Still, the two companies, Daimler and Benz are separated. We are nearing the First World War. Benz is in truck selling more successful than Daimler. The car pictured above represents the middle in the offer, because the range will last until 6 tons payload. The steel wheels, by the way, even connected with lower speed limits, seem finally to have been replaced by full rubber wheels. However, they appear due to lack of resources again during the war. Here and at the end the truck will sometimes even replaced again from Horse-drawn carts.
Look at the second picture. Here you see the still dominant chain drive to rear axle.Although there are already the cardan shaft drive protected against dirt and water, but its development appears to progress slowly in the heavy truck sector. At least the rear wheels are performed as a kind of dual wheels to lower the burden of the road.
The Benz company initially has its headquarters in Mannheim,, but by gradual takeover of Süddeutsche Automobilfabrik Gaggenau relocate the entire truck production there. The location is also retained after the merger with Daimler. Lucrative the business with heavy trucks will be also because in the meantime the warfare has changed and the military is clearly subsidizing the purchase. In the the case of war the owner the vehicle shall made available then.
To increase the transport capacity, are already possible two-axle trailers. There is common a second, though covered but rather draughty seat above the drawbar, necessary well to operate the brakes. Also the drawbar one does not trust completely. It will partly be secured by two heavy, in a large bow right and left of the drawing vehicle to the trailer leading chains. The complete truck-trailer combination can then already have as much as 10 tons of payload. Even the combination with a trailer is subsidized by the military, although later in application more turn out to be a hindrance. 03/09