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by starspangled6.0 on Feb 22 2011, 2:14am
After getting my butt kicked in dodgeball, I took a team mate home during a massive snow storm- 2" per hour, thunder and lightning, and visibility of around 100-150 feet. That was some tense driving. Then, on the way home, we saw a car (late model V6 Charger, RWD- never buy that car, please) stuck trying to get up into a parking lot. I asked my buddy if he had time to stop and help, and he nodded "yes". This happened twice more before we made it to his house, and we had to skip past at least 5 other stuck cars. I have to say, I've helped other stuck drivers before, but last night, I was on a hot streak.
I lost count of all the vehicles I helped. Most were folks with little or no driver competence, and all except one were FWD minivans or compact cars. It felt so good, seeing my truck parked on the side of the road, with a major blizzard roaring all around. The truck's lights shone bright, offering a welcome respite to the weary and frustrated (and incompetent) drivers. There's no other feeling, knowing that my truck was the only thing that could help these crap machines- I encountered a major pileup at the foot of a huge hill, and I was able to un-stick the whole shebang by towing the perpetrating car up the hill. My truck kicked butt last night, no question about it. There was about 6-8" of snow on the roads during the whole event.
That gets me to the towing part- again, there's nothing like the feeling of maxing out your truck, in a flippin' blizzard, with a helpless econobox on the other end of the towstrap. The sound of the transmission whining under the strain, the howling and growling of the 6.0, the squealing of rubber on pavement- this was the scene for many hours last night. Oh, it was glorious. The transmission worked to perfection- I put it in tow-haul mode, and even in the snow, it would hold the right gear. Never once did I need more HP or torque- it all depended on the grip of the tires.
I'll never forget the countless relieved faces as I'd pull up in my truck, and say, "Need some help?". Towards the end, people started giving me cash for helping them out- one guy stuck a $20 in my face, and growled, "It's cheaper than a d*** tow!". I often had to drive the stuck vehicle, as it was obvious that most people had no clue what they were doing. I even got to execute a perfect J-turn in a minivan- just like Jason Bourne!
Yeah, I work my truck hard- I work it to make money. That's why I got a 2500HD- that's what they're made for. But last night, helping helpless people, in helpless little FWD imports, that meant more than all the $$$$ I'll ever make with my Sierra.
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Soli Deo Gloria
by starspangled6.0 on Feb 23 2011, 1:09am
You know it, GW! I came this close to having to tow a flatbed truck, with a Cadillac on top, but I decided against it- my strap isn't rated to 30,000 lbs or whatever that truck weighed.
Soli Deo Gloria
by Portmanblaze91 on Feb 23 2011, 3:08am
I can never wrap my head around how people in the north don't know how to drive in the snow or prepare for the worst! I've done soem yanking this year as well and people just never cease to amaze me.
Good to here someone utilizing thier rig to it's full potential!
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by mbreener on Feb 24 2011, 10:05pm
It's one thing to help out those guys in their little cars. But, the best is when one of your buddies calls you up because his dodge ram 4x4 POS is stuck. I had to laugh because i pulled up through all the stuff he was stuck in just to realize that his truck didnt have tow hooks. So, just to show off.. I went the long way through the field and back out the bank he was stuck in to get to the rear of his truck. The joke I made: "You know why they don't put tow hooks on these things, right?" He said, "Why's that?".. "Well that's because these trucks are throw aways! When they get stuck, there's no reason to save em'. You just leave em' there!" haha
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