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Old 04-18-2016, 08:10 AM   #1
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CB Radio, anybody out there?

My wife's side of the family are/were in the trucking business. Most of them retired or are on another career paths. While talking about 70s and how big was the CB Radio craze sometimes we see here and there someone with a whip antenna on trucks. Looking around, found some portable CB Radios. I say pretty decent for the price and power output.

I was checking one out and all I can get was a Weather Report but nothing else, just air silence. Now that I think about it, is pretty much a forgotten piece of thechnology that might come handy.

Anyway... CB Radio pretty much dead, why they still around in the market? Who uses them? Any RVers still using them?

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Old 04-18-2016, 08:24 AM   #2
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CB radios are still very much around and are primarily used by the trucking community. If the one you have only receives weather reports, it may have a weather channel option ( button or selector switch) which is activated. You may want to look at the Family Radio Service FRS radios, especially if you have children. The language and general conduct on CB today is not something you want children or even some adults to be exposed to. In addition, FRS radios work well for keeping in touch with family at a campground. If the radios you found are handheld and do not use normal carbon batteries you will have difficulty finding replacements and they will most likely be expensive.


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Old 04-18-2016, 08:35 AM   #3
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I have one and like the weather band with auto alerts, I also strongly agree with Flybob the language used today on the air is not fit for family listening. The CB is still a good travel tool to gauge travel traffic and conditions.
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Old 04-18-2016, 08:46 AM   #4
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Have one in our MH. While traveling I-40 2 years ago major accident interstate shut down. Listened to truckers as to the best route to take around accident. Got us back on I-40 with no hassels. GPS kept "recalculating". Nice to have when needed.
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Old 04-18-2016, 08:51 AM   #5
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I have had one for many years. Definitely has saved us travel problems due to accidents , We always get a heads up from the truckers.
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Old 04-18-2016, 09:07 AM   #6
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I have a Midland in my coach which gets pretty good reception (when traveling with my RV club). Usually though not many people use them anymore & when they do...

They're good when there is a traffic problem.
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Old 04-18-2016, 10:06 AM   #7
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The wife and I do not get offended by the language, we expect that anyway. I was wondering if they still useful and perhaps, some to be entertained while traveling.
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Old 04-18-2016, 11:34 AM   #8
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Love our CB, have had numerous incidents on the road that truckers have alerted us to that has saved countless hours of waiting. We even had the National Weather Alert cut into our CB with dangerous weather conditions. Did you know that most caravans require you to have one.

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Cool CB Radio

I installed one on our 2015 Coachman Prism. We use it very infrequently. It's just a backup for emergencies and traffic alternatives heard by truckers and others.
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Old 04-18-2016, 12:33 PM   #10
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Standard equipment in many Dyanmax models

Cobra used to be the gold standard CB set. They are apparently still around as new Dynamax models built on Freightliner chassis at least have them installed from the factory.

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