Postal Delivery Trucks Stink. Let's Redesign Them.
Postal Delivery Trucks Stink Lets Redesign Them

Follow by Email
Facebook
Twitter
Instagram
Try Dashlane: http://www.dashlane.com/austinmcconnell 10% off Premium Promo Code: austinmcconnell The United States Postal Service's delivery trucks are well past their estimated lifespan. Let's explore how to make the next generation of them the best for the 21st century. TWITTER: twitter.com/austinmcconnell PATREON: patreon.com/austinmcconnell POSTAL TRUCK FIRE TRACKER: https://www.postaltimes.com/postal-vehicle-fires/ 3D Animation and Editing by Me Additional Editing By Lance Little

Comments

An aristocrat : Great, you designed a food truck.

TexasGTO : Steering wheel on the left? Have you never seen mail being delivered before?

Coleman Adamson : Speaking as a former letter carrier of 25 yrs. experience you are correct these trucks are poorly designed but you made them worse....much worse.

Yo-yo : Orrr... They could just buy a bunch of Ford Transits....

Wolf9326 : Umm sorry but terrible design, I work for the USPS. I need to have my steering wheel on the right side so I don’t have to scoot over at every mail box I deliver to... if someone doesn’t know what I’m talking about, we have to drive in the right side of the road, also the mailboxes are on the right side, so there for having the driver on the left side means that they cannot access the mailbox with ease and efficiency! Another reason why this is a bad design is these need to be cheap for the USPS... electric motors and allllll that electronics like cameras and monitoring systems and on board computer and 360 sensors are no cheap at all! Another is it needs a more modern design, not a milk truck design. The only thing these things need are semi full time AWD, redesigned and updated engines, A/C / better heat, better insulated, and of coarse more comfortable and supportive seats (as long as I have a comfy seat I’m good honestly these seats now ruined my back)

TheBigExclusive : This video is a rare miss for you. Unfortunately I completely disagree with your design. You struck out here.

Young1738 : Do more research next time please. There is a reason the steering wheel is where it's at. Different tires doesn't magically solve the problem. Your not an engineer and neither am I but I would have thought these things are common sense.

Penny Rollz : Wait what about getting in and out of the truck? Won't it be difficult climbing in and out without some kind of step?

Freedom Strider : Having never been to the US, this postal truck looks like someone painted a giant cardboard box, put it on a very weird boat and threw some wheels and went "eh, job done"

Brennan : the more complicated and high tech you make it, the shorter it will last

Devin Bruce : Getting rid of the right side wheel would be a huge mistake. It isn't on the right side of the car currently "for safety" as Austin says - Rural deliveries are spaced out and require the letter carriers to be able to reach over to the mailboxes and deposit the letters directly. If it were changed rural deliveries and deliveries to mailboxes at the street level would have to be done by hand (which, because of the distance between houses/mailboxes would add to the time it makes to deliver) . You could say to just reach over the right side seat and deliver it to the boxes that way but that would mean the driver would have to keep on taking off their seatbelt, dropping the letters and then put their seatbelt back on to them make a 15-20 sec drive to the next mailbox to then repeat... and repeat... and repeat.

Kyle's cars : Ill just stop this video about half way through because it's obvious that you have absolutely no understanding of how vehicles are actually constructed nor why postal trucks are built the way they are. Lets just start with a simple criticism and your modification: All terrain tires could be put on the current model, it wont help. The current design is rear wheel drive which is why it isnt great in the snow. Tires aren't the problem, platform is. Aluminum is used because it does not rust, probably should stick with that plan from the original design. the steering wheel is not on the right for "safety" it's on the right because thats where you need to be to be able to deliver mail quickly without leaving the drivers seat. All the electronic crap you mentioned should NOT be permanently installed because it will become obsolete quickly and need to be replaced. no reason to add the cost of installing new fancy gadgets when this could all be handled by an easily replaceable tablet- everything from gps tracking, package scanning, and signatures. Let's just break it down to this- we need a front wheel drive, diesel, postal truck. probably based on a ford transit or similar van that is already available in europe as a FWD diesel platform. make it with an aluminum body. all right hand drive. Problem solved.

Jebedo Nackle : The backwards L on the hat kills me.

Maarten Canters : I thought there was a new Content Cop for a sec

Andrew Lankford : "Put it together and you have the mail truck of the future". ...only the USPS has no future, for reasons that are depicted quite well by your video.

ressovm : your new design is awful for many many reasons. three doors on the back? how about 1. diesel engine. dont need cameras. the list goes on.

Sugar and Markers : In France, or at least in Grenoble, we use bikes.

britshell : They need to make the new ones hybrids or full Electric. If we're stuck with EVs so should the government.

theOlie : New design? This is literally a Citroen H van from 1947

Shark's got legs : This is a mess, and its a 40's french van on the screen what

Nunu Rats : Wasn't this channel about film?

