We use a Garmin street pilot (Gaynor) , and just bought the latest updated mapping , she has been brilliant , you just have to trust her even when you think she is going wrong as she is almost always correct , the ability to tell her your a HGV is useful when the van is on the back.
We have garmin Nuvi 310. Love it use it for bluetooth hands free and for music and audio books seems very reliable we have had it a few years and we paid to have lifetime updates for UK and Europe. Great
Ours is a Tom Tom 910 and it is marvellous never let us down in the years we have had it and times we have travelled all over Europe East and West. We pay just over £30 a year and get 4 updates, one every quarter by email. Cannot fault it.
Outfit:- Elddis Crusader Storm and Kia Sorento XS.
I use a TomTom Go Live 1000, I think it's absolutely great, apart from the occasional journey where it wants to do nothing else but reboot itself every 5mins!!! I am thinking of selling it and using my iPhone
Olympus 546 (2010) towed with 2007 VW Touran 2.0 (140) DSG Sport (Just!).
We are in transition between Motorhome and caravan (back to caravan) and have decided to buy another Tom Tom, the one we have has given us a few hairy moments on the continent, sending us under low bridges and taking us to a ferry with height restrictions. Otherwise we like Tom Tom but they do a new one into which you can put the size of your vehicle (why can't huge lorries use these?)
We have a TomTom GO LIVE 750 that we share between us (wife uses it for work, I use it to go and watch rugby), it did reboot itself a couple of times but it updated and was fine afterwards, the free GPS Mapping on the iPhone isn't that good to be honest, was thinking about buying TomTom for the iPhone. I have an old Dell Laptop with USB GPS running Memory Map in the 4x4, but may elect to run Memory Map on the new iPad since the laptop screen could be a lot brighter but is too old; if you have Memory Map on a PC they allow you to run a free copy on the iPad or iPhone (screen a tad too small for this application me thinks), not sure how many are aware of this.
I have a TomTom one and a Navman, the Navman was cheap when i bought it when there wernt many out, its simple and works when it wants but the TomTom is far superior.
I am a bit of an old timer when it comes to technology, like some of the comments I would never use a phone as a sat nav because I can't image it being better than a satnav that is designed to be a satnav.
Post by cruckleycaravan on Feb 19, 2013 15:20:55 GMT
I have F series Navman which is 2 years old but can buy new cards for it which cost about £40 pounds. I know my way around Britain pretty well so I sometimes come into conflict with it but driving in France I am totally dependent on it. I can honestly say in France it has never let me down & on that basis I would rate it 8 out of 10.
i have just installed this in my converted camper, it had a double din slot already, it kills several birds with the one stone and so far i have been VERY impressed. the sat nav is unbelievably clear and accurate - just used it to travel to france (vendee). not sure of all its functions yet, but with the large screen and clear instructions its already better then the previous two tom toms and a garmin that i had. i have also installed (yesterday) a reversing camera that auto switches whenever reverse is selected. its not cheap but its a dvd player, cd player, radio, bluetooth, reversing screen and sat nav all in one!!! compared to the cost of getting just a sat nav (with small screen) i think it compares pretty well
The new car has rendered my old TomTom redundant as it has a Clarion NX5001E fitted it's taken me 3 times longer to read the operating manual than the cars manual
I was impressed with how the TomTom interacted with my phone but this is light years ahead phone music video camera and has replaced Linda by keep telling me I'm over the speed limit, I need to reread that manual to find out how to turn her off
This Claion unit make look good but in use it's disappointing the sat nav is slow in comparison to my TomTom the radio reception is poor even with a full length retractable airiel and it fails to read the usb stick unless you turn it off and on again. The map update that cost me £40 proved to be out of date when I was in Manchester city centre yesterday on roads that have not changed direction for a number of years. I'm glad I did not get rid of the TomTom.
Satnavs are extremely good pieces of kit, let's not be under any illusions otherwise. However, to blindly follow the instructions is not always a good idea, especially when towing a caravan. There is a bridge near Richmond on a narrow road which goes past the Richmond Equestrian Centre where the gouged out grooves in the parapet bear witness to large vehicles going where they souldn't aughter.
Updated our Medion about a year ago to a Tomtom Start 25 with lifetime maps covering UK, ROI and Western Europe. The maps are issued 4 times a year and are downloaded to the satnav via a PC or laptop. There is a snag however. If you use "Bullguard" for your protection programme, there are odd files in the Tomtom download which cause Bullguard to stop the download as it sees them as a threat. After a great deal of argy-bargy with Tomtom they admitted that they knew of the problem but said, more or less, "Not our problem. You need to sort it out with Bullguard". They are aware of the problem but are leaving it to the user to sort out.
The upshot, after having a long conversation with Bullguard, was that you have to switch your PC protection off by a full uninstall, download the maps, then re-install Bullguard. This is not as bad as it sounds as most recent PC/laptop operating systems include a protection programme like Norton or similar. The download only takes about 40 minutes but it is still a worry. Bullguard sent me a "tweak" to allow a fast, one click re-install of Bullguard. Since then, no problems.
Is the Tomtom any good? Yes, it hasn't let me down big time but there have been hairy moments when it has tried to entice me down roads which are totally unsuitable for a caravan and, indeed, were questionable for a solo car. The one which springs to mind is down near Aston-le-Walls where the road is so narrow that the hedges on either side are touching each other. Fortunately, I didn't commit so we were OK.
As I said in a previous post some time ago, do use common sense when using the satnav and resist the urge to blindly follow the route. If you think the route is a bit "iffy", go on to Google maps and trace the route using Streetview. You will get a very good idea of whether the route is a "goer" for a car and caravan. If in doubt, get the map out and find an alternative route round the skinny bit then rejoin the satnav route when the road is wider.
My sailing experience in navigating has always taught me to have a back-up plot on the chart, even with the latest navigation gizmos. All it wants is a power supply failure and the gizmos are useless and it is back to the chart table. I am fortunate that she who must be obeyed likes to keep tabs on where we are, mainly for something to keep her occupied, so has the atlas on her knee especially in France where we may be in totally unfamiliar territory. Thus, I have a back up should the satnav decide not to continue playing or even not start playing.