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Old 04-17-2015, 08:28 AM   #15
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Ours came with a CB, but needed an antenna, I removed the CB as I didn't want add one more level of noise pollution on my trip. Not too many places without cell coverage anymore. Besides a smoking RV next to the road will get plenty of attention. We usually listen to audio books. CB's are so 1970's unless you are a trucker or have a special need (edit: or enjoy the chatter). I remember at one time you could get them as a factory option is some autos.


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Cell towers go down. Radio waves do not. No monthly service plan. they both have there pros and cons. There both good tools to have IMHO.
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Cell towers go down. Radio waves do not. No monthly service plan. they both have there pros and cons. There both good tools to have IMHO.
Completely agree, and consider that a new cb and antenna costs 1/4 of a smart phone and lasts decades.
You don't have to keep it on, but for less that $100, it's cheap and will prove useful.
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Completely agree, and consider that a new cb and antenna costs 1/4 of a smart phone and lasts decades.
You don't have to keep it on, but for less that $100, it's cheap and will prove useful.
I agree! I bought a Cobra Handheld HH Roadtrip. It will come in handy for road conditions and weather or just listening to the chatter when I get tired of listening to the radio or a CD. For under $100, it is worth having in case of no cell service (for whatever reason).
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How does the Cobra work ? External antenna ?
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How does the Cobra work ? External antenna ?
Yes, a plug-in external antenna comes with the radio. I will probably invest in a permanent mount antenna later.

The radio plugs into the 12v outlet in the dash. Works great!
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I have a magnetic mount up by the front running lights.
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If you caravan with other RVers it becomes a great means of contact. I believe, as said, that the caravan companies require them for messaging and call outs in the "Lets get on the road" mornings. If you get one with weather bands, it will advise you of storms as well as "Amber" alerts, as happened to me in the middle of the night.

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Grimesy, are you in Iowa? I got an Amber Alert at almost 4 a.m this morning, Alert went off and woke me up, couldn't hardly get back to sleep.
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Most of my driving it is a waste of time but once I get 'er going again I'll be spending more time on the Super Slab as the CBers call the freeways.

Years ago in Southern MI we had a bit of bad weather (Freezing rain) I was driving Wife's van from Parent's house (Christmas dinner) home to Detroit when the radio told me of an ovrturned semi ahead.. Too late to tour the "D" but soon enough I was able to back 'er down (Slow down) and not crash.. 4 other cars were not so lucky.. Two of em limped to a truck stop down the road.. The other two took dolly tows and I got to shelter till Police arrived,, Provide an "office" and take them home (Detroit area).

A few years ago I was south bound on I-75 in KY and the radio told me of not one but TWO fatal accidents about 3.5 miles ahead.. Exit 0.5 miles ahead I took it.. Got to the top of the ramp just as they closed the entrance.. late enough in the day we called it a night and found parking.

Others had the stress of a multi-hour traffic jam

And those are the two best stories.. I have a bunch not so dramatic.
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