I have been such a moron for not listing to others advice about the beanbag mount. For more than a year now I have spent hours devising different ways to mount my Nüvi. My last try was to fabricate a tall tubular thing that I glued the black disk to for using the sucson cup mount. I put this into the cup holder of my SUV and I thought, Wow this is it or at least until I tried to put the shifter into park and banged my knuckles. Okay so as much as I thought this beanbag thing will never work (especially the way I drive) but I’ll give it a try.
Best investment, it won’t budge. I can’t get it to slide or tip even if I try! Best mount by far!!!
I have been using the garmin beanbag mount for almost a year, without any problems. Note that California prohibits the use of the windshield mount but there is some pending legislation that may remove the prohibition for California motorists.
I have been thinking about getting one, but the dash on my Hyundai slopes down. Think it'll stay?
They really grip...
Thanks for the report. Guess I should try one.
I love my bean bag mount!
Based on the positive comments on the bean bag, I am going to order one.
My Honda dash slopes too, but the Bean Bag stays put. On a long trip you may have to adjust it slightly every hour or so, but no big deal.
I travel to a lot of locations throughout the day. The beanbag mount is perfect. When I approach my destination, I just place the GPSr on the floor. When I am done, back on the dash. It will move during emergency maneuvers (lane change, quick braking, etc).
Yea, the bean bag is really the way to go. It's movable, and doesn't leave any marks that would alert a thief to you having something in your car.
Plus the prices is very nice ~$30 or less for it.
Wow, thanks, I am a GPS noob and have not heard of these yet. I am GOOGLING it now.
I love my beanbag mount. Even if it does get dirty and starts to slide around, it can be cleaned.
Dear Right.. ,
Please scroll down to the two flavours of friction mount (with and without the "arm").
"Innovative design includes optional adhesive safety hook that attaches to loop on dash mount"
I see it's not available until June 20th...
It might solve any "slope" problem...
The bean bag mount works well...
Until I get to the fun part of the road, and then things tend to move around! It's a problem in zippy little cars. Of course when I'm on the fun part of the road, I'm not paying attention to the GPS!
Until I get to the fun part of the road, and then things tend to move around! It's a problem in zippy little cars.
+1 on that. I drive an MX-5. Tried the Garmin friction mount but it kept sliding off. I kind of like the looks of this beanbag idea. I could probably cobble up a hook to fit into my defroster vent that would attach to the loop without having to stick an adhesive hook on the dash.
I have a Prelude with a sloping dash and when using that vehicle, I put the beanbag on my console. I try not to look at it unless I am stopped.
The beanbag mount works well with my nüvi in my wife's car or on the passenger side of my F150 but, on the driver's side of the truck, the dash is not really suited to the mount. It works but not nearly as well. I can't see using it at all for my 76CSx since it's so much heavier than the nüvi. For that, I've used a window suction mount for several years. I've yet to be hassled about it by CHP even though it is technically illegal here in CA.
Of course, all of those "baby on board" signs, suction Garfield toys, anything at all hanging from the rear view mirror, side window sun shades, etc. are also technically illegal in CA. Unless you stick the mount in the middle of the windshield where it's an obvious hazard, CHP doesn't enforce the stupid law.
amontman, you're certainly not alone. I resisted the beanbag mount for so long because I was skeptical about it staying in one place plus I thought it looked ugly. I decided finally to go for one because I was planning a trip to California, which prohibits windshield mounts, and planned to use a rental car. That, and a reasonable price at gpscity, was enough for me to go for one. The thing is easily moved from car to car and easy to conceal plus no telltale suction cup ring on windshield to attract potential thieves. Have used it for 3 months and have had no problems with it sliding off my dash (even though it doesn't sit completely on the dash).
I have been using one for years, now use two, for two different garmins in two different vehicles. I even use one of them on the tank of my motorcycle where it rides just fine!
I am in the communications industry and had been using a pocket pc with mapopolis for years then it became a standard in my induastry to use streets and trips and until just recently I decided to get a magellan 3250 and I am really liking it so far .....film at eleven
I think it will stay. If I hadn't seen it with my own eyes...
Still think the proclip is the best out there, but to each their own.
Going to get one also.
My bean bag mount lost the stickyness on the underside. Does anyone know of a way to restore it?
with a damp sponge..
Plus the prices is very nice ~$30 or less for it.
