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Publications: Tracking Down the STT Trailer TM
By | Nov. 15, 2022
A reader is hunting for a TM for the STT trailer parts. Half-Mast has the answer…...

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Cold Weather: Some Must-Read PS Articles to Prepare, Plan & Train
By | Nov. 15, 2022
Updated 15 Nov 2022: Warfighters, it’s time to gear up and prepare for the many challenges of cold weather, not to mention the hazards of winter driving. Read on info and links to cold weather articles...

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Corrosion: Keep Corrosion at Bay
By | Sept. 14, 2022
To help prevent corrosion, keep plenty of desiccant on hand. Get the NSN here…...

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M1101, M1102 Trailer: NSN for Shock Absorber
By | July 29, 2022
Dear Half-Mast, I’m trying to replace a shock absorber on an M1101 trailer. However, FED LOG shows the shock absorber, NSN 2510-01-190-3862, as AAC V. That means it’s a terminal item. Can my unit still order them or is there...

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M200A1 Trailer: Testing Handbrakes
By | July 27, 2022
Maintainers, TACOM is aware that procedures for testing the handbrakes on the M200A1 trailer aren’t in TM 9-2320-205-13&P (Sep 14). Until the TM is updated, use MIL DTL-45150N (Jun 15). Get the testing steps here...

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Trailers: Inspect the Coupling Systems in Inventory
By | June 15, 2022
Warfighters, according to Ground Safety Action Message (GSAM) 22-012, you’ll need to inspect the coupling systems on your trailers. In September 2019, a batch of coupler drawbar rings, NSN 2540-00-999-5584, also known as...

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Ground Vehicles: Don’t go off the Rails with Secondary Cargo Loads
By | June 6, 2022
On Pages 11-15 of PS 758 (Jan 16), we told you that when equipment, palletized cargo or small vehicles are loaded onto or into the cargo areas of trucks or trailers transported by rail, it’s called a secondary cargo load. Get...

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M871 Semitrailer: Drill Drain Holes in Storage Boxes
By | May 24, 2022
Dear Editor, we support a transportation unit with 120 semitrailers. The semitrailers carry a mounted storage box that holds all the BII tools, chains and binding equipment. The storage box costs about $680 and the stored...

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M1102 Trailer: Marine Corps LTT Brake Drums Different
By | April 21, 2022
Marines, the brake drums on your light tactical trailer (LTT) aren’t the same as the ones used by the Army. That’s because of the screw-on style of the grease cap that the Marine Corps opted to use on their M1102s. Get what...

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Corrosion: Bust Rust with TACOM CCI Checklists
By | March 31, 2022
Maintenance leaders, did you know the TACOM Corrosion website has corrosion control inspection (CCI) checklists? It sure does. Here's what you need to know...

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M149A2 Water Trailer: Need a Data Plate?
By | March 9, 2022
Maintenance leaders, do you need to order either a water tank data plate or trailer data plate for your M149A2 water trailer? Here’s some help...

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Tactical Vehicles: Don’t Make Winter Driving a Chilling Experience
By | Feb. 28, 2022
Operators, winter driving presents unique challenges. The bottom line is that you need to be prepared for these challenges. Here's what you need to know...

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Corrosion: New Documents Published
By | Feb. 25, 2022
Corrosion is an ongoing battle. To ensure this menace never wins the day, two new corrosion policy and procedures publications are available...

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M105A2, M105A3 Trailers: Replacement Lunette and Landing Leg
By | Feb. 25, 2022
Maintenance leaders, here's some helpful information for replacement parts for your M105A2 and M105A3 trailers. Read about it here...

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M172A1 Semitrailer: Need the NSN for the Ramp Assembly?
By | Feb. 17, 2022
Mechanics, are you looking for the NSN for a ramp assembly for your M172A1 semitrailer? Read on for the NSN...

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Tactical Vehicles: 2021 Year-in-Review
By | Jan. 21, 2022
Maintenance leaders, NSNs were the most frequent topics covered in 2021 for tactical vehicles and trailers. Corrosion prevention and the roll-out of Non-Combat Operations Maintenance Plan (NCOMP) were also hot topics this...

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M1088A1P2 FMTV: Don’t Pull M1082 or M1095 Trailers
By | Dec. 27, 2021
Operators, don’t try pulling an M1082 or M1095 trailer with your M1088A1P2 FMTV because the safety chains could get caught on the counterweight and potentially cause damage to the vehicle and trailer. Read on to discover what...

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M916A3 Tractor Truck: Ignition Keys
By | Dec. 8, 2021
Operators, do you need ignition switch keys for your M916A3, but can’t find them in the TM? That's because Item 16 in Fig 69 of TM 9-2320-302-24P (Feb 06) doesn’t show the ignition switch keys. Here's how you get them...

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M915A5 Tractor Truck: Order a Programmed ECM
By | Nov. 19, 2021
Operators, if you need to order an engine control module (ECM) for your M915A5 tractor truck, don’t use the part number (PN) that’s on the item itself. Instead, use the one provided here...

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M915A3 Tractor Truck, M872A4 Semitrailer: Update for Winter Tires
By | Nov. 16, 2021
Warfighters, according to TACOM Maintenance Action Message (MAM) 21-053, you’ll need to check your M915A3 tractor trucks and M872A4 semitrailers to ensure that Michelin® and Goodyear® tires aren’t both mounted on the same...

