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March 30, 2011
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That's great. I will come to the US in 2 weeks and would like to take it home with me.

March 30, 2011
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I ordered mine on the 21st.
It's on it's way to me, I am waiting impatiently for it. :X

I'll post pictures and my take on how it works when it gets here. :whistle:

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March 30, 2011
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So, as I understand, nobody has gotten the RAM-Mounts for eXplorists yet?
On RAM's homepage the craddle should be available :S
I still wonder if the arms who held the eX in place are fixed ones or operated while putting the eXplorist into the craddle :dry:

March 30, 2011
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In my limited experience with RAM mounts (I have only used one model for the past 3 years with my previous eXplorist 600), the actual base is extremely strong and very versatile in adjusting to the position that you require. However the cradle that the GPS clips into was a disaster - for the eXplorist 600 that is.Cradle
The top of the cradle where the GPS clipped into is relatively very thin plastic so that the top can flex and allow the GPS to be clipped in. However with just a few dozen removal and insertion operations, that thin plastic just weakened and in a short while the whole top of the clip just broke off. I ended up replacing that holder 4 times under warranty and then gave up on my 6th cradle!

I sent a message to RAM asking them to look at the design, but never received a response.

The cradle for the x10 doesn't seem to have any weak points that I can see from the photos.

March 30, 2011
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Sounds good to me - actually, I'd be tickled if they'd just give us some store credit!!! I can always use more RAM stuff...


 

 

 

March 30, 2011
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Hey David, think we can get a commission from RAM? :silly:

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March 30, 2011
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I second that! You won't be disappointed with a RAM mount and once you buy the main mount you can purchase a couple of extra items and you'll quickly find that you can then use it for any mounting requirement that comes up...

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March 30, 2011
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I would say the RAM because it looks like we can remove the GPS with the cable plugged in.
And you can modify it several ways to suit whatever you need.

I'm still waiting for the RAM mount I ordered so I don't know for sure how it will work but I have never been disappointed by RAM mounts.

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March 30, 2011
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I have to decide which holder I will order.
Any suggestions which is better? beside personal feelings :silly:
At the moment I tend to order the RAM-Mount cause it is module and cost about the same.
Would appreciate your inputs.

Thanks
Josef

March 30, 2011
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Graham, the arm in my picture (red arrow) is a composite material (plastic).
I have another RAM mount with a metal arm and there is not much to choose between them.
Unless you are going to use it in very rough conditions, like a dirt bike or ATV, either one will work fine in a car or truck.

For what it's worth, the one on the ATV I dumped had a composite arm and it held up fine.

Phil

Thanks Phil, I appreciate your help and advice.

My RSS feed stopped working and it has taken a while to sort it out.

Graham.

March 28, 2011
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ShortcutHicksy wrote:

David, how do I know which have metal arms on the website. The ones you and Phil indicated, are they metal arms.

Graham.

Graham, the arm in my picture (red arrow) is a composite material (plastic).
I have another RAM mount with a metal arm and there is not much to choose between them.
Unless you are going to use it in very rough conditions, like a dirt bike or ATV, either one will work fine in a car or truck.

For what it's worth, the one on the ATV I dumped had a composite arm and it held up fine.

Phil

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March 27, 2011
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David, how do I know which have metal arms on the website. The ones you and Phil indicated, are they metal arms.

Graham.

March 27, 2011
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Thanks Guys,

Difficult when you have not had one before and just trying to pick off the website.

Graham. 🙂

March 27, 2011
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Also, when you order your mount - make sure to order one with the metal arm, not a plastic arm! The price isn't much different and it makes it a lot stronger...

David


 

 

 

March 27, 2011
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I've been using this mount for months on the roughest of terrain and I've never had a problem with it...

http://www.ram-mount.com/Catal.....efault.asp

I also have one like the one pictured in Phil's picture, but you'll notice that the suction cup if different on the one on the site. After using both types, there is a difference in the two. The suction cup pictured on the sight is stronger and will stand up better to rougher terrain. However, this is not say that the one in Phil's picture doesn't do a good job - like I said, I have the same configuration for my Maestro 4000 and I use it all the time, except when the Jeep really starts jumping! In my Suzuki Samurai I've hard mounted a mount ball on the dash so that I don't have to worry about it coming off. The nice thing about the RAM mounts is that once you've purchased a complete mount, then you add to it piece by piece...

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March 27, 2011
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I ordered the twist lock suction cup mount, the arm that comes with it should be about 4 inches long.
I've got a twist lock suction cup mount for my iPhone and it's never come loose.

The suction cup gives you the most options for mounting and can be used in other vehicles. RAM has other length arms as options if you need a longer one, but the only way to tell exactly what you need is to have the mount in your hand.

This is a picture of the twist lock suction cup holding my iPhone;

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March 27, 2011
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The Ram Cradle is available with a number of compatible mounts but which one.

I realise that the mount to use will be dictated to some extend by the distance between the windscreen and your driving position and other mounting factors. Would you please provide your thoughts and experience with any of the mounts and their suitability for use in a vehicle situation?

I have been looking at: Ram Lil Buddy, Ram Suction Snap Link, Ram Twist Lock Suction Cup and Flex Stick on Base W/Snap Link. Difficult to gauge how long the arm is on the mounts from the web photos. With the adhesive types I assume the console would need to be fairly flat.

I would like to be able to swap the mount between different vehicles or is it better to have a mount for each vehicle.

Thanks,
Graham.

March 26, 2011
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My friends and I do the same as David does, we have 5 or 6 units going plus a laptop as we chase caches.
Although because the 710 does everything so well I find my windshield now looks naked, just the 710 and iPhone is all I need!
What cycle unplugging/plugging the power cable?
My 710 doesn't go through any kind of cycle.
It only cycles when it's plugged into the computer, not the power cord.

I do wish that the power cord was better thought out, like the Triton 2000 mount.
I have never liked the usb plug at an angle.
Where the heck do you put the unit while connected to the PC? :huh:
If I just put it on the desk it's resting on the cable plug which will eventually cause it to bend or break. :ohmy:
Or I could turn it face down on the desk which seems kind of foolish. :unsure:
So I guess I need a cradle mounted on my desk? - Now that is foolish! :S

That's about the only thing that Magellan dropped the ball on with the 710.

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March 26, 2011
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Thanks for your responses guys.

Gosh David - it would take you ages just to enter the next cache on all of those GPSr's wouldn't it!!!

But that is exactly what I am finding. I used to be able to get in the 4wd, plug the GPS into the cradle and be off within seconds with the GPS being powered.

We will be shortly going on a 15,000 km trip across half of Australia and doing a lot of caches (over 5 months) and I am thinking that the constant fiddling and scratching of putting the cable into the GPS is going to send me nuts.

March 26, 2011
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I just got the confirmation by RAM, that my order (bike + car mount for the eX) will be shipped next week.

BR
Sockeye

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