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Old 05-25-2018, 08:29 AM   #1
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Good dashboard compass.....

My MoHo doesn't have a built in compass. Anybody have a dash/window mount compass that actually works? Checking reviews on line, most don't work for doodle squat. I would prefer a suction cup mount and one that I don't have to plug in or do any wiring. Just a simple stick it here compass that works. Thanks.

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Old 05-25-2018, 09:31 AM   #2
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Even the best ones out there may not work depending on the "fields" around your dash or metal framing around the front of coach. Do you use a GPS? Most of them have it built in. If you simply prefer the "water ball" version over electronic models, go to a boat supply store or website, such as West Marine. the marine models are much better(and more expensive) than the stick on crap you will find in the automotive offerings and many of them have self-calibration features. You sometimes have to drive in circles several times to calibrate but most of us are used to "driving in circles".

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Old 05-25-2018, 09:41 AM   #3
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My GPS has one built in. Tells what direction you are going, even with it just turned on and not programmed.
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Old 05-25-2018, 09:48 AM   #4
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There's not really any such thing as 'stick it on the dash and forget it' compass.
You'll almost certainly need to do some calibration to the compass to correct for whatever fields and nearby metal are in your motorhome. And if/when you add new equipment near the compass you may need to do it again. It's somewhat time consuming and needs to be done carefully, but it's really the only way to make an 'old fashioned' compass work.
Which is probably why you see so many with bad reviews, those folks likely didn't take the time to do the calibration.
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Old 05-25-2018, 09:51 AM   #5
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Download a compass app for your cell phone. I am even finding the phone GPS apps work as good or better than my GPS.
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Old 05-25-2018, 12:56 PM   #6
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What is the purpose of a highly accurate dash compass? Unlike planes and boats, you are limited in direction to the direction the road goes. Just curious.
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Old 05-25-2018, 01:00 PM   #7
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My GPS does have one but I rarely have it on and I have one on my iPhone but it's kind of a pain to use. I can always use my DW, she knows exactly where I'm going and doesn't hesitate to tell me so.......
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Old 05-25-2018, 03:58 PM   #8
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North/South/East/West isn't a problem for me, but I'm having a hard time finding a compass that will tell me whether to go up, down, righty or lefty.

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Old 05-25-2018, 04:36 PM   #9
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I found one of those old time (nineteen fifties) stick on the dash compasses at the third auto parts store I tried. Adjusted it for true north, not magnetic north. It has worked just fine. It sits forward and to the right of the E350 driverís console.
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Old 05-26-2018, 05:23 PM   #10
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So here's a boat compass. Shows N when you are driving N. It has a light in it just in case you drive at night and the stars aren't doing it for you, or it's cloudy.
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Old 05-26-2018, 05:34 PM   #11
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Use the wristwatch method.

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Old 05-27-2018, 07:26 AM   #12
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Hey twogypsies, now that's cool. Tried it this morning while having coffee and it works like a charm. Thanks.
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Tried it this morning but had trouble pointing my digital watch to the sun.

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