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    Default Buying a MK23...Am I making the right decision?

    So in the past I've had a few hobby vehicles, a couple CUCV's and a HMMWV. I was going to buy a 5-ton, but then the 7-tons were released.

    I figured there would be more interested in these trucks, but seems like they're not that popular. Am I missing something?
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    One simple reason IMO, very few have actually cleared the EUC process and therefore there is not many people talking about them.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Efituned View Post
    So in the past I've had a few hobby vehicles, a couple CUCV's and a HMMWV. I was going to buy a 5-ton, but then the 7-tons were released.

    I figured there would be more interested in these trucks, but seems like they're not that popular. Am I missing something?
    Take your pick:

    • Recently released, not many in civilian hands.
    • Not produced in numbers like the M939 series.
    • Parts may be hard to find.
    • Electronics mean complications. Not a lot of troubleshooting issue in the MV community for now.
    • Most people think a 2.5 ton truck to be "big" then they see a 5 ton..now check a 7 ton.
    • Bigger the truck the bigger the maintenance.
    M1078A1 -5x
    M1078A1R
    M1089A1
    M1084
    M1078 -3x
    M1083 w/w 2x
    M1083A1
    M1082 -2x
    M1088A1 2x
    M1088 2x
    M1123
    M923A2 LWS 16's A/C
    M929A2
    M925A2 "Buffalo" Trainer
    M876 TMT
    M105A2 -2x
    M989A1
    Hyster H40XM

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    Does anyone know of a member who has one? I've got some questions.
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    I have MTVR Dump. I have a MK30.

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    Quote Originally Posted by smittyjr355 View Post
    I have MTVR Dump. I have a MK30.
    What kind of rpm's are you seeing running ~55mph?
    Is it engine limited to 65mph or governed?
    With yours being a dump, do you even have a pintle hitch? I'd like to know the height of the hitch.
    If you don't mine me asking, how much is insurance?
    Any major repair problems?
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    One major issue I'm wondering about - specific to the 7-tons and growlers being offered now at auction - is that they are listed as "tactical vehicles"; i.e. for off road only. Will this turn into another round of title challenges (like the HMMWV's) and workarounds that may bring all licensing of MV's into question again? Just going to eat my popcorn and watch for now.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Bhpdbrad View Post
    One major issue I'm wondering about - specific to the 7-tons and growlers being offered now at auction - is that they are listed as "tactical vehicles"; i.e. for off road only. Will this turn into another round of title challenges (like the HMMWV's) and workarounds that may bring all licensing of MV's into question again? Just going to eat my popcorn and watch for now.
    What's the workaround for the 5-ton's? Like what comes up at like State Farm when trying to insure a 5-ton?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Efituned View Post
    What's the workaround for the 5-ton's? Like what comes up at like State Farm when trying to insure a 5-ton?
    5tons have unrestricted paperwork and do not require any "workaround"

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    Quote Originally Posted by 98G View Post
    5tons have unrestricted paperwork and do not require any "workaround"
    That's correct - I have my 5-ton licensed/registered. I was specifically referring to the 7-tons and growlers that are listed as "tactical" (off-road use).
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