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Old 12-09-2012, 06:27 PM   #1
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Does anyone besides truckers use CB radios anymore? Since the advent of cell phones, I'm not sure they are needed. I found mine in storage that I placed there over 10 years ago. When I had my rig serviced, the service department offered to install my radio and antenna for about $300. I said not thanks, I probably don't need it that much anyway. Any thoughts?
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Old 12-09-2012, 06:39 PM   #2
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I'm one of the rare one's that does have one and late at night while driving I use it. Information no matter where it comes from could be important.
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Old 12-09-2012, 06:51 PM   #3
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I have one stored under the back seat of the truck and a magnetic mount antenna for use if I need a CB. It has not been plugged in in over 6 years now and I have not really missed it.

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Mine's imbedded in the dash and I like to have it on. DW has other ideas though so it stays off unless there is a backup in the traffic. Then DW wants it on and wants to know what the hold up is, pronto. Normally, the info on the CB is more real time than that from any other source and it is information that originates from within a small radius of where you happen to be at the moment.

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4x4 off-roaders CB radio for vehicle to vehicle commications when traveling together on the trails and to/from the trails. Many 4x4 clubs and groups require a CB radio in their minumum equipment requirements.

Optional, and popular, is to also have a 2 meter ham radio in your 4x4. Used for longer range communications, calling for assistance in an emergency. It's good to have at least one in a off-roading group with a ham radio onboard.
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I've owned CBs since the early 70s and still use them today. Most of the time I have the squelch turned up. It's still a handy tool for traffic reports and does have an entertainment value late at night.... Talking with fellow truckers have kept me awake on many late nights.
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I have never been able to understand what most truckers are saying...either due to their incoherent speech or all the background noise and static. Maybe I should go get my hearing checked?
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Got one and it is usually on a a fairly low volume. We have found it very hand at times when approaching construction or a traffic back up due to what ever reason. Truckers will let us know what lane to be in to get through. Also we have avoided debris in the roadway because of someone on the CB letting us know it was there.
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We use ours more for the weather channel feature as its always matched to the area we are in. Cobra controls in the handset one.
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Old 12-10-2012, 08:13 AM   #10
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I installed my first CB radio in 1974. It was a 1972 Open Road motorhome. I have had a CB radio in every camper since. They are great in traffic situations and when traveling with others. I don't care for the truckers filthy mouths, but I feel it is worth it, for the times I need one.
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Too much vulgarity and nonsense for me. I used to have one but no longer. They are seldom needed and can be replaced with a hand held walkie talkie if you are traveling in a convoy. Cell phones will get out for emergencies. It seems like you don't have much choice in routes with an RV anyway. If there is a traffic tie up you are committed to that route already. Most people are pretty good about allowing a big RV to change lanes if necessary.
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Old 12-10-2012, 09:37 AM   #12
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I have a CB in the MH and I turn it on for general purposes each time I start the engine. Comes in handy especially when traveling with family and friends when they are in different vehicles. Some people say you can use cell phones but I've found there isn't always coverage in some areas (because of trees in the northeast, mountains, wide open spaces in the west, etc.). Also, it is free to use in Canada while cell phone coverage there is $$$$$$$. It is kind of like life and/or health insurance, nice to have it and not use it than it is to not have it and wish you did. JMHO
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4x4 off-roaders CB radio for vehicle to vehicle commications when traveling together on the trails and to/from the trails. Many 4x4 clubs and groups require a CB radio in their minumum equipment requirements.

Optional, and popular, is to also have a 2 meter ham radio in your 4x4. Used for longer range communications, calling for assistance in an emergency. It's good to have at least one in a off-roading group with a ham radio onboard.
Second the CB/Two Meter idea. We regularly traversed the spine of a mountain near Murphy, NC. The old Tellico OHV trails, and used the CB for close stuff and I used the 2 meter if needed. Always good to have both in a bad situation.
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Being an old trucker I used them on a daily basis. When I retired, I retired my CB as well, except I keep a hand held in my overhead compartment. The last time I broke it out was in a traffic jam and the battery was down.
The one thing I learned over the years is that nearly 99% of what you hear on them is BS, and the other 1% is speculation or opinion that tends slightly towards fantasy.
They kept me into conversations and awake for hours of driving and were great when traveling with someone from the same company I was driving for. Beyond that the weather reports were rarely accurate and by the time I reached any area that was having problems with accidents etc: the conditions had changed.
The problem is that a person hidding behind the animinity of a microphone may say anything without the need to introduce himself. Words come out of their mouth that may differ if you were face to face!
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