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M149 Water Trailer: Don’t Learn Safety by Accident!
By | Oct. 28, 2021
During a training exercise in March 2021, a Soldier suffered a serious foot injury while disconnecting a full M149 water trailer from the prime mover. Here's how and why...

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M149A2 Water Trailer: TM Updates for Brake Assemblies & Water Tank
By | Oct. 26, 2021
If you have an M149A2 water trailer, there are some issues when it comes to the brake configuration in TM 9-2330-267-13&P (Dec 15). Read on for TM updates...

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M1000 HET Semitrailer: 5-Year Service Kit
By | Oct. 21, 2021
Maintenance leaders, don’t use the 5-Year Supplemental Booklet anymore for your 5-year services on your M1000 semitrailers. That booklet was replaced by WP 0036.1 in TM 9-2330-381-13 (Apr 15, w/Ch1), and also be sure to use...

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Fuel Tankers: Trailer Service Info
By | Sept. 16, 2021
Maintainers, looking for a handy guide for services and parts for your fuel tankers? We’ve got you covered. Download them from here...

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Ground Vehicles: QR Codes for PMCS Not TACOM-Endorsed
By | Aug. 26, 2021
Dear MSG Half-Mast, I work on a Command Maintenance Evaluation/Maintenance Assistance Instruction (COMET/MAIT) team and keep seeing quick response (QR) codes used to access the PMCS tables of a vehicle’s TMs. Can they be...

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I Own This Campaign: Nominate a Deserving Warfighter
By | Aug. 16, 2021
Taking ownership and pride in assigned vehicles and equipment is vital to ensuring personal, unit and fleet readiness. Without this personal investment and active involvement, Warfighters fail to ensure preventive and...

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M1082, M1095 Trailers: NCOMP is the New Plan
By | Aug. 10, 2021
Maintainers, there’s a new plan for M1082 2-1/2 ton and M1095 5-ton trailers that aren’t used very much. The Optimized Maintenance Non-Combat Operations Maintenance Plan (NCOMP) will help reduce the service workload for these...

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M1101 Trailer: One Strap or Two?
By | Aug. 10, 2021
Maintainers, before you order that water can strap for your trailer, look at the water can holder. Depending on the type of holder mounted onto your trailer, you’ll need either a single strap or dual straps. Take a look...

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Corrosion: Use Cavity Wax to Stop It Dead in its Tracks
By | July 30, 2021
If you’re a spray paint technician assigned to a Logistics Readiness Center (LRC) or depot, have you heard of cavity wax? It’s a wax specifically designed for corrosion protection. Here's what you need to know...

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M1101, M1102 Trailer: Better Test the Handbrakes
By | July 22, 2021
If you have an M1101 or M1102 trailer, don’t forget to test the two (2) handbrake levers (curbside/roadside). The handbrakes engage the brake pads. Forgetting means you run the risk of the trailer rolling and that’s not good!...

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M200A1 trailer: NSN for Axle Assembly with ABS
By | July 19, 2021
If your unit has M200A1 trailers, you might have already noticed that TM 9-2330-205-13&P (Sep 14) doesn’t show an NSN for the axle assembly with anti-lock brake system (ABS). Get the NSN here...

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Tactical Vehicles: Cavity Wax Curbs Corrosion
By | April 12, 2021
Soldiers, there’s a weapon to combat corrosion in all of those difficult-to-reach cavities on your tactical vehicles. Most of the cavities aren’t painted, which means that dirt and gunk just hide in there, corroding frames...

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M200A1 Trailer: Brake Shoe Update
By | Nov. 25, 2020
Maintainers, if you have an M200A1 trailer, this little workhorse has an important brake shoe update that’s not in TM 9-2330-205-13&P (Sep 14). The roadside brake shoe (with emergency brake link), NSN 2530-00-774-9401, has...

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M1101-Series Bulk Brake Line
By | Nov. 13, 2020
This article initially appeared in PS 715 (Jun 12), p. 45. You can order bulk brake line for the M1101A1/A2/A3-series ¾-ton cargo trailers using NSN 4710-00-350-9896...

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M1101/M1102 Trailers: Landing Leg Wheels Update
By | July 9, 2020
The single pin caster wheels for the M1101/M1102 trailer’s landing legs have been replaced by a 4-bolt caster, with the same NSN 5340-01-611-2350. This 4-bolt caster appears as Item 7 of Group 1507 in TM 9-2330-392-13&P (Dec...

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M989A1 HEMAT Shock Absorber NSN
By | Jan. 29, 2020
Use NSN 2510-01-674-7408 to get a shock absorber for the 11-ton heavy expanded mobile ammunition trailer (HEMAT). This NSN replaces NSN 2510-01-289-8286 shown as Item 2 in Fig 22 of TM 9-2330-383-14&P (Dec 91, w/Ch 1, Jan...

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M1000 HET Semitrailer: Installing New APU Hydraulic Pump
By | Dec. 19, 2019
Mechanics, there’s a new hydraulic motor pump, NSN 4320-15-010-3304, available for your M1000 HET semitrailer’s auxiliary power unit (APU). This new pump is a different design and replaces the old, black cast-iron pump, NSN...