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Old 05-29-2005, 02:36 AM   #1
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Anyone have a PC mounted on dash? I'm looking for ideas, brackets, etc. Planning to run Delorme GPS and the Silverleaf software.
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Old 05-29-2005, 02:36 AM   #2
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Anyone have a PC mounted on dash? I'm looking for ideas, brackets, etc. Planning to run Delorme GPS and the Silverleaf software.
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Old 05-29-2005, 02:55 AM   #3
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The design of the Journey doesn't allow for a good dash location for the laptop. I use a marine laptop mount from capjack.com and on my last two rigs I mounted it to the engine cover. After a couple of attempts to locate it somewhere on the dash of the Meridian, I ended up fabricating a backet that's mounted to the floor at the corner of the dash "wrap around". This location gets it close enough to the driver's seat so I can read the screen, and it swivels around so my co-driver can check her e-mails or find a campground for the night.

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Old 05-29-2005, 03:48 AM   #4
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Paul:

Thanks. I remembered seeing a post where someone used a marine swivel mount...couldn't find it...it was your's. Any possibility you could send a pic of the install?? Also, what do you do for power while on the road...run inverter, etc? My power supply for the Dell has 19.5 volts output so not sure I can find a power supply I can plug into the 12v outlet on dash.
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Old 05-29-2005, 03:53 AM   #5
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I have the same problem with my Journey DL. I use the PC for DeLorme GPS and velcro it in front of the co-pilot. This is not going to help you with Silverleaf though.

Here is another option:

Jotto Desk

They look well built, but seem a little pricey.
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Old 05-29-2005, 04:07 AM   #6
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I have used the Jotto Desk in my last couple of RVs have been very happy with it. Made a top for it with a ledge and have never had the PC move. Mounted under the Jotto top is the power supply, 12 volts in, 19.5 volts out for the PC along with an amplified speaker for the PC. Additional 12 volts outlets for the Brake Buddy and what ever also. Pics below.
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Old 05-29-2005, 04:09 AM   #7
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Thanks for the suggestions. I'm pretty handy in the woodshop and want to make something out of oak to match the cabinets in the coach. I am familiar with the RAM mounts since I have one in my boat. I believe some combo of a nice oak custom tray and ram mount will work. As Paul suggested, a bracket or brace that extends to the floor may be necessary for strength and to get the mount nearer to the driver.
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Old 05-29-2005, 04:13 AM   #8
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Craig, there's not an easy answer. I too have tried to use a laptop at the drivers position and without a lot of "outside" help, Jotto, table, etc, could not come up with a answer.

Bought the Lowrance Iway 500C for routing and still use Delorme at the dinette for mapping. The 500C may not route you the way you want to go but if you determine the route from Delorme, then the Iway will not let you get lost. It mounts very nicely above the backup camera with the supplied mounts.

May be mickey mouse, but it works for me.
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I'll take some pictures this week. At the moment I'm running the computer off the 110 volt outlet in front of the passenger sunvisor. The power supply sits very nicely in the cutout behind the tv. The cable comes down in line with the center post so you really don't notice it. I'll eventually wire in a 110 volt outlet down low to eliminate that cord. The gps sits on the dash against the windshield with the cord running across the top of the dash to the computer. I'm not sure what I'll do with that. The vmspc cord comes out of a gap between the top and bottom half of the dash, right at the computer, so that will probably stay like that.

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Old 06-11-2005, 06:03 AM   #10
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If I did this right I should have three pictures of my laptop mount.




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I guess I need to play around a little more with the pictures. They are located in the photo gallery.

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Great pix. Thanks. Where did you get the laptop stand?

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Thudman,

You can find the mount at http://www.capjack.com. It's available with either a horizontal or vertical base. The extension I made is just a piece of 1" stainless pipe and two plates that match the base dimensions.

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Nice set up!
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<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">Originally posted by smlranger:
Anyone have a PC mounted on dash? I'm looking for ideas, brackets, etc. Planning to run Delorme GPS and the Silverleaf software. </div></BLOCKQUOTE>
Don't really understand your dilemna. We are just getting back from a 12,000 km trip, from Toronto to Alaska and back, with our laptop sitting on the dash, unevefully displaying Microsoft Streets 'n Trips data along the way.
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