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What you need to know about towing in Utah

Living in Utah, for many people, means boating, camping, fishing, 3-wheeling, or some other outdoor pastime. If you plan to do any of these, the chances are that you will need to do some towing.

If you’ve never done it before, towing in Utah’s recreational lands might seem intimidating, but it doesn’t have to be.

Towing an average-sized trailer is easier than it looks, but it does require some basic know-how, a little practice, and the common sense to adjust your driving to suit road conditions. When you’re towing, everything you do while driving has to be done differently from how you would drive if you were not pulling a trailer.

If you’re braking, allow yourself twice the distance you would usually allow for stopping. The same thing applies to changing lanes; allow room for both your vehicle and the trailer before shifting over. Accelerate and slow down smoothly and gradually – no “rabbit” stops or starts!

Be sure to obey Utah’s laws regarding towing. At a minimum, all trailers need to have working taillights and brake lights and that all towing trailers must be registered with the Utah Department of Motor Vehicles.

Most people in Utah wind up towing a boat or camper trailer, or a vehicle trailer for a 3-wheeler or similar vehicle. Whether you’re towing any of these, the same basic towing information applies to any towing application. This is because what you are towing and what you are towing it with, no matter where in Utah you are towing, mainly depends on weights and capabilities.

The tow vehicle is as important as the load you are pulling. For example, if you are towing a boat to the lake, you can usually do so easily with most pickup trucks. However, if you plan on towing to one of Utah’s high mountain lakes, you may need the power of a heavy-duty engine to get you through some of our mountain passes.

For towing a load of 2,000 pounds or more through Utah you will definitely need a tow-friendly vehicle, such as an SUV. In fact, even a small SUV is a good choice for the average-sized boat or camper. For heavier loads, such as a large camper of loaded horse trailer, you’re best off with a solid half-ton pickup with lots of horsepower and torque.

Consider, too, whether your vehicle’s transmission, brakes, and rear axle can cope with the added weight and demands on them. If you’re planning on towing in the Utah mountains regularly, a three-quarter ton pickup should be in your future plans.

After the vehicle, the most critical element of your towing setup is your trailer towing hitch.

Trailer hitches are rated according to capacity of the load weight and tongue weight, so you should know the planned weight of your load, and select accordingly. Remember to calculate the added weight of supplies, etc. which you plan to load and carry in your camper or boat.

“Load weight” refers to the expected Gross Trailer Weight. “Tongue weight” refers to the downward force exerted on the hitch ball (usually calculated at 10-15 percent of the maximum rated GTW). The tongue is the hitching mechanism at the front of the trailer. The coupler of the trailer is what accepts the hitch ball. Be sure your hitch ball is the correct dimension for the coupler.

Once you have determined how much weight you'll be towing, that your towing vehicle can handle Utah’s outdoors, and that the total weight won’t exceed the maximum towing capacity of your towing vehicle, you're ready to choose the proper hitch.

Most hitches can be bolted to the vehicle, and a bolt-on installation is the preferred method to attach your hitch. Many pickups and SUVs, especially in Utah, come ready for towing with a factory-equipped Class III hitch; the most popular class of hitch.

A Class III hitch can handle up to 5,000 pounds for hauling any load (car, boat, camper, or whatever). For heavier boats or campers, a Class IV hitch (up to 7,500 pounds) is preferred (if you don’t already own one, you should probably also consider a three-quarter-ton truck for towing these loads). In most cases, though, a Class III hitch will handle most campers, car trailers and small- to medium-sized boats if you’re towing in Utah.

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Shed Towing in Utah Made Easy

As a Utah towing company, we get a lot of shed moving requests. Most people here have backyards, and at least one shed; sometimes more.  Why would anybody go to the trouble of towing a shed? Lots of reasons!

Sometimes the homeowners are moving to a new residence in Utah and their new place doesn’t have a shed (or it has a shed that is too old or too small). It’s often cheaper to bring the shed they have with them, rather than build a new one.

