GPS mount

Submitted: Sunday, Mar 14, 2004 at 23:49
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I saw an articulated arm attached to a suction cap on the screen of a car today. I think it was designed for a phone but also think it would be suitable for holding my GPS. I find there's very few suitable spots in my truck for attaching a GPS and this might be the solution. Does anyone know where these are available? I find the GPS invaluable particularly when 4wding.
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Reply By: Baz (NSW) - Monday, Mar 15, 2004 at 00:13

Monday, Mar 15, 2004 at 00:13
Mate, got your new vehicle yet, i'm interested to know cause of all the intrest you generated, and cause i just want to know, come on !! you can tell me, if it helps my perants lived in NT a few years, the old man was the rousetabout at Wavehill and mother was the radio operater and postmaster in the 50's at the mission.

BAZ.
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Follow Up By: Baz (NSW) - Monday, Mar 15, 2004 at 00:19

Monday, Mar 15, 2004 at 00:19
ex truckie as well, did you buy a rangie like you said, i would of. comfortible but not that comfortibe.

BAZ.

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Reply By: Member - Slim - Monday, Mar 15, 2004 at 00:21

Monday, Mar 15, 2004 at 00:21
Truckster,

The mounts with suction caps are available for Magellan Meridian GPS units. They are a Magellan accessory. The power cable also clips into the mount and supplies power from the cig lighter when the GPS is in the cradle. If your GPS is another brand I would suggest you talk to the dealer.

Regards,

Slim
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Reply By: Willem - Monday, Mar 15, 2004 at 07:29

Monday, Mar 15, 2004 at 07:29
I have a Magellan 330 with the suction cup holder. I found that this system did not work for me as the suction cups did not hold despite the frame resting on the dash. So, as my old truck has a steel air vent protruding from the dash I tek screwed the holder to it. Works a treat. I think that if you have a modern vehicle you will have to look for somewhere on your dash to install a metal plate of sorts and then fasten the bracket to that. I like to have my GPS on all the time when in the truck so as to get accurate speedo readings.
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Reply By: tim - Monday, Mar 15, 2004 at 10:08

Monday, Mar 15, 2004 at 10:08
Truckster
Have a look at www.gpsoz.com.au
The prices are not bad and they post it to you.
I have a Gu and want one to mount on the dash but not sure how it will stick.
I have the Meridian gold
Cheers
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Follow Up By: Member - Ray - Monday, Mar 15, 2004 at 17:01

Monday, Mar 15, 2004 at 17:01
Tim
I just used a bit of silicone to hold the mount in place. It will clean off alright when the time comes,(Meridian mount) All I have to worry about is the hole I cut in the dash to fit the mount I made for the 14 in sceen I have conected to the laptop.
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Follow Up By: Member - Slim - Monday, Mar 15, 2004 at 22:53

Monday, Mar 15, 2004 at 22:53
Tim,

I have a OE Magellan Meridian mount with swivel but I didn't want to drill any holes so it's still in the cupboard. Make me an offer on the member message.
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Follow Up By: tim - Tuesday, Mar 16, 2004 at 07:16

Tuesday, Mar 16, 2004 at 07:16
Slim
I am not into drilling holes in my gu111 either but i am wondering how you would go if you use a velcro under the bottom of it to stick on the dash.
I have a swivel mount in my boat at present but need to look at a suction one to see what they are like for the car, but not sure if i want to pay $100 for one.
Tim
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Reply By: landcrusa - Monday, Mar 15, 2004 at 10:15

Monday, Mar 15, 2004 at 10:15
Garmin sell them too. They are available with a sucker or adhesive mount. The adhesive type is the go as it does not come unstuck, even under severe vibrations.
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Reply By: srowlandson - Monday, Mar 15, 2004 at 10:22

Monday, Mar 15, 2004 at 10:22
I have had 2 meridians both wth vehicle mounts (suction)

in all my travells, Vic High country, otways / cape, the mount has never failed. An excellent product, and puts the GPS just where you need it.

