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Old 10-18-2017, 01:23 PM   #1
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Walkie-Talkies ... let's hear your recommendations

Thinking of getting a set of walkie-talkies to use when hitching up and parking the Airstream in campsites.

Last time I used walkie-talkies, they were bigger than a size 12 shoe.

Perhaps the technology has changed since then.

Any recommendations?
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Old 10-18-2017, 01:43 PM   #2
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I bought a set of these when I purchased the Airstream in April. They have worked great and I'd buy them again. At $29, they are throwaways. https://www.walmart.com/ip/Cobra-Cxt...-Pack/49674497
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Old 10-18-2017, 01:59 PM   #3
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We just yell at each other with the windows down

Seriously, we use the cell phones, I have mine on hands-free. I tried the walkie-talkie route but it just didn't work out. I need my hands free to drive and the hands-free feature works better for me. (I have a set of

Most of the time I stop, go look at what I'm backing into, then tell her to stand where I can see her and to wave her arms when I need to stop. If it's dark then we go to the cell phones.

I also have a set of those yellow balls on a magnetic stick. One goes on the hitch and the other AS A-frame front. Got mine at Harbor Freight, cheaper than Wal-Mart.

In the past, before our fishing group got VHF radios, I used a Motorola walkie-talkie. It was clear and had good range. I don't know if they still make those or not.
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Old 10-18-2017, 02:07 PM   #4
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We tried our cell phones, but coverage is not always available. Our Walkie-Talkies always have worked.
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Old 10-18-2017, 02:25 PM   #5
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I thought of cell phones, but I don't know if we will always have cell service up in the mountains our out in the wild lands.

So thinking of the walkie-talkies. But ... another thing to fool with.
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Old 10-18-2017, 02:42 PM   #6
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Most of the time I stop, go look at what I'm backing into, then tell her to stand where I can see her and to wave her arms when I need to stop. If it's dark then we go to the cell phones.
Maybe you could use these after dark:
https://www.amazon.com/Safety-Flashl...ashlight+wands
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I have a CB radio in the TV (needed for caravans) and a handheld CB for the spotter.
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Old 10-18-2017, 03:54 PM   #8
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Kind of a bizarre alternative and I'm not experienced enough yet to know how useful it is, but the back up camera that came with my 2018 has 2-way audio.
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Old 10-18-2017, 04:27 PM   #9
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Since my truck has really bright LED back-up lights on each extended side mirror and I replaced both the bed lights and the AS backup lights with 800 lumen LEDs, I can see the next county when backing into a site. I always get out and look around before backing and maybe once half way in, if bending to the right. We only communicate if I'm going to hit something and when I'm back where momma wants me. Just a few words hollered at me with windows down. I find this a lot less frustrating than her giving directions which I can't interpret..........
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Old 10-18-2017, 04:38 PM   #10
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They may work great for parking, but any radio that sells for $29 and advertises a 16 mile range is laughable.
You couldn't get 16 miles or 1.6 miles if you were on the Moon!
We used Motorola 1000's at work, IMO the best radio ever, and we couldn't get a mile without the repeater.

However, for 50', why not?

Seriously, the most important thing is for the spotter to know they have a speaking role. Not just stand and watch as you back into the power post.
It helps if they stand where you can see them in the mirrors. "Come on back."
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Old 10-18-2017, 05:15 PM   #11
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We have it easy since we are both hams and there is a mobile in the truck. DW takes a handy talkie and guides me in after we do a survey first to decide how we want to park. I just listen on the mobile. If I need to talk I can pick up the microphone. One of the units we have is not much bigger than a credit card and about 1/2" thick. Inexpensive FRS radios are a good option too, and serve for inter-vehicle communications when traveling together with friends. But as was mentioned, unless there is line of sight, not good for much beyond 1/2 mile.

A consistent terminology is key. We use curbside, roadside instead of right, left - whose right, facing which way?

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We have some small Motorola's that I got a few years ago for some long forgotten reason. They run on a couple AAA's and hold charge good for months. They are really small and drop right into a cup holder. They mostly have seen use over the years when I am doing a road trip with multiple vehicles...family, friends and so on. I used them this last summer when shuttling some teenagers to summer camp. Gave the second one to one of the mom's that was driving in the second car so we could relay needs for stops when going through the mountains where there was no cell service. I figure that we will get some more use out of them when we start RVing...hopefully next summer. But I have also started getting interested in Ham radios...thanks More Explore. Turns out the local club meets just a few blocks from my work.
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Old 10-18-2017, 06:40 PM   #13
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I’ve had these for 8 years, going back to my boating days. Work like a champ on land and water, VHF and GMRS. Built like tanks.

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Any pair of discount-store radios is good enough for parking.

All I really want from my spotter is to know whether everything is OK. Anything more complicated than that, I get out and look myself, although with experience she's become better at more complicated guidance. Hand signals work for us, and never need batteries.
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