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Caravan Sat Nav Navigation

“What Caravan Sat Nav do you use?”

Do you know, the number one question no one has asked me this month? You guessed it “What caravan sat nav do you use?”

Honestly, it’s 100% true, no one has asked me what Caravan Sat Nav I use, why would they? In the same way no one has asked me what tooth paste, or deodorant I use. I mean anyone can Google “Caravan Sat Nav” can’t they? Having said that, I’m going to tell you anyway…..

Getting Lost

No one likes getting lost. Why not start the article with stating the obvious! But it’s true, no one likes to get lost. If you’re with someone else it can cause arguments, if you’re on your own you’ll beat yourself up for getting lost. But we all know getting lost is easy, it’s as easy as, well, getting lost.

Losing your way in a car is one thing, you can always do a U turn or turn around. Whilst towing a Caravan, or even in a Motorhome, this is normally something you try to avoid where ever possible. Every caravanner, at some point, has the nightmare where they are driving down a really narrow road and come to a dead end – don’t they? Maybe it’s just me. In any case, you don’t want to get into a situation where the road is too narrow. Maps might not always help in these instances.

How To Prevent Getting Lost?

You can get a map, if you can read one and hold it up the right way that’s fine, although a little tricky if alone. You can get a co pilot, someone sitting besides you who can read a map and say directions, which is handy if you need someone to blame. You can even use road signs if you have an idea where you’re going in the first place. Lastly, you can get a Sat Nav, either on your phone, built into your car or a separate Sat Nav unit.

I have a Sat Nav in the car, I use it every so often, mainly I personally use my mobile phone. One in particular I use is Waze and it’s great, it’s community run so you inform other drivers of accidents, slow traffic, police sitings and other road based hazards. It works really well, I like it so much I bought the company. That’s a joke, and people of a certain age will get it. Actually I like it so much I’m a beta tester, which means I get new versions early to test and report any bugs to Waze

However good Waze, it will get you to your destination via the quickest route, even if it means going through people’s gardens. OK, I exaggerate, BUT it will take you down any road that a car can legally travel. Which is great, I’ve lost count the amount of housing estates I’ve been through in order to miss traffic, you learn to just have faith and follow the directions. I don’t, however, want to do this with my caravan on the back!

What Do I Use When Towing?

I use a mix of two apps on my phone.

ViaMichelin

We plan our routes around France via the ViaMichelin website this gives us a good idea of where we need to go. We like to avoid altitude driving, we had a bad experience driving over the Central Massif driving at over 1000m caused us nausea, you might be ok, but we avoid it.

ViaMichelin app and website are very useful and we have used the app once on the motorways, but, as with Waze it doesn’t allow for the fact that you’re towing a caravan, at least not whilst driving. It will estimate times and will alter these if you say you’re towing a caravan, at least on the website anyway.

CoPilot Caravan Navigation

So, the name tells you everything you need to know right? I have a caravan and I want to navigate – result! So, what makes this different from an ordinary Sat Nav systems? Well, the app lets you enter the details of your caravan (or motorhome) such as length, width and height. The idea being that the software will take this into account when planning the route on your behalf.

It’s very easy to use, although as always there’s room for improvement. The graphics could be better, but that’s really a person thing with me, it just looks a bit dated.

Entering Caravan / MotorHome Details

Having just said it’s easy to use, entering caravan / motorhome dimensions isn’t all that obvious. So here’s how to do it.

This is the first screen you get when starting the app. Select New Destination (I know, strange, you select this to set it up)

Next you select the “routing” icon at the bottom (second from left)

Then select Vehicle Routing Profiles

Then top right select “New”

After this select Car, Caravan, (Motorhome) etc from the screen above.

Then from the screen below select “Caravan Dimensions” this is also used for Motorhomes

Then enter your details :

Hit the back button and save, you can give it a name, ours is Cartagena, as rather unoriginally this is the model of our caravan!

If You Don’t Use A Mobile Phone?

There are plenty of options for Caravan Sat Navs on Amazon, if you want a dedicated unit, or don’t use a mobile phone.

