Types of wrecking crews?

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Different types of wrecking bodies are used for different types of vehicles. Light-duty trucks use pickup cabs for easy maneuvering, while recovery of semis and trailers requires full-size semi-tractors. Long-haul tow truck drivers use rescue teams with bunk beds, and extreme tow and recovery vehicles use surplus military trucks.

There are various types of wrecking bodies, from the common pickup truck to a semi sized body and military type truck bodies. Similar to the various types of wrecking beds, wrecking crews are commonly selected based on the type of wrecking service the vehicle will provide. In some cases, such as extreme-duty wrecker service, wrecker truck bodies are commonly military surplus heavy equipment truck bodies, attached to a purpose-built steel chassis. Some long haul wrecker services, such as those that tow damaged semi tractors out of state, use semi-truck bodies equipped with sleeping compartments to allow the wrecker driver to rest between driving time during the trailer.

The most common type of wrecking bodies used on light-duty trucks is the pickup cab. This type of bodywork allows most beginning tow truck drivers an easy to fit style of tow truck. These wrecking crews also allow easy maneuvering through busy city streets and alleys. Fuel economy generally calls for smaller truck bodies to be used to teach wind resistance. It is also common for small cab-style trucks to be used as city wreckers due to the reduced length of the wrecker. This makes it easy to maneuver trucks in tight parking lots and busy streets.

For recovery of wrecked and damaged semis and trailers, the common style of wrecker bodies are usually full-size semi-tractors. Larger truck cabs are required to fit the larger truck chassis on which the large wrecker booms are mounted. Often mounted on a wrecked semi truck chassis, the big truck can easily tow straight trucks, semi trucks, and heavy equipment. When a truck breaks down out of state, the trucking company often hires a long-haul tow truck to bring the truck to the company garage. This often requires the tow truck driver to spend two or more days on the road.

Long-distance tow truck drivers often use rescue teams equipped with bunk beds so they can rest on the road. Extreme tow and recovery vehicles often use wrecking bodies made from surplus military trucks. Mounted on a custom chassis, these truck bodies are often used simply to give the driver a place to operate the vehicle while staying out of the weather. Some of the larger recovery vehicles use wrecking bodies made of flat sheet metal, doors, and windows. These bodies are commonly box-like structures containing controls, and generally do not feature any steering wheels.

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