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July 11, 2012

Aviation Mounts for the Garmin Aera GPS

Filed under: GPS Mounts and Accessories — Tags: — mountguys @ 11:52 am

Garmin’s current GPS line for aviation is called the Aera.  There are several models that include the 500, 510, 550, 560, 795, 796.  The Aera comes with a powered cradle that includes a hardwire and an audio jack.  The mount that comes with the cradle, not so great.

Fortunately, RAM Mounts has come through with an excellent alternative.  Most are made of marine grade metal and will bolt to the back of the powered cradle using the same screws that came with your GPS.

As always, we present some pictures for your consideration.

Attachment of the RAM base to the Garmin Aera

Attachment of the RAM base to the Garmin Aera

Glare shield mount for Garmin Aera

Glare shield mount for Garmin Aera

Suction cup mount for Garmin Aera

Suction cup mount for Garmin Aera

Yoke mount for the Garmin Aera

Yoke mount for the Garmin Aera

Flat surface mount for the Garmin Aera

Flat surface mount for the Garmin Aera

 

 

June 23, 2012

Gooch’s Garlic Run 2012

Filed under: Uncategorized — Tags: , — mountguys @ 1:04 pm

We attend this event each year.  This is the 25th annual Gooch’s Garlic Run. Roughly 2000 motorcyclists from all over attend the event.  For the first 23 years they would ride to Little Italy in NYC but a few neighbors complained and the city banned them.  So now they keep it within New Jersey with a ride to Ferry Street in Newark where they are quite accommodating.  We like looking at the variety of bikes and of course, all of our mounts that can be found on many.  The most popular mounts continue to RAM and the most popular bike by far is a Harley.

The proceeds of the event go to needy children in New Jersey.  You can read about it here.

 

 

 

 

June 17, 2012

Mounting a Golf GPS or iPhone on a Sun Mountain Golf Cart

Attaching your electronic device to a Sun Mountain Golf Cart can be an interesting exercise because of the unique configuration of the cart.  A few years ago we stumbled upon a neat trick.  Most Sun Mountain carts have an umbrella screw hole.  Sun Mountain has a lot of accessories for their carts including an umbrella that has a screw at the bottom of it versus the typical handle.  That screw is actually the same one that is found on many tripods.

Off to the MountGuys Labs we went in search of a solution.  We came up with some nice mounts that utilize the 1/4″ – 20 thread standard screw attachment.  Add a custom RAM cradle and you have a well built solution that comes with a manufacturer lifetime warranty.

As always, we offer some pictures and links of some examples.

Sun Mountain Belt Attachment Mount for SkyCaddie, Many other Golf GPS Units

Sun Mountain Belt Attachment Mount for SkyCaddie, Many other Golf GPS Units

Garmin Approach G5 Sun Mountain Mount

Garmin Approach G5 Sun Mountain Mount

Sun Mountain iPhone 4 Mount

Sun Mountain iPhone 4 Mount

 

 

May 10, 2012

Super Heavy Duty Fishfinder and Chartplotter Mounts

Made a big investment in a new chartplotter or fishfinder?  We recommend a metal mount with marine grade coating to prevent rusting.  RAM has a great line for supporting heavy devices up to 15 pounds.  All mounts come with a lifetime warranty from RAM.  These mounts have pre-drilled holes to fit a variety of gimbal and swivel brackets from mainstream manufacturers like Garmin, Lowrance and Raymarine.  Simply line up your bracket with the proper hole pattern and add some screws and nuts to fasten the bracket to the mount.  Most have full tilt and swivel.

RAM RAM-109HSB Another Spin on the Horizontal Swing Arm

RAM RAM-109HSB Another Spin on the Horizontal Swing Arm

RAM RAM-109V Vertical Swing Arm Mount

RAM RAM-109V Vertical Swing Arm Mount

RAM RAM-109HU Horizontal Swing Arm Mount

RAM RAM-109HU Horizontal Swing Arm Mount

RAM RAM-D-111U-C 2.25" Ball Surface Mount

RAM RAM-D-111U-C 2.25″ Ball Surface Mount

Lowrance Elite Fishfinder Mounting Options

The Lowrance Elite Series includes several versions of the lower cost Elite-4 as well as the more expensive and feature rich Elite-5.  We have found that the plastic mount included with the units leaves a bit to be desired.  Fortunately there are some nice new alternatives constructed of metal.  The mounting adapter will take the place of the plastic part (called QRB-5 by Lowrance).  They will fit the slot vacated by the QRB-5 and come coupled with various mounting systems at a very competitive cost.  They are manufactured by our pals at RAM and come with a lifetime warranty.  You will want to use the 1″ ball versions for the lighter Elite-4 and the 1.5″ ball for the Elite-5.

As usual we offer some pictures of your options.

A closer view of the adapter by itself.

A closer view of the adapter by itself.

The back of an Elite-5 with a RAM surface mount.

The back of an Elite-5 with a RAM surface mount.