Even when homeowners are not moving, there may still be good reasons for towing a shed. They may want to build a larger one in its place and move the smaller shed to a different location in the yard. Or they might want to remove the shed all together, and build something else – a garden gazebo or a swimming pool – on that spot.

Sp we get a lot of requests from Utah homeowners for towing a shed. But if you feel like having a crack at moving your shed yourself, here are some factors to consider before you start.

First of all, find out if you’ll need a permit to move your shed. In Utah, depending on where you move the shed within your own property, you may need a permit to have it in its new location. Check with your local zoning board before you go to the trouble of moving it – and have to move it again!

If you want to take the shed elsewhere in Utah, you may need a permit for towing a shed so that you can drive on the public roadways. Depending on the size of the shed, you may even need an escort vehicle. Your local public works office can advise you about towing a shed in Utah, so you don’t get pulled over.

Try to choose a day with dry, clear weather for towing the shed. Utah has lots of sunny days, so it shouldn’t be too difficult to work a find a good day for the task. Try to avoid moving or towing a shed on a damp or rainy day, since that will make the move more difficult.

For an experienced, professional towing company, towing a shed in one piece is a relatively simple job. But before you attempt to move the shed, it should be carefully checked for soundness and stability. If you are not experienced, it may be easier to disassemble the shed before towing, and rebuild it in the new location.

(Of course, if the shed is structurally damaged, it probably isn’t worth your time or effort to transport it.)

In Utah, moving a shed for towing is usually accomplished in one of two ways: either by raising the shed up on jacks and sliding it on to a flatbed trailer, or by using a series of rolling poles to move the shed some distance across level ground.

When you arrive at your destination, make sure you have the right foundation ready for your shed. You’ll need to be sure you are compliant with regulations for the local county or municipality in Utah, otherwise all your hard work towing a shed will be wasted!

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What to do if you need a bus tow in Utah

Picture this: your car breaks down on the road and you’re stuck. Not fun, right? But imagine that you’re driving a bus, and now you need a tow.

Keep in Mind: Finding a tow for a bus is a whole different game than getting a tow for a car.

Towing a car is not difficult. All you need is another vehicle that can get the dead vehicle moving. (OK, and a good neighbor or friend to help you out!)

But if you break down in a bus, getting a tow is an entirely different deal…

Towing a full-sized bus requires special equipment, and not every Utah towing company has that equipment. And even after you find a company that can tow the bus, you still need to take care of a few things first.

#1. Take care of your passengers before calling for a bus tow

Let’s hope that your bus just had some minor mechanical failure, and you were able to pull over to the side safely. In this case, your passengers are probably all fine. But what if you’ve been involved in an accident – or even worse, a rollover?

Before calling a towing company...

Make sure your passengers are okay! Does anyone require medical attention?

If there are injuries...

If there are injuries, regardless of how slight they may appear to be, your first call needs to be 9-1-1. Request an ambulance and provide the dispatcher with the location of the bus accident, as well as information on any suspected injuries as instructed.

If all passengers are unharmed...

Hopefully all of your passengers are unharmed. In this instance, it is your job to get them to a safe location outside of the bus. The majority of state towing regulations do not allow passengers to remain inside a bus during a tow. If you’re on a busy road, try to get all the passengers as far from the roadside as possible.

A potential exception:

In the event that your bus has a flat tire that can simply be repaired, it is likely okay for passengers can stay inside the bus until the tow truck comes to repair or change the tire.

#2. Call for a tow and a second bus

Once you have taken care of your passengers...

Once the passengers have been taken care of, it's time to call in a tow truck. Let the dispatcher know what is wrong with your bus. This will allow the driver to come prepared with the correct equipment to help or tow. If they need to bring a special winch or hitch, the driver can come prepared, and you don’t have to spend even more time waiting.

Minimizing delays in connections...

If your passengers are attempting to make a connection, it's also a good idea to ask dispatch to send an additional bus to be sent at the same time. Your passengers will thank you for doing your best to minimize the delay.

Nothing makes a breakdown or being stranded a whole lot of fun, however, being prepared will make a bad situation easier to handle should the need arise and you find yourself in need of towing for your bus.

