That's the second time in a week or so that I have accidently posted a reply before I had finished it. I must be getting too old.
That tow truck was trying to separate three stock cars that were half on top of each other. The driver made the mistake of running the cable on the jib down to one of the car's. That jib is a lever and when he started pulling, it levered the front wheels up into the air resulting in a badly bent chassis.
Getting back to todays utes, the distance from the rear axle to the rear end of the car or tow ball is also a lever. When you load it up with an excessive amount of weight, the rear end gets pushed down and the front end is lifted up. The further back the load is, the worse it gets. That is when owners rush off to buy air bags or stiffer springs to lift it up again.
They also forget, or did not know in the first place, that weight is just a measure of the pull of gravity. You can not buy a piece of weight.
All the things you can buy though have material in them which is known as mass and when mass falls, it builds up momentum and does not want to stop. This means all the load behind the axle falls when the rear wheels drop into a hole in the road. A split second later the wheels rise up again out of the hole and the axle housing, wheel studs and the end of the chassis is hit with a downward force that can be far in excess of the downward forces that were on those parts when the car was stationary or running on a smooth road.
To make matters worse, those forces increase by the square of the car's speed. In other words, if you drive through a hole at say the edge of a cattle grid at 80 ks per hour, the forces going up into you car would be 16 times higher than they would have been at 20 kph.
Car's can be fully loaded without sagging but the load has to be properly distributed. Taking my single cab Hilux for example. I used to take loads of scrap metal to a One Steel depot for a church over a twelve year period. On one load, I had hundreds of small pieces that filled the tray and the rear springs were lower than usual. I knew the car was going to be heavier than most of my loads so I put most of it at the front of the tray then I drove it onto the level floor of my garage and put a spirit level onto tray. It was slopping very slightly down hill to the front. When my wife and I drove it onto One Steel's weigh bridge, it was right on the car's maximum capacity.
You can load these utes to their maximum and they can be right on whatever angle the manufacturer intended but not many end up like that. With most families, the result is too much down the back and not enough in the seats.
Years ago I asked a Toyota salesman at the dealer that i was working for about interior loads. He said he was told during a Toyota training course that each seat should have the weight of an average Australian man in it if the car is fully loaded. The average male weight at that time was 87 kg.
Car's have to be designed that way because huge numbers of them, particularly utes, are going to carry five workmen in many different fields.
If you want to see another Ford tow truck bend it's chassis then look up, "Land Rover Discovery destroys tow truck " on U Tube.