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In our experience, few people give much thought to towing, until they need it.
Towing is defined as coupling two (or more) objects together and then pulling them by way of a particular power source, whether human, animal, or mechanical and motorized – by rickshaw, horse, truck, tractor, plane, barge, car or ship; and on land, on water, or in the air.
Connections to tow can be fashioned in a multitude of ways, with a number of devices like using tractor-trailer combinations, couplings, three-points, fifth wheels, drawbars, integrated platforms, or bars. Leisure and cargo trailers can be connected to a car or truck by a chain, rope, hitch, ball, or pintle and gudgeon trailer hitch.
Extremely heavy-duty towing involves large vehicles for tank recovery, and ballast tractors for heavy hauling. They will tow loads that can weigh up to a million pounds, or more.
Barges historically were used to tow loads along rivers, pulled by rope and hauled along towpaths by hardworking men, by horses, or oxen. With modernization, these were replaced by chain boats. These were used a great deal along the rivers in Europe. For propulsion, chain boats made use of a chain laid along the river. Steam engines were mounted aboard each chain boat, and moved the boat forward with a series of winches, plus a drum winch that hauled the chain to tug the barge forward. In turn, a single chain boat was able to tug an entire string of barges in its wake. Today’s tugboats and motor-driven barges now do much the same work, but are not limited to rivers.
Even aircraft can be towed – and used to tow another plane, or glider! And boats can, of course, tow boats.
What most commonly comes to mind, however, when we think of towing, are the familiar, highly specialized trucks designed for the specific job of moving or removing a motorized land vehicle, such as a car or truck, “stuck” on a roadside, in a parking lot - or even in a ditch, or submerged in a pond or lake. These specialized tow trucks are also fondly known as “wreckers.”
Over the years, standards have been developed by the industry itself, and by government, to set the rules and govern towing in all its forms, and with all customary sources of towing power.
Each state has codified a number of safety concerns into law, to enforce essential rules about properly towing trailers, travel trailers, boat trailers and other vehicles, starting with the most important factor: VHT (Vehicle Towing Capacity).
There are rules about the use of equalizer hitches, and detailed instructions on how to properly (and legally) connect safety chains. ‘Tongue weight’ (the actual weight with which the trailer itself presses down on the tow vehicle’s hitch) cannot be ignored. Swaying trailers occur when the tongue weight on a hitch is insufficient to exert control; and too much tongue weight may cause problems with the towing vehicle, and ruin a transmission. Tow bar wiring is another safety factor to consider, particularly on older trailers.
In 2006, Master Lock did one of their annual studies. It discovered that, while most trailer and caravan owners thought that they knew what they were doing, over 70% of American trailer owners didn’t know how to properly tow. Is it any surprise that the total number of accidents involving trailer hitches runs into the sixty- to sixty-five thousand crash range, annually?
Obviously, it is important to become educated on towing safety.
At Alfredo Towing Service, all our tow truck operators are highly trained, experienced and knowledgeable. Just make that call - and one will be here soon!
You’ll get a great tow price, and a quality job, done right!