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Old 09-09-2014, 05:10 PM   #41
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Or you can use a FRS - slightly more private that the CB channels
Okay bamabob, whats a FRS.
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[QUOTE=HSVBamaBob;697985]I am sorta MEH on not only the Garmin but our Sirus traffic updates in the truck.

I agree a handheld CB is the best solution for what the OP is looking for.

Regarding traffic - well there's a app for that

Check our Waze for the iphone/Pad droid - social media meets GPS

Back to GPS...I am eyeing the Rand McNally RV GPS because it has a databas of low bridges (a encounter we had on the way to Goshen and I do NOT want to repeat!)[/QUOTE]

Bob, I just bought the Rand McNally RV GPS (7735, the newest one, from Camping World, with the Good Sam brand on the front.) I really like it, and it is easy to use, once you get used to it...I've used a Garmin for so long, and this takes a bit of getting used to. Setting it up with specifics for your 5er (height, length, weight, etc.) is easy, and it has a feature that lets you switch from "towing" to "not towing" or "car" mode, which shuts off all the low bridge, weight restriction, tunnel warnings.

The only thing I DON'T like about it is the screen is very hard to see in bright sunshine conditions. If you get one - and I plan on keeping this one - get some kind of a visor/sunshade for it. Even a cheapie $6 one from Amazon.com helps.

Sorry for the thread highjack...we now return you to the OP's original discussion of CB radios.....
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Okay bamabob, whats a FRS.

Family Radio Service

http://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Family_Radio_Service

It's sort of the modern take on CBs. They're walkie-talkie style radios that share a public band with a couple of more restrictions than CB.

1) they can't use more than 1/2 a watt of power compared to cb's 4 or 12 watts.
2) they can't have a detachable antenna, so they can't be sent through an amplifier to get more power

This limits most of them to only having a range of a mile or so. Fine for keeping in touch in campgrounds or convoys. But not so good for "what's up ahead" in traffic.








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Family Radio Service

Family Radio Service - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

It's sort of the modern take on CBs. They're walkie-talkie style radios that share a public band with a couple of more restrictions than CB.

1) they can't use more than 1/2 a watt of power compared to cb's 4 or 12 watts.
2) they can't have a detachable antenna, so they can't be sent through an amplifier to get more power

This limits most of them to only having a range of a mile or so. Fine for keeping in touch in campgrounds or convoys. But not so good for "what's up ahead" in traffic.








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We carry a pair of these. Good for backing into the campsite for communication between driver and spotter. No yelling.


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What is a good start up set up that won't break the bank.
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Okay bamabob, whats a FRS.
OOPS missed this thread for a couple of days

FRS is Family Radio Service you can buy them in pairs or in some cases in a set of 4.

And they work when there is no cell signal
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I am sorta MEH on not only the Garmin but our Sirus traffic updates in the truck.

I agree a handheld CB is the best solution for what the OP is looking for.

Regarding traffic - well there's a app for that

Check our Waze for the iphone/Pad droid - social media meets GPS

Back to GPS...I am eyeing the Rand McNally RV GPS because it has a databas of low bridges (a encounter we had on the way to Goshen and I do NOT want to repeat!)[/QUOTE]

Bob, I just bought the Rand McNally RV GPS (7735, the newest one, from Camping World, with the Good Sam brand on the front.) I really like it, and it is easy to use, once you get used to it...I've used a Garmin for so long, and this takes a bit of getting used to. Setting it up with specifics for your 5er (height, length, weight, etc.) is easy, and it has a feature that lets you switch from "towing" to "not towing" or "car" mode, which shuts off all the low bridge, weight restriction, tunnel warnings.

The only thing I DON'T like about it is the screen is very hard to see in bright sunshine conditions. If you get one - and I plan on keeping this one - get some kind of a visor/sunshade for it. Even a cheapie $6 one from Amazon.com helps.

Sorry for the thread highjack...we now return you to the OP's original discussion of CB radios.....
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One of the folks at Goshen had one mounted in his truck and it had a 3 sided shade on it. He said he got it when he bought his unit at CW

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We carry a pair of these. Good for backing into the campsite for communication between driver and spotter. No yelling.
X2! We use either our Cell Phones or our FRS AND when 6 Actual is spotting for me she has her headphones plugged in and I am in the truck on Bluetooth with the windows rolled up -

completely eliminates "helpful" campers offering advice
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There is also an RV rag chew net on 40 mtrs, I think on Wedns at 9 eastern with all sorts of RV specific radio skills
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