Help me understand all the different farkles mounted to your dash.

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oldmopars

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So, I am not sure if Farkle is a term used here, in the Motorcycle world it means "Functional Sparkle" and can be anything added to your bike to add usefulness.
So, I see a ton of things that people add to the dash of their rigs, what is all of it? I know I see GPS or IPads for nav, CB radios, but what else do you find is needed or wanted for your travels.
Not that I am going to go out and buy everything, but it is nice to know what you have and why, that way I can see if it is something I could use, or not need.
 

RoarinRow

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Here's my Farkle. A 7" Pioneer flip out head unit with Apple Car Play, Uniden 980SS CB Radio, iPhone mount mounted to dash bezel and a more recent GMRS radio on the top of dash. Next will be a windshield mount for my Garmin InReach Mini. But will only be put on when needed.

The Apple Car Play handles voices readout of my text messages, bluetooth for phone calls, Apple Maps, Waze Maps, Google Maps, Sygic Maps for offline use, DVD for the kiddos, streaming music for me, etc.

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At the moment I don’t have all the fancy bells and whistles that some guys have on their dashboards. I recently attached a RAM mount to the A-pillar of my 2nd gen Tacoma. It’s very sturdy and I like that it’s not blocking my A/C vents, radio, view, etc. I just put my iPhone in and turn it long ways for navigation and leave it straight up and down when I’m just using it to hold the phone. Later down the road I might invest in an iPad or some other tablet to navigate with

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oldmopars

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At the moment I have a Garmin Montana 810 and my IPhone XR. But was wondering what everyone else uses and why. Coming from motorcycles, I was limited in what I could put on the bike.
 

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I came from the motorcycle side of things too. KTM990 Adventure mostly 2up. Your really learn how little you need to pack for a trip when you don't have room. I don't get all the stuff people have on their dash and windshield. The windshield in a Jeep is small enough why add more stuff to block your view. That said iPad running Gsis in wife's lap, I have by iPhone on a RAM mount that comes up from the floor. GMRS mic is by the glove box. I want to look at the scenery not gadgets.

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I'm just beginning my mods to my 2004 Land Rover Discovery 2. The first I did were to add "farkle" (never heard the term before, but it fits!) to the dash/console (other mods waiting on parts). Most of the farkle is not needed, but I like tech. So far, I customized the console to accept more equipment and added a pod on top for even more equipment. In the console, I installed a Pioneer Car Play system and President Lincoln II+ CB, while moving the climate control down to unused space. There's still space in the console so soon I can move things around more then add controllers for a dual battery system and power sockets for other equipment. In the pod, I added 4 extra gauges to augment the factory ones, a Yaesu FT-857 multi band all mode ham radio, and an 8 switch panel in which I will install switches for a winch, lockers front and back, lights, etc. As soon as my RAM Mounts get here, I'll put in an iPad mini to run weather apps, Gaia GPS and Waze (using Car Play only for non-nav stuff so I can see nav when other things are going on), and whatever else won't run on Car Play. The other Ram Mount will be for my iPhone, which I'll need to keep plugged in to run the Car Play and won't want bouncing all around. Up front, I'll mount a dash cam. I have a Uniden SDS100 scanner that I want to stick somewhere, and maybe if there's room left over somewhere else I'll stick in an SDR receiver run off a windows tablet. Last, I'll mount Element fire extinguishers on the pillars. For those worried, I won't be running everything while driving down the highway and promise to keep my eyes on the road. Some of the tech toys will be for whoever is my designated navigator/communicator in the shot gun seat. I have all the parts already except for the dual battery set up. Now I just have to figure out how to keep my wife from finding out what I'm doing. Hope she doesn't notice.4.jpeg

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