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  1. tmuenster

    Lowering a M149A2 Water Buffalo Trailer??

    I was giving this matter more consideration and is there any reason the tires could not be turned “dish out” and reinstalled? The new tire track width would be nearly as wide as having the dually setup but not require the additional tire.
  2. tmuenster

    Lowering a M149A2 Water Buffalo Trailer??

    I found a couple of pics of a M149 at GovPlanet.com that I wanted to add to this post just in case someone else is considering this same issue in the future. Looks like this water buffalo tumped over and it has some truck tires.
  3. tmuenster

    Lowering a M149A2 Water Buffalo Trailer??

    I found a tech manual for the M149 Water Buffalo and researched the suspension. The suspension appears to be very well engineered like a lot of military equipment. The suspension includes a radius rod, shocks, and leaf springs. I don’t think I would want to try to flip the axle to top side of...
  4. tmuenster

    Lowering a M149A2 Water Buffalo Trailer??

    JuanPrado, Thanks for the excellent suggestion. I would not use the water buffalo on the highway so no issues there. The ”dually“ setup sounds like it would be an excellent way to improve the stability without having to lower the suspension. I did find a guy in South Dakota that has a...
  5. tmuenster

    Lowering a M149A2 Water Buffalo Trailer??

    Gary, Thank you for your advice and sharing your experience. I have a Kubota L6060 which is a midsized tractor that I think is a bit smaller than your JD 5520. I read the M149 Water Buffalos have a high center of gravity and the free surface effect of the water makes them prone to overturning...
  6. tmuenster

    Lowering a M149A2 Water Buffalo Trailer??

    I am considering buying a M149A2 water buffalo trailer to use at my farm. The trailer would be pulled mostly with my tractor so it would be nice if the water buffalo set a little lower. Does anyone know if these trailers can be easily lowered? Maybe swap out the springs or remove a suspension...
  7. tmuenster

    USCG SPC SW 24’ Boat

    The government had reserve auction prices for these surplus USCG boats ranging from $25k to over $40K depending on location and condition of the boat. The marine industry, like the aviation industry, is a very expensive market. Watercraft made for government use are extremely heavy duty and...
  8. tmuenster

    USCG SPC SW 24’ Boat

    Nope but having a DUKW would be fantastic!
  9. tmuenster

    USCG SPC SW 24’ Boat

    I am across the river in Linden, TN so I hope to catch up with you at the Perryville Marina sometime! I put the boat in the water at the Mousetail State Park ramp for my first TN River run. Uncle Sam may have retired these old warhorses but I plan to keep them running a while.
  10. tmuenster

    My gratitude in memory of those who served and have given their life!

    Well said, Serpico! I am a veteran and attended today’s Memorial Day service at Shiloh National Military Park in Tennessee. It was a beautiful service and one of the best I have been to. It was humbling to sit among the gravesites of those who sacrificed everything for America. I think we...
  11. tmuenster

    USCG SPC SW 24’ Boat

    Thanks Tommy2Patrick! I am excited to have this boat. The refit was expensive like anything for the marine industry. However, I was lucky to have Metal Shark take on the project. They were interested to see how their design did over the boat’s service with the USCG and they had a space in...
  12. tmuenster

    USCG SPC SW 24’ Boat

    I found a US Coast Guard SPC SW (Special Purpose Craft- Shallow Water) boat last fall on the GSA site. It was located at the Fort Macon North Carolina Coast Guard Station. When I bought it, the twin Honda 150 outboards had been removed along with most of the electronics. I contacted Metal...
  13. tmuenster

    Advice on M929 Dump Truck

    The area we are working has some unusual soils for sure. “Bog” is a good way to describe things. Here is a pic from a telehandler that got stuck. The machine weighs about 14k lbs and we had driven over this spot several times prior to getting stuck. In this case, the added weight of some...
  14. tmuenster

    Advice on M929 Dump Truck

    It wasn’t a case where I drove into the problem. We are excavating an area that has wet soil. We had taken a few loads out before I got stuck. I backed up the excavator, the truck was loaded, and it started to sink when I was pulling away. No big deal. It happens a lot with dirt work. As...
  15. tmuenster

    Advice on M929 Dump Truck

    I got to try out the dump truck today on my project in TN. It is a hoss. The 6x6 is very good but not invincible. I also got to try out the winch. 😉
  16. tmuenster

    Advice on M929 Dump Truck

    My dump truck seemed naked without the proper markings. Needless to say, it will never be mistaken for an "Army Dump Truck" now. SeaBees! Can do! Go Navy!
  17. tmuenster

    Advice on M929 Dump Truck

    Yesterday, I picked up my M929 5 Ton 6x6 Dump Truck at Memphis Equipment. The truck was ready to go and they spent some time with me going over the features and operation of the truck. It was a great experience buying this truck from Memphis Equipment. The truck will be a simple, rugged and...
  18. tmuenster

    MEP 1040 for Off Grid Travel Trailer and Temp Power for Construction

    I did some research on ‘wet stacking’ and decided my little trailer would not draw enough power for MEP 1040 to run efficiently. I did some research and found a “soft start” for the AC on my trailer that allows the Honda EU2200i power up the AC while still having enough power for everything...
  19. tmuenster

    MEP 1040 for Off Grid Travel Trailer and Temp Power for Construction

    Many thanks for the advice. I am looking into a Spider Box. I do have a small Honda 2200 watt generator but it is not quite enough to run the AC in my travel trailer with everything else. It’s been fine this winter but I know there are some long, hot days coming in TN. :)
  20. tmuenster

    MEP 1040 for Off Grid Travel Trailer and Temp Power for Construction

    I am writing to request advice or ideas for wiring a MEP 1040 generator to use at my off grid homestead site. I would like to use the generator for a couple of purposes- 1) Shore power for my small travel trailer that uses a typical 30 amp RV plug 2) Temporary power in the field for powering...
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