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M747 Semi-Trailer, Low Bed, Heavy Equipment Transporter, 60 ton

The Semitrailer, Low Bed, Heavy Equipment Transporter, 60 ton, M747 is a 16-wheel vehicle designed for use as a heavy equipment transporter operating on highways and secondary roads. The semitrailer has off road capability to bypass road obstructions, to reach vehicle collecting points, and to reach areas for concealment.

Prior to the introduction of the M1070 tractor and M1000 semitrailer Heavy Equipment Transport System (HETS) in 1993, the Commercial Heavy Equipment Transporter (C-HET), consisting of M746 and M911 truck tractors, were used as the prime movers for the M747 semitrailer to move heavy equipment loads. The M747 semitrailer can also be towed by an M123 Truck, Tractor, 10-Ton, 6x6.

The M747 semitrailer consists of a frame assembly, with a gooseneck at the front and flat bed at the rear, loading and un-loading ramps, walking beam suspension system, air suspension system, air brake system, a 24-volt electrical system, and a series of rollers used to guide winch cables during loading and unloading operations.

The maintenance manual for the M747 Semitrailer is TM 9-2330-294-14. The M747 semitrailer is identified by NSN 2330-00-089-7265.

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M747 Heavy Equipment Transporter System trailer carrying M-107 175mm Self-propelled Gun, at the US Marine Corps Mechanized Museum, Camp Pendleton, CA
M747 Heavy Equipment Transporter System trailer carrying M-107 175mm Self-propelled Gun, at the US Marine Corps Mechanized Museum, Camp Pendleton, CA.

M747 Semi-Trailer, Low Bed, Heavy Equipment Transporter, 60 ton. Location is Van Vliet Trucks Holland BV, The Netherlands.  Photo courtesy of Van Vliet Trucks Holland BV, The Netherlands
M747 Semi-Trailer, Low Bed, Heavy Equipment Transporter, 60 ton. Location is Van Vliet Trucks Holland BV, The Netherlands. Photo courtesy of Van Vliet Trucks Holland BV, The Netherlands.