Ho Ho Ho - the "one thirsty"
Whatever, the Hummers had no problems with weight, you can let the air in and out of the tyres from inside the air-con cab (bastards). The problem with weight begins with the fact that because the weight of the thing exceeds 3.5 tonnes they are treated like a truck and are limited to 80kmh on the autobahn -cue falling off the seat laughing.
The consumption was also a problem, we met one of the Hummers just before Douentza on the tar road. He said he was waiting for his friend but we found out later that they were running so low on fuel they emptied what was left of one tank into another but the guy was just to embarrased to say this.
In 1997 I met an english guy who was going to South Africa with an Amphibian truck, ex UK army. His idea was to cross the twelve biggest rivers in Africa. I saw him cross the Senegal river at Rosso, I know he crossed th Gambia river near Banjul and the Niger on a number of places. He was arrested in Bamako because he caused such a commotion crossing the river there that the police held him responsible for an accident on the bridge caused by people watching him.
I think the truck was called an "Alvis" or "Avis" maybe some of the British people reading this know more about this kind of truck.