Valence's 1990 Turtle Mountain M116A2 Power Plant AN/MJQ-33

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Valence

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Yes, yes I have purchased another trailer (purchased on September 5th, 2019). :whistle:

This trailer was listed locally about 15 miles from my home and I just couldn't say no to it for the price and condition. It is an M116A2 chassis with a Power Plant AN/MJQ-33 body sporting two 3KW MEP-701A diesel generators. The forward generator has 69.5 hours and the rear generator has 140 hours. Both start and run beautifully with the center mounted transfer switch box working perfectly as well. They're already configured for 120V single phase and was owned by a HAM radio operator. He said he bought the trailer at auction in 2005. Pretty new lawn mower batteries (8/19), though only one pair wired to both generators. I can see that that would keep the maintenance cost down, but that does create a single point of failure. The trailer brakes work great and, surprisingly, the shock in the tongue is functional as well! [thumbzup]

Here is the original sale ad photo for the generator trailer:
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All the following pictures were taken after my short ~15 mile trip home. I was a little nervous at first as the tires are very cracked, but the fellow had an air compressor to add air to the tires (from ~20 & ~30 PSI to ~45 PSI). I traveled side roads home and didn't exceed 40 MPH. The return trip went well and my little '01 Dodge Dakota definitely enjoyed a trailer that provided it's own brakes.

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I actually don't know the year but I'm calling it a 1990 based upon the contract number stamped on the tongue having "7-90" very prominent, a shop tag that was still in the tool box (Issue Date 11-19-90), and the date stamped in the CO2 fire extinguisher (5-91) (the fire extinguisher was removed for transport, since the cotton pads were rotten and it was loose in the mounting bracket). I don't know all the revisions the M116 chassis went through, but my understanding is that one way to tell an "A3" chassis apart from an "A2" (when you can't see the axle in the picture) is to look at the space above the shackle mount. The A3 frames are thicker (4") than the A1/A2 frames (3"). Well, this frame is 4", just like my M101A3 but it is clearly an A2. So 1990 would seem to fit it being a "late" A2 as I would not find it surprising if later model trailers, especially trailers going to support generators, received newer and thicker frames. This is just my presumptions.

CHASSIS, TRAILER, CARGO, 3/4 TON, 2W, M116A2
NATIONAL STOCK NO. 2330-01-101-8434
MODIFIED WITH HEAVY SPRING KIT 57K0912
MFD BY TURTLE MTN. MFG. CO.
VEH IDENT NO. 480
CONTRACT NO. DAAE0-7-90-C-J002

PUBLICATIONS
TECH MANUAL TM9-2330-202-14 & P
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WEIGHTEMPTYLOADED
PAYLOAD-----2365
WHEELS6752880
LUNETTE120280
TOTAL
795
3160
DATE DELIVERY (blank)
INSPECTED (blank)
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POWER PLANT AN/MJQ-33
2-DED, 3 KW, 60 Hz
NSN: 6115-01-280-2301
SERIAL NO.: T-91-126-22
TECH. MANUALS:
OPERATIONAL WEIGHT: 3160 LB
SHIPPING WEIGHT: 2850 LB ON LUNETTE: 200 LB ON WHEELS: 2960 LB
LENGTH: 147.30 IN WIDTH: 74.40 IN HEIGHT: 78.40 IN
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US DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE
3KW GENERATOR SET, DIESEL ENGINE
SERIAL NO. T-90-135-ASK-1853 MODEL MEP 701A
TM 5-6115-615-12/24P/34
NSN 6115-01-234-5966 (INCLUDES GEN SET
NSN 6115-01-150-4140 AND ACOUSTIC
KIT NSN 6115-01-271-1584)
VOLTS: 120/208 V 3 PH, 120 V 3 PHASE,
240 V 1 PH, 120 V 1 PHASE
DRY WT 532 LB L 44.00 IN W 28.5 IN
H 30.00 IN
MFR KIT TOBYHANNA ARMY DEPOT
INSP STAMP
30554-88-13603
MFR-14850
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Same info as above, just:
SERIAL NO. T-90-135-ASK-1860 MODEL MEP 701A
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Found inside the toolbox:
SHOP TAG
SERIAL NUMBER ITEM#01
WORK ORDER NUMBER T03N1D
ISSUE DATE 11-19-90
AMOUNT 1 EA
STOCK NUMBER AN/MJQ-33
NOMENCLATURE Switch Box Assy 13205E5079-5
ASSIGNED TO ELEC FAB
SECTION II
LEADMAN URBANSKI
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Valence

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Pictured above, the trailer came with a single, rusty, old style screw top jerry can, and below are the contents of the tool box with all the additional fuel hose that was packed around it, plus the CO2 fire extinguisher.

