What is the Best Tow Truck for Towing My Vehicle?

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Professional, well-equipped towing and recovery companies utilize towing equipment and accessory configurations designed for specific situations. Since the sizes and ease of access of vehicles may vary considerably, full service tow and recovery companies must employ a range of tow trucks and accessories to manage any challenge.
In regions like the Colorado Rockies, vehicles of all types travel at high speeds over winding and often rain and ice-slicked roads that may be several miles from the nearest community. In some instances, more powerful trucks with specialized equipment may be mandatory to accomplish a recovery.

What is the Best Tow Truck Type?

The best tow truck for any situation depends on several factors. What works for the average passenger vehicle broken down along the side of a road may not work for an overturned tractor trailer in a ditch. Attempting to rescue the latter with a low capacity tow vehicle can be fruitless and even dangerous.
Factors that determine the best tow and recovery truck for a given situation are:

  • Type and weight: passenger car, pick-up, camper, heavy-duty truck, tractor trailer?
  • Orientation: upright or turned over?
  • Distance from the road surface: on the berm or some distance down a slope?
  • Level of damage: minimal or no damage might require a different approach than an extensively damaged vehicle in which some or all wheels are no longer functioning.
  • Towing and Recovery Truck Types

    Flatbeds
    Flat beds are equipped with hydraulics that allow the bed to tilt into a ramp mode, pull or drive the vehicle onto the bed, and then return to a horizontal mode. This method is safe and simple, minimizing the potential damage to the vehicle.

    Hook and Chain
    Tow trucks equipped with a hook and chain devices have been used for decades, though they are used mainly for totally wrecked vehicles today. The process is to simply attach the hook and accessories to the front end or axle of the vehicle, then lift and tow. The problem is that this method has proven to be damaging to the vehicle and can compromise all-wheel and four-wheel drive systems.

    Wheel-Lift
    Wheel-lift systems are very common for normal passenger car towing. A yoke-type apparatus simply wraps around the front or rear wheels, without touching metal parts. The towing vehicle simply lifts and drives away. The operator will lift the vehicle by the drive wheels, when possible, to prevent damage to the transmission and drive system.

    Integrated Tow Systems
    Attached to heavy-duty, high-capacity systems that may include a boom and various hydraulic accessories, integrated systems can be used for pulling vehicles into an upright position or even lifting them from less accessible off-road locations.

    Contact Alpine Towing & Recovery

    Alpine Towing & Recovery operates in the front range of the Colorado Rockies. Equipped and trained for all types of towing and recovery situations, Alpine is available for 24-hour emergency response from locations in Buena Vista, Woodland Park, and Salida, Colorado.
    Note Alpine Towing & Recovery in your phonebook for future needs or call 1-800-869-2869.

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