These Walkie Talkies For RVers Can Save Relationships
If you haven’t heard the phrase “Sorry for what I said when we were backing the trailer,” you soon will. Have you ever watched a couple backing a trailer together without walkie talkies?
Backing a trailer without using walkie talkies usually starts off ok. If a couple is new to RVing, backing into a campsite is already stressful enough. All the yelling back and forth can cause either/both the spotter and the driver to quickly lose their composure.
Having a set of walkie talkies can really help to reduce stress by helping to provide clear communication with no raising of voices. We’ve found five of the best walkie talkies for RVers to get your trailer parked (without the stress).
1. Midland 50 Channel Waterproof GMRS Two-Way Radio
- Long range walkie talkie
- 142 privacy codes
- SOS Siren
- NOAA Weather Alerts
- Weather scan (Black/Silver, Pair Pack)
- Comes with battery pack but can also be used with AA batteries.
The Midland 50 Channel Waterproof GMRS Two-Way Radio gets rave reviews from RVers. It’s loaded with features that can be useful for anyone with an RV. Weather alerts are a handy function if you are headed into an area where cell service is limited.
2. Retevis RT19 Walkie Talkies
- Long range
- FRS 22 Channel
- Small enough to fit in a pocket
- Crystal clear sound
- Background noise cancellation
These Retevis RT19 walkie talkies are another favorite with RVers. Reviews of this long range, two-way radio rave about the excellent sound quality, the ultra-slim design, and the ease of recharging the long-lasting battery.
3. Motorola Solutions Talkabout 460 Walkie Talkies
- 22 channels, each with 121 privacy codes
- NOAA Weather Channels and Alerts
- Built-in flashlight and red light
- Emergency alert button
- Dual power
- PTT Power Boost
- iVOX/VOX Hands-free
- Micro USB charging port
- Hands-free functionality
The Talkabout 460 has an amazing package of functions, including hands-free functionality. This means either walkie talkie in the set can operate as what is basically a speakerphone.
This can be very helpful for drivers who may not want to have one more thing to operate while they are backing into a spot. The Talkabout 460 is widely considered to be an outstanding value for the money.
4. Motorola T200 Talkabout Walkie Talkie
- Powered by either rechargeable batteries or AA batteries
- 22 channels
- Each channel has 121 privacy codes
- Custom call tones
- Quick scan feature
This is a budget-friendly, no-frills walkie talkie that is perfect for communication while backing an RV. Reviewers report having a good range for up to five miles in a variety of terrains.
Customers also loved the T200’s durability. Something that Motorola does well is make handheld radios that are durable enough to survive being dropped. This walkie talkie is an excellent value, especially if all you need a walkie talkie for is backing the RV.
5. Use Apple Watches as walkie talkies
Just like walkie talkies for RVers, Apple watches have many amazing functions that make them super handy when we are camping.
Apple Watches come with an easy-to-use Walkie-Talkie App that can save you the hassle of having to power, store, and locate stand-alone walkie talkies.
However, in order to use the Walkie-Talkie app on an Apple Watch, you also need to have an iPhone. You also both need to set up the FaceTime app on your iPhone with iOS 12.4. You should also be able to make and receive FaceTime audio calls. If both you and your spotter already have iPhones, it may be worth looking into getting Apple watches.
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