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How to Tow a Full-Size Truck Behind Another Truck

by Erin Stewart

Getting stuck or stranded with a truck that isn't working has happened to a lot of us. And while it may seem inconvenient, the best way to tow a broken truck is to call a tow truck or get it on a trailer to tow it. However, if you don't have another option, it is possible to tow a full-size truck behind another truck. This method is by no means ideal, but can be utilized in a pinch using a tow strap or chain.

How to Tow a Full-Size Truck Behind Another Truck

Securely hook the tow strap or chain from one vehicle to the next. Do not hook to steering components or anything vulnerable, such as a tie rod end.

It is best to hook the tow strap or chain to a receiver hitch on the front truck and a frame mount on the rear truck.

Turn your flashers on as a warning for other vehicles.

Do not tow for long distances. If you have more than a couple of miles to tow, it is much safer to call a tow truck or use a trailer.

The person operating the rear truck must pay close attention to the truck that is towing and keep a decent amount of tension on the tow strap or chain. If there is a lot of slack on the tow strap or chain, you could potentially run it over or the front truck could start going too fast to compensate for the loss of tension.

Tip

  • Take back roads and do not attempt to tow like this on the freeway or above 45 miles per hour.

Warning

  • This method of towing can be dangerous and should only be used as a last resort.

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About the Author

Erin Stewart is a professional editor and copywriter who has served as a newspaper reporter, designer, and news editor, and currently works as part of a dynamic marketing communications team. Erin has a Bachelor of Arts degree in English with an editing minor from Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah.

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