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March 26, 2011
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pprass wrote:

David - how easy is it to plug the cable into the GPS with the RAM mount? As you probably know, with the Magellan mount you basically have to do it "blind" - although I am getting better at it (for a start I know which way I have to face the plug before I try to insert it into the GPS)

I don't think it will be hard to connect the cable to the GPS, because you can plug it in and then snap the GPS into the cradle. However, I won't be using it on my ATV nor would I use it on my Dirt Bike if I hadn't just sold it. With the Triton cradle there is no way for the cable to slip out of the unit or the cradle so it is safe on the rough terrain that I'm often going across as high speeds. However, with the eX cradle the cable could easily be pulled out and considering where the power outlet is on my ATV it could easily get caught up in the tire...

In my Jeep or in my Samurai it isn't that big of a deal, because when I'm power caching I normally use 3 GPSrs anyway. I have my Maestro 4000 in a RAM on the windshield, that I program the caches into with the POI editor as well as my Triton 1500 in another RAM mount loaded with the caches and Satellite maps. Then I have my eX710, eX310 or GC on a lanyard around my neck so I can quickly get out and go after the cache. When we're doing this we don't want to have to wait on anything, which includes waiting for the GPS to go through it's cycle when plugging and unplugging the power cable. When my caching partner is with me there have been times when we've also had his Garmin Nuvi on the windshield on his side of the Jeep and he has his 60Csx or 62st ready to run. This might sound insane, but we've had several days with 100+ finds, one day with 165, another with 380+ and my highest with 450+ (which almost killed me!) Although a few of these were Power Trails, that isn't the case with all of them. We've actually pulled 100+ days while finding some pretty difficult caches. But the point being, I don't want to be playing with my equipment while in the field - I want to be chasing caches!!! And having to play with plugging and unplugging or having to worry about a cable coming loose doesn't fit into that plan...

However, I will be buying the eX cradle for when I'm only taking the eX710 out to do some casual caching or when I'm going someplace with the family in the car, that way I can sneak in some caching!!! 🙂

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March 25, 2011
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Nobody has gotten the RAM mount yet.
From looking at the pictures of the RAM mount it looks like we will be able to remove the unit with the cable plugged into it.
Then it would be no problem to plug & unplug the cable.

I ordered a RAM mount on the 21st, when it gets here I'll post pictures and a review.

With the Magellan windshield mount I leave it loose enough to swivel to see the plug, then it's easier to plug in.

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March 25, 2011
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dwcarr1 wrote:

....However, with the way that the USB cable is mounted in the eX units that will have to be connected and disconnected seperately.

David

David - how easy is it to plug the cable into the GPS with the RAM mount? As you probably know, with the Magellan mount you basically have to do it "blind" - although I am getting better at it (for a start I know which way I have to face the plug before I try to insert it into the GPS)

March 22, 2011
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According to RAM those are spring action rollers holding the unit in.
Like David, I've never had a RAM mount fail to hold my device.
I tumbled an ATV, bent the handlebars and my Meridian was still in the mount when I rolled the ATV right side up!

The Magellan mount works nice but it's a bit of a pain to unplug & plug the cable with the mount on the windshield.
So I ordered a RAM mount for my truck and I'll use the Maggie mount in other vehicles and the bicycle.

I'll post a review of the RAM mount and the Maggie bicycle mount when they show up. 🙂

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March 22, 2011
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The units can snap in and out of place with a little pull - however, like I said, I've never had a GPS come out by itself or because of shacking or pounding on harsh terrain.

There is one difference between the Triton mount and the eX-Series mount. On the Triton the power is automatically connected when the unit is snapped into the mount - because of the type of connector. However, with the way that the USB cable is mounted in the eX units that will have to be connected and disconnected seperately.

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March 22, 2011
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Hello David,

are those clamps fixed or do they snap in place
when the eX is put into the craddle?

March 22, 2011
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Just thought I would let everyone know that RAM Mount Cradle for the eX510, ex610 & ex710 is now available. I know that Magellan has there mount out and I'll always support Magellan, however, I've been using RAM Mounts for years when it comes to ATVing, Dirt Biking and 4x4ing and I'll be picking up the new cradle on pay day. As to date I have never had a RAM suction cup come off of my wind shield even in the hardest terrain in m Jeep, nor have I have a GPS come out of a RAM cradle, even at 70mpg on a dirt bike.

One word of advice, however, NEVER buy a RAM mount from eBay!!! If you do, you won't be getting the same quality! The ones advertised on eBay are RAM mounts, however, they're companies buying the low end parts from RAM and trying to sell them off as the same mounts you'd purchase from RAM - trust me, I learned my lesson...

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David


 

 

 

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