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Old 04-10-2015, 06:33 AM   #15
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I recently spent several days traveling with a group of trailers. Most had CBs. I do not. Funny thing was every evening one of the topics of discussion was how no one could talk to anyone else on their radios.


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Old 04-10-2015, 06:38 AM   #16
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I have one in my TV which is also my daily driver and snow plow truck, but its rarely turned on. Occasionally, we'll used them when plowing to easily communicate which trucks are on what streets so we can coordinate who goes where, or in case someone needs help. I sometimes turn it on when travelling, but generally hear only spanish (I don't understand) and occasionally hear some recorded broadcast advertising for some truck stop or something (an FCC violation). For that matter, the prolific cursing often heard is also an FCC violation, but obviously it's not easily enforced, or enforced at all. It's been years since I've actually gotten any good information using it. Recently, I've considered getting rid of it and using the space under the dash as a better location for my brake controller.

It's a matter of personal preference. If you've decided to get one, I would recommend getting a dash mount and installing it properly. They're powered better than a hand held, and when installed properly, you can avoid a lot of reception/range/static issues by routing cables and wires properly to avoid interference.

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Old 04-10-2015, 06:40 AM   #17
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Originally Posted by Eheart View Post
Hi, we are looking at buying a CB radio for our upcoming trips as
we are told it will be handy for communicating with other
Airstreamers etc. What I would like to know is do we buy
the hand held system or the dash mounted, and why.
Many thanks
It was required equipment for the WBCCI caravan to Alaska in 2014, Not sure if this is standard for all WBCCI caravans but was useful for communicating instructions on arrival at camp grounds/ dissemination of info in bad weather between trailers etc and relaying road info to other members of the group en route. Had never used it before and unless plan another trip requiring it, doubt will ever use it again. We bought a handheld which proved adequate for the need.
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Old 04-10-2015, 06:44 AM   #18
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Yes, WBCCI does still use CB's on their caravans. We keep a CB for that purpose. Some have them in both the camper and the auto for convenience. Some leaders relay on the CB a lot.
I have had 2 of the handheld units and both were disgusting. Tossed them. Had a Cobra all in the microphone unit and replaced that.
My advise is to go to a well equipped truck stop and buy the most poplar mid priced unit. You actually need a fairly good unit for it to be clear sounding and for the squelch to work well. Almost any antenna will work well for receiving but you need a proper antenna to transmit. I use one of the fiberglass antennas with the adjustor on top. When not on caravans we do not use the CB at all. I have checked the weather radio on it but not often.
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Old 04-10-2015, 06:52 AM   #19
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I still have an old Cobra 23 channel that was my dads. It's the best one I have ever had. I also have a all-in-head Cobra unit...not so good.

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Old 04-10-2015, 07:01 AM   #20
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I borrowed a hand held one for a unit caravan last fall and it worked ok but it really needs a properly tuned external antenna to get decent reception.
I decided to purchased a Midland hand held unit on black Friday last fall for use on a unit caravan this spring.
The one I purchased has a NOAA weatherband which I like and can take it into the trailer when stopped if on the lookout for big storms. I don't have a smart phone only a flip phone. I know, I know were talking old school here.
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Old 04-10-2015, 07:09 AM   #21
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Another thought: CB's have lost popularity as a mobile communication device due to advancements in technology, limited range etc. For the cost of quality unit and antenna, someone can purchase 4 to 8 FMRS radios that operate at much higher frequencies and have better range with less static, using less power. It seems to me, they're typically used these days only by commercial truck drivers (not all), and clubs/groups like Jeep Jamborees, off-road groups, caravans, and occasionally, some motorcycle groups. If I had it to do again, I would've saved my money and not gotten a CB.
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Old 04-10-2015, 07:13 AM   #22
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Don't believe the FMRS package range claims. On water during an overcast day....maybe. Normal use, cut it in half at best. The best units I have had (of 3 pair bought), advertise as 18 mile range, ONCE had 7 mile communication between cars. You can count on a mile, maybe two for clear consistent communication.

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Old 04-10-2015, 07:49 AM   #23
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We still use them in our unit on caravans, and I keep it on when traveling long distances just because, but keep the squelch so tight that someone has to be very close to me for me to hear anything. But, once in a while it does come in handy for road condition or traffic info. Had this all in the mike unit for years with a magnet mount antenna, but don't know if I'd go out and buy one today.
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Old 04-10-2015, 08:01 AM   #24
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I have a small Uniden in the truck with a cheap mag mount antenna. It's under the front seat on the trans hump out of the way so it's available if I want to use it. I've had it for about 20 years, paid around $50 for it. I use it some when traveling with the Airstream, it's best when traveling in a group where everyone has a CB. We're Canadians so roaming charges are quite expensive when traveling in the US so cell phones are not really a viable method of communicating between vehicles for us.

I also have a portable hand held CB with an external mag mount antenna, I never use it myself but lend it to friends we're travelling with who don't own a CB.

I'm not an electronics expert so the basic models seem to work well for me. In high school I dropped some coin on a big fancy Midland Power Max. Looked cool under the dash of my Mustang with the 6' whip on the trunk but I never did get it to work well, too many adjustments and tuning required. I eventually traded it to a friend for a case of beer which he helped me drink while we installed it in his Jeep.
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Old 04-10-2015, 08:54 AM   #25
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I have both CB and FMRS. The CB is worthless while the FMRS is way more practicle. Bear in mind it is line of sight transmission. I have had good results up to 9 miles under the right conditions and have used them at rallys.
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Old 04-10-2015, 09:32 AM   #26
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Cobra 149 GTL /SSB, 100watt linear amp, 1/4 wave antenna. SSB will be the only means of DX comms, when we get EMP'd. That is if your set doesn't fry.
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Old 04-10-2015, 11:11 AM   #27
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I had a CB in the Wrangler and quit using it because the language had gotten so offensive I could hardly stand to use it. A client that became a good friend suggested I get my HAM ticket and then a 2meter FM radio for the Jeep. Code is no longer required to become a HAM. The world opens up with that ticket. I would suggest that you at least consider it. Find a local ham and ask for guidance, most are happy to "Elmer".
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Old 04-10-2015, 11:44 AM   #28
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Waze……..what you need to know

A world class expert ( long story just trust me ) long distance street driver, insisted on me using Waze. I was going from New Jersey to Long Island, which took me on VERY challenging highways, where lane choices are key, fast decision making is needed, drivers are bat short crazy, traffic is thick and fast, and there are MANY choices and combinations of routes.

I arrived at destination, and back, way faster than I could have imagined.


HEADS UP…At one point Waze had me exit the highway, only to get right back on.
AND…A hundred yards or so, right before a key exit that would have me committed to one route, it changed routes twice, and then back to the original route it had chosen. ( there are at least 5 different bridges/tunnels/routes going through New York City area )

Waze gets a lot of it's info from users/drivers. Lots of info about stranded cars and speed traps that don't get retracted

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