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Hi all with our present satnav has sent us where caravans shouldn't go in uk and france. So my partner now less interested in touring in Europe. we have seen the advert for caravan club satnav specifically to use with caravans or campervan. Has any 1 got 1 or any 1 know of reviews anywhere ?

We have been told others on the market saying they do the same do not works !!! again any feedback would be good.

 

At the moment this is stopping us from booking next years holiday

 

help please or it the uk for me

 

kind regards toanda

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We have one and it took us through Germany and Austria last year and found nine sites for us only getting it wrong once in Austria where it seemed to have the wrong post code. Having had a sat nav that took us down some very narrow roads with the caravan on the back and a navigator [me] who has done the same OH happily relies on it now. People on here have said it is expensive and that there are cheaper options but we are very happy with it and wouldn't change it.

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Having managed pretty well without specialist sat navs for years I decided to update my TomTom Start 60 with the camper maps. I am of the view that there is no such thing as a completely fool proof sat nav! The problem occurs when the sat nav considers a road suitable when you would personally prefer a better road. I would be interested to know from anyone with one of these special caravanning sat navs whether they set off for their destination without checking the route? I tend always to run through a route and add way marks if I am not happy with the way I am being taken.

 

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The only one I have found works is the recent factory fit one from ford (had it in an smax). Brilliant.

Had a mode for trailer - and then asked if big or small

Also had a mode for roof rack/load - yes/no

After clicking that it adjusted the time eta and route.

If it could get one of those in a portable unit, then I'd be there as my current merc one is useless!

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My Navigon has served us well and is a lot easier to programme than the Snooper we had. Sold it on fleabay but I think they might have improved them. Very expensive for what you get.

Sadly no van anymore but 35 years was a good run

John

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Bit more background reading here.

 

http://www. caravantalk. co. uk/community/topic/90375-route-planning-using-a-satnav-tomtom-or-garmin-760lmt-d/

 

Although I am considering a SatNav that allows input of vehicle size I will NEVER rely on it to be fully accurate. My (almost made) decision to go for the Garmin 760LMT-D is firstly because I can plan and check and import my routes from Tyre or Google Maps. I can also plan using the Garmin software BaseCamp. This ensures I am taken where I want to go and not lead blindly along by a clever but NOT infallible SatNav.

 

The main reason I'm prepared to pay more for a dedicated unit is the size of the screen. This particular device has, though, many other "goodies"!

 

If TomTom had not removed Itinerary planning external to the device I would have stayed with them but NOT with a dedicated Caravan device.

 

Read and take note of what Kyne so wisely points out above but don't abandon a holiday on the grounds of no trusted SatNav - none of them are totally trustworthy.

 

You will read how forum members have relied on their particular model and never been let down. Perhaps if they asked for another route then the Achilles heel would be found and finding yourself at a dead end in a housing estate in France is not funny - I've been there and, at the time, shared the bit of road with the dustbin cart!

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John

 

My Start 60 has a 6 inch screen which is brillient. I have never been keen on Garmin (probably unjustifiably so) since having to buy a make shift model in France when I managed to mess up my TomTom. I never got on with it. I am sure the higher models are much better. I fully accept that my Start 60 is not as flexible as even my old 710 was. One downside is that you can't really plan and save a route in advance so you have to do it before you leave for the journey. Given those restrictions it has served us pretty well.

 

David

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We have the TomTom Camper and Caravan and find it very good.

 

Not cocked up yet.

 

The only problem with TomTom at the minute is they have brought out some software called My Drive which connects the unit and the PC.

 

It replaces My TomTom which worked perfectly well.

 

My Drive is dire and is causing a lot of problems for a lot of people,me included.

 

Ian

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We have the TomTom Camper and Caravan and find it very good.

 

Not cocked up yet.

 

The only problem with TomTom at the minute is they have brought out some software called My Drive which connects the unit and the PC.

 

It replaces My TomTom which worked perfectly well.

 

My Drive is dire and is causing a lot of problems for a lot of people,me included.

 

Ian

What I would love is for them to allow you to update your existing Tom Tom to pick up the camper mode. Surely just a software and map update. I'd pay for it too, as it old b&e cheaper than a new unit. We have a start 25 with European maps and it works wonders
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What I would love is for them to allow you to update your existing Tom Tom to pick up the camper mode. Surely just a software and map update. I'd pay for it too, as it old b&e cheaper than a new unit. We have a start 25 with European maps and it works wonders

 

Milky,

 

I think you can,see:-

 

http://uk. support. tomtom. com/app/answers/detail/a_id/16185

 

It specifically mentions the Start 20 series as being compatible with the Camper & Caravan mapping.

 

Ian

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Milky,

 

I think you can,see:-

 

http://uk. support. tomtom. com/app/answers/detail/a_id/16185

 

It specifically mentions the Start 20 series as being compatible with the Camper & Caravan mapping.

