Mounting a handheld GPS in a Cub
A couple years ago I exchanged exchanged my little Garmin III+ for a
much heftier 296. It was top-heavy when mounted on my
low-tech bracket, so I acquired a G-Force suction cup mount that goes
on the window. It works fine, but I leave the picture-frame solution
here for what use it might be, plus I've added several more that
have come in over the years. — Dan Ford
The picture frame solution
The Garmin III+ was the grandest thing that ever happened to Zero Six Hotel--but
oh! the trouble I had using it. I'd stick it in my breast pocket, or
in the map pocket behind the front seat, and I always had to fumble
before I could use it. Then I read about this idea: mount it
on an inverted plastic picture frame, and put the frame in the map pocket.
Well, that didn't work because the base of the frame interfered with the
stick. Then I realized that I could simply invert the picture frame over the
front seat, as shown here.
With a wood rasp, I smoothed the base of the III+ to
get the widest possible surface to attach a piece of
industrial-strength Velcro from Ace Hardware. (The thin strip of Velcro
that came with the Garmin was useless.) The matching piece of Velcro went
on the base of the
picture frame. Since my pack rides in the
front seat, and since the pack is strapped in place by the front harness
and seat belt, the rig is very stable. (I don't normally carry a front-seat
Mark Lund's solution
Mark Lund sent me this photo of his
GPS mounted with one of those handyman clamps from the local hardware
store. It appears to be fastened to a bit of aluminum? angle, and that in
turn Velcro'd to the GPS. Also note his handheld receiver, mounted to the windowframe,
and the intercom perched on the port overhead tube. The wire coming
down to the seat is the push-to-talk switch.
Jack Schaul's solution
Here's a handsome "panel" for the back-seat Cub driver. Here's
how Jack did it: "Remove the leather seat cover [and] canvas seatback.
Cut a piece of 1/8th in marine plywood to fit in the space formed by
the seat back tubing. Center fore and aft. Attach with four adel
clamps. Attach your Garmin GPS and com radio to the plywood using
item B-149z-G1K for the GPS and B-138-BC1-K for your com radio.
Mount them low enough so the tops of both are below the top of the
stick. With full forward stick your knuckles and the stick will
not be interfered with.
"Remove the GPS and Radio at the lower ball.
Re-install the canvas seat cushion and the leather seatback. Cut
holes just big enough to allow the ball of each mount to protrude
through the leather seatback. The postion of the mount balls are
located inside the pouch of the seatback. Re-attach the GPS and
Radio at the balls. All Headset and ant. cables can be routed
inside the seatback pouch and out the bottom. Very clean. The
GPS is low enough to be better hidden from the sunlight for better
clarity. When the GPS and Radio are removed the mounts are not
visible without digging in the seatback pocket."
And Paul Robbins's ....
Paul Robbins just
adapted the bracket supplied by Garmin. "The GPS 296 mount is attached
to a PVC pipe secured to the overhead framing and it easy to see
and accessible and the satellite reception is good as there are no
overhead obstructions." The pipe has slits in each end to fit
over the thin vertical rods, with an end cap overall, so it can
easily be removed.