CB Communication For Slip Seating?

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Don's Comment
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Due to low seniority status, load weights, weather conditions, one more driver than # of trucks at my location, or truck repais, I have been slipseating recently into different trucks on a very consistent basis. Having to do so has been a major pain in my ass, but "it is what it is", as they say. I don't know what is worse, driving trucks that drivers are making major pig styes with their trash, needing to fill reservoirs and not having extra fluids in the trucks to do so. My biggest pet peeve is not having cb coax hook up that functions. I am a big proponent of having and using a cb, especially with the current weather conditions. The ONE- yes one truck that does have a functioning coax/antenna system- allows me to hook up (and use if needed) my cb. I hate not having cb communication, and certainly do not have time every am to run coax and mount/connect an antenna. I am considering getting a handheld system, but have heard they are useless. Has anyone used one before?

Old School's Comment
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They can be very useful, and it's a great alternative to nothing at all, which sounds like what you have most of the time. Get a good well known brand, don't skimp on the price. You'll get what you pay for. You won't have as much range, but you'll have something that works so that others can warn you of pending problems.

Turtle's Comment
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I've never used a handheld, and don't know anything about them. But I have briefly looked into the ones sold at truck stops, and there pretty much worthless only transmitting 100 - 200 yards.

I'm sure there are other more powerful options out there, but then you're getting into $$.

Don's Comment
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Get a good well known brand, don't skimp on the price. You'll get what you pay for.

Any recommendations, Old School?

Tractor Man's Comment
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Look into a magnetic mount antenna. Lots of choices on Amazon. Usually quite a bit cheaper, and better selection than Truck Stops.

Tractor Man's Comment
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$40.00 on Amazon

WILSON 305-38 300-Watt Little Wil Magnet Mount Antenna https://smile.amazon.com/dp/B001AAT94W/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_apa_i_MLCtCbZ2DXNXF

Susan D. 's Comment
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Unfortunately, that's one of the hazards of being local or home daily. And some drivers are absolute pigs. I personally would be leary of a hand held anything while driving, because it's illegal. I'd suck it up and move my radio back and forth each day. Due to slip seating and my personal distaste for it, I'll never be a local driver.

Bobcat_Bob's Comment
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Doesnt Fab do anything with drivers who leave messy trucks or do not report issues? At OD you would get written up and if it happens enough maybe even fired. I have been in about half our trucks and have never found a mess.

I agree with the magnetic antenna, I have seen ones that clip on that drivers use vise grips to hold on.

Don's Comment
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Doesnt Fab do anything with drivers who leave messy trucks or do not report issues?

Reporting issues, I assume they do? Messy trucks? Don't seem to.

I agree with the magnetic antenna, I have seen ones that clip on that drivers use vise grips to hold on.

I may try that. Disconnecting the cb from a mount and keeping eveything connected and taking it all with me every night may be the best option, unfortunately.

Susan D. 's Comment
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I'm sure OD would never tolerate a driver that doesn't take care of the equipment. I'm not sure what FABs Ohio trucks look like but I see tons of them in Chicago that are plenty disgusting. Garbage falling out the doors when the drivers get in or out of their trucks. Even West Side has that same problem with many of the Chicago drivers keeping filthy trucks, but at least they don't slipseat and there are a couple decent ones.

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