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Do
not
rely
sure
gage
before
operating
semitrailer.
upon appearance of tire for inflation test.
d.
Operation
in
Extreme-Hot
Weather
Conditions.
(1) Do not place semitrailers in the sun for long periods,
as
the
heat
and
sunlight
will
shorten
the
life
of
the
tires. If possible, park semitrailer under cover to pro-
tect it from sun, sand, and dust.
(2)
Cover  inactive  semitrailers
with
paulins
if
no
other
suitable shelter is available.
(3) Correct tire inflation pressure (par. 52).
(4) Semitrailers that are inactive for long periods in hot,
humid  weather  are  subject  to  rapid  rusting  and  ac-
cumulation
of
fungus
growth.
Make
frequent
inspec-
tions and clean and lubricate to prevent deterioration.
(5) The canvas paulin should not be exposed to the direct
rays of the sun, unless unavoidable.
33.
Operation on Unusual Terrain and Fording
a . Sand.
(1)
For  emergency  operations  in  beach  and  desert  sand,
reduce  tire  inflation.  For  continued  operations  in  sand,
o v e r s i z e balloon sand tires are necessary for all wheeled
vehicles.
The  tread  should  be  of  plain  rib  and  the
tire of round cross section, as a tire with deeply cor-
rugated tread (snow tread) or with a raised flat tread
will break through the crust and dig into soft sand
beneath, thereby stopping the vehicle and requiring it
to be dug out.
(2)
Operation  under  extremely  sandy  or  dusty  conditions
necessitates frequent inspection, cleaning, and lubrica-
tion of the semitrailer working parts.
Caution: When packing wheel bearings, it is neces-
sary
to
clean
the
wheel
completely
before
packing with grease, since sand or dust mixed with
the grease forms an abrasive mixture.
(3) Reducing tire pressures will aid in amphibious land-
ings and in operation in soft sand.
Note. Normal operating tire pressure is 50 psi. For operation
on coral, mud, and snow, reduce tire pressure 60 percent of normal
psi; for ice or soft sand, reduce tire pressure 30 percent of normal
psi; and for beach sand or sand dunes, reduce the tire pressure 25
percent of normal psi. Reduced pressure gives added flotation but
normal pressure must be restored as soon as normal terrain is
reached, otherwise excessive wear or damage to the tire will result.
Tires
must
be
as
fully
inflated
as
b. Rocks and Boulders.
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