RFW is an Australian specialist vehicle manufacturer based in Chester Hill.
RFW (Robert F Whitehead) is an Australian specialist manufacturer of all wheel drive trucks.
The RFW Truck Manufacturing Company commenced business in 1969 with the design and manufacture of special heavy-duty trucks.
The RFW name soon grew to represent a robust, long lasting vehicle with an unusually high resale value.
Many of the RFW trucks were of conventional 4 x 2, 6 x 4 and 8 x 4 configuration, always with bought-in engine and gearbox.
The special vehicles comprised
4 x 4, 6 x 6 and 8 x 8 standard width trucks, with RFW transfer gearboxes and front driving/steering axles.
4 x 4, 6 x 6 and 8 x 8 trucks 3 metres wide for off-road service in mines, etc.
Heavy haulage tractors.
Airport rapid-response fire fighting vehicles.
All-terrain forest fire fighting vehicles.
Anode carrying vehicles for aluminium smelters.
RFW developed the "Permatrak" suspensions, firstly spring suspensions and later air bag suspensions. They provide greater comfort, tyre life and unrivalled suspension travel. RFW also offer a range of full torque power take-offs, transfer gearboxes in three torque capacities and specials such as drop-gearboxes. he RFW Truck Manufacturing Company commenced business in 1969 with the design and manufacture of special heavy-duty trucks. The RFW name soon grew to represent a robust, long lasting vehicle with an unusually high resale value. In 2000 the company signed an agreement with the leading European all terrain vehicle manufacturer TATRA a.s. of the Czech Republic and gained rights to build special vehicles based on TATRA unique chassis concept and using TATRA components, however supplying locally available engines and gearboxes. Special RFW designed fireproof cabs are also available for the fire-fighting vehicles.

Article Allan Whiting RFW have further extended the ease of vehicle control as provided by automatic transmissions in utilising permanent all wheel drive and single speed transfer cases; hence there is no change in driving mode from highway running to cross country operation - the driver has only to consider the optimum speed and path for the terrain the vehicle is negotiating. Torque multiplication provides adequate gearing flexibility for most situations and "no spin" limited slip differentials in the rear axle and transfer case take control of traction loss. An additional limited slip differential is available in the steering axle, but the makers have so far had no requests for one to be fitted.
RFW werd in 1969 opgericht door Robert Frederick Whitehead, een voormalig technicus bij de luchtmacht. RFW specialiseerde zich in voertuigen voor bijzondere doelgroepen, zoals brandweerwagens en spoorrails-vrachtwagens. De voertuigen gemaakt door de RFW waren altijd aangedreven op alle assen en werden gemaakt met Scania-onderdelen. Sinds 1980 ging het bergafwaarts met het bedrijf, en tegenwoordig maakt het alleen nog vrachtwagens op verzoek.RFW stond bekend om zijn vele verschillende uitvoeringen. Zo kon er gekozen worden uit een aandrijving van 4x4, 6x6, 8x8 of 12x12. Om de voertuigen licht te houden kon er gekozen worden uit cabines van glasvezel of aluminium..
Two R.F.W. (Robert Fredric Whitehead) built trucks, made in Chester Hill Sydney Australia. 4x4 fire engine (fire proof cab) right a 6x6 tipper, both made for the South Australian Woods & Forest dept.
All R.F.W. Trucks & Buses were hand made and built to what the customer required (Engine, gearbox, diffs, wheel base, super singles and duel tyres.

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