Originally Posted by OttawaJim
Nuvi 1490 ......
Ram makes a really sturdy mounting cradle for it ($9.95)...
I'm into season 3 with this setup and it still works like a charm.,,,
I bought a Nuvi 1490 for my GPS-challenged wife hoping it would be easier for her to use than her disastrous solo trip using my Garmin 2720 a few years ago. She found the 2720 confusing, but took to the 1490 quickly. I liked it well enough that I bought one also for my truck an as a backup for the saddle bag. Both are refurbs off eBay for about $120.
As an experiment, I rigged mu 1490 like you did using a RAM mount as a second GPS. I figured I would use that one in 2-D mode, zoomed out to about 5-8 miles, but continue to use my 27/28xx GPSs as primary used for routing using 3-D mode. Oddly enough, that 1490 kept losing power (it was plugged into a cigar lighter outlet). So the 1490 would ask "power lost, turn off?" about every 20-30 minutes. I also got some other error message, something about "serial connection". This is odd because I've used that same cigar lighter outlet many times for other things and it worked fine. Anyway, I decided not to pursue that experiment for other, non-power related issues.
In the car and truck, these units work well except occasionally their speed readout will "freeze" although the "internal speed" is apparently correct as the ETA is logical. Turning it off/on resets the speed readout every time.
I also intensely dislike the Basecamp software! I guess I'm an old fart who hates to learn new stuff, but I very much prefer Mapsource!
If I had to replace my 27/28xx GPSs, I'd not use a Nuvi, but search for a 26/27/28xx Garmin StreetPilot instead. I've gotten them for around $150....just have to keep searching to find one.