OPERATION OF EXPANSIBLE VAN TRUCK
General. Expansible van trucks transport communication equipment into the field. Van bodies are 8 ft (2.4
m) wide in travel position. In the field, van sides expand to nearly 14 ft (4.3 m).
Selecting Operating Site. Whenever possible, position van on level, firm ground.
Block vehicle wheels if operating site is on a grade, no matter how slight. Failure to do this will result in
injury or death.
Leveling Van Body.
Remove four adjustable leveling jacks (4) and foot pads (5) from stowage compartment in rear of van
Attach foot pad (5) to bottom of each jack (4). Assemble and install inner and outer tubes of jack (4) and
adjust length to approximate height of brackets (1) (marked H) at each corner of van. Secure jack (4) with chained pin (7).
Insert upper foot (2) of jack (4) into bracket (1). Install jack handle (3) and unscrew jack (4) until foot
pads (5) are in firm contact with ground. Anchor each jack foot pad (5) with two jack spikes (6). Do not attempt to raise
entire van off of ground with leveling jacks.
Repeat procedure at each corner of van until body is level.
Expanding Van Body.
Open van door slowly. Personnel may
be on ladder. Use caution when using
Vehicle must be approximately level for
expansion or retraction of van body.
securing right ladder (10).
Lift ladder (10) up to remove.
Install ladder (10) in brackets
below rear doors.
Remove chained pin (16) from lock handle (15). Pull handle (15) disengage handle (15) end from
retaining bracket (17). Repeat procedure van corners.