Michael, I really like Cobra CB's ... and have used them for years.
Before the advent of cell phones, I always felt safer traveling with a CB ... besides, in the 70s BT (Before Trailer), I used to drive like the proverbial bat out of hiding ... and the CB and truckers kept the smokies off my tail.
And to be honest with you, even in a Suburban equipped with On Star, satellite tracking, two cell-phones, etc., because we're often way off the beaten path, I still feel safer having a CB on board.
I have two fairly new CB's ... both Cobra's ... and depending on the type / duration of the trip, switch them out.
One Cobra has a built-in weather scanning band radio ... that automatically scans through the NOAA weather radio bands.
The other, is a little Cobra 19 ... a tiny yet-full-strength (4 watts -- Maximum FCC allowed), cheap (that's the best part) that's compact in size ... real easy to wedge between the driver's seat and console, connected to a magnetic mount antenna.
The Cobra 19 is the radio that I was using to communicate with Les. In my opinion, it really does a good job of getting the signal out while also being sensitive enough to receive distant signals.
Here's a quick link (but I didn't buy it here ... you can find it cheaper locally or other places on the net, I'm sure!) for the Cobra 19. (also this webpage says the radio receives weather band stations ... but it doesn't! The webpage is wrong!
Again, the webpage says the Cobra 19 receives weather stations! It doesn't! The Cobra CB/weather band radios are twice this size!