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Old 01-18-2016, 01:27 PM   #1
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Weather Radio?

Will soon be embarking on an adventure from Ontario to Florida and Louisiana in our new 26U.

Was wondering if anyone can recommend a reliable Weather Radio that works inside an AS.

For a portable unit, I'm considering the Midland 54VP2

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Old 01-18-2016, 02:37 PM   #2
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There are phone apps, like Storm for iPhone, that give you alerts, wherever you are.
it's always on and with you.

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Old 01-18-2016, 02:48 PM   #3
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I had one of the red ones that you see for sale all over the place. It was stached away for a year or so. Went to use it and it would not work on new batteries, built in solar or hand crank. I now just use my iPhone/iPad to check the weather.

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Old 01-18-2016, 08:50 PM   #4
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Agree with others smart phone apps are a great way to carefully monitor your travel route.
Last winter we traveled from east coast to southwest Jan-Apr. I carefully monitored multiple locations on
weather channel ( you can plug in up to ten locations...we avoided major ice storm, tornados, etc)... adjust your
travel route to avoid potentially extreme weather situations. Lesson learned though, when checking in a campground
always ask what county your in as once parked and listening to local weather is helpful to know the
regional county as local weather reports are very specific....ask me how I know....we spent a long night in Alabama
listening to urgent weather alerts and evacuation notifications due to widespread tornados. Fortunately, we made
it but our Airstream was surrounded by "a small lake" due to heavy rain.
Safe travels,
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Old 01-19-2016, 09:20 AM   #5
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Strongly agree about knowing what county you are in. Spent several dark hours under an awning in Elkhart Oklahoma on the Texas, Kansas borders. Sky had turned dark suddenly and hail was forecast. Power went out in the town and everybody hunkered down. We left the protection of our awning (7-11) to get into a carwash bay across the road but a town resident got there first. Back to the awning and listening to the emergency weather broadcast. Luckily we also travel with an atlas so we tracked the storms progress over 3 states based on the counties they were naming. Best lightening show ever but a bit close. Within two hours sky cleared into a normal nighttime sky and radio confirmed the direction we were headed was safe.

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Old 01-19-2016, 07:21 PM   #6
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In order to receive all but the strongest National Weather Service broadcasts inside of the metal airstream, you can do one of two things or both in combination. The first is get a radio that has higher sensitivity than the usual general public radios from the mall shops. Handheld VHF radios such as Standard Horizon or Icom are great plus you get added coverage (Land Mobile Channels, Maritime, Aviation). Reecom puts out a sensitive radio but with weak instruction manuals. Most of these types of radios allow you to connect them to an external antenna - the second improvement is to get an outside antenna. Even a folded dipole antenna like the Reecom RA-1601 pulls them in well. Even better you can buy a J-Pole antenna with greater sensitivity. If you are boondocking in the outback an antenna mast with a neat little mount from Flagpole Buddy might be a worthwhile investment (in cast aluminum of course).

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Old 01-19-2016, 08:22 PM   #7
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I need a weather radio too.
Family of 5 exploring the USA with a Ram Power Wagon & Airstream in tow.
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Old 01-20-2016, 04:48 PM   #8
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Thanks to everyone for the iPhone suggestions. I've added 3 weather related apps to my iPhone, so I'm good to go there.

And thanks to BoscoMN...for the quality units. Found a dealer here in London who has the SH #150 in stock and can get me the SH #380 in a couple days. Lots to mull over there. They do seem like good quality units,

Got a couple weeks to make up my mind before we head south.
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Old 01-20-2016, 06:39 PM   #9
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I have a C Crane CC WX Pocket Radio Which I love. It has AM/FM FM Stereo, Weather and an alarm clock. Has a Speaker. Sensitivity is very good and fits in your shirt pocket. Uses AA Batteries and they last a long time when listening with earphones. It is available from Amazon or direct from C Crane.

Build quality is good and it is rugged enough to take getting bounced around inside your camper or car.

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Old 01-20-2016, 07:42 PM   #10
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Radio shack with 9volt battery , works very well ...
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Old 01-22-2016, 12:58 PM   #11
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The Midland unit that can be found almost anywhere is fine. Have had two in two different trailers. An outside antenna is optional.
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Old 01-22-2016, 02:30 PM   #12
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We have a Midland 1208, weather alert radio. We like it. We leave it on at night and when something is up it alerts us way ahead of time. But then our newly adopted Lab is "concerned" about Thunder so she gets us up as well.


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