• Can Your Pickup Truck Haul a Car in Its Bed? Yes, It Can!

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    Ram HD truck with a Smart Car

    Can your pickup truck haul a car in its bed? Sure it can! You may have seen a pickup carry a side-by-side or a snowmobile in its bed, but this is a rare case of a Ram HD short bed truck with a Smart Car hitching a ride in the back.

    Ultra-compact dimensions and relatively light weight (just over 1,600 lbs) allowed for this to happen, but how does one get a Smart Car inside a bed of truck? This Ram heavy duty appears to be a diesel, judging by a big and dark exhaust pipe (see below).

    The front wheels of the Smart have been removed and the car is resting at an angle, allowing the car’s rear wheels just fit on the tail gate. Loading and securing this load surely took a long timed.

    I can now rest assured and wonder no more whether a Smart Car fits inside a regular pickup truck bed.

    Here is another take at heavy towing with a Ram HD 3500 dually.

    Andre Smirnov
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    18 thoughts on “Can Your Pickup Truck Haul a Car in Its Bed? Yes, It Can!

    1. A good set of loading ramps, or a loading dock, could get the car in the bed, or even a good forklift operator with the right equipment. Getting the front wheels over the in-bed wheel wells could be problematic, though.

      However, it was likely hoisted in there by an overhead crane, to get best positioning without damaging anything. I am guessing the front wheels were removed due to clearance issues.

      They make ramps that go over the in-bed wheel wells so that you can load an ATV or UTV into a pickup bed. I believe Ridgeline is the only mid-size truck bed that can accommodate a side-by-side (Pioneer 500), and no significant in-bed wheel wells to deal with, either.

    2. Really! He couldn’t just put it on a trailer, either his own or a friends or a rental! Instead he has to remove the front wheels and have it lifted (probably) into the bed. Then at some point has to find something to lift it out at its destination. Driving all the way with the back wheels resting on “the tailgate”. So my question to him would be “why”. My only possible guess would be to get on the internet.

      1. I drove an 8 wheel Argo with a custom rops and tracks onto the top of my upper bedrails of my 2004 Sierra Denali before but its weight was supported by a custom wood block design to throw the weight to the bottom bed rails and not the truck bed side panels as it would not fit in the box. The Argo also weighed 1600Lbs with everything on it. I did not have a trailer at the time. Loading it in my residential neighborhood had a few eyebrows up in the air.

    3. Positioning the rear wheels on the tailgate is dangerous. Tailgate hinges, straps, and structures are not intended to be load bearing to the extent of anything over a few hundred pounds fron my understanding. Now there is a dynamic load from the actions of the suspensions between the smart and the bed and the bed and the Ram’s axle. This problem is compounded by the rearward angle of the car in the truck’s bed.

      The driver is putting everyone behind him at risk.

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