First post, radar detector newbie, never knew there were different quality units until I started trolling here.
I live in west texas and travel in about a 150 mile circle calling on rural customers, they pay by the hour + drive time so sometimes I get in a hurry (80-85 in a 70) so I can get there with enough time to get the job done without a return trip. Also, the long drives through farmland are boring and I just want to GET THERE
90% of my driving is state/county road, 2 lane (1 lane each direction) with generally good visibility. I usually slow down some in low vis areas to avoid creaming a farm truck/tractor when they pull out at 5 mph.
there are very few other cars on these roads and rarely any rabbits, some farmers run 80-85 but only for their 2-3 mile trip field to field.
I have been using my old radio shack sws/vg2 detector and I also have a whistler 1730, but using either of these I have been hit with instant on (I assume) because I only got the alert about the time I saw the LEO, sometimes they respect I am on the job but sometimes I get a ticket. only occasionally have I been alerted in time to slow down, usually this happens on the interstate.
So my question is, what is a good radar detector in the $100-200 range based on the environment I drive in? I am on a budget here, also, can't do a permanent mount. I think RD's are legal in TX so hardwiring may not be an issue...
Also, what is a good universal visor mount?