Best Motorhome sat navs- top 15 reviewed

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If you're looking for the best sat nav for a motorhome, campervan or caravan, you're in the right place. Here, we compare and review the best motorhome sat navs on the market- and help you choose the best one for you!


Looking for the best motorhome sat nav? Feeling a little overwhelmed by all the motorhome, campervan and caravan sat navs on the market? Wondering if you even really NEED one anymore- or if Google maps will do (spoiler- it wont!)

Today, we're sharing the best motorhome sat navs on the market (updated for 2020) and helping you understand the pros and cons of each model so you can choose the best system for you, whether you're exploring the UK or setting off to tour Europe in a motorhome.

Each system has different abilities- and it's important to choose the right option- there's no point buying a motorhome sat nav if you can't input the dimensions of your camper (or caravan!) Knowing which routes to pick and which ones you need to avoid can really make planning motorhome trips so much easier!

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Why do you need a dedicated sat-nav for a motorhome or caravan?

We all agree that driving a motorhome, caravan or even a campervan has several problems you just don't face in a car. Taller, wider and longer- it's easier to get stuck in a narrow road and a LOT harder to turn around/ reverse out of the area- especially if you're like us and tow a trailer behind your motorhome!

We rarely use a sat nav in our cars. But in the motorhome, we very much want to avoid low bridges, narrow lanes, town centres.

Driving a caravan has similar complications- you want to be sure the road you're heading down is right- reversing with a trailer or caravan attached is no fun! That's why getting a dedicated motorhome or caravan sat nav is important. In fact, it's SO important that it made our list of the top 21 essential motorhome accessories EVERY van should have!

The problem is, there are many (MANY!) caravan and motorhome sat navs on the market which MIGHT do what you want… but what do you want?

Hopefully, this post will help you narrow down the options and find the best one for you.


How to choose the best GPS motorhome sat nav for you

I'll be honest- a sat-nav is not the place to try and save money- after all, this little box is going to be working pretty hard. You definitely need to make sure you get one which is up to the task! And depending on where you're travelling or living on the road, it may affect what you get.

Look at the following criteria and decide what you NEED and what you would like from your sat nav:

  • Ability to input height and width (essential!)
  • Ability to input weight (useful if you have a vehicle over 3.5 tonnes)
  • Works in Europe (if you're planning to take your motorhome to Europe! More on that later.)
  • Turns into a rear-camera when reversing (SOOOO useful if you don't already have one!)
  • Do you want your GPS or sat nav to show you campsites? (In my opinion, there are better options to find these)
  • Do you want it to have a dashcam or Bluetooth connection so it can sync with your phone? (Again, nice to have but probably not essential)
  • Size of screen- too small might be annoying to see, too large could block your vision
  • If you're looking for the best caravan sat nav, make sure the unit can be programmed with or without your caravan, so you can still use it as a car satellite navigation system if you want to.

These are just some of the features offered by the biggest and best motorhome sat-nav manufacturers. It's up to you to decide which ones are right for you- and which you can live without.


Should you get a dashboard mounted or a fully-integrated motorhome sat nav?

Dashboard mounted motorhome sat nav

A dashboard mounted unit is exactly what it sounds like- an external unit mounted onto your dashboard.

Pros of these are that they are fairly easy to buy, install and use. If you get an option with a reversing camera, you may find it slightly harder, but not impossible. These are by far the most popular option and there are many more variations on the market.

Cons of a dashboard mounted motorhome sat nav is that they can be unslightly and sometimes even block the drivers view. They are also a potential target for thieves- so always remember to remove them from sight when not in use.

Integrated motorhome sat-nav with multimedia systems

Alternatively, you can buy a fully-integrated motorhome sat nav system (Also called an in-dash multimedia system). These are often already built into the motorhome or camper, but can be fitted later.

Pros: They look cleaner, can often be cheaper and are sometimes easier to update.

Cons: You need a network connection and they require data to work- not great if you enjoy touring in the mountains.

Motorhome sat nav app

One last option is to use an app with a phone or iPad. We have used the CoPilot GPS motorhome sat nav app for years and used to highly recommend it as a cheaper sat-nav option. Sadly, there seem to be some glitches lately (hence us wanting to upgrade to a proper motorhome sat nav!)

If you like using apps, here are 21 of the best road trip apps we recommend.

One more thing, if you are hiring a motorhome, make sure you know if they provide a sat-nav or not! It can really make a difference to the enjoyment of your holiday.

