Heavy duty pickup trucks may not have the flashy image of the latest supercars, but their engineering and capability is just as impressive in their own way. Able to tow mind boggling weights, it’s hard to conceptualize what towing around 15,000 lbs really means. Luckily, real world scenarios come up from time to time that more than prove HD trucks are the supercars of the working world, and that just happened in snowy northeastern Pennsylvania. A local news channel, WFMZ, managed to catch a video of a GMC Sierra 3500 HD towing a semi truck up an icy, snowy road with no trouble at all. That’s right, a pickup truck towed a semi truck with a trailer.
The owner, Sabrina Sculley, found a stranded semi truck along what is supposedly Mt. Pocono’s steepest hill. In the video, which you can see over at WFMZ, the GMC Sierra 3500 HD pulled the truck up the hill with no issue. It’s just a short clip, but it’s impressive nonetheless.
An average semi truck, with an empty trailer attached, weighs 35,000 lbs. The tuck in question is the previous generation GMC pickup, so for example, a single rear wheel 2018 Sierra 3500 HD with the Duramax diesel carries a ball hitch towing rating of either 14,500 lbs or 15,000 lbs depending on rating. Now, the semi wasn’t towed with any sort of trailer hitch, and used a typical rescue strap that allows it to tow more weight, but this is still very heavy load for a pickup truck.
But what really makes this story crazy are the road conditions. As seen in the video, the road is completely covered in snow and ice, but the GMC Sierra had great traction with no sign of wheelspin. It wasn’t even a dually, either.
Because it’s so wild to see a GMC Sierra 3500 HD towing a semi truck up an icy hill, we’ve reached out to Sabrina to hear what the experience was like, and will update the story if we hear back.