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South Wales MAN Water carrier CN11 AAE
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No: 29008   Contributor: Andy Fish   Year: 2011   Manufacturer: MAN   Country: United Kingdom
South Wales MAN Water carrier CN11 AAE

This 2011 MAN TGS 26.400 Crossland 14 000 Lt Water Bowser, which is operational from Cwmbran, is the second "urban" bowser to be placed in service in South Wales. SWFRS also operate four 8000 Lt "rural" bowsers.
Picture added on 09 August 2011 at 14:53
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This is one of the more intelligent monster water carrier designs. The good idea is to have a long wheelbase, which helps keep the tank low and as a result the center of gravity is also nice and low.

This is a major safety factor when it comes to high capacity tankers, as these beasts are world famous for their proclivity to roll if cornered too quickly - and urban environments have a lot of corners!

The drawback to the long wheelbase is of course a lack of maneuverability, and I am a bit surprised this was not built on a 6X2 chassis with a rear steering axle. Such configurations make them much easier to drive, once the drivers have got used to how tight they can turn!

Added by Rob Johnson on 10 April 2018.
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