Even if your truck avoids the obstacles listed on the last page, there's one thing it won't be able to avoid on a typical ranch: dirt. Dirt is everywhere, and it will get inside a truck in places you didn't think dirt could go. When rain turns the dirt to mud, it does the same thing. That's why regular maintenance is so important; dirty engines and air filters will ruin a truck's performance. Dirt roads also frequently become washboard roads, which contain lots of little bumps and ridges. These types of road conditions really stress a truck's suspension system and tires. When the truck stops handling well, it's time for the rancher to seek a mechanic.
For more on ranch trucks and the conditions they endure, see the links below.
Related HowStuffWorks Articles
- Deaton, Jamie Page. "How Ranch Trucks Work." HowStuffWorks. (Jan. 21, 2010)https://adventure.howstuffworks.com/outdoor-activities/ranch-life/ranch-trucks.htm
- Head, Calin. "Truck Suspension Basics." Sport Truck. (Jan. 21, 2010)http://www.sporttruck.com/techarticles/truck_suspension_basics/index.html
- Hough, Harold "Dirt roads, washboards, and dust control." Miners News. February/March 2007. (Jan. 21, 2010)http://www.minersnews.com/FebMar07/200702A5.html
- National Ranching Heritage Center. Texas Tech University. (Jan. 21, 2010)http://www.depts.ttu.edu/ranchhc/
- Ranch Hand. (Jan. 21, 2010)http://www.ranchhand.com/
- "Tundra Deconstructed." Saatchi & Saatchi.
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