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TomTom GO LIVE Camper & Caravan review

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TomTom GO LIVE Camper & Caravan

Summary

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9

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Pros

  • Extensive additional camping ground information
  • Specialised routes for oversized vehicles
  • LIVE services including HD Traffic

Cons

  • Expensive
  • Google Local Search no longer part of LIVE services

Key Features

  • 5in widescreen
  • Maps for 45 European countries
  • LIVE services including HD Traffic
  • Detailed camping and motor home Points of Interest
  • Route calculations include restrictions for oversized vehicles
  • Manufacturer: TomTom
  • Review Price: £320.34

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.

TomTom GO LIVE Camper & Caravan - Design

In many respects, the Camper & Caravan is the same device as the GO LIVE 1005 and GO LIVE 1005 World.

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.

TomTom GO LIVE Camper & Caravan

TomTom GO LIVE Camper & Caravan- Features

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.

TomTom GO LIVE Camper & Caravan

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.

BestFrenchCampsites

February 12, 2013, 4:56 pm

Fab idea for those travelling with particularly long motorhomes and caravans or even for delivery drivers - we love our Tom Tom !

Sigal Kogan

June 30, 2013, 8:06 am

The holder itself looks very breakable... I still prefer my MONTAR by WinnerGear that I've bought for my iPhone 4 however now using me with my Galaxy S4 ::))

SUE16CX

September 18, 2013, 8:38 am

Absolutely love it! She's called Betsy and we use it all the time in both cars and switch to camper mode for the motorhome most weekends. We used first time it last summer to tour France and programmed in all the sites as Favourites in itinerary order. It was faultless. This year we did 3000 miles through 12 countries and consulted Betsy on spec as we travelled. Live traffic was a boon in Europe. There are some campsites hidden within the POI menu but they appear if you know the name. Our only glitch was directions to site south of Zagreb, Croatia, where we ended up in a logging forest... We were warned that it had limited information about the area but it correctly flagged up roads which had almost disappeared. Would highly recommend it to anyone.

Mick Hussey

September 19, 2013, 3:09 pm

nice sat nav downside is having to pay £47 per year for live updates when cheaper sat navs are offering this for free or for 3 years also I used the camp site as a destination only for the sat nav to take down a cul-de-sac with a large 4x4 pulling a twin axle

Karim

January 19, 2016, 6:01 am

I also have tomtom installed in my campervan and I simply love it.

Peter

January 20, 2016, 2:04 am

Hi - I live in Australian and will be spending 3 mths RV'ing around Europe in a few eeeks. I want to buy a Tom Tom Go Live Caravan and Camping. However, trying to find out where I can buy these is an absolute pain! Tom Tom tell me they don't know who sells them. I was given a store at the Duty Free Airport in Frankfurt, but it is no longer there. (Henni..??? - lost its franchise.) So I was wondering if anyone knows a store either in Frankfurt or duty free at the Int'l airport I can purchase one. That would be a huge help! Thanks ...

Nigel Bailey

February 6, 2016, 5:21 pm

Suggest you go to Ebay and find a supplier who will arrange for a Click and Collect at a convenient Argos store. Here's one deal I found : http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/TOMT...
Once you're back home, the TomTom mapping could be changed for your local mapping in Aus. It would be desirable to have a laptop with you for updates whilst over her. Have a great trip!

Peter

February 9, 2016, 1:35 am

Cheers Nigel. Thanks for the tip.

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