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|Body and chassis|
|Class||Commercial vehicle, military vehicle|
|Body style||chassis cab, flatbed, troop carrier, fire engine, recovery vehicle|
|Layout||Longitudinal front engine,
rear-wheel drive (2x4), or
four-wheel drive (4x4)
|Related||Bedford RLHZ Self Propelled Pump, aka Green Goddess|
|Engine||4.9 L 110 bhp I6 petrol|
|Height||2.602 metres (at cap)|
|Kerb weight||4.4 tons (empty)|
The Bedford RL was based on the Bedford SCL, a civilian 7-ton truck. The military version had all wheel drive and bigger wheels to increase ground clearance. Originally conservatively rated at 3 tons, all RL GS (general service) trucks in British Military service were, at a late stage in their service lives, re-rated at 4 tons without any mechanical modifications; the weight referring to its rated cross country payload weight. The last RL rolled off the production line in the early 1970s, and all together a total of 74,000 being produced.
The Home Office also purchased a large number of these vehicles, kept in reserve for any national emergency. All have now since been disposed of, many having less than 2,000 miles (3,220 km) on the clock.
- JANE's Military Vehicles and Ground Support Equipment, 1985, page 436 and 437
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