Equipping Your New Truck By Terry Abejuela
Field Editor Terry Abejuela has 40-plus years of light-duty towing and recovery experience. He is also a light-duty Level 1 instructor for the California Tow Truck Association.
Rear wrecker body dolly mount.
urchasing a new truck is a big financial investment that requires a significant investment of your time to research, plan and make decisions that determine how effectively it will contribute to meeting your business goals. Car carrier or wrecker, independent or integrated what cab and chassis, what brand and model of towing equipment, and conventional wheel lift or auto-loader are just a few of the decisions to make. In addition to these decisions you will need to decide how to equip your new truck. Considering the mix of your current fleet and working with your local towing equipment distributor to put some thought into how you will equip your new truck. Equipment on the truck that is not used can significantly add to the weight of the truck reducing fuel economy and payload. Make sure that you meet all legal requirements in your state for tow truck
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equipment as well as equipment required by any contracts such as law enforcement and motor clubs.
RECOVERY BOOMS AND WINCHES
Do you need a recovery boom and winch? Do you need dual winches? How often are you performing recovery or rollover work? If you operate in a metropolitan area and most of your work is towing you may not need a recovery boom or winch. If you have trucks in your current fleet that have recovery booms and winches already do you really need all of your trucks to have them? Do you need an independent boom? An integrated recovery boom will reduce weight. Do you need an extendable boom? A non-extendable integrated boom will reduce weight a little more. When placing the order for your new