Some love the awesome Ford Raptor, some say that’s its low payload capacity and maximum tow rating make it nothing more than a toy. Whatever your opinion is you got to give credit to this Ford and the new and improved roof safety standards. This thing took three slow rolls and at first glace looks almost perfect, certainly drivable.
From the owner in the forums:
So… here is the story… Roads were a bit slippery so I was driving a bit under the speed limit on my way to work at 06:00 with a coworker who was riding shotgun.
We are on a straight stretch and up ahead 500 yards or so we see a truck on the side of the road with its flashers on so I start to coast to slow down a bit as we get closer. About 150 yards out from the stopped truck I lightly tapped the brakes and the back passenger side slid out on me and we slid across the oncoming lane (luckily there was no oncoming traffic) and into the ditch and pretty much everything was a blur until we stopped (wheels down luckily).
We sat there stunned for a few seconds, me still clinging to the steering wheel asking eachother if we were ok.
My iphone was still plugged into the usb and sync was trying to call 911 but it couldn’t get through as there was no cell service there. Looked around the truck for my buddies glasses which ended up on my lap. We got out and stood in the ditch by my truck and waited as we didn’t want to get hit by anyone else sliding on the ice as other vehicles were coming upon us and sliding all over the place when they tried to brake.
The truck sitting on the roadside up ahead turned out to be one of our coworkers who had stopped to check on a dodge on its roof in the ditch and let people know that the road ahead was closed as the roads were worse ahead. He watched my truck roll and came back to rescue us. According to him we rolled at least 3 times, possibly 4. A couple other people I work with stopped and checked on us and decided it wasn’t worth the danger to continue on.
Back to town we went and to the hospital to get checked out. Luckily the only injuries we got were pulled muscles from the seatbelts. My neck and the right side of my chest, arm, and hand are quite sore and my passenger had pretty much the same injuries.
I spent the day dealing with insurance and had to wait until late afternoon for them to retrieve my truck as it turned out there was ten other vehicles in the ditch over the day on the same stretch of highway and the road was closed for the rest of the morning. Got the call that my truck came in and went over to see it get unloaded off a flatdeck. The white dodge in the one picture is the truck I mentioned that rolled just up from me. I met the driver at the insurance place and he said that he only rolled once and stayed on his roof. Considering I rolled 3 or 4 times I think that says something about the care ford takes to build a solid truck. I am very very pleased with the engineering and safety features. I knew I had side curtain airbags but there was airbags popping out of places I didn’t even know of and I am very thankful for that. BUILT FORD TOUGH!
Not bad, maybe those thick blind-spot producing pillars are good for something after all. Chances are that the insurance company totaled it but this might have otherwise made a cool project of some kind. Glad the driver is safe and probably moved onto another Raptor.