The Best Motorhome Sat Nav Apps

The Best Motorhome Sat Nav Apps

If you’ve already decided not to have a caravan or motorhome sat nav and prefer to use a sat nav app with a phone, tablet or via a media centre for your road trip, then you’re in the right place! 

If you’re looking for the best sat nav for caravan users; the best sat nav app in the UK or for info on sat navs for mobile phones you’ll find all you need to know here; we will explore the best app for sat nav, look at their pros and cons and highlight what you need to know about motorhome and caravan navigation apps.

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Sat nav phone apps use GPS (global positioning system) to provide you with a route from one destination to another, according to your specifications.  You will need a smart phone to download these campervan nav apps, all of which work on both IOS and Android phones and tablets. Many can also be used via Apple Carplay or Android Auto, which links your phone to a media player in your vehicle and replicates the look of a fully integrated sat nav.  If you want more info on these, sat navs and sat navs with an integrated dash cam, then head on over to the Essential Guide to Motorhome Sat Navs.

The downside of using a motorhome or caravan sat nav app is that most require a wi-fi or 4g connection, at least to get started.  Using a dashboard mounted phone is also illegal in some countries so this must also be taken into consideration.

There are lots of motorhome navigation apps available and which you pick is a matter of trial and error, how you like your screen to display, which options you require and so on.  These are our pick of the top motorhome navigation apps, we suggest doing a route you are familiar with using each before making a choice.

Google Maps

This is our go-to motorhome navigation app for planning and understanding routes and directions.   We do use Google Maps for actual motorhome navigation but have to be ultra-aware of road signage and restrictions; in the past we have had a few big detours due to low bridges. 

  • Clean on the screen and intuitive.
  • Covers UK, Europe and the World.
  • Free lifetime updates and without ads.
  • Live traffic updates including diversion suggestions.
  • Supported by Apple Carplay and Android Auto.
  • Works offline (without traffic updates) once route started.
  • Needs an internet connection to start a route.
  • Cannot be configured for size of vehicle.
  • Some locations woefully out of date and no information on update frequency available.

We have not trialled as yet as it’s not compatible with Apple Carplay. However, reading reviews and comments on Facebook forums, this is a popular app with motorhomers.  If the functionality becomes available, then we will definately give it a try.

  • Easy to use.
  • Can be configured for vehicle size (pick the CoPilot Caravan option).
  • Full offline maps capability.
  • Real time traffic alerts.
  • Not supported by Apple Carplay or Android Auto and no information available about development of this.
  • £24.99 annually.

Clear mapping and easy to understand voice instructions got this motorhome navigation app off to a good start.  It got even better when it alerted us to a hidden police car, which was indeed hidden exactly where Waze told us it would be.  I don’t like the ‘report’ button, which is at the heart of this apps live updates and encourages users to alert others too hazards..it’s just not safe. We also have been taken, several times, along miniscule roads and detours as Waze seems to favour the short-cuts, except we all know they are not shortcuts in a motorhome!  The jury’s out on this one.

  • Community based system with real-time input from users.
  • Accurate real time traffic alerts, hazard reporting and speed info.
  • Supported by Apple Carplay and Android Auto.
  • Free to use.
  • Requires internet connection for the whole journey.
  • Tends to favour smaller roads and shorter route (not always fastest!)
  • Cannot be configured for vehicle size.
  • Heavy with ads pertinent to location, this can be distracting.

TomTom mapping is excellent, we used it for many years on our Tomtom Rider bike sat nav.  We have not trialled it in the motorhome and don’t think we will due to cost and lack of configurability.  TomTom seem to be late to the navigation app party and as a result, although their mapping is great it is let down by lack of innovation and a poorly thought out offer on the app.

  • Expert mapping. 
  • Intuitive operating system.
  • Full offline maps capability.
  • Real time traffic updates.
  • 47 miles of free mapping a month.
  • Can be configured to vehicle size through the TomTom Drive app.
  • Although you can add your vehicle size, this has to be done via another TomTom app and can be a little fiddly.
  • Not supported by Apple Carplay or Android Auto, although this is in development.
  • £12.99 a year

This is an interesting one.  It looks complicated when you download the app and it’s not intuitive at all, but if you can work through that, you have a winner which ticks pretty much all of the boxes.