I find it also is real easy and fast to just unplug the Nuvi and put the whole set up in the trunk with or without the Nuvi. I personally prefer to put the Nuvi in my pocket for safe keeping. Doesn't leave any tell tail marks or whatever for theives.
Beanbag is great.
I had no complaints until I was forced to take a mini-van from the the rental company. Though the dash was plenty large enough, I found that the beanbag slid pretty freely on it. Ended up having to catch the GPS on a couple turns.
Only complaint so far.
I just purchased the Garmin bean bag mount from Fry's for $29.99 and I love it.
I haven't used any other mount so I don't have anything to compare it to, but I'm very happy with the bean bag mount.
I wish I would have bought one sooner.
Bean bag mount is the best thing ever! And it doesn't leave any tell-tale round marks on your window or dash that indicates you may have a GPS in the vehicle to steal.
Has anyone had experience with an off-brand beanbag mount that can be bought on Amazon for about half the Garmin mount? Search Amazon for beanbag mount.
Didn't we all say that many moon ago????
I have been using bean bag mount for a few years and have no problem with it. Love it.
Some times it takes more moons to pass for some people than others.
I recently bought a bean bag and have to say it's the best device by far. Radio Shack had them on sale for $19.95 regularly $39.95. It's a no brainer.Also my dash has a large curve to it and it just sits perfectly without any movement whatsoever.
after all this time, people see the value of the bean bag
really slopes down, and it works just fine...try it, if it doesn't work out for you, put it on e-bay!
I got a bean bag when I picked up my 750 nuvi and I never even took the glass mount out of the box. The bean bag is quick and easy to use and there are no tell tail marks on the dash. If your dash is sloped down, you can add a small piece of wire hooked to the defroster to keep it in place on a bumpy road.
nuvi 750 in the bean bag
If the question about the non-Garmin beanbag is about the Navmat version, I can vouch that it works surprisingly well with my C340. Stays put under almost any circumstances, even very hard stops.
I love my beanbag mount!!!
First thing I did after I opened my Garmin friction mount was to place it on the sloping part of my leather couch's arm, almost 45 degree slope. Then I tried to jiggle the surface. It didn't slide a bit.
Have tried it on the Audi with some jump starts and fast tight turns, and it stayed put. It's an amazing product.
A friend forwarded me this article stating that it is not illegal to mount a GPSr on your windshield in CA.
On the other hand, most of the articles that I've seen state the opposite.
BTW, I've got both the suction cup and beanbag mounts. The beanbag works much better.
Where would be the cheapest place to get these? I went to Amazon and the cheapest they got was $26.99. When I use my gps using the suction cup to the Brackettron mount it always falls off.
Count me in with the bean bag fans. I've had one for 7 months on the dash of 3 different vehicles in very-very hot conditions (Phoenix where we are already enjoying a string of 110+ degree days). It's been rock solid. But I can easily set it on the floor to keep it out view from prying eyes.
To bad Garmin doesn't include the bean bag instead of the windshield mount and charge a few bucks more...If someone wanted the windshield mount they could buy it...In other words reverse it..
They have vent mounts, but my vents are only 2 1/2" wide, and I don't know if the hooks are spaced farther apart than that. I made a cup holder mount, myself. Got one of those "butt" cups, put the disc that comes with the Nuvi into the top, size just happened to be good, had to sand around the disc a little, then mounted the suction clip to it. It holds well, but I would like it up in front on the dash, found myself looking down from the road, not good. I see they make a smaller bean bag type, about 5" round, that I might try. Saw one at Semsons.com, and Arkon makes a cup holder type, with 5" neck, looks pretty good.
I bought a mount through Amazon several months ago and am delighted with it. It can be found at http://www.amazon.com/Gilsson-UBM-Portable-Non-Skid-Dashboar.... I paid $8.98 + $13.67 shipping for a total of $22.65. It's convenient to store, easy to handle and grips the dash of both my pickup and our Camry beautifully. I've been nothing but pleased with it.
That does look like a nice mount.
I'll consider it.
Costco.com has an accessory kit for the Nuvi 760 that includes the bean bag mount, AC power adapter, leather case and USB cable for $49.95. Got mine yesterday. Bean bag work great. Does not even move going over speed bumps.
I put one of those rubber sticky pads you can buy at office supply stores under my bean bag. Works great. It might solve the problem with sloping dashes.
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