This line of GPS models was introduced by Garmin in 2011. These units are still in use several years later and we’re finding the GPS is outlasting the mounts, hence our article about mounting options for this series of popular devices. Most of these GPS units have a lifetime subscription to map updates which means that your GPS won’t be outdated and you can defer purchase of a replacement for quite a while. Devices like the Garmin Nuvi 2555LMT with an LMT or LM after the number have a lifetime map subscription and those that have an LT or LMT have a lifetime traffic subscription.
Speaking of traffic, I wanted to be sure that if you have any of these units that have a traffic subscription, don’t lose the cable. Your traffic subscription is tied to the actual cable itself. If you lose your cable, you will need to replace with a very expensive (about $60) traffic charger. A plain car charger will not provide you with traffic, you need to buy the model with traffic integrated.
Now for the mounts. Since the very first Nuvi, Garmin has used a design which incorporates a custom cradle with a socket on the back. This cradle fits over a 17mm ball which is part of the mount. There is a custom cradle that snaps over the top and bottom of the Nuvi. You can remove that cradle by simply pulling it off the ball. That allows use of a lot of alternative mounting solutions.
The mount that is provided with this line of GPS is the Garmin Vehicle Suction Cup. This includes the same mounting base that Garmin has used for over ten years. Garmin changes the cradle, not the base mount so there’s a custom holder for the Garmin Nuvi 2555LMT as well as the other models listed in this article. Garmin also includes an adhesive disk for those that wish to use it on the dashboard. If you would rather not put adhesive on your dash, you could use this cradle with Garmin’s highly regarded bean bag mount which we discussed in a prior article.
How about some alternative locations and mounts? Vent mounts have been available for many years but Garmin completely missed the parade on these until 2013. Finally coming out with a Garmin Car Air Vent Mount of their own, Garmin’s entry is a very well made mount. That’s the mount that is in the photo that accompanies this article. Unlike many of their competitors, Garmin saw the need for a vent mount with a clamp on the back if it. This means these mounts will fit horizontal and vertical vents.
Another popular location for mounting a GPS in a car is the cup holder. There are so many cup holders in my SUV that I don’t mind giving one up for a GPS. The Arkon Garmin Nuvi Cup Holder Mount is a good solution. It has the 17mm ball that you need to attach to the back of the socket on the cradle that came with your GPS. A gooseneck feature is included to permit you to get the best angle for the driver. With an expandable base, this fits most cup holders with the exception of those larger than a Big Gulp (XXL).
On the motorcycle, the best manufacturer from our experience is RAM Mounts. They make a custom cradle for this GPS. The RAM Holder for Garmin Nuvi 2555LMT 2555LM and 2555LT GPS fits these devices like a glove. They snap right into the custom cradle for a very secure hold. Couple these holders with a RAM Motorcycle Handlebar Mount to complete your configuration. These mounts are made of metal and have a ball and socket connection at the base and cradle. The arm is three inches tall. Sure, these cost a little more but throw in a lifetime warranty and these are worth the premium.