Towing a vehicle isn’t always a simple process, it just doesn’t go smoothly sometimes—especially if the person towing has no clue what they’re doing. Take this guy for example, who is trying to be a good Samaritan by getting a Dodge RAM truck that has been high-centered unstuck. The guy’s Ford Ranger isn’t as big as the RAM, but you would think he would be able to give it a good-enough pull to allow the RAM to get some traction on its back wheels. You can’t really say that he didn’t get the job done in the end, but the tow is far from a success, not to mention comical to watch.
This Dodge RAM Is Quite a Bit Bigger than the Ford Ranger
The Dodge RAM is heftier than the Ford Ranger and looks even bigger here due to its lift and other accessories. This is obviously a pre-2010 RAM, as the Dodge name was dropped from the brand starting that year. The RAM is an SLT quad cab, so it would have a curb weight of around 5,500 pounds and an overall length of just over 19 feet. The standard height of this model and year would be about 6 and a half feet. Obviously it would be much easier for the RAM to tow the Ranger out if the situation were reversed, as this RAM has a towing capacity of around 10,000 pounds.
How the Ranger Compares, and Key Performance Specs
Though the RAM is still being produced today, 2012 was the last year the Ford Ranger was made. From 1987 to 2004, the Ranger was the best-selling compact truck in America. This run began about half way through the first generation of Ranger truck models and ended about half way through the second generation. The second-generation Ranger is about 16 feet long and just under 6 feet tall. It’s curb weight is around 3,000 pounds, which is about 2,500 pounds lighter than the RAM. In addition to those dimensions, here are some of the Ranger’s key performance specs:
• 3.0L V6 engine
• 5-speed transmission
• 148 horsepower
• 180 lb.-ft. of torque
• 5,980-pound towing capacity
From those specs, you can see that the Ranger is actually capable of towing the much heavier RAM. So this guy should be able to tow the RAM and not have any damage done to his Ford Ranger if he does it correctly.
Steps for Safely Towing a Vehicle
You may already be a towing expert, but let’s take a look at the steps of safe towing to see where the dude went wrong:
1. Make sure your vehicle is capable of towing the other vehicle.
2. Have a suitable nylon or polyester tow strap, preferably with end loops.
3. On the towing vehicle, attach the tow strap to a mounting point underneath the bumper: either to a trailer hitch or mounting point under the bumper of the vehicle.
4. On the vehicle to be towed, attach the other end of the tow strap to the mounting underneath the bumper.
Note: Never attach a tow rope directly to the bumper. Modern bumpers are made of plastic and tin and can’t handle the pressure of towing.
5. Make sure the vehicle being pulled is in neutral and the driver is behind the wheel.
6. Pull the towing car forward, or back, slowly until tow strap is taught. Once it’s taught, continue accelerating slowly and smoothly.
Sounds like common sense right? But this guy is under the impression that he’s just supposed to gun it with the slack still in the rope. It would have also been better to back the truck up to the RAM and tow it out going forward instead of reverse, not to mention making sure the strap was secured to the mounting point under the bumper, which I’m not so sure he did.
Just Gun It
The guy just gunning it in reverse is hilarious, but his comment after is also funny. After he gets out of the car and surveys the damage, he is perplexed at how and why things went wrong. The guy filming the ordeal quickly corrects the naïve tower telling him you’re not just supposed to put the pedal to the floor when towing. Take a look at the results of this epic fail and tell us your reaction.