I was wondering if any of you are using a "Garmin Vent Mount". I purchased this on Ebay. It is a double clip mount that attaches to a "vane" of your heater/air vent. It keeps it low, out of sight and looks more installed. I personally love it!
Over a period of time with the jolting and weight that the GPS, with mount, puts on the vents it can cause cracks or damage to the vanes.
You also want to be careful of the cold air from the ac and the heat from the heater. It could cause you some problems also.
I once had a similar mount for my XM radio receiver (considerably smaller and lighter than a GPS unit) and within a week the small vanes in the vent were shards of plastic on the floor.
Just a thought.
I have questioned these mounts and have wanted to try them, but have been afraid of what they would do to my vents. I am sorry to hear what they did to some but happy to know it really isnt that good of a deal.
I cannot figure out why there is any other mount but the Bean Bag.
Pick up a bean bag mount and save your vents and the cost of repairs
ohwogo nuvi 750 with a bean bag mount.
Yup, ditch the vent mount. Save your vents and let the air in! Get the bean bag mount.
Ditch it, it's noisy and risky.use the bean bag
I appreciate the replies, that was the purpose of my question. But I am surprised at the problems that some of you have had. I used mine last winter with no problems and this summer with no problems! Thanks for the feedback!
I have been using a vent mount for the past year and like it. The GPSr is in a good viewing position, and when parked, it is not obvious, although I do remove my GPSr when parked in a suspect area.
I just bought this one
I use the Garmin 010-10969-00 mount that can be purchased from Garmin for $5.00 and it is far more permanent and far more stable. Tried the vent one but fell off twice, blocked one of the vents and was hard to dismount the GPS from the cradle without the whole mount coming loose every time.
This is a website with some additional good mounting suggestions. Option # 3 is the one I went with and it is rock solid, doesn't block a vent and when not in use is barely noticeable. Don't let the website name scare you. Well worth a view if you have a Nuvi.
I had a chance today to take some pics of the Garmin 010-10969-00 mount that I used. It is almost invisible when the cradle is not attached to it, it is very stable, easily viewed by driver, allows easy access to the screen for both driver and passenger and it makes the GPS less obvious to thieves.
I tried the windshield mount, beanbag mount and AC vent mount but all had problems. This mount only costs $5 from Garmin and if you have a location that will allow a permanent mount I would highly endorse this one.
Link to photo group:
I agree the vent mount is probably a bad idea, if the hot and cold dosent damage the unit the vanes will break up over time
Well, almost: Only problem, only sell to US, impossible to buy on internet with garmin for canadian custumer and so far no sign of it on E-Bay.
Too bad, I really thought I've found the solution to my problem.....
It seem to be very practical and solid. A permanent installation of good quality.
How's the reception? I can't believe the nuvi works in that guy's 350Z cubby.
Do you remove the bracket from the ball, or leave the bracket?
Do you remove the bracket from the ball, or leave the bracket?
The reception is excellent. If I access the sat screen while in the car the sat strengths show near the top and the accuracy is less than 20'. The traffic receiver power supply cord that is plugged into a hidden power connection also comes in great.
I usually leave the bracket on the ball and sometimes I will hang a cap on the ball and it just looks like it is hanging on a dash knob. If I remove the cradle and tuck it in the slot next to the phone and close that door just below the radio the remaining ball mount nearly disappears.
I can't imagine blocking my air conditioner vent with anything! It gets kind of hot here in the summer.
You might try these links to see if they can ship to you:
Thanks for the info.
Optics Planet work fine for intern order. My order should reach Montreal in a few day !!!
I've used a vent mount for 3+ years without a problem for my etrex gps, cell phone and/or iPod. When I got the Nuvi 200w I tried the suction cup mount to the windshield. It was OK, but a little bit of a pain to switch from vehicle to vehicle. I got the beanbag mount and it is very portable, hidable, stable, etc. I don't think I'll try anything else.
I personally love it!
I hope you are using protection.
The bean bag mount works best for me. My Nuvi 660 was too large and heavy for the vent mount on my Impala. The bean bag seems to sit very nicely on the dash, the console or on the passanger seat. And it doesn't slide around at all.
Because there are those of us that just don't like bean bag mounts, I happen have one in the closet. Give me a good old suction cup mount any day.
I have both and I found that the type of vent that you are using makes a big difference. I use the vent on rental cars because it is easy to take with you. At home the bean bag is #1
basically you want it as close to your hands as possible while driving
I went with a bean bag in my Uplander. I did not even try the windshield mount because of the depth of the dash. I initially installed the stick-on suction disk on top of the dash, but I was a bit worried after my dad had his SUV smashed for a simple knapsack.
So I got a Scosche bean-bag at La Source. It was a bit pricey, but I was squeezed for time and sometimes, the deal on the internet is not a deal anymore once you add the shipping costs...
Also, I did not bother to look into a more permanent type of mount as my lease on the car is due next May.
One thing I will definitely look into for my next car is the number and location of power outlets. During our summer trip, it was a fight between the GPSr, the electric cooler, the kid's DVD player, the cell charger, the Gameboy charger, ... guess I'm not a Ludite.
hmmm.. I didn't know about the bean bag mount. I might buy it for my nuvi 200...but it might be a little too far while driving, right?
