The department owns a 1999 Dodge Ram Pickup Truck (The Beast).
Graduate students wishing to use the truck should read the reservation policy, fill out the necessary forms and contact Dan Plumlee.
1999 Dodge Ram 2500 "The Beast"
The department truck is a 3/4 ton, heavy duty 4WD pickup with an extended passenger cab, an 8' bed with shell and an automatic transmission. The truck is equipped with a roof rack for hauling gear and a 2" tow ball assembly.
Provide 2 weeks advance notice to reserve the department truck.
The truck is made available for department field courses and is provided to both faculty and graduate students, on a recharge basis, as an aid to research. Department personnel have use of the truck to conduct department business.
This vehicle has a primary mission in support of field courses and use priority is always given to department supported class field trips. Vehicle use requests for Geography Department research is given priority over requests from other departments, providing that the in-house reservation was granted at least 2 weeks prior to the use date. This provides a 2 week safety window for guaranteed vehicle access, barring mechanical difficulties or unsafe weather conditions.
Eligibility for Use of Department Vehicle
The department vehicle is available only to university employees, faculty and graduate students conducting university business or sponsored research. All users must present a valid driver's license prior to checkout.
Upon the initial use request, all vehicle users are required to:
Review the Vehicle Breakdown/Accident Sheet
All users are also required to participate in a hands-on review of the department truck prior to their initial checkout. Requestors may also be asked to demonstrate a basic ability to operate the vehicle.
To Access the Department Vehicle
Contact Dan Plumlee to reserve vehicles or to arrange for training and/or certification:
in person... Room 519, McCone Hall
by phone... 642-4368
by e-mail... firstname.lastname@example.org
If you leave your reservation request as a message, consider the reservation made upon receipt of a confirming return message.
Reserve the vehicle at least 2 weeks prior to your forecasted need. Late reservations will be given the lowest priority for use. It is best to reserve field course dates at the beginning of the semester and long-term research use as soon as it is practical to do so. Please record and monitor all long-term reservations and update your reservation as needs change. All reservations require the completion of a Faculty/Student Vehicle Contract which designates funding sources. This contract must be signed by the vehicle user as well as the person responsible for the funding source.
Training dates must be arranged with Dan Plumlee and will be scheduled at a time that best serves both the trainer and the trainee. Please allow a large window of opportunity for this to happen. There is no rush request. A training day will be recharged at the regular rate.