I thought it would be interesting to share ideas on mounting the GPS units in vehicles.
I have a Nuvi 670 and not wanting to damage or drill into the dash to mount it AND wanting to keep it out of the sun (Summers are +45 deg C in the shade!) I found a plastic jar which fitted snugly into the cup holders in the center console just below the dash.
I stuck the mounting disk on to the lid and then suction mounted the stand onto that.
Unit is now shielded from the sun mostly, is easily accessible and I have a jar for all my loose coins!
On the odd occasion reception is lost but I reckon I have 95% uptime with 9-5m accuracy.
Also on a security aspect of mounting the stands - I have seen on South African websites that they do not recommend using the windshield suction mount on the windshield.
Thieves notice the suction ring print that is invariably left on the glass and then break in hoping to find the GPS in the cubby hole or under the seat.
Even if you have the GPS on your person your car is still damaged...
Necessity is the mother of invention!
Good tip for those who have cupholders in that location on their vehicle, unfortunately for me, mine aren't
(Heading to the car with Windex to wipe off the tell tale GPS suction marks)
That's a great idea! Now I need to find a jar that fits nice and snug in my cupholder.
I just came up with a somewhat custom solution in my corolla. I wanted it centered on the dash just above the vents so got a spring loaded vent mount for my gps (doesn't actually fit in the vents) and had a spare clock lens lying around. so I took the lens and cut retaining notches to hold the mount in place right where I want it. It seems to work really well but it vibrates quite a bit on rough roads
I had a mount from Pro-Fit for my cell phone. I got rid of the phone but still had the mount. Garmin has an AMP adapter for the Nuvi line. I used the adapter on the phone mount base. Works great for the Nuvi. (And no circles on the windshield.)
For my 76CSx I made a cylinder out of wood disks glued together just the right size for the odd sized cup holder in my Ford PU and mounted a Marine mount base to that. I added a small step onto the bottom to stop the whole thing from turning when going around corners. I did this by nailing a small strip of leather to the bottom of the cylinder.
Hi just received garmin 255w for Christmas and found that if you have a car that still has a cassette player that you can modify a cassette tape to hold the mount that comes with the unit and slide it into the deck to mount the GPS.
I did this by nailing a small strip of leather to the bottom of the cylinder.
Better hope the PETA people don't know where you live or they'll march in front wearing their lettuce undies.
That is ok. I keep my attack rabbits hungry.
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