How many of us have relied on the sat nav installed in our car on our phone when towing and then found ourselves in a very tricky situation? It happened to colleague Peter Baber and me when towing in Devon. The car’s sat nav wanted to take us the most direct route, up a hill and under a bridge that wasn’t even as high as the caravan. We only just spotted the road sign in time, which was partially covered by a tree, and ended up trying to turn the caravan around on a steepish, narrow road. We had to call on passers by for help. Fortunately, they were caravanners – strong and very helpful – the caravan was turned and hitched up and we were on our way again.
I now insist on having a sat nav on board that allows you to switch from car to car and trailer mode and tap in your vehicle’s dimensions, including weight, for it to sort out the best route for you to follow. It removes the stress from towing in unfamiliar places, allowing you to arrive at your destination relatively calm.
We have rounded up a selection of sat navs available for car and caravan, offering a range of extras including bluetooth connectivity, compatibility with reversing cameras, traffic alerts, campsite locations, points of interest and Trip Advisor ratings.

Best sat navs

Garmin Camper 780 & Digital Traffic

Price from £289.99

  • Physical dimensions 17.3cm x 9.9cm x 1.9cm
  • Display Size 6.95″ (17.7cm)
  • Display Resolution 1024 X 600 Pixels
  • Weight 239.6g
  • Battery Rechargeable Lithium-ion
  • Battery Life Up to 1 hour
  • Preloaded with full Europe mapping
  • 3D buildings and terrain includes map updates
  • Backup camera compatible (Bc™ 30 And Bc™ 40)
  • Garmin Real Directions™ landmark guidance
  • Foursquare® Points of Interest
  • Tripadvisor® Traveler Ratings
  • Route shaping through preferred cities/streets taking into account the size and weight of camper or caravan
  • Includes Digital Traffic via DAB
  • Built-in Wi-Fi® for easy map and software updates
  • Safety and speed cameras updates included

A 6.95″ GPS sat-nav that features a bright, edge-to-edge touch display. You can save the profiles for multiple vehicles and trailers. It warns of upcoming steep gradients, sharp curves, weight limits and schools and informs you of traffic hold-ups. It has a large database of campsites, stopover places and rest areas, which can be filtered by price and amenities.
Other features include voice-activated navigation, and hands-free calling and notifications from your compatible smartphone. You can download the free Garmin Drive™ app to your compatible smartphone to access live traffic, advanced weather and more on the sat nav. The Camper 780 is also compatible with Garmin’s BC™ 30 and BC 40 reversing cameras.

Garmin Camper 770 LMT-D

Price from £246.95

  • Physical dimensions 17.3cm x 9.9cm x 1.9cm
  • Display size 6.95″ Diag (17.7cm)
  • Display resolution 1024 X 600 Pixels
  • Weight 243g
  • Battery Rechargeable Lithium-ion
  • Battery life Up to 1 hour
  • Preloaded street maps, includes updates, full Europe version only
  • Backup camera compatible
  • Voice-activated navigation
  • Traffic updates
  • Lane assist with photoreal junction view
  • Bluetooth® calling
  • Speed limit indicator
  • Trip planner
  • Trip log
  • Garmin Real Directions™ landmark guidance
  • Foursquare POIs
  • Smart notifications
  • BLE capable
  • Camper routing and road warnings
  • Includes free Digital Traffic via DAB, plus services such as LiveTrack, weather information using the Smartphone Link app.
  • Campsite data
  • Built-in Wi-Fi® for easy map and software updates
  • Includes lifetime safety camera update

The Camper 770LMT-D 6.95” touchscreen display is easy to use, providing road warnings and routing based on the size and weight of your camper or caravan. It includes a directory of campsites and stop-over sites, plus points of interest.
You can download the Smartphone Link app2 to connect the navigator with your compatible smartphone for weather forecasts and live parking. The combination power cable/traffic receiver offers digital traffic information without the need to pair to a smartphone. You can sync your Bluetooth-enabled smartphone to the unit to make hands-free phone calls and receive incoming calls and text messages. It can also be voice-activated.
The Europe maps include bridge heights, weight limits and information for most major roads and highways. You will receive visual and audible warnings of sharp curves, speed changes, railway crossings and animal crossings. It will also alert you to nearby schools and school zones, speed cameras and if you are driving the wrong way down a one-way street.
The driving map stays on screen at all times, with information, such as speed limit, current speed, estimated time of arrival and up-ahead features, appearing alongside. The Active Lane Guidance uses voice prompts and arrows to indicate the proper lane needed for your route.

