CB Radios

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Papa Pig's Comment
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So I was looking at a few YouTube videos recently. And there was one where a trainer was driving down a mountain and teaching his trainee to go slow, as he should. He pointed out that he didn’t have a CB and didn’t recommend them because other drivers would be cussing him out for driving safely and doing the right thing. I have saw a few more “experienced” guys do the same thing. As a rookie with a cdl but not driving yet, I was wondering. Is this safe?

I understand not wanting to be heckled by 90 percent of the garbage coming over the air , but do you all think they are still worth having?

Is there any time a CB saved your bacon or made a difference? Be it accidents at the bottom of the mountain or whatnot? Just curious cause I don’t know what I don’t know.


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  • Any combination of vehicles with a gross combined weight rating (GCWR) of 26,001 or more pounds, providing the gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR) of the vehicle being towed is in excess of 10,000 pounds.
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G-Town's Comment
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Pictures are worth a thousand words.

Why Do You Need a CB?

Papa Pig's Comment
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Thanks g town. That’s kinda what I was thinking. I’m new to trucking , but with my job in the army consistent communication is key.

G-Town's Comment
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You're welcome Sir.

I know you are new, been following your progress, congratulations on your success.


Operating While Intoxicated

PJ's Comment
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My cb has helped me out more times than I can count. I turn it off if garbage starts spewing for a bit. Still a valuable tool.

PackRat's Comment
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Do a search on this site for "CB", as it has come up numerous times.

Anyone that doesn't have one in their truck is an idiot, IMHO. Don't want to hear the Supertruckers on it? Turn the volume down for about five miles until they're further down the road. Problem solved.

icecold24k's Comment
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I agree with every one else here a CB radio is a must have. They come in handy in so many situations. bad weather, traffic (finding out what lane you need to be in during backups/accidents), checking into some shippers and receivers, sometimes just good conversation to keep you awake late at night.


The customer who is shipping the freight. This is where the driver will pick up a load and then deliver it to the receiver or consignee.

Rick S.'s Comment
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Must have - easy enough to turn the squelch up, or the volume down.

I run one in my 4 wheeler for road trips - have for decades.

Better to have one and not need it - than to need one and not have it.


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