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post #1 of 25 Old 10-05-2009, 04:40 PM Thread Starter
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Do you trust your Ram mount?

Just had my Garmin 330 bounce out of the Ram mount after hitting a bump on the highway. Didn't even bother trying to stop to retrieve the unit. Anyone else have this happen?

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Just had my Garmin 330 bounce out of the Ram mount after hitting a bump on the highway. Didn't even bother trying to stop to retrieve the unit. Anyone else have this happen?
I have the 330c and have watched for that possibility. I have thought of putting a piece of duct tape on the holder. Yes, Red green would be proud.
Thanks for relating your experience I will watch it closer.
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post #3 of 25 Old 10-05-2009, 07:34 PM
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does the ram mount you use have the small ball that attaches directly to the back of the gps? Due to my Nuvi 750 not being waterproof, I use an Aquabox which has a larger ball and socket joint. I totally trust my mount.




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What actually letgo? Did the bracket for the gps break or did the RAM mount let go at one of the balls?

I have hundreds of hours of flying my ultralight with a few hundred rough field landings. A couple of hundred thousand kms on my car and 90,000 km on my bike without the ram mount failing while carrying my Garmin 60Cx.

Now, from flying I have been in the habit of securing anything with a safety strap (open cockpit pusher prop. Lose things can be fatal) but it was never needed.

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I had my Garmin 60CS bounce out also, felt something hit my leg......back tracked to find it along side the trail. Use tape now.

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I have a TomTom XL in bracket on a ball mount. I have a strip of heavy duty velcro on the top of the TomTom that secures to the inside top of the bracket. In a year and half, it has never come loose. I use the same velcro to mount my garage door opener to the inside lip of the cowling. Give it a try.

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The mount is intact, nothing broke. The GPS unit literally bounced out of the RAM bracket (GPS specific mount), even though it was snapped in. Next GPS will be tethered!

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I have taken my StreetPilot 2820 (about the size of a brick and almost as heavy) through some pretty rough terrain and never had a problem with the RAM mount. Water crossings, gravel, rutted trails, semi-dry river beds... even when I hit some deep mud and augured in at about 20 mph, the GPS stayed put right where it should.
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The Nuvi 550 motorcycle mount is significantly different than the car mount that came with the GPS. It grabs the GPS on all 4 sides and clamps in place. The ball is attached to the mount with nylocks and bolts. The crappy car mount would not hold on a bike. Not sure if you are using a bike specfic mount or not...sounds more like a car mount with a pop in plastic ball.

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The top of my RAM mount, where the gps (a Garmin 60CSx hand-held) snaps-in has cracked... I'm currently using an elastic band to keep the gps in in the cradle.

I guess I will be looking for another mount soon... preferably something more sturdy. I use the RAM on my XR also and it gets bounced around a lot on that bike.

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