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    iPad Install in Citroen Berlingo Van

    This is a little write up of my project to mount my iPad in my Citroen Berlingo Van. First a little bit of background.

    I recently change cars to a van for my business, in my previous car I had a full blown CarPC using Centrafuse etc... Having such a system has many benefits but I could never get used to the lack of "instant on" and the problems Windows (in whatever flavor) gives to a CarPC install. So for this project I decided to go down a different route and use my 3G iPad, I will add here I am a bit of Apple fanatic so I will try and keep this as unbiased as possible.

    Surprisingly the head unit in the van is quite good, I was going to change it but I decided to keep it as I could keep the info display and an added bonus of keeping the costs down. I am using the iPad primarily for some internet radio and navigation, there will be other things that will be useful, internet for example.

    When starting out any project I aways like to make sure I know what I do and don't want etc so this is a overview list of the requirements.

    1) Neat and tidy mount for iPad with no wires draping all over the dash and no windscreen mount.
    2) Play the iPad through the current stereo.
    3) Maintain the current stereo for most music.
    4) No make any permanent or substantial mods to the dash, did that last time but this time I want to be able to quickly go back to stock if possible
    5) Allow the iPad to be quickly docked and removed.
    6) Charge iPad.

    I think that covers most of the requirements.

    The first challenge was were to mount the iPad. As can be seen from the picture of the stock dash the choices were limited if I was to meet my requirements.

    The pocket underneath the stereo easily pulls out so I figure I could utilise this spare DIN slot for the mount. As you can see this is what I plan to achieve, it is only a rough mockup and the iPad would stand out a little more. The display can still be seen due to the angle of seating and the most of the time the stereo buttons do not need to be accessed as I use the steering remote most of the time.

    Now that the idea was there I need a few bits so on the shopping list so far I have.

    1) iPad sync cable with audio
    2) Single DIN case
    3) Dension Gateway 100 (this will connection for iPad and an iPod at the same time, bonus)
    4) iPad charger

    The idea was to fabricate a kind of drawer that could be pulled out of the DIN slot and the iPad docked into it. When the iPad is not used the mount or drawer can be pushed bag to keep everything looking tidy.

    This is the current build stage. The mount is assembled and in a semi working order. I also made it so when it came out it could be angled slightly to the driver for better viewing.

    The next step is to finish off the mount where the iPad goes, I am going to use a hard iPad case and cut it down to give a good fit, all will make sense when I post some pics. Obviously I also need to pad it to protect the iPad and finish it all off in black. Oh and I need to order the Dension.

    I will not be working on this for the next week or so, so there will not be updates, but if interested pm me with any question or comments and check back later for updates.
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    very nice clean install! SNO

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    Love the clip for holding the ipad, that looks very nifty!

    One question though, is how well will it hold the ipad when the car is in motion / cornering etc?

    Does it grip it well?

    Looking very cool though, and as it maintains the use of the ipad as a separate item, so you can pull it in and out easily, that works really nicely, I like it

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    Quote Originally Posted by Chester View Post
    Love the clip for holding the ipad, that looks very nifty!

    One question though, is how well will it hold the ipad when the car is in motion / cornering etc?

    Does it grip it well?

    Looking very cool though, and as it maintains the use of the ipad as a separate item, so you can pull it in and out easily, that works really nicely, I like it
    The iPad will be gripped quite well and there will be no problem with road holding. I will achieve this utilising an iPad hard case and padding. What I will do is cut down the hard case so just using the bottom 2 inches or so, and hot glue this inside the mount. This will allow the iPad to sit neatly at the back due to the curves. I will also put padding in the front for protection do the iPad will have a snug fit in the mount.

    The mount itself is sturdy enough, I have tried to explain the in the pics. I guess all will be easier to see when completed.
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    Very cool, you look to have covered most of the angles and issues then!

    Keep us updated, this is going to be a very interesting install.

    Chester

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