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Radio 11-30-2017 06:37 PM

Interesting eco-friendly rig
 
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Saw this and thought I'd pass it along.

I'm wondering what it was before it was "converted" -- all the running lights across the top are red, which makes me think it might be going backwards down the road from the way it used to.

Was it a class C, travel trailer? Can he run the furnace and stay warm in there while going down the road? Makes you wonder if all the systems are still there and working?

wa8yxm 12-01-2017 07:12 AM

Does it wear a bumper sticker?

DO NOT STEP IN EXHAUST

NN5I 12-01-2017 05:21 PM

Personally I prefer the pollution from internal combustion engines over the pollution from mules. When I was a teenager we owned (for a while) a mule named Roxie that my Dad used for plowing. Roxie, um, excreted gaseous exhaust with each step when pulling a one-bottom plow.

Dad (therefore!) sold Roxie and bought a Ford-Ferguson tractor, on which I had my first driving lessons.

NN5I 12-01-2017 05:24 PM

I see nothing that looks like taillights or stoplights, so I think the direction of travel has not been reversed.

Radio 12-01-2017 07:35 PM

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Originally Posted by NN5I (Post 16342)
I see nothing that looks like taillights or stoplights, so I think the direction of travel has not been reversed.

No, the red running lights at the top of the rig. If this were the "original" front they should be yellow, not red. It does seem to have rear view mirrors. Maybe it's a truck camper sitting on a farm wagon, the owner having made his own "cab"

But then maybe the rules are different in what ever country this is.

And I wonder about brakes...

NN5I 12-02-2017 11:32 AM

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Originally Posted by Radio (Post 16343)
No, the red running lights at the top of the rig. If this were the "original" front they should be yellow, not red.

And if it were the original rear there would be taillights etc., or something to mask the holes where they had been.

I am suspicious of a PhotoShop job anyhow. I don't see any reins for driving (communicating with) the mules, and there doesn't seem to be enough room behind the mules for the necessary three swingletrees (or, if you prefer, singletrees) and one tripletree for a three-mule harness. But actually I'm not very knowledgeable about that sort of thing, so I could be all wet.

Radio 12-02-2017 08:39 PM

And I have never seen mules, oxen or horses teamed up more than two wide.

There does seem to be two guys inside there. But you're right, where do the reins go into the cab? And my original question of how do the brakes, if any, work.

NN5I 12-03-2017 07:01 PM

Another interesting thing or two:

I know almost nothing about horses and mules, but I've been Googling. The portside mule (I'll use nautical terminology because it's something I do know) is trotting and looks quite normal. The midship mule is probably on the opposite trot, but appears to be missing his left foreleg entirely. The starboard mule is probably trotting too, but is (1) out of step, and (2) the portside mule's identical twin.

Between the three mules, there's a total of four hooves touching the ground. A strange mixture of gaits if I understand what I've Googled.

The guys seated inside have bigger shoulders than the mules have.

I think they took a photo of two mules trotting, pulling a dray or a wain or something, and PSed a third mule (probably the same as the portside mule but a different photo with different harness) in on the starboard side, and then PSed the body of a travel trailer or pickup camper or something atop the dray.

You reckon?


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