Finding the best Motorhome Sat Nav should be just like finding the perfect dress; cheap, easy and guaranteed to get you where you want to go! 😉
(Ok, ok, for all the pedantic readers out there- we haven't tried EVERY SINGLE Satellite Navigation system on the planet. That would be ridiculous. But this is the best motorhome sat nav we've found for us and we love it and highly recommend it. Let us tell you why.)
Like many people, we have family all over the country and we've tried several sat-nav systems over the years. All of them have been…ok. 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 took the width and height of our vehicle into account! Sounds too good to be true, yes?
Well, we're still using it today- all these thousands of miles later. And it only cost us £34.99
“What is it?” I can hear you screaming at the screen.
Well, it's Co-Pilot. Co-Pilot Caravan Europe to be precise.
Never heard of it? That's ok- neither had we when we first got it.
Watch the video below:
Here's a quick video of us setting up Co-Pilot and a montage of all the amazing places we've seen using Co-Pilot as our sat-nav! You can see Co-Pilot in action as we cross borders, navigate mountains and drive at night in torrential rain-storms. Seriously, we have abused this system and it's still going! (There's also a puppy update in the video… I am too good to you! ;))
Co-Pilot is an app, which works on either Apple or Android devices. You can find it in the App Store or Google Play and pay/ download it just as you would any other app. We have the app downloaded onto an iPad (old and second-hand from CEX) and this iPad is mounted onto our dashboard in the motorhome, using this mount. (Do NOT mount it onto your windscreen or impeding the driver's view- this will get you fined in many countries throughout Europe.) You can also use the app on any phone which allows apps, so you could use a normal phone mount if you wish.
CAUTION: There are several different types of Co-Pilot available to download and although they are from the same developer, they are NOT THE SAME. For Motorhomes, campervans, Caravans and RV's in Europe, you want Co-Pilot Caravan Europe. NOT the truck one- that has tachometers and all sorts of other, totally confusing things! This applies even if your vehicle is over 3.5t, like ours- we use the Caravan version and it works great.
There is also Co-Pilot RV USA (no prizes for where that should be used!!) and Co-Pilot GPS Car Sat-Nav available to download as well, should you need them.
How to use Co-Pilot
Once downloaded, add in the dimensions of your vehicle- we add on a little extra just to be safe! You can even add in extra profiles- for example, we have one set up for Wanda (our Motorhome) with a trailer attached and without a trailer attached. We also have one set up to avoid tolls or toll roads- we used this in Switzerland last summer, but now we are over 3.5t it doesn't make much difference any more! 🙁
The app finds the best route for you based on your preferences (fastest, shortest, avoiding tolls etc) and takes the dimensions of your vehicle into account- particularly height, which is very useful.
In all our many miles of motorhoming, we've only run in trouble twice- and neither time was really the app's fault. The first time was in Wales, on our VERY FIRST Motorhome adventure. We found ourselves at the bottom of a twisty, turny, country lane which we couldn't get out of as the road the other end was far too narrow for a motorhome.
The moral of the story is to be cautious with small, narrow roads which won't be marked correctly on ANY sat-nav.
The second was in Germany, where a previously safe, passable road had been chopped in half by a railway bridge… leaving only 1.8m clearance! Funnily enough, we had to reverse our way out of that one too! But as they were still building it, the maps hadn't been updated yet.
On the right-hand side of the screen is a line, which shows you traffic incidents if you've connected that feature. The app allows you to re-route if you prefer to avoid any buildups. You can also add in waypoints or an entire route, using postcodes or GPS co-ordinates. We use GPS a lot when we're navigating to camping places found on Park4night or similar.
Are there any downsides to Co-Pilot Caravan Europe?
Honestly, not really. Initally, we used the app on our personal iPads, but decided to buy a dedicated (older) iPad to use. We keep it charging as we drive using a USB charger. If you wanted to do something similar, there would obviously be an additional charge for the iPad- I think we paid about £100. Don't forget, you need an iPad with a SIM card (or use a phone)- you need the GPS capability which comes with a GSM (Sim card).
Let me put it this way- Mr WB is the biggest gadget man alive. Seriously- he CANNOT put up with things which don't work right. There is no way we would still be using this app if he wasn't happy with it. Don't believe me? Try it for yourself!!
COMPETITION- Win Co-Pilot for yourself!!!!!
Co-Pilot have been kind enough to offer us three codes for Co-Pilot Caravan Europe– EXCLUSIVELY for our blog subscribers.
All you need to do right now is join our mailing list in the box below. Make sure to check and click on the GDPR email which will arrive in your inbox. (If you don't receive it, check your Spam folder.) If you are already subscribed to our blog updates, you DO NOT need to subscribe again.
Before the end of November, I'll send out an email to all our subscribers, asking a question which you'll need to answer in order to be put into the draw. TOP TIP: Make sure our emails don't go into your SPAM folder.
Winners will receive a code from Wandering Bird with full details on how to redeem it. If for any reason you win the code and then decide not to use it, please let us know so we can pass it on to someone else.
Here are the basic terms and conditions for the competition- other Terms and Conditions for using Co-Pilot apply:
- Codes are for Co-Pilot Caravan Europe only
- The codes will only work on Google Play/ Android devices (To clarify, Co-Pilot is available on Apple, but the competition codes aren't valid for the Apple store.)
- Codes can be redeemed until end of January 2019 and cannot be exchanged for cash or any other service.
- Wandering Bird Adventures is in no way liable to any damage done to or by your vehicle when using the app.
- Wandering Bird Adventures does not offer technical support of any kind- please contact Co-Pilot should you need assistance.
Good Luck! The winners will be emailed and announced on Facebook- make sure you're following us! As always, if you have any questions, feel free to ask below.
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