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The "open back" is a traditional style for a pickup. This type of truck is well suited for carrying a quad, gear (if it's the type of gear that is ok to get wet during rainy weather), and propane tanks or jerry cans of fuel. This particular open-back pickup is a "crew cab" style, which means that it has full doors for the back seat, and the back seat is a full-size passenger compartment that seats three people (for a total of six seats inside the vehicle). The majority of crew trucks used in tree planting are of the crew cab configuration.

This flat-deck truck has sides, perhaps to ensure that gear doesn't fall off the truck. Other than that, it has many of the advantages of an open-back truck, but with a larger storage surface.

This [stuck] truck has an insulated wooden canopy, which is ideal for keeping boxes of trees at a proper temperature.

These canvas canopies, while cheap, are not good in terms of proper stockhandling. Many foresters frown upon the use of this type of canopy for seedling transport.

A truck with a FIST is another great choice. A Each FIST is made out of insulated fibreglass materials.

FIST stands for Fibreglass Insulated Seedling Transport.

The Big Box is basically an insulated wooden canopy built on top of a flat-deck truck, usually on a larger model such as a Ford 550 chassis. A large Big Box truck might be able to store as many as 120 standard size trees boxes, or more.

This crummie (or crummy, if you prefer) has seats for six in the cab of the truck, and for five more passengers on a bench seat in the metal body of the crummie. it's important that a crummie have multiple escape options (ie. more than one door), seats that have working seat belts, and the ability for passengers to communicate with the driver (ie. the back window in the cab of the truck is removed, or there is a radio installed in the crummie seating area). This is not the only style of crummie available. It's also possible to see a crummie that is designed like a short school bus.

Suburbans, Expeditions, and other styles of SUV can be useful in limited circumstances, but they aren't suitable for carrying large numbers of boxes of trees, or for carrying ATV's.

This MTC (Mobile Treatment Center) is set up to function as a make-shift ambulance, to help take care of a worker during an emergency.

With two-track driving, drivers share the same space in the center of the road. If two vehicles are approaching each other, each has to move a full vehicle width to the side in order to pass.

With three-track driving (which is safer than two-track driving, especially when approaching the crest of a hill), the "inside" wheel track of every vehicle is in the exact middle of the road, no matter which direction the vehicles are heading. If two vehicles are approaching each other, each only has to move a few feet away from the centerline of the road in order to pass each other.

Although it's difficult to get a good photo of washboard on a gravel road, it's easy to feel when you're driving over it. Washboard is a regularly spaced set of small depressions in a gravel road. Washboard can be extremely dangerous to drive over, because if a vehicle has to slow down suddenly, there is far less traction than on an even road surface. For the same reason, it's easy for a vehicle to lose control and end up sliding sideways or going off the road. This type of road surface has caused some very serious accidents for drivers who weren't expecting it.

This type of hub has two options: lock vs auto.

This type of hub has two options: lock vs free.

Here's a marker board showing the kilometer location on a logging road. Knowing your location is important on radio-controlled roads.

The truck got stuck.

Winching a stuck truck can be a dangerous activity. Make sure that all bystanders keep at least two full cable lengths away when a winch cable is under tension. The tailgate of this truck shows the damage that occured when a winch cable snapped.

How to use a mobile (VHF) radio.

How to change a flat tire.

How to break into a locked truck.

Understanding the differences between diesel and gasoline.

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