  • Full offline capability with fast on-line option.
  • Free to use basic mapping.
  • Choose basic open-source mapping or plug-ins (costs extra) to enhance mapping.
  • Lots of options to create a bespoke mapping system.
  • Can be configured for vehicle height and weight in settings at no extra cost.
  • Complicated operating system.
  • Not supported by Apple Carplay or Android Auto.
  • Additional costs for more than basic mapping.
Driving Safely & Comfortably

Not trialled and we probably won’t as there are equally good, if not better, apps at no cost.

  • Free to use.
  • Some offline capability.
  • Can be configured for vehicle size using truck option with TomTom mapping.
  • Real time traffic updates require internet connection.
  • Truck option €49.99 with updates costing 50% of fee.

HERE WeGo

HERE WeGo used to be Nokia Maps.  For us, it is not a contender as it is more city and public transport oriented.

  • Downloadable maps for different areas; cities, counties or countries.  
  • Free to use.
  • Good for locating points of interest and in cities.
  • Real-time traffic updates require internet connection.
  • Downloading in advance required forethought and uses storage.
  • Poor re-routing process.
  • Cannot be configured for vehicle size.
  • Not supported by Apple Carplay or Android Auto.

This looks well on the screen but the download process in unwieldy; you need fast internet to download the separate in-app mapping for each country. There are various vehicle settings such as truck, transport vehicle etc but with no information provided on weight or dimensions and no ability to input this information.  There are other apps more suited to motorhomes. 

  • Free to use.
  • Clear mapping and intuitive to use.
  • Some offline functionality.
  • In app bolt-ons for enchanted functionality (additional cost).
  • Offers truck option in settings but not fully able to configure.  
  • Real-time traffic updates require internet connection.
  • Maps must be downloaded within the app by country.
  • Not supported by Apple Carplay or Android Auto.

Maps.me is a sort of mapping / community / travel guide app. There are some really innovative and useful functions such as the travel guides, recommendations and low emission zone alerts and we have enjoyed trialling it.

  • Free to use.
  • Some offline capability.
  • Links in to hotel and attraction bookings and free travel guides.  
  • Suggests places on your route to visit from your preferences.
  • Supported by Apple Carplay.
  • Real-time traffic updates require internet connection.
  • Cannot be configured for vehicle size.

Clear mapping , ease of use and configurability make this a strong contender. 

  • Can be configured to vehicle size and weight, including number of axels and width.
  • Routes can be shared from Goole Maps if you use it for planning.
  • Some offline capability.
  • Optimises data usage.
  • Supported by Apple Carplay and Android Auto.
  • Real-time traffic updates require internet connection and costs £8.49 annually.  Also includes mobile speed camera alerts and fuel prices.
  • £50.49 lifetime licence with three years of map updates.  
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Our Choice of Motorhome Sat Nav Apps

CoPilot and OsmAnd are all strong contenders for the best app for sat nav in a motorhome or caravan. We have not trialled the CoPilot sat nav app or OsmAnd on our motorhome media player but have used the free options on a phone. We like OsmAnd once we got our heads around the complexity and set-up process.  

Update February 2020 – we have been using Maps.me offline in Morocco (you need to download the maps first when you have wifi) and have been very impressed. Although you are unable to configure for your motorhome size and weight, I don’t think this would affect route planning in Morocco, often there is only one way!

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If you’ve already decided not to have a caravan or motorhome sat nav and prefer to use a sat nav app with a phone, tablet or via a media centre for your road trip, then you’re in the right place! If you’re looking for the best sat nav for caravan users; the best sat nav app in the UK or for info on sat navs for mobile phones you’ll find all you need to know here #satnavapps #motorhomesatnav #caravansatnav #motorhomesatnavapps #caravansatnavapps 

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