Size Matters: Customize Your RV Routing

We all know that one size doesn’t fit all. That’s why CoPilot RV safely calculates your route based on your RV’s dimensions so you only drive on roads suitable for your RV size and class.

Here’s how to set up your customized RV routing profile:

  1. In the main menu, tap Route > Vehicle Routing Profiles
  2. Select RV as your vehicle type, tap View/Edit
  3. Choose RV Dimensions
  4. You can select from a list of industry standard RV dimensions or use the ‘Custom size restrictions’ option to enter the Max Height, Max Width, RV Length and Total Weight of your RV.
  5. Almost done, just enter a name for your RV profile and save it.

You’re all set. CoPilot RV is ready to take you on your next adventure.

A size too small? Then spring to bigger and better. Did you hear that we increased the maximum RV dimensions in our last update? We changed these to cater for drivers of larger RVs, these can now be set as follows:

  • Max. height 14ft, max. width 102in, RV length 48ft, max. weight 60,000lbs

Get the latest update from the App Store today. Android app update to follow.

Plan Ahead during Inclement Weather

Staying safe and alert during inclement weather while driving is important.

Learn more below on how weather impacts drivers and traffic flow:

Your Guide to the Holidays – Customize Your Perfect Route

So you’ve planned all the stops you have to make and you even added in the stop to grab a last minute gift. Now you’re wondering what would be the best route to complete all your stops and arrive on time for dinner? With CoPilot, you can pick which route fits your needs best.

You might want to avoid a curvy road if the weather starts to get a little bad outside or you really just don’t want to go down the street with all the traffic lights. No worries, CoPilot gives you three route options with accurate ETA’s so you can customize the perfect route for you.

 

No need to stress, you have a CoPilot this holiday season.

Top 10 Tips to Get Your Car Winter Ready


With the season changing, driving requires much more than just being cautious. Sometimes you car needs attention too.

Here are our top tips to avoid bad surprises this upcoming season:

1.Plan your route ahead of time

CoPilot allows you to plan up to 52 different stops with accurate ETA’s for your entire trip. We’ll let you know how long it will take you to get to all your errands done and you’ll make it home in time before a storm. Preview your trip beforehand and make sure to keep checking your ETA along the way. Let others know when you’ll arrive and don’t rush!

2. Stock up on things you may need

Before you get behind the wheel, make sure your car is equipped with:

  • Flashlights
  • Window scraper
  • Blankets
  • Water
  • Snacks
  • Sunglasses against low sun glare and snow blending
  • …and of course your phone charger!

3. Check the lights

Winter driving often means driving in low light, darkness, snow or rain. Regularly clean your car’s lights and check that the bulbs are in good condition.

4. Refill cooling system

Check your coolant/antifreeze levels regularly before you start your drive to avoid engine damage. Make sure that the car is cooled off before you remove the cap on the coolant reservoir. Here is a handy how-to video here.

5. Check the brakes & tires 

Leaves, ice and snow on the roads are every driver’s enemies. Good tires are therefore a must-have if you drive in the winter. Make sure to check that the tread is deep enough and that the pressure is correct. Also look out for damage or bulges on the tires due to glass, cuts, etc and replace if necessary. If you expect snowy conditions in your area, you might want to invest in some winter tires or snow tires.

6. Check all conditions

Weather, traffic, and road conditions will all play a major role in getting you where you need to go. Make sure to check those before you leave the house and have ActiveTraffic™ ready and activated. Find out more about ActiveTraffic >

7. Have the battery checked

The most common cause of breakdown in the winter is battery failure. If your battery already has a few years under its belt, get it checked and replace if necessary.

8. Replace Wiper Blades 

A clean windshield is essential for your road safety. Make sure that the wiper blades are in good condition and that the windshield washer fluid is filled up.

9. Tank half empty – Tank half full

Doesn’t matter how you see it – you need to keep half a tank of gas in your car at all times. This helps to avoid gas line freeze up as well as keeping your vehicle working during unexpected traffic or detours due to poor weather conditions. With CoPilot you can find gas stations nearby, along your route or at your destination.

 10. Stay home?

If you’re not comfortable driving in bad weather, just stay where you are and enjoy a nice warm cup of hot chocolate. CoPilot will be ready to go the next time you need to navigate anywhere.

For more safe driving tips, click here.

Discover Incredible India with CoPilot

headerTravel from the glorious heights of the Himalayas, to the wonders of the Taj Mahal, desert sands in Jaisalmer, palmed beaches in Goa and the panoramic backwaters in Kerala for an unforgettable experience in India.