Steve
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Follow Up By: Member - Bruce (San Diego) - Monday, Mar 15, 2004 at 11:45

Monday, Mar 15, 2004 at 11:45
I have two magellans mounted with suction cups here in San diego, they have been in the cars for over two years and haven't fallen off,

We used another up the Cape last year and it was no problem, shook like hell over some of the roads but didn't let go, sure was a good ad for the GPS unit as well to stand up to the constant shaking.

Bruce
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Reply By: Outnabout David (SA) - Monday, Mar 15, 2004 at 13:41

Monday, Mar 15, 2004 at 13:41
TrucksterNT,

I got one for a Garmin from Johnny Apelseed www.ja-gps.com.au but you would find that GPS Oz have them too. I find a bit of high quality moisture (SPIT!) on the cap before putting on a clean windsceen keeps it there without problems. Definately a lot less vibration than on a car dashboard.
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Reply By: Moose - Monday, Mar 15, 2004 at 14:48

Monday, Mar 15, 2004 at 14:48
"I am constantly annoyed by people who refer to their four wheel drives as "Trucks". For your information they are either cars, wagons or utes. Non of them is even remotely like a truck - even though some people like to pretend that they're driving a truck."

Do I detect some double standards here. In this post have you not referred to your 4WD as a truck?

Or are you just one big stirrer looking for the inevitable bite?
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Follow Up By: GOB & denny vic member - Monday, Mar 15, 2004 at 17:24

Monday, Mar 15, 2004 at 17:24
thanks moose saved me the trouble of typing it
steve
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Follow Up By: Mad Dog Morgan (Geelong) - Monday, Mar 15, 2004 at 17:42

Monday, Mar 15, 2004 at 17:42
Read his post again carefully. Do you still think he called his 4wd a truck?
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Follow Up By: TrucksterNT - Monday, Mar 15, 2004 at 23:24

Monday, Mar 15, 2004 at 23:24
Thanks Mad Dog. You might be mad but you can also read and understand!
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Reply By: BurnieM - Monday, Mar 15, 2004 at 18:10

Monday, Mar 15, 2004 at 18:10
Both Magellan and Garmin make suction cup mounts for the GPSRs.

RAM mount also make suction cup mounts with bigger suction cups (and many other bases) and more flexible arms;
GPS V on a RAM mount
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Follow Up By: Moneypit - Tuesday, Mar 16, 2004 at 00:48

Tuesday, Mar 16, 2004 at 00:48
Moneypit replied to the question

BurnieM,

Burnie what do you reckon the likelyhood of a GPS176C staying attached to the windscreen with one of those suction cups attached to it. No doubt you'd be more than aware of the fact that the colour screen tends to wash out when on the dash in the daytime and I was looking at mounting it towards the top of the windscreen and facing the screen down to negate the sunlight.

What are the chances of it staying in place.

I suppose one of the posts earlier on might have had the answer in sticking it to the windscreen with silicone which I could remove once I went to sell the car.

I'm interested to hear what you think. The vehicle is a GU Patrol.

Dave
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Follow Up By: BurnieM - Tuesday, Mar 16, 2004 at 07:37

Tuesday, Mar 16, 2004 at 07:37
The picture is my previous GPS (a Garmin GPS V) in my Grand Vitara. I actually put a cloth underneath it (to stop it marking the dash) and rest it on the dash.

I currently have a GPSmap 176 (monochrome) mounted this way as well.

The suction cup is fairly strong and I have tested it mounted at right angles to a window in the house and I gave up after 3 days (it did not come off). Only thing is the vibration in the car and whether this would effect it. you need to wet the rubber to get good grip and in summer if I leave in on continuously the heat seems to dry it out and it drops off after about 3-4 days.

