A Brief Overview of Flatbed Towing
A tow truck or flatbed truck (popularly known as a flatbed truck or a dump truck) is a special truck designed to transport disabled, improperly lifted, or otherwise improperly placed motor vehicles. The term “flatbed” refers to the bed of the truck with the bed of the vehicle on an angled angle to assist in raising the vehicle for transport. Flatbed trucks have their own frame assembly and are not an open truck like other flatbed trucks. Instead, the rear end of the flatbed is extended out towards the back of the pickup truck bed, while the front part is set up in a bucket that has a ramp that extends out to assist in raising the vehicle. This method allows for the use of larger flatbed trucks, but at a higher cost, since they require the use of jacks for raise the truck and storage.
Since most of these trucks have a high cost of operating and maintaining due to their oversized size, it is common for an owner to be willing to pay a small fortune to secure one of these trucks for their personal use. This is one way that people attempt to relieve some of the financial burden that comes with owning a truck. Many times, people that own dump trucks find that they have little money left over each month once the expenses of operating the vehicle and storage begin to mount. These individuals often look to the purchase of a flatbed recovery vehicle to free up some of their financial resources.
One of the common uses for a tow truck is to provide assistance to drivers that need to pull off the road for unknown reasons. Other than a flatbed trucks ability to tow a disabled or improperly lifted vehicle to a safe location, this type of vehicle can provide invaluable assistance when the situation is not quite as innocent. Most tow truck companies that operate throughout the United States have a twenty-four hour helpline to answer emergency calls. Drivers that need to use their service are able to call in safely and are quickly dispatched to the location that they are needed.
Some flatbed trucks have the ability to tow larger trailers and other types of vehicles. Depending upon which company the driver uses, there may be additional charges associated with providing the service. These charges can sometimes be extremely high because of the size and complexity of the job that is being completed. In most instances, drivers will be provided a service contract that outlines all costs associated with the delivery. If there are any additional charges beyond the original invoice, it is important to thoroughly review the contract before agreeing to complete the job.
Flatbed towing is also frequently provided by a number of tow truck companies. The majority of these vehicles are powered by engines that require little mechanical skill to maintain. In most cases, a driver can expect to perform their regular maintenance activities and simply add a tow truck attachment to the engine if they need to make repairs or do routine maintenance on the vehicle. Because this type of vehicle is not as complex and typically not difficult to drive or control, it makes the task of towing much easier for drivers. This can often help to reduce the amount of manual labor required to properly operate the vehicle.
Flatbed towing is not only used for large items that need to be towed. Many smaller items can be safely towed using a boom truck or towing equipment. Because this type of vehicle is usually so straightforward and relatively easy to drive, many people choose to use it when towing smaller items and less frequently towing larger items. For instance, a family may choose to use a boom truck to towing a garden forklift when the family needs to carry out some serious yard work. They may also use it to occasionally to take their motorcycle to the local auto show, as the motorcycle will not require the level of mechanical support that a towing vehicle will.