Caravan Sat Nav Navigation

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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. Is a Sat Nav really included in my category of caravan accessories? Well, it’s not really for the caravan I guess, but I think it can still be considered an accessory for the caravan... 🙂

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
TomTom Campervan and Caravan Sat Nav GO Camper Max 2nd gen. (7' screen with camper and caravan POIs, updates via Wi-Fi, TomTom Traffic, saving vehicle profiles, world maps, avoid low emission zones)
173 Reviews
TomTom Campervan and Caravan Sat Nav GO Camper Max 2nd gen. (7″ screen with camper and caravan POIs, updates via Wi-Fi, TomTom Traffic, saving vehicle profiles, world maps, avoid low emission zones)*
  • Specific routing for camper, caravan and car, steer clear of low bridges and narrow streets on your route with TomTom GO Camper Max sat nav, now possible to save different vehicle profiles for each vehicle you drive
  • POIs tailored to campers and caravans, find your ideal campsite along your route with detailed POIs from our partners ACSI, ADAC, ANWB and more preloaded on your TomTom GO Camper Max sat nav
  • Trusted TomTom Traffic and speed camera alerts, stay relaxed and in control with live traffic alerts, reliable arrival times and 1-year speed cam alerts subscription
  • Large 7”screen and powerful speaker, enjoy a clear route guidance and vivid voice instructions for a safer drive
  • Avoid low-emission zones, select the new ‘avoid LEZ’ feature and low-emission zones will automatically be excluded from your route, LEZs are also visible on the map
SaleBestseller No. 2
TomTom Sat Nav GO Camper Max 7' HD screen with Campervan and Caravan POIs, Updates via Wi-Fi, TomTom Traffic and Speedcam Warnings, World Maps
398 Reviews
TomTom Sat Nav GO Camper Max 7″ HD screen with Campervan and Caravan POIs, Updates via Wi-Fi, TomTom Traffic and Speedcam Warnings, World Maps*
  • Specific routing for campervan, caravan and car, avoid low bridges and narrow streets on your route with TomTom GO Camper Max sat nav
  • POIs tailored to campervans and caravans: Find your ideal campsite effortlessly as you drive with detailed POIs from our partners preloaded on your TomTom GO Camper Max sat nav
  • Trusted TomTom Traffic and speed camera alerts: Stay relaxed and in control with time- and fuel-saving traffic congestion avoidance, reliable arrival times, and 1 year speed cam alerts.
  • Largest HD 7”screen and powerful speaker: Safer driving with crystal clear route guidance via your TomTom sat nav’s screen and speaker – smooth motion, exceptional picture clarity, and vivid voice.
  • Scenic routing is the way to go if you prefer fun over fast: this routing feature helps you avoid the boring straights and enjoy the most beautiful roads and surroundings.
Bestseller No. 3
Avtex Tourer Two Caravan and Motorhome Sat Nav Satellite Navigation System
141 Reviews
Avtex Tourer Two Caravan and Motorhome Sat Nav Satellite Navigation System*
  • Avtex Tourer Two Caravan and Motorhome Sat Nav Satellite Navigation System
  • Brand : Avtex
  • Product type: GPS OR NAVIGATION SYSTEM
SaleBestseller No. 4
Garmin Camper 795 MT-S Sat Nav with 7-Inch Touchscreen with Map Updates for Europe
204 Reviews
Garmin Camper 795 MT-S Sat Nav with 7-Inch Touchscreen with Map Updates for Europe*
  • Large 7” touchscreen camper sat nav with map updates of Europe
  • Get custom routing for the size and weight of your vehicle or trailer — with road warnings for bridge heights, weight limits, steep grades, sharp curves and more
  • Access a preloaded directory of camper parks and services, Tripadvisor traveller ratings and content from ACSI, Campercontact, Trailer’s PARK
  • Enjoy BirdsEye Satellite Imagery, which shows vivid aerial views to help you have a smooth arrival at your camper park or campground.
  • Discover the best spots along your route with Trendy Place suggestions and enrich your travels with recommendations for local places to visit and exciting activities to try near your current location
Bestseller No. 5
Snooper Ventura S5100 Plus Caravan and Motorhome Sat Nav with Multiroute, Junction and Lane Guidance Technology - Includes Free Lifetime UK/EU Map Updates and 5 Inch LCD Display - Black
80 Reviews
Snooper Ventura S5100 Plus Caravan and Motorhome Sat Nav with Multiroute, Junction and Lane Guidance Technology – Includes Free Lifetime UK/EU Map Updates and 5 Inch LCD Display – Black*
  • DESIGNED SPECIFICALLY FOR CARAVANS AND MOTORHOMES: Ventura Sat Nav systems calculate safe routes based on your vehicle’s width, length, height and weight helping drivers get to their destination quickly, safely and economically; Simply switch to ‘Car Mode’ when you are not towing.
  • JUNCTION VIEW & LANE GUIDANCE: Provides full-screen images of main motorway junctions that are displayed on approach. Specially formulated software lets you know which lane you should be taking to navigate a junction safely, making navigating roads with a caravan safer and easier.
  • CLEAR 5 INCH LCD TOUCHSCREEN: Provides clear directions and routes to drivers of Motorhomes and towing Caravans. Text size can be adjusted and pre-loaded My-Speed software displays the correct speed limit based on the type of vehicle you are driving.
  • MULTI-ROUTE TECHNOLOGY: The Ventura S5100 is by no means a simple A-to-B sat nav – it allows you to input multiple stops (up to 16 different destinations) with bespoke routes and points of interest to allow for breaks and mini adventures along the way.
  • FREE LIFETIME UK & EUROPEAN MAP UPDATES: As all map data is provided on the included 8GB Micro SD card, any future UK and European map updates can be downloaded hassle free, ensuring your Snooper Sat Nav is always up to date.
Bestseller No. 6
MS Drive W500 BT Sat Nav | 7' Touchscreen GPS Navigation for Cars | 8GB Storage | Windows OS | Bluetooth | Lifetime Maps Included | High-Performance Sat Nav for Cars and Trucks
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MS Drive W500 BT Sat Nav | 7″ Touchscreen GPS Navigation for Cars | 8GB Storage | Windows OS | Bluetooth | Lifetime Maps Included | High-Performance Sat Nav for Cars and Trucks*
  • 🚗【Ultimate Navigation Solution】Explore effortlessly with our GPS navigation for car, featuring the latest 2024 Europe maps and free lifetime updates. Perfect for long-term use and ready for your next adventure!
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  • 🚛【Smart Vehicle Navigation】Designed for professionals, our HGV sat nav offers postcode and coordinate searching, speed camera alerts, and turn-by-turn voice guidance. Navigate with confidence in your truck!
  • 🚙【Real-Time Traffic Alerts】Stay ahead of the curve with accurate traffic information. Our truck sat nav intelligently reroutes you around congestion, ensuring you always reach your destination swiftly
  • Instruction 1: Before using the device for the first time, it is crucial to ensure that the device is adequately charged. To do so, connect the device to a power source and allow it to charge for a minimum of 3 hours. This initial charging period helps optimize the battery’s performance for subsequent use.

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.

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*Last update on 2024-07-16 / Affiliate links / Images from Amazon Product Advertising API

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One response to “Caravan Sat Nav Navigation”

  1. keith grundy avatar
    keith grundy

    I agree re co-pilot just a shame they dont have apple carplay access as this would be ideal.

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