Section I. GENERAL
The M113 FOV are highway transportable, using
standard Army semitrailers. The semitrailers
must be of adequate capacity. All of the variants
in the M113 FOV require highway permits for
oversized cargo. Permit requirements will vary
depending on local regulations and conditions, but
in general the shipper must:
a. Submit DD Form 1266 (Request for Special
Hauling Permit) to the installation transportation
officer (ITO) 2 weeks before the Planned move-
b. Be aware that travel may be restricted to
daylight hours on normal workdays.
c. Be prepared to use wide-load signs, amber
lights, and escorts.
d. Determine if blanket permits are available
for specific prime movers, such as a heavy-
e. AR 55-162 gives additional guidance on per-
mits in CONUS. MTMCTEA Pamphlet 5520,
Tiedown Handbook for Highway Movements, pro-
vides additional information on tying down mili-
tary equipment. Copies of this publication can be
obtained by contacting:
Military Traffic Management Command
Transportation Engineering Agency
720 Thimble Shoals Boulevard, Suite 130
Newport News, VA 23606-2574
The FOV are considered self-deliverable only un-
der appropriate tactical situations. The carriers
tracks are equipped with rubber pads. However,
movement over paved public roads is not made
without specific approval from State highway offi-
cials, as outlined in FM 5565.
Section Il. MOTOR VEHICLE TRANSPORT
2-3. Prime Mover Selection
a. The M113 FOV can be transported over
highways by a variety of semitrailers. When se-
lecting a transporter, consider the proposed route
and local availability of wide-load permits. Total
load restraint is a minimum of 1.5 times the GVW
of the carrier.
b. Table 2-1 is a comparison of possible military
semitrailers for transporting the M113 FOV.
c. Table 22 gives specific truck tractor-
semitrailer-carrier combinations that do not exceed
the capabilities of the truck tractors or semitrail-
To prepare the M113 FOV carriers for highway
a Empty fuel tank to one-fourth of its capacity.
b. Remove all trash and mud from the tracks.
c. Check for fluid leaks, and repair defects.
d. Secure the battery.
e. Inspect engine, brakes, and tiedowns, to en-
sure they are in good mechanical condition.
f. Remove all BII from outside the carrier, and
restrain them inside the carrier.
Table 2-1. Evaluation of Semitrailers
Load rating (tons)
Large. Can transport one or two carriers.
Large. Can transport only one carrier.
M870 Low Bed
Can transport one carrier.
M872 Flat Bed
Can transport one or two carriers.
M172A1 Low Bed
Recommended, 115 in. wide.
M871 Flat Bed
Second choice (semitrailer is 96 in.wide, 2-in. overhang on each side).
Limited usefulness. Deck height is 57 in.
M345 Flat Bed
Trailer too small.