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    Default Anybody have a better picture of this rig

    No we are NOT considering it AT ALL... I just want a better picture

    Its a blanchat mfg gunfighter
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    what a beast!
    that's a climb to the hose bed.

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    And a looooooonnnnnnnng fall... Wouldn't want it to be my ride.
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    looks like a photoshop job to me.

    If not. Daaaaannnnggg. What a monster.
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    Where did you find the pic of that rig? Anyone know what department owns that rig?
    First time I have ever saw a triple axle tanker. I wonder how someone is spossed to get the ladder down from the rack?
    Looks like they hired a apparatus consultant and he wanted to show how to "overspec" a rig.

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    Here's a link to a slideshow of Blanchat's Gunfighter series: click here
    It shows two different rigs. One of them is the one mentioned here.

    Personally, I think the rig is absolutely rediculous!
    I can't believe they actually pay me to do this!!!

    One friend noted yesterday that a fire officer only carries a flashlight, sometimes prompting grumbling from firefighters who have to lug tools and hoses.
    "The old saying is you never know how heavy that flashlight can become," the friend said.
    -from a tragic story posted on firefighterclosecalls.com

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    Well from as near as I can see the truck isn't realy "overspeced". It is a straight forward tanker designed to carry a lot of water with out being articulated, hence more members are able to drive maybe. Don't know where it is from or what local laws are, but it may just be that way so you don't need a CDL to haul that kind of water. As far as the ladders, they probably have no intention of using them, more than likely just there to satisfy NFPA as a pumper. Looks like they went with a peterbuilt, so they probably did go with a bulletproof driveline designed for the long haul. While it definately is not a city truck may be just the thing in an area loaded with farms and mountians.

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    Wouldn't work to well here in the mountains of Colorado. It is marketed as a do it all rig. I won't comment besides that it is probably was not built with firefighter safety in mind (hose bed, ladders, cab steps and on and on) If you look at the website it says it is an interface/wildland/structure rig...

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    That is what I am getting at. They aren't marketing this thing as a tanker. They are pushing it as a do-all rig. From the looks of it the only thing it may do well is haul water. I would hate to have to pack any hose on this rig. That hosebed is scary!

    If they marketed it as only a tanker, then I could understand that but unfortunately that isn't the case.
    I can't believe they actually pay me to do this!!!

    One friend noted yesterday that a fire officer only carries a flashlight, sometimes prompting grumbling from firefighters who have to lug tools and hoses.
    "The old saying is you never know how heavy that flashlight can become," the friend said.
    -from a tragic story posted on firefighterclosecalls.com

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    Is there some kind of NFPA standard for maximum hose bed height? If you need to take an elevator to it, it might be too high.
    With that much water and foam. do you really need supply line?
    I though I read that the long wheelbase taker was 3200gal. thats a lot of water.

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    The truck looks like it has it all for a good stand. The only thing missing is the trailer hitch, that way they could hitch up the fire house and take it along with them

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    I don't think they forgot the trailer hitch!!!!!!!!!!

    http://www.blanchatmfg.com/hellcat.php

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    Quote Originally Posted by Firefighter1244
    I don't think they forgot the trailer hitch!!!!!!!!!!

    http://www.blanchatmfg.com/hellcat.php
    Dang! I think we need a Gunfighter set up to pull our M548 instead of an old cab over lowboy.


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    THAT TRUCK IS A BEAST!!!

    Do you need supplemental O2 when packing hose due to the high altitude?? JEEZ!
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    Quote Originally Posted by k1500chevy97
    Dang! I think we need a Gunfighter set up to pull our M548 instead of an old cab over lowboy.

    Check their website. http://www.blanchatmfg.com/hellcat.php M548 conversion

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    Quote Originally Posted by confire
    The truck looks like it has it all for a good stand. The only thing missing is the trailer hitch, that way they could hitch up the fire house and take it along with them
    Look at the Gunfighter options on the bottom of the slide-show page...

    "Rear Pental Hitch
    The rear pental hitch option has a reinforced rear bumper with a pental hitch block attachment. This allows the pumper/tender to pull trailers with a pental hitch."

    Will that pull the station?

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    This is case of where bigger is not always better!! Can you imagine the height of the bay door this beast would need?
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    I see this a a great truck if it meets the needs of that department. It may not work in all areas, but in open, flat, sparsely populated plains states, I sure it works well for their needs.
    On the hosebed, if you have to take 3000 gallons to the fire, you probably don't have any hydrants and the hosebed is only there for NFPA.

    The joys of custom fire apparatus, someone always has a neat idea for what meets their needs. ie Fallon Nevada.

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    IMO...it is a photchop.

    Why do I say that? First off, it appears the vertical slash cut exhaust is in FRONT of the front cab door. It also appears in that area where two picture might have been put together (where the fuel tank/running boards meet. It also appears that the hard suction is just laying on the hosebed. Plus several other things that just seem a little over the top.

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    Did you happen to miss the multiple views of this exact apparatus on the manufacturer's website??? That would be a heck of a photoshop job to make ALL of those photos from different angles turn out EXACTLY the same.
    I can't believe they actually pay me to do this!!!

    One friend noted yesterday that a fire officer only carries a flashlight, sometimes prompting grumbling from firefighters who have to lug tools and hoses.
    "The old saying is you never know how heavy that flashlight can become," the friend said.
    -from a tragic story posted on firefighterclosecalls.com

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    Quote Originally Posted by IronsMan53
    Did you happen to miss the multiple views of this exact apparatus on the manufacturer's website??? That would be a heck of a photoshop job to make ALL of those photos from different angles turn out EXACTLY the same.
    AGREED!!!! I don't think there's anything Photoshop about this truck!!!!

    What he was referring to with the exhaust I believe there is an extended cab type of deal that makes the picture look kind of goofy. But.....it's the real deal!!!!

    How top heavy must that rig be????

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    Quote Originally Posted by Firefighter1244
    AGREED!!!! I don't think there's anything Photoshop about this truck!!!!

    What he was referring to with the exhaust I believe there is an extended cab type of deal that makes the picture look kind of goofy. But.....it's the real deal!!!!

    How top heavy must that rig be????
    That is why it has ROPS (tm) Roll Over Protection System.. Just look at the brochure.

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    The GVWR has to be way up there,even with a tag axle. In a rural area there is no way it could make bridge weights. A well seasoned driver would have issues getting this beast to stop or make turns safely.
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    Smile It's Real

    I just stumbled on to this thread. Real it is!!! This Unit Belongs to Hunter FD in Garfield County, OK. A neighboring fire department. I've fought fire with this truck, and most of you are correct in saying it's huge and unpractical for most. In our area it works well and is used primarily for water shuttle. It does carry LDH and can pump and roll. I hope someday you guys can get a personal look at this beautiful apparatus.

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    Quote Originally Posted by HSFDChief600 View Post
    The GVWR has to be way up there,even with a tag axle. In a rural area there is no way it could make bridge weights. A well seasoned driver would have issues getting this beast to stop or make turns safely.
    Last I checked the "tag axle" raised the Gross Vehicle Weight Rating. Which is based on axle ratings, so more axles more rating.

    Maybe your brigdes won't hold up but there are ones all around the country that will.

    I am by no means a "well seasoned driver" but every harvest I drive a tandem truck with weights up to 60,000. Have never once had trouble stopping or making turns safely.

    Long story short, you don't know every circumance or the area.

    SO DON'T PREACH LIKE YOU DO.

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