So I thought about a shorter arm, to have more clearance for the support. For that to work, I would need to move the hinge point up. So this is what it would looks like if I moved the hinge all the way up.
So thinking about the support, I bought a couple of RAM mounts for my tablet. I would need a cradle, a VESA plate, and some minimal control over angle and directions.
This is what I bought:
RAM Mount VESA 75 100 Compatible Monitor Plate with 1.5 inch Ball (Model: RAM-246U)
1 RAM Mount Motion Computing LE1600 and LE1700 Tablet PC Cradle
1 RAM Mount Rectangular 1 x 2 inch Plate with 1.5 inch Ball (Model: RAM-202U-12)
1 RAM Mount Long Length Dual 1.5 inch Socket Arm (Model: RAM-201U-D)
Later I also bought this:
1 Ram Mount Slick-n-lock Vesa Plate with Lock.
So you could remove the monitor/tablet from view would having to unscrew the vesa mounting plates from the back of it. This would be great to facilitate storing the monitor/tablet from view inside the console when needed. It's relatively cheap at $16.00, so I gave it a shot.
I'm trying to avoid something like this (Ford F150 interior I believe):
It might be cheaper, but it looks terrible. I don't want my truck to look like that, and most of those mounts interfere with the passenger space too. I hope I can avoid that 3 legged monster, some of the upper components can be useful, will see what happens.
Two of those legs should go into the passenger seat...but what about the passenger legs?? :confused:
Most reviews at GPScity complain about single arm mounting solutions, that they vibrate too much, so I'm not looking into them either. There are a couple of 3 legged solutions there, the above is just one of them, and the smallest one at that, but as far as RAM mounts go, they're the most stable.
So this is one way I initially thought this would go. Of course, the base plate with the 1.5 ball would have to be fixed on top of the arm, but just to have an idea before drilling any holes in it:
Of course any excess length on the arm would be cut, the arm would be painted black or finish with some leather/vinyl, etc. But that is for later. I would like a quick and easy way to keep the tablet/display whatever out of the way when parking in unknown neighborhoods. I'm lucky about my own, I can also park inside the garage during the night, and most places I go are relatively safe, but you never know. When I go to the City (San Francisco) though, I would probably hiding the monitor before even looking for a parking lot...:suspicious:
Theoretically, everything fits inside the console...
Now How do I store all this without having to twist any knobs? 1st you would remove the display/tablet from the cradle/with the removable vesa subplate thingy. Then you would move the arm/hinge up and down into the console, then another hinge would move the support sideways and up into the console to occupy the unused space below. Or the arm could rotate on the upper arm of the big hinge that I'm using, so that it would get the same effect
But I don't see much future this way. Initial testing led me to believe that, even if the hinge combination works for storage, I'd still need to secure the display/tablet in a way that it does not vibrate much. As it is planned right now, when in the open position the tablet weight would be supported not by the hinge, but by the front of the console, by means of a rubber material on the underside of the arm, using the space between the cup holders for support. Thing is, that is not very much stable.
Maybe these pictures will explain it better:
So yes, if the support I'm thinking about for the open position is not fixed somehow, it will vibrate too much. The hinge fixing points either would be not enough to hold it tight (if it's fixed in the high position), or if fixed on the subfloor under the console (low position), the fixing points are too far away to provide enough rigidity for the arm when the car is in movement.
But if I fixed the support on the console, or better, under the console, the hole hinge idea loses the point. The arm would be fixed to it now. Unless I could securely unlock the arm from the support when needed.
So I was bored thinking about all those possibilities when I saw the ashtray below, that can be fixed in one of the cupholders. So I attached the 1.5" ball base to it, and the arm and the vesa support together, and got this.
How this can support the weight of the tablet (3.5 pounds, plus the aluminum Ram arm, etc.). Well, I filled it with a block of hardwood, I think it was birch leftover cube I had. I screwed the base with long wood screws and it's very tight. With the advantage of being able to move from one cupholder to another (in theory).
I tested while driving and, since the ashtray fits very tight in that particular cupholder, it's very stable. I would even say surprisingly so.
I reinforced the underside of the cupholder with some heavy foam i had from a computer case I got shipped some time ago, but I might have to use something stronger there. Or I may even make it permanent and build some metal base underneath it.
Note that the apparent screws should have to be painted, etc. I tried also to fit a glove all around it, like if it were a manual stick shift of sorts, and it worked fine. It is relatively easy to remove it too, and if you remove the display/tablet, it is easy to fit in the console.
Not elegant, but for now, it works! I'm definitely not happy about it. It can't be too easy. I might direct my efforts to the secondary computer and leave the tablet at that, but perhaps not. Will see what happens. In the mean time, here's some different positions it can be easily put into, just by twisting a knob. One knob loosens both the base side, and the side underneath the vesa plate behind the tablet support.
And some more:
And here stored inside the armrest console:
Note that you don't need to remove the ashtray+base combo:
That's it for today. Suggestions are welcomed. I'm still working on this, and I'll soon post a completely new direction possible.
OH NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO, youve been bitten by the "I need multiple PC units in my car, becuase I drive a big one and have the room" Bug. Welcome to the family LOL. I honestly liked the first idea you had. The one where is was flat next to the shifter knob. I would have suggested maybe angling it a bit so it didnt lay flat. I am not a big fan of those PC mounts because they take away from the interior of the car and make it look to Police like, which isnt a compliment. IMO you had it right the first time. See how where you have it flat angle it so the top of the PC touches where the cigarette lighters are, boom that should do the trick. The other end should be touching like it is now.
Heh, I know, right?
I'm not going to lose my cupholders in that spot. No way.
Will see if I can take the black out and mask the police car vibe...
I didnt even notice the cup holders. You know though, you should have more up front. Dont tell me a SUV the size of a tank only has 2 cup holders in the Front. Mine is technically a midsize SUV and it has 3 in the front (i Dont know why its a odd number). The rear has 2 per row. Are you sure you dont have any that slide out. On that note, if you make a base for the tablet to sit in, you could always add new cupholders that slide out the side.
Originally Posted by RipplingHurst