Just found this on another site: "I have a Garmin NUVI 350 and learned early on not to mount it by sticking it to the windshield. I found a very useful and acceptable solution was to place the mounting base in an open ashtray on my dashboard. Just open the ashtray, place the mounting base in it then close it to make it a snug fit. Reverse the precedure to remove the unit. No muss, no fuss." Mounting any of my units has been a porblem. I found the only solution has been the bean bag mount, but thought this had merit. Thanks you amon. Wish he would come to our group. I think ill invite him.
There is a website: www.mountguys.com that supplies GPS mounts for several popular units - Garmin - Magellan - etc. They also have mounts for motorcycles, boats, etc.
Check it out.
See now, if you have a unit with this chipset, like the Mio, then you don't necessarily have to have it in the front window where everyone can see it and it's exposed to all those nasty Xrays and ultraviolet light.
yes, if you're wondering, he's had one white russian too many tonight.... Mio Mio all the way..... egads, I gotta get a life....
I got one of these usb car chargers to charge my mp3 player while driving, but I now use it for charging my c340:
It has a standard usb port. I just plug the usb cable that came with my c340 into it, and voila, charges the gps without using the suction cup mount. There are many different companies that make this type of usb car charger, and you can often find them in electronics stores in the ipod/mp3 accessory area.
With the nuvi's being so light they can easly mount to diffeerent areas other than the windshield.
My c330 is in the windshield since I got it and never came off. 10 months now. Now at this date still did not come off my windshield....
It's illegal in Minnesota and California - being one who lives close to Minnesota and goes there occasionally, I put the disk-thing on my dash, right above the center vents and the window mount sticks to it - the power cord hangs down unobtrusively in front of the radio and plugs into one of my two power ports at the bottom of the dash.
Anyone tried the "GPS Cup Holder" Car Mounts for Garmin?
I purchased a mount from http://www.proclipusa.com
all of their mounts require no permanent installation. You can view the directions on how to install before you purchase.
Actually, I was interested in the vent mount kit from the same company. It is even less expensive and portable. Has anyone had experience with one for a c5xx series?
I am just waiting for CSI to do a show about someone who dies after getting beaned in the head with their GPS and looses control of their vehicle. I am really surprised that there has not been an episode out there like this yet.
I can't tell you how many times my streetpilot has gone sailing across the dash and landed on the floor of the passenger side.
EDIT by JM: Miss poi has a bad habit of taking corners more sharply that most normal folks
Still smiling at the edit JM did on your post lol!! Maryann you must be a nascar fan/wannabee I tend to corner too fast on my motorcycle so I know how you feel.
My Garmin i3 fell a few times. My wife used some baby wipes to clean the windshield once and then pressed the suction cup with both hands and it stayed up for hours. I don't know if that can help some. If anybody else have any solutions please post
Another site for car mounts if anyone is interested
Our products provide a sleek and elegant flat platform for mounting a device holder or a Hands free Kit onto a Vehicle. KUDA mounts are very easy to install with no drilling of holes to the dashboard or damage to the car. The leather wrapped polyester shell is hollow and can easily be utilized to hide wires. Easy to mount, splinter free and safe for airbag deployment, KUDA mounts have no sharp edges or metal pieces.
I noticed several references to using EZ-Pass velcro. Just as info, this type fastener is available at any Radio Shack store under the product name, "Clear, Dual Lock, Superlock Fasteners", RS Part # 64-2363. I've used this product for several years when moving my EZ-Pass transponder to a new vehicle. They are incredibly strong.
I just bought a vehicle specific vent mount from www.proclipusa.com. It works great and looks clean.
I got a Nuvi 350 and attaching it to the window of Honda Pilot was out of question (too far away) so I start reading the comments here and noticed some love those Garmin portable friction mount part number 010-10908-00 and some hate them. Since I didn’t want to use the glue and other sticky stuff on the dash, I ordered one of them (portable friction mount). As soon as it came to our door, opened it, connect the Nuvi to it and ran into the car. I started with a little break and it didn’t move; drove faster and hit the break still didn’t move. So start going way faster and hit the break very hard where anti lock breaks activated but this thing did not move at all. Then I start going very fast in the corners with this SUV (almost rolled it over) but it did not move. So to my surprise it did work very well for our car. At last I also want to thank every one who contributes to this site, thanks.
