We have all seen the pictures. An unfortunate holiday-making family, travelling around the country in their camper van, has religiously followed the instructions from their trusty sat-nav, only to end up wedged under a bridge that was too low for their vehicle. Or maybe they have reached a bridge that can't manage the width or weight of the van, or is unsuitable for a car and caravan combination. If you have ever been in this position, or don't fancy taking the risk, the TomTom GO LIVE Camper & Caravan sat-nav could be the answer.
The TomTom GO LIVE Camper & Caravan features a 5-inch widescreen and comes enabled with a year's subscription to TomTom's LIVE services, including the excellent HD Traffic. The Camper & Caravan also comes with maps for 45 European countries pre-loaded, so can take you on that dream continental road trip. The mount is the same, too, and allows the device to be attached hanging down from the windscreen or sticking up from the dashboard. An adhesive mounting disc is provided to help with this, so you can provide a clean surface instead of the textured plastic used by most vehicle fascias.
All of this is par for the course with premium TomTom sat-navs. What the TomTom GO LIVE Camper & Caravan provides for its extra price is a selection of software features to benefit drivers of larger vehicles. First, there are specialist maps for Europe that take into account your vehicle size and top speed restrictions. You can adjust routing depending on whether you are in a camper van, a van, a car with caravan, or just a car. If you choose any of these except the last one, you must input the total vehicle weight, the weight per axle, vehicle length, height, and width, plus any maximum speed restrictions.
It's also possible to choose on a per-vehicle-type basis whether you want to use motorways, enable restriction and dead-end warnings, how you want to deal with traffic updates, and whether you want to be warned when passing through an area with limited map information that could contain problem roads.
Then there are 20,000 extra points of interest. The extra POI categories include motor home stopovers reviewed by Allgemeiner Deutscher Automobil-Club e.V. (ADAC), Motorhome Facts and Nederlandse Kampeerauto Club. Handily, you are told whether these have drinking water, a service area, security, Wi-Fi and sanitary facilities.
You can also search for ADAC and The Royal Dutch Touring Club (ANWB)-reviewed campsites, and in the latter case narrow the search down to those with sanitary facilities, drinking water, chemical toilet disposal, amenities, swimming facilities and light areas. The POIs themselves have more detailed information than the standard ones as well. Head to the Show Info section and you can find out how many pitches a site has, the price per day, a full description, a list of facilities, phone number, and in some cases a rating out of ten. The pricing information didn't always seem to be absolutely accurate, but it was close enough to be useful.