Quiz: How Ranch Trucks Work

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Which of the following statements is true?

Because living on a ranch means going where the work takes you, ranch trucks have to be able to reach the entire ranch. That means four-wheel drive is a must, as is durable construction that can withstand punishment. <a href="http://adventure.howstuffworks.com/outdoor-activities/ranch-life/ranch-trucks.htm">How Ranch Trucks Work</a>

In order to handle their heavy loads, what do ranch trucks need?

Ranch work is also pretty heavy-duty stuff. Ranch trucks are often used to transport food to livestock, take livestock to market and haul other machinery around the property. That means that ranch trucks need to have large payload and towing capacities. <a href="http://adventure.howstuffworks.com/outdoor-activities/ranch-life/ranch-trucks.htm">How Ranch Trucks Work</a>

Which of the following statements is true?

For the most part, the best ranch trucks are heavy-duty trucks that are strong enough to haul several thousand pounds worth of hay or feed and can tow large trailers filled with livestock. <a href="http://adventure.howstuffworks.com/outdoor-activities/ranch-life/ranch-trucks.htm">How Ranch Trucks Work</a>

Are the "half-ton" and "three-quarter ton" classifications of pick up trucks accurate?

The "half-ton" and "three-quarter ton" classification loosely refers to the truck's payload capacity. However, if you take a look at the stats on modern pickups, you'll notice that their payload capacities exceed their old-school classifications. Hence, both half-ton and three-quarter-ton pickups have surpassed their namesakes. <a href="http://auto.howstuffworks.com/auto-parts/towing/towing-capacity/information/half-ton-truck.htm">What does it mean to call a pickup truck a '1/2 ton truck' (also known as a 'half-ton truck')?</a>

What is the name for a type of trailer hitch (used in many ranch trucks) that is positioned in the bed of the truck?

A common ranch truck accessory is a fifth wheel. That sounds odd, but a fifth wheel on a truck doesn't roll along the ground. It's a type of trailer hitch that's positioned in the truck bed. <a href="http://adventure.howstuffworks.com/outdoor-activities/ranch-life/ranch-trucks.htm">How Ranch Trucks Work</a>

Which of the following statements is true?

Trucks with fifth wheels can tow more than those with traditional trailer hitches because fifth wheels center the load's weight over the truck's rear axle, which is stronger than the truck's bumper. <a href="http://adventure.howstuffworks.com/outdoor-activities/ranch-life/ranch-trucks.htm">How Ranch Trucks Work</a>

What truck accessory is often used by ranchers to get livestock out of sticky situations, like thick mud or snow?

A winch is often mounted on a ranch truck's front bumper. A winch has its own electric motor and can slowly wind rope or steel cable in and out. That's handy for ranchers who may have had some equipment (or livestock) get caught in mud or snow. <a href="http://adventure.howstuffworks.com/outdoor-activities/ranch-life/ranch-trucks.htm">How Ranch Trucks Work</a>

What accessory helps protect the truck's headlights and grille when driving over uncleared land?

Brush guards help protect the truck's headlights and grille when driving over uncleared land. <a href="http://adventure.howstuffworks.com/outdoor-activities/ranch-life/ranch-trucks.htm">How Ranch Trucks Work</a>

What accessory covers a truck's back glass, protecting it from items in the bed and keeping the sunshine out of the cab?

Headache racks cover a truck's back glass, protecting it from items in the bed and keeping the sunshine out of the cab. <a href="http://adventure.howstuffworks.com/outdoor-activities/ranch-life/ranch-trucks.htm">How Ranch Trucks Work</a>

Ranchers need to be extra careful when it comes to maintaining which part of their ranch truck?

While it's important to keep any car's radiator working well, it's especially important for ranch trucks because they're often asked to do work that strains the engine and causes it to run hot. Towing heavy loads, driving slowly across rugged terrain -- these punish a truck's engine. If it gets too hot, then the rancher is stuck with an overheated engine and an out-of-commission truck. <a href="http://adventure.howstuffworks.com/outdoor-activities/ranch-life/ranch-trucks.htm">How Ranch Trucks Work</a>

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Ranch trucks need to be rough, powerful and reliable. They might not look pretty, but they are built to get jobs done. How knowledgeable are you when it comes to understanding how ranch trucks work?

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