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    Canadian military hlvw

    Any Canadian forces members have opinions or info on the steyr/utdc HLVW's?

    Interested in buying one with a crane on it, but not sure if they are reliable, or if you can get parts for them.

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    Great piece of kit. Parts are available, but probably not same day..

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    Im sure there's gotta be a vehicle tech here on this site that could give you the skinny. I worked at DND maintenance facility for a bit but I wasn't around the HL's . Nor did I see any really in the shop.

    Just think, if the military is getting rid of it, whats wrong? Normally we get rid of vehicles or items because. It costs too much to repair, Its beyond repairable or spent too much fixing it.

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    It was one of the vehicles we had fewer problems with. Perhaps the contract with steyr is over as well as purchasing spare parts being the reason for selling them.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kswan View Post
    It was one of the vehicles we had fewer problems with. Perhaps the contract with steyr is over as well as purchasing spare parts being the reason for selling them.
    If its the ones I'm thinking, they were not the Steyr built ones.

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    They were built in Canada by utdc, licensed through steyr. I've found a few pdf's online saying some are getting life extensions till 2019, but they have a bigger truck replacing them.

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    Quote Originally Posted by coastal View Post
    They were built in Canada by utdc, licensed through steyr. I've found a few pdf's online saying some are getting life extensions till 2019, but they have a bigger truck replacing them.
    Funny what replaced the MLVW is better than the HLVW.

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    Wasn't the mlvw a turd though? Lol

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    Wasn't the mlvw a turd though? Lol
    No that was the LSVW the one that failed 3 trials but still was adopted. The tactical hear you 3 miles away brakes, the catch on fire stupid heaters. It was a Western star/FIAT abortion.

    The MLVW sure it was under powered, and bit noisy/and lacking in the comfort level. But in 12 years, ML was my favorite truck ( sucked when I needed to do every 2nd weekend runs from NS to Gagetown NB ). I spent more time driving it off road than on. Its where it excelled.

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    Quote Originally Posted by RobertMcC View Post
    No that was the LSVW the one that failed 3 trials but still was adopted. The tactical hear you 3 miles away brakes, the catch on fire stupid heaters. It was a Western star/FIAT abortion.
    :tear

    The LSVW...

    Memories...

    Doing 10km/h on the Deerfoot during rush hour with smoke coming out from under the hood.

    Me: "Master Corporal... I'm scared."
    Det Commander: "Me too..."

    Back in 2004, driving an LS back to CFB Edmonton from Wainright after a pre-deployment ex with 1 CMBG, we drove by a small town called Kinsella.

    As we passed the "Kinsella Kountry Kafe" I looked to my det commander and said "Wait, is that what I think it is?"

    He nodded.

    "Damn - I sure wish we had some ammo." I said.

    Half the LS's on ex didn't make it back to base. Mine did.

    Looks like the Kinsella Kountry Kafe got shut down sometime between 2009 and 2013 though:

    2009: https://goo.gl/maps/t8sB4L5uNdE2

    2013: https://goo.gl/maps/tWVgP4dH72D2

    Today: https://goo.gl/maps/pSPE4Aw4Uck

    **EDIT - Looks like a couple from Ontario made the move in 2013 and rebranded the restaurant: http://weeklyreview.ca/?p=1867. I hope they stick around now that the Alberta economy is going down the crapper.

    (I love Alberta hillbillies)
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