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Your hardest Tow/Haul

What is the biggest/heaviest/most difficult thing anyone has towed?

For me it was a John Deere (I believe it was a 8100 Series) tractor stuck up to the rear axle in Kentuckey clay/mud. My big ego got the best of me, and I got it in my head I was going to pull this approximately 8,000lb tractor out with my Silverado. Well I got it out. It only took me a few hours, some big chains, 4WD Low and a lot of cursing, but I got it out.

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Notice he went and rented a Ford to get the job done..
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Back on Thanksgiving of 1985 (yes, 1985!) I ran from Portland up to Kent, WA to rescue my dad, who got snowed in at a job site with one of our Freightliners. I was driving a half-ton 4x4 LWB 1975 Chevy with a 350, one of our shop trucks. I had loaded up a full pallet of big truck chains (he needed them on the Freightliner and trailer), but couldn't find any place to get tire chains for the Chevy on Thanksgiving. The Freightliner was buried in a 5' deep snow drift. I ended up double-wrapping the truck chains around the Chevy's tires, holding them on with baling wire. With those redneck tire chains on and a bit of shoveling, I managed to pull the Freightliner out.

Another time while working by myself on a holiday, in a muddy section of a storage yard, I got a forklift stuck up to its axles. I grabbed the next bigger forklift and promptly got it stuck too. I tied the steering wheels straight ahead on both lifts, and tried pulling them out with my Blazer. All I managed to do was dig 4 deep ruts in the gravel. I grabbed a Freightliner dump truck, and hooked to the back of the Blazer (where I could keep the dump truck's drive tires on the pavement), and dragged the whole chain of vehicles back to the pavement. I was a bit worried I'd just rip the receiver hitch or tow hooks off of the Blazer. Not sure if it contributed, but the Blazer's frame did crack at the receiver mounting points about a year later. Wish I had a camera with me at the time of the stuck forklifts, it must have been quite a sight!

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Being big in size I get asked and do alot of tows in the sand .

This is a 3 truck buried together tow starting uphill .

As I was going out I thought it would be fun to try and help these guys out .

They were kinda screwed stuck together . I threw them a strap and pulled them up the hill .

I found out after they were all aired up , ding a lings , no wonder they had such a hard time .

I like helping guys out that get stuck . Being buried in the sand is hell .

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My dad pulled a 21,000IBS load about 60 miles. That was with his 6.0 (signature)

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Notice he went and rented a Ford to get the job done..
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When i was about 7 years old my dad and i hauled a cat dozer on our triple ax flatbed gooseneck 30 miles...with a 1984 F-250 Regular Cab with a 460 engine....i was ****tin bricks.. but we made it. I think it weighed like 28k #'s. Not very smart but i needed to be done i guess

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Being big in size I get asked and do alot of tows in the sand .

This is a 3 truck buried together tow starting uphill .

As I was going out I thought it would be fun to try and help these guys out .

They were kinda screwed stuck together . I threw them a strap and pulled them up the hill .

I found out after they were all aired up , ding a lings , no wonder they had such a hard time .

I like helping guys out that get stuck . Being buried in the sand is hell .

Video kinda sucks but you get the idea .

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=65bUUQtbgzI
Was that an H1 Humvee and another Kodiak in that chain of trucks? I'll bet the H1 guy figured he didn't need to air down

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When i was about 7 years old my dad and i hauled a cat dozer on our triple ax flatbed gooseneck 30 miles...with a 1984 F-250 Regular Cab with a 460 engine....i was ****tin bricks.. but we made it. I think it weighed like 28k #'s. Not very smart but i needed to be done i guess
Impressive. Notice it was a 3/4 Ford.

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