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DeJuan J.'s Comment
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I'm required to have a CB Radio but I don't want to pay for an expensive one if I don't have to. Any options?

Doug 's Comment
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Best Answer!

I dont get involved in the useless chatter but I always have mine on while Im driving and listen for anything useful to be gleaned from the nonsense.

Today it kept me out of a pile up on I75 in north Florida. Nasty weather all morning on I10 going east, sign boards had tornado warnings up all through the pan handle and down to Tampa. As I got on 75 heading south the weather was getting a little worse, rain got heavier and the wind was picking up so traffic was moving around 45-50 mph. I was already trying to maintain a big gap between me and the truck in front of me because of the conditions and really trying to watch traffic around me as it was getting harder to see because of all the spray.

I hear someone say something on the CB about a tree in the road at mile marker 429 or close to it in the right hand lane. Im at mile marker 431 so I start backing off a little more and drag the brakes a little to dry them out just in case. Next thing I know, traffic is stopping, all three lanes and cars are moving all over the road. A tornado had crossed the road in front of us and there was debris everywhere and part of a large pine tree in the right hand lane. Other than the CB, there was no warning at all it happened so fast.

Thanks to the CB, I had given myself plenty of room to maneuver, was in the center lane and was looking for a tree in the road. The cars behind me were not so lucky as they bounced off each other and the guard rail in the median because they were following way to close.

I was already on high alert and giving myself a big cushion to stop all morning because of the conditions. I dont know if that alone would have kept me out of all the bumper cars going on all around me with cars darting from the right lane to avoid the tree that I already maneuvered to avoid a mile earlier. With the CB, and a little luck, I didnt hit anything or get hit by anyone else.

Here is the irony, I got a weather alert on my latest technology Samsung smart phone that a tornado warning had been issued in my area and I should seek shelter NOW and tune to local media. That alert message came about a minute after I got passed the area and the tree in the road. The old technology beat the latest technology by about 3 minutes.

Over The Road:

Over The Road

OTR driving normally means you'll be hauling freight to various customers throughout your company's hauling region. It often entails being gone from home for two to three weeks at a time.

OWI:

Operating While Intoxicated

Hemingway's Comment
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Take a look at this one from Cobra @ Wal-Mart. Can't hardly beat this price but, you get what you pay for as my Daddy like to say....

----->Cobra CB at Wal-Mart

Hope this helps.

Ricky A.'s Comment
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I'm required to have a CB Radio but I don't want to pay for an expensive one if I don't have to. Any options?

Really? What for?

DeJuan J.'s Comment
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I'm required to have a CB Radio but I don't want to pay for an expensive one if I don't have to. Any options?

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Really? What for?

A lot of the consignee's we deliver to communicates that way to let you know the load is ready.

Consignee:

The customer the freight is being delivered to. Also referred to as "the receiver". The shipper is the customer that is shipping the goods, the consignee is the customer receiving the goods.

Josh C.'s Comment
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*scratches head* I thought trucks came with those already?

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
guyjax(Guy Hodges)'s Comment
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*scratches head* I thought trucks came with those already?

Nope. Have to provide your own.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
James Skattebo-Rhoades's Comment
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*scratches head* I thought trucks came with those already?

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Nope. Have to provide your own.

Is the wiring at least there, or do you have to take it to a company terminal and have it installed?

Terminal:

A facility where trucking companies operate out of, or their "home base" if you will. A lot of major companies have multiple terminals around the country which usually consist of the main office building, a drop lot for trailers, and sometimes a repair shop and wash facilities.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Brett Aquila's Comment
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Is the wiring at least there, or do you have to take it to a company terminal and have it installed?

The wiring is normally there and you can do it yourself. Sometimes the company will require the shop to do it because of bad experiences with do-it-yourselfers in the past.

Terminal:

A facility where trucking companies operate out of, or their "home base" if you will. A lot of major companies have multiple terminals around the country which usually consist of the main office building, a drop lot for trailers, and sometimes a repair shop and wash facilities.

MRC's Comment
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Loves has the cobra 29 on sale for $69.99 - you could always p/u a walkie talkie, cheap!

Old School's Comment
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Loves has the cobra 29 on sale for $69.99

DeJuan, the Cobra model 29 has been a solid radio format for years now. I'm using one that is twenty years old, and it still works just like a new one. You can't go wrong with that one and that price quoted above is great.

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