Towing an 80,000lb Semi with a PICKUP truck

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43 Replies to “Towing an 80,000lb Semi with a PICKUP truck”

  1. 15 years driving semi and I was always grateful for the help I received along the way. I once pulled into a rest area to catch a few winks and the truck engine died while I was asleep because the angle I was on caused a low water sensor to kill the engine. by the time I woke up my lights and AC fans had drained the batteries (That's right I had 4) enough to keep me from restarting the engine once i had topped off the coolant reservoir. But from out of nowhere a kind older gentleman that was on his way out seen me working under the hood and stopped to see if he could help. I explained to him that I need a jump but was afraid getting a jump start from his car may do harm to his alternator , battery or any other part of his electrical system. I was driving a 2006 Freightliner Classic and he was traveling in his 1985 Dodge Aries Station Wagon but the old guy insisted and my load was getting hotter by the minute so we hooked up a pair of jumper cables and after about ten minutes and a few whispered prayers I turned the key and that 425 Horse powered diesel engine reluctantly came back to life and the old fellow was quick to stuff the $20 bill back in my pocket that I had tried leaving in his hand when I shook it to thank him. I've fortunately met a lot of really good people through the years and thankfully they seem to come around when i was going through what I've come to call Truckers Luck. Like a lot of people I have had my share of Truckers Luck but thankfully It's taught me a lot of lessons and the most important one of all is that even though this country has some things going on that just isn't right the one thing we do have that sets us apart from many others is that when the chips are down Americans will stand together theirs no black or white, no right or left, no conservatives or liberals, just a bunch of people that are willing to do what's fare and decent by reaching out to help a stranger in need without concerning themselves if rather or not they may or may not have the same political or religious view you have or don't have. I've had the privilege to meet so many people in my life that only have one question and it's usually the first words out of there mouth which is "Hi, What can I do to help?" It's this type of person that rally makes me proud I am an American. I'm sorry if for maybe being a little long winded but i just wanted to say thanks not only for helping out that trucker but for possibly inspiring others to possibly do the same. God bless you sir and Keep on Truckin'

  2. I have a lot of respect for you, your videos, the content you provide and your opinions / reviews. You had a heavy impact on the truck i recently purchased and ive been loving it. Just wanted to say thanks express my appreciation. Safe driving!

  3. I just want to tell you THANK YOU for ALL TRUCKERS! You didn't even have to stop to help plus risk damage to your truck. GOD BLESS YOU BROTHA! You have my sub all day. Take care and be safe.

  4. Wow, you're such a generous gentlemen. Thank you. I honestly can't believe that there are people out there who are more than willing to help. I honestly can't thank you enough. Best luck to you!

  5. It happens to the best of us. It's all in the transmission and traction. You can pull just about anything on the planet with the proper power transmission. Truckers back in the 50's pulled their loads cross country with non-turbo engines maxed out at 210 horsepower! Probably had gearing around 5.23's or higher. Perfect example is any farm tractor. Not your giant four wheeled monstrosities but your typical 50-100 horse farm tractor. You always associate tractors with pulling power. It's the gear ratios and weight of the tractor that give you the ability to tow a shitload of whatever you could imagine. You don't need a tractor with 500 horse when your gear ratios are 1:1 or something like that. Honestly 99% of us will never push our trucks to what they hypothetically could pull.

  6. my semi lost power at the stop light had to be towed not with a wrecker but with a ford f350 for over 10 miles, the road had no shoulders to pull off. this happens more then you think.

  7. We use pick up trucks all the time in the West Texas Oil Patch to pull stuck rigs, out of sand, mud and the occasional snow storm! And yes you are right it is a traction problem on the drive tires seeing that his steer tires weren't buried too. As a driver thank you for helping out that guy, Ive been there before and it sucks!

  8. I'm really glad you explained this so well. I've been to many events where people have had tugs of war and explained to countless people that it doesn't matter what you have as long as you have the ability to maintain traction and get the power to ground. Power has very little to do with it, something far too many fail to understand even when you explain it to them.

  9. If you have traction and low enough gearing you could pull him with a Briggs and Stratton. It's not like LIFTING 80,000 lbs. Just look at an aircraft tug.

    What you have to be careful of is snapping an axle or twisting a drive shaft in a situation like that. Easy on the gas.

    Nice save. Karma will repay you some day. 😉

  10. It was nice to give him a hand but know from experience the truck wasn't that stuck and if you were in gravel or dirt the outcome could of changed. If pick ups were that strong why buy a Huge semi tractor .

  11. Thats nice of you, i have seen for myself a stock f350 7.3 pull a loaded log truck that was not running down the road 1 mile to get him out of the road, most loggers run upwards of 92000 lbs around here.

  12. Been there … Done that … But I was the Semi Driver … Was down in Texas … Picking up a load of Fresh Watermelon in the Fields … It took a "Big Ass" Farm tractor to get me out … When it rains in Texas … It really rains … 😣😣😣

  13. Thanks for helping a driver in trouble. I've been stuck a couple of times and had the good fortune of a kind hearted pickup driver to pull me out. It's more common than most realize.

  14. It's funny that you said he looked at you like you're nuts! I live down 15 miles of back roads and the winter is harsh and not many plow trucks come our way. I was coming up the hill in my old 2011 Duramax 2500 and saw a semi log carrier with 2 carts at a dead stop on a incline. I offered to help him a he told me "it's hopeless I'm too heavy" I convinced him to give it a try he was scared that if he lost his spot he could slide back down the hill and crash. I chained up to him and pulled him all the way up the hill (of course with a little bit of sliding) but it still did it. These new diesels have amazing amounts of power. Have you seen the video where the Ford pulls a train? Or the video where that 07 ram with the Cummins pulls that truck all the way up the hill. Insane!

  15. Reminds me when I use to live in Aransas Pass (just north of Corpus) one day I was driving along the beach and saw a semi with a tanker stuck in the mud, we tried to pull it out with an F150 and Silverado 1500 and couldn't do it

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