Ok, let's take a look at some of the best options on the market for motorhome and caravan sat-navs.


The best Motorhome sat nav options (which work for caravan sat nav too!)

Garmin Camper 770LMT-D 6.95 Inch Sat Nav with Full Europe Lifetime Maps, Free Lifetime Digital Traffic, Bluetooth, Wi-Fi and Backup Camera, Black

I love this option which has a reversing camera (useful for towing), works in Europe, has traffic reports, wi-fi AND Bluetooth. It might even make you a cup of coffee if you ask it nicely! Other features include:

  • Large, easy-to-read Sat nav screen (6.95-inch edge-to-edge); touchscreen display and Wi-Fi for map and software updates
  • Free lifetime map updates for the UK, Ireland and full Europe (45 countries) and free digital traffic reports
  • Custom routing and trip planning for the size and weight of your camper, motorhome or caravan/towable trailer.
  • Display type: Multi-touch, glass, WSVGA colour TFT with white backlight
  • Includes directory of campsites from NKC, MHF and ACSI with search filter and live parking information for parking at your destination
  • Road warnings for sharp curves, camper speed limits, speed cameras, bridge heights, weight limits, narrow roads, steep hills and more

NOTE:  The Garmin 770 sells out regularly- or the price goes crazy high. If that's the case, this is the older version of the product, with the backup camera and outstanding reviews. 


Garmin Camper 770LMT-D 6.95 Inch Sat Nav with Full Europe Lifetime Maps, Free Lifetime Digital Traffic, Bluetooth and Wi-Fi, Black

This one is almost identical to the one above, without the reversing back-up camera. There's a reason Garmin are dominating the market at the moment- they really are very good units!

Other highlights include:

  • Custom routing and planning for the size and weight of your camper, motorhome or caravan/towable trailer
  • Free Lifetime Map Updates for the UK, Ireland and Full Europe (45 countries) and Free Digital Traffic to keep you updated and moving.
  • Display size: 15.2 x 8.9 cm; 6.95 inch diagonal (17.7 cm)
  • Large, easy-to-read Sat nav screen (6.95-inch edge-to-edge); touchscreen display and Wi-Fi for map and software updates

Avtex Tourer Two Motorhome and Caravan Sat Nav

This Avtex unit has been getting some GREAT reviews lately- shooting it up the list of best motorhome sat navs for 2020.

Some of the highlights include:

  • Road warnings for bridge heights, weight limits, steep gradients, sharp curves and more
  • More than 9000 ACSI camp sites in the directory
  • Listing for The Caravan and Motorhome Club
  • Protective case and travel bag

Snooper S6900 VENTURA Caravan and Motorhome Navigation System with Active Magnetic Mount

This motorhome sat nav always gets great reviews. Snooper typically do truck and HGV sat-navs, so they know a thing or two about navigating large vehicles!

Highlights include:

  • Advanced satellite navigation for safe, efficient routing for drivers of caravans & motorhomes
  • 7″ Touchscreen
  • Free European map updates- for life!
  • Over 31000 Campsite & POI's
  • 12 Month Manufacturer warranty.

Aguri Motorhome & Caravan RV720 DVR Deluxe 7″ Sat Nav with Built-in Dash Cam, Wi-Fi and full UK & European mapping

I like the idea of a built-in dash-cam. Seems to make a lot of sense- just be careful where you mount the sat-nav so it doesn't obscure your vision.

  • Free map updates for life. Preloaded with the latest Motorhome & Caravan specialist street level mapping covering all of Europe and the UK. Enter the attributes of your vehicle and RV720 DVR will calculate a safe and trustworthy route avoiding weight, height and width restrictions. Works straight out of the box. No registration required. Free wireless updates.
  • New brighter screen with excellent off-axis viewing and enhanced speaker! Includes extensive Specialist POIs. Over 30,000 caravan sites, campsites and motorhome stopover locations including The Caravan Club, Camping and Caravanning Club, Camperstop plus thousands more all preloaded and ready to use.
  • Junction view and Lane view. Advanced visual warning of the next junction or major intersection. Plus, Text to speech (TTS) directional voice alerts including road name or number. For safer navigation.
  • Speed trap & speed limit alert system with FREE wireless updates. Advance warning of all types of fixed speed traps and mobile speed trap hotspots available from Aguri's all new Speedshield speed trap data services. Plus, displays the speed limit of most roads across Europe at all times. Comes preloaded with the latest Speedshield speed trap database so you can start using it straight out of the box.
  • Built-in DVR dash cam. Prove what really happened and protect your no claims bonus with Aguri's fully integrated 1080P High Definition DVR dash cam with 150 degree wide-angle lens
  • Protective case and travel bag