 

Ian

Thanks Ian. Didn't realise. Just checked and its £80!!!
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thanks all for the replies, yes the caravan club sat nav is more expensive to strat with but has life time !!!! free updates. Yet something else to consider ?

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I have the SNOOPER DB8500 which is very similar to the CC club caravan version.

It is more than a Sat Nav so its a bit pricey mine was £460. 00 but as I drive a Large Good Vehicle it is invaluable to me.

The version I have allows you to input and store the vehicles profile i. e height weight and width. As you may know there are numerous low bridges and weight restrictions throughout the UK and Europe.

Best policy is use it as a aide to driving and not to become totally reliant as things can go wrong if you do.

I also use this version for my caravan too and it provides details of caravan sites from CC and ACSi, but the official caravan and motorhome version will have every one from these to providers.

Best bit for me is that it links to the cars speaker system and you get crystal clear guidance and also its 7 inch screen makes it easier to see in a lorry!

Also whilst waiting to unload I can watch Digital TV through it. :D

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John

 

My Start 60 has a 6 inch screen which is brillient. I have never been keen on Garmin (probably unjustifiably so) since having to buy a make shift model in France when I managed to mess up my TomTom. I never got on with it. I am sure the higher models are much better. I fully accept that my Start 60 is not as flexible as even my old 710 was. One downside is that you can't really plan and save a route in advance so you have to do it before you leave for the journey. Given those restrictions it has served us pretty well.

 

David

David - Your start 60 will allow you to put the camping and caravan maps on it. Would that solve things?
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I think it's important to remember sat navs are an aid to journey planning and shouldn't just be followed blindly. I always review the sat nav route before setting out and any potentially tricky areas I'll check out on Google Street View.

 

It's usually only the final approach to a site where you may encounter problems, once you've come off the main roads.

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WE have a Snooper S6000 Venturalite, big screen, similar to the CC sat nav. Nearly got lost in France, but that was operator error. Other than that it has always got us where we have intended going. I paid for life time updates last year. Its shows Camper stop, ACSI,Bord Atlas, with over 20000campsites in 31 countries and the caravan club sites and C&CC sites. I have already set it up for all 5 site where we are going this year in France. Personally I would recommend it. It even shows you a photo of the site entrance.

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The advert, in this February's CC magazine, for the Snooper satnav makes the following comment:-

 

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Routes you to CC sites,CL's, Caravan Europe and more

No postcode or coordinates required- just choose the site you want to visit and go

 

unquote

 

Does this mean it follows the CC preferred route to the site or CL?

 

They did say, some time ago, they would programme the preferred routes.

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The advert, in this February's CC magazine, for the Snooper satnav makes the following comment:-

 

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Routes you to CC sites,CL's, Caravan Europe and more

No postcode or coordinates required- just choose the site you want to visit and go

 

unquote

 

Does this mean it follows the CC preferred route to the site or CL?

 

They did say, some time ago, they would programme the preferred routes.

I dont know but I hope the CC has corrected the errors with some their POIs as some take you to the address of the owner of the CL and not its location and this be quite troublesome.

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I dont know but I hope the CC has corrected the errors with some their POIs as some take you to the address of the owner of the CL and not its location and this be quite troublesome.

We always get the book out before we approach the site we are going to as we still don't trust the satnav. If you look in the book they often say don't trust it. If the instructions are based on the post code then that can cover a considerable distance either side of the site. I know as I used to deliver flowers when I retired and in the country post codes were often useless!!!

Sadly no van anymore but 35 years was a good run

John

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As said do not fully trust any sat Nav as these sat nabs for larger vehicles will only contain information on bridge heights and maximum axle weights and road width barriers they do not contain the information on road widths .

 

 

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You don't need to spend a lot of money on the Snooper satnav as you can download thousands of campsites for nearly any unit from here.

Thats what I have done on my Navigon and it gets us to them all.

Sadly no van anymore but 35 years was a good run

John

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The advert, in this February's CC magazine, for the Snooper satnav makes the following comment:-

 

Quote

 

Routes you to CC sites,CL's, Caravan Europe and more

No postcode or coordinates required- just choose the site you want to visit and go

 

unquote

 

Does this mean it follows the CC preferred route to the site or CL?

Not tried it CL's as we have not used one, but it has taken us to the CC sites as recommended by the CC book.

They did say, some time ago, they would programme the preferred routes.

 

The advert, in this February's CC magazine, for the Snooper satnav makes the following comment:-

 

Quote

 

Routes you to CC sites,CL's, Caravan Europe and more

No postcode or coordinates required- just choose the site you want to visit and go

 

unquote

 

Does this mean it follows the CC preferred route to the site or CL?

Not tried it CL's as we have not used one, but it has taken us to the CC sites as recommended by the CC book.

They did say, some time ago, they would programme the preferred routes.

 

I can't speak for CL's as we have not used one, but it has taken us to CC sites on the CC book recommended route.

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