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Can anyone point me to existing threads or recommend a SatNav that is geared towards MH owners ? As a novice my biggest fear driving our new MH is ending up down a country road either too narrow or with a height restriction. I am told there are Sat Navs on the market where you can enter the dims of your vehicle ? THks
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yes it's a real pain :roll: . i don't know of anything on a standard tom tom. Maybe on commercial vehicle versions - may get expensive, though :roll: ?
Sat Nav's

Hi. We have a Snooper Syrius Truckmate which we have found really great. You enter vehicle height, width, etc. and so far so good we haven't been sent anywhere really unsuitable. We do get the Sat Nav's knickers in a twist occasionally by changing our mind and going our own way using a map, but it will always come back on track to guide us through. Not the cheapest kid on the block, but the best one we have found having had Navman and Tom Tom as well.
snooper ventura new out bit pricey but you enter height weight etc and it steers you away from in accessible roads, also comes with list campsites pre installed
Hi

We were looking at one such device at the recent Peterborough show, can't remember the specific name of the unit although the supplier was RAM mobile electronics who specialise i think in motorhome equipment, the price was £599. If you google RAM mobile electronics i am sure you will find it.
We were thinking of getting one, it also had loads of european campsites listed, ACSI ones i think, but not definite, had a little play with it on the stand as they had a display one, it seemed quite straightforward to use.

Paul n Caz.
Have found a site that does add-on software for your standard sat-nav which uploads low bridge info etc onto your current sat-nav. Haven't tried it yet cos my satnav is knackered at the moment but its only £20 so worth a try!

http://www.hgvsolutions.com/sales_tomtom.htm
An alternative is a small laptop (I use an ASUS Eee) with PC Navigator there's a European version as well that goes as far as Turkey.

You could even buy a laptop and the software for what some dedicated units are charging. Has loads of features like campsites on and you can load POI's from an excel database - change the database and it's automatically changed on the satnav.

I've used the non-truck version and found it excellent.

:)
Keith
Snooper Ventura is the way to go. Search around on here, it has been covered in the GPS forum a bit.
We have got one and are also new to MH, only picked ours up last THursday. I have never bothered with satnav before but like you felt the need with the MH. This unit is great with loadsa useful features and driving home was less stressful useing it.
We bought ours through ebay for about £375. Expensive yes but does the job we want. If you want anymore info PM me.

Cheers

Paul
It looks an interesting unit - can you download your own POIs into it?

:)
Keith
parish said:
Can anyone point me to existing threads or recommend a SatNav that is geared towards MH owners ? As a novice my biggest fear driving our new MH is ending up down a country road either too narrow or with a height restriction. I am told there are Sat Navs on the market where you can enter the dims of your vehicle ? THks
The problem with Snooper Truckmate or Ventrura is they don't let you input destinations by Lat/Long, nor can you download POI's. That is a major drawback for anyone that say uses the MHF campsite database or any of Aires books where exact directions or addresses are somewhat spartan.

Although I'm not sure but I don't think you can enter full 7 digit postcodes. Perhaps a few owners can correct me on this.

I emailed Snooper last week asking for an up to date position as I understand that they intend to release a new version of firmware that will allow Lat/Long entry and POI downloads but as of today they haven't replied.

Great piece of kit but needs a bit more functionality before its becomes of real value to MH'ers

Other than the aformentioned there doesn't appear to be any GPS systems that cater specifically for motorhomes.

Pete
SatNav for a motorhome

I have a Garmin 250W and generally it is very good with a wide screen but occasionally it gets us into trouble. It is usually at the start and near the end of the journey as I think that the system works first on shortest distance between 2 points and ignores low bridges, narrow roads etc . I always plan the route first and am prepared to change the system recommended route.
I heard that Garmin are going to produce a lorry friendly version next year so that may be the answer.
Bob
Vennwood said:
parish said:
Can anyone point me to existing threads or recommend a SatNav that is geared towards MH owners ? As a novice my biggest fear driving our new MH is ending up down a country road either too narrow or with a height restriction. I am told there are Sat Navs on the market where you can enter the dims of your vehicle ? THks
The problem with Snooper Truckmate or Ventrura is they don't let you input destinations by Lat/Long, nor can you download POI's. That is a major drawback for anyone that say uses the MHF campsite database or any of Aires books where exact directions or addresses are somewhat spartan.

Although I'm not sure but I don't think you can enter full 7 digit postcodes. Perhaps a few owners can correct me on this.

I emailed Snooper last week asking for an up to date position as I understand that they intend to release a new version of firmware that will allow Lat/Long entry and POI downloads but as of today they haven't replied.

Great piece of kit but needs a bit more functionality before its becomes of real value to MH'ers

Other than the aformentioned there doesn't appear to be any GPS systems that cater specifically for motorhomes.

Pete
Just heard back from Snooper and they have no plans to include Lat/Long "in the near future" - shame really
Hi.
We have a Garmin Street pilot a bit old but with loads of functions, but now needs the maps updating for which you have to pay! :cry: .

So erindoors had some Argos vouchers given so we cashed them in against a Tom Tom XL with Euorope maps and loads of other stuff among which you can load down for free, warnings for roads with height restrictions, restricted access and such.

As far as going blindly where it or the Garmin says I learnt early on, look down the road if it looks narrow or iffy ignore it and carry on it will eventually recalculate a road that looks more acceptable, this is what we do now and so far we have not been caught out even in Portugal!.

Ray
Maplins have a Pro Nav at £199.00 online. Looks good
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