TomTom Truck Sat Nav GO Professional 6250 with European Maps and Traffic Services (Via SIM), Updates via WI-FI, Designed for Motorhome, camper, truck, Coach, Bus and Large Vehicles

  • Get routes which take into account your large vehicle’s dimensions, weight, cargo and max speed
  • Updating your motorhome sat nav has never been easier: Keep your TomTom GO PROFESSIONAL updated via WiFi. No computer needed.
  • Stopped traffic alerts: Avoid sudden braking with alerts for imminent traffic
  • Hands-free calling & Smartphone message – Have text messages read out from your smartphones & stay connected with hands-free calling

Aonerex GPS Navigation System with Sunshade

This is another newer motorhome sat nav which is gaining great reviews. It's a MUCH cheaper option than some of the other sat navs in this list- making it perfect for anyone on a budget.

Some of the highlights include:

  • Optional sunshade- allowing you to see the screen clearly at all times of day or night
  • 7 inch touchscreen with simple navigation
  • 2D & 3D views
  • Lifetime map updates included
  • Camping stops, shops, ATMs and more included on maps
  • Voice navigation
  • The ability to use it for music, watching films or reading eBooks (when not driving, of course!)

Garmin Camper 785 Advanced Camper Sat Nav with Built-in Dash Cam, 7 Inch Touch Display, Traffic and Voice-Activated Navigation

This 7″ GPS satellite naviagtion unit for motorhomes, caravans or campers features a bright borderless touch screen so you can easily see important information.

  • The Camper 785 takes into account the size and weight of the motorhome to find the best path
  • You can also store the profiles of various vehicles or trailers.
  • Wide database of camper stops for caravans and motorhomes in Western Europe and also free rest stop information with Trailer's PARK
  • Hands-free: Smartphone notifications, voice activated navigation, hands-free calls via Bluetooth
  • Built-in dash-cam for accident detection; front collision alert and lane output

TomTom Camper Sat Nav, 6 Inch, with Updates Via Wi-Fi, Camper and Caravan POIs, Worldwide Lifetime Maps, TomTom Road Trips

One of the most popular motorhome sat navs on the market.

  • Updates via Wi-Fi: Get the latest maps and software for your TomTom GO CAMPER with built-in Wi-Fi; no computer needed
  • Camper and caravan POIs: Find detailed points of interest dedicated for campers and caravans
  • TomTom road trips: Discover the world's best routes, personalise them easily so you can relax and be guided on the ride
  • TomTom mydrive: Plan routes, check live traffic and save favourites from your smartphone, tablet or PC
  • Professional sat navigation for large vehicles

Ventura S8100 Caravan and Motorhome Sat Nav

A highly regarding GPS satellite navigation system from motorhomes, campervans and caravans

  • European Mapping included
  • 7inch LCD display
  • Enhanced Audio
  • Over 24,000 campsites across 31 countries preloaded

TomTom Trucker 6000 GPS Sat-Nav with Full European (Including UK) Lifetime Maps. Designed for Caravan, Motor-homes, trucks and other Large Vehicles

An older model for motorhomes, caravans and campers, but still worth a look.

  • Customised routes for your vehicle type, size, weight and speed
  • Receive an updated map 4 times a year
  • Get a realistic estimated time of arrival
  • Receive real-time traffic information across Europe

3 Best motorhome sat nav Multimedia systems

If you want a multimedia system which can also be used for a satellite navigation, here are some of the best.

Sony XAV-AX1000

This unit is only compatible with Apple CarPlay- so you need Apple phones/ products.  It has a smaller screen than some of the other options, but the price is good for what it offers

  • Apple CarPlay ONLY- with voice control
  • USB port on the front
  • 6.2″  colour touchscreen
  • Good audio quality for the sound system

Pioneer AVH-Z5100DAB

This multimedia player is at the top end of the Pioneer range and gives you a full-width display when using mapping (which cheaper models often don't).

Highlights include:

  • Full width 7″ touchscreen display
  • Apple CarPlay, iPhone or Android compatible with one single cable
  • DAB/DAB+ digital radio audio/video
  • Plays from CDs and DVDs
  • Has Bluetooth, to stream music or call hands-free 
  • Compatible with most reversing cameras.

