Registry of Ex Military Land Rovers

Vehicle Variants => 106 MM RCL, aka The Gunbuggy => Topic started by: digger on February 07, 2014, 07:49:58 AM

Title: Quick question.. Did any gunbuggies tow?
Post by: digger on February 07, 2014, 07:49:58 AM
I was speaking with a bloke who swears up and down that when he was in Vietnam there was a gunbuggy
that was used for towing a no. 5 trailer on a number of occassions., this included towing a genny trailer (no. 5 with genny)
and a water trailer at different times moving things about.

I cannot recall seeing a photo of anything like that, I wouldnt dream of arguing with him as he has done the yards
for this not me. But very interested to see if there is a photo or if anyone knows if they were able to be used this way.

cheers
Digger
Title: Re: Quick question.. Did any gunbuggies tow?
Post by: Phoenix on February 07, 2014, 08:18:28 AM
Well I suppose they could have been, I mean mechanically they are a normal rover.  The pintle is still fitted as well.
Title: Re: Quick question.. Did any gunbuggies tow?
Post by: FFRMAN on February 07, 2014, 08:21:34 AM
I was speaking with a bloke who swears up and down that when he was in Vietnam there was a gunbuggy
that was used for towing a no. 5 trailer on a number of occassions., this included towing a genny trailer (no. 5 with genny)
and a water trailer at different times moving things about.

I cannot recall seeing a photo of anything like that, I wouldnt dream of arguing with him as he has done the yards
for this not me. But very interested to see if there is a photo or if anyone knows if they were able to be used this way.

cheers
Digger

Hi Digger,

YES I have seen a photo of a GB with a pintle hook on it (but not towing a trailer in the photo), I'll have to rack my brains to remember where I saw the photo - I am contemplating putting one on my GB ad I suspect it had a pintle hook as well as the tab that locks in gun cleaner tube end cover would foul one of the legs on the stand off plate has been cut off a long time ago.....

I wonder if Tommy in WA could drag up a photo of a GB with the pintle hook

cheers
Scott
Title: Re: Quick question.. Did any gunbuggies tow?
Post by: Diana Alan on February 07, 2014, 10:18:20 AM
You may find the Dixon Bate NATO rotating pintle would foul on the recovery point.  The earlier non rotating type originally fitted to the SII may be a better fit.
Title: Re: Quick question.. Did any gunbuggies tow?
Post by: FFRMAN on February 07, 2014, 10:20:49 AM
You may find the Dixon Bate NATO rotating pintle would foul on the recovery point.  The earlier non rotating type originally fitted to the SII may be a better fit.

Hi Diana,

I forgot to mention but mine has had the recovery point cut off as well....with Olive Drab painted over so happened in service

Regards
Scott
Title: Re: Quick question.. Did any gunbuggies tow?
Post by: Diana Alan on February 07, 2014, 10:41:29 AM
Both Numpty's and mine have had a civilian towball/bar arrangement fitted to the bottom of the chassis.

(http://i100.photobucket.com/albums/m2/Auntikinus/Army%20Land%20Rovers/RCL%20Carriers/112-723/DSCN0191.jpg)

It most certainly will be removed.
Title: Re: Quick question.. Did any gunbuggies tow?
Post by: Phoenix on February 07, 2014, 10:53:06 AM
John and Dennis'both have pintles still if I recall.

http://remlr.com/sheds/jbshed.html

http://remlr.com/sheds/dmshedtopless.html
Title: Re: Quick question.. Did any gunbuggies tow?
Post by: Mike C on February 07, 2014, 05:05:51 PM
They were not designed or built with a pintle, but anything is possible after issue, of course. They were overloaded as it was, let alone adding the weight of the pintle plus the drag of a trailer.

Mike C
Title: Re: Quick question.. Did any gunbuggies tow?
Post by: numpty on March 25, 2014, 12:47:36 PM
The civilian hitch was one of the first things I removed. I am contemplating fitting a pintle hitch to mine as it would allow me to tow the little camper trailer. That's when they're both complete of course.
Title: Re: Quick question.. Did any gunbuggies tow?
Post by: DennisM on March 25, 2014, 04:06:36 PM
The pintle hook was fitted by the previous owner Rob T, you may not know but he bought the gunbuggy for his own personal use whilst still in the green machine, he towed a No5 trailer around when mapping all the aboriginal sites within the Holsworthy range sites, well that's what he told me, cheers Dennis