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SOELEY
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PostPosted: Tue Nov 15, 2005 7:02 pm    Post subject: Weatherproof cases Reply with quote

Hi,

I was wondering if any of you guys use any weatherproof covers/casess on you GPS's. I've looked at the Aqua Boxes from Ram, but they don't seem to have one that will fit the iCN 510 in.

Anybody got any recomenations Question

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PostPosted: Tue Nov 15, 2005 7:18 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Sorry never used them, if you send them the dimensions could they not advise?
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PostPosted: Tue Nov 15, 2005 7:34 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

You could have a look at Otter boxes they do various sizes and they are totaly waterproof
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SOELEY
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PostPosted: Tue Nov 15, 2005 8:23 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

StevenGourlay wrote:
Sorry never used them, if you send them the dimensions could they not advise?


Thanks for your input, I have already e-mailed them with the size of my unit (no reply yet), but thought I would see if there was any other options that I'd not heard of. Cheers.

Will look at the Otter boxes, Thanks.
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PostPosted: Tue Nov 15, 2005 10:17 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I use a freezer bag with a rubber band (on a Garmin i3). It's crude but I can use the buttons, it's clear enough to see through and it's stood up to rain, cold and freezing fog so far. I use a new bag each time but at a few pence each, it's pretty cheap.
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PostPosted: Mon Dec 05, 2005 5:09 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Have a look at an aquapac www.aquaman.co.uk/. Bit more upmarket than a freezer bag and a lot cheaper and less bulky than an Otterbox.

Incidentally how how do you plan to mount the Navman to the bike?

I've a 520 and was thinking of using the RAM arm and the RAM Universal PDA holder 3. But, I'm not sure whether the 520 will fit the RAM holder.
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PostPosted: Mon Dec 05, 2005 8:01 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

jackn wrote:

Incidentally how how do you plan to mount the Navman to the bike?


Well it's on a scooter, so mounting would be different to a bike as I've no visable bars to clamp to.

But what I've done is made an ally 'L' shape bracket with a 22mm hole in the short leg and screwed the other leg to my top handle bar fairing. Using the standard mount, I removed the suction cup/ball joint and popped a marble in the sockect (to give the nut something to tighten down onto). Fitted the mount through the 22mm hole, fitted a rubber washer (to help prevent nut vibrating loose) then the nut.

I put a plastic sandwich Zip bag over it for weather protection (it is protected by the flyscreen as well).

Used it for the first time on my scooter yesterday, 100 miles & it was spot on. Also got a headset fitted to listen to the voice directions.
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PostPosted: Wed Dec 07, 2005 1:28 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Upmarket? Pffff. Sandwich bags are fine by me. Wink
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PostPosted: Wed Jan 30, 2008 12:55 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I have a Vespa GTS 250 ie.
I have a Tomtom One XL.

I have a permanent connection, fused lead, from the bike's battery to the inside of the glovebox, where the rubber capped female socket sits. This allows me to keep the battery charged up throughout the winter by simply plugging the Optimate III plug into the female socket.

Optimate/Accumate have just brought out a proper sized Cigar Socket Attachment that does accept all GPS, MP3, Tyre Air Compressors etc., just like the car cigar socket.

See it here.. http://www.accumate.co.uk/it020007.htm
This will allow me to plug the TT1 Car Cigar Plug into the female socket inside the bike's glove box.

Therefore, all I need is a safe mounting station on the bike's handlebars behind the sports screen. I too will use the aquapak, because a friend in Manchester uses hers for the same purpose on her Piaggio X8. Bluetooth will be used listening in.

The TomTom One XL is mainly for the car, but once the weather warms up I'll be out on the bike for most of my journeys.

Any advice will be much appreciated. How and where to fit a bracket and where to buy one specifically for scooters.

By the way, when I bought the TT1 XL from easydevices, it came with speed cameras already loaded. But, once I downloaded updates, a few months later, from TomTom Home, the speed cameras vanished. The downloads removed existing items from my TT Home database before giving new ones.

Do I pay TomTom for a yearly subscription for their speed camera files or pay GPSW for their comprehensive downloads? I think I just answered my question.

Another point worth mentioning here is that I copied all of the TT1 XL details from the original SD card onto a 1Gb Play.com card, which works perfectly. I keep the original SD card in the box for safety.
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PostPosted: Wed Jan 30, 2008 7:34 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

jhumph wrote:
Bluetooth will be used listening in.
You might want to reconsider this idea, the Bluetooth on a One XL can only be used for data so there will be no audio for you to listen do via Bluetooth, the One XL doesn't have an audio output socket either - Mike
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PostPosted: Wed Jan 30, 2008 10:57 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks Mike, I think that the lack of a headphone socket in the TT1XL is rather lax of TT. My ols MIO PDA has one and it gives me the option. But the TT1? No such luck. Once I read your reply about Bluetooth, I remembered that it is not for audio use.
I'll look at maps, remember road numbers, and have the TT1 available for when I'm stuck.
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PostPosted: Sat Feb 02, 2008 7:12 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

mikealder wrote:
jhumph wrote:
Bluetooth will be used listening in.
You might want to reconsider this idea, the Bluetooth on a One XL can only be used for data so there will be no audio for you to listen do via Bluetooth, the One XL doesn't have an audio output socket either - Mike

I'm hoping to able to fit an earphone socket to my XL after reading the post by Chipstix here
I still haven't had a look inside to see if there's room - it's not really biking weather at moment. Sad
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PostPosted: Mon Feb 18, 2008 10:04 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I use a media bag from Nippy Normans, you also need the mounting plate then can use standard ram mounts with it so you don't need to buy the multipod, works great. Use it with my TT One original.

http://www.nippynormans.com/prodinfo.asp?number=WUN-1250280&variation=&aitem=2&mitem=5

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PostPosted: Thu Feb 21, 2008 12:17 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Nippy Norman's media bag's an expensive way to go, too dear for me anyway!

For a similar, but much cheaper item, try Googling 'Aloksak'. They're inexpensive reusable waterproof/dustproof/airtight zip bags that do the job very well indeed. They're available from camping and military suppliers.
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