Crimson Tanker vs Rosenbauer/Central States Tanker
My volunteer fire company received an AFG award for a new tanker. We have spoken and received specks from several dealers. Right now, we are trying to decide between Crimson and Rosenbauer/Central States. We have already decided to use a Mack chassis that both dealers have specked the same. Basically, the tanker will have a 3000-gallon tank, 1250 pump, some pre-connects, and storage for equipment. The Rosenbauer/Central States is cheaper and has more of the items we want (high side compartments, extended front bumper with trashline), but I know the dealer for Crimson as a respectable, competent, honest mechanic for our older (previously owned and well used) apparatus. The Rosenbauer/Central States dealer is an honest, competent, respectable fire chief in the area. This will be the first brand new piece our fire company has ever purchased and we have very little extra spending money. We are trying to get the best quality “bang for our buck.” Any opinions (and I know there are opinions) as to which is the better tanker?
Like our Rosenbauer/Central States
We ran into the same thing with our pumper/tanker in 2005 - Rosenbauer was the only group that would customize the truck and give us more bang for our buck. We also got a KW with 2500 gallons and a 1250 side controlled pump with dumps on sides and back. We also speced a rear suction that has worked our really nice. Only regret was that we got electric dump valves with manual chutes - other than that the truck has been great.
Our neighbors have Crimson and love them - I think we got a few more features than they did for less $$.