Laptop holders in a Patrol GU

Submitted: Sunday, Jan 22, 2012 at 22:02
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Hi Fellow Travelling Members

Our family is heading off on a 18 months trip around Australia. I will be working remotely on my laptop duirng this time, whilst travelling and also stationery in our Jayco Expanda. Has anyone out there got some suggestions of what equipment they have purchased, modified or created which would provided an office in the vehicle whilst driving, with minimal space. Also something they may reduce the glare on the screen. We will be taking alolng 2 laptops - an Acer and a Macbook Pro and and IPad2. One of the laptops would be in the front passenger side whilst the other one in the back for our 9yr old son, and myself, if required when schooling him on the road.

Any suggestions will be well received and appreciated, oh and we are leaving in 5 weeks so need to do something now. Spent some time looking on ebay, but getting very confused!

Thanks Melissa, Rohan & Lleyton
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Reply By: Mick O - Sunday, Jan 22, 2012 at 22:55

Sunday, Jan 22, 2012 at 22:55
I had a mount made for the GU Patrol and my new Toyota by Brown Davis in Bayswater (Vic). Mounts to existing mounts in the vehicle. Topped it off with a RAM Mount laptop table. Very very solid. There is a picture or two in my EO profile page (link below)

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Also one in this blog

GU Cab shot

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Follow Up By: Roh Mel & Lleyton - Tuesday, Jan 24, 2012 at 01:04

Tuesday, Jan 24, 2012 at 01:04
Hey Mick

Thanks for your reply. The front of your vehicle looks so busy. What other gadgets do you have up front with you? Did you have any issues travelling around re coming loose or rattling? We are hoping to catch some of your trip on film and perhaps make a dvd or sell editorial to the 4WD magazines to help fund our trip. I enjoyed reading your blog and looking at the photos. Thanks for your inspirational reply.

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Reply By: Member - Joe n Mel n kids (FNQ - Monday, Jan 23, 2012 at 04:28

Monday, Jan 23, 2012 at 04:28
I would look at how likely you are to actually "Use" it whilst on the move, yes you can "watch" stuff or use it to listen to stuff but to actually operate it whilst moving is a pain in the ass and i am certain you will give up real quick, i have tried it as a GPS unit and as a "computer" whilst moving and it is simply to diffucult ..... small bumps have you hitting the wrong keys, mouse work is hard and just a pain to do, if you are travelling for pleasure and not for work then you will find the actual time spent on the road moving is not a great deal and if nothing worth looking at get kids to sleep, most certainally have a headrest dvd player, dont even dream of leaving without one, and if you must, buy educational dvds to play .........
And if you still are sure you will not have time to do it when stopped and MUST do it moving then please stay home and you will have more fun, be a lot safer and still live to see a few more years.... :-)
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Follow Up By: Roh Mel & Lleyton - Tuesday, Jan 24, 2012 at 00:49

Tuesday, Jan 24, 2012 at 00:49
Hey Joe
Thanks for your reply. On reading my post, maybe I did not make it clear. I certainly will not be driving and typing. I know women are good at multi tasking, but that would be dumb, lol. I currently spend a majority of our weekend trips typing away on a laptop which just sits on my lap, but my knees get hot from the heat pushed out from the machine and at times its difficult to type, but generally I have succeeded in completing the task required. ( luckily I can touch type ). I spent last weekend, whilst my husband drove to the high country going up and down and around many windy roads doing invoices and typing. Unfortuantely, as a busy owner, it means that work must be done to ensure the next day flows and the money keeps coming. If its bookkeeping I do it quite easy as minimal keyboard typing is required. Thanks for you tip re a headrest DVD, we recently purchase one at a caravan and camping show, although my husband didn't really see it as an important object as some other necessities, but in the end we both agreed a happy child is a happy ( extended ) travelling working holiday.
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Reply By: Member - John and Val - Monday, Jan 23, 2012 at 08:02

Monday, Jan 23, 2012 at 08:02
I agree with Joe. An open laptop in the cabin isn't good company when travelling. They take up a lot of space and it's virtually impossible to use keyboard or any pointing device while travelling. Not comfortable to crash into in the event of a mishap either. We use a tablet style pc with a touchscreen as a gps - it simply hangs vertically in front of the radios in the dash so is much easier to accommodate than a laptop, but still very difficult to have sufficiently precise control while moving. It's not as bright as what's coming in through the windscreen either which makes it hard to see.

