Anyone recognize the trailer?

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Anyone recognize the trailer?

Post by TadeO » Wed Jan 30, 2019 4:08 am

Gentlemen, any ideas? :roll:
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Re: Anyone recognize the trailer?

Post by W. Winget » Wed Jan 30, 2019 7:40 am

With the exception of the curved rear wheel protection covers (removable to work on tires)
I would say page 502 of TM9-2800 DTD 1943, Semi-Trailer Low Platform....12 ton capacity trailer with a 3 ton M363 light dolly set added under the nose (missing the removable pull bar hitch).
(warning large file)
http://www.radionerds.com/images/2/2b/T ... 0_1943.pdf

The particular manual needed:
TM 10-1228 maint, parts. semi-trailer, 7 1/2-ton, low bed, (G-600) 1942

There is a possible Dolly set on page 447 of the above TM, but another Dolly may be in the latter TM below
on page 60 of this TM 9-2800-1 dtd 1953 (another large file)
http://www.radionerds.com/images/c/c3/T ... _EN_C2.pdf

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Re: Anyone recognize the trailer?

Post by TadeO » Wed Jan 30, 2019 8:15 am

Many thanks for guiding into the right direction.

Out of curiosity-were there any particular purpose of it e.g. some trailers were used to transport tanks. Of course this one most likely not, but what was its purpose in a field.
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Re: Anyone recognize the trailer?

Post by W. Winget » Wed Jan 30, 2019 9:08 am

Probably a small Bulldozer, something usually assigned to an Engineer Company, or maybe a street roller or such. Not a tank, it's too light at 7-1/2 rating (12 Tons).
Could have been towed by a Wrecker as well to retrieve small to mid sized vehicles that could not be towed, like a jeep or truck that had axle damage.
Many uses are possible, the winch cable roller at the front indicates it pulled things on from a truck or track equipped with a rear winch in it's service life, loads of Pierced Steel Planking (Marston Mats), fuel drums, boats, bridge sections or any number of a thousand different loads of cargo are possible.
Need a hefty truck like a U7144 or U8144, Chevrolet G-7113, International M425, Brockway, etc. to pull it with either electric or air brake controller.
Scroll through some Red ball Express or Crossing the Rhine type photos, or D-Day +1 when all the support assets started rolling in for possible photos. I used to have a U7144 Open cab, but it was a project to far for me to get to, sold it off, but that would have been an excellent small trailer for that truck.
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Re: Anyone recognize the trailer?

Post by Ben Dover » Wed Jan 30, 2019 9:43 am

Looks like a WWII 8 Ton, Low Bed. There was more than one manufacturer, each had minor details in appearance. There are pics of these in military pubs of one with a Clamshell Bucket. It is Corps of engineers Responsibility.
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Re: Anyone recognize the trailer?

Post by TadeO » Sun Feb 03, 2019 12:25 pm

Many thanks, this is very helpful!
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Re: Anyone recognize the trailer?

Post by Rustman » Mon Feb 04, 2019 11:15 am

This would look good sitting on it. A 1943 Caterpillar D2

https://pittsburgh.craigslist.org/hvo/d ... 84267.html

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