Top 10: Best sat navs for horse boxes and horse vans
Moving horses in a horse box or van can be stressful enough, but what you don’t want is your sat nav taking you down a route that is totally unsuited to your vehicle. Try one of these offerings to give you peace of mind on the move.
Garmin Camper 770LMT-D
Garmin products routinely perform well in our product tests with decades of experience in producing sat nav systems, so you can be confident in the abilities of this upgraded 770LMT-D model. Although designed with motorhomes in mind, it has the function for you to enter the size and weight of your trailer or van, and will calculate routes and generate warnings for weight limits, low bridges and speed limits accordingly. It also comes with free updates for life and digital traffic, and you can add a reversing camera for an additional £186.
TomTom Go Professional 6250
This offering from TomTom wears the ‘Professional’ tag, so it is designed for anyone having to handle a commercial-sized vehicle. Enter the size, weight and speed limits of your trailer combo or horse truck and the 6250 will plan your route accordingly, as well as display points of interest that have been selected especially for commercial vehicle users. This version also comes with lifetime free updates and traffic, and it allows hands-free calls and message notifications too.
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Mio Spirit 8670 LM Truck
Mio’s Spirit range already has a good reputation for value and quality, and with this Truck European specification version you can have the peace of mind too. The software in this particular version is designed specifically for those driving larger vehicles, so it can be set to avoid low bridges, and it also includes hands-free telephone operation and road speed limit information.
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TomTom GO Camper Sat Nav
Designed specifically to take the stress out of navigating a larger vehicle around the country, the TomTom Camper sat nav brings all the welcome features of a regular TomTom with a few extras thrown in. The Camper attaches to your camper via a dashboard or windscreen mount and has a large 6.0-inch touchscreen, and comes with TomTom’s MyDrive downloads and updates for maps, safety camera locations and traffic for life.
The camper van routes - which are customised to fit the van's size and weight - are mostly good, but the Go Camper is prone to the odd bout of confusion as it sent our van down single track B roads that would leave the door mirrors brushing against hedgerows. That said, route directions to camp sites and places of interest were faultless. We found the parking feature to be great for finding campervan friendly places to park up for a couple of hours to explore a town or village.
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Aguri Motorhome & Caravan RV720
This nav system designed for motorhomes and caravans may not be the cheapest available, but it is packed with lots of desirable features, not least the promise of free map updates for life. The system allows you to enter the dimensions of your horse box or van and will calculate a suitable route accordingly, and it includes speed trap locations and speed limits. The icing on the cake is that the RV720 has a dashcam built in.
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Snooper S2700 Sat Nav Pro
This is one of the least-expensive options in Snooper’s range aimed at larger vehicles; you can have five- and seven-inch versions, but at £199 the S2700 still has plenty going for it. The key element is Snooper’s Truckmate mapping which avoids roads unsuitable for trucks. The higher-spec versions add in features such as Bluetooth and a dash cam, but the S2700 has the essentials at a competitive price.
Sniper SN-702T Truck Nav
A brand that is better known in commercial vehicle circles, Sniper Automotive’s SN-702 model is loaded with truck-specific maps to avoid roads unsuitable for larger vehicles - 48 countries across the UK and Europe. It has a dual 12v/24v charger as well as a 3-pin mains connector so you can ensure a full charge wherever you are, and as a bonus it has an AV input so you can link it to a camera or DVD player and use it as a display screen.
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NAVPAL Slimline Sat Nav
One of the cheapest offerings that can deal with the specific needs of a horse box or horse van driver, this 7-inch sat nav from Navpal has a long list of desirable features. It offers a switchable mode depending on your vehicle; anything from a car or taxi to a motorhome, truck or bicycle, and will plan your route depending on your vehicle. It comes with lifetime map updates and Bluetooth 5.0 too.
Aonerex Sat Nav
Another impressively low-cost option, this sat nav from Aonerex still has the features you need to use with a horse box or van. Like some of the other offerings here it gives you the choice of several vehicle modes including bus and lorry, so it calculates suitable routes for your transporter. It comes pre-installed with 52 European maps and includes lifetime updates too.
Avtex Tourer One Caravan and Motorhome
This sat nav from Avtex is designed primarily for motorhomes and campervans but has the flexibility to make route choices depending on the size of your vehicle. It also includes data from affiliated camping clubs, covers 45 European countries and comes with free updates for life. The icing on the cake is the built-in dashcam with a price tag that sneaks under £300. It comes with a dedicated hard case too so you can take it with you for safety.