Ben Hur trailer

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The Ben Hur trailer was a 1-ton World War II U.S. Army cargo trailer. Specialized variants, including a water carrier, were also manufactured.

Description[edit]

The Ben Hur trailer was nicknamed after its major manufacturer, the Ben Hur Mfg. Co., although there were many other companies that produced it between 1941 and 1945. Its primary purpose was to transport general cargo; the Signal Corps modified it to carry several different generators.

Variants[edit]

  • K-52 equipped with a PE-95 generator
  • K-63 equipped with a PE-99 generator
  • K-63A equipped with a PE-197 generator
  • V-15 used for the AN/TPQ-2 radar
  • M24 ammunition trailer (used with M15 multiple gun motor carriage, auto 37mm & two .50 BMG)
  • M25 A-load carried a 25KW generator for the tire repair truck
  • M25 B-load carried spares and fuel for the tire repair truck
  • G527 water carrier, nicknamed "water buffalo"

Specifications[edit]

  • Weight (empty): 1300 lb
  • Weight (loaded): 3300 lb off-road; 4300 lb on-road
  • Payload: 2300 lb off-road; 3300 lb on-road
  • Cargo volume: 113 cu ft
  • Length: 145 1/2 in
  • Width: 71 1/8 in
  • Height: 73 in (with canvas top)
  • Axles: 1, with 2 wheels
  • Brakes: hand, parking only

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  • TM 9-883
  • TM 10-1395
  • TM 9-2800 Standard Military Motor Vehicles. dated 1 sept. 1943
  • TM 9-2800 Military vehicles dated Oct. 1947
  • TM 11-227 Signal Communication Directory. dated 10 April 1944
  • TM 11-487 Electrical Communication systems Equipment. dated 2 Oct. 1944

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