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Helen
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Sat Nav for towing

Post by Helen on Sun 17 Jul 2011, 5:16 pm

We have been in curry's and noticed that they are selling a Sat Nav that you just put the dimensions of your trailer, motorhome or caravan into and it will calculate the best route according to these figures. That's a great idea but the price is a little high at £400
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Re: Sat Nav for towing

Post by mike on Sun 17 Jul 2011, 5:18 pm

helen wrote:We have been in curry's and noticed that they are selling a Sat Nav that you just put the dimensions of your trailer, motorhome or caravan into and it will calculate the best route according to these figures. That's a great idea but the price is a little high at £400
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Re: Sat Nav for towing

Post by Tow Itch on Sun 17 Jul 2011, 5:30 pm

Dear All

Someone who could have done with using it.

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Re: Sat Nav for towing

Post by Helen on Sun 17 Jul 2011, 5:56 pm

Mike I really could do with one, we have been up lanes totally unsuitable for towing and when my dad had a caravan, before the day's of Sat navs we ended up near low bridges and having to all get out of the car and unhitch then turn the caravan by hand. Now with the roof box on the car and it being high too, this would be good if it would let us know if we can fit under barriers or bridges. So stop laughing at me Victor lol!

Thankyou Kevin, that just proves the point nicely ha
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Re: Sat Nav for towing

Post by Helen on Sun 17 Jul 2011, 6:01 pm

Did I just have me another blonde moment affraid
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Re: Sat Nav for towing

Post by mike on Sun 17 Jul 2011, 6:03 pm

helen wrote:Did I just have me another blonde moment affraid

What you
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Re: Sat Nav for towing

Post by Helen on Sun 17 Jul 2011, 6:05 pm

Hmmmmmmnn still trying to figure it out Mike, but something tickled you Embarassed
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Re: Sat Nav for towing

Post by Eilis on Sun 17 Jul 2011, 6:13 pm

helen wrote:Did I just have me another blonde moment affraid


well if you did, i did too Helen, i don't get why he's so amused, i think it's a great idea Very Happy
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Re: Sat Nav for towing

Post by mike on Sun 17 Jul 2011, 6:15 pm

Some bridges ect have weight limits as well Very Happy
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Re: Sat Nav for towing

Post by Tow Itch on Sun 17 Jul 2011, 6:37 pm

Mike

Some bridges ect have weight limits as well


Ouch. Glad I didn't say that.

Dear All

Unsuitable roads to tow.

I have taken a 125cc motorcycle and my previous trailer tent that was the size of a six both up and down this road.

Mind you it does have a sign at the beginning "Unsuitable For Caravans".

Sorry it's quite long the last two minutes give you the best idea of steepness and the sharpness of bends.

Cracking campsite at the end, just a bit far for a weekend.

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Re: Sat Nav for towing

Post by Helen on Sun 17 Jul 2011, 6:57 pm

Mike, you are a brave man lol!

Kevin that's a nightmare road for anything other than a motorbike and the sort of road we tend to get lost on in Wales, we have ended up with roads to nowhere, they just turn into a track with a stream in the middle and end up at the top of a mountain in a field. I have been hiding with my head in the glove box almost affraid
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Re: Sat Nav for towing

Post by Eilis on Sun 17 Jul 2011, 7:04 pm

affraid pale
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Re: Sat Nav for towing

Post by mike on Mon 18 Jul 2011, 7:40 am

helen wrote:We have been in curry's and noticed that they are selling a Sat Nav that you just put the dimensions of your trailer, motorhome or caravan into and it will calculate the best route according to these figures. That's a great idea but the price is a little high at £400

All joking aside this sounds like a good idea but if it catches on next year it will be half that price.

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Re: Sat Nav for towing

Post by bgarston on Sun 17 Jun 2012, 8:36 am

A little over a year ago Lucie treated us to an ipad (which has a built in GPS receiver - some do not have his facility) on which we have taken to using as a satnav with a free app called NavFree. This solution is pretty good (almost as good as a tomtom) at getting us to most places although on occasions the instructions aren't particularly clear at complicated junctions....my answer to this is "what do you want for free" and generally slow down to work out what I need to do.

We've set NavFree to its "RV/Lorry" setting which avoids most dodgy little roads - this might not take us the most direct route but it normally means we get to our destination stress free and in one piece.

