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Anywhere, anytime, Big Rig Towing & Recovery is available 24/7 to service all of your heavy duty towing and recovery requirements.

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Big rig problems need Big Rig Towing

There are some big jobs that you wouldn’t think would be a part of your company mandate. But that is the great thing about Big Rig Towing, we have the philosophy that where there’s a will there’s a way.

A snow-coach is a specialized passenger transport vehicle, designed to operate over snow or ice. These vehicles have multiple sets of very large low pressure tires or snow tracks. They can seat as many as ten or more passengers and are often used for sightseeing tours or for over-snow transportation such as tours of the Columbia Icefields in Banff National Park.

This snow-coach was in need of a complete overhaul and Big Rig used their rotator crane to lift the body off the chassis so both could be rebuilt and put back into service.

Even a vehicle constructed specifically for the cold and ice needs a rescue now and then. If you find yourself in an emergency situation
call 1 (866) 398-7444 toll free.
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New Year Resolutions for Big Rig Operators

If your occupation equates to life on the road, especially long-hauls, it can be challenging from diet and sleep habits, to finding ways to live a healthy lifestyle mentally, physically and emotionally. Here are 5 great tips to start the new year off right.

  1. Make a concerted effort to eat more nutritious meals and snacks. They can make a difference to your energy levels and overall health. Try to avoid fast food as part of your staple diet. Don’t skip breakfast – it’s still considered the most nutritious meal of the day! When stopping for meals, try to order fresh items from the menu. Packing  healthy snacks such as protein bars, fruit, veggies, consuming less refined sugars and drinking lots of water (will keep you hydrated and will make you feel better while on the road) are all key. Listen to your body’s cues for hunger and fullness and thirst.
  2. Make sure to move your body! Sitting for hours can be hard on your health. No matter how tired from staring at the white line for hours at a time, creating a healthier routine for yourself will energize you. Simple exercise is important so go for a walk or a jog and even invest in a small pair of dumbbells to use while on the road. By engaging in these activities consistently they can help with both physical and mental health by improving circulation, strengthening muscles, and de-stressing your mind.
  3. Get good restorative sleep. Keeping a regular sleep schedule can be difficult while on the road. Sleep deprivation can not only leave you cranky, groggy and listless, not being wide awake on the road can be a safety issue. Try to consistently get adequate sleep so that you’re well rested and energized while on the road. Your physical strength and mental alertness depend on the quantity and quality of your sleep.
  4. Stay connected to family and friends. Long hours alone on the road can make you feel lonely and disconnected from family and friends and your regular routine. Fortunately, technology is helpful in keeping you connected. Cell phones and options like Facetime and Skype can keep you closer and in more frequent contact with loved ones by calling or messaging. Reaching out to those you’re closest with as often as possible will help to keep your relationships strong.
  5. Keep your rig clean. Your vehicle is your home away from Continue reading

Ice Explorer Hitches a Ride

It doesn’t matter how prepared you are to face the frigid Canadian winter weather. If you frequently operate a large vehicle like a rig or an Ice Explorer, it’s possible that sooner or later you’re going to experience an emergency situation. Even a vehicle constructed specifically for the cold and ice needs a rescue now and then.

Luckily for this Ice Explorer, Big Rig Towing has had many experiences in every type of condition imaginable.

If you’re a big rig or vehicle operator and your  job takes you out on the snow blanketed highways and icy conditions with poor visibility, keep Big Rig’s toll free number on hand – 1 (866) 398-7444 – and never be more than a call away from emergency services no matter what the circumstances.
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Big Rig to the Rescue

As a truck driver there are many perks to being your own boss, like independence at work and making good money. In fact, many perks come with a truck driver’s schedule, not the least of which is a unique view of the country enroute to your destination.

To be profitable however, a driver’s number one priority is to get your load delivered to its destination on time. If you break down on the road it can be costly. Not to mention the inconvenience and the cost of the downtime. Preventative maintenance is the key and it’s vital to ensure you don’t put off your truck maintenance. 

