NEWS | Aug. 1, 2019

Shadow Trailers: No License for Unlimited or Improper Towing

Shadow operators,

Just because your universal ground control station (UGCS) and air vehicle transport (AVT) shelters have tow hitches doesn’t mean there’s zero risk in using them for towing.
Proper operation of the Shadow’s UGCS and AVT shelters is a must. If not, you may pay a heavy cost in damaged equipment, including what’s loaded inside. So be forewarned.
Properly use AVT tow hitch and UGCS tow hitch for trailer towing unless commander approves deviation after risk assessment.

Never load a vehicle beyond the manufacturer’s listed gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR). You can find the correct weights in the DA Transportability Approval document, DP12-13 (22 Jan 16).

Once you’ve packed the UGCS and AVT shelters according to TM 1-1550-1689-23&P, they’re already at the maximum GVWR. So stop there. Loading additional equipment can damage the HMMWV’s axle and transmission.

Prior to moving equipment, make sure your commander knows about any deviation in trailer towing so that a risk assessment can be made.