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    so maybe my guess was correct...

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    Seems like the DUKW was safer than the bus.

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    Please keep the thread on track and refrain from discussing taxes. It is a sore enough subject with people the way it is and using the deaths of people on a bus is not the place to bring it up and no, I don't care what is mentioned in some article about what boat ramp they used for the vehicle.
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    Quote Originally Posted by jeepsguy View Post
    Seems like the DUKW was safer than the bus.
    Buses aren't designed to take a direct hit in the side. The DUKW's also have to be tough enough to hit the water with the front at speed, I bet afterwards it could have gone on to the water and floated.

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    September 28th, 2015

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    I wouldn't make any bet as to the vehicle's current seaworthiness, as the front end has sustained significant damage on the DUKW. Duck Boats is admitting that this vehicle did not have an axle upgrade that they recommended to their operators, so I will bet the court case will be interesting. The upshot is, that all DUKW owners will likely need to do the upgrades if they wish to continue running on the public roads, even as an antique vehicle, as the axle technology is 70+ years old, and wasn't all that great even back then.

    This may be the same issue we will face with the later trucks, as even if they are robust, the components are aging and can fail unexpectedly. I will bet you that the DUKW owners insurance companies will be watching the NTSB investigation very closely, and the results will likely impact on all the owners in increased rates (just a guess-it is the usual result of an NTSB investigation).


    Again, one can only pray for the survivors and for the deceased, as they need the prayers more then the truck's owner's at this point.
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    It is up to 5 fatalities now.

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    Quote Originally Posted by saddamsnightmare View Post
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    Again, one can only pray for the survivors and for the deceased, as they need the prayers more then the truck's owner's at this point.

    Let us remember to pray for ALL who face the traumas of this and every wreck... The first responders, the investigators, those working the insurance claims and - YES - even the attorneys and their staffs. We almost automatically pray for the victims and their families, but the extended circle - the collaterally damaged - must also be uplifted in these tragedies. Pray for the doctors, nurses and other caregivers that they too will diligently perform their practices and the total healing and restoration be the result. Pray for the deathcare professionals and clergy who now have the families of five casualties to assist. Pray for the engineers, metallurgists, and others who will perform the forensic analysis of the failed part(s) that their due diligence be precise. And finally, trust God for the outcome.
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    I doubt and hope that the collectors are not required to update the axels. The tour DUKW's probably put more miles on their DUKW's then I do in 5 years. As far as my insurance and title is concerned they are 1942 GMC's nothing that identify s them as a DUKW. Also the tour DUKW's are a extreme maintenance vehicle going in and out of the water and being driven with loads higher then they were ever rated for every day of the week. Hopefully these commercial adventures do not effect our hobby and historic vehicles.
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    NTSB is saying some kind or recommended repair was not done on this DUKW. Apparently it is a '45 GMC:

    The NTSB had few details Sunday about the warning Ride the Ducks International issued. It wasn't clear what prompted the warning or how the potential failure was discovered, or whether it applied to all duck boats or only those that the company had refurbished, he said. It wasn't clear how many of the 100 duck boats in service nationally may have had the repair, he said.The warning included specific instructions for inspecting the area where the shaft could fail, as well as instructions for the repair, which involved welding collars around the axle shaft, Weener said.

    What are they talking about? The GM banjo axle is more or less the same design as the deuce and 5 ton axle. Where would you "weld a collar?"

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