This poor pickup probably needed some repairs after this ordeal.
With a class-leading towing capacity of up to 37,100 pounds in the 3500 model, the Ram series of pickups can tow extremely heavy loads without breaking a sweat. But don't just take our word for it. The following video captures the moment an older Dodge Ram pickup towed a heavy truck loaded with logs out of trouble.
The truck was stranded after breaking down at an intersection in Williams Lake, British Colombia, blocking the traffic. Luckily, the driver of a Dodge Ram soon came to the rescue. The truck was fully loaded with four trailers carrying logs. In British Columbia, the maximum weight a tractor-trailer rig can carry is 140,000 pounds, far exceeding the towing capacity of a Dodge Ram. To say that the Dodge Ram is punching above its weight is a huge understatement, but the driver was up for the challenge.
In the video, the Dodge Ram initially struggles to tow the enormous load as smoke pours from underneath. Remarkably, a few seconds later the Ram truck can be seen towing the semi-truck out of the busy intersection. The pickup appears to be a third-generation Dodge Ram, which was built between the 2002 and 2008 model years and is most likely a heavy-duty 2500 or 3500 model.
It also looks like the owner modified the pickup with a custom front bumper, chunkier tires, and a suspension lift to enhance its off-roading capability. If you want the best towing capacity in the current Ram 2500 and 3500, the optional 6.7-liter Cummins Turbo diesel unit increases the torque to 850 lb-ft in the 2500 and 1,075 lb-ft in the 3500.
In the 2500, this extra torque provides a towing capacity of 19,780 pounds, while the 3500 can tow loads up to 37,100 pounds. Just to make this feat even more impressive, the Dodge Ram in the video doesn't appear to be diesel-powered judging from the smoke and is likely rocking a 5.7-liter Hemi V8 generating 345 hp and 375 lb-ft of torque.
Towing 140,000 pounds clearly put a lot of stress on the pickup as you can see it shaking under the strain, so we won't be surprised if it needs a few repairs after the ordeal. If Ram needs a way of advertising the towing prowess of its pickups, this is it.