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Vehicle Removal: How to Choose A Towing Company to Haul Away that Old Junker

If you have been meaning to find a vehicle removal company to get rid of a junk vehicle that’s rusting in your driveway or backyard, you’ll find there are plenty of companies offering this service.

Search online for “vehicle removal” and you’ll come up with plenty of names. Problem solved, right? Not quite!

Before you make that phone call, dig a little deeper. Not all companies that offer vehicle removal services are the same. For example, did you know that you could actually make money off your old, unwanted junk car?

Yes, you can. But if you don’t choose wisely, it could cost you money, instead of saving you money, to have your junk car towed.

So what should you look for in a vehicle removal company? Here are some tips that will help you save the most, while enjoying convenience and service:

1. Most all towing companies offer vehicle removal of a non-working vehicle.

However, some of these companies will charge you a fee to tow the car, van, or suv. When you consider that the towing company is going to take that vehicle straight to a local salvage yard and get paid cash for it, that seems a little unfair, doesn’t it?

Salvage yards will pay for a vehicle that doesn’t run because they can sell the parts and the scrap metal from the vehicles. That’s why the least a vehicle removal company can do is offer to tow your junk vehicle for free.

2. In addition to offering complimentary towing, a towing company should offer to pay you for removal of your vehicle.

Depending on the condition of the vehicle, even a non-working car, van, or SUV can fetch quite a lot of money for the towing company. Salvage yards can refurbish the parts and sell the leftover metal profitably for scrap. This makes it worth their while to pay for junk cars.

3. Expect payment when you hand over the vehicle title.

For the vehicle removal company to be able to sell the vehicle for salvage, they must have the title. When you give them the title, you are transferring ownership of the vehicle to them. If a company tells you they will pay you later, calmly, but firmly, insist that you must be paid when you give them the title.

If this is your first time looking for a vehicle removal company, these tips will help ensure that you don’t get ripped off. Or call Evans and Sons Auto and Vehicle Towing instead. We will offer you a fair price immediately, pay you cash on the spot, and tow your junk car for free.

If you have a vehicle you need to get rid of, vehicle removal doesn’t get any easier than that!

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Choose a Commercial Rig Tow Wisely

If you drive a commercial rig for a living, needing a tow is more than just a pain in the butt. For drivers of commercial rigs, such as 18-wheelers and similar vehicles, needing a tow means lost time and money. These trucks are more than just a means of transportation. A commercial rig is their livelihood and, in some cases, home.

Driving a commercial rig isn’t for the faint-hearted. Drivers of these big trucks haul many different types of goods – boats, autos, hazardous materials, even homes – over long distances, and with long hours between stops.

Sometimes drivers have to spend many nights away from the comforts of home, as they focus on sticking to a tight schedule. When you consider all of these elements, it’s easy to see what a huge inconvenience needing a tow can cause to a commercial rig driver.

Finding a company to handle the task of providing a tow for a commercial rig isn’t easy, either. Although there are lots of tow companies, towing a commercial rig requires special equipment, and an experienced tow truck operator.

And it’s a time-consuming operation. Consider all the things a tow operator has to do before he can tow a commercial rig safely:

  • In an emergency situation that will require a tow, the commercial rig driver often has to apply emergency braking techniques. The result of these emergency measures can lock up the brakes. Before the big rig can be towed, air must be pumped to release the locked brakes.
  • The drive line has to be removed from the commercial rig before hooking up for a tow.
  • Tow lights and safety chains have to be installed for a commercial rig to be legally towed on the highway.

After the commercial rig is hooked up, the tow operator has to tow the big rig to the desired destination. Depending on where the rig is disabled, this could be a trip of several hours. Remember that a tow truck towing a commercial rig or combination tractor with a trailer will travel much more slowly than an unencumbered vehicle. A distance that can usually be covered in an hour, can easily take twice the time.

Once the commercial rig is towed to its destination, the tow truck operator has to unhook the safety chains and tow lights, and re-install the drive line properly.

