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

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Please check back often to learn more about Big Rig Towing and Recovery Services. To reach us toll free, call 1 (866) 398-7444.

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Big Rig Towing to the rescue!

Not all Big Rig Towing jobs are the recovery of crashed or stuck rigs. Sometimes it’s as simple as a big, heavy snowfall.

When a parked rig has a large amount of snow on its roof it can’t just take off down the road. If the truck gets up to speed and a few hundred pounds of snow comes flying off, it could cause damage to the vehicles following, or worse, send a trailing vehicle into an oncoming lane. Definitely not a good situation.

Not all solutions have to be complicated hookups or rotator coordinated events either. This snow removal campaign was remedied by hooking up a volunteer shoveller to the rotator and hoisting them on top of the rig to get rid of its snowy burden.

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 situation! 

 

Cold Weather Rescue

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.

Call Big Rig Towing & Recovery at 1 (866) 398-7444 for IMMEDIATE 24/7 service!

Your rig is NOT an off-road vehicle!

If you have inadvertently ended up off the hardtop and are carrying a heavy load, you are probably in trouble.

Late fall frost and snow make roadsides and fields wet and soft turning them into mud traps. If your rig gets stuck in the mud, it can be a real hair puller to get it “unstuck”.

Mud likes to suck in and trap axles from forward or backward movement. When you spin the tires in an attempt to free them, they will only sink the truck further into the mud and make the situation worse. You can try to dig some mud from the front end of the leading wheels and then nudge the rig forward slowly until you gain solid ground, but if that fails you can save yourself a whole lot of effort and back pain buy just calling a professional like Big Rig Towing to get you back on the black top.

This trailer slid off the road loaded with a 40,000 pound packer in the Bearspaw District west of Calgary. Big Rig picked up both the machine and trailer, placed them back on the road and got them back on their way safely and quickly.

If you find yourself in a desperate situation give us a shout at 1 (866) 398-7444 for immediate service! 

Stuck in a rut? Big Rig can help!

The D9 Cat is an awesome 23 feet of earth moving bulldozer. Weighing in at anywhere from 8 to 104 tons, this giant can go almost any were and move almost anything. However, that kind of weight can also sink pretty fast into mud or soft earth if not kept on the move when trying to plow through it.

It isn’t very often you need help to get this Cat out of the mud, but every now and then even the D9 can get in over its head.

Two of our biggest rigs had a hard time getting this cat unstuck and back to work, but with skill and patience we accomplished the goal.

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

The danger in trucking doesn’t always lay with poor road conditions or weather. It can be as simple as just not tying down your load properly.

How many times have you seen a big truck with an even bigger load trying to negotiate around a tight corner looking like it was going to topple over? Or a flat deck with a load wider than the deck and not looking like it was centered? You can tie it down but if it’s not in the right place to begin with you’re going to have problems.

Big Rig Towing lifted this heavy 65,000 pound steel coil from it’s deck after it shifted during transport. Not an easy task to pick it up and transfer it to another trailer.

Why risk it? You want to get to your destination in a safe, cost-effective and timely manner. Know which tie-downs to use and how to safely strap down your load so it does not shift or affect your centre of balance.

Big Rig Towing & Recovery is available 24-7 to service all of your heavy duty towing and recovery requirements. In the event this happens to you Big Rig is here to help. Just get in touch at (866) 398-7444 for immediate service.

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Dedicated to the Heavy Duty Towing & Recovery Industry

According to Wikipedia towing is the process of coupling two or more objects together so that they may be pulled by a designated power source or sources, one behind the other. The towing source (lead object) is usually a truck or other motorized land vehicle. The coupling may consist of a chain, rope, bar, integrated platform, or some other means of keeping the two objects together while in motion.

Big Rig Towing specializes in, and are dedicated solely to, the heavy duty towing and recovery industry. What we do is tow heavy trucks, transport trailers, big rigs, transport trucks, 18 wheelers and large equipment. We  often have to make use of our 75 ton rotator to lift overturned trailers and many other heavy objects related to rig accidents.

When in doubt, hire a professional. Big Rig Towing 1 (866) 398-7444.

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.

Big Rig was recently called to the scene in this very busy commercial area to remove a stalled truck delivering rubber tires. One can only imagine the frustration this situation caused. 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.

ELA – Calgary’s Self-Driving Shuttle

Big Rig Towing & ELAThe new self diving shuttle, ELA, is still making the rounds in Calgary but to do so it needs to get from test site to test site safely. That job falls to Big Rig Towing to make sure the futuristic transportation makes it on time and without damage.

ELA stands for “Electric Autonomous,” and is in Calgary till the end of the month so you might still able to get a ride on this new way of getting around. Check out the ElA site to register. https://www.ridewithela.ca/

For more information on the driverless shuttle project in Calgary see this article on the CBC online news magazine. https://bit.ly/2NoG6iX

Calgary Fire Department Training

Last weekend Big Rig Towing did it’s annual training session with the Calgary Fire Department.

These training sessions not only provide valuable lessons for our local Fire Department in the use of heavy recovery equipment like Big Rigs 75 ton rotator but also help keep our teams on the ready for any emergency that may arise with rigs and large equipment on the road.

 

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