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    Do any of the Manufactures have a standard enclosed ladder rack?

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    My guess is no. The only thing I think you might find standard is ladder monts on the officer side with low side compartments. Anything different then that will more than likely be an upgrade.

    When you say enclosed ladder rack, what exactly are you talking about? Many manufactures have enclosed ladder storage in the body of the truck or in the hosebed, but I'm not sure if that's what you're talking about.

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    Yes, an enclosed storage for the ladders.
    I have seen some through the tank, but we think that may eventually hinder things.

    We seen a Toyne with ladder storage on the side.

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    We have a Ferrara with the ladder through the tank, and I think it's one of the best setups I've seen. The ladder compartment is about shoulder height and the compartment also houses pike poles. It was an option, though.

    Now, we also have an American LaFrance built on a commercial Frieghtliner chassis. It was strictly a program truck....no customization whatsoever. It came standard with enclosed ladder storage. There's two compartments, opening from the rear of the apparatus, set on either side of the tank. This left room for rescue style doors on both sides of the rig. It's a great design and it was part of the standard program package. I don't know if they still make them that way but it was a good deal for us.
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    Do you know what model bed the ALF has with the ladder storage?

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    The new Shield S2 model from Sutphen has a standard enclosed ladder chute. 500 water, 1,500 pump, stainless plumbing, 62" raised roof cab, 370 HP engine. It's a real nice package in the program truck market. Let me know if your dept. is in the market and I'll get you in touch with your local rep.
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    The Liberty series from ALF is their current program truck....and the compartmentation is much the same as what we have....click here...

    http://www.americanlafrance.com/libe...003&p=1005&s=0


    ...and go to "View CAD drawings"...You'll see what I'm talking about.....It's kinda hard to describe without the picture....
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    I can pretty much guarantee that every builder of engines can provide some sort of enclosed ladder storage. It can be through the tank, along side the "T" of the tank, or even a compartment of sorts on top of the hose bed.

    I've seen/heard of an attempt by Pierce to enclose a ladder on an overhead rack, but I believe that the weight ended up being too much for the rack's hydraulics to lift. I'll have to look and see where I found that one.

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    Our new Engine 1 and Engine 2 have enclosed ground ladder storage. Our Engine 3 has the hydraulic ladder rack.
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    The Pierce was Pasadena, CA and the box has since been removed due to excessive weight.

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