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Old 09-03-2014, 10:27 AM   #11
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The GPS traffic system only works if the area you are in broadcasts the traffic alert information. I travel a lot on state highways instead of the Interstates and traffic information is not usually available. As a matter of fact, I have only seen the traffic information once on my Magellan Roadmate and that was in the city of Santa Fe.
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Old 09-03-2014, 12:15 PM   #12
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For real traffic you can use Google Maps if you have an Android phone. May be available on the iPhone too, but I don't know. Garmin trafffic only works on major interstates and highways in areas with a traffic radio signal. Google covers most roads; at least anything you would want to get a camper on. The nice thing is, one glance will show you your whole route and any congestion (marked in yellow or red).
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Old 09-03-2014, 12:31 PM   #13
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GPS is useful but CB can have a little more info about what lane to get into.

I have heard that amateur radio is a lot of fun. I flew with an instructor who used a radio in his car to make phone calls via his home base station before there was a single cell tower. The problem is that it may not provide decent traffic or local hazard information.

Channel 9 is still monitored in some areas, so if you have no cell coverage you may still be able to get help. If you are doing a bug out after a natural disaster takes down the cell system (and 4G GPS traffic information) it could be even more helpful to have local information.

Channel 19 is still a party line and there are trolls out there (maybe worse than the web!) but it does not hurt to have a plan B.
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Old 09-03-2014, 12:38 PM   #14
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I use a Cobra 25 with a Firestick antenna. A CB can be a very useful tool when we are traveling this nations highways.
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Old 09-03-2014, 07:19 PM   #15
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All great comments. I still have a cb in my mh but I miss the days when traveling and talking with the truckers.
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Any radio, good antenna and excellent antenna mounting and tuned.
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Old 09-03-2014, 07:28 PM   #17
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Truck shops (5th Wheel, Pilot, Flying J) stock a variety of CB equipment.

I had a professional place install my fiberglass antennae to the side of my rig, then ran a good sized ground wire from the antennae plate to the chassis of the engine compartment. (I had the antennae mounted to be 5" taller than my rooftop A/C units to act as a "curb feeler" for low hanging trees and such)

Had an old Radio Shack unit kicking around and use it when we need to know about traffic jams and such.

A small sign in the back window says we monitor CH 19 on a tight squelch in case anyone wants to chat after seeing the sign.
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Old 09-03-2014, 07:54 PM   #18
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I just put mine in my truck after it set idle for about 15 years. I drove down I75 from Michigan to Southern Florida. I listened to CH 19 most of the way and it was actually fairly quite compared to 15 years ago. I also have a ham radio that I need to fire up again. My CB is a Uniden Grant with a Wilson 1000 antenna.

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Old 09-03-2014, 08:41 PM   #19
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A good CB is fine, but as the OP mentioned, get a good antenna. it is all in the antenna. I run a hot rod modded CB and a K30 magnetic mount and can shout out 10 miles or more depending on terrain and elevation. When the sun flares are active 'shooting skip' I cool. I've reached Texas from my driveway in CT.
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Truck shops (5th Wheel, Pilot, Flying J) stock a variety of CB equipment..........
A small sign in the back window says we monitor CH 19 on a tight squelch in case anyone wants to chat after seeing the sign.

Exact reason I put a CB in my TV. If I get a low tire or something else going on, I want someone to be able to let me know.
I too run a K30 magnetic base.
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