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videonerd
I don't go into Radioworld unless I know exactly what I want. Kinda like Future Shop, only with older disgruntled workers. You're hard-pressed to find someone to talk about actual radios there now, they seem to concentrate on GPS and the latest electronic gadgets.
Marvin Hlavac
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Originally Posted by videonerd
... Kinda like Future Shop, only with older disgruntled workers...
Unfortunately, five years ago an employee there made the same impression upon me, and my feelings about going there are the same as yours .
RAM_Mount_Expert
I can tell you this much... If anyone ever has any questions regarding mounting equipment please feel free to give me a call. I cannot guarantee that i will always have all the time in the world but if you leave a message with your email at least i can follow up.

206-763-8361
or
1-800-497-7479
Respond Wayne
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Originally Posted by Marvin Hlavac
Unfortunately, five years ago an employee there made the same impression upon me, and my feelings about going there are the same as yours .
I usually try to deal with Pierre, he's been there forever... if he's not around I'll deal with the hefty guy (can't think of his name), he's pretty helpful directing you to Web Sites that outline how to modify radios.

There was a time when Radio World use to modify radios for people (open up Ham radios so they operate on commercial bands)... for a fee of course.

On a topic related note, I swapped over my laptop mount from my GMC Flatbed to the International Flatbed, and it works out just fine!
Marvin Hlavac
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Originally Posted by Ken in Regina
I'm afraid I can't give them very high marks. I tried my 2007 Honda CR-V and the mounts they suggest are impossible. My car happens to have a shifter right where they show the laptop mounted. There's no way you could use either of the mounts they recommend.

Even if the shifter wasn't inconveniently in the way, the mounts recommended would totally block everything on the centre dash -- audio system controls, climate controls and centre vents. You could fold the laptop screen down to clear the vents but the body of the laptop and mount platform still block everything else.

The site is a good idea but anyone using it should take a really careful look at the pictures on the suggestion page to be sure it's actually likely to work for them.

...ken...

Ken, I just found the above picture of a RAM mount setup in a Honda CR-V. The picture is from a Streets & Trips 2007 review posted on EverythingUSB.com
RAM_Mount_Expert
That is an awesome setup! Two things that i love the most, Honda's and RAM Mounts. Ken is right to some extent about mounting equipment in compact cars. But RAM fights back with a full line of components that offer the highest range of movement and justifiability as well as customization for hard to fit places. Not every vehicle is perfect for a laptop, but we have found a way to fit a laptop from anything like a semi truck, or a Toyota Prius.
Marvin Hlavac
Does RAM-Mount plan on releasing vehicle mounts for "netbooks"? I suspect many people bought one of these mini-laptops this past Christmas shopping season. Several users posted various questions here at the forum regarding Acer Aspire One very recently, and there are other tiny laptops by HP, Asus, etc. The price of these small computers is very attractive, and they are very mobile. However, I'm not sure if any of the currently available mounts is suitable. I think the universal laptop mount would not be even able to accommodate these new tiny laptops (or it would just look like an overkill for a tyny netbook)?
Ken in Regina
Hi Marvin,

That's an interesting picture of the mount in a CR-V. It's certainly functional but it's not something I would consider using except in a pinch. I won't use a nav device that I can't mount so that it's very near my sight line. I do not want to have to take my gaze away from the road at all when looking at it.

I want to be able to just move my eyes, or maybe my head a little bit, but still have the road in my view as I take a quick look at the screen. Really no different than shifting your focus from looking at the road to looking at a ditch to looking in the rear view mirrors ... nothing more than that. That's why my main nav device is still my iQue 3600 and, today, if I had to get a replacement immediately it would most likely be one of the Nuvi models. (Fortunately, with two more iQues on the shelf and Mobile XT on my Palm T|X, I won't be forced to make that kind of decision any time soon. )

...ken...
Marvin Hlavac
Ken, I know, I know. This is really an issue with Honda CR-V more than with RAM-Mount. My wife actually bought a Honda CR-V few months ago, too, and the location of the shifter was the first thing I noticed (and didn't like). I would actually place a laptop right above the shifter, unlike in the above picture, where the laptop is positioned more to the right. I would not have easy access to am/fm radio, etc, but in my case that would be less important than the location of the laptop.
aronmm50
Hi, I'm Aron from Virginia. I have a Dell Latitude XT Tablet PC. I also have a "G-sat" GPS receiver. What is the best way to mount it in a 1999 Toyota Avalon? I would appreciate any advice.
Aron
RAM_Mount_Expert
Everyone,

Our new net book/small laptop mount due to be shipping very soon.

Get one on order now. I have used this product and it works great!
Marvin Hlavac
aronmm50, welcome to the forums. The above mentioned new solution could be one possible option for you. Or go to the main page of ram-mount.com, and then enter the year, make, and model of your car or truck, and select a universal laptop tray.

RAM_Mount_Expert, I'm interested in buying the double suction cup mount with the new tray, when they become available. However, I will have to figure out what lenth arm I need. I know that you guys have variety of arms of different lengths, but I searched your site already on two different occasions, buy I just cannot find how to search for these arms. Could you provide a link? I need to now the lengths available, and which arms are compatible with the double suction cup mount and the tray.

I intend to use this for my HP tx2000, which is 4.3lbs. I know this may be a bit too heavy for the suction cups, but I'm willing to test the limits. If it doesn't work out, and if I like the mount, I may consider buying a lighter laptop.
RAM_Mount_Expert
I have some recommendations,

#1,
RAM-333-224-1U
+
RAM-101U or RAM-101U-D 9" arm about 11" total length
+
RAM-234-6

#2 (slightly less rugged)

RAP-333-224-1U
+
RAM-101U or RAM-101U-D
+
RAM-234-6


Let me know what you think.

Also you can try this...but it is recommended for lighter weight applications.
RAM-316-1AU
+
RAM-B-202U
+
RAM-234-6
Marvin Hlavac
I like your suggestion #1 the most.

I fear people could say the triple suction cup mount obstructs too much of my view, as I intend to use it on the windshield. Has any of your customers ever attempted to use it on a windshield? It is not easy to judge the size of it just by the picture.

I would very likely have to go with the longer arm, RAM-101U-D.

The link to RAM-234-6 is not working from my end, but that's likely due to the fact the Tough Tray II is not yet available for sale. The link likely works for you, though.
RAM_Mount_Expert
To give you an idea it is about 6" tall and about 6" wide. It is an awkward object to measure.

We have not received any consumer feedback on this product just yet. We created it for one specific company and now are offering it to everyone.

You are right. there is not a picture available on that specific page for the new Tough Tray just yet.
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