Note: Only seen in the right picture is a slightly bent up tan rod tan and rusty rod (above the fuel hoses). I assume it was a flag stake of some sort to mark where the grounding rod was placed.
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On the left, an old fire extinguisher top handle.
The CO2 fire extinguisher surely needs to be recharged, and possibly hydrostatic tested. It is stamped "5-91" on the top.
Someone got lazy one day putting away the camouflage netting and threw a loose spreader/batton in this tool box. haha.
3 cut fuel line ends. Are the fittings reusable?
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There are about 6 separate fuel lines coiled up here. I didn't uncoil them all.
The fuel lines are somewhat stiff and obviously sun bleached in places and filthy from sitting by the gen-sets on either side of the generator. collecting oil, fuel, dirt, debris, leaves, nests and etc. I'm not sure if I will use them. It may be best to have Evco House of Hose make new lines but that sounds pricey.
Notice the right most bundle has an attached aux. fuel jerry can attachment.
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Two fuel spouts as well as two can aux fuel spouts (one pictured above). I used to have an NOS one that I sold, didn't think I'd ever use it, and well, here I am now. :"P
The original battery cables from the previous owner's single set of batteries modification.
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Two NOS 90 degree fuel fittings
Two 1" cotton cinch straps
3 old flat nails
Fire extinguisher hook (top center, partially hidden by a fitting bag)
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Misc home extension cords. The yellow one has been cut and is unusable without repair.
Also in the top right I believe is the grounding rod hammer. It had been left to rust in the weather at the front of the trailer.
Service tag at bottom right.
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Some trailer plug harness adapter that I've never seen before.
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What I consider a large number of copper grounding rods and a single twisted copper grounding wire with clamps. A couple rods are bet on top by the threads. One rod is very bent on the bottom tip with another's tip broken off.
And a random green washcloth.
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Some of the bad things about the trailer:

As expected, it needs some TLC.

  • Sadly it's 686 tan CARC over 383 green CARC -hahah, but none of my equipment is tan and I prefer woodland or solid 383 green.
  • The center wood over the bows needs replacement, it's rotted beyond saving.
  • I would need to buy a proper cargo cover. I cannot decide if I want a green or a tan cover. Though it does sound like a lot of work and more money to make the trailer and generators green instead of tan right now.

The transfer switch box needs new bulbs. I am not sure where I get these weird looking things. The left one surprisingly still works but it's extremely dim.
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Unacceptable ground wiring, and grounding strap is in poor condition overall.
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The electrical line out from the rear generator has had the outer wire wire coating damaged in this spot, though the internal wire sheaths look good.
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As stated previously, the tires need to be replaced. I haven't yet searched what types of tires folks recommend.
BF Goodrich Trac Edge LT235/85R16 M+S
Load Range E

Right side:
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Left side:
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The tail light mounting brackets are bent quite severely, and a couple of the cargo cover loops too.
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(I'm sure the shocks need replacing too)

There's also some bad tail light wiring under there too (unpictured).

I have yet to look up what these plastic footman loops were once used for, but otherwise it looks like an ideal spot for another jerry can, if I keep the trailer all together.
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Valence

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Honestly, I have considered disassembling this trailer and using the frame on my Pioneer Tool Trailer project, and keeping the generators and transfer switch box for home use. But the dang thing is complete and readily usable as is... I'm thinking of just leaving it. Gunzy has recommended that I keep it intact since transportable power can be extremely useful, and if you're good a packing, you can still load all kinds of stuff onto the trailer on and around the generators for transport.


What do you think?
 

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I also would recommend keeping it together.

Great score!


It’s always the “other guy” who finds deals like this.
 

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Some trailer plug harness adapter that I've never seen before.
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That appears to be a plug end for the older style 2-pin slave cables. Erik's Surplus has this plug, for reference.


What I consider a large number of copper grounding rods and a single twisted copper grounding wire with clamps.

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Looks like a great assortment of rods and connectors, and you did get a "drive stud" (attached to the 5th rod from the bottom in the above photo) that allows you to set the rods with a sledge hammer... I think an 8lb sledge is supposed to be part of the BII for the genny trailers? Not fancy, but works great.

The slide hammer is supposed to come with a steel rod (no copper cladding, extra long threaded section), and it looks like you also got a few of those... But you might be missing the collar/washer against which the slide hammer is applied. While no great loss for setting rods, they are helpful for removing rods.

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Then again, I hear that setting the rods at an angle and strapping them to a HMMWV gets them pulled out quicker. :whistle:
 
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