This is The Worst Way Possible to Tow a Truck Out

Imagine there you are, taking your brand new Dodge 1500 SLT 4×4 for a little off-roading action when all of the sudden the undercarriage gets caught on a berm. Like a giant buffalo getting stuck between two rocks, an inconvenient truth about terrain can negate even the best pickup trucks. Truth is, especially in the off-roading world, getting stuck is a when not an if.

Nearly every vehicle running through the countryside is going to run into some obstacle that isn’t accounted for. A surprise berm, a sinkhole, or even tenacious mud. And depending on where in the world you are, a proper recovery vehicle could take hours to get there and certainly would come with a heavy price tag. So, when reinforcements arrive unexpectedly and render aid – who isn’t appreciative?

Dodge 1500 – Heavy Hitting Pick-up or Underpowered Goliath?

On the surface, the Dodge 1500 SLT 4×4 looks the part of a grizzled, seasoned pick-up designed to make it through hell and back. But what’s powerhouse beneath the hood that carries this beast? The Dodge 1500 SLT 4×4 can be equipped with the high-end 5.7L HEMI® V8 engine capable of 395 horsepower and 405 lb feet of torque. However, in the standard setup, it’s equipped with the very robust 3.6L Pentastar® V6 engine with TorqueFlite® 8 Eight-Speed Automatic Transmission. This V6 has been criticized by Car and Driver as being an underpowered engine for such a formidable truck – boasting as little as 269 lb ft of torque and 305 hp. Maybe that’s why it got stuck in the first place?

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Well, coming to the rescue is none other than a Ford Ranger. The Ford Ranger is a great light duty pickup truck by most standards. A recovery vehicle, though? Taking a look at the