Escape the cold winter for a sunny, exotic holiday in India. Travel further and spend less with 50% off India map upgrades in CoPilot GPS until November 4th 2016. Let us take you on a tour:

  • Best time to visit: Peak travel season is between October to March
  • Transport: Jump in an auto-rickshaw for short trips. Book a car with your very own driver for longer journeys across states. Or you can get a moped to explore like a local with CoPilot. Or just have some fun and ride an elephant! However you travel, let CoPilot guide you (& your driver) everywhere you go
  • Horn please: Drivers of any vehicle love to honk their horn, you’ll hear all kinds of different sounds so be sure to beep when you need to alert other drivers
  • Currency: The Indian Rupee (Rs) is only available on arrival so easily find your nearest ATM, bank and other points of interest with CoPilot
  • Language: Finding your way around can be a challenge, with street signs often not visible or in Hindi/state language, find landmarks and let CoPilot show you the way in your own language

For Adventure Seekers

Manali, Himachal Pradesh – Mother Nature’s Glory

Surrounded by high peaks, fresh rivers and steep forested hillsides, Manali’s landscape draws in  adventurers searching for cool air and snowy mountains.

  • Good for: Nature, trekking, climbing, skiing, rafting and honeymoon
  • Things to do: Rejuvenate in hot water springs and baths, spot the wildlife, explore the old Manali and enjoy the laid back vibe in cafes.

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For Travelers

Rishikesh, Uttarakhand – The Yoga Capital of the World

Rishikesh is situated in the foothills of the Himalayas and on the banks of the River Ganges with surrounding lush green forests. It’s known as the birthplace of yoga and has been a magnet for spiritual seekers ever since the Beatles rocked up in the town during the late ‘60s.  

  • Good for: Nature, yoga, meditation, white-water rafting
  • Things to do: Explore around Ram Jhula and Lakshman Jhula bridges, visit ancient temples, shop for ethnic arts and handcrafts and bathe in the Ganges at Triveni Ghat.

For Historical Monuments

Agra, Uttar Pradesh – A Point on the Tourist Triangle

The Golden Triangle is a circuit through Delhi, Agra and Jaipur covering the three most visited cities in the north-west of India.

  • Good for: History, architecture, romance
  • Things to do: Agra attracts tourists from around the world to catch a once in a lifetime glimpse of the magnificent Taj Mahal. Architectural marvels also include the Agra Fort and moghul empire tombs. Also, shop for handcrafts at bustling bazaars.

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For City Life

Mumbai, Maharashtra – The City of Dreams

Visit the wonderful, diverse and cosmopolitan city of Mumbai. 

  • Mumbai is the country’s financial powerhouse, fashion epicentre, heart of the bollywood film industry plus a hub for shopping, restaurants and nightlife.
  • Good for: history, architecture, shopping, nightlife, spotting celebrities, street food
  • Things to do: Mumbai’s chief “sight” is enjoying it’s street life. You can also wander along the boulevard at Marine Drive, see the arch of triumph Gateway of India monument , feel the sand between your toes at the popular Juhu Beach, spot the wildlife at Sanjay Gandhi National Park, shop for the trendiest clothes in Fashion street, Colaba or Bandra district, then end the night partying with the stars at Enigma nightclub.
  • Nearby places: Visit the spectacular ancient art sculptures and paintings of the Ajanta and Ellora Caves – a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

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For Couples

Jaisalmer, Rajasthan – The Golden City

Jaisalmer is situated in the heart of the Thar Desert and gets its name of the golden city from the golden honey coloured sandstone used for construction of the buildings.

  • Good for: Nature, history, architecture
  • Things to do: Stay in the Jaisalmer Fort, climb on a camel on a desert safari adventure, watch the sunset on sand dunes or take in the sights of the spectacular havelis.

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For Beach Lovers

Goa, Maharashtra – Exotic Beaches

Tucked away into India’s west coast, Goa offers a unique blend of Indian and Portuguese cultures with idyllic turquoise waters and white sandy beaches fringed with coconut palms.

  • Good for: Beaches, nature, nightlife, carnivals and new year’s celebrations
  • Best beaches: Popular long sandy beaches in the north are Arambol, Baga, Calangute and Candolim. More quiet beaches in the South incl Agonda, Palolem, Patnem and Varca beaches.
  • Things to do: Relax on the beach, take a tour of a spice plantation, see the impressive sights of Dudhsagar Waterfall, go island hopping by boat, explore the stunning cathedrals in Old Goa, stroll down the picturesque streets of the old portuguese quarter of Panjim, shop for handicrafts, jewellery and clothing at Anjuna’s famous flea market (every Wednesday) or dance the night away on the clubbing strip or beach shacks in Baga Beach.

