Tow Tip

Towing Four-Wheel-Drive Vehicles

Sep 13th, 2013 | By | Category: Tow Tip

Just because a four-wheel-drive system has a neutral position does not mean it is towable. On some vehicles, when the transfer case is shifted into neutral, transfer case parts are disconnected from the transmission but the front and rear wheels remain joined through the drive […]



Flat Side — Flat Strap

Jul 1st, 2013 | By | Category: Tow Tip

“’Flat side – flat strap.’ Whether it’s a box trailer, box truck, camper, etc., if the casualty has flat sides, use a flat strap,” says industry educator Tom Luciano. “On a round casualty, such as a tanker, use round, endless-loop straps. On flat surfaces, flat […]



When using air cushions, get straps under load quickly

Jun 11th, 2013 | By | Category: Tow Tip

“When using air cushions it’s critical to get lifting straps under the casualty as soon as possible,” says industry trainer Tom Luciano in the Tow Times June article “Air Cushions of Booms?” “A good practice is to place straps on the casualty after the cushions […]



Surface Resistance When Winching

May 12th, 2013 | By | Category: Tow Tip

Surface conditions can add significantly to the amount of resistance to overcome when winching a vehicle. Winching a 4,000-lb. vehicle over a hard surface will require about 400 pounds of effort, while winching over grass or gravel will require approximately 1,320 pounds of effort. Mud […]



Air Pressure Increases in Hot Tires

Apr 9th, 2013 | By | Category: Tow Tip

Under normal operation, all tires heat up, and since air expands with heat, the air pressure in the tire will increase. This is anticipated by the tire manufacturer, and though a hot tire’s air pressure might exceed the cold pressure limit, you should not bleed-down […]



Send the Right Vehicle on Motor Club Calls

Mar 1st, 2013 | By | Category: Tow Tip

To make the most profit on motor club calls, use the right service vehicle. In his article “Making $$$ with Motor Clubs” in the Tow Times March issue, Dan Messina advises: “Use the vehicle that is the least expensive to run the call. If you […]



Prevent Secondary Crashes

Feb 15th, 2013 | By | Category: Tow Tip

One of the best strategies towing and recovery operators can take to prevent secondary crashes at accident scenes is to limit their time on scene, says Tow Times safety writer Patrick Gratzianna. This is not permission to cut corners, but rather a reminder to work […]



Use a Proper Ground When Installing Light Bars

Jan 7th, 2013 | By | Category: Tow Tip

When installing light bars on a tow truck,here’s a tip from Tow Times Troubleshooting columnist Jon Wickham: “It’s not enough for the body of the light bar to be bolted down in order for the light bar to be properly grounded. The individual ground wires […]



Keeping it Clean

Nov 15th, 2012 | By | Category: Tow Tip

Tow Times safety editor Patrick Gratzianna comes clean in the Tow Times November issue: you need to clean up your mess. In Gratzianna’s Safety Meeting column (“Clean Up Your Mess!”) he notes the importance of maintaining a clean shop, truck and tow scene. Lastly, he […]



Benefits of Grille Covers

Sep 28th, 2012 | By | Category: Tow Tip

Editor’s Note: Tow Times maintenance editor A.P. McDonald provides tow truck winter-proofing tips, Alaskan-style, in the Tow Times October 2012 issue. Although you may not operate in minus-50-degree temperatures, these tips can be helpful to keep your fleet going strong this winter. Here’s an excerpt […]