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Spott

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Posted: 07/10/08 05:47pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

We usually use our laptop computer as our GPS but have found that sometimes it's not practical (large and bulky if we have 4 people and a dog). I wanted a pocket sized unit also, so that it can be used when walking or if we add the handle bar bracket and we can take it on the bikes.

Anyways, I wanted to just velcro the unit onto my dashboard but found that it's power cord comes out the back, so the unit would not lay flat.

The following is my solution...

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my bracket with velcro and on dash above duct

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Showing the power cord problem, solved by cutting a channel for it to reside in

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The unit slides down from the top

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It's solid and in easy reach

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Another special feature this one has is "Where am I?" when you push the car icon it brings up a new page and shows latitude & longitude, nearest crossroads, nearest address all of which helps you tell emergency responders where you are. It also has three buttons for hospital, police & Gas, press one of these and it will give you a list of those places by distance from your location. Pick one and it takes you there. (this unit it a Garmin 255W)

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Nice job. Hope you have good luck with it.


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Posted: 07/10/08 07:43pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

We use the weighted bean bags so that we can angle it for my co-pilot wife, or for myself. Als like the flexibility of tilting to maximize visibility in various lighting conditions. However, I like hat you did and it is certainly another great option.


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Posted: 07/10/08 10:20pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Nice solution. My magellan maestro came with a windshield suction cup bracket that works well. However, for the trails forest service roads I take to get to my camping spots, the handheld gps with the downloadable maps are real handy. Out.

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Posted: 07/11/08 06:46pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

growler67 wrote:

My magellan maestro came with a windshield suction cup bracket that works well.
We do use the suction cup bracket in the car but for the truck the top of the dashboard or the windshield are just too far away.

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Posted: 07/14/08 11:11pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

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I took a throw away piece of plywood and made a shelf, which holds the laptop, drinks, food and anything else. Simple and easy to use.

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Posted: 11/11/08 09:55pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I know this post is a few months old, but I wanted to show how I did mine.

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It can also be adjusted so the passenger can mess with it.

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I cut this piece of plastic off of an old CD case, I needed to extend it out a little bit so the suction cup base would have something to stick to. There is Velcro on the bottom holding it in place.

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Works great and so far I have had no reception problems.


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