Here’s a question from a reader named Ed: “Was wondering is there a CB channel for RVers when they are traveling?
Well, good Buddy, the answer is yes.
But hardly anyone ever uses it.
That’s because hardly anyone is on CB Radio anymore. It’s sure not like it was back in the 1970s and 1980s when CB Radio was the social media of its days. It was a huge craze, with movies, songs and it’s own special lingo, borrowed from the truckers (18 wheelers) who were the first big user base for CB.
Back then, as RVing was starting to take off, too, CB Radio Channel 13 was designated as the unofficial RV’ers channel.
And it still technically is.
It’s just that few RVers have CB today and those few still “with their ears on” tend to use Channel 19 with the truckers for road and traffic information.
Over the years, I’ve often toyed around with the idea of getting a CB Radio for our RV. I occasionally still see CB Radio shops as we fuel up at truck stops.
But then I look at my dash. I use Apple Car Play and run the Waze app for my navigation system. It providers everything CB Radio used to do, like notifications of speed tracks (Smokey Bear), traffic jams (parking lot), or road conditions (clean and green or brake check).
Waze shows all that and more on a map is accurate to within yards, and speaks calmly and clearly, with no squawks, squeals, and hard-to-decipher language.
But I do kind of miss CB Radio. Maybe I’ll stop in at one of those CB shops someday. I’ll let y’all know on the flip side.
Till then, keep those RV’s rubber side down!
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