We all live in a world that is becoming more and more reliant on internet access, for those of us who love getting off the beaten track to remote areas, internet access on our phones and access to online maps is improving but should not be relied on entirely when using a phone to navigate in isolated terrain.
That’s why having a dedicated GPS system is an essential tool to have on board your vehicle. Unlike most mobile phones, GPS systems like the Navigattor products do not require the internet to access off road maps as these maps are already downloaded on the GPS units and guided are by satellite signals and hence giving you peace of mind when you are out and about touring in remote areas.
So how does it all work?
GPS (Global Positioning System) is a system that was developed by U.S.Department of Defense and provides services that gives you information on your position,speed and time measurement using satellites in space.
There are now twenty four satellites currently available as a standard and your GPS system is pretty much guaranteed access to satellites around the world.GPS systems provide a service twenty four hours a day and works relatively well in poor weather conditions, a key feature includes using the global common coordinate system, in other words you can identify your exact position by using a GPS receiver where you can receive a signal simultaneously from at least 4 satellites.
The key benefits to having a good dedicated GPS system in your 4WD or touring vehicle include; not needing the internet to access maps and a dedicated GPS systems offers much larger screens in comparisons to mobile phones. On dedicated GPS systems you normally insert SD cards that store extensive memory which provides key data and maps. Dedicated GPS systems can also be more accurate.
One of Europe’s leading GPS navigational system companies Navigattor who specialise in systems that target both the on road (Camper trailers/RV’s and cars) and the off road touring(4X4,off road racing etc.) markets have been coming up with some very innovative and integrated GPS systems and solutions over the last couple of years.
Based in Barcelona in Spain, Navigattor is paving the way for high quality touring GPS systems. These guys are passionate about off roading and getting you to where you want to go to safely.
With a highly experienced team that include Ferran and Ana (whom we recently met in Germany) they have been developing high quality Navigation devices for over ten years targeting the expedition and 4X4 touring market throughout Europe.
Navigattor develop and build GPS systems that are based on free cartographic software that allow access to maps from all over the world.
The Navigattor team have been navigating the planet for more than 15 years and with this experience have successfully been supplying solutions to tourers, overlanders and 4WD racers all over the world.
This is a multilingual company who speak English, French, Spanish, Italian, Portuguese and Catalan, which allows for a direct and personal service to its customers. Navigattor also have distributors located all over Europe where you can get access and see these top quality products. With distributors located in Spain, France, Germany, Belgium, Italy, Lithuania Portugal and Colegas,Europe is well covered.
Other services and products that Navigattor provide include the provision of a race tracking navigational services at off road racing events around the world. Navigattor also provide 4WD and touring related expedition products that include, numerous accessories for your Navigattor GPS systems(examples include; PC accessories, additional maps,memory cards)RAM mounts and rails for securing the sturdy Navigattor GPS systems, fridge freezers, awnings & tents, coolants, and AERO fasteners.
For more details check out their website at https://navigattor.com/index.php/en/
As regards the GPS systems available Navigattor have a variety of GPS units available depending on your needs.We have been using the recently launched CAMEL 8 V2 over the last couple of weeks and have been very impressed with its capabilities.
CAMEL 8 V2
The new CAMEL 8 V2 is incorporates new navigation software with smarter options. Specially developed for drivers of 4WD vehicles, Camper Vans, Motor homes RV’s and trucks.
Developed in Barcelona by Navigator Adventure Technologies this is the only dedicated stand alone navigator with 8 inches display that includes worldwide free topographic maps and satellite images for OziExplorer.
navigator system is that it allows you to set the sizes of height, width, length, overall weight per axle and number of trailers in order to avoid narrow roads, downtown areas, low headroom bridges, etc. This is an excellent tool for tourers who drive higher vehicles like motor homes.
A really interesting feature in the new innovative CAMEL 8 V2 navigator system is that it allows you to set the sizes of height, width, length, overall weight per axle and number of trailers in order to avoid narrow roads, downtown areas, low headroom bridges, etc. This is an excellent tool for tourers who drive higher vehicles like motor homes.
Thousands of Points Of Interest (POI’s) are also available on the system that highlight key areas of interest that include camping areas, beaches, and parking lots to name but a few. With the CAMEL 8 V2 the end user receives 2 licenses, both installed and activated on the SD card, one for the maps of Western Europe and the other for Points Of Interest, that can updated free of charge. You also have the option to purchase additional maps.
Twenty nine countries are included in the license cover :Andorra, Austria, Belgium, Denmark, Eire (Republic of Ireland), Faroe Islands, Finland, France, Germany, Gibraltar, Greece, Guernsey, Iceland, Isle of Man, Italy/Vatican City, Jersey, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Malta, Monaco, Norway, Portugal, San Marino, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Netherlands, United Kingdom. That’s a total of twenty nine countries covered with mapping by Navteq.
Total: 29 countries
Provider of the maps:
Promotional Price for Camper Navigation: 50€ (Including Taxes)
The Navigattor Camel 8 V2 system also comes with off road navigation by means of OziExplorer software, installed with the original license.
Additional items included with the basic Navigattor Camel 8 V2 package includes a high quality aluminum stand that securely stabilises the unit when attached to a mount. For powering the device you will receive a 230V AC power supply and a 12V DC cable for cigarette lighter plug. You will also receive an instruction Manual on a CD that is translated in English, French, Spanish and German.
The Navigattor CAMEL V 2 is a very rugged GPS unit. Its size gives it one of the biggest screens on the market giving you a clear maps of your surrounding environment. Having used the unit over the last few months we have been able to locate some great remote camps and tracks that we would not have been able to find without the Navigattor.