The iPad is also used for a whole host of other things whilst we are away too, including levelling the Dandy, and surfing the 'net, and as we are in to walking keeping up with the weather forecast, etc. We do have a back up plans in place should should the iPad not work but this one device has proven to be very useful and hadn't let us down yet.

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Re: Sat Nav for towing

Post by mike on Sun 17 Jun 2012, 8:43 am

The iPad is also used for a whole host of other things whilst we are away too, including levelling the Dandy, and surfing the 'net, and as we are in to walking keeping up with the weather forecast, etc. We do have a back up plans in place should should the iPad not work but this one device has proven to be very useful and hadn't let us down yet.

Ben


Before cazz jumps in doesn't it crack the screen affraid with the dandy stood on it lol!
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Re: Sat Nav for towing

Post by bgarston on Sun 17 Jun 2012, 8:46 am

mike wrote:The iPad is also used for a whole host of other things whilst we are away too, including levelling the Dandy, and surfing the 'net, and as we are in to walking keeping up with the weather forecast, etc. We do have a back up plans in place should should the iPad not work but this one device has proven to be very useful and hadn't let us down yet.

Ben


Before cazz jumps in doesn't it crack the screen affraid with the dandy stood on it lol!

lol! Very good Mike, too quick for me at this time on a Sunday! Shocked
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Re: Sat Nav for towing

Post by mike on Sun 17 Jun 2012, 8:54 am

The sat nav on my phone is good but i would really like to wifi or blue tooth it to the archos,will talk to you next time we meet,i also use a tom tom
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Re: Sat Nav for towing

Post by Cazz on Sun 17 Jun 2012, 1:49 pm

bgarston wrote:
mike wrote:The iPad is also used for a whole host of other things whilst we are away too, including levelling the Dandy, and surfing the 'net, and as we are in to walking keeping up with the weather forecast, etc. We do have a back up plans in place should should the iPad not work but this one device has proven to be very useful and hadn't let us down yet.

Ben


Before cazz jumps in doesn't it crack the screen affraid with the dandy stood on it lol!

lol! Very good Mike, too quick for me at this time on a Sunday! Shocked

As if I would think that Mike. Rolling Eyes lol!

I use my little diddy phone for everything that Ben uses the iPad for, they really are smart.
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Re: Sat Nav for towing

Post by Tow Itch on Sun 17 Jun 2012, 5:08 pm

Jumping in as old misery guts here but whether real or virtual spirit levels can be out.
Level off the surface with the spirit level and turn the level 1800 around. This still works as a test for bulls eye levels.
Most spirit levels fib.
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Re: Sat Nav for towing

Post by Caz1960 on Mon 18 Jun 2012, 11:37 pm

yea mine did spirit level that is as friend putting up shelves for me as I walked in said it was squint " it's level see " pointing at the spirit level so I shook it and low and behold it changed much to the annoyance of said friend
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Re: Sat Nav for towing

Post by Krist0n on Wed 27 Jun 2012, 11:46 pm

What was this Satnav? I'm guessing its the TomTom for hgv's?
As I drive a wagon I use the Snooper S7000 Truckmate. Best bit of kit I ever bought for work, BUT, it does still stitch me up every now and then. No where near as much as the standard car satnav though.

I haven't used the tomtom truckmate yet, but I do MUCH prefer the TomTom mapping and software in general. But saying that, for £375 I have Freeview TV and a 7" screen on mine. I think the normal Snooper Truckmate comes in at around £299.

DO NOT be tempted to go for the cheaper alternative for £199. I think it's the Pronav. Halfords used to sell it. It was DREADFUL. I took it back after a week.
I have just looked at Halfords webby to check, and noticed they have a Snooper S2000 with caravan and motorhome for £289. Still steep though.

And as for them coming down in price, my S7000 is 2 years old, and they are still £375.
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Re: Sat Nav for towing

Post by Helen on Thu 28 Jun 2012, 8:37 am

One of the sat navs was in halfords so it sounds like it could be the same one, I didn't take much notice of the model when I saw the price tag affraid


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Re: Sat Nav for towing

Post by Tow Itch on Thu 28 Jun 2012, 11:18 pm

Defenition Scatnav: Satelite direction finding device that lands you in the sh*t!

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Re: Sat Nav for towing

Post by tomt on Sun 29 Jan 2017, 10:05 am

Just bought Copilot for android phone (works on Ipad) not tried in earnest yet but correct route to various sites I visited before, has length, width, height and weight of trailer/caravan at only £50 to download have a look, if anyone else has used please post a review.

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