Originally Posted by mistral blue
Sounds like a plan. Now I'm getting the urge to splurge on a cb!
Does anyone else do the cb thing?
Absolutely! I would highly recommend one. I don't go on a big trip without one!
Besides being able to converse with your fellow Airstream caravanners, there is also the truckers. I enjoy listening to the truckers and I even talk with them. Many of the truckers are very interesting to talk with (sort of like talking with folks around a campfire) and any "bad language" is usually eliminated immediately when the guys hear a woman's voice. If the conversation starts to go beyond the point of where I feel comfortable, I am upfront with them and let them know that I'm leaving. If it doesn't stop there, I leave.
Also, many times there is informative traffic information to be had. For example, when stuck in a traffic jam heading W on I80...just get on the CB and hail a eastbound trucker and ask what the delay is. They are happy to oblige. It helped us during a bad backup of over 5 miles...the truckers all shared an alternate route off highway which bypassed the jam.
The best part, is the "smokey bear" warnings. These are invaluable if you have a heavy foot!
The truckers also have their own "lingo" which I find fun to learn. It helps to know what they are talking about. Some lingo examples are:
"4 wheeler" = automobile
"parking lot" = car carrier truck
"alligator" = retread tire in the road
"bear" or "smokey the bear" = trooper
"full blown bear" = trooper with his lights on
"bear taking pictures" = radar trap
"bear in the woods" = speed trap
"do you have your ears on" = question to a fellow CBer asking if their CB is turned on