2-11. OPERATING PROCEDURES-Continued.
Keep speed around 2.5 to 3 mph (4.0 to 4.8 km/h) when towing cross-country. When using cables for
towing, a third vehicle must be used. This is to hold back disabled vehicle if final drives have been
disconnected. Refer to FM 20-22 for procedures. Check operator's manual of disabled vehicle for
Final drives on tracked vehicles, other than M88A1, will be disconnected on disabled vehicle if it is to
be towed more than 0.25 mile (0.42 km). Disconnect as instructed in that vehicle's manual.
Towing the M88A1.
Do not use M88A1 brakes continuously: they will burn out.
If tow cabled are used to tow M88A1, a driver must be stationed on M88A1 to
When a vehicle other than an M88A1 is used for towing be sure its towing
pintle is strong enough to take the load.
These speeds are for good ground conditions. Go slower if ground is unsafe.
Do not disconnect final drives unless transmission problems are suspected. If
transmission problems are suspected, disconnect final drives to prevent
further damage to transmission. If M88A1 is going to be towed with cables
more than 0.25 mile (0.42 km), have a third vehicle hookup with a cable behind
vehicle to act as braking unit. Refer to FM 20-22 for procedures.
Do not tow the M88A1 backwards with final drives connected. Always
disconnect final drives before towing vehicle backwards.
Do not tow M88A1 faster than 12 mph (19.3 km/h) with tow bar on level ground
or 2.5 mph (4.0 km/h) with tow cables.