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Old 14-05-19, 22:56
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Default CMP's and attaching trailers......

Maybe I am missing something, but I can't find anything related to hooking up trailers behind a CMP in my manual. Does anyone know of any period publications on this subject? Or pictures?

Putting the towing eye on the tow hitch is easy enough, but some trailers also have chains to secure them to the truck.....but where do these attach on a CMP? Also, the wiring for the rear lights...I don't think CMP's came with a socket for trailer wiring as standard?

I know these days restored CMP's are often pulling trailers. As per regulations, these trailers often have modern lighting and sockets...but what was the original setup like?

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Old 15-05-19, 03:17
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I asked the same question here: Artillery light

Some good responses, but no documented references.
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Old 15-05-19, 04:38
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The Cnd 10cwt trailer came with tail and brake lights. There was a cable on the front with standard US male plug. However nothing on the CMP to plug it into.

In the CMP Service Bulletin book there is a write upon trailer air brake line being installed on the CMP frame.
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Old 15-05-19, 13:55
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Default My C60L had a trailer light plug

Hi Alex

My Pattern 12 C60L had what I believe was original trailer plug unit on it when I got it. Though not in condition to use I have saved it. Will dig it out and photograph it. I don't think it was the same as that used on US military trailer of WWII.

As a practical expedient I have replaced it with US M Series plug receptacle. Though to get meaningful trailer lights I've gone over to a 12 volt powered trailer lights which pick up the 6 volt signal from the trucks through 3 relays which then power the trailer lights off 12 battery on the trailer. When using this system I use magnetic based modern lights, which means I can tow other people's trailers when needed.

On the topic of towing other trailers, remember that CCKWs had a pintle hook that rotated, so the lunet was fixed. The size of the lunets of several WWII trailers I've towed is very tight on my C60S which means when towing on rough ground a lot of twistingredients gets put on the trailer tongue. Not a problem on the road.

As to the safety chains I just cross them under lunet an hook them in the tow eyes on the frame ends of my C60S and C60L trucks.

Most of my trailer towing is of my M5 generator behind my C60S Radio truck, which is narrower than the truck to the point that it cannot be seen in the mirrors and it is light enough that the truck doesn't notice pulling. But is just heavy enough to feel it when braking. Towing heavier trailers with CMPs does take thought, I've towed fully loaded water buffalos and you real know those are behind you.

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Old 15-05-19, 15:06
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Hi Alex,

Please find enclosed some infos given in HMSO's "Data Book of Wheeled Vehicles"

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Old 16-05-19, 12:16
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Guys, thanks for all your replies.

Tony, I had missed that thread. Interesting info.....especially the pictures that Grant posted of the bracket fitted below the hook. It looks to good to be make-shift if you ask me.....so that could be the proper bracket for lighting of an artillery light.

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The Cnd 10cwt trailer came with tail and brake lights. There was a cable on the front with standard US male plug. However nothing on the CMP to plug it into.
Thanks Jordan. So, I am guessing the socket does fit in the connector in the back of a Jeep?

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As to the safety chains I just cross them under lunet an hook them in the tow eyes on the frame ends of my C60S and C60L trucks.
Phil, that's also the only solution I could come up with.....I mean without fitting additional parts or modifying things. I can only imagine that towing heavy trailers can be a challenge!

From Patrice's scans I understand that the larger recovery tractors and trucks were fitted with proper brake facilities for the larger transporter trailers, but I still wonder about the 2 axle CMP trailers....the 20cwt single axle trailers, Jordan's 10cwt, but also US or British type trailers like the 1Ton Ben Hur and 1/4ton US jeep trailer.
They can be seen being towed behind CMP's in period pictures, so maybe if there was no standard connection for the lighting, they just didn't bother and drove without lights???

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Old 16-05-19, 13:24
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Yes the Cnd 10cwt trailer plugs into the socket on the rear of the jeep. The trailer is also fitted out with Ford brakes and a larger master cylinder. Same as used on the big Ford trucks of the time. If I have a load in the trailer and im towing it and stop, Ill feel my jeep brakes first then once the trailer starts to slow Ill feel the serge brakes come on. It tows very very well behind the MB. For being such a heavy trailer for its size, it is so well balanced and i can move it around empty or loaded by my self.

Im planning on having it pulled by my C15a at some. I'll be installing a spare trailer socket on the CMP for the lights.
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Old 16-05-19, 18:31
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On the 4 wheel trailers that look like they have CMP bodies, the lighter ones use hydraulic brakes actuated by the drawbar (similar setup to the 15 and 20 cwt CMP trailers).
My 15cwt CMP trailer came with a few scraps of wiring on it, enough that I believe one circuit would have been to both left and right and the other right only. The wiring stopped before the drawbar so I'm only guessing it was tail lights and brake light (hydraulic pressure switch in the master cylinder).
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Old 16-05-19, 21:26
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Default Pictures of Trailer Light Plug Pat 12 C60L

Hi All


The following photos are of the trailer electrical plug that was on the rear of my Pattern 12 C60L when I got it. As you can see from the pictures it was in pretty rough shape. I was wired into the main wiring harness of the truck so it is likely original. It has four contacts so I would a guess that they are:

1. Ground
2. Brake/Stop Light
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Another thing to note is as this truck originally 16 inch rims the tow hitch is mounted between the frame rails, while my Pat 13 C60S has 20 rims and the tow hitch is slung under the frame rails. You really notice when you hitch a trailer up to these trucks. The Pat 12 C60L which now has 20 inch rims my generator trailer is tilled up a lot, while on the Pat 13 C60S the same trailer is towed dead level.



I was really surprised this morning went out to look for this to take a picture and it was on the shelf it should have been in correct box marked old Pat 12 parts.



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Old 16-05-19, 23:10
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Std QMC WWII USA plug, Phil (Jeep,Dodge, etc,etc....)
Post war common use, still there when the NATO plug was fitted. some NZ Army Land rovers had both.
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