 

 

April 9, 2012

Vehicle Mounts for the Apple new iPad 3 Part II

Filed under: Other Mounts & Accessories — Tags: , , — mountguys @ 5:45 pm

Well it’s been a month since the introduction of the new iPad.  Avid readers of the MountGuys Blog will recall last month’s post with some universal solutions.  We now have some custom versions.  The iPad 2 and iPad 3 are very close in size, and fortunately a number of the custom mounts we carry for iPad 2 also fit the iPad 3.  These are custom mounts, so most will not fit the iPad first generation or any other tablet.  These are well made mounts, and leave all ports and buttons exposed.

Microphone Mount for new iPad 3

Microphone Mount for new iPad 3

Short Arm Clamp for Apple new iPad 3

Short Arm Clamp for Apple new iPad 3

Car Floor Seat Bolt Apple new iPad 3 mount

Car Floor Seat Bolt Apple new iPad 3 mount

Extra Long Suction Mount for new iPad 3

Extra Long Suction Mount for new iPad 3

Centered Car headrest Mount for new iPad 3

Centered Car headrest Mount for new iPad 3

April 4, 2012

Car Mount Options for the Samsung Galaxy Note

Filed under: Other Mounts & Accessories — Tags: — mountguys @ 4:53 pm

The Samsung Galaxy Note is one big cell phone.  It’s also a small tablet.  We read that Samsung sold 5 million units in the past five months, so that warrants a post on the MountGuys Blog.

The challenge of this device from a pure mounting perspective is that it’s too large for most cell phone mounts, but too small of a tablet mount.  It was off to the MountGuys Lab we went.

We were recently able to uncover a nice line from our buddies at Arkon that adds a set of extra long arms to their Slim Grip line and they fit the Samsung Galaxy Note quite nicely.  This allows the cradle to expand to almost 6 inches and that’s big enough to fit your Samsung Galaxy Note.

As always, we present some pictures and links.

Samsung Galaxy Note No Glue Car Dash Mount

Samsung Galaxy Note No Glue Car Dash Mount

Samsung Galaxy Note Car Suction Cup Mount

Samsung Galaxy Note Car Suction Cup Mount

Samsung Galaxy Note Car Cup Holder Mount

Samsung Galaxy Note Car Cup Holder Mount

Seat Bolt Mount for Samsung Galaxy Note

Seat Bolt Mount for Samsung Galaxy Note

Powered Lighter Mount for Samsung Galaxy Note

Powered Lighter Mount for Samsung Galaxy Note

April 2, 2012

Using your iPad or any Tablet on a Treadmill

The treadmill.  Great for long runs or walks.  But real boring.

Why not use your tablet on the treadmill?  There are some great apps to use that will help facilitate your workout and let’s face facts, watching a movie or using an ereader while working out can be fun too.

We offer a few options in the pictures below.

Apple iPad mount on a stationary bike

Apple iPad mount on a stationary bike

Amazon Kindle on a treadmill

Amazon Kindle on a treadmill

Apple iPad on a treadmill

Apple iPad on a treadmill

March 10, 2012

RAM Remove-A-Pole Quick Disconnect Laptop Car Mount Base

Filed under: Other Mounts & Accessories — Tags: , , , — mountguys @ 7:06 pm

RAM makes great laptop mounts.  The problem though, is they are big.  So big that you need to choose between having a laptop mount or having a front seat passenger.  That was until the Remove-A-Pole came along.

The Remove-A-Pole, RAM part RAM-VB-REM1 is made to go between the floor or seat attachment and the telescoping pole of the laptop mount.  When ready to remove the laptop mount, it’s a simple matter of removing the pin at the base and pulling your laptop mount upwards.  Easy.  Now pick your favorite passenger and let him/her ride shotgun.

RAM Remove-A-Pole

RAM Remove-A-Pole

Vehicle Mounts for your New Apple iPad 3 Part I

Filed under: Other Mounts & Accessories — Tags: , , , , — mountguys @ 6:58 pm

New iPad.  iPad 3.  We’re not sure what to call it.  We don’t have one yet, and you probably don’t either.  What we do know is that the size is very close to the Apple iPad 2.  The width and length is the same, but the thickness is very slightly smaller and it weighs a little less.  We think that the custom cradles we carry for the iPad 2 will work, but we aren’t going to suggest them until we can test it with a real iPad 3 (new iPad, whatever).

We have already received inquiries into the mounts so figured it was time for a blog post.

We do have some excellent spring loaded cradle mounts that we know will fit the device well, with and without a case.  We will write another post in a few weeks when we can get our hands on a real live device and test it out.

We present a few of the mounting kits we know will fit well below.

Handlebar Mount for new Apple iPad 3

Handlebar Mount for new Apple iPad 3

Short C-Clamp Mount for Apple iPad 3

Short C-Clamp Mount for Apple iPad 3

Telescoping Suction Mount for new Apple iPad 3

Telescoping Suction Mount for new Apple iPad 3

Clamp Mount for Apple iPad 3

Clamp Mount for Apple iPad 3

Headrest Mount for new iPad

Headrest Mount for new iPad

Seat Bolt Mount for Apple iPad 3

Seat Bolt Mount for Apple iPad 3

 

 

 

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