Scout leader turns Army tank hauler into a unique form of transport

Union Leader Correspondent
October 15. 2017 8:24PM
These Cub Scouts from Kingston are thrilled about their new ride in an old Army truck. Standing from left are Camden Chesley, Roger Soucy, and co-den leader Chris Bashaw. Scouts sitting on the truck from left are Stanley Little, Sam Bashaw and Daxon Picillo. (Jason Schreiber /Union Leader Correspondent)

Chris Bashaw may just be the coolest dad in town.

By day he’s a sergeant with the Rockingham County Sheriff’s Office, but his nights are spent outside in the driveway of his Kingston home tinkering with a 30,000-pound former Army tank hauler that he’s transformed into a massive 14-passenger vehicle known as “Honey Badger.”

“I’ve built this into more of a camper transport vehicle to haul kids and my family around,” he said with a laugh.

That includes using it to pick up his kids — Sam, 7, Molly, 6, and Alexandra, 5 — from school and take the family out for ice cream and other fun trips, as well as transport members of Cub Scout Pack 90 in Kingston.

A former Army Ranger, Bashaw is a co-den leader and coaches sports. His vehicle — which features a bathroom and will soon have TVs — is getting a lot of attention.

“It’s cool,” said 8-year-old scout Stanley Little, who’s shorter than the 550-pound tires.

Bashaw bought the 1980 vehicle through a military auction last fall and began building it in February.

“After my kids go to bed I’m out in my driveway with work lights. I’m out there welding, grinding, and using a plasma cutter, providing a free fireworks show for the neighbor,” he said.

The inside is tall enough for the 6-foot-2 Bashaw to stand up in.

Bashaw is a member of the Granite State Iron Cavalry, a group with military trucks shown in parades, touch-a-truck, and veterans’ benefit events. 
Co-den leader Chris Bashaw (in the driver's seat) has spent months turning an old Army truck into a vehicle to transport as many as 14 passengers. Cub Scouts seated from left are Sam Bashaw, Camden Chesley, Stanley Little, Daxon Picillo, and Roger Soucy. (Jason Schreiber/Union Leader Correspondent)

Bashaw parked it outside the Tractor Supply store in Brentwood Sunday and attached his American flag to the fender while the scouts held their annual popcorn sales.

“I really like it. It’s really cool inside,” said Roger Soucy, 7, who’s been inside the vehicle and is looking forward to taking his first ride.

Scout Daxon Picillo, 7, is also a fan.

“The horn is really loud,” he said.

Bashaw’s wife, Moira, has had to accept the fact that her husband’s passion for retrofitting old military vehicles has made their family a bit of a spectacle when they’re on the road.

She admitted that she wasn’t aware of the plans for his latest vehicle until she heard it from her son.

“He said dad was making an Army truck school bus. I didn’t know he was doing that. Now that it’s done, we have fun with it,” she said.

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