Skip to content
 
If you can read this, either the style sheet didn't load or you have an older browser that doesn't support style sheets. Try clearing your browser cache and refreshing the page.

(Jalopnik)   They got lost in the mail   (jalopnik.com) divider line
    More: Obvious, United States Postal Service, No. No., closer look, AM General's prototype, Term, short term, Oshkosh Defense, new trucks  
•       •       •

1656 clicks; posted to Fandom » on 25 Feb 2021 at 3:05 PM (10 weeks ago)   |   Favorite    |   share:  Share on Twitter share via Email Share on Facebook



22 Comments     (+0 »)
View Voting Results: Smartest and Funniest
 
2021-02-25 1:09:57 PM  
Ugh all of those are so ugly. I haven't seen the one they chose yet though so maybe these are better?
 
2021-02-25 3:21:22 PM  
So weird...
Just this am I was talking to our mail carrier, asked about what they do when they get rid of the mail trucks/vans... figured it would be cool to turn one into a camper. They are all leased.
Anyway, she showed me the pic of the new trucks they're getting. BIG front windows, really low profile hood/front end almost like they would house a horizontally opposed engine or EV set up. RIGHT HAND DRIVE.
i.kinja-img.comView Full Size
 
2021-02-25 3:26:57 PM  
Know what's funny?

I don't care what the mail truck looks like.
 
2021-02-25 3:33:07 PM  

Joshudan: Ugh all of those are so ugly. I haven't seen the one they chose yet though so maybe these are better?


It's a vehicle designed for a very specific purpose, it doesn't matter if you think it's ugly. Also, that purpose dictated the design, not the other way around. It works, it's maintainable, it's enclosed, that's all that mattered.
 
2021-02-25 3:37:05 PM  
Pinner:
RIGHT HAND DRIVE.

Are they not where you are? Except for the odd stock minivan, most postal vehicles (the LLVs) here have always been right hand drive.

/Something about where they put the mailboxes...
 
2021-02-25 3:38:25 PM  

Pinner: really low profile hood/front end almost like they would house a horizontally opposed engine or EV set up.


That's exactly what they're doing. From the USPS press release:

The vehicles will be equipped with either fuel-efficient internal combustion engines or battery electric powertrains and can be retrofitted to keep pace with advances in electric vehicle technologies.

Presumably, they'll fit whichever engine type is most appropriate for the location. EV for urban areas and gasoline for rural, for example.
 
2021-02-25 4:01:02 PM  
I like the design and it would make an excellent Class B RV.  Can't help but wonder if the steering is electric or hydraulic, either would be a big safety factor with such a short hood.  And make producing a left-hand drive version easy.
 
2021-02-25 4:06:48 PM  
Someone pointed out in the article that those babies better have some real good air conditioning, because with that huge windshield, it's going to get hot hot hot in the cab in July and August once the sun hits it.
 
2021-02-25 4:10:19 PM  

Pelvic Splanchnic Ganglion: Pinner: really low profile hood/front end almost like they would house a horizontally opposed engine or EV set up.

That's exactly what they're doing. From the USPS press release:

The vehicles will be equipped with either fuel-efficient internal combustion engines or battery electric powertrains and can be retrofitted to keep pace with advances in electric vehicle technologies.

Presumably, they'll fit whichever engine type is most appropriate for the location. EV for urban areas and gasoline for rural, for example.


Plus, with a shared chassis I would think that it would be easy to convert the gas models to electric over their lifespan as the EV tech inevitably gets cheaper 15 or 20 years hence.
 
2021-02-25 4:23:11 PM  

Pinner: RIGHT HAND DRIVE.


They're already right hand drive.
 
2021-02-25 4:29:11 PM  

Schmerd1948: Someone pointed out in the article that those babies better have some real good air conditioning, because with that huge windshield, it's going to get hot hot hot in the cab in July and August once the sun hits it.


None of the mail trucks that have ever come to my house have/had AC.
 
2021-02-25 5:06:55 PM  

Pinner: So weird...
Just this am I was talking to our mail carrier, asked about what they do when they get rid of the mail trucks/vans... figured it would be cool to turn one into a camper. They are all leased.
Anyway, she showed me the pic of the new trucks they're getting. BIG front windows, really low profile hood/front end almost like they would house a horizontally opposed engine or EV set up. RIGHT HAND DRIVE.
[i.kinja-img.com image 850x477]


I realized why it's so tall and gangly...

This way any mail carrier short of 6'6" can stand up straight in the cargo area. Looks weird, but makes sense. And the 6'6" is just a guess, maybe they're even taller inside.

majestic: Schmerd1948: Someone pointed out in the article that those babies better have some real good air conditioning, because with that huge windshield, it's going to get hot hot hot in the cab in July and August once the sun hits it.

