Don’t let loose electronic devices become a nuisance in your cab, keep them safe and secure with the proper mounts
By Tom Jackson
Laptops, cell phones, PDAs, GPS – today’s traveling supervisor has more loose electronic gear in his truck than anyone could have imagined back in the days when a two-way radio and a pay phone were all you needed.
You don’t want this stuff sliding around in the cab, and in the case of laptops, you need those positioned where you can type and scroll when the truck is parked.
You don’t want the thing wedged between you and the steering wheel or sitting in the seat next to you where you have to twist around to get to the keyboard.
The right mounts for your in-cab electronic gear will help you work more efficiently when you’re parked at the jobsite and keep you from getting distracted when you’re barreling down the road at 60mph.
Truck outfitters can help you with your selection, but a lot of these are sold direct as well and you can find loads of product information on the web. Just keep in mind that some designs are specific to a particular type of truck, others are universal. Make sure you check the details before you order something.
The InDash Custom dash mounts from Panavise are designed for specific vehicles and can mount a wide variety of mobile electronics, including satellite radios, GPS units, mobile video screens, etc. They are made from high strength steel and are AMPS compatible (an industry-wide mounting standard hole configuration. (panavise.com).
Ram’s no-drill laptop mount for the Ford 250 through 750 trucks installs quickly and easily using the existing hardware on the passenger side seat rails. It telescopes from 12 to 18 inches and dual swing arms provide articulation and 12 inches of reach for passenger and driver access.
A rubber ball and socket joint provide additional adjustment and shock and vibration isolation. Spring loaded, it accepts laptops from 10 to 16 inches wide. (ram-mount.com).
The Trek Laptop Mount 10-4513 has ergonomic features that reduce strain on the neck, shoulders and back. The no-drill base mount is standard and fits most vehicles with bucket and split bench seats. An optional drill base is available.
It’s fully adjustable for height and arm reach with 90-degree tilt and 360degree swivel. (mobiledesk.com).
Also check out:
Cobra accessories: cobra.com
ProFit International: pro-fit-intl.com
Jotto Desk: jottodesk.net
Gamber Johnson: gamberjohnson.com