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AT Dakota Head Unit Replacement

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So Iím a new owner of a 2012 AutoTrail Dakota, itís our first motor home and after returning home with it Iíve noticed the sat nav doesnít seem to pick up current location, after reading some posts Iím going to take the unit out and see if itís a loose connection at the back for the GPS receiver..... just waiting for a set of the pins to remove it to be delivered... picture of the screen attached.... also when you set a route it seems to want to start from a location unknown to me... probably the last known gps location before it lost connection.

Also as I was playing with it a lot at the weekend and I realise itís not the best Headunit in the world, quite slow, sometimes unresponsive etc and was thinking of upgrading it, I spoke with Lee Evans and they recommend a replacement to a Clarion unit which they say is the best replacement unit.....£1,300...... has anyone replaced thereís with this unit or have you replaced it with another one like Pioneer or something?

Any advice welcome,

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Can the unit actually 'see' the sky? Is it possible that it is shielded. My car in the garage needs to poke it's nose outside before sat nav knows where it is.

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Can the unit actually 'see' the sky? Is it possible that it is shielded. My car in the garage needs to poke it's nose outside before sat nav knows where it is.

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It can yes, if it canít itís the worse excuse for a sat nav Iíve ever seen lol
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Is the unit an original AT fitted unit, if so Iíve seen many complaints on Facebook AT owners groups, perhaps if you use FB a query there can get a definitive response?

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£1300 is an insane price to pay for a sat nav and radio.

Buy a TomTom or a Garmin and a new radio from Lidl when they have them on offer. Total cost under £200.
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Hi and welcome to MHF Steve, and thanks for reminding me I need to look up the manual for mine, hopefully, it has Bluetooth on it, but I think not, so I will be looking for a new one, single-DIN, unfortunately, not sure if you can fit a double DIN, not sure I'd bother with Sat nag onboard anyway, I think you can get them now where it'll connect to the phone and have Google maps which are about as good as you can get.

£1300, I should Cocoa.
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Hi and welcome to MHF Steve, and thanks for reminding me I need to look up the manual for mine, hopefully, it has Bluetooth on it, but I think not, so I will be looking for a new one, single-DIN, unfortunately, not sure if you can fit a double DIN, not sure I'd bother with Sat nag onboard anyway, I think you can get them now where it'll connect to the phone and have Google maps which are about as good as you can get.

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Quite right Kev.

I don't know why I recommended a sat nav. I've relied on my phone for years now and it's fine.

I do sometimes miss the lane assist feature though.

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I wouldn't touch an app for a long time, But Zebedee got me into Maps.me and Copilot which I do still use.


Where he these days, hope he's fit and well.
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Thanks for all the replies, well I got the headunit pins from Lee Evans today, super quick service as only ordered yesterday. Iím residing myself to the fact I will be buying a separate sat nav though now, Iím sure the question will be which one, Tom Tom, Garmin or I quite like the Aguri device..... hmmm
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Id urge you to download the google maps app its free and doesn't use much data. You can also download particular areas of interest to save data before buying a stand alone one.
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