speed etc., then download the route via your a/c to an ordinary TomTom car type sat nav, just remember to turn off automatic re-routing on unit to avoid delays etc. or it will overwrite your caravan/motorhome route with an ordinary car route!
https://mydrive.tomtom.com/en_gb/#mode=viewport+viewport=54.60195,-3.30773,4.85,0,-0+ver=3

It may not be the perfect solution, but it at least gives a caravan/motorhome friendly route the same as a dedicated unit would.

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Message posted by stirkmeister via mobile 22/3/2021 at 8:47pm
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Quote: Originally posted by Monty15 on 22/3/2021
Not sure about the caravan dedicated ones, but some car route finder apps (Navmii for sure) can be used perfectly OK offline if you download the map data to phone memory. Only need to hang on to the GPS signal, which can get flakey amongst tall buildings!

If you use TomTom's mydrive online route planner, you can select vehicle type (car plus caravan, motorhome, etc., enter dimensions, max speed etc., then download the route via your a/c to an ordinary TomTom car type sat nav, just remember to turn off automatic re-routing on unit to avoid delays etc. or it will overwrite your caravan/motorhome route with an ordinary car route!
https://mydrive.tomtom.com/en_gb/#mode=viewport+viewport=54.60195,-3.30773,4.85,0,-0+ver=3

It may not be the perfect solution, but it at least gives a caravan/motorhome friendly route the same as a dedicated unit would.



Thanks Monty15. Iíll have a look at it.

Message posted by mnlatham22/3/2021 at 9:35pm
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Hi we use an Aguri 520 camper version. Been through France and Spain with no issues.

Message posted by cliffbrown23/3/2021 at 7:01am
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A little pointer, I dont drive abroad so cant help in that respect. because of covid there hasnt been a map update for Garmin since about last July, I hope this will be addressed soon.
Anyway, I had had a Tom Tom with camper maps and currently have a Garmin.
the Garmin (760 camper) has a mount which you leave attached to the dash etc. there is a button underneath which allows it to be removed and taken away or stored out of sight. I also use mine for work and am taking it off and on all day long, the Tom Toms socket failed with the continual removal and I had to have it repaired, after the second time I binned it.
Tom Tom no longer allow custom POIs (points of interest) so you cant add club site POIs, aftermarket speed camera alerts etc.
As for Garmin the Digital Traffic Service comes to a halt from June 2021, my Garmin has the older Traffic service (RDS-FM), just a point if you are specifically looking at these features.

As for any sat nav they are only as good as the people that program them, I havnt tried in a while but they used to take you via Sutton Bank if going from Thirsk to Scarborough

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Message posted by iank0123/3/2021 at 7:15am
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Quote: Originally posted by cliffbrown on 23/3/2021
A little pointer, I dont drive abroad so cant help in that respect. because of covid there hasnt been a map update for Garmin since about last July, I hope this will be addressed soon.
Anyway, I had had a Tom Tom with camper maps and currently have a Garmin.
the Garmin (760 camper) has a mount which you leave attached to the dash etc. there is a button underneath which allows it to be removed and taken away or stored out of sight. I also use mine for work and am taking it off and on all day long, the Tom Toms socket failed with the continual removal and I had to have it repaired, after the second time I binned it.
Tom Tom no longer allow custom POIs (points of interest) so you cant add club site POIs, aftermarket speed camera alerts etc.
As for Garmin the Digital Traffic Service comes to a halt from June 2021, my Garmin has the older Traffic service (RDS-FM), just a point if you are specifically looking at these features.

As for any sat nav they are only as good as the people that program them, I havnt tried in a while but they used to take you via Sutton Bank if going from Thirsk to Scarborough



We have the new TomTom Go Camper purchased last month from TomTom and no issue adding your own POIs. Speed camera alerts are updated regularly so no issue there. We tried a Garmin and did not like it so went back to TomTom.   Never had any issue with the mount on any previous TomTom we have had.

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Message posted by Kelper23/3/2021 at 9:04am
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Quote: Originally posted by iank01 on 22/3/2021
Quote: Originally posted by alan29 on 22/3/2021
If you are towing make sure you have a map. Satnavs have a habit of directing you down single track lanes to save 100 yards off the journey.



If it is a dedicated Go Camper Satnav and you have entered the correct dimensions of your outfit this will not happen.




Message posted by Kelper23/3/2021 at 9:06am
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My Garmin, dedicated caravan/motor home sat nav took me to lots of impossible places ....

The new model ... not tested ... but my two year old one is far from perfect!

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Message posted by lidds0 via mobile 25/3/2021 at 8:43am
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Quote: Originally posted by barry915 on 21/3/2021
I have a TomTomCamper version and itís very good, free lifetime maps and traffic alerts
Bought it from Tomtom direct as it was the cheapest option and it came with a free case



£379.99?!

Message posted by barry91525/3/2021 at 10:22pm
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Hi lidds0
I paid £289.99 last year including a discount of £109.99 and included a free carry case worth about £25
I went on line to their chat page to ask about some technical information for the Camper version and they offered me the discounted price.
Perhaps they saw that I was really interested and had the potential to buy , who knows?

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Message posted by jjgderbyshire26/3/2021 at 9:13am
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I stick with Tom Tom. Tried Garmin once and it went back to Halfrauds within a month. I also bought a cheap one on eBay for towing and supposed to be popular with lorry drivers. That was sent back pretty quick. All I would advise is to plan your route with a good road map. I have had some interesting times negotiating some very challenging roads while towing a 1500kg caravan.

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Before we had onboard SatNav, I used to use Navmii, with downloaded maps on an Android phone. It looks as if google maps is downloadable; while Here Wego uses the same maps etc as VW group cars (itís actually made by Nokia). The technology has come on leaps and bounds, but Iíd still check any route that isnít obvious before setting out if towing, just in case of shortcuts.

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Message posted by stirkmeister via mobile 26/3/2021 at 8:08pm
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