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This is just something I placed on the dash today. I like the position of the V1 right over the wheel as won't have to look up toward the RVM to see what's going on. It is sitting on a weighted dashboard mount pad, a universal adjustable angle platform w/suction cup and a sticky pad. The V1's suction cups are pushed right up against the windshield. The Gen.1 will of course be replaced with the Gen.2 in actual use. Please try to ignore the background of utility closet in the garage!
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A suggestion is to place the V1 where Valentine recommends (up by the headliner) and place the remote display on or in your dash. Best of both situations. :cool:
 

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A suggestion is to place the V1 where Valentine recommends (up by the headliner) and place the remote display on or in your dash. Best of both situations. :cool:
Of course that is a good idea and I have the remote display for the Gen.2 One thing of concern is I hear the V1's suction cup mount often fall off the windshield. That's a long drop in my truck. I ran the Gen.1 for years in my company car but I often had it sitting on a dash mount.
 

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Depending on how well you clean the windshield, the reports of failure are inaccurate. Many of us have had no issues for 6 months to a year or more. :)

I usually cleaned the top inside of the windshield at least once a year.
 

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Depending on how well you clean the windshield, the reports of failure are inaccurate. Many of us have had no issues for 6 months to a year or more. :)

I usually cleaned the top inside of the windshield at least once a year.
@Bloovy One: That's encouraging. I haven't had the Gen2 long enough to give it a real test. Thanks
 

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Jesus thats alot of plumbing.

I would recommend it not be in your direct line of sight but slightly off axis similar to your rear view mirror.
 
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There are double-stick foam tape mounts as well as other brackets, etc. :)
 

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Where is your Radenso XP?
 

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My V1Gen2 has been mounted at the very top of my windshield since April, 2018. The mount has never been removed and the unit has never fallen even once in almost three years. This has included multiple days when the interior of the car became so hot you couldn't touch the V1. External temps in excess of 100 degrees for multiple hours.
 

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I'm with the rest of the guys! I've got mine above my rear view mirror just as high as I can get it! That's also how I mount my R1's when I run them as well. It's easier with them because all you have to do is get a permanent mount off of Ebay stick it to your windshield and your good, unless you want to remove it! I'm not fond of suction cups either, but V1's mount and cups are by far the best I've ever used until you test with them like @VariableWave and I do! As long as you clean everything and leave it alone you'll be ok. Try moving the mounts between 2 or three cars while testing and running short on time and you'll learn some new words you didn't know before! Lmao! BTW, I'm running one of @OBeerWANKenobi 's custom mounts for my V1G2 and it's still kicking @ss after a couple of months. The perm tape mounts for the V1 won't work in any of my Mustangs because of the angle of my windshields. I bought and tried 2 of them.
 
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Jesus thats alot of plumbing.

I would recommend it not be in your direct line of sight but slightly off axis similar to your rear view mirror.
Hot water heat boiler and water heater, all natural gas. Yeah, I should have closed the doors but it was just a spur of the moment idea after I parked inside the garage. Sorry.
 

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Where is your Radenso XP?
At the moment it is in the console next to the driver seat. But it will do nicely on the mount pictured as it does have a concealed display. However, I could mount the XP up by the RVM near the RL360c mount using the Escort power cable that is tucked in around the windshield.
 

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Of course that is a good idea and I have the remote display for the Gen.2 One thing of concern is I hear the V1's suction cup mount often fall off the windshield. That's a long drop in my truck. I ran the Gen.1 for years in my company car but I often had it sitting on a dash mount.
As others have pointed out, high is always best for forward radar. Without a clear view to behind, you may get less warning on rear Radar and you will get less warning on a rear laser ticket.....

As for the suction cups, in 25+ years of V1G1/G2, I think I can count on two if not one hand the number of times it has fallen off. I find a clean windshield is good, but what works best for me is a quick lick of the suction cups before placing it. That usually works for at least a year through all temperatures or until I remove the unit manually. I have found that in some temperatures if I leave the mount, but take the detector down, then it will fall of the next time I mount it or before I get back to it. Then a simple lick will remount it.....don't laugh, it works! ;)
 

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@WildOne said: "Then a simple lick will remount it.....don't laugh, it works!"

I'm not laughing, I know it's true. Spit also makes a handy solvent when you need just a little.
 

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@WildOne said: "Then a simple lick will remount it.....don't laugh, it works!"

I'm not laughing, I know it's true. Spit also makes a handy solvent when you need just a little.
BTW, ignoring my own and other's advice I have run for years with my V1G1 jut above the dash on a 74 corvette. It does have a clear view behind, but it is not high. My reasoning there is that there is only about an 8" difference between just above the dash and just below the mirror. It can't go above the mirror as there is no room. So, at only 3ft off the ground, I reasoned that it made little practical difference...
 

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A drop of glass cleaner also works well as a "sealant" in the cups. Push the cups on and it rinses dust away from the "contact circle" of the cup.
 

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I can’t speak to the G1 cups as I never had them, but my G2 suction cups have never fallen off or come loose in almost 1 year.

the G1 at the top of this page is angled down too much, and for the rear antenna to have max range and probably for the arrows to point correctly, the rear antenna needs to point out between the driver’s and passenger’s seat. I don’t know if the V1 can accurately report arrow direction if the front antenna has a clear view but the rear does not - pointing directly at the driver.
 

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It's usually difficult to tell whether a detector is actually mounted level or not in pictures, but @Deadhead1971 is right that it needs to be level and unobstructed. :)
 

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