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Bumpyroad

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GlennLever wrote:

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I am thinking about putting a CB radio in my Class A. Any suggestions? How do the portable ones work?

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CB radios add to clutter and on the road make more noise then they are worth

And they can save your life! Just ask any old time truck driver out there. But you have to be listening to it.

Cell phones have a longer range.

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phones would be fine for talking with somebody else in your "convoy", but totally worthless for asking an oncoming trucker about traffic issues. I have one of the cobra all in the mike jobbies and it was dreadful as it had a speaker about the size of a nickle. had to plug in an external speaker to hear it and there goes the space savings.
but do a search as there have been several threads on CBs lately
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Glenn,
I don't know what it is with TankerYankers that they don't like CBs??? Most of them don't run CBs[emoticon]. Maybe cause they just ran local?? Maybe cause we jumped seats and had to install the CB and antenna every day?? Have probably waved at you many times when up in the Rochester area. Even delivered some of the Hess stations up that way. Drove for Crossett (retired from there) and never left home without the CB, and it did save my butt a number of times!!! Also drove over the road for other outfits before finding a home.

CB are really handy when someone yells out that there is a accident around the curve at the bottom of the hill and you have all that extra time to slow it down[emoticon]. Now I'm talking the back roads in the hills of western Pennsylvania, not Rochester.
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wny_pat wrote:

Glenn,
I don't know what it is with TankerYankers that they don't like CBs??? Most of them don't run CBs[emoticon]. Maybe cause they just ran local?? Maybe cause we jumped seats and had to install the CB and antenna every day?? Have probably waved at you many times when up in the Rochester area. Even delivered some of the Hess stations up that way. Drove for Crossett (retired from there) and never left home without the CB, and it did save my butt a number of times!!! Also drove over the road for other outfits before finding a home.

CB are really handy when someone yells out that there is a accident around the curve at the bottom of the hill and you have all that extra time to slow it down[emoticon]. Now I'm talking the back roads in the hills of western Pennsylvania, not Rochester.
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I actually had an assigned truck, was the most senior driver for ARG in Bergen (before going to Hess). I paid to have Mack put the antennas on the the Vision I had, put the radio in and then took it out. True I was home every night.


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GlennLever wrote:

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Glenn,
I don't know what it is with TankerYankers that they don't like CBs??? Most of them don't run CBs[emoticon]. Maybe cause they just ran local?? Maybe cause we jumped seats and had to install the CB and antenna every day?? Have probably waved at you many times when up in the Rochester area. Even delivered some of the Hess stations up that way. Drove for Crossett (retired from there) and never left home without the CB, and it did save my butt a number of times!!! Also drove over the road for other outfits before finding a home.

CB are really handy when someone yells out that there is a accident around the curve at the bottom of the hill and you have all that extra time to slow it down[emoticon]. Now I'm talking the back roads in the hills of western Pennsylvania, not Rochester.
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I actually had an assigned truck, was the most senior driver for ARG in Bergen (before going to Hess). I paid to have Mack put the antennas on the the Vision I had, put the radio in and then took it out. True I was home every night.
Heck, we probably had coffee together sometime then!

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CBs are a useful tool. If the chatter is unwanted they can be turned off. For Long Haulers, and this includes recreational users, they can be a social tool sometimes necessary for staying alert. GlennLever it's obvious you were a regional driver and really didn't need one, but to make a blanket judgement is unwarranted.

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GlennLever wrote:

wny_pat wrote:

GlennLever wrote:

Doug156 wrote:

I am thinking about putting a CB radio in my Class A. Any suggestions? How do the portable ones work?

Thanks


CB radios add to clutter and on the road make more noise then they are worth

And they can save your life! Just ask any old time truck driver out there. But you have to be listening to it.

Cell phones have a longer range.

I am a past big truck driver


Yes, it is true, "Cell phones have longer range."
IF you know what number to call, and IF there is service where you are at the moment. Regardless of what the providers want their customers to believe, there is a great deal of land, and miles of roads and highways where there is NO cell service, especially in the Western United States!
CB is a tool, just like Amateur Radio is. I have a CB for the motorhome, and one for the truck, that I will be installing this spring. Both have the weather channels. Many 4x4 clubs REQUIRE a CB radio when traveling on their trail rides. If you have no radio, you don't go!
The 2-meter amateur radio is already in the motorhome, and there will be an all-band all-mode radio in the truck soon as well.


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artguys wrote:

GlennLever it's obvious you were a regional driver and really didn't need one, but to make a blanket judgement is unwarranted.


Sorry I offended, Thought the original poster was looking for suggestions on CBs in MH. I was just offering my opinion as you have offered yours.

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Any suggestions: Top end Cobra, or close to it.

In days of old when CBers were bold and the FCC still trying to regulate there were two top companies, CObra and Johnson, Radio Shack also had good radios, (Their top radio was about equal to Cobra/Johnson #2) and I still have one of those... Next to my Cobra. I like 'em both.

Cobra is still out there, Have not heard from Johnson in a long time, RS now sells Cobra if I recall correctly.

You should pay better attention to the antenna, this is where you get the biggest bang for your buck.

Assuming a fiberglass MH you need either a very special antenna I may some day build (I have the plans and have used one in the past) or a NO GROUND PLANE antenna.. These can work well.. The Firestick is one of the more popular.

You want it mounted high and center if you can but on most motor homes that is not practical So as high as you can without going over 13'6" (Antennas taller than that have a way of becoming shorter than that all of a sudden).

And either have someone who knows how set it up for you or "Tune" it if you know how.. I'm one of those folks who designs and builds some of my own so I know how.


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X2 what wny pat said. Yes you can have CBs on fuel delivery trucks but they use FM Business band for dispatch not CB. If you want ot hear Real fould language you can go to Manhattan or buy a CB. Now, from a 2.4 million miler I'd recommend a Cobra 21 GTL. Cheap and reliable. Yes, it has saved my bacon more than once including E of Bakersfield when the fog was thick as pea soup and some kid welded a car to the rear of a tractor trailer in front of me.

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What channels are used most often and for what purpose.


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