None of the mail trucks that have ever come to my house have/had AC.


Here's an article about the one that got chosen. They now have A/C.
This Is The Next USPS Mail Truck (jalopnik.com)
 
2021-02-25 5:06:58 PM  
Is it a rule that US mail trucks have to be ridiculously fugly?
 
2021-02-25 5:11:05 PM  

IgG4: Is it a rule that US mail trucks have to be ridiculously fugly?


They're purpose-built. It's not supposed to be a sexy vehicle, it's supposed to be a good delivery vehicle. Big, boxy cargo area, big windshield for visibility, low center of gravity for everything but the cargo area. You get a vehicle that can deliver mail in crowded, busy neighborhoods, and won't be in danger of flipping if a driver takes a corner too quickly while fully loaded.
 
2021-02-25 7:57:00 PM  

Mikey1969: This way any mail carrier short of 6'6" can stand up straight in the cargo area. Looks weird, but makes sense. And the 6'6" is just a guess, maybe they're even taller inside.


That, plus one of the big requirements was being able to handle the large number (and size) of packages that are sent from Amazon, Walmart, etc. The current vehicles weren't designed for nearly the amount of package delivery that USPS does now.  Apparently it's a challenge to fit all of the stuff for a postal worker's route into a single trip anymore, at least without eliminating space for the person to actually easily find and pull out the packages. So the new ones not only have more storage room (for both cargo and driver), but also are easier to organize.
 
2021-02-25 11:08:37 PM  
I'm predicting that this truck will be the F35 of the post office
 
2021-02-25 11:24:51 PM  
Louis DeJoy junked sorting machines and collection boxes "to save money," but somehow the USPS has money to spend on a new fleet of trucks.
 
2021-02-26 6:53:03 AM  

Mikey1969: IgG4: Is it a rule that US mail trucks have to be ridiculously fugly?

They're purpose-built. It's not supposed to be a sexy vehicle, it's supposed to be a good delivery vehicle. Big, boxy cargo area, big windshield for visibility, low center of gravity for everything but the cargo area. You get a vehicle that can deliver mail in crowded, busy neighborhoods, and won't be in danger of flipping if a driver takes a corner too quickly while fully loaded.


Like, South Dakota AG loaded? Orrr....
 
2021-02-26 8:50:04 AM  

The Reverend Sam Hill: Louis DeJoy junked sorting machines and collection boxes "to save money," but somehow the USPS has money to spend on a new fleet of trucks.


They need to replace the burned out trucks
 
2021-02-26 1:27:31 PM  

majestic: Schmerd1948: Someone pointed out in the article that those babies better have some real good air conditioning, because with that huge windshield, it's going to get hot hot hot in the cab in July and August once the sun hits it.

None of the mail trucks that have ever come to my house have/had AC.


In an urban/suburban route, you're going to have the window down most of the time, or getting out to go inside a building to access the bank of mailboxes.

Rural routes with long distances between customers might benefit from some air conditioning, but then you'd have two models to build vs one. At the very least, AC would be an aftermarket add-on.
 
2021-02-26 1:32:12 PM  

Joe_diGriz: Mikey1969: This way any mail carrier short of 6'6" can stand up straight in the cargo area. Looks weird, but makes sense. And the 6'6" is just a guess, maybe they're even taller inside.

That, plus one of the big requirements was being able to handle the large number (and size) of packages that are sent from Amazon, Walmart, etc. The current vehicles weren't designed for nearly the amount of package delivery that USPS does now.  Apparently it's a challenge to fit all of the stuff for a postal worker's route into a single trip anymore, at least without eliminating space for the person to actually easily find and pull out the packages. So the new ones not only have more storage room (for both cargo and driver), but also are easier to organize.


Would not be surprised if the USPS comes up with 4-6 box sizes that will fit the truck, making it easier to load and unload, and to maximize the number that can be carried.

Amazon and the other companies will have to adopt those sizes or pay extra.

Of course, the customer will pay for any increase in shipping cost.
 
2021-02-26 1:36:09 PM  

The Reverend Sam Hill: Louis DeJoy junked sorting machines and collection boxes "to save money," but somehow the USPS has money to spend on a new fleet of trucks.


Trucks are being replaced continuously, and designs haven't kept pace with the particular needs of the USPS.

Nothing unusual about that. We did it with the Hummer and Beretta*.

*Switching from 45ACP to 9mm increased capacity, and rounds were cheaper.
 
Displayed 22 of 22 comments

View Voting Results: Smartest and Funniest

This thread is closed to new comments.

Continue Farking





On Twitter



  1. Links are submitted by members of the Fark community.

  2. When community members submit a link, they also write a custom headline for the story.

  3. Other Farkers comment on the links. This is the number of comments. Click here to read them.

  4. Click here to submit a link.