Kenwood DDX-4019DAB

Honestly, this is probably bought more for the radio system than the sat nav- but it's very popular with campervanners and as a caravan sat nav, so we thought we'd include it.

Highlights include:

  • 6-inch screen with BT hands-free function and audio streaming
  • two phones can be paired at the same time
  • Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatible
  • Spotify control function
  • connection for rear view camera; 3 pre-outs (front, rear, sub) with 4 volts
  • Kenwood Remote App
  • CD/DVD drive and rear USB port for storage media with video films

Co-Pilot Caravan Sat Nav system- Mobile App

When we got our first motorhome, we decided to try a new system which used offline maps, worked on our existing phones or iPads AND which took the width and height of our vehicle into account- all for less than £40!

Sounds too good to be true, yes? Well… sort of.

Co-Pilot has changed a bit in the last 12 months, but here's our review so you can decide which sat-nav option is best for you.

If you want a dedicated motorhome or caravan sat-nav (which we highly recommend), then the units above will definitely do the job for you!


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13 thoughts on “Best Motorhome sat navs- top 15 reviewed”

    • Hi Angela,

      You can transfer your licence from one device to another, but you can only use the licence on one device at a time. Hope that helps!

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  1. Hi there, we have only just found your blog and look forward to reading it – we have been thinking of getting the co-pilot app for a while now, after being directed down a very narrow land in Wales and cracking the awning casing on a overhanging tree on our first motorhome trip away and then surviving (but being the talk of the town) driving through Mevagissey last year, all thanks to being directed by a standard Tom tom car sat nav. Just watched the video and wondered what sort of mount you have, I clicked on the link below the video but the mount looked completely different to the one in your video. We are thinking of buying a 7 or 8″ tablet with GPS & micro SD card specifically to run this app, but how to safely attach it to the motorhome seems to be the current stumbling block.

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    • Hi Sarah! Sorry to hear about your troubles- that is the problem we found with ‘car’ sat-navs. The mount in the link is the one we now use but you are correct, we previously used a different one which honestly wasn’t as good- which is why we changed! Make sure you don’t get anything which attaches to the windscreen- they’re illegal in many countries. Good luck!

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  2. Thanks, newbie motorhome owner, reformed caravaner! Useful info on sat navs, we’ve all been there with car ones towing. Interesting not. I did talk to one motorhome owner who downloaded an app and seemed well pleased. At the moment I trying to find info on mounting a rear rack to vertical carry my windsurfer? There is a tow bar already fitted. So far various manufactures have not helped. There must be something out there? US RV’s seem to manage it.

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  3. Sadly, CoPilot has now changed from a perpetual licence to an annual subscription. The cost-effective benefits of the app have reduced considerably – particularly when specialist units come with dedicated hardware and free lifetime map updates. I’m really disappointed about this as I was about to get CoPilot for my phone.

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  4. Hi we have watch your videos on utube,for a long time now,and you have give us inspiration,to do what we have been dreaming off for 7 years now,We camped in france and spain last year but now we want to buy a motorhome and give up work from november 2020 to march 2020,to, travel in the winter months to chase the sun in spain,were do you reccomend and we want to stay on hook up,ie electric, allso we hired a 6 meter rmotothome with a ,drop down bed , but we think a fixed bed is better for us,we have seen a benimar milo fixed bed but its a 7 meter length one, i know its only a extra meter but in your experance is a 7 meter motorhome easy to manoevre ,please reply les and deby

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    • Hi Les and Deby,
      Yes, a 7m motorhome is pretty easy to manoeuvre with a little practice. As for destinations, the world is your oyster! I have a post on the best destinations for winter sun in Europe which you might find useful.

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  5. Hi,
    We use Co-Pilot and wondered about your comment ‘Sadly, there seem to be some glitches lately (hence us wanting to upgrade to a proper motorhome sat nav!)’ and hoped you would be able to share with me what these were? We are considering a proper motorhome satnav as well.

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  6. Hi, having been a European truck driver, (now retired) years ago we only had maps then satnavs it took me years to start to trust a satnav, especially when l new my way around and quite often went a different way to what it was trying to get me to go. They all need to be used as an aid, not to be totally relied upon, my personal advice is to learn your way around by studying a map, and use the nav as a backup.

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