That Guy : Wow holy shit... Not only was his "facts" wrong about the current ones, the "new" (1950 Citroen) truck he came up with would probably be the worst possible design the postal service could use... I'm actually impressed with how this guy even remotely thought this would be a good idea... The heaters on these things are usually the best working piece of equipment. Bad weather stripping and bad rivets will cause water to leak onto the fuse box, not washer fluid... Which BTW is not flammable when it's diluted, which most sold is already prepared mixed correctly. You never mentioned putting in AC All terrain tires won't do Jack shit on ice, still need some chains or spikes. And BTW depending on where you're working the trucks will be fitted with the necessary tires. LED lights are used in some mail trucks already. Lifting it makes it even harder to reach the mail box. Which btw the door on the right side is so they can put mail into the box without getting out. But fuck that I guess. I didn't see a door to the back of the truck, so it takes even longer to grab the mail from the back. Very few places uses tablets, plus if they did, wouldn't it be better to keep the tablet portable so you can bring it to the customer so they can sign off on their mail? There are no shelves in the back for the mail, so dock a few more points from the design. In case of emergency it can be made to help? fuck that, the last thing I want is an unqualified mailman to come to my rescue with minimal training and minimal amount of equipment. I'll stick to the first responder who are trained to do those things. What's a electric powered truck supposed to do if there's a flood, or power outage? If it's a natural disaster they won't be much use. And of you're that worried about flooding (for some reason) how about not putting an electric motor in it? But an Electric motor is *almost* a good idea, except the expense that it would cause to buy, plus charging stations for thousands across the country, and although electric has come a long way already, I wouldn't say they are reliable enough just yet to put as many miles on it as a normal mail truck can. These have been going for 30+ years, but a current electric motor won't be able to do that yet for several reasons. There are larger mail trucks if they need to deliver larger packages. Honestly, they need to just put in a decent engine, maybe a efficient I4 with a tiny turbo and flex fuel, get good gas mileage and add AC. Call it a day. These trucks he explained would be horribly inefficient, and even more expensive to buy and upkeep.

Derek Tong : Uhh it isn't April yet

Copper Creek Cuts Lawn Care : 4:18 This is very well put together, but one of us is missing something. I am pretty sure the steering wheel is on the right side of LLVs so they can deliver mail from their seat on the right to mailboxes on the right side of the road.

fona mcjimmyjimmy : In the uk we don’t have these problems cus we’re epic

Dilan Farris : Honestly on my road the mail lady drives a 2012ish nissan rogue my town aint even got mail trucks😂😂

Bam Slam Kabam : why. why not use delivery drones for packages and email's for letters.

Cry Whit : So...you gonna buy your new LLVs from that Jeepers Creepers monster?

Yanis Ho : They just took a 3D model of an old Citroen truck and reversed the logo on the grille lol

Sam : Sounds to me like a less reliable more expensive option compared to a lot of the simpler options USPS is exploring right now. Also why the hell did you put the steering wheel on the left, makes no sense for mail truck drivers, duh they have to put the mail in the mail box on the right side of the road. Electric motors (plus heavy expensive batteries) are not practical for a reliable mail truck that will probably be functioning until mail trucks are irrelevant. Small reliable and efficient gas motors will do the job just fine. I like the flames though.

JR97 : update to front wheel drive, use toyotas 1.8L inline 4 (used in corolla) combo'd with a 4 speed automatic.

PanAmAviator : I want to buy the LLV SO BADLY. I don't care if there's a fire risk or a lack of an A/C, I love the look.

ypsilon : Solar panels // charging at night. Okay...

romeoisanidiot 27 : see an austinmcconnell video. Me: what weird thing is he covering this time? Video: fixing mail trucks Me: oh, of course

*Matthew Noneya* : No slide doors for giving mail on the go? Driving on the left? Electric? Did you even put any thought into what you said?

Brittney Edwards : Here is an idea let the people who drive them have some input to what features are needed🤷🏻‍♀️

Tyler Furrison Tech : I watched this video three times, LETS WATCH IT AGAIN!!

Lina Dudak : This was never in my subbox! Wtf?!

Hay it's Maria : The flames are totally needed.

santiago rafael : No mechanical engineer I am assuming

ricardo el sphaggitoes : I thought it said post malone delivery truck cause i was about to order some post malone

The Bandog : Putting flames on the trucks was a GREAT idea! Unfortunately, it was the only one in this video. Sorry bud.

Eli Egbert : 5:17 that technology totally won't be obsolete in 5 years rendering the purpose of long lasting unattainable

Briar Hood : I work on these trucks and there's a lot you got wrong. The heaters rarely go out in these things. One of the few items that's usually working fine. Also, it's not the washer fluid line that causes problems with the fuse panel, it's the weather stripping around the windshield and body rivets that will let water leak onto the panel if it rains or gets washed. Who told you window washer fluid is flammable? The reason they cost so much to repair is because the postal service only does an inspection every 6 months and will only authorize replacement parts if they are deemed to not last another 6 months. Drivers aren't allowed to pop the hood to check fluids so the tranny and engine will leak enough fluid to blow em up. They replace engines and transmissions all the time due to neglect and abuse. Not sure where you got your sources, but you shouldn't be providing false information. These things are incredibly reliably when they're maintained properly. They'll destroy whatever new vehicles they get just like they destroyed these.

Abhigyan Verma : Did he just say electrical ENGINES

An_Annoying_Cat : Wouldn’t the theoretical new truck design give the drivers massive blind spots?

Cry Whit : 7:13 like 30 seconds into the video I was thinking the same thing. You just earned yourself a new subscriber (because great minds think alike😜).

jonathan sauceda : Him: we will add flames Me: yep that's America for ya

Catabee : the flames really add to the excitement of mail delivery