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Old 12-01-2007, 11:10 PM   #1
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Lightbulb Easy GPS mounting solution

We just bought a Garmin Nuvi 350, mostly because of the great reviews and the lower price, now that newer models are out there. But in California, window-mounted GPS units are prohibited. Here's my solution: most units provide a smooth disk for dash-mounting the GPS suction cup base, but the adhesive on the disk makes it non-transferable for use in another car/tow vehicle. I applied some heavy duty adhesive Velcro to the bottom of the disk (where the adhesive surface would be), and applied the attracting Velcro surface to the top of a 16 oz can of beans. With the mounting disk on the can, I can place the can in any cupholder (usually in easy reach, unlike many windshields), and suction-mount the GPS to the disk. The weight of the can is a great stabilizing base for the GPS, so it won't tip over, even in the tightest turns (as long as it fits in the cupholder). The can/base is as portable as any canned drink, and if you're desperate, you can eat the contents of the can! Just slap some Velcro on a replacement can, and you're ready to go!
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Old 12-02-2007, 12:21 AM   #2
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?? Was that pork & beans?? I like the way you think!


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Old 12-02-2007, 05:17 AM   #3
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Sounds like a Calif. law. I'll bet it's more of a risk issue gazing over at your can of beans than it would be looking at a properly placed windshield mount.


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Old 12-02-2007, 08:29 AM   #4
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These work too!
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Old 12-02-2007, 10:42 AM   #5
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here's the easiest solution. you have to order two parts though. they are made to fit specific models of most every vehicle.

ProClip Mounting System*-*Device Holders and Dashboard Vehicle Mounts

i have one for my garmin nuvi and also blackberry mounted in my tahoe. these are fantastic. i'll post some pix later.
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Old 12-02-2007, 12:35 PM   #6
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Easy mounting of gps

Yeah, I know there are more customized solutions, but they cost about $30-$50. My approach costs about $1.25 (for the canned good), and I don't have to "gaze" at the gps to navigate (no one should be staring at their gps while driving); the "text-to-speech" feature tells me directions, so IMHO, there is little risk in the gps screen being located in the cupholder.
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Old 12-02-2007, 01:49 PM   #7
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Old 12-02-2007, 05:10 PM   #8
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here's the pix of my setup.

i have the same nuvi 350. i currently have the voice directions set to an australian female. it works for me

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Thumbs up Velcro

Great solution and pics of the GPS, ESCAPE POD. I used Velcro to mount my PressurePro Tire Monitor to the dash, satellite radio to the cup holder, indoor/outdoor thermometer, etc., and it conveniently sticks to the fabric lining inside the AS.
I buy it by the roll, and keep it next to the duct tape.
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