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Old 12-07-2015, 06:57 PM
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GPS charging ideas

Today my dog chewed up the cord to my GPS so now I'm on a mission to figure out how to mount the unit and hide the cord. I'd be open to adding another 12v outlet if there are any good dash top ideas. I really want to avoid having the cord hanging down. That always annoyed me anyway, and now that I have a "chewer" dog, I need to avoid it.

I'd love to hear if anyone has good ideas. I have an sPOD with empty slots so I could even use that. I'm just not sure about the mounting options and where to run the wires to hide them.

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Old 12-07-2015, 07:28 PM   #2
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You can drill a hole in the pocket on the top of the dash, that is directly above the radio, just tap in to the power and hardwire it in.

Or install a new head unit with navigation

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Old 12-07-2015, 07:31 PM   #3
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I would suggest getting a Ram mount for the GPS unit and mounting it on the a-pillar. You can add a 12v outlet under the dash and run the charger wire up under the plastic a-pillar trim then out to the dash.
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Old 12-08-2015, 01:52 AM   #4
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if you tug lightly on the top of the dash center section, the dash should start to pop off. There are 4 bolts that hold it, but you should be able to loosen it enough to run your power wire behind the dash panel.

Once you have run the wires behind the dash panel, you can either plug into the existing 12VDC outlet or add another and use that under the dash

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Old 12-08-2015, 07:43 AM   #5
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I would purchase a Garmin 12v to 5v adapter from eBay and hard wire it to the battery (with a fuse) to run your Garmin. The end has a the correct usb plug which would plug directly into your Garmin.

As an alternative, it would be fairly easy to wire to a switched source with the 12 volt accessory harness from Quadratec and run it up through the dash tray.

The problem with bodging in a 12v outlet behind the dash is that the connection could become loose, whereas a direct wire (to either the battery or switched source) eliminates that potential problem.
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Old 12-08-2015, 08:29 AM   #6
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I hate cords so I ran a hardwire directly to the battery, or if you want to take dash apart you splice into the Keyed power outlet. I don't remember if I go it off eBay or Amazon but it is available both places.

I also bought this:

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it fits in to the upper dash tray and almost looks stock

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