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post #51 of 62 (permalink) Old 05-03-2020, 19:44
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Doug, you are the fount of knowledge for TT units.
Do you know if the latest models shows speed and time of day if no route planned?
As you may recall the 6200 I replaced my 1005 camper with didn't.

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Hi @eurojohn

Actually when you have no route set on the GO6200 if you Tap Menu then Tap the word Menu top Left of the screen you get the Time and Day of the week at the top. which is the same as the latest devices do.

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Being solo I wanted one that I could put dimensions in as I dreaded having to reverse back to get out of a tight spot, so bought a Camper one. I have TomToms in my cars and like the system, so I got the TomTom Camper model. The mapping and directions are pretty good.

There's nothing really 'camper' about it except it has some POI (Points Of Interest) that are campgrounds (I think). It's obviously just a truck sat nav. If you want to go from A to B, there is no 'scenic' option, just fast, short or Eco. You can ban Motorways, tolls, ferries, unpaved roads, carpool lanes, tunnels, country borders.

What I found is it will take the most boring route unless you 'design' it by turning off motorways and/or using their MyGuide site to plot a route beforehand where you can see the scenic routes or even load one of their preconfigured tours. Once you've designed the route, you can send it to the TomTom. This can be time consuming, but once you get the hang of it works pretty well.

One really annoying thing is they lump the maps together as Europe so as someone above said they are ridiculously huge. Too big to get over a limited data sim deal so make sure you update it at home before you go and not while travelling. It'd be nice if you could just pick updates for the countries you wanted.

All the camper ones seem way overpriced (TomTom, Garmin, Aguri). They don't have enough camper features to warrant it. If you could manage without having dimensions and take the risk of getting stuck a car one would save you heaps. You could probably load campsite or aire POI's on it once you work that out.

There is no Mac specific software for the TomTom now. You just connect it via wifi to your home wifi or your phone hotspot while driving. Keep an eye on the data though as I suspect it chews up data. Something was my last trip (it could also have been a trip tracking program I had called Polarsteps). I would check the settings and turn off auto update so you can pick which ones to get.

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Some sat navs can also have a reversing camera connected. I'm not sure I'd like to have the same screen do both functions.

Just on using the phone as a sat nav - it will get very hot running all the time. If you use Google Maps I don't think that has vehicle dimensions yet (if that matters to you).

These are really good phone mounts. You stick a round disk on the dashboard and the mount sucks onto that. Easy one hand in or out. You can turn the phone to landscape mode for better photo position.

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HI @eurajohn

Further to my previous post.

The current models do not show your current speed when no route is set but as I said you can display the Time and Day of the week if you

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Tap Menu (Showing Top left of the screen.)

Also with the above screen showing the Time and day if you have the Voice set to a Computerised Voice such as Serena or Malcolm and have the Settings such that you have Warnings set to Read Aloud and all the choices selected then just as when you have no route set and just the map showing you will get a verbal warning of Fixed and Mobile Speed Cameras etc whilst you go along.

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There is no Mac specific software for the TomTom now. You just connect it via wifi to your home wifi or your phone hotspot while driving. Keep an eye on the data though as I suspect it chews up data. Something was my last trip (it could also have been a trip tracking program I had called Polarsteps). I would check the settings and turn off auto update so you can pick which ones to get.
Tomtom state that if you are using your Phone as a Traffic data source for your TT device that on the assumption that you use it for about 1 hour every day it should only use about 7mb of data per month which is very small. I t could be a little more if you are always using it during very busy traffic periods. I would also stress turning off Auto Updating so that you don't do any unwanted downloading whilst using it.

There is a Mac version of the My Drive Connect Software although there are a few issues as the current version is 64bit specific. Whilst you don't need the Mac for updates if you use the Wifi but if your Wifi is slowish then the use of your Mac can resolve this issue. If you have a wired Internet system at home ,say for medical reasons, or your Wifi is slowish you are advised to attach the TT unit to your PC/Mac with My Drive Connect Software running then just use the Menu options on the TT unit to manage the updating etc. You are only using the connection to the PC/Mac as access to the internet.

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I´m almost loosing the will to live reading this, it´s all too much for my brain to absorb.
I don´t think I need all this technology in a Navy, it sounds as if everyone else's idea of travel is different to mine, I just want to know how to get from place to place.

The Becker took me on my 48 km journey this morning very nicely, when I got home it told me I hadn't updated it for over a year as if I can still get free updates.
I am going to call them and see if I can.
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If it's not broken Jan don't fix it. If its just the battery that's the issue it dont matter, just leave it plugged in or if you need to use it in the back of the van get a 12v extension cable.
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If it's not broken Jan don't fix it. If its just the battery that's the issue it dont matter, just leave it plugged in or if you need to use it in the back of the van get a 12v extension cable.
That is what I am thinking Barry, already have a charging cable for the hab area and now of course I have the phone which I never had other years.
I think I will save myself a bit of money and find something more worthy to spend it on, any suggestions
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If you don’t think you need a ‘camper’ type sat nav for the dimensions, then just get the cheapest car sat nav that has lifetime maps (mind you, their definition of lifetime is a lot less than most people would hope for).

If you connect a recent model TomTom to the Mac MyDrive connect app (and presumably the Windows version does this too) it just says “your device uses wifi for updates” (something like that). This changed a few years ago.
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That is what I am thinking Barry, already have a charging cable for the hab area and now of course I have the phone which I never had other years.
I think I will save myself a bit of money and find something more worthy to spend it on, any suggestions
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