Lil help on HME and commercial
Hey guys I am in a dilema. We were awarded a grant for a new class a pumper. Originally we were specing out a commercial chasis, 1250 pump, 1000 tank, and other assorted goodies. With a commercial chasis, we could have gotten all good quality tools, hose, and equipment. We were set to go with Rosenbauer who was going to custom make a 3/16 aluminum body for us, with a kick *** warranty. Now, HME has stepped into the ring with their custom chasis. Although I love the look of the custom, I am horribly concerned with the quality. The HME is going to have a stainless body, which is nice, but everything from the steps to the doors seems flimsy and not well make. I could just put my foot on the steps, push down, and they would bend. That's not even putting any weight on them!!! We currently have an HME in service, and are very very unhappy with the quality of workmanship. The thing has leaked oil and power steering fluid since we got it, the paint is falling off, the windows are cracking, and the thing rattles like a tin can. My next concern is the lighting package offered on the HME. They are installing the pawer arc lighting system, which provides adequate warning per 1901, but to me looks like ****, and doesn't provide enough warnging power in my opinion. Not to mention the power draw would be almost 150 amps to light everything up. We would also take a big hit on compartment space with the HME. Basically I am looking for some advice on the following....
1) What is the overall quality of HME like nowadays?
2) As compaired to a custom apparatus, what is the manuverability of a newer commercial chasis like?
3) Has anyone had experience with the power arc halogen lighting?
4) How is the durability and quality of the rosenbauer aluminum body?
Oh I forgot to mention... both vehicles will be coming with the ISC 330 motor and Alison trans. The HME will be coming with a 1500 pump. I have been told by several different people that a 330hp pump will not be good enough to power a 1500 gpm pump. I have a feeling the 330 will be way under powered for a custom chasis.