ORGANIZATIONAL MAINTENANCE INSTRUCTIONS
Section I. SERVICE UPON RECEIPT OF MATERIAL
2-1. Inspecting and Servicing the Equipment.
a. Prior to loading (stuffing), qualified personnel
should make a thorough inspection of each MILVAN as
(1) Inspect weather seals of doors for damage or
(2) Check the doors for loose, worn, or damaged
hinges, latches, levers, bolts, nuts, pin and document
(3) Check steel roof, sides, and doors for holes,
tears rind punctures.
(4) Inspect the general condition of the mechanical
bracing system. Assure that the assigned number of load
bracing beam assemblies are present (see list on door).
Horizontal rails will be examined for attachment to side-
wall and for deformation that prevents proper attachment
of beam assemblies. Beam assemblies will be examined for
distortion and condition of end fittings that prevent proper
engagement in the rails.
(5) Inspect the condition of the corner posts, corner
fittings, and structural rail members. Containers having
comer posts or rails tom, distorted, and kinked, or broken/
cracked fittings, are unserviceable and will be rejected for
use. Comer posts having a small vertical dent are accept-
able if it does not exceed 3/4 inch in depth and 12 inches
in length providing the post/comer fitting joint is not
affected. If deformation of the container configuration is
evident, dimensions must be checked. The over-all dimen-
sions and the variation of diagonal distances between oppo-
site comer fittings must be within tolerances as indicated
in paragraph 1-8.
(6) Corrosive failure of any structural member
such as when the structural member could be punctured by
striking the area lightly with a welders hammer, will be
cause to reject the container. Corrosion of a structural
member other than surface rust should be checked by the
inspector to insure that the structural integrity of the mem-
ber is not adversely affected.
(7) Inspect painted surfaces for deterioration from
damage and extreme exposure. Paint will be applied only
for protection of base metal; not to enhance the appearance
of a dingy-looking container. Clean and treat metal sur-
faces which require paint in accordance with Specification
MIL-T-704. After cleaning and treating apply two coats of
olive drab, rust-inhibiting, semi-gloss enamel paint, (item
2, App. D). Allow overnight drying between coats.
(8) Inspect the interior plywood liners for puncture,
splits, and proper fit and alignment. Inspect to see that
cargo space is clean and in good condition to prevent
damage to lading from exposed bolts, nuts, screws, nails,
or other inwardly projecting parts.
(9) Inspect floor to make sure it is tight and free of
holes. Inspect the floorboards and threshold plate for
warped, broken, or any damaged condition. (The threshold
is absent on containers numbered 12000 and higher.)
b. An inspection of loaded containers will be made at
each trans-shipment point. The exterior of the MILVAN
will be inspected for in-transit damage in accordance with
steps (2), (3) and (5) above.
2-2. Cleaning and Decontamination.
a. For general cleaning, wash the exterior of the con-
tainer with any suitable detergent. Thoroughly rinse with
fresh water and allow to air dry.
b. For decontamination, procedures required by TM
743-200 shall apply. Each deck-stored container must be
washed by using organization after each ocean voyage to
retard paint and metal deterioration.
c. Special attention must be given to containers stored
for extended periods. Containers should be placed on
blocks to permit air circulation under them. The lower side
rails should be a minimum of 3.5 inches off the ground.
These containers must be visually inspected periodically
for deterioration from damage and extreme exposure and
for damage or deterioration of door seals. When containers
are stored for extended periods in a salty atmosphere, they
must be cleaned in accordance with sub-paragraph a above
prior to periodic inspection.
2-3. Lubrication. Lubricate containers numbered less
than 12000 prior to shipment as described in Section III,