On occasion though, these inconveniences happen in a truck driver’s world. If it happens to you Big Rig is here to help. Big Rig Towing & Recovery is available 24-7 to service all of your heavy duty towing and recovery requirements.

Keep this number on hand 1 (866) 398-7444. You just may be glad you did.

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In an emergency? Need a tow truck rotator?

A tow truck rotator is essentially a big crane mounted to the deck of the tow truck. It can be used for everything from:

  • lifting heavy machinery that has tumbled from the back of a rig
  • lifting a load that has flipped over
  • removing a load from a rig that needs less weight so it can be towed
  • lifting heavy equipment from one place to another
  • assisting in transferring cargo from one rig to another
  • And so much more…

Big Rig Towing has a number of rotator tow trucks and can boast that they have the only 75 ton rotator in southern Alberta. An expert rotator operator can make all the difference in getting your towing situation resolved quickly and safely.

We pull our fair share of hapless rigs and heavy equipment from any number of situations.

Keep Big Rig’s number – 1 (866) 398-7444 – on hand and call for IMMEDIATE 24/7 service if you find yourself in a precarious situation.

Crane Rescue

 

Winter road conditions can get pretty sketchy!

It’s only a matter of time before winter rolls in to stay for awhile and as Canadians we all know that winter weather can be a challenge to negotiate out on the highway.

Sometimes it is almost impossible to see where the road ends and the ditch begins. Add blowing snow to the mix and the situation can get pretty sketchy in a split second. Under extreme conditions it is a testament to the drivers of big rigs that more don’t end up in the ditch.

When temperatures go below -30 ending up in the ditch, whether its day or night, presents a whole new set of problems. Not just for the driver of the rig, but for the tow truck operators as well. Keeping warm and safe while working with thousands of pounds of frozen steel is a difficult process. Because the human body is mostly made up of water and we know that water freezes at -32C, getting stuck in the ditch on a -40 night becomes more of a rescue than a tow.

Anywhere, any time, Big Rig Towing & Recovery is available 24-7 to service all of your heavy duty towing and recovery requirements.

Cold Storage Rollover

It’s always good to keep your meat cold to prevent it from spoiling, but a rollover in cold temperatures is definitely not the ideal way to preserve it! When this rig rolled over some of the load scattered and not long after Big Rig Towing was onsite to right the rig and rescue what was left of the valuable cargo.

Vehicle rollovers can be one of the most frightening accidents and can happen in the blink of an eye. Fortunately in this case the best news is that no one was hurt in the mishap.

Big Rig Towing & Recovery works with highly qualified and certified technicians and are reliable and experienced. If you find yourself in a roadside emergency, give us a call TOLL FREE AT 1 (866) 398-7444. We’re available 24/7.

             

 

Big Rig Towing has the province’s only 75-ton sliding rotator in their fleet!

A tow truck rotator is essentially a big crane mounted to the deck of the tow truck and can be used for everything from lifting heavy machinery fallen from rigs that have flipped over or for removing a load from a rig that needs less weight so it can be towed. It can also lift heavy equipment from one place to another or assist in getting cargo off one rig onto another.

Big Rig Towing has a number of rotator tow trucks and can boast having the only 75-ton sliding rotator in Southern Alberta. An expert rotator operator can make all the difference in getting your towing situation resolved quickly and safely, especially once the weather gets cold the highways become more treacherous. 

No matter what situation you find yourself in, Big Rig is ready to come to the rescue!

In addition to our 75-ton sliding rotator, our heavy duty towing and recovery division consists of fifteen units, thirteen tandem axle and two tri-drive units. All fifteen trucks are equipped with under reaches for damage free towing.

To complement the wreckers we have a modern, state-of-the-art, fully equipped air cushion recovery unit for up-righting rolled over tractor trailer units. Should the need arise we also have replacement tractors to tow your trailers, loaded or empty.

Keep Big Rig’s number – 1 (866) 398-7444 – on hand and call for IMMEDIATE 24/7 service if you find yourself in an emergency!