Medium VS Heavy Duty Towing in Irving, TX; Truck Weight Class Chart, CDL License Requirements & More

Not all towing services are created equal as not all are equipped to handle larger or commercial vehicles. This takes a special rig, usually built of the same type of frame and chassis as a commercial truck, like a Freightliner, Peterbilt or Kenworth tractor. Towing of large vehicles requires, as logic would dictate a large tow vehicle. Commercial vehicle tows include commercial tractors, motorhomes and RV’s. Heavy duty towing rates apply when towing vehicles between 26,0001 to 49,999 pounds. Medium duty is between 10,000 to 26,000 pounds. And different rates apply for passenger and smaller SUVs. We dispatch a medium duty tow for medium duty vehicles whereas some of our competitors may dispatch a heavy tow to collect the higher fees. Citywide Towing Service believes in matching the tow truck to job.

Truck Weight Class Chart

The following is an example of truck classes and definitions:
Class 1: light trucks; 0-6000 pound, this the Gross Vehicle Weight Rating (GVWR).
Class 2a: Light Truck; 6,001 – 8,500 pounds GVWR.
Class 2b: Light/Medium Truck; 8,501 – 10,000 pounds GVWR
Class 3: Medium Truck; 10,001 – 14,000 pounds GVWR
Class 4: Medium Truck; 14,001 – 16,000 pounds GVWR
Class 5: Medium Truck; 16,001 – 19,500 pounds GVWR
Class 6: Medium Truck; 19,501 – 26,000 pounds GVWR
Class 7: Heavy Truck; 26,001 – 33,000 pounds GVWR
Class 8: Heavy Truck; 33,001 + pounds GVWR
Class 1, 2a and 2b are also similar to van and SUV classes. In the US SUV and vans a generally built on a light truck chassis. However, cross over SUVs have more in common with passenger vehicles than trucks. The GVWR of Class 8 are tractor-trailers rigs and dump trucks exceeding the weight limit of 33,001 pounds. These are Federal Highway Administration classifications so that the entire U.S. was operating on the same page. Prior to this, standards varied from state to state. Much of Canada has adopted the same or similar classifications.

Commercial Driver’s License (CDL) Requirements

Commercial Driver’s License (CDL) classifications are based on the vehicle classifications. A Class A CDL can operate all vehicles up to and including Class 8. In some jurisdictions special endorsements apply to the CDL, like bus and tow truck drivers. RV and motorhome endorsements are also available. Most truckers driving typical tractor-trailer rigs (‘eighteen-wheeler’) are Class A Commercial Driver’s license, hence they are all heavy truck operators.

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When towing, varying charges apply to the class of the vehicle. The above classifications also apply to vans and other similar vehicles. Most one-ton class vehicles (its an older classification, as they can carry more than a ton) like the Ford F-350, 3500 series GMC/Chevy and Dodge Rams are all classified as medium trucks. When towing medium or heavy-duty trucks and vehicles we have tow vehicles optimized for the right job. Heavy duty towing is to get the commercial trucks to a repair facility as soon as possible to get the trucker back on the road. Vacationers will appreciate our tow services for RV and Motor Homes, and like the commercial operator we need to get you back on the road, post haste. Citywide Towing Service has the appropriate tow for the job. Flatbed or wheel lift, motorcycle, light, medium or heavy vehicles. Let us know what you are driving, and we will dispatch the appropriate tow. Contact Citywide Towing Service today!

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