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Old 11-15-2018, 09:47 PM   #1
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Lightbulb RV Alert App?

Maybe there is an app for this, maybe Waze?

Over the past 2+ years of us RVing I notice almost every rv heading down the road regardless of what I’m driving at the time.

Today I’m on the interstate with a concrete divider, I see a nice class A headed in the opposite direction with his SAT & broadcast antennas raised/fully extended. I start thinking it would be a good thing if I could contact him somehow.

I thought it would be cool to have a app that when traveling in/with your rv you log on, the dot on the street is you with a brief description of your rv. If you had a problem like I saw today I could open my app and send you a message.

Is there anything like this? I would pay a few dollars to buy a app like this.

Anyone develop this I get a royalty

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Could be an in motion type.
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Old 11-15-2018, 09:51 PM   #3
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Could be an in motion type.

Not the broadcast, it was exactly like mine, I have never seen a in motion open face dish, it too looked like my swm dish.

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Old 11-15-2018, 10:31 PM   #4
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Now you are looking at going full circle, and texting/ apping while driving.


Its a shame that CB's have lost so much popularity, I have heard many drivers get alerted to something wrong, by the CB.



I understand, and applaud the attempt, but not sure an app is a good answer. Yes, we could all say the passenger is going to handle the phone, but we all know the driver will still give lots of his attention to helping get the message through, and pay less attention to the road.


Maybe an app that just sends the message to all RV'ers that subscribe, and are within a set radius. If that is possible. But what is the chance of the other being signed up.


Maybe better to push for RV drivers to monitor a channel, besides 9, or 19, on the CB.
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I was just talking to my DW about how we had a CB when we camped as a family growing up. Everyone did. It allowed us to contact people on the road for whatever reason we wanted. It worked well. In today’s world of cell phones the app could would have to work like a CB with a talk not text function.
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Perhaps they just need to be trained to do a walk around before setting out. No apps required.
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I wouldn't be looking at my phone to use the app or to read messages.


We never could find people using the CB either.
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Couple things: you wouldn't be looking at it ever unless an alarm sounded and that would mean you have a problem, I would like to be alerted.

You then pull over, let your copilot read it, take the next exit, etc. etc. I'm not advocating reading and driving.

I still work, I get text all the time while driving, I either ignore them, pull over, etc. to read or reply to them. It's not hard! Now I even started using a feature where I can speak a text through my radio and it will send it, it reads them to me too..... just started using this, pretty cool.

CB radios; I'm not about to put one in all five of my cars, not in my RV either, the talk is simply trash now, who wants to monitor that. In "the day" CBs where pretty cool way to communicate and listen.

I did carry a HAM radio for a while, never heard a word on either of the simplex calling frequencies (146.520/446.000 Mhz), stopped carrying this too.

Most everyone already has a cell phone, just seemed pretty simple to me.

A walk around is obviously a good thing, but while traveling a bike, ladder, canoe, etc. could become loose, a awning could cause a problem, a unknown malfunction (waived a class A down a year ago, their steps were down, a malfunction), and we will all forget something at some time IMO.

Only a thought....

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Perhaps they just need to be trained to do a walk around before setting out. No apps required.

They are in training right now.

I suspect that they might start doing a walk around from now on, especially if they hit something.
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No thank you, I would not use an app that facilitated strangers sending me messages.

Get a CB if you want real-time communications with nearby vehicles.
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Get a CB if you want real-time communications with nearby vehicles.
A CB only works if the other party has a CB tuned to your station.
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Old 11-16-2018, 06:38 PM   #12
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No thank you, I would not use an app that facilitated strangers sending me messages.
Understand, but please understand you would only have it on when you wanted. Maybe only when traveling with/in your rv.

Point is how many people have a CB vs. a cell phone. Please my cell will be in any vehicle I ride in, mine, friends, rented, etc.


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The waze app that alerts you to road hazards (and police)does the basic thing. Only issue is it would be hard to say how many people use it. However, when we drive down the road, it alerts us to other users of waze nearby. I think that is the direction the OP is getting at. The only time we have to put anything in is if we are the person reporting the road hazard.

As mentioned there would have to be a way for RV users to know the alert is aimed at them. Not sure how that would be accomplished.

It is an interesting idea though.

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I wish Waze had an RV version. If it did the emoji for other Wazers on the road could show an RV and you (your copilot) could send a note to them if needed.
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