Recovery vehicles have a part to play in many organisations, whether as a means of providing roadside assistance during breakdowns or to help remove damaged or abandoned vehicles in extreme circumstances. And you can choose from a broad selection of used recovery vehicles right here, with different makes, models and specifications available alongside one another for ease of comparison. Trucks of this kind can be relatively basic, offering a simple flatbed body at the rear to accommodate a single vehicle. They can also be bigger and better equipped and capable of transporting larger loads and more crew members across long distances, so the choice is yours.
The basic components of a recovery vehicle to consider are the cab, the body and the included equipment that will enable it to master its particular niche in the market. A day cab is common on smaller trucks, while crew cabs that seat up to six or even include sleeping quarters can be found on larger vehicles. There are also recovery vehicles which have been adapted from popular panel van platforms which offer manoeuvrability and efficiency.
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MERCEDES 1224 ATEGO
FITTED WITH SECOND VEHICLE LIFT RECOVERY BODY
MOT'd TO MARCH 2016.
VERY HIGH SPEC TRUCK
£12750 + V.A.T
Isuzu Unknown - RECOVERY VEHILCE - LK58 JRU
2008 | Recovery Vehicle
- 2008 58 REG ISUZU - CAR RECOVERY VEHILCE
- DAY CAB
- BEAVERTAIL WITH WINCH
- MILEAGE 220465 KMS
- TESTED DECEMBER 15
- IN STOCK NOW 0 Condition
2011 | Recovery Vehicle
61/2011 Mercedes Benz sprinter. 5ton G.V.W.
V6 Diesel. Twin Wheel. Fitted with 16ft recovery body. Vehicle in immaculate condition, must be seen. £12,250+VAT
Mitsubishi Canter HD75
2000 | Recovery Vehicle
Crewcab, Ceejay recovery slideback, winch, tidy for year, NEW MOT.
Ford Cargo D SERIES D1617
1979 | Recovery Vehicle
1979 FORD D SERIES D1617 RECOVERY WRECKER TRUCK.
Right Hand Drive
Fitted Holmes Wrecker gear,V8 Perkins power, sounds and drives well. Call £3,950 +VAT
Mercedes-Benz Unknown 2538 V8 DOUBLE DRIVE HUB REDUCTION
1994 | Recovery Vehicle
MERCEDES BENZ 2538 V8 DOUBLE DRIVE HUB REDUCTION - FITTED WITH RECOVERY EQUIPMENT - (IF REQUIRED THE EQUIPMENT CAN BE REMOVED AND THE TRUCK PUT BACK TO A TRACTOR UNIT) Recovery Vehicles
Nissan Cabstar FLAT BED RECOVERY
2001 | Recovery Vehicle
NISSAN CABSTAR YEAR 2001 4 DOOR FLAT BED RECOVERY MANUAL DIESEL PUMP GOOD CONDITION EXPORT NISSAN
Volvo F 88 290
sleeper, hub reduction, 6x4, fitted Holmes 750 recovery equipment, all in working order
Volvo F 88
Recovery Vehicle | 26000kg
Breakdown truck, 6x2, excellent starter, all runs and drives ok but cab needs attending
DAF Unknown FG
Breakdown truck, all good order, ideal restoration and advertising
Many trucks of this type will combine a flatbed load area with a winch mechanism to allow cars and other equipment that needs to be transported to be hauled on to the recovery vehicle quickly and with little effort. The body should also come with ramps to facilitate loading, with beavertail ramps being common on many trucks in this category. Of course, some recovery vehicles will eschew the traditional load bed and instead have a smaller area at the rear dominated by a winch frame. This lets them lift the front end of a vehicle which needs to be towed while leaving its rear wheels in contact with the road, allowing for a quick pick-up and drop-off of cars which only need to be transported short distances. In essence, there is a recovery vehicle for every occasion.
Winches may be electric or hydraulically powered, with the former requiring less maintenance while the latter offers plenty of power. Some models may even come with integrated loader boom arms which mean that a ramp is not required to place a vehicle on the flatbed body. And irrespective of the included kit or the age of the truck, you should give a used recovery vehicle a thorough inspection to make sure everything is in working order and still has plenty of use left in it.
In addition to these key features, you can then select a recovery vehicle based on the other capabilities it offers. This may include jump-start equipment, a second deck to allow multiple vehicles to be transported at once, load areas for tool kits and all the working lights and beacons to ensure safety when it is being operated on busy roads. Good tyres, durable suspension and emission management systems on the exhaust to make the vehicle greener are also desirable, so coming up with a checklist of features you would like to find in a recovery vehicle is a good idea before you start your search.
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