How Do You Make a Tow Truck Out of a Truck?

A tow truck is a necessary piece of equipment for any garage or towing company. It can be used to move vehicles that are unable to be moved by other means, such as when they are stranded on the side of the road or when they need to be transported from one location to another.

Making a tow truck out of a regular truck can be done with some simple modifications, and can save money compared to buying a dedicated tow truck.

The first step in making a tow truck out of a regular truck is to purchase the necessary equipment. This includes a winch, chains and a tow bar.

The winch should be able to lift the vehicle being towed, while the chains and tow bar provide additional stability and support during transport. If you don’t have these items already, they can be purchased at most auto parts stores or online.

Once all of the necessary equipment has been acquired, it’s time to install it on the truck. Depending on the make and model of your vehicle, this may require some drilling and welding in order to mount the winch securely. Once that is complete, you will need to attach the chains to both the winch and the vehicle being towed.

In addition to installing the necessary equipment, you may also want to add some safety features for added protection. This could include adding flashing lights or reflective tape so that other drivers are aware of your presence when you are on the road with your makeshift tow truck.

Finally, you will need to obtain an appropriate license in order to legally operate your new tow truck. Depending on where you live, this could involve taking an exam or completing an online course in order to demonstrate your knowledge of safe driving practices.

Making a tow truck out of a regular truck is not as difficult as it may seem. With just a few modifications and safety additions, any regular pickup can become an effective tool for transporting vehicles safely and securely.


Making a tow truck out of an ordinary pickup requires some modification work but it can be done relatively easily with just some basic tools and parts. To ensure that you’re operating safely and legally, remember to obtain all necessary licenses before hitting the road with your new makeshift tow truck.

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Karen Watkins