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wanderer69

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Posted: 03/31/12 07:23pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Budget cuts plus a good dose of reality has caused the militay to relook the basic requirements for there new vehilce. The cost has risened to $450.000 per copy. Now everybody starts over. Ford diesel powered vehicle is just one of several candidates.

http://www.armytimes.com/news/2012/03/army-competition-upended-in-jltv-program-033112w/

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Hey, if we can spend millions for a toilet seat, this sounds like a bargain!


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At $250,000 a copy, these multi purpose vehicles are still an expensive replacement for the "Jeep". But requirements change to meet combat hazards and we want our troops to be as safe as possible.

I think diesel fuel is the fuel of choice since it safer to handle. I hope some of the military vehicle technology works its way into the off road vehicle market and RV market.


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Hummm.....new member with two posts (one of them locked) and both trashing Ford. to I suspect a troll? YOU BET I DO


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Actually skip, the one that was locked was a duplicate of one already running. so I locked it. This one, need to investigate some to figure out if OP i a troll or not. Did not realize the one I locked was first post either.

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PapPappy wrote:

Clicky

Hey, if we can spend millions for a toilet seat, this sounds like a bargain!


Does that million dollar toilet seat come in a jet fighter, equipped with a toilet, ejection seat, and parachute? So the fighter pilot can fly more than 4 hours at a time?? Probably worthwhile, especially if you really need to use that ejection seat, even if it is only used one time on each plane.

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I work for a defense contractor, though we do not make vehicles. I am also retired military. The average person has no idea how harsh the tactical military environment can be or what demands it places on the equipment. That's why a lot of it costs so much. Your typical 1/2- or 3/4-ton pickup (HD or not) wouldn't last a week.

The military is also standardizing their fuel. Almost no vehicles other than automobiles use gasoline any more. Virtually all are diesel or JP-8. Same goes for heaters, generators, and everything else that burns fuel.


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No Ford bashing in either the title or the post. Just facts from Army Times article.
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Just to set the record straight, I am a new member that will be retiring this year and plan on going full time. I have been reading as much as I can on RVing so that I can make a proper decision when the time comes this year to spends what I estimate to be 100k-110k for a tow vehicle and fifth wheel.
An original post was made on 26 Mar, with a link to a press release. The poster stated the Ford diesel was to power the Hummer replacement. Well I read the link, as was obvious from some of the posts that others did not. The article did not state that the Ford was the replacement. It stated their vehicle was in the competition. I merely pointed this "misstatement of fact" out in a post that I made on the 27th. Yesterday I saw the article referenced here and because that earlier thread had been locked, I reposted just to keep the record straight.
I do not know what is meant when you refer to someone on this site as a troll, but I know what it means elsewhere!

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