If each of these procedures are not handled by an experienced tow operator, the commercial rig driver is likely to experience even more frustration and down time. Those are some pretty good reasons for choosing wisely if you need a commercial rig tow!

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The Time to Find Emergency Accident Towing is Before You Need It

The chances are that each of us will need emergency accident towing at least once in our lives. In Utah, most of us have a relative, neighbor, or friend who can help us out of our jam. But if none of these people are available, you’ll need to find a reputable tow company to help you out of your accident emergency.

The first thing most people do is use their smart phone to search the Internet for “emergency accident assistance Utah” or “emergency accident towing Utah”. Doing this will quickly give you a range of options to choose from.  At this point, many people will figure all towing companies are the same, and simply call the first option that comes up in the search results.

But not so fast! Using the first name you see can get you ripped off and cost you much more than an emergency accident towing situation should.

Take a few minutes and do a little detective work to protect you, and your wallet from fraud, rip-offs, and just plain unscrupulous towing companies.

First of all, realize that unscrupulous tow operators know that you – in an emergency accident situation – are vulnerable and likely desperate. After all, that’s why you have to call a towing company in the first place, right?

Towing companies that will take advantage of your situation won’t hesitate to over-charge you. And many of these types of companies also hire poorly trained operators (if they are trained at all) who may damage your vehicle.

Even though Utah has laws to protect you from companies like these, if you get ripped off, good luck trying to get justice or reimbursement. And sometimes, good luck trying to find the towing company at all!

So what to do? Here’s a better idea: don’t wait until you need an emergency accident tow before you start looking for a reputable towing company. Do your research before you need them, and you’ll have a better experience.

When you search on the Internet, look for a Utah towing company that has a physical address. It’s even better if the company also has a website. Also look for a towing company that covers the Utah area you will be travelling in. If you need a tow, you want to be calling a towing company close to your location.

If you find yourself in a emergency accident situation, ask the tow company if they are local to your location. Also be sure to ask for their towing charges to your desired destination, and whether they charge you for the time it takes them to come from their location, to where you are.

It’s normal to want to get out of a distressing situation as quickly as possible. But take a deep breath and slow down when you’re in an emergency accident tow situation. You’ll be glad you did. 

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Fun Facts About 18-Wheeler Tow Trucks

You see them on the road all the time —18-wheeler tow trucks hauling everything from foodstuffs to houses. How much do you really know about these big commercial rigs? Test your knowledge with a few our our Tow Truck Fun Facts!

Did you know...

  • An 18-wheeler tow truck is often called a “semi truck” and also just a “semi”. On these trucks, the truck cab and engine are separate from the trailer bed of the truck. Since the trailer has no front wheels and can be used only when connected to the tractor part of the truck, it's called a semi-trailer. The terms "semi" and "semi truck" evolved from that.
  • Most trailers on an 18-wheeler tow truck are about 53 feet long. The truck cab has brakes that are automatically applied when the trailer is disengaged or unattached to the truck. When the truck is connected to the trailer, and the engine is started up, the truck’s air pump releases the brakes so that the truck can roll down the road.
  • An 18-wheeler tow truck’s engine is designed to run constantly. The only time they need to be shut down is to change the oil, service the engine, or obey municipal idling laws.
  • Most cars hold 4 – 6 quarts of oil. An 18-wheeler tow truck holds 15 quarts or more of oil. Imagine asking your nearest Quik-Change to handle that! 
  • An 18-wheeler tow truck requires approximately 40 times the stopping length of the average automobile.
  • There are about 6 million semi trailers (or tractor trailers) registered for use in the U.S.
  • About 30% of all the 18-wheeler tow trucks operating in the United States are registered in just three states: California, Florida, and Texas.
  • 18-wheeler tow trucks keep the nation running. About 68% percent of all goods in the U.S. are hauled by semi trucks. That’s about 60,000 pounds per American, per year! The two largest commodities by weight are agricultural and building materials.
  • Semi truck operators cover lots and lots of miles in any given year. On the average, drivers will complete trips that total 140,000 miles or more each year.
  • A semi truck can be 20 feet wide or more. Yet drivers routinely maneuver through spaces with mere inches on each side – and never get a scratch on their 18-wheeler tow truck.  

