Phone/Tablet Mount for PopUp Camper

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  1. Mat Kyne

    Mat Kyne New Member

    Jan 22, 2018
    Central Texas
    I know for some, bringing along electronics while camping is sacrilege. Not for me. Giving the kids a movie to watch at the end of the day allows for extended campfire enjoyment for the adults. So we keep a few tablets loaded with movies that we bring on trips. I decided to use a similar solution to what we use to mount the tablets in the cars. For about $15 worth of parts (most of that was the magnets) I was able to build a couple of really versatile and easily-removable magnetic mounts that attach to the bars over the bunk ends. This is what I came up with:

    It works for phones and tablets. The one in the picture is a Kindle Fire HD 8, but it works just as well for our Fire HD 10.
  2. fourhallatts

    fourhallatts Active Member

    Jul 18, 2015
    North Syracuse, New York
    My youngest ds purchased a mini projector that connects to his tablet or phone. We turn the curtains around (they are blackout curtains that have a white backing) and way we go. I am hoping to make a shelf to hang above the door for the projector to sit on.
  3. jmkay1

    jmkay1 2004 Fleetwood/Coleman Utah

    Oct 10, 2013
    Northern Virginia
    Is it a magnet holding the device to the rod you made? I’ve been always afraid to use magnets near electronics thinking it could lead to possible data loss or other broken components. Then again I was brought up in the time where manufacturers stressed no magnets as you could lose data or it could break your device . Grant you technology has changed 10 fold in those years so maybe that’s no longer the case.
  4. silvermickey2002

    silvermickey2002 Morris County, NJ

    Sep 11, 2008
    Morris County, NJ
    When we travel I will use my phone as a hot spot and connect our iPad to it and then stream TV. I would like to make a mount for the iPad so we can lay in our bunk and watch TV. Looks like a project over the winter!
  5. GrueMaster

    GrueMaster Active Member

    May 22, 2013
    Saint Helens, Oregon
    Heh, I remember those days.

    Fortunately, between everything being fully electronic (no magnetic storage in phones/tablets) and the EFI shielding required in them, magnets have no effect (except you can't use them and your wireless charger at the same time). In fact, I have a 'Magic Mount' phone mount in my truck and a metal plate inside my slip-on phone case. When I get into the truck, I just slap the phone to the mount and let the physics of magnetism take over (sometimes breaking the seal on the suction cup windshield mount, sending both tumbling to the passenger side floor out of reach).
  6. Mat Kyne

    Mat Kyne New Member

    Jan 22, 2018
    Central Texas
    Yes, the black rectangle has 10 rare earth magnets encased in a plastic housing and covered with a thin sheet of rubber (for grip). There is a thin piece of metal attached to the phone/tablet inside the case. There is no reason to worry about magnets with solid state media (all modern phones and tablets). Magnets were harmful to floppy disks and magnetic tape drives, less so to hard drives and would make an old monitor look wonky for a while. But again, they are not harmful to modern storage media or LCD screens. Also, the steel plate all but fully absorbs the magnetic field of the magnets.
  7. Sneezer

    Sneezer Well-Known Member

    Aug 8, 2015
    DFW, TX
    That is one of our pleasures when my son and I head out. We often end at least one day with a good meal and a movie. Right now we drop the dinette and use Crazy Creek stadium chairs to give us a little back support, and watch a movie on the 24" TV that I bring. This season I plan to upgrade a little - I got an Anker Mars Lite projector, and plan to add a removable mount to the shepards pole on the dinette so I can hang it upside down, and add a fabric screen to the other side. With luck I will also be able to use the same screen on a bunk end, and sit the projector on the bunk shelves I have.

    The projector has an internal battery and 10W speakers, so good for roughly 8 hours of playback. The charging cord is quite long as well, plus it has an 18V input which I can get from one of my Lithium battery packs that has an 18V laptop port on it. However, with the sound of the A/C running we often use headphones instead, and I really don't need the whole campground hearing our movie from inside the camper late at night. Can't wait to get it set up for the spring!
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