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M-269 Semitrailer, Low Bed. 12-ton, Wrecker, 4-wheel (G802)

M-269A1 Semitrailer, Low Bed. 12-ton, Wrecker, 4-wheel
M-269A1 Semitrailer, Low Bed. 12-ton, Wrecker, 4-wheel.

The M269 trailer is used to transport new or salvaged aircraft amd general purpose cargo. It is very similar to the M270 semitrailer, except for the greater length of the M270. It is normally towed by a 5-ton 66 tractor truck or similar vehicle equipped with a fifth wheel. The M269 was standardized in 1958, then superseded by the M269A1 in 1971.

M-269 Semitrailer, Low Bed. 12-ton Characteristics

Overall length 419 1/2 in
Cargo bed length 300 in
Width 96 3/4 in
Height 120 3/4 in
Loading height 48 3/4 in
Payload 24,000 lbs
Gross vehicle weight 38,200 lbs
Shipping weight 14,200 lbs
Air transportability Phase III
Electrical system 24v
Tires 11:00x20 12 ply
Brakes Air
Blackout lights Yes
Fording Submersible
Departure angle 60
Ground clearance 18 in
Kingpin height 54 in

The M269A1 Semitrailer differs from the M269 in these characteristics of the M269A1:

  • Air over hydraulic brakes
  • Length is 414 3/8 in
  • Ground clearance of 17 in
  • Storage internal to gooseneck

The M269 differs from the M269A1 in that the latter model has no stowage box mounted on the gooseneck. The M269A1 has a modified gooseneck that includes a door on the top platform with stowage facilities within the gooseneck.

Table data is basaed on the M269 Semitrailer, from TM 43-0001-31, June 1985.

Manuals for the M-269 Semitrailer, Low Bed. 12-ton will be in the TM 9-2330-220-xx series, where the xx represents the maintenance level. The NSN for the M269 Semitrailer is 2330-00-395-1876. The NSN for the M269A1 Semitrailer is 2330-00-542-2980

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