We both like using technology…. Rather than it using us. This page will show a few bits of Tech we have with us or on board.
A question that often comes up on many forums is ‘How do you find the best campsites?’
We tend to use apps more than books.
Apps do not take any space in the motorhome and are always up to date. The app we use in Europe is almost always Camper Contact’s Parkings. There is a free version to see if it works for you but we have paid for the full version that integrates with their website. This also enables you to download the POIs enabling integration with Google Maps.
POIs can be turned on and off.
One of the big things I love with this particular app is that you can download the countries you will be travelling through before you leave home.
We use the Seagate Wireless Plus which wirelessly adds 1TB of storage space to up to eight mobile devices. It has it own wifi network so you can link Tablets and Smartphones etc to watch videos or listen to music stored on the device. We also have a Toshiba Smart TV in the van that enables all of us to view.
To be honest I had a few problems with the format of the drive …. I needed to format it FAT32 and then copy video as mkv / avi. Now works like a dream.
You can get yours from Amazon. Please note: if you use the links below it the cost will be the same price as buying it direct but Amazon site will pay us a small amount for referring you.
With our Pan American Highway trip in mind we felt that access to the internet was quite important. Not just for blogging but keeping in touch with family and friends and route planning etc.
Previously we had used a MiFi and frond them really good. However as we intend going a little more off the beaten track we looked at ways to get a better signal.
We ended up in buying a 4G Antenna with a 4G Router and dock from MotorhomeWiFi
It is a really tidy fit and works a treat allowing us to connect Ipads and Laptops to the internet along with the Amazon Fire Stick which gives us access to YouTube and various TV channels.
While in the depths of Norfolk we carried out some speed tests. Our set up is 10 times faster on downloads than just the Iphone on it’s own.
Following a trip to Andorra we have also bought an iBoost Pro D8 Directional System from Motorhome Wifi too. This picks up the wifi signal, say from a distant café etc, and rebroadcasts it in the van. As the external aerial is much larger than a phone’s it pulls in so much more signal.
We don’t watch too much TV however with the new WiFi set up and our Toshiba Smart TV we do use the Amazon Fire Stick now and again. It also gives us access to YouTube.
We have found that TomTom on the IPhone serves us well. We manage to upload POIs (explanation to follow) for campsites and Aires. By using the IPhone we can access / plan where ever we are and don’t have to carry extra kit about. We have maps for Western Europe, USA and Morocco. You can delete the ones you are not using and then re-install when required without paying again. This also has Traffic info ( mainly for the UK as it requires data access) and speed cameras. In France speed camera detectors are illegal but TomTom have a certificate in the app that apparently gets around this. I have yet to have to check if the certificate works:-)