I have a Nuvi 680 and I bought the bean bag mount and so far it hasn't moved at all from where I set it....of course I'm no race track driver but I do drive off road alot for work..........I also ordered a motorcycle mount so I can take it on my motorcycle. I ordered it from Mount Guys 2 weeks ago and still no mount......geez I hope I get it for this summer
I own the Part No: 010-10613-00 mount - I bought for my X-country trip last year since CA & MN don't allow windshield mounts. No problem at all with it sliding around ! I still prefer the windshield mount because of the glare washout problems with the C330. I made a little box out of light cardboard - painted it dull black and covered the C330 with it with only cut outs for the screen and the mounting mechansim. Isn't much bigger than the GPS. Still use it for the windshield mounted unit !
I own the Part No: 010-10613-00 mount - I bought for my X-country trip last year since CA & MN
don't allow windshield mounts. No problem at all with it sliding around ! I still prefer the windshield mount because of the glare washout problems with the C330. I made a little box out of light cardboard - painted it dull black and covered the C330 with it with only cut outs for the screen and the mounting mechansim. Isn't much bigger than the GPS. Still use it for the windshield mounted unit !
I have been using the 3 legged friction type for my c340 and love it. I have seen it move less than an 1/8th of an inch and not all the time. I put it under my seat when I get out and take gps with me. I highly recommend it.
I have a Streetpilot C330. I have been using the window mount on the extreme left just below my inspection sticker. The unit actually sits on the dash, and so far I haven't had any problems with it falling off the windshield. As far as removing it, thats another story. The release button is a little hard to get to.
If you have suction cup all you have to do is wet the suction part with windex or a glass cleaner it should stick on really good
The portable friction mount works great. Much easier to use than the suction cup whic stuck. Had about 2 months and does not slide around.
A few years ago I researched the mount problem for my Garmin Emap and ran across RAM mounts at Ram Mounts . I ordered their giant suction cup mount for my Emap and used it with no problem so when I got my C340 I ordered the mounting bracket for it and used the same suction cup base. In fact, they are interchangeable. The suction cup part is much larger than the Garmin one. It looks like some sort of military equipment and believe me it stays stuck. I have no affiliation with this company whatsoever but have had such a good experience with their stuff I thought I would report it.
CSI NY the other night had a kid with a microcamera embedded in his chest...
There is a company which makes mounts for all types of GPS units which match any make and model vechile.
I read a suggestion to place the GPS in an ashtray on the dash instead of on the windshield but unless you have an external antenna you will have poor satellite reception there.
Mountguys have great products but they only offer one type of shipping.....slow Postal Service it took almost 2 weeks for a small moung to come from New Jersey to Pa......imagine if it had to come from far away..........geez at least they could offer next day UPS or something...........Dave
I'm giving this a try:
Today I stuck the Garmin disk onto the car dash sticky pad that I got for my cell phone. I didn't want to stick the disk permanently onto my dash.
You may have to request the service from whomever you are buying from. The US Postal Service does offer next day service.
The problem is that businesses selling and mailing may not be aware of services offered by the USPS. Often times are less expensive than UPS. The USPS will also deliver to PO Boxes.
as an example:
from trenton, nj to pittsburgh, pa
ups next day air - one lb box, 6x6x6 = 31.69
usps overnight guaranteed (express mail) = 19.50 (includes $100.00 insurance)
or Priority Mail - 2nd day = 4.60
So, ask if they will mail usps Express or Priority.
Do you suppose anyone makes a mount for a 370? I am looking for a way to ....more or less... place a permanent mount on or near the steering column and just be able to "pop" my 370 in it, so that I don't have to keep taking the entire unit or temporary placement out everytime I leave the car. Would be nice to be able to just remove the 370 and then clip it back in when I return to the car, therby eliminating heat and the possibility of thft.
Totally free, super anti-theft mount.
I added some extra strip in the middle to make the base slightly wider and more stable.
Your car makes sharp turns? Darn buddy i thought we had control of the wheel?
as far as taking it with you, if i lived in N.Y. I'd take my whole car with me.
