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    Anyone ever find a device to keep your GPS warm and working while mounted on your snowmachine. I know about using a hand grip warmer, but out there some where there has to be a device made to do this as many people are now carrying their GPS on snowmachines.
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    Not really, for the simple reason the only practical way to produce and control heat is by using the snowmobile electrical system, and any other method would cost a lot more than a thumb warmer.

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    Rutting what I was hoping to find was a system already made up with a warming pad/disk (like the hand warmer).
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    Have you tried one of those heat packet things?

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    The only one I have seen is the aluminum one at the GPS Store, home made here in the AK. But it is kinda big and ugly. I was out today at -35 with a thumb warmer on a RAM mount I have never had any problems with my Vista. I too wish there were something out there, even thought my current system works, it can't be good for the electronice to be working at -35. I know is is hard on me.

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    II have not tried the heat pack, may try it till I can come up with some thing longer lasting and more permanent.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Blue Thunder View Post
    II have not tried the heat pack, may try it till I can come up with some thing longer lasting and more permanent.
    give me a few seconds and I'll go snap a picture of my heated gps plate. This helps out big time, and a 12 volt plug-in for power too. I think it's made by RAM.........wait one second

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    No, there is no mass-produced commercial product for this application. There is no market for it. Sure, there are a hundred folks who would want such an item. But to make a heated GPSr mount with enough models to fit all the popular GPSr units out there would be cost prohibitive and the manufacture would never recoup the costs.

    But a $20 thumb warmer kit. Stick it to the back of the mount. Install takes 5 minutes. It is a complete solve for the GPSr heating problem.
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    Here's a picture of the mount that I made. My gps is getting old but is tried and true. I simply plug into the accessory 12v outlet for gps power, and tied into the wiring harness in the headlamp assembly with a warmer kit on the back of the RAM mount. It hasn't caused any issues and keeps the gps plenty warm, I've been using it for quite a few years. If you need any help wiring one up, give me a shout and I'll see what I can do. The toggle switch is only for the heater, and only works when the machine is running. The 12volt accessory plug-in works when the snowmachine is running or not.

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    Use a stick-on pad designed as a thumb warmer. They work perfectly for small GPS installs that use snap-in mounts.

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    I made a mount out of aluminum with foam inside to protect my Garmin 76cs from damage from vibration. I used a thumbwarmer glued to the back of a piece of aluminum to spread the heat out.
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    Thanks for all the input. Just ordered the warmer kit and will get it all put together when all the parts get here.
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