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Old 08-03-2011, 08:06 AM   #1
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A silly remark on the CB radio by a trucker

I was headed to the FMCA rally and there was alot of construction on bridges in MA and VT with jersey barriers placed on the bridges so there were narrow spots and lots of bumps.

I hear on the CB on trucker critiquing an RV driver... " blankity blank RV driver scared to death going 2 mph through the barriers" Above diatribe was shortened and the language cleaned up for purposes of posting here

Although it was probably not directed at me ( I don't think ) as I was doing 30 - 40 through those areas and the only trucker I saw was behind me about a half mile stuck behind a slow car , I thought it was an idiotic observation by the trucker. I have gone through them at up to 50 but I like to back down on the throttle for these un

I thought to myself:
Number one: Going over those bumps at speed only serves to disrupt the dishes and I doubt that trucker is around at the end of the day to help straighten them out.

Number two: Those jersey barriers are on a bridge and that bridge area is subject to wind gusts.... Will he be around to pay for the damage if a gust blows you over into the barrier?

Number Three: From what I have seen , they aren't losing any time even if someone did actually do 2 mph through there as there is usually enough backup due to the cars.

Number Four: Not sure what the speed limit was in the area I mentioned , but with men working and construction sites are usually limited to 45 mph MAX speed that I have seen. Limit means Limit not minimum lol

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Old 08-03-2011, 08:21 AM   #2
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Being an old trucker I quickly learned that the best way to deal with objectional things on a CB was to turn it off!

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Old 08-03-2011, 08:21 AM   #3
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Surely not the first or last silly or outrageous thing you'll ever hear on a CB.
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Old 08-03-2011, 08:26 AM   #4
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You can only go as fast as the car in front of you.

I understand that the trucker is at work and has a schedule to keep but he may not own that truck and be as careful as someone that laid out one or two hundred thousand for what they are driving. He also does this for a living and clocks way more miles perhaps so he is used to driving in that stuff.

Both DW and myself when stuck in the construction barricades with winding and narrow lanes have no problem hogging both lanes if we do not feel safe in one. No one should be passing at that point anyway. On one trip with DW at the wheel as we went though construction a semi passed us on a curve while going past a bridge abutment. She asked me how close we were after and I honestly had to tell her I didn't know because I had my eyes closed

After hearing another story about the CB radios I think I might give up on the idea of trying to dig out an old one and put it in the MH.
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Old 08-03-2011, 08:34 AM   #5
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That is why the CB on my coach uses an "earpiece" speaker that fits over the ear and does not bother the wife with trucker talk. She is not very understanding.

I've also gotten some very useful info off that radio.
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Old 08-03-2011, 08:57 AM   #6
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the dishes he is hauling aren't his, maybe that's why he can go faster. I slow down in those conditions to feel safe not to wreck my investment or all the equipment in the coach.
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Old 08-03-2011, 09:05 AM   #7
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Some of the conversations are quite informative and actually use whole sentences without expletives lol
I think the majority of truckers are good, just like everything else there are the few that spoil it for the rest.

The CB is a great tool for choosing a lane in traffic jams.

I have seen the trailers bump each other in truck stops ... We are not made of metal in the RV so we must err a bit more on the side of caution.
Personally, I do my own thing, although stuff like that annoys me a little bit, it doesn't change the way I operate. Best Motto is better safe than sorry.

I would rather have someone go slow than fast and get into a wreck .. that would really delay the traffic.....

A good blast of wind on a lightweight coach could push you over into those barricades... The new coach I have is so much more of a pleasure to drive in that respect. The last Class C I had was a pain. Light weight, shorter wheel base and all that surface area to catch the wind... I think the worst area I have been in for wind was the bay bridge tunnel when meeting a trucker going the other way.. Boy did I get pushed and pulled there...

Funny thing, that same day when I was getting close to Burlington , the wind hit hard for a strech of 10 miles.. at times it was a fight to stay in the lane even with the full width.
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Old 08-03-2011, 10:30 AM   #8
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For a few years now I've used a CB walkie talkie in the MH. There are only a couple worth having; the Cobra HH45WX and a similar Midland unit, the 75-822. The Midland is available on Amazon for about $76 and has the advantage of using either the battery like a walkie or plugging in power and an external antenna.
Either unit is so far above anything else I've seen in quality and performance.
You won't get the range of a mobile, but they work fine for traffic info and such.
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Old 08-03-2011, 01:52 PM   #9
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Glad you got that off your chest and didn't turn it into road rage. Our freedom of speech includes the freedom to change channels or turn the radio off if one is offended by what someone else says. I exercise that right by not watching the disney channels or the religious channels on tv. How stupid are some of those?
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Old 08-03-2011, 09:56 PM   #10
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Let them criticize a cautious driver all they want. Not a one of them will be there if there is a crash or scrape that must be reported . None of them will testify to be witness to crashes when you want one. Keep being cautious on your investment.
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I haven't turned on my CB in 5 years at least. Used to be a REACT volunteer so spent lots of time monitoring the air. Not any longer, no use for it now.
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It's a two way radio. Don't let him get away with his pottie mouth. Give him a blast and then turn your squelch up.
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If you think criticism you CAN hear is bad and offensive, you'd really be shocked at the comments you CAN'T hear...
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While truck drivers aren't like they used to be there are still some very helpful drivers that respect others.

You can't change the way people are, you can change the channel.


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