And JM gets beaned!
i believe that most of the time when the windshield mount fails, is because of the rubber of the suction mount, either it has been too long under the sun and become hard, or your windshield is dirty.
i just owned the 650 no long ago, but i never had any problem with my windshield mount, i heard lots of mount problem before i bought my GPS, but so far i havent had any problem, yet? i hope not
but i guess before using the suction mount clean both area, the windshield and the rubber.
also if you are not going to use the GPS dont leave the mount on the car for months under the sun, soon or later it will bake the rubber where it is going to fail.
as for dash mount - i am mechanic - i have a TIP for stick stuffs on the dash, it is not permanent but it is strong. and wont damage your dash, and easy to clean later on.
solution - silicone, the one you use for bathroom and kitchen clear type.
of course dont use too much and you will have to let it seat a little bit.
but after it will stay strong for long time, as for removing, you take it off and easy to clean on the dash with WD40
I followed the instructions for mounting to the disk or windshield and it works well for me. For my Grand Cherokee, I mounted the disk to an unused portion of the dash. The sticky tape did not hold when the vehicle sat in the hot sun so I decided to go extreme and pulled off the sticky tape and used
Gorilla glue to mount the disk and Voila it is permanent.
I use my Nuvi 660 in my two seater classic Datsun Roadster by mounting to the windshield following the linked instructions. If...and it hasn't happened more than once....it comes off the windshield, I make sure that I wrap the excess cable a turn or two around the rear view mirror. If the unit comes unstuck. It won't hit the floor or Shift knob... but will dangle from the mirror until you can reattach it.
they have them for around 40 bucks.
Garmin Portable Friction Mount for Nuvi, StreetPilot I Series & C530, C550 (010-10908-00) $27.99
That's where I got mine. It works great - even better that I had hoped for!
Any one know where you can purchase a Bean Bag Mount for the Garmin C series?
Got mine at circuit city for 40 bucks.
CC has them as well.
Garmin sent me new mount after I called about Nuvi 350 falling off all the time. Going with the only stupid question is the one you don't ask, what is the circle with the adhesive on it for? Thanks for any info anyone can provide.
It's the dash mount. You would use it if you wanted to mount your unit to the dash.
I normally use the windshield mount, it works just fine for me. But I'm taking an 8 day road trip through California, and in the land of "way-too-many-laws" anything on the windshield is a no-no. Yesterday I took a thick piece of plexiglass, cut it down to about 5" X 5" and stuck two strips of velcro (the super-duper kind) on one side.
I placed that on my Dashmat, (which is well anchored to the dash, and it sticks like crazy. It's actually hard to take it off, but it leaves the fuzz on the dashmat unharmed upon removal.
What's next? Just use the suction cup mount on the topside of the plexiglass. it even works on the very uneven surface of a RAV-4 dash, due to the universal joint on the suction mount.
Granted, this only works for those who have Dashmats, but I find it to be an elegant solution to a problem that Garmin wants me to pay $40 to solve. And I like the looks of mine better, too!
It wouldn't make financial sense to go out and buy a 1/4" thick piece of plexiglass to make one, it's just way to expensive. But if you have some laying around, you could do it. Heck, I might make ya'll one for a fair price, if ya want!
I have a Nuvi 350 and use a vent mount from the Mount Guys. It works great and stays where it should at all times. They also have other mounting options available. Mountguys.com
And JM gets beaned!
JM is the "Man of the house." He just needs a GPS to find his POI (a.k.a. dog house or outhouse). OOPS. politically insensitive, my apologies.
I have not had any issues with my windshield mount. Even in the extreme cold. I put it on 4 weeks ago and it has not come off once.
I have thought about the bean bag mount for the portability factor between vehicles seems easier. I was concerned about it tipping over, but it sounds like it is not really an issue.
I'd like to share my way of mounting solution.
As you can see on a pictures i have modified Garmin's mounting for Nuvi 750 and i believe it could be done for any GPS, Thinkpad etc.
That is a very interesting setup. My outlets are in a pretty tight space in my GMC Envoy, but I like the concept of this.
you may use this part:
Here a couple pictures of the mount I made to attach my old GPS to the frame of my Powered Parachute, notice on the second picture the lanyard tied to the frame in case it does pop out of the mount.
Now I have to figure out hot to mount my Nuvi since there is no place to attach a lanyard, maybe duct tape will have to do.
I just got one 2 weeks ago.I love it.
Works in my Co. truck,and my personal cars.
Never moves,stay in place always.
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