What are the different types of towing services available, and how do they all work?

When it comes to towing vehicles, you may be surprised to learn that there are a few different options available for you. It all depends on your vehicle and circumstances. Here at Mountain Recovery, there isn’t a situation where we haven’t been able to help out our customers with towing or recovering their vehicles.

In the following article, we’re going to take a look at the four main types of towing services that we offer. We’ll look at how they work, and what they might be used for! If you need towing services, you can always call us at Mountain Recovery 24/7 on 970-476-1124. We’ll have a tow truck on the road and on the way to you in no time at all.

Different Types of Towing Services

  1. Flatbed Towing Services – Flatbed towing involves the use of a flatbed tow truck. The flatbed on the truck is lowered to ground level. A hydraulic winch system is used to drag the vehicle up onto the bed of the truck. It’s one of the most popular services in the United States. Once the vehicle is on the bed of the truck, the bed is leveled, and the vehicle is securely chained down prior to transportation. It’s one of the safest and easiest ways to tow a vehicle.
  2. Light and Medium Duty Towing Services – Most companies classify breakdowns, flat batteries, lockouts, running out of fuel, or towing of small to medium vehicles as light or medium duty towing services. These services are suitable for most small cars, motorcycles, vans, and small commercial vehicles. If you ever find yourself broken down on the side of the highway, you should call a tow truck company to help you recover your vehicle. This is preferable over attempting to fix your car yourself.
  3. Wheel Lift Towing Services – Wheel lifts are suitable for most small vehicles and lightweight trucks but aren’t suitable for towing 4×4 or all-wheel drive vehicles. A yoke is placed under the drive wheels of the vehicle before they are lifted, towing the vehicle on the non-drive wheels. They’re one of the oldest types of towing services used in the world. They are a great way to two small vehicles where there isn’t a large amount of space to get a flatbed tow truck.
  4. Heavy Duty Towing Services – Heavy duty towing services involve large recovery vehicles known as wreckers or rotators. They are capable of recovering large trucks, tractor-trailers, heavy equipment, and much more. Wreckers are equipped with large hydraulic winches and cables that can lift, pull, and even rotate heavy vehicles.


If you need any towing or recovery services, please don’t hesitate to call us at 970-476-1124 24/7, 365 days a year! Mountain Recovery is proud to service the following areas: Vail, Avon, Minturn, Vail Pass, Eagle, Gypsum, Eagle-Vail, Copper Mountain, Frisco, Silverthorne, and Dillon Breckenridge, Eisenhower Tunnel, Bakerville, Silver Plume, Georgetown, Colorado. Eagle, Summit, and Clear Creek County.