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Ready to Sell Your Junk Car for Cash?

You’ve had some fun times in your old car but – let’s face it – it’s a piece of junk now. Can you still get cash for this car?

You sure can! Selling cars for cash is a great way to get rid of your junk vehicle, clean up Utah, and make some quick spending money on the side. To get the most money for your car as quickly as possible, take these steps:

Find the title

You’d be surprised (or maybe you won’t) how many people try to sell their car for cash without having the title ready for the buyer. But a buyer in Utah (and most other states) can’t do anything without a car title.

So dig out that title from wherever you stashed it. If you can’t find it, you can obtain a copy or replacement title from the Utah DMV.

Calculate the value

How much is your clunker worth? Head online or to your local library and assess the value of your vehicle. The amount of damage and wear-and-tear will affect how much cash you’ll get for your clunker. But anyone who is interested in buying the vehicle will have questions about its damage and its condition. If it’s not running, the only value may be as a salvage vehicle.

Shop around

Call the junkyards in your area but also make sure to call Evans and Sons Towing. You’ll find a range of cash offers for your car, but you’ll also find some of these offers come with conditions.

Some yards don’t pay anything for non-running vehicles or vehicles they have to pick up. Some offers may charge you to pick up the car. Some buyers won’t tell you over the phone what they will offer, and then try to low-ball you when they show up, wasting your time.

You want a buyer, like Evans and Sons Towing, that will give you a fair price, up front, over the phone.  

Deliver Your Car

Now that you have a price, you need to deliver your car. If your vehicle is drivable, you can take it in. If it is not, contact an affordable towing company in your area. Most salvage yards will less for cars that they have to tow in to the yard. Evans and Sons offers cash for all cars and never we’ll come get your clunker for free.

Collect cash for your car

Have your title ready when we come to pick up your car, and our driver will hand you actual cash, on the spot. If you take your car to a salvage yard, or deal with some other towing companies, they may tell you that they’ll send you a check.

Not us! When Evans and Sons Towing tells you we give you “Cash for Cars” that’s exactly what you get!

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Utah Shed Removal Made Easy

The average Utah shed is a candidate for removal more frequently than most homeowners anticipated when they put the shed up.

There are several reasons for this. As our lives change, so do our needs. You may have upgraded your landscaping and want to have a new shed that works with the new layout. Everybody has a tendency to accumulate “stuff” and you may need more space to safely store your garden equipment, sports gear, and other tools and things.

Another thing that factors into Utah shed removal is the harshness of our weather. The heat and freeze cycles of our climate, heavy amounts of snowfall in winter and high-altitude sun in summer all contribute to giving the average Utah shed a beating. Removal may be the only sensible option if the shed is so damaged that it has become unsafe or unsightly.

Shed removal is a big job - so Utah property owners often decide to hire a company to take care of the problem for them. But you’re probably reading this article because you’ve decided to have a go at tearing down and handling the removal of your shed yourself. So here are some tips and hints for the easiest way to go about shed removal, and how to dispose of it in Utah.

  • Before you start swinging your sledgehammer, see if there are any parts of the shed that can be recycled or reused. If the doors and windows are in good condition, you may be able to re-purpose them yourself, or sell them to someone who can use them. You may as well make a little money off your old shed if you can!
  • Once you have salvaged what you can from the shed, begin the removal process. Most Utah communities have some sort of community clean-up once or twice a year. If your shed is small, you may be able to tear it apart in chunks small enough for these events. If not, you will need a truck, tractor, or other vehicle strong enough to be able to pull the building down.
  • Attach a sturdy rope or steel cable to a center beam and tie the other end to your demolition pulling vehicle.
  • Drive slowly away from the building. The shed should collapse slowly, making removal of the debris easier, and causing less mess.
  • To make the clean up and removal less work, chop up the shed beams using a chainsaw. Sort any hazardous materials into a pile to be disposed with according to Utah law.
  • Load up your pickup truck with the debris from your shed removal and take it the nearest Utah landfill. Take hazardous materials to the local disposal facility. Do not dump hazardous materials from your shed removal in any Utah landfill – the fine for doing so is hefty.

