Fiat Chrysler USA was just awarded an American patent for “a ramp system for a vehicle storage bed” which appears to be exactly what it sounds like, and would be a hugely helpful feature for folks like me who like to put heavy stuff in trucks but don’t always have friends around to help.
You don't need an off-road trailer to get to some incredible camping spots. Check out how good this Airstream Basecamp looks with a color-matched Ford Raptor posting up on the Oregon Coast!
To those of you who snicker at truck beds under six feet; I just carried gear to support nine off-road motorcycles, about 50 gallons of fuel, three weeks worth of luggage for eleven people, and a Kawasaki KLR from one side of South America to the other in a truck bed about the size of a really nice cooler. Here's how.
Jokes about big truck owners having small wieners is old, guys. So old that the dude selling this (awesome, by the way) customized Chevy C60 has offered to "show you what he's got" just to put an end to the ridiculous stereotype. Doing the truck community a service, really.
So you've spotted a prime project car; owner will let his tragic heap go cheap and maybe it's even got a title. But it's wedged deep in the depths of some hoarder barn with no power and no brakes. Don't worry, getting it home isn't impossible. Just an incredible pain in the ass. Hop in, let's do this.
In the dark of the moon on the 6th of June, a whiskey-fueled argument between truckers was escalating. Rubber Duck reckoned he ran his rig better than Big Ben, Ben smashed a bottle over The Duck's head... They both got tossed out the front window but the question remained; how do we figure who's the best trucker on…
We just had another opportunity to pit comparably-equipped Ford, Chevrolet, and Ram's heavy-duty pickups against each other lugging 12,000 pound trailers up and down enormous hills. And you know what? I liked a little something about each of them.
Automakers will bicker all day over "Best In Class" titles, 'cause they figure you'll abandon all other loyalties when you see those three little words. But after diving deeper on Ford and Ram's latest title tug-of-war, all I can tell you is why "best in class" is the last thing you should care about.
Just another truck hauling an enormous I-beam (piece of a bridge?) when suddenly the rear wheels hit a snag, causing the load to dump 90º left. But it gets better; there's so much weight shifting so hard that– oh man, just watch!
"I tried to load it up and all of a sudden there were thousands of bees everywhere," said Wayne, Maine tow truck driver Jason Small describing what had to be the guy's worst day on the job ever.
J2807 is an independent standard for truck towing capacity developed by the Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE). Ford, GM, and Ram have promised to adopt this standard for the 2015 model year and GM's just made good; announcing revised ratings for the 2015 Chevrolet Silverado and 2015 GMC Sierra.
The maximum-claimed towing capacity of most pickup trucks is bullshit. Those numbers are created by manufacturers and vetted by no one. The Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE) wants to change that, with a standard test for measuring truck towing capacity called "J2807."
Somebody decided the beach of South Padre Island, Texas was just a fine place to park a semi-truck cab, until it was static as a dead whale. Luckily for them somebody showed up with a stout pickup, which beat that old devil wheelspin to rescue the rig.
I can't decide what the worst part of this guy's plan was- stealing a commercial cab, or lashing another one behind it with a rope and heading down the highway. None of that went well.
This 1974 Dodge D800 Truck Factory Oleynik Race Car Transporter is one of the few relics I've ever seen from the support side of racing to survive outside a museum.
If you occasionally need to move a ton of small things (or just one very large thing) there are numerous companies who will rent you a trailer. But how can you make sure you won't screw up? I went to U-Haul's test facility in Arizona to learn both the right and wrong way to tow a U-small trailer.
Remember that guy who plowed his driveway with an S4? Apparently he's into documenting his vehicle's feats of strength, and has now delivered pretty impressive footage of his 2000 Dodge Dakota V8 recovering an eighteen wheeler from a snowbank.
GM was officially first to launch a 2015 heavy duty pickup, and it doesn't suck. The redesigned 2015 GMC Sierra 2500 and 2015 Chevrolet Silverado 2500 are not without fault, but they offer a significantly better towing experience than what the rest of the segment can offer. For now.
Tristan Vautier's #55 Schmidt Peterson Motorsports Dallara Honda is carted away by a GM wrecker after a crash at the IZOD IndyCar Series MAVTV 500 World Championship. The Auto Club Speedway in Fontana, CA played host. [Robert Laberge, 2013]
This semi-truck was wedged in a Golden Gate Bridge toll booth for about 2 and 1/2 hours while waiting on a heavy-duty wrecker to it give it a tug. I can't tell if this guy missed the size warning of just missed the landing here. [AP, 2013]