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  • #16
    I agree with everything you said. Mini rigs have a place - we have a manpower unit on an F-350 with a cascade that is ideal - simple, cheap, and essentially disposable. When it gets replaced, it won't cost much to replace, and it takes wear off the big rigs when running to nosebleeds and hangnails.

    We sold the larger chassis unit to our board over a mini pumper by dividing up the life expectancy. We'll get fifteen years from the IH, ten from an F-550 (and we have two F-550 rescues that are overloaded, they'll be lucky to make 10 years). Put fifteen years into the cost of the bigger chassis unit, and ten into the cost of a mini pumper, and the cost per year was interesting, especially considering the added capability of the larger unit.

    There's a couple of smaller units running around on the smallest of IH and Freightliner chassis. Someone was thinking there...
    "Share your knowledge - it's a way to achieve immortality." - Stolen from Chase Sargent's Buddy to Boss program

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    • #17
      FyredUp, could you give me a few things to take to the meeting tomorrow. Like for example, what works and what dosen't and what are some things that might be a good idea to have.

      I agree with you on the weight issue. This is our first crack at specing a brush rig. The final say is from the rural board members. They are calling it a brush truck, however; they want it to perform vehicle extrication as well. I think if we have 300 gal of water, jaws (etc), and a pump big enough to fight vehicle fires (what they want). I agree it's going to be getting too heavy. They keep mentioning a F-550. We have some Ford mechanics on the Dept and they said stay away from them. I've also heard other Depts say to stay away from them as well. One Dept said they blew up 2 motors on F-550 ambulances and blew up a bush truck motor.

      I'm kind of confused on what to suggest. I like the Chev 5500.


      Your thoughts,

      Mike

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      • #18
        firemanmikey: FyredUp, could you give me a few things to take to the meeting tomorrow. Like for example, what works and what dosen't and what are some things that might be a good idea to have.

        I agree with you on the weight issue. This is our first crack at specing a brush rig. The final say is from the rural board members. They are calling it a brush truck, however; they want it to perform vehicle extrication as well. I think if we have 300 gal of water, jaws (etc), and a pump big enough to fight vehicle fires (what they want). I agree it's going to be getting too heavy. They keep mentioning a F-550. We have some Ford mechanics on the Dept and they said stay away from them. I've also heard other Depts say to stay away from them as well. One Dept said they blew up 2 motors on F-550 ambulances and blew up a bush truck motor.

        I'm kind of confused on what to suggest. I like the Chev 5500.

        Your thoughts,

        Mike
        Mike,

        Remember I am a salesman, but I will give you my honest opinion because I am a firefighter first. I also will give you my opinion from my view point and I will not attack any other fire truck manufacturer's product.

        I need to ask you a couple of questions but I will answer your questions based on my assumptions.

        First question: Transmission? Automatic or standard?

        Second question: Pump size? Would you like a full Class A rated fire pump of between 1000 and 1500?

        Okay here we go. From what you have said this is NOT a brush truck. This is a cross between a brush truck and an initial attack / rescue truck. In my humble opinion you need to step up to a bigger chassis like the GMC 7500 or a Freightliner or an International. Why? Ability to carry the weight you want in water and equipment and personnel without overloading the chassis. And the ability to have a full size Class A rated fire pump of from 1000 gpm to 1500 gpm.

        Here is a big one for you to consider. With the GMC 5500 there is no way to get an automatic transmission and and have a throttle set-up for running the pump that does not void the factory warranty. I am not sure if that applies to the F 550 or not, but I do know that with either one you are limited to a PTO pump of 500 gpm or less with an automatic transmission. In order to get a bigger or Class A rated fire pump you need to get a standard transmission.

        I have heard through the grapevine that when Ford runs out of the International diesel engines it has been putting in the F 550 they will not be putting diesels in them anymore. Apparently there has been finger pointing in both directions over who is responsible for some of these engines failing prematurely. So if you want a diesel F 550 you need to act quickly.

        Okay forgive me for a little sales pitch here but if you would like specific information on what my company has to offer please e-mail me and I would be happy to send you some information.

        If I can be of further help please feel free to contact me, I am glad to help one firefighter to another.

        Good luck with this. Buying a fire truck can be a wonderful experience if you get it right, or it can be a 20 year reminder of what you did wrong.

        FyredUp
        Crazy, but that's how it goes
        Millions of people living as foes
        Maybe it's not too late
        To learn how to love, and forget how to hate

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        • #19
          FyredUp,

          Ford will always have diesels in the superdutys. they just came out with a all new diesel built by International. its a 6.4l with 650ftlbs. Yes their were some problems with the first two years of 6.0l engins, but thoes have been delt with. Ford has to much too loose to screw up the new diesel.

