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    Hi All,

    Having just picked up the minibus for this weekend Scout Camp from an area I had never been to I have spent nearly an hour doing a 15 minute journey because Apple Maps kept trying to direct me through different bits of an area of strict width restrictions. Not knowing the area I just kept following blindly each time hoping to get a to a better route- which I eventually did!

    Understandably the software is made for average vehicles (cars) and has no idea I am 7 odd meters long and 2.2m wide with roof rack.

    Is there any app anyone can recommend that would be better to use a "Sat Nav" when driving minibuses (or vans or other larger vehicles to really).

    Equally if there is something designed specifically for larger vehicles that would be really useful for ETA's for return and communication with convoying vehicles as obviously predictions on a bog standard sat nav are based on national speed limit not a restricted minibus.

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    I always use waze and share the journey back to parents. They track us. Then they are there when we get back.

    But I've not driven a minobus wider than 2m. That's v wide.

    I've always made it through every width restriction

    Also, the speed difference makes little difference when parents can see your location on a map.



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    I've read of some sat nave having a caravan or motorhome setting so avoids narrow roads and other potential problem places. not having either a caravan nor a motorhome not sure of specificd but it came across as only on some newer services. don't know if the caravan club website would have more details?

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    In my experience most transit sized vans and minibusses based on them can make it through the "6foot6" width restrictions, which are usually at least 7 foot wide. They do vary, some involve folding the mirrors in!

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    The tomtom professional range does this. I don't know if it's available as an app.

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    Quote Originally Posted by big chris View Post
    I always use waze and share the journey back to parents. They track us. Then they are there when we get back.
    Thanks for that, that sounds like a really useful feature

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    Quote Originally Posted by dsheehan View Post
    Hi All,

    Having just picked up the minibus for this weekend Scout Camp from an area I had never been to I have spent nearly an hour doing a 15 minute journey because Apple Maps kept trying to direct me through different bits of an area of strict width restrictions. Not knowing the area I just kept following blindly each time hoping to get a to a better route- which I eventually did!

    Understandably the software is made for average vehicles (cars) and has no idea I am 7 odd meters long and 2.2m wide with roof rack.

    Is there any app anyone can recommend that would be better to use a "Sat Nav" when driving minibuses (or vans or other larger vehicles to really).

    Equally if there is something designed specifically for larger vehicles that would be really useful for ETA's for return and communication with convoying vehicles as obviously predictions on a bog standard sat nav are based on national speed limit not a restricted minibus.

    Thanks,

    Dan
    It is worth remembering that the width limit does not include wing mirrors

    Reg 3 Con and use Regs 1986:

    overall width

    the distance between longitudinal planes passing through the extreme lateral projecting points of the vehicle inclusive of all parts of the vehicle, of any receptacle which is of permanent character and accordingly strong enough for repeated use, and any fitting on, or attached to, the vehicle except—

    (a)any driving mirror;
    Im assuming as you're factoring in length and a roof rack that the area, as well as having narrow roads, also has some tight bends and low bridges?

    When we did summer camps etc we always did a site visit. One of the things I was looking for on approach to the site for the visit was minibus accessibility. For example, one site we used had a very low bridge on the approach that we took by car, so on the way out we found a different route that we would be able to use on camp with the minibuses. That said, youd be amazed at the gaps you can squeeze a minibus through - just watch your local DPD driver with an XLWB sprinter and you'll see how its done

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