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    RFDACM...

    My career FD has HME/3-D pumpers and HME/3-D Aerial Innovations ladder and quint. They have a ton more miles than my volly FD will ever put on this pumper and frankly the majority of the problems with them have been with the fire apparatus builder part and not the HME chassis. The two ladders are low profile to fit in older stations and I would suppose the rough ride on those is HME's fault.

    Someone mentioned previously here about 30,000 miles on a rig already...I would bet in the last 10 years all of our rigs together don't total that. We are a small village, 1 1/2 miles long by roughly 1 mile wide. Runs totals hover around 40 a year. The roads are decent so it isn't like inner city pot hole pounding.

    Also, my experience with HME is like yours, someone else built the fire apparatus part not HME Ahrens Fox. Ours is completely being built by HME AHrens Fox so there is no interfacing the chasis and body with an outside manufacturer. Will it make a difference? I certainly hope so.

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    I have seen some improvements from HME locally. The dept. next to us has two 2002 HME/Central States, one 75' quint and a pumper. The cab and chassis looks much better than our 1999. No door screw issues and better fit and finish. Ours looks like a cement truck cab inside. I don't believe they've had any real significant issues with the chassis yet. The Central States parts are another issue. Probably an all HME will be much better than these hybrids. Its not unheard of for a company to improve its products, just rare. I hope the HME's work out for you. I just have seen and heard of many late 90's ones with rust issues and wiring issues. We installed a back-up camera in our HME last shift and the in-cab wiring is a nightmare! Certainly less than top notch connectors and the like, but again some of that may have been Central States tie ins. As for runs, this engine sees maybe 500-600 runs a year with EMS back-up calls. But we've had larger issues with backline peices that don't run nearly as many calls. Sometimes less runs is not better, especially for the springs.

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    We did the final inspection and the truck is supposed to be delivered this week.

    Here are a few teaser pics for you guys!!

    http://img433.imageshack.us/img433/7718/mvc021s5hf.jpg
    http://img481.imageshack.us/img481/2051/mvc018s5ke.jpg
    http://img194.imageshack.us/img194/2142/mvc016s9xj.jpg

    We think it looks amazing....better than we could have dreamed.

    FyredUp

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    Quote Originally Posted by FyredUp
    We did the final inspection and the truck is supposed to be delivered this week.

    Here are a few teaser pics for you guys!!

    http://img433.imageshack.us/img433/7718/mvc021s5hf.jpg
    http://img481.imageshack.us/img481/2051/mvc018s5ke.jpg
    http://img194.imageshack.us/img194/2142/mvc016s9xj.jpg

    We think it looks amazing....better than we could have dreamed.

    FyredUp
    Looks nice I can only hope that the plans that are at the factory for ours will turn out as well as yours appears to have.....

    The package is there and the engineering department is going over it so that they HME will sign-off on the contract and it will get built!!!

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    Good luck ChiefDog...

    Overall it was a good experience. A few glitches here and there but they were all corrected. Our sales guy was good to us and Ken Lenz was very nice to us when we were at the plant.

    If there are any questions that I can answer please feel free to either PM me or e-mail me.

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