Holmes DTU Heavy Duty Wrecker



Underlift Tow Rating:

35,000 lbs.

Winch Rating & Wire Rope:

20k-25k lbs.

Holmes DTU Heavy Duty Wrecker

Detachable Towing Unit

The Holmes DTU (Detachable Towing Unit) has been re-designed to decrease rear overhang, increase front axle weight, and offer better towability. With repositioned lift cylinders, the DTU also provides superior underlift height and further improved center of gravity and weight transfer.

The unit comes standard with a 20,000 lb planetary winch, 175’ of 9/16” wire rope and front legs that allow the unit to be easily removed in a matter of minutes so your truck can be multi-functional for both towing and pulling trailers. The DTU is designed to secure to your truck using a front lock-down bracket and your Fifth Wheel Plate. The power for the unit is provided by an optional wet line kit, with quick connect couplers, which is installed on your truck. Other popular Holmes DTU options include a 25,000 lb planetary winch, tool boxes and lanyard controls.

Bressler’s, Inc. has configured, sold, and installed dozens of Holmes DTU’s on many different tractor configurations. We can configure this popular unit to work with your tractor, or provide advice on the perfect tractor to carry your new Holmes DTU. We offer numerous toolbox, fender, and storage configurations. We know the installation best-practices to maximize your unit’s tow ability. Before selling our 24-hour towing and recovery business in 2019, Bressler’s, Inc. utilized several Holmes DTU units. This model performed the highest quantity of tow calls year-over-year in our company.



  • Low Profile Fabricated Cross Bar
  • Front Stands
  • Fork Storage Holders
  • Air & Electrical Lines
  • Safety Chains
  • Passenger Side Control
  • Hook End Caps
  • 5 Sets of Frame Forks
  • 20,000 lb Planetary Winch 9/16” x 175’ IWRC Cable (Winch Options Include: Air Tensioners, Air Free Spool, 360° Sheave Heads)


  • 25,000 lb Planetary Winch – 5/8” x 200’ IWRC Cable
  • Wet Line Kit (PTO w/Pressure Relief Valve,  Pump, 15 Gallon Hydraulic Tank, Return Filter, Quick Disconnect, Fittings & Hoses)
  • Hand Held Remote Control 6-Function Controller w/25’ Cord
  • 5 or 9 Switch Panel
  • Wireless Remote Contol
  • Tow Bar Lights (wired or wireless)
  • Emergency Lighting
  • Tool Compartment
  • Work Area Lighting
  • Additional Front Lock Down Kit (for setting up second tractor)
  • Bus Lift & Bus Lift Storage System
  • Additional Lift Forks & Towing Attachments


Holmes DTU
Lift CapacityRetracted35,000 lbs.
Lift CapacityExtended16,000 lbs.
Reach Past TailboardFully Extended113 inches
Reach Past TailboardFully Retracted51 inches
Power Tilt Arc20°
Shipping Weight6,200 lbs.
Winch Rating & Wire Rope
Winch Capacity20,000 lbs.
Winch TypePlanetary Winch
Cable Specifications9/16″ x 175’ 6×37 I.W.R.C.
Recommended Minimum* Chassis Specifications
Minimum Wheelbase250”
Minimum Clearance from Front of DTU to Center of Trunnion84”

*All recommendation are minimums, heavier specifications may be required depending on chassis and equipment weight. Consult our sales staff for additional information and to pick the perfect chassis for this truck.

Important: All ratings are based on structural factors only, not vehicle capacities or capabilities. Specifications shown are approximations and may vary depending on chassis selected. Miller Industries Towing Equipment Inc. or Bressler’s, Inc. reserves the right to change or modify product and/or specifications without notice or obligation. Some equipment shown is optional.

*MSRP listed is Miller Industries’ Suggested Retail Price for the body/equipment only. Amount shown does not include discounted sale price, chassis, installation, options, accessories, paint, freight, delivery, federal and local tax, state safety and emissions inspection, etc. All prices are subject to change without prior notice. For accurate quote on this or any equipment, please contact our sales department.


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