According to General Motors, the maximum towing capacity of a GMC Yukon is 8,400 lbs. – which is plenty for hauling recreational vehicles, trailers and other things commonly towed with trucks and SUVs.
This GMC Yukon XL owner decided to truly test out the vehicle’s towing capability, though, when they stumbled across an 18-wheeler that had broken down was partially blocking an intersection. The details of this incident are not clear, with the video being uploaded to Facebook with little context, but it looks as though the semi-truck has been hooked up to the Yukon XL’s tow hitch with a strap. The driver then hops in the SUV and slowly pulls away with the 18-wheeler in tow, clearing the intersection and likely alleviating some traffic in both directions.
It’s likely that this 18-wheeler had an empty trailer, as semi-trucks typically weigh up to 80,000 lbs. when fully loaded up. They typically tip the scales at somewhere just above or below 30,000 lbs. when empty – obviously way more than a Yukon or Yukon XL could tow for extended periods of time, but not an impossible amount of weight to move only a short distance, as seen in this video.
One Facebook commenter pointed out that all truck/SUV talk aside, it’s nice to see that someone stopped to help this stranded semi-truck driver, who we can’t imagine was having a very good day up until this point. We’d have to agree with that sentiment, so kudos to you for taking some time out of your day to help a fellow motorist, GMC Yukon owner. We’re sure GM is happy about the free viral marketing, as well – though we imagine the automaker wouldn’t encourage owners to do this.
Check out the video embedded just below.