I prefer to have it hang on the windshield on the left so I don't have to keep my eyes off the road for more than a couple of secs.
I purchased the Bean Bag mount for my Nuvi 750-Rock solid, could not be more pleased. I highly recommend it. A word of caution I used a vent mount in the past, now this was for a cell phone and it messed up the vent. I would go with the bean bag mount.
thanks for the ideas
How did you install the mount on your dash?
Is the way to go.
I ended asking for a refund and purchased the bean bag mount instead. So far the bean bag is working out great!
and still do. The mount has a third arm that rests on the border of the vent take the stress off the vanes. The only thing the clips on the vanes do is keep it steady while the weight of the GPSr leans down on the third arm, helping keep it steady. I don't use the A/C much and if I use the vent mount, I make the air go through the other vents rather than have it blown in my face. I have the beanbag as well. Never used it yet.
No one has mentioned Arkon mounts in this thread.
Even with the rave reviews here about the beanbag, it did not appeal to me. Following several threads on this site as well as googling on my own, I cam across and eventually purchased Arkon's GN111 visor mount. There were several other "just missed" mounts in their lineup for me, but this one seemed to be the best all around for my needs... All of these just missed were better solutions for me than the bean bag would have been.
We just got back from a 850+ mile trip and it worked like a champ.
In my Mustang or in my girl's Jeep, you can't see the clip on the visor from the outside and it is hard to see the unit through the windshield even when it is mounted. (I always take the unit down and with me, so that's not a major factor.) If you bend over and look up into either vehicle, without the unit mounted it looks like just another ubiquitous item on the visor.
None of their designs may work for your needs better than the bean bag, and very few like the windshield mount.
I'm just pointing out that there are more choices than just the ones already mentioned in this thread.
I drive a Chevy Blazer. The Suspension and ride on my SUV are a bit bone jarring. A mount like that would just destroy my vent. Cool concept, but probably not a good idea for a stiff riding car or truck.
Has anyone tried to take a vent mount, cut off the clips and screw/stick it to the dash the same way you would a Garmin 010-10969-00 mount? How does the Garmin 010-10969-00 mount attached anyways?
pro clip does a great job of what you want.
just google it
Thank you for your comments. I too have seen theses vent mounts mentioned and have been interested in its effectiveness. I have tried using a bean bag mount. Unfortunately, my vehicle's dash is too narrow and has an unusual slope for it to be used effectively.
I am still looking for an alternative to the very visible suction-cup windshield mount.
I prefer the bean bag mount. Think about it; do you want to have to replace the vent when it breaks? It's plastic it'll give eventually.
looks interesting but wouldn't it be pointing to the passenger seat???
That way I can move the gps from car to car and to the boat. Travel in a friends car and the bean bag works there also. By the way, what kind of beans are they, they seem pretty heavy for beans.
u know i don't like a Vent Mounts, because when u guys use long long time, i believe the gps vent mounts will brake the vent monuts ......
So i use my way, my way is i was buy glass mounts for my c320 but i don't use put to the glass, i use some thing like ( clematis, cordage, ropes......)
to help me hold my gps mounts to anyspace near by driver seat.....
I've had some good success with a gooseneck floor mount from the MountGuys.com
The bottom bracket of the goose neck slips under the inside front floor bolt of the driver or passenger seat. A quick turn with a crescent or socket wrench holds it in place.
The goose neck is about 18" long and holds my Nuvi 680 just above the gear shift and clear of the stereo & HVAC controls. No damage to the car and it can be moved around as needed.
I mounted mine on the passenger side. This location is within easy reach of both driver and passenger and is shielded from the sun. The location is low, however, and takes a driver's eyes too far from the road.
I prefer the suction cup mount with my Nuvi 880 since so many operations are hands-free. It seems much safer up high in the driver's line of sight.
Glare was a problem so I made a neat little sun visor. I cut the bottom third off of a small box of cereal (painted with black stove paint). I left about 4" on the front of the box (top of the visor) but trimmed the back side of the box (bottom of the visor) flush to the box bottom. I left the sides in place to shore up the box.
The bottom of the box slips between the GPS and base plate -- thick enough to stay snug, but not so thick it interferes with the electrical connections. Works great!
I has been using the Air Vent Mount for over a year for both of my Garmins, and it work great!!! It doesn't block the air/heat, etc, set low, even with my windows so it not visitable outside of my car.
I was looking at this mount also. But after reading some of the posts ill give it a miss. Ill stick with my suction mount that came with my nuvi for now.
Pro-Clip mounts are not vent mounts. They clip under the dash and over the plastic near the radio bezel.They DO NOT CLIP TO THE AIR VENT. No I,m not affiliated wth them.I's just a real good product.Also another choice could be LIDO mounts.
I too have had very good results with the goose neck for my Nuvi 750 from mountguys.com. It takes no time to install at all. It is bolted to the passenger seat bolt and it is sturdy.
The only issue I have or actually my passenger has is that it bothers their left leg a bit. Reason being that it is on the passenger seat bolt, it tends to be a nuisance to tilt their left leg toward the center a bit.
Most of the time though, I drive by myself and it becomes a non-issue, except when my wife rides with me, then she gets upsets. Sorry honey, GPS wins when your not with me
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