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    My department is in the process of specing out a new pumper and are looking for cross lay information. Particularly the use of the roll out tray. Can anyone provide me with any information. How well do they off load, re-load etc? Would you have them put on another truck. Any help would be greatly appreciated.
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    Robert

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    We have many new engines in my dept that have them. My own co. included. I'm not sure how I feel about them. I'll just try to give a pros & cons approach.

    Pros:

    *Makes the re-load of the crosslay easy.
    *In the event that you were trading out with a reserve unit you could pull the tray and switch it over, if it too has roll outs.
    *It unloads just as good as any other croasslay set-up I have used.


    Cons:
    * once loaded the tray can be hard to handle.
    * it can be hard to connect back to the preconnect's discharge elbow.

    Anyway, some guys in my Dept like em and some don't. I like 'em I guess. The only thing I don't like is the transfer from the ground back into the "compartment" that the tray rests in. It's usually easy enough, but in the dark after a house fire on a poorly lite street it can get hung up etc. You also have to reach in to connect the hose the elbow, which at times can be tough, but other times not so bad. It really just depends. I have used both set-ups, so, I'm pretty much happy either way.
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    • #3
      We have two new pumpers that have "speed lay's with roll out tray's. Work's great. One thing we did do was make a 25' section of 1 1/2 that connects inside the speed lay. This stay's connected all the time. Second, the connection is on a swivil elbow that will go either way. It's on the top and works great. If you need some pic's email me and I'll be glad to take some and send them to you.

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      • #4
        emsrbell,

        How long are the crosslays your Dept uses? Our elbows swivel too, but we use 200' preconnects. I think the problem with ours is related to the extra section of 1 3/4" hose. I say extra because I know many Depts still use a 150', with some also keeping the other at 200' for special cases. We use 200' for both lays.

        That extra section seems to want to get in the way of the elbow a lot. We have about a 3 foot section that connects first. Some co.'s get rid of them to make more room. The problem usually comes with trying to get the elbow connected, without mucking up the crosslay. Other than that I think most of the Co's that have them like 'em.
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        • #5
          You can "permanently" connect a short length,3-5 feet, of your attack hose to the discharge coupling. This allows you to make that connection only once and without messing-up the neat preconnect load you just made.
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          • #6
            jdturner04

            Thank you for your input. Yes I would like any pic's that you may have. Unable to retrieve you e-mail. Please send to [email protected]

            33motor

            We presently run with (1)150' 2-1/2 and (2)200' 1-1/2 preconnects above pump panel. Manufacture that I spoke with has a swivel connection above the tray which I think would stay connected.
            Thanks

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