Tech.

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.

Apps

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.

Campercontact

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.

Media Storagedot

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.

The Seagate Wireless Plus
The Seagate Wireless Plus

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.

Internet

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

This is fitted to the roof
This is fitted to the roof

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.

The Modem fitted into a cupboard.
The Modem fitted into a cupboard.

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.

Iphone on the left and via the MiFi on the right
Iphone on the left and via the MiFi on the right
IBoost
IBoost

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.

Television

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.

SatNav

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:-)

TomTom on the Iphone
TomTom on the Iphone

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2 thoughts on “Tech.

  1. Phil Putzel

    Hi Bob & June,

    Thanks for taking the time to set up this site and for the updates. It is always interesting to see what other folks are doing.
    I’m getting ready to drive Overland Africa from Cape Town to Alexandria in 2022 – and then on to Europe etc.

    My question is about this website – it is pretty straightforward to read your content but what about your posting. And WHO /WHAT is this website – I can’t figure out who you are using.

    I’m looking at a few options and obviously want the easiest/simplest on which to blog, post photos, and a route map. My site will be called something similar to Badger Tracks if you want to search for it in a few months – I have just completed a trip report for the Richtersveld and Botswana is on the agenda for August.

    BTW, your Google Maps trick is interesting – I have a Garmin so will try it on my next short trip (leaving in 2 weeks).

    Thanks and good luck with the travels.

    1. bob

      Hi.

      Thanks for the kind words mate. Always good to interact with other travellers.

      We are also on Instagram and Facebook as @ClewleysOnTour.

      This site is using WordPress. So easy.

      There are 2 options. For free you could have http://www.badger.Wordpress.com or similar.

      The better option I think is self hosting. Google WordPress host and you’ll find loads. I’d look at Heart Internet in the U.K. maybe.

      We normally update from a laptop but we can do it from an iPad or as I am now on the phone.

      For the mapping all you need is something that will record your travel as a gpx file. Garmin gps should be ok. We use our phone and it works well.

      We are now full timing so there will be more updates.

      Hopefully Pan American Highway next year now.

      Safe travels mate and feel free to ask if you have any questions about hosting. There are lots of YouTube videos about WordPress though

      Cheers

      Bob

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