laptop in vehicle setup

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i sometimes use my laptop with ozi moving map when off the beaten track. i have it sitting on my lpassengers lap or on the passenger seat when alone. does anyone have any ideas to help reduce the "screen flap" i dont think the hinges will survive the desert this year.
mostly i research my trip and add waypoints and tracks to my gps for normal expeditions so i didnt want to permanantly fit it in the truck.
any suggestions?

regards peter
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Reply By: John R (SA) - Wednesday, Apr 09, 2008 at 19:14

Wednesday, Apr 09, 2008 at 19:14
Possibly not the answer you're after Peter, but I got a touchscreen off ebay for the same reason (and the hinges on the laptop gave way anyhow). That way I could tuck the laptop away once it was up and running, and not have the cumbersome laptop floating around in the front of the cab.

I made up a mount for it - temp job which straddled the centre consol and used velcro for stablising. However it worked!

Then only downsides - slightly limited functionality (no keyboard, but that's possible to sort out), and a slightly dodgey power supply.

Prior to this, I'd made up a platform to sit the laptop on. It was a pain in the backside!
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Follow Up By: Member - Peter D M - Wednesday, Apr 09, 2008 at 19:23

Wednesday, Apr 09, 2008 at 19:23
thanks john,
what sort of touch screen are you talking about?

regards peter
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Reply By: Member - Mick O (VIC) - Wednesday, Apr 09, 2008 at 19:24

Wednesday, Apr 09, 2008 at 19:24
Peter,

I'm using the Panasonic toughbook for the same purposes. Due to the lack of robust computer mounts available, I had a unit custom made for the Patrol by Brown-Davis Automotive in Melbourne. It utilises the existing front seat mounts. I've then utilised a RAM Mount to mount the actual computer. It utilises a double ball mount for a great range of movement. You can then fit an adjustable arm up the back of the mount that holds the screen in place. GPSOZ sell these mounts as well.

The whole unit is incredibly rigid and does not encroach into the passengers area. There are three photo's of the set-up on my rig page.

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Follow Up By: Member - Peter D M - Wednesday, Apr 09, 2008 at 19:35

Wednesday, Apr 09, 2008 at 19:35
mick,
it looks pretty substantial but does it hold the screen from moving about on the hinges.
peter
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Follow Up By: Member - Mick O (VIC) - Wednesday, Apr 09, 2008 at 20:02

Wednesday, Apr 09, 2008 at 20:02
Yes Peter it does. Here is the
Screen Brace and the universal laptop mount.. You don't want the leg set-up tho, just the tray and articulated ball mounts. The legs are not robust enough for a 4x4 application.

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Follow Up By: Member - Mick O (VIC) - Wednesday, Apr 09, 2008 at 20:07

Wednesday, Apr 09, 2008 at 20:07
Alternately as a cheap option and providing you didn't want to shut the laptop too often, the old "hundred mile an hour" tape (Gaffer) along the hinge edge, both inner and outer will prevent movement if your happy to leave it on the seat. Sticky sided velcro tape from Spotlight, the 25 or 30mm tape to the bottom of the laptop and top of the seat would then help keep the whole laptop on the seat over a few bumps. Just thinking out loud. Mick.
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Reply By: Member - Garth (NSW) - Wednesday, Apr 09, 2008 at 19:29

Wednesday, Apr 09, 2008 at 19:29
Hi Peter,
You can buy a range of 7-10" TFT LCD monitors (both touch screen and not) from ebay. Most are from overseas. I bought an 8" touchscreen for $182. Arrived in 4 days from Hong Kong. It's the 2nd one I've bought in 9 years. The last one went for 6 years before I broke it (oops!).
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Reply By: mowing - Wednesday, Apr 09, 2008 at 19:40

Wednesday, Apr 09, 2008 at 19:40
Peter, What about a couple of pieces of velcro to make a hinge effect . A couple of small pieces on the back of the screen and underneath the laptop with a "belt" of opposite velcro stuck to it. It will not stop the screen from going away from the keyboard but will stop it coming forward. If you wanted to stop the screen going back away from the keyboard you could put the pieces on the side of the laptop and the belt would act like a chain on a tool box ie stop the screen going back any further. Haven't tried it but just an idea.


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Reply By: Twinkles - Wednesday, Apr 09, 2008 at 19:57

Wednesday, Apr 09, 2008 at 19:57
Mick O (Vic) has some pics in his "My Profile" of a lap top set up.
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Follow Up By: Twinkles - Wednesday, Apr 09, 2008 at 20:15

Wednesday, Apr 09, 2008 at 20:15
Woops! Didn't read all of Mick O's posts
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Reply By: chocolate teapot - Thursday, Apr 10, 2008 at 06:17

Thursday, Apr 10, 2008 at 06:17
Hi Peter

had a similar problem in my isuzu truck

I know you don't want a permanent solution but IMO it is only a matter of time before you will be up for a new laptop or a new set of teeth or worse after the laptop launches itself inside the cab.

After a lot of faffing and procrastination including the various Velcro solutions suggested above (they worked with varying degrees of success) went for the RAM solution with a screen support arm - works like a dream. Don't get me wrong I love Velcro - use 50mm adhesive to fix my portable dunny to the floor of the truck shower - also works a treat.

ram laptop mount

screen stabiliser

Obtainable from GPSOZ or from RAM US- a bit expensive but the duck's guts

Hope this helps



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Reply By: Richard W (NSW) - Thursday, Apr 10, 2008 at 06:28

Thursday, Apr 10, 2008 at 06:28
Here's my setup using a RAM mount.




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Reply By: Member - Graham H (QLD) - Thursday, Apr 10, 2008 at 18:40

Thursday, Apr 10, 2008 at 18:40
I have exactly the same setup in my croozer. I now dont use the laptop tray as I have a touch screen If any one would like to buy it I will sell it for a reasonable offer It was over $100 new and has only been used once. I also have the screen stabiliser which I will include with it

The whole POD III including the tray is about $330 at Johnny Appleseed
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Follow Up By: Member - Graham H (QLD) - Thursday, Apr 10, 2008 at 18:44

Thursday, Apr 10, 2008 at 18:44
If you shorten the legs and keep them as straight as possible they keep the tray much more rigid and also try to triangulate the mounting points for rigidity. When I get my other computer going I will post some pics of my setup.
It is definitely rigid enuf for a 4wd setup
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Follow Up By: Richard W (NSW) - Monday, Apr 14, 2008 at 06:37

Monday, Apr 14, 2008 at 06:37
Had to bend mine around for the gearstick and handbrake.
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Reply By: Member - Graham H (QLD) - Monday, Apr 14, 2008 at 17:43

Monday, Apr 14, 2008 at 17:43
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Heres how I did mine All on the passengers side of the car.
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