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jackdoor
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PostPosted: Sat Sep 24, 2011 9:33 am    Post subject: which is best sat nav for hgv Reply with quote

Hi all
I am a new member, guys we need to put our heads together & make a choice on what sat nav is best. Lets face it, is their a satnav that can realy route us around streets, that are to tight for hgv`s, that don`t have a weight or width restrictions. As this is the only way the sat nav would be able to calculate a route using these restrictions.Therefore most units with POI`s of weight, width restrictions & low bridges are as good as each other.

Please laeve your comments for all to reveiw.

Very Happy
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PostPosted: Sat Sep 24, 2011 5:42 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

If you like the idea of TomTom models then I would recommend one of their special "Truck" models which use optimised "Truck" maps. They aren't that cheap though, but they do properly all the things you think you can do on ordinary models.

For example, plenty of places advertise free Points of Interest files for low bridges, width restrictions etc. but most ordinary sat-navs are only able to warn you as you approach one, NOT avoid them while calculating the route in the first place.

You can read about the Truck/Work models here: http://business.tomtom.com/en_gb/products/
and download the manuals for them here: http://business.tomtom.com/en_gb/support/download-guides/
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PostPosted: Sat Sep 24, 2011 6:11 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Garmin do numerous satnavs aimed at the truck market, see here:

http://www.halfords.com/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/categorydisplay_storeId_10001_catalogId_10151_categoryId_229906_langId_-1
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PostPosted: Sun Sep 25, 2011 8:57 am    Post subject: truck sat nav`s Reply with quote

Hi guys
Thanks for your reponse, i thnk that you missed my point, i do have a tomtom truck satnav. If you input a destination, & there are no weight, width or low bridges along your route, you could be routed down streets that are not suitable for hgv`s. Therefore, that is why i mentioned that if you have the PIO`s, then check theses along your route are they not all as good as each other. Only my thoughts, look forward to hearing yours

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PostPosted: Sun Sep 25, 2011 11:17 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Sounds a bit "Devil and Deep Blue Sea" to me. So the route does NOT contain any width, height or weight restrictions, you are supposedly permitted to drive your monster truck along them.

The same happens with ordinary satnavs too - any road which does not have a speed limit recorded in the map will be regarded as National Speed Limit 60 or 70mph, so instead of sending you along a 40mph A-road section, the satnav might route you through a tiny country lane in the erroneous assumption that you can do 60mph down it, regardless of free range children, sheep, cows, badgers and tight bends.

I guess it's an insoluble problem.
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PostPosted: Sun Sep 25, 2011 4:19 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

thats the famous do you want to use a car route instead function of the tomtom

funnily enough copilot garmin and pronav refuse to route you point blank

if you are getting routed down unsuitable roads then stop and use the browse map function this is very easy to use and yes normaly you will find somewhere to pull up and check or look at the route before you set off
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PostPosted: Mon Sep 26, 2011 12:58 pm    Post subject: Re: truck sat nav`s Reply with quote

jackdoor wrote:
Hi guys
Thanks for your reponse, i thnk that you missed my point, i do have a tomtom truck satnav.


We wouldn't have done...if you'd told us! Laughing

I think your best bet SO FAR, will still be one of the dedicated "truck" solutions from TomTom or Garmin.

It sounds like you really want:
1. a POI file which contains every "dodgy" location for HGVs (not just width/height restrictions), and
2. a sat-nav which can calculate a route that avoids every instance of that particular POI category,

Number 1 may exist somewhere, but I've never heard of a sat-nav which can do number 2.

(no jokes about sat-navs doing "number twos" please! Twisted Evil )
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PostPosted: Mon Sep 26, 2011 7:29 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

having used most of them in anger i would copilot truck wins for useabillity
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PostPosted: Mon Sep 26, 2011 7:34 pm    Post subject: sat nav Reply with quote

hi
All i want to do is use the satnav`s to the best of their abiltiy, & try to
identify the most accurate make & model. We all travel to places we have never been before Rolling Eyes . A lot of the sat navs are a waste of money if we all pulled together, we may save ourseleves a great deal of hassle
& a great deal of money Very Happy
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PostPosted: Mon Sep 26, 2011 8:44 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

it isnt that easy as each sector of transport has different needs
so what companies do is make a device that will best suit all of the transport sectors needs at the end of the day you are driving the truck not the satnav its only a digital map the driver is in control of the veihcle not the satnav

if your finding yourself regularly being taken up unsuitable roads then you need to the change the preferences on you device or used the browse map function now to preplan your route 5 mins extra planinng is worth 25 minutes up a back lane trying to reverse out

the most being a waste of money im sorry idont buy it councils change weightlimits put oneway systems in place very quickly these days and yes it can play havoc even the most upto date map and whizzbang satnav

i applogies for the rambling but i have been up since 3am and am currently parked on an indutrial estate somewhere in the sw of england
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PostPosted: Sun May 20, 2012 10:35 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I faced this dilemma last year. I was doing multidrop deliveries in rigid LGVs and my old device struggled, and it was a TomTom. I tried to use my Android mobile but a faulty PSU shoved 24v into the 5v socket and thus I chose the option to get a proper truck SatNav.

So I ended up with the Snooper Truckmate 6000. It is a bit clunky and slow but it does the job and there have been numerous times when it has routed me around an odd way but I have got there and survived. The most interesting was when I was in a convoy of 6 company trucks, a mix of artics and rigids. I pointed out my S/N had a different route due to a low bridge and was told that there weren't any low bridges in the area. One of the other guys said his truckers atlas even mentioned it so in the end myself and an artic driver branched off on one route and the others followed the other route.

So we were parked up the other side of a low bridge and could see them having to turn around to find another way.

Since then I've had another occasion when I was sure I could get under a particular bridge but the S/N decided I couldn't and spent a lot of time flashing at me and giving lots of alert warnings and all that. Pulled over before the bridge and found out I'd set the height wrong. After that all was peachy.

The only major drawback of the above device I have is it's initial price, which was close on 300. Most people don't want to spend this on an electronic device, apart from mobiles where most spend hundreds if not thousands more a year... Rolling Eyes Rolling Eyes Laughing
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