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« Reply #45 on: October 08, 2007, 06:31:14 AM »

hey Larryh
that cant be for  real??? someone drove that ....thats like a train on wheels
i like to know whats in the black box  lol Undecided
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« Reply #46 on: October 08, 2007, 06:56:12 AM »

hey Larryh
that cant be for  real??? someone drove that ....thats like a train on wheels
i like to know whats in the black box  lol Undecided
scottie


I used to see these units occasionally on the west coast. Never saw one here in the east. I suspect that it is a big transformer for the utility company. At least that is my guess.
Richard

And it takes two drivers. One in front and one in the rear.
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« Reply #47 on: October 08, 2007, 07:17:30 AM »

hey Larryh
that cant be for  real??? someone drove that ....thats like a train on wheels
i like to know whats in the black box  lol Undecided
scottie


I use to move loads like that with a similar set up. If you look closely, some of those 'jeep' axles aren't dual wheels, they are actually triples, two standard duals on the outside and a third wheel inside the frame.

We primarily hauled parts for nuclear powerplants with those units, but also hauled huge magnets for Morton Thiokol.

Some of our loads were in the 750,000 to 1 million pound range. My max load ever was 725,000 pounds. It took 3 drivers, 2 in the front, one in the rear. We could travel between the hours of 02:00 and 06:00. I had to sign a paper that said I wouldn't divulge the contents or the destination of the load.
We had 2 pilot cars and 8 state police cars as escort. Other police cars closed off entrance ramps to the freeways we were on for 15 minutes before we passed until 30 minutes after we passed.
Two trucks were allowed to travel per night from the loading point and each truck had to use a different route to the destination.

Just for information, a company I was leased to also sent us to Alaska on some runs to Prudhoe bay. The highway is called the Dalton highway and also known as the 'Haul' road. Our loads at that time were only in the 250,000 pound range.

That was back when trucking was still fun. The rates were also a joy to receive. I paid for my truck and almost half of my trailer with the proceeds of just one of the Prudhoe Bay loads.

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« Reply #48 on: October 08, 2007, 07:33:10 AM »

there is an outfit in the souther tier of Ny state that specializes in this type of rig.

each axle can be steered individually hydraulically.  they were a co host of the last Bus Bash in NY and had a demonstration I beleive
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« Reply #49 on: October 08, 2007, 08:22:09 AM »

Scottie, Yes I drove the rig posted both rear tractor's ie Mules are controlled by me in front tractor.

When we get to close quarters two more operators get on unit  by large Hyd tank towards front and rear ofunit we can actually make a 90 degree turn. and crab the unit to about 140 ft widewidth varies on main unit from 23 to 27 feet on the load bearing carrying surface. We usually have 4 escort vehicles plus two tire support vehicles to service the 246 tires as set up here. a variable amount of police vehicles cost run close to 2500 dollars per mile to the co.

This particular load had CIA guards 24 hour 1400 mile trip took a little over 9 travel days. Yes it pays well.

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« Reply #50 on: October 08, 2007, 08:44:05 AM »

What's it worth to you if I park this in your driveway for you to take a picture of it sitting there MINUS the load of course???

I saw a rig identical to that one coming thru UC last week! And as Larry said it had 4 escorts and many "special support vehicles" around it! I figured it was headed to the GoodYear plant here but I kept going South towards Memphis. I noticed that they'd done away with the drivers that rode down in the little jeeps looking like they were driving go-carts. Even though I really tought that it was cool too!
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