Reflection from the screen is a real pain. Any screen with a shiny surface is close to unusable in the bright environment. Screen brightness is another issue - it really can't compete with the daylight coming in through the windscreen.

Sorry to throw so much cold water on your plan, but I think you'll be pretty disappointed with the results if you proceed.

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Follow Up By: Roh Mel & Lleyton - Tuesday, Jan 24, 2012 at 00:58

Tuesday, Jan 24, 2012 at 00:58
Thanks J & V appreciate your reply. Unfortunately, I will have no choice but to do some work on my laptop. We do have an Ipad 2 to respond to emails, this will be use for quicker access and of course is less cumbersome. We also use this as a GPS and googling info prior to arrival in areas where access is available. This will be mounted on the front dash, so my husband, when driving can view the tracks more easily. The reflection I think I may have found a way of minimizing by using shade protection on the side, like that used on windows for babies, and if its really bad in the front I can always sit in the back. Lucky for us we only have one child, so I can freely move around the cabin ( once statinery), lol. I use laptops quite a deal, so an external mouse is not required, so that assists the navigation of the data to be a little less stressful and means a bit more control over the navigating arrow.

Appreciate your reply.
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Reply By: Robin Miller - Monday, Jan 23, 2012 at 08:16

Monday, Jan 23, 2012 at 08:16
Hi Melissa

Which GU do you have - many did not have a passenger airbag and this was filled in with a blank panel.

Many of us have turned this into a useful storage space and made the panel fold down with hinges.

It makes a perfect place for my 10" laptop to sit.

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Follow Up By: Roh Mel & Lleyton - Tuesday, Jan 24, 2012 at 01:02

Tuesday, Jan 24, 2012 at 01:02
Hi Robin
Thanks for your reply, we have a 2004 GU III st-1. My husband did suggest that initially, because at the time we owned another nissan patrol that did not have airbags in the front, but I believe this vehicle does?
This would be the way to go though..................
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Reply By: Crackles - Monday, Jan 23, 2012 at 09:22

Monday, Jan 23, 2012 at 09:22
Ram mounts make a huge selection of brackets & holders for every concievable device adjustable to almost any position but like the others have said I too think you're wasting your time as between the screen glare & vibration it is very difficult to actually use them on the move. In reality on a trip like that you'll probably travell 3 or 4 hours max in a day so far better to set aside time when stopped to do the work & schooling.
Enjoy your trip, Cheers Craig........
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Follow Up By: Roh Mel & Lleyton - Tuesday, Jan 24, 2012 at 01:11

Tuesday, Jan 24, 2012 at 01:11
Hi Greg
Thanks for your response. I understand all the responses, but sometimes there is a lesser choice of the 2 evils, lol. I have had many years experience with a laptop on my lap, I don't know why we didn't thinkg of this years ago! Until we head out, you all may well be 100% correct, and I will throw my hands up in the air, but as a strong minded female, and a business owner I am going to give it a go and see what happens. I can see my time on the land being very busy, schooling my son, setting up camp, assisting tje hubby in gathering firewood and assisting with meals, so i figure the time to work will be whilst on the road.

I do understand in some areas, it just will not be possible, maybe thats the time i sit and read and gaze out the window, I promise that I will make time to actually see out the window!
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Reply By: Roh Mel & Lleyton - Tuesday, Jan 24, 2012 at 00:40

Tuesday, Jan 24, 2012 at 00:40
Hey Mick

Thanks for your reply. The front of your vehicle looks so busy. What other gadgets do you have up front with you? Did you have any issues travelling around re coming loose or rattling? We are hoping to catch some of your trip on film and perhaps make a dvd or sell editorial to the 4WD magazines to help fund our trip. I enjoyed reading your blog and looking at the photos. Thanks for your inspirational reply.

Melissa, Rohan and Lleyton
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Reply By: Nargun51 - Tuesday, Jan 24, 2012 at 16:25

Tuesday, Jan 24, 2012 at 16:25
My daughter did her 4th year of uni, with her laptop perched on a "Stable Table'' she pinched from her Grandmother.

She has now progressed to a specialised laptop equivalent, with a slide out mousepad she bought for less than $40.00 from office works.

She didn't go for the more expensive versions with the built in fan
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