If you are interested in a commercial tow truck, Chevrolet has a history of producing great lines of wreckers. If you need a non-commercial pickup truck with great towing capabilities, one of the 2001 Chevrolet Silverado models would undoubtedly suit your purposes.
2001 Chevrolet C6500 Tow Truck
The Chevy C6500 is a pretty popular medium-duty, rollback tow truck that you can usually find used for some quite good deals. These commercial tow trucks typically come with 8,000-pound winches, 10-ton booms and 6,500 pound wheel lifts.
The 2001 Chevy C6500 tow truck models are 2-door, rear-wheel drive vehicles with various transmissions, including automatic, 5-speed manual and 7-speed manual transmissions.
Check out the service records of any potential commercial tow truck before you sign on the dotted line. If you intend to earn a living with the truck, you need a vehicle that has been regularly serviced and well maintained so that it`s always ready to work whenever you are. Always test drive any tow truck that you are thinking about buying. If you`re going to be working the repos, you especially need to make sure the wrecker runs quick and quiet.
2001 Chevy Silverado
Chevrolet Silverado pickups have always been one of the leaders in the truck world. The 2001 Chevy Silverado 1500 featured 4.3L V6 engines and a rear-wheel drive train. A 5-speed manual transmission with overdrive was the standard and the truck only got 16 mpg in the city and 20 mpg on the highway.
Like Chevy`s other full-size pickups of that time period, the Silverado 1500 came in two-wheel-drive and four-wheel-drive with both standard length and extended cabs.
The Chevy Silverado 1500HD is a heavy duty, light truck made for towing and hauling cargo. The 2001 models came with a Vortec 6000 V8 engine that produced 300 horsepower.
The Chevy Silverado 2500HD was offered with 5-speed Allison 1000 transmissions. The Silverado 3500 had the same engine and transmission features, but it also came with rear "dually" twin wheels and featured a much stronger suspension.
The towing capacity for the Chevy Silverado 1500HD was rated at 10,300 pounds and it could haul up to 3,100 pounds in the truck bed. The Chevrolet Silverado 2500HD had even higher numbers. This pickup truck could tow about 16,000 pounds with the 8.1-liter engine, while the 6-liter engine could tow about 10,600 pounds. This model could also haul over 4,000 pounds in the truck bed.
The Chevy Silverado 3500HD had towing capabilities up to 16,700 pounds. It could also haul around over 5,500 pounds in the truck bed.
If you are interested in purchasing a Chevy Silverado for its great towing capabilities, keep in mind that the 4-wheel drive feature tends to decrease both the towing and the carrying capacities by 200 to 400 pounds.
Roadside Assistance Plans
Whether you are purchasing a commercial tow truck to make a living or a residential truck with awesome towing capabilities, it`s always a good idea to purchase a roadside assistance plan like those offered at www.roadsideassistance.co.uk. These plans give you a little peace of mind when you are out there on the road.