Just as many others have, I wished I had checked here before ordering from this Lidomounts company(?) or whatever it is. But I did order. He charged my credit card on 12/26/2012. The items ordered arrived about 2 weeks later. I'm sure I sent half a dozen emails before, during, and after the process. Not one was answered.
My first issue (other than the long lag time) was how to mount a TM-V71A to the seat bolt mount. The web site seems to imply that you will receive something specific to the radio you specify. Never one to discount dumb luck, I "discovered" a YouTube video (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GYnZGZ9eHyQ
) on how to attach this style Kenwood to the mount. Problem 1 solved.
The next problem was that the 4-hole AMPS plate holding the radio head didn't attach very securely to the mount column. The two parts slid pretty freely and I had visions of a radio head flying into the back seat or worse. I contacted Lido (hah!) and got the expected response: nothing.
So, looking around on the web, I found the company that appears to be the main distributor of this stuff. What Lido calls an LM-300, Arkon Resources, Inc.
) calls a GN088-SBH. The 4-hole AMPS plate is an AP015. (BTW, I didn't misspell the company name, it's Arkon not Akron.) I decided to drop them a line saying that, although I didn't buy the GN088-SBH/AR015 from them, I needed some help. Almost before I hit the send button, Aaron Roth, VP, Marketing & Sales, responded. He said (paraphrasing here), that he went to the warehouse and tried to replicate my problem. When he couldn't, he assumed that the ones I had were just too loose and sent me an AP015 (AMPS plate) and dual t-tab adapter head. That was on January 14th. The parts arrived on January 18th, no questions, no charge.
I strongly recommend that, in looking for mobile mounting items, you check Arkon
. The kind of customer service they provide is nothing short of amazing. Thank you very much, Aaron!
Bob -- KD2UJ