Need a tow? Call Alfredo! 813-343-2169
The towing of cars, SUVs and light duty trucks is a unique form of towing in a vast, nation-wide industry. Local towing is dedicated to rescuing drivers in a pickle or dealing with an immovable vehicle on the roadway, in the water, on private property, or in a ditch.
Towing may be necessary because:
- The owner has requested help with their damaged or disabled car or truck (the primary reason for the majority of tow calls);
- One or more cars must be shipped a long distance, such as from manufacturer to dealer, or from one state or city to another during the owner’s move to a different location;
- A car must be moved by, or for, government authorities (or their agents) because of an accident, abandonment, or a disabled vehicle that is impeding or endangering traffic;
- A vehicle is being impounded by local government agencies for infractions involving the car or truck in question – such as multiple unpaid tickets, or a major parking or driving violation (like parking in a handicapped space; or DUI);
- Lender repossession of a vehicle for non-payment of a legitimate debt.
Specialized “tow truck” vehicles include flatbeds with liftable hydraulic beds plus winches and dollies to position and pull a non-functioning smaller vehicle onto the bed of the platform, and trucks with a specialized boom hitch that lifts one end of a car or light truck. Public truck rental companies whose vehicles you often see on the highways of the nation use a specialized vehicle dolly that can be attached to a standard hitch. Hitch tows (and hitch tow trucks) are sized to pull light duty trucks, SUVs and cars.
There are also heavier versions of tow trucks that have long, weighted truck bodies powered by heavier engines with heavy-duty transmissions, and carry huge hauling hooks; these solid trucks are designed to be untippable, so they can handle much greater weights. They are used to tow such vehicles as other large trucks, disabled buses, or loaded truck tractors.
When multiple cars must be transported by interstate, as when new cars are transported to dealerships, or when our “snowbirds” return to Florida for the winter season and ship their autos ahead of them, several cars will ride on a specialized ‘car carrier’ or ‘auto hauling’ trailer attached to a large truck cab. You’ve probably seen many auto haulers on their way to dealerships, or heading south on the Interstate at the start of hard winter up North.
Car carrier trucks, or trailers pulled by a sturdy truck cab usually have two levels – each of which uses a ramp to load and unload 3 to 5 automobiles per level. The hauling beds on each level generally have channels that guide the loading, and unloading. Hook and chain ties and various mounts adequately secure the vehicles and maintain wheel stability during transport.
You may be looking at this website on your Smartphone, right now, because you are the one in need of a tow.
We promise an arrival time of 30 minutes, or less - so if you call now to request that tow (or roadside service), we’ll see you in a half hour!
Alfredo Towing Service will always send the right truck to meet your need. Often, it is a ‘wheel lift’ tow truck.
And what’s that?
A ‘wheel lift tow’ is a tried and true and very common method of towing. It’s a quick and effective means to transport your vehicle over short distances.
Once upon a time, ‘old-school’ towing meant a sweaty operator in a grubby T-shirt would show up, usually late, then wrap a few chains around the vehicle frame, lift the front end off the ground and drag your car the nearest gas station for service or repair. As cars and small trucks became lighter and more complex, this rudimentary method proved inadequate. It was actually damaging to many types of vehicles.
Nowadays, some wheel lift tow trucks utilize crossbars, operated from a hydraulic boom. The crossbars are placed beneath the front or rear wheels, then lifted, leaving the other set of wheels on the road. If the distance is short, this is the most effective way to tow.
When you call Alfredo Towing Service today, a courteous crew of neatly dressed, knowledgeable operators is ready to respond; and we’ll arrive in the appropriate truck within half hour of your call.
Our wheel lift tow trucks are equipped with a hydraulic dolly mounted at the rear. When loading your auto or truck, our operator will back up to the front or rear of your vehicle - depending on the configuration of your transmission – then lower the hydraulic dolly into place and drive (or manually push) your car onto the dolly, securing it with tire or axle straps. All that remains is to lift and lock the dolly in place.
Wheel lift is preferred for towing two-wheel drives, and for short distance towing. Wheel lift trucks have the advantage of being able to tow cars that are parallel parked, stalled in a low-ceiling parking garage, or parked on a narrow road.
Tight spaces always require wheel lift towing.