Talk:Tow truck

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Opening heading[edit]

Can anybody include a free image ?.

Correction[edit]

In the edit history, the IP address I put as a possible spammer was an incorrect address. - Richardevan 19:54, 15 May 2006

Using a cookie jar sales page for a citation[edit]

I think that using a cookie jar sales page as a citation for whether a truck was involved with a movie (Thelma and Louise, in this case) is dubious to begin with, especially when the page doesn't show the actual truck pictured here on Wikipedia's Tow Truck page. I'm removing the citation and editing the photo caption. --Badger151 (talk) 17:40, 23 January 2010 (UTC)

Requested move[edit]

The following discussion is an archived discussion of the proposal. Please do not modify it. Subsequent comments should be made in a new section on the talk page. No further edits should be made to this section.

No consensus to move. Vegaswikian (talk) 21:49, 17 December 2010 (UTC)

Tow truckBreakdown truck — I think a tow truck is type of breakdown truck and a wrecker is a breakdown truck that carries vehicles on-board. Split off the two if necessary. Marcus Qwertyus 20:35, 10 December 2010 (UTC)

  • Oppose. I suggest you're getting overly technical. The most common name for any type of truck designed to transport a broken down car is a "tow truck". I think the article already adequately explains the differences and how they're called when distinctions are required. But the best name for the overall/general topic of this article is "tow truck". --Born2cycle (talk) 00:58, 11 December 2010 (UTC)
  • Oppose I don't think I've seen a "breakdown truck" used in common usage for this use. I've seen highway patrol trucks called that, and they are definitely not wreckers/towtrucks. They are trucks with orange lights that look for problems on highways, with a directional arrow sign, but have no towing capability. 184.144.167.193 (talk) 05:19, 11 December 2010 (UTC)
  • Oppose (At least for American usage. British usage may differ.) I've seen "wrecker" used as the nominator specifies, but "tow truck" seems to be the general term. — Arthur Rubin (talk) 09:06, 11 December 2010 (UTC)
  • Oppose as proposed "I think" is weak evidence. We need verifiable proof that "breakdown truck" is ewven the same thing as a "tow truck" or "wreaker" in common usage, much less actual definition, on either side of the Atlantic. - BilCat (talk) 09:17, 11 December 2010 (UTC)
  • Oppose. English is funny at times, but my local tow truck companies go by names such as ABAL Towing despite operating only tilt tray trucks, which don't actually tow! But they're still called tow trucks, and my last bill read towing. Andrewa (talk) 10:42, 11 December 2010 (UTC)
The above discussion is preserved as an archive of the proposal. Please do not modify it. Subsequent comments should be made in a new section on this talk page. No further edits should be made to this section.

What are the "feet" / "stabilizers" are called?[edit]

Some tow trucks with a crane have "feet" to stabilize the truck when lifting heavy things. Now my son wanted to know what those are called. I have no clue... -- Bernburgerin (talk) 21:24, 7 November 2011 (UTC)

Maybe ask at the reference desk? Personally, I know almost nothing about this subject; I only watch this article for vandalism. Graham87 06:39, 8 November 2011 (UTC)