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Benefits of Hiring a Towing Company

You might have heard about towing companies. But may be confuse about what they people do, Right? Basically towing companies’ help when someone get into vehicle break down and stuck in the middle of the road. Towing companies play a key role in getting people back to their home when they are into vehicle breakdown. Everyone does not expect any car break down when they travel. But the breakdowns happen due to misfortune or bad luck. You may be expert in resolving small breakdowns such as tire change or battery boost. But some of breakdowns like road accidents and mechanical problems into cars cannot be resolve without help of a towing company. So it is a good idea to have a number of a towing company in your cell phone directory. The towing companies not only help you in towing vehicle from one place to other place, but even help you with instant support and help that gives peace of mind.

Other benefits of towing companies

  • Tow Big and Heavy Weight Material: Apart from towing vehicles, the towing companies also help in pulling heavy weight materials and tow them with flat bedded trucks. Most of towing companies use occupational health and safety.
  • Relocation: Each year, many people relocate their homes and businesses from one place to another. They even hire moving and packaging companies for their relocation. The moving and packaging companies hire towing companies to pull heavy wardrobes, beds and dining tables.
  • Tow Cars from and to the impound lots: In US and Canada, the most towing companies are called by house owners and police to take the illegally parked or abandoned vehicles from and to the impound lots.
  • Recover Four Wheelers: Most of us use four wheelers for traveling. Our Four Wheel Drives may get breakdown; they may be stuck into mud and an accident, they also may fall in rivers if someone lives in hill areas. The towing companies also help in recovering vehicles from mud and accidents.
  • Regardless of waiting for someone’s help, just call the nearest towing company to getting back to the road. If you are living or visiting in Calgary or its surrounding areas and need a help, you may call us. We are 24/7 hours available and just a phone call away.

Travel Trailer Towing Safety Tips

Evaluate trailer weight distribution, before you tow a trailer. For acceptable handling, hitch weight for travel trailers should typical be at least 10 percent of the trailer’s gross weight. It may go up to 15 percent or higher in some cases. Hitch weight for larger trailers is limited by the capacities of tow vehicles and hitches. For a maximum hitch weight of 1200 pounds, the strongest load-distributing hitch is rated.

You may be able to compensate by loading heavy supplies such as tools and canned goods as far forward as possible, if your hitch weight is less than 10 percent of the gross trailer weight. Travel with as little water in the tank as possible to reduce weight in the rear, if your trailer’s water tank is behind the axle(s). Because the water adds to hitch weight, trailers with water tanks located in front usually handle best when the tanks are full.

Safety margin must be at least 10 percent, and be sure that the spring bars of the load distributing hitch are rated high enough to handle the hitch weight of your trailer. The tow vehicle must have adequate rear suspension. This means that the vehicle sits relatively level prior to hitching the trailer.

To distribute the hitch weight relatively evenly to all axles of the tow vehicle and trailer, load-distributing hitches are designed. In order for the hitch to do its job properly, the tow vehicle and trailer should be in a level position (attitude). Here is how to check:

  • Measure the distance between the vehicle and the ground at reference points, which you can establish, in front and rear, with the tow vehicle loaded for a trip. Keep the figures handy for later use.
  • In order that the tow vehicle remains at roughly the same attitude (i.e., if the rear drops an inch after hitching, the front should also drop an inch), hitch the trailer and adjust the tension on the spring bars.
  • To be sure it is level, inspect the trailer. As necessary, hitch ball height should be raised or lowered. If you cannot keep the tow vehicle from sagging in the rear, you may need spring bars rated for more weight.

For travel trailers safety chains are required. For fifth-wheel trailers, safety chains are not required. In event of hitch failure such as a hitch ball that has loosened, the safety chains are to prevent the trailer from separating from the tow vehicle. So that the chains do not restrict turning or allow the coupler to hit the ground, they should be crossed in an “X” fashion below the ball mount, with enough slack.

For any trailer having a gross weight of 1500 lbs. or more and manufactured after December 31, 1955, breakaway switches are also required. If the tow vehicle becomes separated from the trailer, they are designed to activate trailer brakes. One end of the breakaway switch is attached to loop around a stationary hitch component on the tow vehicle and the other end to an electrical switch on the trailer frame. The cable pulls a pin inside the breakaway switch and applies full power from the trailer battery to the trailer brakes, breakaway switches are also required.

The breakaway switch and the safety chains must be in good working order, even though hitch component failure is very rare.