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Labor Day Weekend with CoPilot

Labor Day Weekend is here and summertime may be ending but there is no better time to make most out of your LDW and travel!

It’s the perfect weekend to get CoPilot Premium GPS navigation with offline maps to avoid data costs while traveling this weekend…check out the Top 5 Reasons to Go Premium!

Plus you can save 30% off the regular price of our USA Apps, that means you can get CoPilot Premium for only $6.99:

            

 Have a safe and fun Labor Day Weekend!gps

If you have questions visit us at the CoPilot community forum where we’re always available to help: http://forum.copilotgps.com/ or say hello on FacebookGoogle+ or Twitter 

 

CoPilot RV Guest Blogger Summer Series: Part 3

Last week you heard about our guest blogger Heath Padgett and his podcast-The RV Entrepreneur. Heath and his wife took CoPilot RV on a trip…check out the second part of this series and see below for the last part of our guest blogger series with Heath:


6 Reasons Why You Should Be Using CoPilot RV Navigation This Summer

My wife and I are currently planning out our summer road trip in our RV. This summer we’ll make our way from Texas all the way up to Canada, through the Rocky Mountains and Glacier National Park. I couldn’t be more excited to get out of the summer heat and go hang out in some mountains.

That being said, the one thing we’ve made sure to take care of before leaving is having a solid navigation app while driving our rig. It’s one thing to get lost in a place you’re unfamiliar with, but it’s another thing entirely to get lost in a foreign place while also driving a 33 ft home on wheels.

For this summer, I highly recommend you download the new CoPilot RV navigation app if you’re planning on driving your RV cross country.

Here are a few reasons why you should probably make that happen… like, right now.

  1. You don’t want this to happen. Yes, this happens to people. But it should never have to happen to you. In the CoPilot RV app you can enter your height and other dimensions so you don’t turn your RV into a convertible.caravan-crash
  1. You can plan the most epic trip of all time with over 50 stops in the app. Grand Canyon? Yep. Yellowstone National Park? Yep. Okay, you get the point.

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  1. You want to get there fast, but not on a road that looks like this. Since this app is designed for rvs, you don’t have to worry about it taking you down sketchy back roads (where no RV should ever have to go).

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  1. Sometimes when you’re out adventuring you get into places with zero cell service. Most navigation apps run off data. Inside the CoPilot RV app you can download all your maps so you never lose reception… like a boss.post 4
  2. You can easily find RV parks and places to camp inside the app. While cruising along the Pacific Coast Highway this summer in your RV you can easily pinpoint RV parks en route to Disneyland. post 5
  3. Everyone wants a happy marriage. Let’s be honest. When the GPS goes haywire, so does everyone else in the RV. I can honestly say that our biggest source of conflict has come from getting lost and having to U-turn our RV in random places across America. Do yourself a favor and download this app before hitting the road this summer so you can enjoy the trip without getting lost or kicked out of the RV (talking to you, husbands).

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Personally, one of my favorite features about the new app by CoPilot is the fact that I can download all of my maps to my phone and not use cellular data. Why? I’m a millennial and cell phone data is like gold to me, that’s why. Plus, when you’re visiting national parks or remote areas where cell signal is weak or nonexistent, you’re going to want a GPS you can rely on.

 

Download the CoPilot RV Navigation app before you hit the road this summer. It will help you avoid sketchy back roads, getting lost, and potentially fighting with your spouse.


Get it today for 30 % off!

(limited time offer)

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CoPilot RV Guest Blogger Summer Series: Part 2

Last week you heard about our guest blogger Heath Padgett and his podcast-The RV Entrepreneur. Heath and his wife took CoPilot RV on a trip…check out the first part of this series:

What Happens When You Don’t Have a Good GPS While RVing


But did they ever make it to their destination? Heath continues his journey below: 

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We eventually made it to Project Dojo Martial Arts for my first job, but not after thoroughly stressing each other out and causing multiple arguments.

I wish I could tell you that in two years of living and traveling full-time in an RV that this was one of our only arguments over the GPS, but that would be a big fat lie. I would calculate that approximately 63% of our first-year marriage arguments were GPS related.

