On-Loading a Truck

Equipment Needed
Work Gloves
Ratchet Straps
Bridal Chains
Cluster Straps

In this part 1 of 2 video, we review the process of towing a truck or van.

Step 1: Engage the PTO. 

Step 2: Tilt the bed, and slide it underneath the tires of your customer’s vehicle. (See “Distance Training” video)

Step 3: Hook the vehicle, just as you would on a basic tow. (Something meaty, most likely a hook point on the frame)

Step 4: Make sure the vehicle is in neutral and the tires are straight.

Step 5: Slowly begin to winch the vehicle up the truck. Watch the tires to ensure the vehicle is coming up even, being it it’s a heavier vehicle this is important.

“Do not tilt the bed up yet. Wait until cluster straps are secured in the rear of the vehicle so that when you uplift it she doesn’t all forward into the cabin of your truck” 

Step 6: Prepare your J-Chain and Cluster Strap. (See Equipment Training video for help on what these are) — These are additional what I call “Safety chains” for the vehicle being that it’s heavier so that if the winch decides to fail this equipment will be there to catch it. 

Step 7: Hook your first J-Chain to the front axle of the vehicle’s wheel, and hook it to a pocket on the front of the tow truck. Repeat this step on the other side. You want both J-Chains to have an estimated equal slack.

Step 8: Once both J-Chains are secured, slowly unwind the winch until the J-Chains are pulled equally tight on both sides. (Will prevent chains from snapping if winch fails)

Step 9: Head to the back of the vehicle and find the t-slots within the rear frame. These t-slots are what you’ll hook to using your cluster straps. 

Step 10: Hook the first cluster strap to the rear t-slot of the vehicle, then hook to the bed-slot on the opposite side. Ratchet the strap so it’s tight. Repeat process on the other side so that the final product is an “X” of straps underneath the vehicle. 

Step 11: Uplift the bed and prepare for transport. Don’t forget to dis-engage your PTO. 

See the end of this video for additional recommendations on tying down heavier vehicles. It all depends on the situation as far as what’s necessary. When it comes to tying a vehicle down, more doesn’t hurt.