How to properly unmount your GPS device

Discussion in 'Hardware and Peripherals' started by tomh, Dec 4, 2009.

  1. tomh

    tomh

    Joined:
    Dec 4, 2009
    Messages:
    6
    Likes Received:
    0
    Hi all,

    I use the windshield suction cup mount for my ONE 125SE. I noticed that the GPS itself can be disconnected from the mount. On the back of the GPS are three spring clips that hold the GPS onto the circular mount. It disconnects pretty easily. But connecting it back to the mount is tough. It takes some wiggling and I have to squeeze fairly hard for it to clip back on. Hard enough that I see the LCD screen flex.

    My questions are, is the GPS supposed to be disconnected from the mount, or are you supposed to remove the entire unit by disengaging the suction cup? And does it take some effort to squeeze on so it "clicks" back on? I'm concerned about damaging the GPS or LCD with repeated dismounts/mounts.

    Thanks,
    Tom.
     
    Last edited: Dec 4, 2009
    tomh, Dec 4, 2009
    #1
    1. Advertisements

  2. tomh

    pianoCM

    Joined:
    Jun 20, 2008
    Messages:
    578
    Likes Received:
    4
    Location:
    Lowell, MA
    TomTom Model(s):
    GO920
    I only remove the GPS itself and left the suction unit intact on the windshield.
     
    pianoCM, Dec 4, 2009
    #2
    1. Advertisements

  3. tomh

    jlahmeyer

    Joined:
    Nov 26, 2009
    Messages:
    1
    Likes Received:
    0
    TomTom Model(s):
    XL 330 S
    Hi I'm new here! But I bought my TomTom XL 330 S last week and I have just left the suction mount on the windshield and removed the GPS unit it self.
     
    jlahmeyer, Dec 4, 2009
    #3
  4. tomh

    dhn Moderator

    Joined:
    Oct 1, 2007
    Messages:
    22,986
    Likes Received:
    442
    Location:
    Toronto Canada
    TomTom Model(s):
    1535 LIVE; Via 1605; Go 50; Go 520
    Just a warning people.....

    There are those who see the mount on the windshield and assume the driver has left the unit in the car somewhere, just hidden. End result: windshield still smashed in......

    I'm just saying ...................
     
    dhn, Dec 4, 2009
    #4
  5. tomh

    pianoCM

    Joined:
    Jun 20, 2008
    Messages:
    578
    Likes Received:
    4
    Location:
    Lowell, MA
    TomTom Model(s):
    GO920
    It well depends on each area, there are some reports of breaking in because of the round residue that left on the windshied. What would that be?
     
    pianoCM, Dec 4, 2009
    #5
  6. tomh

    dhn Moderator

    Joined:
    Oct 1, 2007
    Messages:
    22,986
    Likes Received:
    442
    Location:
    Toronto Canada
    TomTom Model(s):
    1535 LIVE; Via 1605; Go 50; Go 520
    The residue? Dried, uh, spit.

    Seriously, believe the sales of friction mats (aka 'beanbag mounts') has been on the increase at least partially because of thefts of gps units
     
    dhn, Dec 4, 2009
    #6
  7. tomh

    mikealder Moderator

    Joined:
    Mar 23, 2009
    Messages:
    3,199
    Likes Received:
    45
    Location:
    Blackpool UK
    TomTom Model(s):
    720, 930, 940, XL, One 3rd
    I try to use third party mounts where possible in my car that are based around the Brodit Pro-Clip system these attach to the dash so you have a couple of advantages, less visible and much easier to hide all the wiring making for a much neater install. I have just ordered some more Brodit kit to mount the iPhone car kit on the dash rather than as intended using the windshield sucker for the same reasons as above - Mike
     
    mikealder, Dec 4, 2009
    #7
  8. tomh

    CynicX

    Joined:
    Jan 28, 2009
    Messages:
    196
    Likes Received:
    0
    tomh : It just takes some getting used too. I leave the mount on the windshield and pop the device off of it every night.

    Trying to think of how I do it so easily, I put the GPS in both hands, reaching around with my fingers I push the ring onto the GPS. Then I run my finger around it too make sure its properly seated, if not it will pop back out with the slightest of bumps. It sounds weird, but I've done it some many times it takes maybe 2-3 seconds.

    As far as theft, well I havent had a problem yet. Since I use it in a work van its pretty tough to see regardless. And I keep it in the lower left of the windshield, behind it (toward the hood) I have a couple old work hats.
     
    CynicX, Dec 5, 2009
    #8
  9. tomh

    CynicX

    Joined:
    Jan 28, 2009
    Messages:
    196
    Likes Received:
    0
    Meh, with the easyport mount I think there is a certain technique. Maybe with TT's other mounting system its a little easier. I do agree and think its durable enough.
     
    Last edited by a moderator: Dec 6, 2009
    CynicX, Dec 5, 2009
    #9
  10. tomh

    tomh

    Joined:
    Dec 4, 2009
    Messages:
    6
    Likes Received:
    0
    Thanks all for the replies, and CynicX for the hands-on description of the mount/unmount technique - that's what I was looking for. I know exactly what you mean that if it's not seated, the slightest bump will dislodge it.

    I agree with removing everything including the mount to discourage theft. As for the durability, it seems durable enough. But we'll see how it holds up in a southwestern summer when it's 115 degrees F outside and 130 degrees F in the car.
     
    Last edited: Dec 6, 2009
    tomh, Dec 6, 2009
    #10
    1. Advertisements

Ask a Question

Want to reply to this thread or ask your own question?

You'll need to choose a username for the site, which only take a couple of moments (here). After that, you can post your question and our members will help you out.