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Old 05-17-2012, 07:15 AM   #1
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Any CB Radio Users Out There?

My son-in-law drives long haul truck for a living and he's been pushing me to get a CB radio since he knows we like to travel. Do any of you have a CB in your TV and what do you use it for? Traffic congestion? Speed traps?

What guidance could you give a novice looking to purchase a unit?
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Old 05-17-2012, 07:21 AM   #2
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I think getting one is a great idea. That way you can hear all the truck drivers cussing the rv that's in there way.
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Old 05-17-2012, 08:19 AM   #3
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I've use one when we go on our summer holidays. Aside from the banter, which is interesting, you can learn a lot about the traffic conditions just listening to the truckers. A trucker friend highly recommends them and I agree. Did you see the hand held ones you can get.
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I have one mounted in my truck we used to use for towing our fiver. Still trying to figure out how to move it to my Jayco super c. We travel all over the east coast and having it has saved us at several traffic problems over the years. Has also helped us located good spots to get diesel. We went to an independent CB shop and got one that was tuned a little so it had some more range to it. The handhelds I had used where pretty weak.
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I've use one when we go on our summer holidays. Aside from the banter, which is interesting, you can learn a lot about the traffic conditions just listening to the truckers. A trucker friend highly recommends them and I agree. Did you see the hand held ones you can get.
Funny you ask... I was looking at these two:



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I have one mounted in my truck we used to use for towing our fiver. Still trying to figure out how to move it to my Jayco super c. We travel all over the east coast and having it has saved us at several traffic problems over the years. Has also helped us located good spots to get diesel. We went to an independent CB shop and got one that was tuned a little so it had some more range to it. The handhelds I had used where pretty weak.
Thanks for the comment on the hand held. That's a factor. Maybe there's a CB shop in my area... I'll have to check.
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I use one mainly while camping with friends so we can keep in touch while driving. We don't use channel 19 for this. Occasionally switch over to channel 19 when traffic slows down to find out what the hang up is.
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What guidance could you give a novice looking to purchase a unit?
Buy a mid-priced one with a magnetic antenna you can install and take out of your vehicle and never leave it on Channel 19 with kids in the car. Good for traffic congestion but you won't have to worry about speeding pulling your RV.....about the only time I use mine anymore is when "convoying" with a friend or family and we go to a quiet channel, like 23 just so we can visit, keep up with one another, etc. Back in the 70's CB's were fun (and a way to avoid the Highway Patrol when the speed limit was DOUBLE NICKEL) but today you hear a lot of 4-5-6 letter words on the radio that you wouldn't normally hear and you sure don't want to be spending your entire trip explaining what the words meant to the kids. I heard Channel 14 was the RV channel however never heard or talked to anyone on that channel so far.
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Good advice, Dan. Especially with the grand kids in tow.

Too bad folks can't express themselves without using profanity. Hey I sailed the seas too and when I did, I talked like a sailor but the older I get, the more I try to keep it in check. I definitely don't need to listen to that for entertainment!
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I used to be highly into CB's and still have an old Johnson SSB unit sitting on a shelf in the garage. Consider a walkie talkie type of radio if you don't want to put an antenna on your truck and prefer the portability. For a mobil unit, a rule that used to apply is that it was far better to have an expensive antenna and inexpensive CB than an expensive CB and inexpensive antenna. Basically don't go cheap on the antenna.

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I heard Channel 14 was the RV channel however never heard or talked to anyone on that channel so far.
The "old" walkie talkies, the toy type, used to all be set to channel 14. Not that that makes any difference now but channel 9 was emergency, 14 walkie talkie and 19 the trucker channel.
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