Securing a Bouncing GPS

Submitted: Sunday, Mar 16, 2008 at 07:25
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I have a Magellan Xplorist which is mounted on a holder with one of those suction cup thingies to my windscreen. Trouble is it's on a long stalk that bounces up and down like a diving board when I'm off-road.

Any of you learned types have an idea of securing it to the dash?

I tried small pieces of adhesive backed velcro but could only give that 2/10. There must be a better way...
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Reply By: Kiwi & "Mahindra" - Sunday, Mar 16, 2008 at 07:38

Sunday, Mar 16, 2008 at 07:38
have the same prob...we just use elatic bands to hold it on, but Bucky uses foam on the dash in an L shape....tucks fine into there!! We mioght be doin this idea!
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Reply By: Member - Doug T (FNQ) - Sunday, Mar 16, 2008 at 08:52

Sunday, Mar 16, 2008 at 08:52
You blokes are unreal....deadset, lower the bloody thing down so it sits on the dash,If you have those dash covers is a help, stops rubbing, that's how mine sits and never moves, however if you have a vehicle with sloping dash ...unlike a Troopy then I would suggest fixing a small safety cord to it just in case it lets go and drops down, hits the gear stick and smashes the screen.... or zip tie it to something on the dash,

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Follow Up By: warfer69 - Monday, Mar 17, 2008 at 02:40

Monday, Mar 17, 2008 at 02:40
Thats it Dougie

I hav an XL and never had an issue,been down some bumpy tracks too.


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Reply By: Gramps (NSW) - Sunday, Mar 16, 2008 at 08:55

Sunday, Mar 16, 2008 at 08:55
Are you sure it's the GPS bouncing up and down and not you in your motorized lounge chair hahahahahahaha

My PDA is attached via a shorter stalk but still moves around a little. I don't think you'll eliminate it completely.

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Reply By: Member - Tim - Stratford (VIC) - Sunday, Mar 16, 2008 at 09:21

Sunday, Mar 16, 2008 at 09:21
Michael,

Have a look at the product called "CLIC-ON" - can't recall the site but should be able to google it.

I've got one of their mounts in my truck for the UHF microphone but soon to be converted back for the PDA. The ones for LC 100s clip into the dash over the air vents - no stalk and no movement. I'm not sure what their have for GU's.


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Reply By: DIO - Sunday, Mar 16, 2008 at 09:35

Sunday, Mar 16, 2008 at 09:35
If you can't lower it (GPS) down to place the weight on the dash, get your little lady (or equivilant) to sew a small wheat bag and use that as a support. They work fine. You can use material same colour as dash.
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Reply By: jskogsta - Sunday, Mar 16, 2008 at 09:44

Sunday, Mar 16, 2008 at 09:44
Get a proper RAM-MOUNT system for it .. they're great... can get the ones that screw onto the dash. Check it out here: http://www.ram-mount.com.au/. I bought some from a US supplier called Express Mounts. Do a Google search for that, and you'll find them... they were quick, cheap .. would not hessitate using them again ..

/Jorgen
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Reply By: Patrolman Pat - Sunday, Mar 16, 2008 at 12:24

Sunday, Mar 16, 2008 at 12:24
I put a small dob of blue tak on the dash and that stopped the thing bouncing around on corrugation.
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Reply By: Shaker - Sunday, Mar 16, 2008 at 14:49

Sunday, Mar 16, 2008 at 14:49
These are solid as rock, cheap too..... GPS MOUNT
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Reply By: Neilo - Sunday, Mar 16, 2008 at 17:25

Sunday, Mar 16, 2008 at 17:25
I used sticky velcro squares on my Explorist mount and the top of the dash. Did 22,000 bumpy kms and not a single problem.
The velcro alowed me to easily remove it and hide it from view when parked in 'dodgy' areas.
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Reply By: Member - Sam (NSW) - Sunday, Mar 16, 2008 at 19:56

Sunday, Mar 16, 2008 at 19:56
I purchased a dash pod for my GU Patrol from Dept. of the Interior to use for gauges etc and have bolted a RAM mount to the side of it. Works perfectly. Doesn't move at all except in extreme corrugations etc, but most of the time its as solid as anything. I used the interior of the dash pod to also house a permanent power supply for the GPS as well so no need to use the cigarette lighter and have wires running all over the front of the dash.
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Reply By: Member - Michael O (NSW) - Monday, Mar 17, 2008 at 16:10

Monday, Mar 17, 2008 at 16:10
Thanks! Great advice as usual...

Even Doug T FNQ; "deadset", I haven't heard that since the Skyhooks were still together!

Have grabbed some blu-tac from the newsagent.

Also found a cheap camera strap to hook around the rear view mirror in case the whole thing tumbles off the windscreen.

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