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Old 04-09-2015, 03:21 PM   #1
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Buying a CB

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.
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Old 04-09-2015, 03:27 PM   #2
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Get yourself an under-dash "export" radio and a Wilson 1000 Series antenna.

And enjoy!!
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Old 04-09-2015, 03:27 PM   #3
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I think that using a CB for communication is pretty much of a niche hobby right now. Not sure you'd get many people with Airstreams answering you.

I'm curious to see what others have to say about this.
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Old 04-09-2015, 03:41 PM   #4
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I also believe that CB radios are pretty much returned to the domain of professional truckers. I had one for many years for emergency contact. With the advent of the cell phone and its rise to almost total coverage, I got rid of the CB about ten years ago.

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Old 04-09-2015, 04:21 PM   #5
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its all in the antenna, taller is always better. Cobra is the standby radio of choice of many many folks. at least you can tune into the road conditions from folks on the road. not sure how many others have them in their tow vehicles at this point in time. handy if you are out of the country so you can avoid roaming charges on your cell phone. i don't have one in the truck any longer but have both a VHF and CB in the boat. the commercial guys often use the CB because the rec anglers don't have one in their boat, lots of good intel comes to me this way
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Old 04-09-2015, 06:53 PM   #6
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I have a base station and mobile car unit. They are both gathering dust, although I do take out the D-104 mic once in a while; epic mic

With apps like Waze, who needs CB. (If you don't have this, you NEED it. It it marvelous for road information. It's more informative than the CB.) When there wasn't anything else, it was a good tool. But you could get on channels other than 19 and get information. Truckers can be pretty nasty and the background static is terrible.

So although I have a couple of them, I've not been tempted to put them in the AS or use them on the road.
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Old 04-09-2015, 07:39 PM   #7
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I picked one up NIB at a yard sale last year. I'll put it in for nostalgia's sake if nothing else. When I do my midwest trip or up to Wyoming or down to New Mexico there are a lot of dead spots with no cell coverage. Handy to have IMO.
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Old 04-09-2015, 08:32 PM   #8
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Used to be a fan way back in the day - but not really now.

I do still often carry an old Cobra hand-held unit on longer RV trips but only plug it in to the cigar lighter and use it to check what is going on if we get stuck in traffic.

Doesn't usually help a whole lot - and an awful lot of X-rated language from some of the truckers, not really family oriented & usually causes me to shut it off pretty quickly!

I would guess maybe RV'ers might use them to keep in touch when traveling in large caravans of trailers , but I doubt much else. I think truckers are pretty much the only users these days.

I suspect you might be disappointed, and would suggest not spending a lot of $$ on one! Maybe look for one at a garage sale if you just want to give it a try!

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Old 04-09-2015, 10:38 PM   #9
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Actually, did I read some place that WBCCI caravan's still use CB radio's and expect everyone to have one if they plan on doing caravan?



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CB radios are very good for communicating with others in a caravan if everyone is on the same channel. An inexpensive setup that works well is a handheld unit with an external mag. mount antenna on the vehicle roof. The external antenna is a must for decent range. The handheld unit gives you the flexibility to take it inside your AS for evening chats with others in the campground.
In addition to truckers on channel 19, some state police cruisers monitor the CB emergency channel. Could be of value if you need roadside assistance.
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Old 04-10-2015, 03:24 AM   #11
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In my experience a CB also does an excellent job of annoying the wife.
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As others have said, I used to have one and used it for years, but every time I've turned it on in the last few years, I've heard some trucker or whatever just cursing up a storm because he can. I'm not a prude, but it gets old fast. Years ago you'd hear some interesting conversations and hilarious commentary, but now...nah.

One exception: I think WBCCI still uses them for parking and announcements at the international rally, so if you were planning to do that you might want one. (Double check me on that, though.)
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Old habits are hard to kick I guess. I have one and use it. I talk to truckers about what they have come through when going in the opposite direction. I secure alternate routes that often are different from the GPS or the number of APPS I have and for the most part they are pretty accurate and helpful. Language is another story, like others well past 60, not a prude - Military TI when we could use alternate language and methods of communication. Also, so many of the truckers are foreign now it's very hard to understand them in person much less over a CB radio. Thread is not much help to OP, but if you can afford one without sacrificing anything else I'd spring for one.
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Us off-roaders still use them when we are traveling together off-road as it's an easy method to communicate trail conditions.

Also, smokey checks on the highway via truckers on the look out.
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