Snooper Ventura S6900 with Active Magnetic Mount

Price from £299.99

  • Dimensions 87mm x 113mm x 16mm•
  • PC system requirements Windows Vista, 7, 8, 10
  • Mac system requirements OS X, Yosemite and higher
  • Screen 7” TFT LCD resistive type touch panel
  • Resolution 16:9 (800 x 480 pixel)
  • Reversing camera compatible
  • 8GB internal flash storage
  • Bluetooth compatible
  • Built-in li-polymer battery 1,800mAh

Simply enter the vehicle’s dimensions (up to 10 different profiles) into the Snooper Ventura S6900 to create routes that avoid height, width and weight restrictions. You can input multiple destinations (up to 16) by searching via postcode, junction number or destination. It then calculates the most economical and easiest route for you to take, to save time and money. Features include a route timer, premium traffic management content, a speed limit monitor and free system software updates with full European mapping.
A 7-inch touchscreen displays main motorway junctions on approach, with software suggesting which lane or lanes to use for safe transferral.
The unit holds data on 24,000 campsites, plus more than two million points of interest, including restaurants, petrol stations, cash machines and Air1 AdBlue Retail Filling Stations.

Snooper Ventura SC5900 DVR G2 Caravan & Motorhome Navigation with GPS, HD Dash Cam

Price from £279.99

  • 5” LCD touch screen
  • Built-in HD dash cam
  • Over 31,000 campsites across the UK and Europe
  • Lifetime traffic
  • Weight 167g
  • Dimensions 134mm x 84mm x 13mm
  • Display 5” LCD 16:9 TFT
  • Display resolution 80 x 480
  • Li-ion battery 1000 mAh
  • DVR camera 1080p HD
  • Viewing angle 130 degrees
  • Mono 8Ω/1W (MAX) speaker

The Ventura SC5900 DVR has a smaller screen but it also comes with an HD Dash Cam. The unit continuously records the view in front of your vehicle, automatically overwriting any unsaved data. Video files can be downloaded to your PC via the Snooper Player, so you can provide video evidence of any incidents that may occur.
The device includes a large database of more than 24,000 campsites and motorhome stopovers in 31 countries and through its environmental settings will route you around low emission zones if your vehicle breaches pollution levels. You can enter up to 16 destinations on your route, including points of interest such as cash machines and AdBlue stations, and it will let you know of upcoming speed limits as well as speed and surveillance cameras with a daily updated database.
Other features include junction view, lane guidance, reversing camera link-up and Bluetooth handsfree technology.

S8110 Ventura UK/EU Motorhome/Caravan Sat Nav with Built-In TV

Price from £429.99

  • Extended Mapping
  • Windows and Mac compatibility for software and mapping updates
  • Improved Traffic Message Channel Traffic Information reception with Premium TMC built-in
  • Enhanced processor speed for quick calculation of a fuel efficient and safe route
  • Built-In ‘Freeview’ DVB-T2 Digital TV
  • High Resolution 7″ anti-reflective full colour LCD touch display
  • Dynamic large vehicle routing software with lane guidance and junction view
  • Pre-installed UK and EU database of more than 24,000 campsites and stopovers
  • Here® Maps for Life (Formerly Navteq®) maps now with Navigate by Junction number
  • MY SPEED Speed Limits data with on screen alerts
  • 12/ 24 Dual voltage unit
  • Multi-address input takes up to 16 destinations
  • GPS Coordinates input
  • AURA Extensive UK & EU speed camera database
  • Low Bridge alerts verbally and in the display
  • Bluetooth handsfree
  • Handsfree built-in microphone
  • 3D Direction indicators
  • Reversing camera compatible
  • Turn By turn voice instructions
  • Built-in Li-lon rechargeable battery
  • “One touch” Home and Office route planner
  • 2D or 3D map view selection
  • Tyre Pilot compatibility

Launched to celebrate the 10 year anniversary of Snooper large vehicle navigation systems the new Snooper S8110 sat-nav has a 7″ LCD display plus an enhanced built-in loudspeaker. It is compatible with Tyre Pilot, which monitors tyre pressure and temperature changes while driving for maximum fuel efficiency and safety. The device is pre-loaded with over 24,000 campsites and motorhome stopovers in over 31 countries from The Camping and Caravanning Club, ACSI, BordAtlas and CamperStop, calculating routes according to your vehicle’s dimensions. Features include improved screen resolution, DVB-T ‘Freeview’ TV, TMC, junction view and lane guidance. The speed limits database has on screen alerts, and you can navigate by junction number.

Tomtom GO CAMPER SAT NAV

Price from £379.99

  • Updates via Wi-Fi®
  • Routing for Camper, Caravan and Car
  • Camper, Caravan and Car Points of Interest
  • TomTom World Maps
  • TomTom Services via built-in SIM
  • Hands-free calling
  • Battery life 1 hour
  • Active magnetic mount
  • Internal memory 16Gb
  • Display size 6” (15cm)

Tap in your vehicle’s dimensions, connect your smartphone via Bluetooth, and set a route. The Tom Tom Go Camper will check the live traffic and speed camera services via the built-in sim, plan the best route avoiding low bridges, weight limits and narrow lanes, read aloud any text messages and enable you to make hands-free calls. You can download world map updates for the lifetime of your unit. Through the device you will be able to identify millions of points of interest, and it is compatible with Siri and Google Now. Satellite navigation can be voice activated and your speed can be tracked and you will be alerted if you go over the limit. The 6” display screen can be swiped, pinched and tapped and will clearly display upcoming junctions and exits.

