I remember the Garmin Rino 110 when it was first introduced about ten years ago. It was a unique product combining two-way radio and GPS capabilities. Interestingly enough, the Garmin Rino is still a viable device. Garmin has updated it several times with the latest Garmin Rino 755t having a three-inch color screen and features such as weather reports and a waterproof rating of IPX7.
The interesting thing about the Garmin Rino is that the basic shape hasn’t changed very much. Some of the mounts available for the current series even fit the older ones. We will look at a variety of mounts for the car, boat and handlebar.
The Garmin Rino is typically used outdoors for geocaching and hiking. It’s useful in places where cellular service is unavailable and a GPS is a necessity. So a rugged mount is needed. While we’ll mention car mounts for the Garmin Rino, I suspect most are looking for something outside the car.
Garmin offers a few mounts of their own for mounting onto a flat surface. Their Garmin Weighted Friction Mount with Cradle is a solid choice especially if using the Garmin Rino inside a car or truck. Just snap your Garmin Rino onto the cradle and place the mount on a flat dash. It’s easy to install and remove. This mount features the extremely popular Garmin friction mount which we reviewed here. These fit most of the Garmin Rino models made over the past several years including the 610, 650, 650t, 655t, 700, 750 and 755t.
Garmin also makes a Garmin Screw Down Flat Surface Mount. You will potentially see these advertised for older GPS models such as an Oregon or Colorado but they also fit the Rino as Garmin often makes mounts that fit dozens of models. It’s a bolt down mount meaning that you will drill some holes to the mounting surface. This particular style of mount works best on marine applications. It will also work in a vehicle where you don’t mind drilling some holes to the mounting surface. These fit most of the Garmin Rino models made over the past several years including the 610, 650, 650t, 655t, 700, 750 and 755t.
Lastly, Garmin offers a Garmin Stem Mount for Bikes. It’s an inexpensive mount that uses twist ties to fasten to your stem or handlebar. Since the mount is permanent, be sure you like where you put it or you will need to cut the ties and buy new ones. These aren’t made for a motorcycle. They are meant to use on a bicycle. A motorcycle has too much vibration and I don’t trust twist ties on anything other than a bicycle. Just like the previous two mounts, these fit most of the Garmin Rino models made over the past several years including the 610, 650, 650t, 655t, 700, 750 and 755t.
The Garmin Rino 120 is what’s depicted in the photo that accompanies this article. I took that photo back in November of 2005. They don’t make these any longer. The Garmin Rino 120 and the Garmin Rino 110 were the first in the Rino series. They used to put a belt clip on the back of these. Funny thing about belt clips. I’m not a fan for using them on a belt as I don’t feel comfortable with a big radio hanging from my midsection nor do I feel it’s the most secure. However, they do make for interesting mounting points in a non-volatile location. Such a location is a car.
So how about if you have one of those older Garmin Rino models like the 110, 120 or 130? Remarkably, Garmin makes a suction cup mount for these. This uses the knob on the back of the device to keep it in place. This mount only fits the older models namely the 110, 120 and 130.
So there you have a variety of mount suggestions for the Garmin Rino series. All are made by Garmin to fit the respective models that we mention.