Whether it’s successful or not, it’s always an interesting site to see a smaller truck attempt to pull a semi out of the mud. The Ford F-150 has it where it counts and gives an amazing effort to get a Kenworth dump truck out of some extremely muddy conditions at the dumping site. Despite its wheels spinning all over the place, the truck is eventually able to make some headway.
About the 2008 Ford F-150 Pickup Truck
You can see how the dump truck is on a sloped surface, making the tow even more difficult. By the looks of it, the F-150 on this rescue mission is likely a 2008 model or close to it. This particular model would have either a 4.2 L V6, 4.6 L Triton V8, or 5.4 L Triton V8 model. I’m doubtful that a V6 would be capable of getting this dump truck out of the mud, so it could be the 4.6 L or 5.4 4X4. Let’s take a look at how they compare:
- 248 horsepower @ 4,750 rpm vs. 300 horsepower @ 5,000 rpm
- 294 lb.-ft of torque @ 4,000 rpm vs. 365 lb.-ft of torque @ 3,750 rpm
- Sequential multi-port fuel injection in both
- 2 valves per cylinder vs. 3 valves per cylinder and variable camshaft timing
- 6,800-pound towing capacity vs. 8,900-pound towing capacity
The New Ford F-150
As you can see, this F-150 packs a pretty good punch for its size, but could the newest F-150 do an even better job of getting the truck out of the mud? Interestingly enough, the 2015 F-150’s V8 Triton engine is smaller than the biggest 2008 engine but is actually quite a bit more powerful:
- 385 horsepower @ 5,750 rpm
- 387 lb.-ft of torque @ 3,850 rpm
- Sequential multi-port fuel injection
- 10,900-pound towing capacity
So the answer is a clear yes; the new model would do an even better job of getting this big truck out of the mud. This is something you would expect though as cars are typically improved each year as technology gets better.
The Kenworth T800 Dump Truck
On the other end of the rope is a Kenworth T800 dump truck. This actually looks to be close to if not a 2008 model as well. Like the F-150, the T800 is a popular truck in its own right, and has impressive specs as well. It has anywhere from a 375- to 475-horsepower engine to handle a gross combination weight of between 76,800 and 85,000 pounds. The truck here is likely empty though, which would take about 30,000 pounds off leaving about 35,000 to 50,000 pounds to pull.
Emergency Towing Tips
Maybe you’re a pro at towing semi-trucks with your heavy-duty pickup, but chances are that you’ve never attempted it before. There are some important things you should keep in mind when doing an emergency tow, especially if it’s something like this where you’re pulling a dump truck out of the mud.
First of all, you should know how much your truck can tow and how much the vehicle to be towed weighs. In this case, the dump truck is much heavier than the F-150’s towing capacity; but as you’ll see, the dump truck just needs a big enough boost to get going and is able to gain some traction as well. Here are some additional things to remember when performing an emergency tow:
- Use a chain or strong tow strap with hooks.
- Make sure to mount it securely either under the bumper on a solid mounting point or on the towing hitch.
- Never pull an un-manned vehicle.
- The vehicle being towed should be in neutral.
- Drive forward until the rope is taut and then make smooth movements as you pull.
- Ideally, you should try to tow in a straight line.
Other Ways to Get Out of the Mud
Hooking up a truck to tow another vehicle out is often a last resort. There are a couple things to try before doing this. For one, you can rock it out. This involves going in reverse and then quickly going forward to get a rocking motion going and build momentum. (Though this is difficult to do with a big dump truck.) You can also try moving the tires from side to side as you do this. Another method is to add traction. This is done by putting solid, dry objects up against the tires. Letting a little air out of the tires is another way to increase traction.
Ford Pickup Powerhouse
It’s pretty awesome watching the F-150’s tires spinning out and sliding all over the place to get this dump truck unstuck. You’re not really sure if it’s going to work at first, but you’ll finally see the traction kicking in as the driver gets on more level ground.