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M-105 1 1/2 ton 2-Wheel Cargo Trailer (G-754)

The M-105 1 1/2 ton 2-Wheel Cargo Trailer (G-754) was developed in tandem with the M-series of cargo trucks that were fielded in the 1950s to replace the World War II vintage vehicles. The M105 trailers were equipped with 9:00x20 tires to match the M211 2 1/2 ton truck and other cargo trucks. With the same tires, the combination truck and trailer would ride at the same height.

The ton and a half cargo rating of the M105 was for off-road performance. On highway, the M105 trailer would carry up to 5,500 pounds. The construction of the M105 trailers allowed it to be completely submerged when fording. It was equipped with air over hydraulic brakes and a mechanical hand brake.

One of many 6th Marine Amphibious Brigade M105 1 1/2 ton Cargo trailers lined up for loading on a maritime prepositioning ship, Wilmington, NC, 29 March 1985
One of many 6th Marine Amphibious Brigade M105 1 1/2 ton Cargo trailers lined up for loading on a maritime prepositioning ship, Wilmington, NC, 29 March 1985.

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M-105 1 1/2 ton 2-Wheel Cargo Trailer (G-754)

The M105 trailers are based on the M103 Chassis, Trailer, 1 1/2 ton. The M105 and M105A1 trailers were constructed of steel while the M105A2 used wood and steel. The M105A2 variant also lacked the support leg and landing gear of the other models.

The M104 1 1/2 to cargo trailer was very similar to the M105, but was equipped with 11:00x20 tires to match the M34 and M135 2 1/2 ton cargo trucks. Externally, the M104 series trailers are very similar to the M105.

The manual for the M105 cargo trailer is TM 9-8226 (April 1955) which covers all the 1 1/2 ton two wheel trailers of the time. TM 9-8226 was replaced by TM 9-2330-213-14&P.

Find additional photos and hi-res versions of the M-105 Cargo Trailer at the Olive-Drab Military Mashup:

M105 series cargo trailers of the 6th Marine Amphibious Brigade prior to loading aboard SS CPL. LOUIS J. HAUGE JR, Wilmington, NC, 29 Mar 1985
M105A2 1 1/2 ton 2-Wheel Cargo Trailer manufactured by Johnson Corp. in 1964. Location:  Wright Patterson AFB, OH, May 2013. Courtesy: Government Liquidation LLC.
M105A2 1 1/2-ton cargo trailer at the US Marine Corps Mechanized Museum, Camp Pendleton, CA.
Teletypewriter central office AN/MSC-37 in stationary operation, circa 1962.  The central station is designed to be mounted in a shelter on a standard M37 3/4-ton truck. The primary power is supplied by a trailer-mounted generator PU-294/G.  Trailer is M-105 1 1/2 ton 2-Wheel Cargo Trailer. The omnidirectional thirty foot mast antenna is used when stationary.
Cargo truck and M-105 trailer are parked outside a camouflaged Marine Corps communications site during Exercise OCEAN VENTURE 84, 20 Apr 1984
Trailer, Cargo, 1 1/2-ton M105A2.  The M105A2 is a 2-wheel, single axle trailer with a leaf-spring suspension designed to be towed by 5-ton trucks and MTVRs. It has a welded box cargo body mounted on a welded steel frame. The frame includes an integral A-frame with a towing lunette and retractable landing gear to support the front of the trailer when uncoupled from its prime mover. The M105A2 has a manually operated parking brake, 24-volt electrical system and automatic emergency braking system in case the trailer breaks away from the prime mover. The cargo body includes a tailgate, removable wooden side extensions and a tarpaulin.

Characteristics of the Trailer, Cargo, 1 1/2 Ton, Two Wheel, M105

Net weight2,650 lbs
Max gross wt7,150 lbs
Total length165.5 in
Cargo body length110 in
Total width83 in
Cargo body width74 in
Cargo deck height above ground37 in
Cargo load height under bows60 in
Cargo load height to top of side racks45 in
Cargo load height to top of side panels18 in

Note: Table based on the M105A1 variant.

M105 variants tabulated:

  • M105A1 (FSN 2330-835-8631)
  • M105A2 (FSN 2330-141-8050)
  • M105A2C (FSN 2330-542-5689)

Trailer, Cargo, 1 1/2 Ton, Two Wheel, M105 Photo Gallery

1953 Fruehauf XM105E3 1 1/2 ton Trailer. Photo: Government Liquidation.com
1953 Fruehauf XM105E3 1 1/2 ton Trailer. Photo: Government Liquidation.com

M-105 1 1/2 ton Trailer. Photo courtesy of Eastern Surplus & Equipment Company
M-105 1 1/2 ton Trailer. Photo courtesy of Eastern Surplus & Equipment Company.

M-105 trailer
M-105 trailer.

M-105 1 1/2 ton trailer located at Texas National Guard, Dallas.  Photo courtesy Bob Pettit
M-105 1 1/2 ton trailer located at Texas National Guard, Dallas. Photo courtesy Bob Pettit.

At the Pentagon, Military District of Washington Engineer Company Technical Rescue Engineers rest by an M1097 HMMWV and M105 trailer before resuming search operations, 12 September 2001
At the Pentagon, Military District of Washington Engineer Company Technical Rescue Engineers rest by an M1097 HMMWV and M105 trailer before resuming search operations, 12 September 2001.

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