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Message posted by dusters20/3/2017 at 5:38pm
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Hi members , does any one have good or bad reviews on the sat navs specially 4 caravans & motorhomers. if so worth the cost or not?

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Message posted by blueexpo9720/3/2017 at 6:32pm
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Various posts here might be worth a look.

ps phil, no text speak please.

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Message posted by Hairywol21/3/2017 at 5:19pm
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I had a bad experience with car satnav while trying to get to Eskdale from the NE coast, following which I invested in a Garmin Camper satnav, into which one programs one's car/van or camper dimensions and its supposed to keep you clear of unsuitable roads.

Frankly, I wouldn't bother again as it often deems unsuitable roads as fine. Nice big 7" screen though.

A bit of planning with Google Maps does the trick.

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We have a Snooper 5800, use it mainly for the camera and we navigate to sites with maps or local knowledge. Technology is good but I wouldn't rely on it, the wife does most of the towing and prefers me to guide us, as required.

Message posted by chrisn722/3/2017 at 1:35pm
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Quote: Originally posted by Hairywol on 21/3/2017
I had a bad experience with car satnav while trying to get to Eskdale from the NE coast, following which I invested in a Garmin Camper satnav, into which one programs one's car/van or camper dimensions and its supposed to keep you clear of unsuitable roads.

Frankly, I wouldn't bother again as it often deems unsuitable roads as fine. Nice big 7" screen though.

A bit of planning with Google Maps does the trick.



I had exactly the same experience with the Garmin Camper 660. I rang Garmin, and they suggested amending the vehicle profile. Instead of entering the strictly correct dimensions, enter for example a typical HGV width, height etc, to fool the device into working with a larger vehicle.


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Message posted by bessie50022/3/2017 at 2:56pm
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I have a garmin camper 760 lmt, with live traffic and maps for life, 7" screen i'm planning on selling it as its a bit to big for my car windscreen.

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Message posted by jonnmedds23/3/2017 at 4:14pm
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We have the TomTom via 125 which came with a car map. However, we've updated it with the TomTom camper maps for Europe which are great. I'm assuming you can update any TomTom device with the camper maps.

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Quote: Originally posted by jonnmedds on 23/3/2017
We have the TomTom via 125 which came with a car map. However, we've updated it with the TomTom camper maps for Europe which are great. I'm assuming you can update any TomTom device with the camper maps.



We have done the same and its been pretty reliable.

However Jonnmedds is right to put a note of caution as there are some new models of TomTom that won't accept the Camper Maps. Before committing to buying I would suggest a visit to the TomTom website to investigate. A further confusion is that some models of the same name might take the maps and other won't so be careful.

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Message posted by bessie50023/3/2017 at 10:13pm
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I had a tom tom go live 5000 which is a brilliant unit, but Tomtom camper maps wouldn't work, they've actually scrapped the camper model now

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Message posted by Les TW24/3/2017 at 11:39am
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I have a Garmin Zumo 660, used mainly on my motorbike, and in the car.

If I plot a route in 'Mapsource' I can select 'Truck' as my means of transport, so no problems with too narrow roads.

However, when using it in the car, and selecting 'Car' as my vehicle, as long the unit settings are on 'Fastest' and not 'Shortest' I've never been guided up narrow lanes.

The only thing to watch out for is low bridges.

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I have tried several satnavs and I have to say Google Maps is the best hand down! Just buy a phone holder from google and you will have the best satnav ever! Accurate ETA and tells you about the traffic etc

Message posted by Les TW24/3/2017 at 3:37pm
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Do you not need an internet connection with Google Maps?

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Am I right in thinking that the laws on satnavs are changing,Sure I read somewhere that it will be illegal to use a car satnav when towing or driving a vehicle that the satnav is not specifically built for.
i could have dreamt it ((been on strong painkillers lately,so been a bit hazy))LOL

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Message posted by Les TW25/3/2017 at 10:41am
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The nearest I've heard to this is a suggested clampdown on LGV drivers using car or phone satnavs. To try and prevent them getting stuck under bridges, down country lanes, or as happened recently in a village near me, knocking half a house down..


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