Choosing the best caravan sat-nav can be a big decision – after all, you want one that will safely get you from A to B, without taking you on a route that leads to an impassable bridge or any unnecessarily steep and narrow roads.
This is exactly the type of thing we’ve taken into account for the Practical Caravan Awards 2024. We’ve picked out the best sat-nav for a caravan currently on the market, as well as choosing some of the standout alternatives.
This year, we’ve picked out the Garmin Camper 795 as the best caravan sat nav on the market. We think it comes packed full of features to help you enjoy a stress free journey to your chosen caravan park, as well as offering useful extras to help you explore the surrounding area.
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We’ve also provided a summary of the best caravan sat-navs below, so you can quickly find the one for you – alternatively, you can read on to find out what we thought of each product. You can also take a look at our best caravan towing mirrors guide to see our top picks of another essential towing aid.
The best caravan sat-navs are:
The best caravan sat-nav with a built-in dash cam:
What to consider when you’re choosing the best sat nav for your caravan
Having a good sat nav will make your journeys to your caravan parks a much more straightforward part of the tour. The best caravan sat-navs come packed with useful features that help to create a stress-free journey, allowing you to input the size and weight of your tourer so you don’t end up driving down any unnecessarily narrow roads.
However, modern caravan sat navs can do more than get you from A to B, coming with other useful functions, ranging from built-in dash cams to providing weather updates. What are the features that are important to you?
You should also factor in the screen size too. Would you rather have a bigger display? Or do you prefer a smaller screen?
The best caravan sat-nav is:
Garmin Camper 795
Reason to buy:
- Packed with features to aid with hassle-free journey
The best caravan sat nav should offer a safe and stress-free route to get you and your tourer from A to B, and that’s what the Garmin Camper 795 can provide. It comes packed full of useful features, all delivered on its clear 7-inch touchscreen, helping to make the drive to the site a fine start to your holiday.
For example, it gives warnings of potential obstacles, such as steep grades or sharp bends, as well as any Environmental Zones you might enter on your journey.
Your arrival will be simpler, too, with BirdsEye Satellite Imagery providing an aerial view of the site. Then, once you’re settled, Local Spots and the Michelin Green Guide will help you find the right destinations and explore the surrounding area.
The best caravan sat navs – our pick of the rest:
These are the caravan sat navs that were shortlisted at the Practical Caravan Awards 2024 – you can also take a look at our caravan towing tips guide for advice on staying safe on the road.
Image courtesy of Avtex
Avtex Tourer Two
Reasons to buy:
- Free lifetime map updates
Avtex is a well known name in the touring world – for instance, the brand features twice in our best caravan TV guide. The brand provides reliable products and we think the Tourer Two should be no different.
Free lifetime map updates prolong the lifespan of the 7” display, Garmin-powered sat nav. The device will be able to customise your route based on the size of your vehicle, while Active Lane Guidance and PhotoReal Junction View allows you to exit or interchange without concern.
The device can be updated via Wi-Fi, and provides warnings over any unexpected changes in the road too, be it steep grades or a narrow road. The sat-nav also has a pre-loaded database of Caravan and Motorhome Club Sites to stop off at, as well as 8,500 motorhome parking places across Western Europe.
TomTom Go Camper Max
Reason to buy:
- High resolution screen
- Scenic route options are a nice touch
Take the scenic route with last year’s winner of the best caravan sat nav category. The TomTom product gives you the option of avoiding congested main roads, instead letting you drive through the quieter, greener areas along the way. Their traffic features offer alternative routes and the live fuel prices information allows you to plan where to stop off to top up. This model has the most up-to-date TomTom World Maps and preloaded points of interest, nicely viewable on the 7” HD screen.
We really like the lane guidance aspect, which aids with merging and lane changing, and the specific routes for caravans and cars. TomTom also offers a 1 year trial of their Live Speed Camera alerts, helping you drive under the area’s speed limit so you can avoid fines and stay safe on the road.
Garmin Camper 895
Reason to buy:
- A clear eight-inch touchscreen
- Provides useful recommendations for attractions to visit
The impressive new Camper range from Garmin also includes an eight-inch touchscreen version, ideal for caravanners who want a device that’s that bit bigger.
What we particularly like about this caravan sat nav is how it does so much more than get you and your tourer safely to your campsite – it almost becomes like a tour guide instead, providing recommendations for stops along the way, while its Tripadvisor ratings for restaurants and attractions will make finding destinations to explore a simple process.
Caravanners who love touring abroad will be spoilt for choice too, with full maps of Europe provided, along with free downloads for other parts of the world. Then there’s the custom route planning, warnings about upcoming Environmental Zones, Birdseye Satellite Imagery – the list goes on.
What other caravan sat navs are there?
There are plenty of other excellent caravan sat navs on the market – here are a couple of our top picks…
Image courtesy of Aguri
Aguri Sat-Nav RV520
Reasons to buy:
- Built-in dash cam
- Free wireless map and speed trap updates
The 5″ Aguri RV520 is ideal for anyone who wants a smaller display. It comes pre-loaded with UK and European maps, allowing you to set off on tour straight away. The addition of free wireless map and speed trap updates for life will make this a long term choice, while features like the built-in dash cam and live traffic updates all create a strong performer.
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Snooper Ventura S5100
Reasons to buy:
- Option to create bespoke routes
The Ventura S5100 is another device that offers a smaller display, and also allows you to take control of your journey. Allowing you to create and save bespoke routes to the device, you can also set it up to include multiple stops on your way to your destination. Another feature lets you switch to car mode for those journeys where you’re out and about without your trailer.
You could also take a look at our roundup of the best caravans or visit our buying guides, where we look at a wide range of categories, ranging from the best 4 berth caravan to the best caravan for seasonal pitches.
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