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          • #20
            I'll let you know what was decided on as we have our meeting tomorrow morning.


            Mike

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            • #21
              Mike,

              I look forward to hearing what was decided. I hope the info I gave you was useful.

              Good luck,

              FyredUp
              Crazy, but that's how it goes
              Millions of people living as foes
              Maybe it's not too late
              To learn how to love, and forget how to hate

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              • #22
                Well they decided to go with a F-550 with a skid unit. They also want to enclose the skid unit with cabinets and what not. That's where we're at so far.

                They didn't even look a the Chev 5500, don't ask me why. So we'll see how it goes.

                I'll keep ya posted. Thanks for all the info and suggestions.

                Mike

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                • #23
                  Originally posted by FyredUp View Post
                  Mike,
                  Okay here we go. From what you have said this is NOT a brush truck. This is a cross between a brush truck and an initial attack / rescue truck. In my humble opinion you need to step up to a bigger chassis like the GMC 7500 or a Freightliner or an International. Why? Ability to carry the weight you want in water and equipment and personnel without overloading the chassis. And the ability to have a full size Class A rated fire pump of from 1000 gpm to 1500 gpm.
                  .....
                  Okay forgive me for a little sales pitch here but if you would like specific information on what my company has to offer please e-mail me and I would be happy to send you some information.
                  Since I know FyredUp won't do this, but I can read what's on his mind, I will post a picture for him.



                  GMC 7500, 1,000 GPM QPak, 500 gallon tank.

                  FyredUp, I think that we all understand the position you are in, but I know that I, personally, wouldn't mind if you shared specifics of your company's products here on the forums. As long as you make it known that you sell for them (which you have), and you don't go spewing sales BS (which some here do, but you don't), I actually enjoy having people on these boards that are intimately familiar with a certain manufacturer's product line. This helps to keep our perspectives fresh and innovative.

                  As NPFD said in another thread, if a builder really wants to build a certain product, they probably can. The RAT above is a perfect example - it's not some engineering marvel on HME's part - it's just a very nice package that they've put together as a standard offering - which is a very important thing to do.

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                  • #24
                    BlitzfireSolo,

                    Thanks for understanding my position. I think what tends to happen here on occasion people tend to lose credibility by being little more than a cheerleader for a specific product. I am trying hard to maintain the credibility I have by not doing that.

                    The truck you posted a picture of is the HME Ahrens Fox RAT (Rapid Attack Truck). It is available on either commercial or custom chassis, with 2 or 4 wheel drive. The minimum chassis it is built on is the GMC 7500. We will not build it on the GMC 5500 or the F 550 for reasons I have mentioned in earlier posts. Depending on whether it is a commercial or a custom chassis the pumps can be either a Class A rated mid mount of between 500 and 1750 gpm, or a 500 to 1250 with pump and roll. Water tanks can be up to 500 gallons. Class A foam is available and CAFs is an option depending on chassis.

                    I could go on and on about this rig but I think this gives a taste if you want more info let me know.

                    FyredUp
                    Crazy, but that's how it goes
                    Millions of people living as foes
                    Maybe it's not too late
                    To learn how to love, and forget how to hate

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                    • #25
                      I was talking to one of the rural board members, and he said they're going to go with the F550 V10 gas. His arguments were it would be about $10K less and save on weight. Then I said but the diesel has more bottom end power, which is what we'd need in a bush unit. So his response was we'll just make sure we get the right rear end in it. By doing that we might have a top speed of 90km/h (sorry for the metric :P)

                      Just wanting some thoughts on this. Good or bad idea to go with the gas?

                      Mike

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                      • #26
                        My personal opinion. Based on MY personal experience over the years as a firefighter. Not as a salesman.

                        This is another example of penny wise and dollar foolish logic.

                        I understand cost issues, but the dollars they save up front will bite them in the back end. More maintenance issues with a too light chassis and gasoline powered engine. Hey just for giggles call your local Ford dealer and ask him what a tune up costs on that engine.

                        We got rid of our gasoline brush truck 2 years ago for a diesel engined 5/4 ton GMC ex-military pick up and we will never go gasoline engine again.

                        Ever wonder why you don't see gasoline engine fire trucks anymore? I don't.

                        FyredUp
                        Crazy, but that's how it goes
                        Millions of people living as foes
                        Maybe it's not too late
                        To learn how to love, and forget how to hate

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