Ranch Life

Ranch life involves dealing with horses and cattle and taking care of the land. Trucks also play a big part in ranch life, whether you're a ranch hand, caretaker or owner.

Beauty is in the eye of the beholder, and when a rancher looks at his truck, he's not seeing the dirt and the dings -- he's looking to see how it holds up. After all, a ranch truck endures a lot, including the five obstacles to truck well-being we have on our list.

Are you out of work? Looking for a new profession? Well, consider the ranch life. Ranch hands spend their days outdoors birthing calves, mending fences and vaccinating livestock. And, the salary isn't half bad.

If you like the outdoors and working with horses, you might love working as a ranch caretaker. You get to live on the property, care for animals, make new friends -- and work really, really hard.

As you could probably guess, there's lots of dirt, dust and debris on a ranch. How do ranchers keep their trucks in good working order under such dirty and dusty conditions?

It's safe to say that a truck bound up in this much snow is going nowhere anytime soon. But aside from obscuring visibility, how do extreme climates affect trucks?

Ranch life is significantly more stressful on a truck's engine than a typical daily commute on paved roads and highways. But how much harder can it really be? And what causes engine stress, anyway?

A ranch truck is a rancher's rough-and-tumble, heavy-duty, purpose-built tool that's not intended to look pretty. Its sole purpose is to simply get the job done -- no matter what the job may be.

If you have a talent for moving cattle in seconds flat from atop a horse, then you could rule these rodeo sports. So how many cattle are we talking?

If you use your truck for heavy-duty work, you want to make sure it can handle the job. An aftermarket bumper can help your truck tow heavier loads than it could when it left the factory.

Even a paved road -- one that's worn-down and riddled with potholes -- can be punishing on a vehicle's suspension system. So what's the effect of an unpaved road on your truck's suspension?

Transporting livestock to slaughterhouses, markets or other locales is far from easy. How do you haul your frightened chickens, shy cows, skittish horses or ferocious pigs from one point to another?

If you've ever driven down a dirt road, you may have noticed a strange rippling effect that causes your car bump up and down. The experience is known as a washboard road -- how do they happen?

Whether ranchers use trucks to check on a herd or maintain fields and fences, these modern motorized workhorses are a necessity on ranches. Whatever happened to horses?

Horses, cowboy hats, cattle and dust: These are the things that likely come to mind when you think of ranches. As strange as it may sound, you might want to add "oil" to that list.