Note that the suction mount and the longer 5 inch arm are to fairly expensive components (probably about $150 all up for this mount).
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Follow Up By: BurnieM - Tuesday, Mar 16, 2004 at 07:38

Tuesday, Mar 16, 2004 at 07:38
If you are in Sydney then contact me burniem@gpsriders.net
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Follow Up By: Moneypit - Wednesday, Mar 17, 2004 at 23:07

Wednesday, Mar 17, 2004 at 23:07
BurnieM,

Thanks for the offer but I couldn't really be further away and not talk in a different language. I'm in the NW of West Aust and get to Sydney about once every 10 or 12 years. Married a Sydney girl and she insists on visiting rellies about every that often.

Thanks anyway.

I think I might have to wait till I get to Perth and find someone who stores these things as they sound like they might be OK.

What did you think of the idea of silastic or similar to stick it to the windscreen??

Dave
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Reply By: Moneypit - Monday, Mar 15, 2004 at 19:58

Monday, Mar 15, 2004 at 19:58
BurnieM,

Burnie what do you reckon the likelyhood of a GPS176C staying attached to the windscreen with one of those suction cups attached to it. No doubt you'd be more than aware of the fact that the colour screen tends to wash out when on the dash in the daytime and I was looking at mounting it towards the top of the windscreen and facing the screen down to negate the sunlight.

What are the chances of it staying in place.

I suppose one of the posts earlier on might have had the answer in sticking it to the windscreen with silicone which I could remove once I went to sell the car.

I'm interested to hear what you think. The vehicle is a GU Patrol.

Dave
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Reply By: Richard - Monday, Mar 15, 2004 at 20:01

Monday, Mar 15, 2004 at 20:01
Put a Navman GPS sleeve, which comes with a suction cap, on my Ipaq. Gave it a bit of a shake on the Stockton sand dunes with no problems.
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Reply By: Member - Foxer - Monday, Mar 15, 2004 at 20:28

Monday, Mar 15, 2004 at 20:28
Good one TrucksterNT
Foxer
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Reply By: Member - Gregg - Monday, Mar 15, 2004 at 21:18

Monday, Mar 15, 2004 at 21:18
I USE A $15 MOBILE PHONE MOUNT AVAILABLE AT ANY SUPER CHEAP OR AUTO STORE I PULLED THE DOUBLE SIDE TAPE OFF AND USED VELCRO IT IS FULLY ADJUSTABLE AND WORKS A TREAT
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Reply By: dingdong - Monday, Mar 15, 2004 at 21:20

Monday, Mar 15, 2004 at 21:20
Hi all
Thought about using the back of an old metal rear view mirror & bend to conform to shape of dash make a chanel with bottom in it with a bit protruding at rear with hole drilled in it to fit on swivel bolt make chanel so you can mount gps in with sticky back velcro . Use heavy duty velcro from Bunnings stuck on back of mount on to your dash mat .Cost about 2 hrs time 2 bucks velcro. Works a treat on rough going too . I have Magellan 315 .
Cheers dingdong

Whiskey 746
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Reply By: Lyds - Monday, Mar 15, 2004 at 22:26

Monday, Mar 15, 2004 at 22:26
I have the magellan suction cup arm thingy - sometimes it drops off when you least want it too, other times it won't budge.

Well gollyyyy, I'll try the spit approach next time - or at least get the Mrs to do it :-)
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Reply By: joc45 - Monday, Mar 15, 2004 at 22:43

Monday, Mar 15, 2004 at 22:43
My old Garmin GPSII+ came with velco strips to attach it to the dash of my GU. What I found was that the velcro on the gps stuck like sh*t to a blanket to my dash protector mat, and the roughest road will not budge it; ie, I didn't have to put the other part of the velcro on the dash at all.
Gerry
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Reply By: TrucksterNT - Monday, Mar 15, 2004 at 23:32

Monday, Mar 15, 2004 at 23:32
Thank you all for your help - some great ideas! I'll try some in my trucks and also some in my 4wd.
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