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NEWS | Nov. 28, 2022

JLTV: Flat Towing Procedures

BLUF: JLTVs are only authorized to flat tow other JLTVs.

Photo by Spc. Brittney Joy

Warfighters, according to Ground Safety Action (GSA) Message 22-016, there have been several mishaps with JLTVs flat-towing other JLTVs (or like-vehicles), especially over down-sloping terrain. In each case, the JLTV was towing a disabled vehicle while using a medium-duty tow bar. The term flat tow means that a vehicle or trailer is towed using an approved tow bar.
JLTVs are only authorized to flat tow other JLTVs. Towing other like-sized vehicles could lead to a collision or rollover, resulting in injuries, fatalities and vehicle damage.
Even when towing other JLTVs, the recovery JLTV needs to properly adjust suspension height in accordance with new flat tow procedures contained in the safety message, rather than in WP 0080 of TM 9-2320-452-10 (Oct 18), until it’s updated.
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