There are three different truck distinctions because towing is not a one-size-fits-all job. The difference classes include light, medium, and heavy duty tow trucks. Requiring particular tools suited to those, each towing class is reserved for specific types of jobs. You should determine your vehicle’s Gross Vehicle Weight Rating (GVWR) to determine the kind of towing that would best meet your needs. Today, we at Citywide Towing Service would like to discuss the differences.
What is Gross Vehicle Weight Rating (GVWR) on a Truck?
In order for you to decide whether you require a light, medium or heavy-duty tow truck, it’s important to know how much the vehicle weighs since towing methods are determined by weight. Vehicles are classified by their GVWR in the United States. Based on a vehicle’s weight, ratings of 1-8 can be awarded stemming from GVWR. Vehicles that weigh between 0-16,000 pounds are referenced in ratings from 1-3. Typically, sedans are vehicles with a rating of 1,2 or 3 and considered light duty vehicles. Getting ratings between 4-6 are the medium duty vehicles, which are vehicles weighing between 16,001 and 26,000 pounds. Vehicles weighing anywhere between 26,001 to over 33,000 pounds and get ratings of 7 or 8, and they require a heavy-duty tow truck.
What is A Light Duty Tow Truck
Requiring standard tow trucks and operators, light duty towing encompasses regular tow truck routines. Small to medium size jobs such as private property towing, accident recovery, towing abandoned cars and traffic collisions is what these to trucks are known for. The towing distance is typically much shorter with light duty tow trucks. As opposed to long distances, light duty tows often go from one town to another. Light duty tow trucks are specifically designed to experience less stress, overall. Since the tools and equipment are much less complex and, therefore, less expensive, a light duty tow truck differs from a heavy-duty tow truck. Indicating that the insurance needed to cover these costs is also lesser, the cost of potential damages is also not as expensive with light duty towing.
Medium or Heavy Duty Tow Trucks
Medium duty towing is meant for larger box trucks, vans, motorhomes, and recreational vehicles while light duty towing is meant for sedans and smaller cars. These medium duty tow trucks require more substantial towing equipment in order to pull heavier vehicles including, boom lifts, and automatic or low-profile trailers. The large commercial vehicles such as construction equipment, semi-trucks, garbage trucks, dump trucks, airplanes, and other large and heavy loads are reserved for heavy duty tow truck. Because they are equipped with the most complex equipment out of all three towing classifications, a heavy-duty tow truck can handle the biggest towing jobs. On a heavy-duty tow truck so it can pull off these big jobs, equipment such as a winch, a 25-ton boom, and a 6-ton wheel lift is necessary. Heavy duty tow truck operators must also have intricate knowledge of heavy engines and specific towing strategies due to the sophisticated nature of this towing equipment. Compared to their light duty counterparts, heavy duty tows are much longer. Requiring a much larger insurance policy in case of any damages is necessary for towing large vehicles for a longer distance puts more stress on these trucks for extended periods of time and requires a much larger insurance policy in case of any damages.