Bolingbrook Towing Pros Blog
Did you know that Bolingbrook Illinois was incorporated October 6th, 1965?
Bolingbrook had a major growth spurt in the 1970's. In 1970 Bolingbrook's population was around 7,500 and by 1980 it had grown to a population of over 37,000. That's major growth in only 10 years. Then just 30 years later, around 2010 the population had grown to about 73,000.
Bolingbrook is about 28 miles southwest of Chicago's downtown.
Two major employers are WeatherTech, the car floor mat people, and Amazon. Amazon employed about 7,000 in 2017 but it's likely that number has gone up.
Ferdinand Porsche And Early Tow Trucks
Did you know, as the story goes, that Ferdinand Porsche developed some sort of tow truck for the Hungarian army somewhere around 1908? And it looked very similar to the two-wheel lift tow trucks still in operation today.
Tow trucks come in all sorts of shapes and sizes. The two most common are the flatbed and two-wheel lift.
Have you ever seen those huge tow trucks that two semi-trailer trucks? They're huge. Chances are you don't need that. Something that big may not even be necessary if you have an RV, of course depending on the size of your RV. We have friends that have a 32 foot recreational vehicle and they would need a very large towing vehicle.
Flatbed: This tow truck is more common these days for a variety of reasons but mostly due to the number of 4-wheel drive SUV's on the road today. Some require flatbed towing to avoid any of the wheels from rotating while being towed. The tow truck arrives, tilts it's bed, attaches a cable to the front axle and pulls the car onto the bed. Then the bed is returned to it's level position and off it goes.
Two-wheel Lift: We've all seen this truck. The tow truck backs up to the car or truck and elevates the two front wheels leaving the two rear wheels to roll on the pavement during towing. Its' a very common method of towing.
Boom: Lets hope you don't need this type of tow truck. This the vehicle they send out for severe traffic accidents or to recover a car or truck from a ditch.
Flatbed-lift: Think of an elevator type setup. The tow truck drives up next to a car, and positions a pivoting boom over the car. Harnesses are attached to each wheel and the tow truck lifts the car onto the bed of the truck. Mostly specialized and chances are you don't need level of service.