This is what happens when you don’t have a good GPS.

Do yourself a favor. Before hitting the road in your RV this summer, download the CoPilot RV Navigation App and decrease marriage arguments by 63% (obviously this is a made up stat).

But in all seriousness, RV roadtrips are bound to already have plenty of stressful moments, but the GPS doesn’t have to be one of them.

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Travel More, Travel Better

CoPilot RV’s powerful route planner allows you to plan a trip of a lifetime with up to 50 stops, automatically calculating the best route. This helps prevent stressful wayward journeys, kind of like what Heath and his wife went through before using CoPilot.

Keep your focus on your adventure as you hit the road with confidence, knowing that CoPilot will keep you out of trouble and heading in the right direction.

Get it today for 20% off-limited time offer! 

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CoPilot RV Guest Blogger Summer Series- Part 1

What Happens When You Don’t Have a Good GPS While RVing…

One of the best things about launching an awesome new RV Navigation app is partnering up with people who are doing cool things…like Heath Padgett and his podcast-The RV Entrepreneur.


Check out his CoPilot RV story below:

My wife and I have lived in an RV for two years. We’ve driven well over 40,000 miles and visited all 50 states (we flew to Hawaii, drove to Alaska). I can say that without a doubt, one of the most important factors for mine and my wife’s sanity (and happiness) while RVing is having a great GPS system.

To illustrate just how important having a GPS is, I’m going to walk you through a situation that unfolded during the first week that we were full-time RVing.

Quick backstory: During our first year of marriage, my wife Alyssa and I filmed a documentary called Hourly America where I worked a different job in all 50 states.

We were in Albuquerque, NM and we were on our way to my first job at a place called Project Dojo Martial Arts.

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Alyssa was navigating me from her phone’s GPS.

“You’re getting on the freeway, you’re supposed to be on that road right there.” She pointed to the road on the left.

“Cool,” I responded.

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“Can you even see me in the camera?” I asked. Alyssa mounted our GoPro on the dashboard and I thought it was pointed more at her than it was at me (I should have just kept my mouth shut).

Alyssa gave me a I-know-you’re-wrong-and-it-isn’t-my-fault-look. I didn’t see it at the time and just kept running my mouth.

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“Ah crap,” I said after exiting the highway and turning left to get heading back in the right direction. “That was my entrance ramp. Let me just pull a u-turn,”

“He is going to wreck this RV,” Alyssa mouthed to the camera.

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U-Turn #1

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“I typed in Project Dojo on the GPS, and it’s taking us to Los Angeles now,” Alyssa said to me.

“But we’re in Albuquerque?” I asked.

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U-turn #2

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U-turn #3, made 30 seconds after U-turn #2, as Google Maps directed us.


After 3 U-turns and being redirected to Los Angeles, do you think Heath and his wife eventually made it to their destination? Stay tuned for more of the CoPilot RV Guest Blogger Summer Series and find out how Heath’s trip ended.

iOS 10 unveiled

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Yesterday Apple announced iOS 10 at their developer keynote. The new OS packs new features and facelifts of existing apps. Here are our favorites:

Messages gets a huge makeover with lots of new features – a new instant emojification feature which will change the relevant words to emojis, bubble effects like smaller and larger text, balloons and fireworks, stickers. Competitor apps such as Facebook’s Messenger, Line and WhatsApp have had these features for a while so Apple’s playing a bit of catchup here.

Redesigned Lock Screen with 3D touch and a “clear all notifications” button.

Siri is being opened up to developers which means you’ll be able to say ‘Hey Siri – send a Whatsapp message to Fred and tell him I’m on my way’. A handful of apps including Slack, Uber and Skype are confirmed already to support this.

Photos gets a big upgrade with automatic grouping of similar photos. There’s also a new ‘Memories’ feature which will automatically generate videos combining your photos and video clips and sync it with music.

Apple Music gets a facelift with de-cluttered design and better visualisation of cover art and song lyrics.

Phone now has the ability to convert your voicemail to text. A new API is available which could alert you of possible spam calls and warn you before you pick up. VoIP apps like Skype can also now have full screen calling notifications – just like the default Phone app has.

… and finally – you can now uninstall some of the stock Apple apps. Time to delete that Stocks app you’ve only ever opened once!

iOS 10 will be available as a public beta from next month, and available to everyone as a free download from Fall. All devices which can run iOS 9 can upgrade with exception of iPhone 4S.

Learn more at: http://www.apple.com/ios/ios10-preview/