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Manfrotto Netbook Mounting System
GadgetGirl
Rick, my birthday is coming up very soon and my husband will be calling you!

I told him he needs to talk to you, since he knows seat rails better than I do. And after all, it's my birthday!!
MINIMOUNT
Cool!
GadgetGirl
Well, we ordered the Manfrotto system today. Rick was very nice and is including the extra seat rail mount for free! If it's anything like the quality of my 25 year old Manfrotto tripod I will be thrilled! Will post pics when I get it set up. Hopefully I'll get it in time for our next trip which is next Friday, May 14 - Hint Hint, Rick

We just installed OBDII with the Ford Enhanced Diagnostics package for monitoring the transmission fluid temp when pulling our new RV, so the mount will be especially helpful with that too! (We traded the Bonneville for a Ford Expedition.)

Happy Birthday to me!
MINIMOUNT
Hi Karen,

Amazon does a great job with all of our fulfillment. They got your order out today. Two packages which should arrive by 5/12. We also sent the extra mounting shoe today.

Enjoy!

It will be exciting to hear how it all works out. Be sure to call if you need any help with the install.
GadgetGirl
I got my Manfrotto Netbook Mount today. Aileron Designs sends many bits & pieces that you can mix and match to work with your particular seat rail bolt configuration. That was the only hard part - trying to pick the pieces and the configuration that work with 2 different vehicles! I had no idea there was so many different ways to bolt a seat in a vehicle!
Mike ended up with a washer left over after putting the arm together so he called Rick. He was very helpful in making sure we had the pieces put together correctly. (Rick, you need to put a small diagram of the arm pieces in the box. That way you wouldn't get phone calls! )

I must say I am thrilled with it!
The one big wheel on the arm, when loosened, enables you to adjust all 3 pivot points simultaneously, so it is very easy to get just the right height and angle. And when tightened, the wheel locks all adjustment parts.
The hard shell case is very sturdy and enables you to fasten the netbook to the mounting system just as you would a camera to a tripod. (No straps, Velcro, or bungee cords!) In fact, it can be mounted to a tripod! I always have my Manfrotto (Bogen) tripod with me on trips, so I may find a use for that.

I especially like the quick-release mechanism at the bottom so that I can put it in either vehicle.
I realize now that I was getting tired of holding the netbook in my lap or trying to balance it somewhere when I was alone!

All in all, I give it a five thumbs-up! Good job, Aileron!!!



Note: Mike is also excited about having all his OBDII dials & guages where he can see them!
nevadagary
I have to ask Karen if you tried it off road on a rocky trail? If not maybe you can find somewhere to bounce and give us a report. I know my system that is welded and mounted securely to the floor moves quite a bit when on a trail. I know the weak points on mine are the two locking joints...the thumb screws come loose... wish I could fab a ratchet joint.

Looks like a great system for the road though.
GadgetGirl
Hey Gary! Haven't tried it off-road on anything but standard Montana "rock-chip" roads. It does bounce a bit on our rough residential roads and I don't think it would be suitable for off-road. Very smooth and stable on regular roads and highways, though.
nevadagary
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Originally Posted by GadgetGirl
Hey Gary! Haven't tried it off-road on anything but standard Montana "rock-chip" roads. It does bounce a bit on our rough residential roads and I don't think it would be suitable for off-road. Very smooth and stable on regular roads and highways, though.
OK!
MINIMOUNT
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Originally Posted by nevadagary
OK!
We sell a RAM based system that is far more robust (but less flexible) for off-road use.





The top photo is a Mustang drag racer. The bottom is a Dakar Rally support truck!
nevadagary
Well I'll tell you I like your setup and your products and especially your vehicles...I worked for Ford for 30 years Do you sell just the tray itself?

Here's my tray with shock absorbers on it.

GadgetGirl
Gary, this looks like the same case I have with mine. It is a hard-shell case that the netbook fits into securely - very good quality. If it is a similar set-up, then the case has a hole in the bottom that is threaded for any kind of tripod mount.
Below is a photo of the bottom.
Of course, Rick will give you the specifics.

Are those dyno graphs in the Mustang?
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nevadagary
Can't imagine watching a computer while drag racing but....:rofl"

Yep I did PM Rick about a case for my ASUS 900. They make one for the ASUS 901 but I need to know if it fits the 900. If so I'll get one. That's the sore spot with my home made setup otherwise I am very pleased with it. It actually cushions the netbook in all directions and on a rocky trail it can get mighty bumpy. The only thing I'm not sure about is if the 1/4-20 mounting holes will be strong enough to stand up to the rough pounding of the Jeep. I guess if it can stand up to Dakar it should be able to handle the Sierras.

This may not look terrible but I smashed my head into the roof on this innocent looking stretch of powerline road on Two Tips here in Fernley.
MINIMOUNT
Hi there,

Both of those setups were for customers. I believe the race computer monitors mixture and such by recording data during each run. Rememeber...never operate computers while driving, at least not while drag racing!

The way the mounts work is that they fit to a plate which hooks into the bottom of the Minimount cases. The 1/4x20 insert is there for convenience and is not used by the Quick Plates we sell with most mounting kits. It's very strong stuff. The cushioning in the cases dampens vibrations to a great extent.

Unfortunately, we don't support the Asus 900's. They have been out for a long while now. The hardest thing about my business is supporting the vast number of netbooks available. We have over 20 variations which is still only about half the models in circulation. On the other hand, the form fit case is really what makes the product effective.
nevadagary
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Originally Posted by MINIMOUNT
Hi there,

Both of those setups were for customers. I believe the race computer monitors mixture and such by recording data during each run. Rememeber...never operate computers while driving, at least not while drag racing!

The way the mounts work is that they fit to a plate which hooks into the bottom of the Minimount cases. The 1/4x20 insert is there for convenience and is not used by the Quick Plates we sell with most mounting kits. It's very strong stuff. The cushioning in the cases dampens vibrations to a great extent.

Unfortunately, we don't support the Asus 900's. They have been out for a long while now. The hardest thing about my business is supporting the vast number of netbooks available. We have over 20 variations which is still only about half the models in circulation. On the other hand, the form fit case is really what makes the product effective.
Well.... that's too bad.
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