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Old 29th March 2013, 22:15   #16
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I wonder why a DOST was not used for this application, shorter length while maintaining the same loading length, more rated payload capacity and adequate for the application plus cheaper.

A pick-up seems like overkill.
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I wonder why a DOST was not used for this application, shorter length while maintaining the same loading length, more rated payload capacity and adequate for the application plus cheaper.

A pick-up seems like overkill.
If the vehicle has to go inside a construction/ mining site for fuelling, it better be a pick up than a small LCV. Vehicles like Dost or Super Ace are meant for better roads with minimal gradients. Among Pick ups in India, the 207 has the highest Ground clearance and hence reinforces my feeling regarding the application.
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I wonder why a DOST was not used for this application, shorter length while maintaining the same loading length, more rated payload capacity and adequate for the application plus cheaper.

A pick-up seems like overkill.
I guess they need a balanced weight distribution with the RX having engine in the front. This need may arise due to the fact that while speeding with the tank even partially full will force the fuel to the back and put the entire load there lifting the truck. Just a thought, seniors might clarify in detail.
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I guess they need a balanced weight distribution with the RX having engine in the front. This need may arise due to the fact that while speeding with the tank even partially full will force the fuel to the back and put the entire load there lifting the truck. Just a thought, seniors might clarify in detail.
Tanks are provided with baffles on the inside to prevent that happening.
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Tanks are provided with baffles on the inside to prevent that happening.
Of course! I am forgetting my basics now.
As per the relaxation of use of materials for these kind of tankers, one can expect some innovative materials like plastic/FRP/ aluminium to maximise payload.

MotorIndia magazine reference link to show the new legislation:
http://www.motorindiaonline.in/appli...o-use-tankers/
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I guess they need a balanced weight distribution with the RX having engine in the front. This need may arise due to the fact that while speeding with the tank even partially full will force the fuel to the back and put the entire load there lifting the truck. Just a thought, seniors might clarify in detail.
Does that mean the DOST or super ace concept would be more cost effective ?
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IIRC, a local Malayalam daily reported that some similar Tata pickups were converted to mini fire fighters in Kerala but those were not certified roadworthy as the brakes / handling were inadequate considering the load.

Googled for a picture, but in vain. Any Keralites remember reading this?
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Tanks are provided with baffles on the inside to prevent that happening.
True. However its still prefered to have front engined vehicles as fuel tankers. Reason being if the engine is just below the tank, then there is more chance of fuel explosion due to hot vapors from the engine. A front engined tanker will place the fuel tank farther away from the electricals and the engine.
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