Forum: Magellan GPS
Topic: Meridian: Mounts
started by: mexicanuck

Posted by mexicanuck on April 01 2002,10:36 pm
I'm planning to buy mounts for a bicycle and two pickup trucks (a 1989 Ranger and a 2001 Mazda B4000).

I see that the Ram mounts seem to be good, but they are not yet available for the Meridian.

On the other hand, the Magellan mounts may be the way go to go, given the design for the power hookup to the Meridian.

Does anyone have any comments about either the Magellan or Ram mounts?
Posted by Harrkev on April 02 2002,6:40 am
I have both the handlebar and the dash mount for the Meridian.  It is nice how the power cable snaps into the mount so that you never have to worry about them.

The handlebar mount is quite nice.  I like it.  I only wish that I had a spare cable so that I could chop the end off and use the plug in the mount.  This means that I could use the retaining screw as extra insurance to guarantee that the GPS does not fall off.

I have not actually had the guts to drill holes in my dash to use the other mount.  It looks very sturdy though.  My only problem with this is that if I have this mount in my van, it will advertise "there is something worth stealing in here."  For this reason, I am more likely to be adding velcro soon to hold the dash mount.

I have heard complaints about the sucion cup mount not being stable enough and that the cups are too small.  I do not have one, so I cannot comment.

My only complaint about the mounts is that I had to use a file to slightly round off one corner of the cable.  Otherwise, it would make a loud "pop" when inserting the GPS into the mount.  This fix only took 30 seconds to implement.

From what I understand, the Ram mounts are pretty expensive.


Posted by mexicanuck on April 02 2002,10:00 pm
I tried velcro for attaching a CD player (Discman-type) to the dash of my Ranger for a drive to Mexico.  I think it lasted a couple of hundred kilometers before the velcro started giving away and my CD player was on the floor.  And I know my Meridian is heavier than the CD player.

The photo of the automobile mount looked pretty large.  I thought it looked like it would be mounted on the floor (drilling into the floor).  But you say that it is for a dash mount?
Posted by Harrkev on April 03 2002,6:58 am
Quote (mexicanuck @ April 03 2002,12:00 am)
The photo of the automobile mount looked pretty large.  I thought it looked like it would be mounted on the floor (drilling into the floor).  But you say that it is for a dash mount?

The bottom plate is a few inches in diameter.  It is a little large.  I would worry about not being able to get a sattelite lock from the floor.  I would much prefer to have the GPS directly under the glass so that it can look out easier.

I could mount it to the dash, but then it would be a pain to remove the mount.  I do not want people to think that there is anything to steal in my van.  I Meridian mount would definately stand out.  An unidentified circle of velcro is less noticable.

I am going to try the velcro this weekend.  I do not know if it will work.  It is worth a try, though.
Posted by Harrkev on April 08 2002,7:48 am
The velcro-type stuff that I got at the auto section of my local Wal-mart is useless.  I guess that I will have drill holes in my dash :(
Posted by GeoRockers on April 11 2002,1:52 am
Quote (Harrkev @ April 08 2002,06:48 am)
The velcro-type stuff that I got at the auto section of my local Wal-mart is useless.  I guess that I will have drill holes in my dash :(

You may want to try the industrial grade, velcro like strips available at Radio Shack.  They are available in black or clear strips.

I've had a full size keyboard attached to the passenger's grab bar.

It has stayed attached while driving over very rough 4x4 terrain. :)
Posted by Top on April 11 2002,10:45 pm
I use the Magellan suction cup mount. However, I attach it to a fabricated plexiglass plate with guides which slide into the coin holder slots in the center console. This way it clears my field of vision out of the front window and allows for quick stowing (no see, no take). I do 4wheeling and use a rubber band to increase tension on the arm to keep the unit from bouncing around so much. I'd love a mount with stiff arms.

Top
Posted by bond 007 on May 07 2002,10:56 pm
Do this go to hard ware store  buy some bolts a piece of
aluminum stock (I got steelworks 1x1/8x4ft stock)
suction cups 10lb big heavy duty hillman variety
and make suction cup mount use swivel mount attach
to aluminum piece :wave Lee

Radio shack has been selling a product called
STICKY PAD just place on dash then place
gps on it should not move  store mgr placed
pack of d batts 8  did not fall off display
sold me.. :withstupid


Posted by Atilla the Pun on May 08 2002,1:36 pm
I have the suction cup mount for the Map 330x.  The trick to using is (and you're going to say "DuH" when you read this) is that is is not a permenant mount, so don't expect it to act like one.  Slobber on the suction cups and gently but firmly press them onto the inside of your windshield.  You can slide them a bit if you slobber enough.  The mount will stay in place for 24-48 hours.  Now I'm driving a family car, but there are a couple of major dips (and I'm not talking about the other drivers, this time) on a  highway that I drive on, and if I forget about them and take them at 70 it gets pretty exciting, but the mount stays in place.  As always YMMV.

AtP

PS  And when I say slobber on the suction cups, I mean use a generous quantity of saliva (or other fluid) to wet them.

Edit:  Added PS


Posted by sziegler on May 09 2002,12:02 pm
Go to this website: www.theclip.com

They have what they call the "VentClip"...I have been using it for several weeks and find it perfect...It clips to the vents for the air conditioner and is really stable...Removable so you can use it in other vehicles..I also use it for my cell phone and police scanner...Nice product!
Posted by jwhite on May 09 2002,10:46 pm
I have both the suction cup vehicle mount and the bike mount for my MeriGold.  They both work great.  I've had the vehicle mount on my windshield for probably around 4 months now.  It has never once come off and I've hit some good bumps going off-roading in my truck.

I had first had doubts with the bike mount, since I mountain bike.  I figured the first serious bump or wreck I had would cause the GPS to fall off.  While I haven't wreck since I've had it (knock on wood), I've hit some good bumps and hasn't fallen off since.  I've heard of stories if others Meridians hitting the ground and surviving through it, so I'm not to worried.

--Jason


Posted by qbiker on May 24 2002,6:06 pm
Quote (mexicanuck @ April 02 2002,12:36 am)
I see that the Ram mounts seem to be good, but they are not yet available for the Meridian.

Hello!

The partnumber of the ram-mount is RAM-B-149Z-MA2!

Greetings
Stefan
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