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Old 02-21-2012, 11:33 AM   #15
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I am no saint but the foul language on a cb along with the rude comments and replys and often wrong information isnt something I wanted. With all of the technology available today there is far more reliable information out there for RVer's. Cell phones, gps, on star, wifi and computers work just fine.

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Old 02-21-2012, 11:46 AM   #16
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I'm probably in the great minority,but I've had one in muy vehicles since I bought my first Toyota Landcrusher wagon in 1970. In those days it was a lot of fun when you were on the road and in the woods.Lately it doesn't get used too much unless I'm on a solo trip. I have used the Cobra in the MH a number of times when trying to find out what traffic hold-ups are.
Sopposdly RVers are on channel 13,but you can never raise one. You see them going by with their ugly sticks and try to talk to them,but to no avail.By being on a dedicated channel,you don't have to listen to all the trash talk.
On the other hand,there used to be a lady down by Roseburg area on I-5 that used to tell the funniest stories about her grandmother and friends kind of like the prarie home companion.

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Old 02-21-2012, 11:50 AM   #17
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I am no saint but the foul language on a cb along with the rude comments and replys and often wrong information isnt something I wanted. With all of the technology available today there is far more reliable information out there for RVer's. Cell phones, gps, on star, wifi and computers work just fine.
You are correct in some cases but I've been in locations in North America where the only contact one has with the outside world, albeit smallish local area, was our CB and it got us out from having to do a long walk once and a second time it found us a tow company who came to our rescue high in the mountains of BC.

I only travel with it on when we are in a group and we run with the squelch up high so we only hear one another. We also have a mobile unit for the boat when we go out crabbing or prawning to announce time of arrival and the necessity of the crab pot being on the bonfire and the size of bonfire required.
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Old 02-21-2012, 12:25 PM   #18
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Have one hooked up just in case.
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Old 02-21-2012, 05:58 PM   #19
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We continue to use ours when traveling with other people or maybe listen in to truckers during traffic. I prefer to use an FRS radio if traveling with friends; they are clearer sounding and reach out a reasonable distance. I assume the newer ones are even better. The biggest problem with CBs is that people do not tune their antennas, so they have limited range. The other issue we have with motorhomes is a good ground plane on the roof to help the range. Some people will bond a metal screen to the roof and ground that to the chassis to help the antenna work better.
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Old 02-21-2012, 07:24 PM   #20
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I have one and have it on quite a bit. It seems to me that there is not as much trucker traffic as there once was. Probably on their cell phones.
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Old 02-21-2012, 08:08 PM   #21
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I have mine on regularly. Use it when traveling in groups and to monitor traffic problems.
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Old 02-27-2012, 06:12 AM   #22
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I use mine when in traffic and with others in a caravan i am a ham radio operator but haven't been on in years since the no code the truckers have all moved to 2m and uhf
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Old 02-27-2012, 06:44 AM   #23
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For what it's worth. Sometimes a CB will help keep a trucker awake on a long haul. I had much rather see him awake and driving right, rather asleep at the wheel coming into my lane. If the language gets too rough, switch channels or split a channel. I have a CB, but seldom use it because of my GPS. I will turn it on to get a traffic report or a smokie (officer with a radar) report.
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Old 02-27-2012, 08:02 AM   #24
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I have one in my Trek. It was in it when I bought it, and I turn it on occasionally. I just got assigned a new truck at work (2012 Volvo 630), and I have my old, cheap Cobra in it. We occasionally need it to be contacted by a backhaul shipper.

That radio is the old equivalent of the current Cobra 19 CX IV radio, available for about $40 on any given day. An alternate woud be the Cobra 18 WX ST II, which has the weather channels on it. About $60 on sale.

Now, as to the prejudice many truckers have toward RV.... We see them all the time who have never driven anything larger than the Buick they're towing behind their 35 foot motor home, and are as likely as not to forget about that Buick when pulling back into the right lane. I've come into a truck stop, dead tired and out of hours, and seen motorhomes with both side slides out, taking up 3 parking spots. I watched a young lady pull into a rest stop truck parking space (where she was supposed to be), and get up and go to the back of the motorhome to go to the bathroom, without setting the brakes. She rolled out of the parking lot and down an embankment. She came out cussing truck drivers, swearing she'd been hit by one.

Like everyone else, we really only notice the bad ones. If they were all that bad, none of them (including me) would ever get where we're going.

As for staying awake, I listen to books on my ipod.
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Old 02-27-2012, 10:05 AM   #25
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I got one for Christmas and put it in for the times when you want to know why traffic is stopped for miles and you want to find a way around it. It can be entertaining also.
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No use for one with GPS, cell phone..Too much trash talk and bad language. Had our grand daughter with us one time and the language on the cb was embarrasing..With todays technology they are a relic of the past..Trashed it

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