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Old 07-28-2013, 10:09 PM   #1
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A bit retro...

While watching an ol' flick...we noticed a CB radio in a MH in one of the scenes.......

So question for everyone....How many of you have CB radios in your rigs??
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Old 07-28-2013, 11:43 PM   #2
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I was considering it being I have already a CB radio that I removed form my truck. The problem is installing the antenna as well as being a non-metalic shell is the big problem.

You need to buy a special antenna and coax that uses the coax as the metal reflector or ground plane. It really will be limited in what you can hear or transmit.

At the moment I pass.
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Yup, we're considering it too but just wanted to see what others have or done...
How about a portable antena?

just not sure yet....can go either way.
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Yup, we're considering it too but just wanted to see what others have or done...
How about a portable antena?

just not sure yet....can go either way.

A portable antenna won't work either on a fiberglass motorhome.

No-Ground Equipment (NGP): Fiberglass RVs and motor homes MUST use a no-ground plane antenna! Standard CB equipment requires a metallic chassis in order to properly send and receive a signal, and won't function
properly with a fiberglass chassis. The one exception to this is dual antenna installations. Regular CB antennas that are used in a dual, co-phased installation create their own ground plane and do NOT require a metallic chassis to perform properly, making them suitable for fiberglass applications. They also offer additional range over single antenna installations.

Compatibility & Coax Extensions: Standard CB components and Nonn-Ground Plane components are not inter compatible, which is why NGP components are usually sold in kits.
If you do need to extend the length of your NGP coax, you can use standard CB coax as long as the portion closest to the antenna is the original NGP section.

Here is a link to the Firestik no ground plane anteena and coax specially designed for fiberglass body rigs.
http://www.firestik.com/Catalog/NGP_M2.htm
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Old 07-29-2013, 12:20 PM   #5
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had CB's on previous two RV's. didn't use them, so didn't put one in the Georgetown.
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had CB's on previous two RV's. didn't use them, so didn't put one in the Georgetown.
I do a lot of group RV convoys and it comes in handy when we have large groups. I also do more listening than talking especially finding out about accidents ahead from truckers. Its a little retro but still serves a basic purpose while travelling.
I just remembered my CB radio also is a Noaa radio for the local weather conditions.
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Old 07-29-2013, 05:48 PM   #7
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I use our CB mostly when in traffic congestion and getting whatever info from the truckers. If there are groups travelling, I believe most people use FRS radios these days, they're more popular for staying in touch.

However......buyer beware.....more and more states and provinces are banning hand held electronic devices being used by drivers. Hands-free is different, but FRS are pretty simplistic and usually don't option hands-free. Co-pilots and others can work the FRS.
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That's exactly what I was thinking on using the CB's; more for listening, inforamtive and lastly may be just emergency (just in case)....Iggy brings a good point on the installation so I'm not sure it's worth the hassle installing one. A bit retro but useful tool when you need it.
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I have a peaked Uniden with a Wilson T2000 antenna in/on my Suburban. Usually use it on long trips. I agree, it is a bit retro however still has its uses. As for hands free...there are a few out there (Cobra being one) that have blue tooth radios/headsets.
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