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Emergency response vehicle

Discussion in 'Member's Photos' started by Docddd, Apr 26, 2012.

  1. Docddd

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    This "Go Anywhere" rig has carried paramedics up fire roads that were too steep for fire equipment, blocked roads at traffic scenes and went of swift water rescues in the Big-Tujunga Canyon.
     

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    Nice! Lets see some interior pics to see what you get for equipment inside!
     
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    More views of the rig

    We decided NOT to install the exhaust snorkel because if we were ever in that deep, we'd really be in trouble. :smile:
     

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    For all the great stuff you added above the ground, I'm surprised you didn't put some better all-terrain tires on this. Why not?
     
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    It also has 1/4 inch steel rock sliders and a front rock shield. Now to your question:

    I had a choice of off road heavy duty tires but after running through the pros and cons, I came to this decision; most of my responses are on paved roads (85%), sometimes slick with water (10%) and some off road in streams or on sand/gravel/clay roadways (5%), and my paved road responses are usually around 35-45 mph, so I went with all terrain tires. I do carry one full sized tire on the roof and the doughnut.

    So far, this has shown to be the correct response. 2 years ago, during the "Station Fire" I was caught in a rock slide that carried me 25 feet sideways into a shoulder popping my right rear tire. The surrounding fire storm temperature was about 150 degrees. The County Fire truck offered me the choice of pushing the rig over the cliff to clear the roadway or acting as a stanchion to be winched out. I pulled out of the gully and drove out.

    One other benefit of all terrain tires is that they are quieter. On the roof rack, I had a spoiler installed that cuts down wind noise by about 75%.
     

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    I didn't realize they were all-terrains. The tread pattern looked more like regular road tires. What make/model/size are they? I've used both the Nitto Terra Grapplers and now the Cooper Zeon LTZ's both in 285/60/18. Both are all-terrains as well, but they have a more aggressive looking tread pattern. I like them for the same reasons you mentioned - balance of on-road quiet and handling, plus great off road performance.
     
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    Great looking truck. Am looking to install both the ladder and snorkel on my '05 this weekend.
     
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    READ THE INSTRUCTIONS COMPLETELY. I accidently threw out the template for the snorkel and had one hell of a time making another one. Re: THe rear ladder. Be careful you don't unplug the wire to the door switch. I did and it took me two hours to get the tailgate re-opened.
     
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    I have two sets of tires. The ones you saw before were for high speed (for a Rover) runs to city locations on city streets. Now that wildfire season is on us, I've changed to more aggressive tires. I never use "mud" tires because of the noise and lack of traction on slick streets.
     

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