Are you in need of heavy equipment towing services near you? Did your trailer get broken down on the side of the road and in need of towing, or simply curious how do these heavy equipment towing works.
When it comes to towing services, we at Cape Coral Towing and Recovery Services, Inc. have years of experience and understand the needs of your clients. Here we share and break down the fundamentals of heavy equipment towing.
Cape Coral Towing and Recovery Services, Inc., since 1993, is a family-owned and operated towing service company that has been providing high-quality towing service to the residents and businesses in Southwest Florida.
What Is Heavy Equipment Towing?
Heavy equipment towing is a process of towing, hauling, moving, and shipping heavy equipment, commonly in a form of a transport vehicle such as trailers, buses, semi-trucks, track vehicles, and other equipment.
What are the types of heavy equipment towing:
1. Wheeled vehicle towing – these types of vehicles that can be towed without using a flatbed, usually wheeled transport vehicles like buses and semi-trucks. Ordinarily, the process is the same as towing a car, where the wheeled transport vehicles are lifted up, secured, and towed by a heavy-duty tow truck.
2. Non-wheeled equipment towing - are a type of vehicle that can be towed using a flatbed, or equipment without wheels such as bulldozers cranes, and other equipment. It is where the equipment is hoisted onto the flatbed using a crane or be driven into the flatbed.
Before Towing Tips:
Tip No. 1: Ensure to Use the Right Equipment
Before starting off, it is necessary and a MUST to use the right and proper equipment. Gather all the necessary information such as the configuration and type of all things to be moved, physical dimensions and weight, and most importantly the towing vehicle is in compliance with the safety and gross weight rating.
Tip No. 2: Do Safety Checks
As always, check first the safety of the vehicle and trailer, overall such as its mirrors, reflectors, tires, horns, axles, hydraulic hoses, lights, and others. It is commendable that the brakes should be applied before loading the equipment to lessen the movement of the equipment and for safety purposes.
Tip No. 3: Secure Everything
Everything should be properly secured to lessen movement while in transit. Check the cargo, special equipment, and all tie the downs or wedges if they are tight and locked in place. Search for visible signs on the tie-down equipment
that could possibly fray or break while in transit. Additionally, fully use pads in all edges of the towing bed to make sure the tie downs don’t get damaged from friction or weight during the transit.
Tip No. 4: Distribute Properly
Commonly, wrong loading is one of the causes of most transport vehicle accidents. Balance all the weight evenly by placing the transported items properly. Place the equipment or cargo correctly so that the driver can maintain control of the transport vehicles and to avoid the risk of tipping over.
Tip No. 5: Check the Road Laws and Local Regulatory Requirements
Each state has its own laws and regulations as to transporting items, goods, or things. Read, inquire, and comply with the necessary requirements as needed. Never assume the regulations the same from departure point to destination point. Take note for interstate commercial loads, Federal regulations are being applied especially for cargos or items that weigh more than 10,000 pounds.
Tip No. 6: Assign Qualified and Experienced Drivers
Letting a greenhorn driver drive behind the wheel when transporting big loads, is very risky and a dangerous mistake. Assign only a driver who has years of experience, applicable training, and has certified for heavy equipment load driving skills. Moreover, those drivers should always be updated in their training to learn new things and ensure their skills are fresh at all times.
During Towing Tips:
We recommend every now and then to re-check the transport items or cargos, to ensure everything is going well during the trip. If possible, the driver should literally go down and check-up if the load has not slipped or outbalanced, and the tie downs are still tight and secured.
Last Minute Towing Tips:
Here are some useful safety advice and suggestions to avoid accidents and hazards from happening during driving and operation of heavy equipment:
- always wear seat belts
- blind spots are dangerous, avoid them
- personnel should maintain constant communication
- always use the Three-Point Rule for mounting and dismounting
- practice safety during loading and unloading
- prevent hazards by doing Pre-Work Checks
- get to know and obey load limits
- recognize the driver’s physical and emotional limits
If you find yourself and your trailer truck got broken down in the middle of nowhere and in need of towing services, don’t hesitate to call Cape Coral Towing and Recovery Services. We have the towing experience, equipped capable resources, and a highly trained team of experts in towing at Cape Coral, Florida.
We offer several towing services for different types of transport vehicles such as:
- Truck Towing
- Car Towing
- Van Towing
- Motorcycle Towing
- Recreational Vehicle Towing
- Boat Towing
- Trailer Towing
- Minibus Towing
Learn to know more about us at https://www.capetowing.net/about-us/
, or visit our Service Areas: Cape Coral, Fort Myers, North Fort Myers, Fort Myers Beach, Lehigh Acres, Estero, Burnt Store, Bokeelia, St. James City, Matlacha, Bonita Springs, and Gateway.