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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... ūüôā

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.

Bestseller No. 1
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. 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*
  • 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.
SaleBestseller No. 3
NAVPAL SAT NAV (7 INCH) UK EUROPE EDITION 2024 (FREE Lifetime Updates) GPS Navigation for Car Truck Motorhome Caravan, Features – Speed Cams, Postcodes, Lane Guidance, AI Real Voice (BRITISH BRAND)*
  • „ÄźUK EUROPE EDITION 2023 + FREE LIFETIME UPDATES„ÄĎZERO subscriptions, trials or monthly fees and no sim card required. Be careful of other brands that have hidden fees and can charge over ¬£100 a year for Map Updates and over ¬£30 a month to access speed camera warnings. With NAVPAL you get ALL for FREE.
  • „ÄźFREE UPGRADES„ÄĎUpgraded battery lasts over 3 hours longer than any other sat navs which last no more than 1 hour on full charge and completely die after a few months. Latest touchscreen technology upgrade‚Ķ 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!
  • „ÄźNAVIGATION FEATURES„ÄĎFeatures Postcode Search, Address, Coordinates & POI, Driver Alerts, Lane Guidance, Estimated Arrival Time, Current Speed, Intelligent Route Planning with Fast or Economical Routes, Turn-By-Turn AI Real Voice Broadcasting, Automatic Day & Night Mode Switching, Multiple Vehicle Modes – Car, Truck, Motorhome, Caravans, Fast & Accurate GPS Tracking!
  • „ÄźBRITISH BRAND„ÄĎ100% 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!
  • „ÄźWHAT YOU GET„ÄĎNAVPAL Sat Nav, Home and Vehicle Chargers, Sat Nav Holder, USB Cables, User Guides, Video Tutorials
SaleBestseller No. 4
NAVPAL BLUETOOTH SAT NAV (7 INCH) UK EUROPE EDITION MAPS 2024 (FREE Lifetime Updates) GPS Navigation for Car Truck Motorhome Caravan, Speed Cam, Postcodes, Lane Guidance, AI Real Voice (BRITISH BRAND)*
  • „ÄźUK EUROPE EDITION 2024 + FREE LIFETIME UPDATES„ÄĎZERO subscriptions, trials or monthly fees and no sim card required. Be careful of other brands that have hidden fees and can charge over ¬£100 a year for Map Updates and over ¬£30 a month to access speed camera warnings. With NAVPAL you get ALL for FREE.
  • „ÄźFREE UPGRADES„ÄĎUpgraded battery lasts over 3 hours longer than any other sat navs which last no more than 1 hour on full charge and completely die after a few months. Latest touchscreen technology upgrade‚Ķ 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!
  • „ÄźNAVIGATION FEATURES„ÄĎFeatures Postcode Search, Address, Coordinates & POI, Driver Alerts, Lane Guidance, Estimated Arrival Time, Current Speed, Intelligent Route Planning with Fast or Economical Routes, Turn-By-Turn AI Real Voice Broadcasting, Automatic Day & Night Mode Switching, Multiple Vehicle Modes – Car, Truck, Motorhome, Caravans, Fast & Accurate GPS Tracking!
  • „ÄźBRITISH BRAND„ÄĎ100% 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!
  • „ÄźWHAT YOU GET„ÄĎNAVPAL Sat Nav, Home and Vehicle Chargers, Sat Nav Holder, USB Cables, User Guides, Video Tutorials
Bestseller No. 5
Spasm 7 Inch Truck Sat Nav Touch Screen, 256MB RAM, 8GB Storage, 3D Maps, Multimedia, Easy to Use Interface, Car/Lorry/Bus/Motorhome/Walking Navigation, Speed Camera Alerts, Free Lifetime Map Upgrades*
  • [7 INCH TOUCH SCREEN] The Spasm truck sat nav features a large 7-inch touch screen that is easy to navigate and provides clear visuals. This is the perfect sat nav for trucks and lorries, car sat nav, it has an ultra-quick and sensitive touch screen and crystal-clear display.
  • [256MB RAM, 8GB STORAGE] With 256MB RAM and 8GB of storage space, this car sat nav uk can handle all your mapping and multimedia needs. Bluetooth for easy transfer of your files or add extra storage by inserting a TF/Micro SD card for extra capacity. With life time map of uk updates.
  • [3D MAPS] The Spasm hgv sat nav includes 3D maps, giving you a realistic view of your surroundings and making navigation even easier. Just input your dimensions, height, weight, length, axles, and you will al-ways be taken on the right road avoiding those low bridges.
  • [MULTIMEDIA APP] This sat nav comes with a built-in multimedia app, allowing you to play music or films while on the road. The sat nav for cars has a Bluetooth function so you can connect your device to it. This will enable you to get live updates and you anything stored on your phone.
  • [ADD A REVERSING CAMERA] Add a compatible camera for easy reversing. Perfect for long vehicles like a lorry or motorhome. The motorhome sat nav would be perfect with the reversing camera added to it, you would be able to keep an eye on the vehicles behind or keep an eye on the car you may be towing.
Bestseller No. 6
Avtex Tourer Three 7″ Caravan & Motorhome Club Edition Garmin Sat Nav*
  • 17.7cm Frameless HD Display guides you to your destination with a pinch-to-zoom, capacitive glass display
  • Caravan and Motorhome Vehicle Profile shows speed limits, height restrictions and driver alerts
  • New Easily plan arrival to your desired destination using BirdsEye Satellite Imagery to show you where to go
  • New Trendy Places, Local Spots and Scenic Routing features help inform you of places that are worth checking out
  • New Environmental Zone routing

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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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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