All of this may seem like a daunting task. If you’d rather not spend a glorious Utah weekend sweating out a grimy shed removal project, relax and let us do the job for you! 

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Salt Lake drivers: Here’s Your Shed Towing Checklist!

Driving around Salt Lake, you’ll see drivers towing lots of things, even sheds. Towing a shed isn’t technically difficult but it helps to have a checklist of things to keep you, your shed, and everyone else safe and in one piece.

Before you load your shed & hook up to tow...

  • Know your trailer’s Gross Vehicle Weight Rating aka (GVWR)

Some sheds are solidly built, and weigh quite a lot. Other sheds are constructed of lightweight building materials, and weigh less than another, smaller shed. Your trailer’s construction needs to be able to handle the weight of the shed without having an axle fail or break. The last thing you need is to be trucking along a busy Salt Lake road, towing your shed – and have the trailer suddenly collapse under the weight.

  • Inflate the trailer’s tires to the trailer manufacturer's maximum recommended cold pressure.

A properly inflated tire will roll faster and smoother. Be careful of the small tires on light-duty trailer - the tiny outside diameter means they spin faster, and get will heat up more quickly. Towing a shed on a hot Salt Lake day could easily overheat the tires or wheel bearings, especially if you’re traveling at high-speeds. 

  • Don’t assume your trailer’s lights are working.

Before you load the shed and start towing, check all. You don’t have to toggle on all the turn signals and brake lights in succession and make four trips to the truck cab. Instead, turn on the parking lights and the hazard flashers at the same time. Walk all around the truck to the back of the trailer. If the parking lights and flashers are on all around, you've got turn signals and brake lights, because they're the same bulb filaments as the hazards.

Loading the shed for towing:

  • Depending on the shed’s location, you may be able to back the truck and trailer right up to it and load the shed in one go.

If you have to load the trailer before hitching it to the truck, try to have the trailer on as level ground as you can find before hitching up the rig. Park the vehicle you'll use to tow the trailer on level ground too.

  • The trailer needs to be hitched to the truck at a 180° angle (flat).

Prop the tongue jack up on some scrap lumber until it's level. You can easily check the level by placing a carpenter's level on the tongue. If you don’t have a carpenter’s level eyeball the trailer tongue from the side from about 50 feet away. Next, measure from the ground to the top of the ball socket. Then measure from the ground to the top of the hitch receiver and add 3 inches to allow for the height of the ball. 

  • The ball is usually a good bit higher than the trailer tongue... 

But the weight of the loaded trailer will compress the towing vehicle’s springs. So hook up everything (with the trailer loaded) and again measure the levels. You'll probably have to adjust the draw bar height again.

On the road

  • Look up before you leave.

There aren’t too many low underpasses on Salt Lake roads, but you should still check the height of the shed you’re towing before you pull out. It’s common for drivers to forget that the height of the shed and trailer is usually higher than the height of the truck. You don’t want to hear that nasty, grinding sound as you enter an underpass, and you realize that you just lost the roof of your shed.

  • Look sideways before you leave.

The shed you’re towing may extend beyond the trailer sides into the next lane. When you’re driving on a busy Salt Lake road, you don’t want to discover the true width of your load by mistake!

  • Allow lots of space for passing.

If your truck does 45 to 65 mph in four to five second, unloaded, it could take as long as 12 to 15 seconds when towing a shed. On a Salt Lake highway, at 60 mph that's an extra 650 to 1,000 feet just to speed up. You’ll also have to allow pulling an extra 15 to 40 feet when overtaking slower traffic.

  • Allow twice the normal buffer zone in front of you.

This can keep you cool & level-headed when some bozo inevitably cuts you off in heavy Salt Lake traffic, as you’re towing your shed.

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