SaleBestseller No. 1
Aguri Motorhome & Caravan AGR520 DVR 5\" Motorhome and Caravan Sat Nav with Built-in Dash Cam, Wi-Fi and UK & European mapping.*
  • SPECIAL OFFER PRICE*** Free map updates for life. Preloaded with the latest Motorhome & Caravan specialist street level mapping covering all of Europe and the UK. Enter the attributes of your vehicle and RV700 DVR will calculate a safe and trustworthy route avoiding weight, height and width restrictions. Works straight out of the box. No registration required. Free wireless updates.
  • Includes extensive Specialist POIs. Over 30,000 caravan sites, campsites and motorhome stopover locations including The Caravan Club, Camping and Caravanning Club, Bordatlas, ACSI, Camperstop plus thousands more all preloaded and ready to use.
  • Junction view and Lane view. Advanced visual warning of the next junction or major intersection. Plus, Text to speech (TTS) directional voice alerts including road name or number. For safer navigation.
  • Speed trap & speed limit alert system with FREE wireless updates. Advance warning of all types of fixed speed traps and mobile speed trap hotspots available from Aguri’s all new Speedshield speed trap data services. Plus, displays the speed limit of most roads across Europe at all times. Comes preloaded with the latest Speedshield speed trap database so you can start using it straight out of the box.
  • Built-in DVR dash cam. Prove what really happened and protect your no claims bonus with Aguri’s fully integrated 1080P High Definition DVR dash cam.
SaleBestseller No. 2
TomTom Campervan and Caravan Sat Nav GO Camper with Campervan and Caravan POIs, Updates via Wi-Fi, Traffic and Speedcam Warnings via SIM Card, World Maps*
  • Camper and Caravan Routing: Get customised routes for your camper or caravan​
  • Updates via Wi-Fi: Get the latest maps and software for your TomTom GO CAMPER with built-in Wi-Fi; no computer needed​
  • POIs tailored to campers and caravans: Find your ideal campsite effortlessly as you drive with detailed POIs from our partners ACSI, ADAC, ANWB and more preloaded on your TomTom GO CAMPER sat nav
  • TomTom Road Trips: Discover the world's best routes, personalise them easily so you can relax and be guided on the ride​
  • TomTom MyDrive: Plan routes, check live traffic and save favourites from your smartphone, tablet or PC​
Bestseller No. 3
Avtex Tourer Two Caravan and Motorhome Sat Nav Satellite Navigation System*
  • Custom camper routing for the size and weight of your camper or caravans
  • Road warnings for bridge heights, weight limits, sharp curves, steep grades and more
  • Shows elevation and possible steep grades along your route
  • Directory of more than 9000 ACSI camp sites
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Bestseller No. 4
Truck Sat Nav, 2020 Latest 9 inch GPS Navigation for Trucks Lorry HGV Caravan, Satnav for Cars with POI Speed Camera Warning,Voice Guidance Lane,Free Lifetime Map Updates*
  • 【9 inch Big Screen for Truck】9 inch capacitive touch HD screen, more clearer and sensitive, touch it with your finger directly, no need stylus. The screen color feels natural and comfortable for your eyes. 8 GB ROM 256 MB RAM provides plenty of room to start and operate quickly,which also ensures high speed and perform smoothly, say goodbye to the freezing and buffering.
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  • 【Portable Navigation System 】Accurate satellite navigation,lifetime map updates and a very well designed,bright and easy to read the screen. Package List:1 x 9" Touch Screen GPS Navigation,1 x Car Charger,1 x MINI USB cable,1 x User Manual,1 x Car Bracket,1x Color-box.
SaleBestseller No. 5
SLIMLINE SAT NAV, (7 INCH) with 2020 UK & WORLD MAPS EDITION + FREE Lifetime Updates [100% no hidden fees], GPS Navigation for Car Truck Motorhome, Features Postcodes, Speed Cam Alerts, Lane Guidance*
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  • 【FREE UPGRADE】Upgraded battery lasts over 3 hours longer than any other sat navs which last no more than 30 min on full charge and completely die after a few months, latest touchscreen technology, no need for styluses, HD display providing clearer viewing for poor eyesight, can be seen in bright sunlight, say goodbye to silly sunshades, upgraded internal memory 3x faster buffering than others
  • 【NAVIGATION FEATURES】(1) Supports Postcodes, Address, Coordinates & POI, (2) Driver Alerts, Active Speed Camera Detection, Street name Broadcasting, Current Speed, Lane Guidance & Estimated Arrival Time, (3) Intelligent Route Planning Fast & Economical, (4) Turn-By-Turn Real Voice Broadcast in over 40 Languages (5) Automatic Day & Night Mode Switching, (6) Multiple Vehicle Modes - Car, Truck, Motorhome, Bicycle, Emergency, Bus and Taxi, (7) Fast & Accurate GPS Tracking
  • 【BRITISH BRAND】100% British Brand with 24/7 English speaking customer support via phone or email, we understand our customers needs and the problems with overseas language barriers
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Bestseller No. 6
Aguri Motorhome & Caravan RV720 DVR Deluxe 7" Sat Nav with Built-in Dash Cam, Wi-Fi and full UK & European mapping.*
  • Deluxe Edition with Protective case and Deluxe travel bag, with Free map updates for life. Preloaded with the latest Motorhome & Caravan specialist street level mapping covering all of Europe and the UK. Enter the attributes of your vehicle and RV720 DVR will calculate a safe and trustworthy route avoiding weight, height and width restrictions. Works straight out of the box. No registration required. Free wireless updates.
  • New brighter screen with excellent off-axis viewing and enhanced louder loud speaker! Includes extensive Specialist POIs. Over 30,000 caravan sites, campsites and motorhome stopover locations including The Caravan Club, Camping and Caravanning Club, Camperstop plus thousands more all preloaded and ready to use.
  • Junction view and Lane view. Advanced visual warning of the next junction or major intersection. Plus, Text to speech (TTS) directional voice alerts including road name or number. For safer navigation.
  • Speed trap & speed limit alert system with FREE wireless updates. Advance warning of all types of fixed speed traps and mobile speed trap hotspots available from Aguri’s all new Speedshield speed trap data services. Plus, displays the speed limit of most roads across Europe at all times. Comes preloaded with the latest Speedshield speed trap database so you can start using it straight out of the box.
  • Built-in DVR dash cam. Prove what really happened and protect your no claims bonus with Aguri’s fully integrated 1080P High Definition DVR dash cam with 150 degree wide-angle lens.

Summary

In an ideal world I’d like to be able to enter my caravan size into Waze, but it doesn’t support it. So, for now I’m using a mix of ViaMichelin and CoPilot. ViaMichelin is great for planning routes and CoPilot helps avoid small roads. Of course, CoPilot has tried to take me down a road that I consider to small, however, the caravan would have fitted down the road, but I wouldn’t have been able to turn around, or rather any on coming traffic would have been a problem, so you still need your wits about you.

What I did last year, going to the South Of France was to plan the overall route on ViMichelin website, make sure CoPilot took us a similar route. I use CoPilot if I think there’s likely to be some narrow roads, but ViaMichelin is good enough for motorway driving.

At the end of the day you can just use CoPilot as most of the time it does a good enough job.

*Last update on 2020-09-19 / Affiliate links / Images from Amazon Product Advertising API

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