FV 13101 Truck, Cargo, Dropside, 4T, GS, 4x4, Bedford RL
Written by Pete Pikey   
Saturday, 05 January 2008

This page details the Characteristics of the FV 13101 Truck, Cargo, Dropside, 4T, GS, 4x4, Bedford RL. The vehicle is:

"A 4 wheel drive adaptation of the 7 tonne commercial chassis which has been modified to meet service requirements for a 4 tonne vehicle. The body is designed for the carriage of personnel in addition to general cargo. Body sides and tailboard can be dropped or removed."

British Military Vehicles 1971

 Seating.   Wooden sets may be fitted to facilitate the carriage of personnel. They are arranged along the sides of the cargo bed, the troops sitting inwards facing, a characteristic which was modified on the M Series in light of operational experience.

 Cupola   A Cupola is fitted to the cab roof allowing a soldier to be posted as an air sentry. No provision is made for weapons to be fitted to this position.

Cargo Area Cover   A series of hoops is provided to support the canvas tarpaulin cover for the cargo area. The height of the tarpaulin may be varied to two positions - the hoops are lowered to their low setting for air transportation. Stowage is provided for both tarpaulin and superstructure when not in use.

 Manufacturer ChassisVauxhall Motors Ltd, Luton, Beds 
  Body Marshals of Cambridge
FV Number
Whole EquipmentFV13112
 Chassis FV9103
  Body & Equipment  FV9629
 Dimensions Length 6360mm/250"
  Height 3110mm/122.5"
  Width 2390mm/94"
  Wheelbase 3962mm/156"
  Track - Front
  Track - Rear
  Deck Length
  Deck Width
  Deck Height
 Weights GVW 8800kg/19500lb
  FAW 3700kg/8064lb
  RAW 5300kg/11630lb
  Unladen Weight
 Angles Approach 
 Performance Speed 75Km/h, 46.5mph
  Range 400km, 250 miles
  Side Slope
  Gradient >33% (1 in 3)
  Stop /Restart Solo >33% (1 in 3)
  Stop/Restart Towing
  Turning Circle  18.3m/60ft
  Verticle Step
  Gross Power/Weight Ratio
11.1kW/t, 14.9bhp/ton
  Max Tractive Effort Low Gear
 6410 N/t, 1470 lbf/T
  Max Trailer Weight - Braked
  Max Trailer Weight - Unbraked 
 Engine Manufacturer Bedford
  Type Bedford 300 cu in
  Displacement 4.93 litres
  Gross Power
  Nett Torque
 303Nm @ 1200rpm
  Speed Limiter?
  Speed Limited to
 3200 rpm
  Ignition Type
Coil, 12v 
  LubricationWet Sump
  Engine Cooling
 Fuel System
 Type Lift Pump
  Pump Manufacturer
  Air Cleaner
 Oil Bath
  Fuel Petrol
  Fuel Capacity
118 Litres/26 Gal
 Gearbox Manufacturer 
  Type 4 speed synchromesh and reverse
  Ratios  1st
Electrical Generator
  Capacity12 Volt, 297 Watt (max) 
Batteries Capacity12 Volt, 80 amp/h 
 FVRDE Spec 2051, App D1, Sched B
Clutch Manufacturer 
  Type  Single Dry Plate
Propeller Shafts
 Manufacturer  Hardy Spicer
Transfer Box
  Type2 Speed 
  Transfer Box Ratios
1:1, 1:2 
Axles Manufacturer 
 Type Fully Floating
  Ratios - Top
  Ratios - Bottom
 Differentials Manufacturer 
 Suspension FrontSemi-Elliptical 
 Shock Absorbers
 FrontDouble Acting Telescopic
  RearDouble Acting Telescopic
 Brakes Manufacturer 
 Actuation - Foot
 Actuation - Hand
Manual on Rear Wheels only 
 Trailer Air Pressure
  Warning Device
SteeringSemi Irreversible worm and sector  
 3 Piece Disc
Tyres Manufacturer 
  Dimensions  11.00x20 Cross Country
  Onboard Tyre Compressor?
  Compressor Capacity (Psi)
Towing Attachments Front Towing Eye
  Rear Hook
 Rope Length
 Capacities Engine Oil
  Gearbox Oil
  Transfer Box Oil
 Support Publication:
Last Updated ( Saturday, 05 January 2008 )