St. Louis Heavy Duty Towing

heavy duty semi tow truck

Heavy duty towing is a different animal than the light duty towing most people are familiar with. It is for the big jobs, such as pulling a semi up a hill, rescuing a broken-down school bus or towing a motorhome back to civilization.

Towing heavy duty vehicles in St. Louis take knowledge, skill and experience. Each job is different, and recovery operators need to have developed the judgment that allows them to efficiently recover vehicles safely and without damage.

Light Towing Is for Smaller Vehicles

The typical tow truck is built to haul smaller vehicles. They work for sedans, vans and lightweight pickup trucks. Lightweight towing vehicles are either wheel lift- or flatbed trucks.

Most semi-truck towing companies have both designs, allowing them to transport different types of vehicles with varying problems or damage. For example, a totaled sedan would be towed on a flatbed. 

Lightweight tow trucks work well in urban areas where there is little room for large vehicles.

Heavy-Duty Towing Is for Big Jobs

Heavy duty tow trucks are built to rescue large vehicles from often difficult locations. They tow loads that weigh over 17,000 pounds and the trucks themselves weigh 23 tons or more. To recover large vehicles, they are equipped with winches and boom lifts with up to a 25-ton load capacity. 

These trucks do more than recover and tow large vehicles. They are also equipped for on-the-spot repairs of large vehicles that suffer mechanical problems. Heavy duty tow truck operators can save drivers valuable time by fixing common issues like the ones below: 

  • Welding
  • Battery Service
  • Fuel Delivery and priming
  • Suspension Repairs
  • Chambers
  • Drive Lines
  • Drive Shafts
  • Hydraulic Hose Replacement
  • Jump Starts
  • Battery Charging
  • Tire Service
  • Engine Trouble Shooting Codes
  • DEF, DPF Filter Codes
  • Electrical Work
  • Radiator & Cooling
  • Air Brake Maintenance and Repair
  • Locked-Up Brake Repair
  • Brake Chambers
  • Brake Adjustments
  • Hydraulic Hose service
  • Tire Service
  • Airbags
  • Starters
  • Alternators
  • Serpentine Belts

Heavy duty towing operations also offer roadside assistance. For example, they can deliver diesel to stranded semi-trucks. Because they are so big, heavy duty towing vehicles can carry enough gas to power a semi.

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