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    RD822sx
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    1991

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  1. I’ve still got the one posted above. It’s available and came off a 2100.
  2. E-9 500hp engine, Mack 12-speed main trans, Fuller AT1202 auxiliary, 65k rears.
  3. I’ll also add that all our moves on this trailer are short moves of usually just a few miles. You are correct that if you moved this load across the country, it would likely require a 19 axle trailer setup. With this trailer we have, we often unload the machine off the big over the road trailer and take it the last little bit with this smaller trailer, because often those trailers are just to big to get the machine into where they want it.
  4. The trailer is 5 axle lines, 8 tires per axle line. Like it is, I can scale 266,000 lb in TN, depending on route survey. Add a pusher axle to the truck and I can go 286,000 lb in TN, which is about 100 ton on the trailer. All that being said, the move above was all on the Arsenal, from one substation to another, where regular weight laws don’t apply. Basically the military didn’t care how we moved it, as long as we didn’t tear anything up.
  5. We moved another transformer with the big Mack at Redstone Arsenal in Alabama. Grossing around 270,000 lbs.
  6. I probably didn't get over 15 mph during the whole move, but climbed around a 10% grade from the rail siding to the substation. I think I was in 4th in the main trans and auxiliary in low, didn't even know anything was behind me. Grossing around 250K.
  7. It's from when it was on rail (we hauled it from rail to substation). Rail yards have what is called "the hump". It is basically a downhill section of track that goes into the rail yard. Normally they will just release cars down the hump and they will freewheel into the yard and through the switches to get the car where they want it. They have retarders built into the track to help slow the cars down, but they still sometimes hit pretty hard when they slam into other cars. They put the "no humping" signs on the transformer so they wouldn't let it free over the hump. The transformer had 2 gps shock recorders on that monitored how rough the transformer was handled. The black box you see beside the sign is one of the shock recorders, and the other one can be seen on the passenger side. The guy that was there from the manufacturer said the transformer could survive a 5g shock without damage. He also said that if transported by truck, you'd have to be in a serious accident to get a 5g shock, but it is not uncommon at all when transported by rail.
  8. Here is the transformer we moved this week.
  9. The Theraults probably wouldn’t know anything about the military operation. Mack had possession of the truck at the time of the military order, so either they traded the truck back to Mack, or they ordered the truck but didn’t take possession. All I have is their name listed on the order form, I don’t have any documentation saying that they actually took the truck after it was built, so they may or may not have followed through with the purchase after they ordered it.
  10. My truck is actually a 1985. When it was procured by the military in 1991, I have documentation it had 2,300 miles. I don’t know if my truck was the one that came from Mack used trucks, or it was somehow unused in Mack inventory. That is the main mystery I have about the truck now, what did it do to only have 2,300 miles from 1985 until 1991? I have the original order form from the Mack Museum, and it was ordered by Theriault Brothers Logging through Mack of Maine back in 1985. The truck has a Mack E-9 500hp engine and Mack 12-speed trans. I have added a 2-speed Fuller auxiliary trans also since I’ve had the truck.
  11. The first and last pics are a Oshkosh M911 with a M747 trailer, the rest of the pics are a Oshkosh M1070 with a M1000 trailer.
  12. Correct. The US was ramping up for war and realized they didn’t have enough trucks to move tanks quickly across the vast desert. They reached out to Mack because they were the only US manufacturer that would have heavy spec trucks in inventory for immediate shipment. Also, all this was top secret while it was going on. Mack was actually pulling trucks out of inventory that people had on order in lots of cases. I’ve got many more pics of the trucks over in the desert, but they are from a closed group Facebook page and I haven’t got permission to post them. Sgt Titus is the only one that has given me permission to post the pics he sent me. Here is a YouTube video of the trucks over there. I don’t think my truck is in any of the video.
  13. I don’t know if that was one of the trucks or not. None of them were painted white originally. My truck was the only all Mack truck there, and only E9. Most had Mack 350 engines and Fuller 8LL trans. I’ve only seen 2 verified trucks that came from Desert Storm. Mine, and a black one sold government surplus out of CA a few years ago. The black one was Mack engine and 8LL trans. Those are the only 2 out of the 48 that I know of making it back to the States. It’s kind of surprising any of them made it back, and not just left over there. I know my truck was still over there as late as 2003. A that time it was in storage at a port in Saudi Arabia. A few ways to tell one of the trucks is most should be 1990-1991 models. In the door there was a decal that said “outfitted by Leigh Consolidated Industries”, and the 5th wheels were normally painted OD green (borrowed from military counterparts).
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