Mounts for the Garmin Drive 51 and 61 2017 GPS Series

Well it looks like it’s time for the annual Garmin GPS refresh.  It used to be a semi-annual refresh but the GPS market has reached the point where there’s probably not enough new features to do it twice a year.  Couple that with the surge in smartphone GPS apps, and we’re down to an annual refresh.  In 2016, the Garmin Drive had put an end to the ten-year old Garmin Nuvi line of GPS units and Garmin has continued to use the naming standard for 2017.  This year, they have added 1 to the base number so we are looking at … Read more

How to Attach a Garmin Cradle to a RAM Mount

If you take a look at the number of vehicle GPS units introduced by Garmin over the past  ten years, it’s well over 100.  For the year 2015, Garmin introduced 18 models just for the car.  Sure, some of these are merely map or feature variations of an existing model but it’s still a lot.  RAM used be able to keep up with Garmin in terms of coming out with custom cradles for each major Garmin GPS model, but for the past few years, they have not.  Deploying a RAM Mount for the latest Garmin GPS models means using a universal … Read more

Mounts for the Garmin Drive 50 and 60 2016 GPS Series

The Garmin Drive has put an end to the ten-year old Garmin Nuvi line of GPS units.  For 2016, the annual refresh of Garmin’s GPS has renamed the consumer GPS line to “Drive”.  So now you will see terms like Drive, DriveSmart, DriveAssist and Driveluxe.  Garmin Drive includes the basic maps of the US or Canada and you get to select the maps when you purchase the GPS.  If you buy it in the US, it’s more than likely to be the US map model.  If purchased in Canada, then it’s a good bet that Canada is also included, but check … Read more

Garmin Bean Bag Mount Product Review

The most popular mount for a Garmin Nuvi GPS is the Garmin Portable Friction Mount.  The mount is manufactured by Garmin and is an extraordinarily popular mount.  They officially refer to it as the portable friction mount but I still call it the Garmin bean bag mount.  It has been available since the days of the first Garmin Nuvi which ironically is the model shown in the photo that accompanies this review. The Garmin bean bag mount weighs 1.5 pounds.  The bottom of the mount features a rubber coated base which is designed to stay put in most normal driving … Read more