Reviving this thread to talk mobile units.
Seems like the Yaesu FT-8800R is getting a lot of love. However at almost $500 (plus whatever I spend on an antenna, mount, etc) I wonder if it isn't overkill for what I want/need.
Priorities as I see them (comments welcome)
remote mount option - I want to stash the radio under a seat or elsewhere and only have the mic and face plate to deal with at the dash
ease of use - I'm barely competent enough to turn the thing on much less use any of the features
cross band repeat - this seems like a great idea for when you're out of the truck using a HT and the driving motivator for the FT8800
Honestly, I don't think I'll ever do any actual radio stuff. I'm not interested in anything but trail coms. I know the cheapest route would simply be putting an external antenna on my Baufeng UV82, but I already have a space issue with where to put it when I'm on the trail and adding extra cabling to that (battery eliminator, antenna) would only complicate it so I'm leaning toward a permanent mount option.
I'm not against spending the $$ on the FT8800 and I'm sure it would offer everything I could ever want should I eventually decide to get more into the radio thing. I just wonder if I'm not going waaay overkill for my rudimentary needs.
I haven't done anything with my existing UV82...haven't even programed anything in memory. I only ever use one channel, so what's to program? I don't listen to anybody else, so no need to scan. Really I'm using it as little more than an FRS radio. Other than the cross band repeat function I don't even know what other features exist or could be desirable down the road.