Tomtom Go Professional 6250

Price from 389.99

  • Tomtom Traffic via built-in sim
  • Lifetime Tomtom traffic and speed cameras
  • Dedicated truck, van and bus POIs
  • Updates via Wi-Fi
  • Truck, coach, van and car routing
  • Smartphone messages
  • Stopped traffic alerts
  • MyDrive route planning
  • Lifetime maps

The Go Professional model is aimed at van and lorry drivers as well as caravanners and motorcaravanners. You get customised routes for your vehicle’s dimensions and maximum speed, giving you a realistic arrival time. The database holds 50,000 fuel stations, large vehicle parking spots, restaurants and service areas in Europe. It has a high-quality 6-inch screen and allows you to enter your vehicle’s dimensions for tailored route guidance. It also includes a lifetime subscription for traffic data and speed-camera location. You can get the latest maps and software via the built-in Wi-Fi. The sat nav will notify you when new updates are available. It will also alert you to traffic ahead and finding a faster route with Lifetime TomTom Traffic. Connect your smartphone via Bluetooth. Activate and talk to Siri or Google Now™ using the built-in microphone.

Aguri Motorhome & Caravan RV720 DVR

Price from £259.99

  •  Lifetime map and speed trap updates
  • Enhanced loud speaker
  • Multi-stop route generator
  • Junction and lane view
  • Route by map, coordinate, junction number
  • LEZ avoidance
  • 30,000 camping and stopover sites
  • User POI feature
  • 2D & 3D map views
  • Live digital traffic
  • Built-in dash cam
  • Built-in Wi-Fi
  • Built in 2400mAh battery
  • Android OS
  • Google Play apps
  • Google search
  • 7” touch screen
  •  Dimensions 185mm x 105mm x 10mm

The Aguri Motorhome & Caravan RV720 DVR satellite navigation system comes preloaded with motorhome and caravan routing software. Enter the dimensions and weight of your vehicle to avoid narrow roads, low bridges and other hazards. The unit also includes full UK and European mapping, super-bright 7” LCD, enhanced loud speaker, WiFi, live digital traffic alerts and over 30,000 campsites and motorhome stopovers pre-installed. A built-in high-definition dash cam, with 150 degree wide-angle lens, will record any accident or event with precise timings, saved on the included 8GB card. Plus, get FREE wireless map and speed trap updates for life with no subscription or download charges.

Aguri Motorhome & Caravan RV7000M Sat Nav & Multi-Media System

Price from £749.99

  • 6” Full colour super-bright LCD
  • Specialist motorhome and caravan navigation software
  • Built-in multi-media system
  • Built-in microphone
  • CD/DVD player
  • FM/AM RDS Radio
  • Bluetooth hands-free
  • Wi-Fi
  • Free wireless map and speed trap updates
  • Junction view and lane view software
  • Smartphone compatible Live digital traffic updates
  • Speed trap detection
  • Preloaded with over 30,000 campsite and motorhome stopovers
  • Android 8 technology
  • Google Search. Can download Google apps
  • One-touch office and home routing
  • Route by map, coordinate or junction
  • Multiple destinations

This system has been designed to fit easily into most motorhomes that have the space to install a 2 DIN (7” x 4” or 180 x 100.3 mm) system. The system comes preloaded with motorhome and caravan navigation software and full UK and European mapping, 6” LCD with off-axis viewing, CD/DVD player, FM Radio, Bluetooth hands-free, Android 8.0.0, WiFi, Google Play and internet browser, plus, free wireless map and speed trap updates for life. You can download TV programmes and newspapers via the built-in Wi-Fi or your smartphone with mobile data connection. The system is compatible with accessories such as DAB radio, reversing cameras and dash cam.

Avtex Tourer Two Caravan and Motorhome Club Edition Sat Nav

RV 780

Price from £329.00

  • Customised camper routing
  • 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 campsites
  • POIs for The Caravan and Motorhome Club
  • Find campsites with preferred amenities
  • Shows campsites, food and fuel stations along your route
  • Easily change your route to include preferred roads or cities, just by touching the screen
  • Garmin live traffic via DAB – Drive with the fastest traffic solution with one minute update cycles – everywhere you need it
  • Voice activation
  • Bluetooth® technology
  • Garmin Real Directions™ guides using landmarks and traffic lights
  • Active Lane Guidance & PhotoReal Junction Views
  • Smartphone Link receives real time information such as traffic, mobile safety cameras and weather
  • Built-in Trip Advisor app
  • 7” Edge to Edge Screen
  • Wi-Fi Compatible
  • Dimensions 170x99x14mm
  • Weight 251g

The system is a collaboration between Avtex and Garmin and is designed specifically for use with caravans and motorhomes and has been loaded with the Caravan and Motorhome Club data allowing you to search for Caravan and Motorhome Club sites by filters.
It comes preloaded with maps of 45 European countries, with free lifetime updates, including information on road restrictions, such as bridge heights. Input your motorhome or caravan’s dimensions to create a tourer profile to find the most efficient route. Digital traffic alerts and speed camera database updates are included. It’s also compatible with the BC40 reversing camera.


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