MM2600, Lesson 1
As more and more ammunition was containerized in large, military-owned, demountable containers
(MILVAN) for overseas shipment, a special MHE was designed to stuff and unstuff the containers--the
4,000-pound rough terrain forklift (figure 1-9). This RTFL is a diesel-powered, four-wheel-drive,
hydraulically-operated forklift with a 4,000-pound lift capacity. Its size enables it to go into a MILVAN
container. The fork assembly is equipped to raise or lower, tilt forward or backward, shift right or left,
and tilt right or left. Steering is accomplished with the entire front axle pivoting under hydraulic power
on a swivel immediately behind the driver's seat. In effect, it steers by a hinge in the chassis that
"bends" the forklift in the middle. This system causes it to require a larger turning radius but reduces
the number of moving parts. In addition, the system makes it simpler to maneuver the RTFL on a ramp
or inside a MILVAN container.
Figure 1-9. 4,000-pound Rough Terrain Forklift.