If you’re determined to make the most of the rest of summer, whether risking the chance of rain here or escaping to warmer climes on the continent, there are few more convenient ways to do it than with your mobile home from home. Provided, that is, you can easily drive to your destination – which is where a sat nav comes in handy.
However, most sat navs and sat nav apps don’t cater for caravan owners. It’s all very well having the latest up-to-date traffic data, but it’s going to be of no use if your sat nav is diverting you down side streets that are too narrow, or under bridges that are too low.
Dedicated camper and caravan sat navs are designed specifically for use in oversized vehicles. Most allow drivers to tailor their route to avoid obstacles such as low bridges, steep gradients, weight restrictions and narrow roads. Some will even let you enter the specific dimensions of your rig, to ensure a perfectly customised route.
You will come across sat navs that are marketed for caravan owners, but in reality they’re intended for lorry drivers. This means they don’t have any of the enhanced features you need, such as caravan-specific points of interest. Our in-depth reviews will help you to find the best.
Read on for a round-up of some of the latest caravan sat navs we’ve tested, including a brand new Best Buy model.
Head straight to our expert motorhome and caravan sat nav reviews.
Garmin 780 Camper LMT-D (£358)
The 780 Camper LMT-D is a new range-topping camper and caravan sat nav from industry giant Garmin. It has a large 7-inch capacitive touchscreen and the same high-quality map rendering as other Garmin models we’ve tested.
With a built-in wi-fi connection, this Garmin caravan sat nav is easy to update. You can simply connect it to your home network, rather than having to hook it up to your PC with a separate cable.
But is it worth paying £358 for, and does it offer anything over and above this for its premium price? Included are free traffic updates and Bluetooth connectivity for hands-free calling, but there are plenty of other sat navs that offer this at a lower price.
What matters most is just how relevant a route this Garmin caravan sat nav picks out for the specific vehicle dimensions entered, and just how easy the guidance instructions are to follow.
Find out how it compares with rival models in our full Garmin 780 Camper LMT-D review.
TomTom Go Camper (£300)
The TomTom Go Camper is the latest caravan and motorhome sat nav from the brand. Models we’ve previously tested offer some route tailoring based on vehicle size, but are predominantly aimed at HGV drivers.
To compete directly with the likes of the Garmin 780 Camper LMT-D, the new TomTom sat nav has lots of features, including specific route guidance for your vehicle’s dimensions and weight.
The point of interest (POI) database is populated with camping-specific destinations, and speed-camera alerts (fixed and mobile) are included in the price.
It also has built-in wi-fi for easier map and software updates, and even integrates with smartphone voice assistants such as Siri.
Discover if this caravan sat nav is the ideal solution for your holiday – see our expert TomTom Go Camper review.
Snooper Ventura Pro S8100 TV (£395)
Snooper sat navs often fail to stand out from their TomTom and Garmin rivals. However, the Ventura Pro has a unique feature that could prove a boon to your passengers if you’re stuck in summer jams: it has a built-in Freeview TV receiver.
The Ventura Pro gives you access to more than 70 TV channels, without buying any extra bits of kit. If you’ve ever been stuck in a long tailback or border crossing with nothing but foreign-language radio for company, you’ll certainly see the appeal.
But is the TV tuner simply a gimmick to distract from sub-standard audio and visual navigation? Find out in our independent Snooper Ventura Pro S8100 TV review.
TomTom Go Professional 6250 (£345)
The premium price of this Go Professional model places it towards the higher end of TomTom’s caravan sat nav range.
While not a specific camper and caravan unit (it’s also aimed at van and lorry drivers), it has a high-quality 6-inch screen and allows you to enter your vehicle’s dimensions for tailored route guidance.
It also includes a lifetime subscription for traffic data and speed-camera location. But does it have what it takes to be a great caravan sat nav?
Find out how this model fared in our comprehensive lab tests – TomTom Go Professional 6250 review.
Need help choosing a sat nav?
If you need help deciding whether a sat nav app or dedicated sat nav unit would be best for your needs, head over to our guide on how to buy the best sat nav.