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    RICHFIELD TWP.: The Ohio Turnpike will dedicate a new memorial sign Friday in honor of a tow truck driver who was killed on the highway. The sign says: “Move over for stopped vehicle with flashing lights. In memory of Michael Kennedy.” Kennedy of Ravenna, whose nickname was “Turnpike Mike,” was an operator for Interstate Towing. He was killed in May 2015 when he was struck by a tractor-trailer while helping a driver who had a flat tire. He was 56. The sign, part of the Ohio Turnpike and Infrastructure Commission’s Memorial Sign Program, will be located at Milepost 182. The dedication will take place at 10 a.m. at the Boston Heights maintenance building, 3245 Boston Mills Road. It will include remarks by Kennedy’s widow Vickie Kennedy, Turnpike Chairman Jerry N. Hruby, Turnpike Executive Director Randy Cole and Ohio State Highway Patrol Lt. Richard Reeder. RESOURCE LINK
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    I will be there. Presenting two seminars. Thursday, May 10th at 11 AM I will be giving an update on the electronic log mandate and where the exemption request filed by TRAA stands. Sonoma B room. Friday, May 11th at 10 AM I will be speaking about OSHA and the towing industry with a focus on California, however the talk will be relevant for all states. Sonoma B room.
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    Looking forward to seeing our customers. We will be at Booth 303. Come by and see our custom built rig for Count's Kustoms!
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    We're going to be there. Looking forward to heading back out west. Stop by and see us in booth 705. Safe travels everyone.
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    Renewals: Towmanblue - T-Shirt Info Request Sent - "Supporter since 2012"
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    I had the good fortune to speak with Dave several times while deciding how I wanted to proceed with my transition from owner/operator of a towing company to an instructor and consultant to the towing industry. He was always kind and generous enough to give me advice. I even stole, borrowed is more appropriate, one of his design features when I had my first company shirts embroidered for my consulting business. I included my logo on the back of the collar, making me identifiable from the rear while still keeping a business casual look to my shirts that made them appropriate for any event rather than looking like a Nascar sponsorship shirt. Honestly, without his contributions to professional development within the towing industry I may not be here today as a writer and speaker myself. I have followed his career from the early days when he was developing the AAA towing procedure manual and found inspiration in his relentless dedication to provide accurate, fact based, tested and useful information. When I began my career as a tower I worked for a less than professional company, primarily a motor club provider and most, if not all of my "training" in the first year came from reading the AAA manual Dave was authoring. Learning about this type of material inspired me to enroll in as many other training programs as I could afford for self-improvement in my chosen career. I applaud Dave and the many other industry training pioneers that gave so much to help better our industry. I must say, it took courage for him to to come out with TowFirst. As I recall, it was not well received at first by the motor clubs and their contractors, which were the very same groups Dave's training company depended upon for customers. It was a big risk, one that could have hurt him financially if it failed, but he had the passion to see it through. Commendable. I am sure it was not easy to convince motor clubs to spend extra on a tow service when their business model is based on satisfying their membership at as low of a cost point as possible. Rest in Peace and thank you for all you did for our industry.
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    No these are for storage only...they have a hundred or more at the DC for seasonal items & what not. The one that dropped was actually going for scrap... Doesn't matter to me...all pays the same
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    Stock # 405985 2014 Kenworth T370 PX8- 350 HP 10 Speed Reg Exhaust 22.5 Tires GVWR: 33,000 LB Color: Red #L0753 w/ Chevron 30' Alum IV-Car Carrier Series 20 BSN: 300C20A04235MD13 Top Aluminum Cab Carrier Extruded Aluminum Smooth Floor Raised Enclosed Sides 3 Hyd Winches-Top-9,000# Planetary; Lower Deck-8,000# Ramsey Autogrip Wheelift Mileage: 215,473 **Sold as is, no warranty** Contact: Chevron Commercial, Inc. 3545 George Street Highland, IL 62249 Phone: 800-443-5778 Email: sales@chevroncommercial.com Online: www.chevroncommercial.com
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    i always wondered why they put such a long hose on that reel considering how many we pull out trying to get right to the tank.
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    @Lightdutykid = From that distance for such a pull, no not really. If you're close up on a casualty, then pulling from a higher angle can sometimes help, but not when the pull is so far away from the truck.
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    Tampa is no different than almost any city; it has not, does not, and will not enforce the law. In my area, it is common to tow a vehicle from private property without notifying the police. Va. code requires tow companies to mark any property they tow from with signs indicating that parking is towing enforced. Law also requires IMMEDIATE notification to the police when a car is towed from private property. The law sets the maximum price that can be charged and requires tow companies to accept credit cards. Storage cannot be charged for the first 24 hours, but is normal to do so. Administration and processing fees are frequently charged but no explanation is provided as to what was administered or processed. We receive calls almost every day from people trying to find their vehicles and when we tell them to call the police, they frequently state they have made the call but the police were not notified. We often advise the customer to report the car stolen, but the police will not take stolen reports. When pushed, the police state that these are civil problems and the person can go to civil court. In my book, towing a car off private property and not notifying the police is STEALING; it allows tow companies to keep the vehicles longer. It benefits the tow service because there is no paper trail and since they demand cash only, they get away with not declaring the income on their federal or state taxes. So, why does this bug me and why is it any of my business? (1) I get tired of constantly being called by people who cannot find their cars, (2) My business operates in accordance with the law, but the average citizen thinks that all tow companies are crooks, (3) I have to pay taxes on my income and am not able to use private property impound towing to subsidize my operations, (4) the police think of the average tow company as crooks which tars the entire industry. After over 37 years in the towing business, I have accepted the reality that the police are not going to enforce the law, the Internal Revenue Service is not going to audit very shady tow companies, that the city attorney's office, the Commonwealth Attorneys office, and the Va. Attorney General's office, and the Department of Motor Vehicles (which has statutory authority over all "towing for hire") are never going to do anything. Enforcement is so totally lacking, that most unlicensed tow operators in Virginia advertise on the internet and phone books because they know they can operate illegally and never be touched by the law.
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    This is great news and this should happen all over the country. Memorial signs on roadways anywhere in the world for lost life while assisting stranded motorist would give us all the respect that is lost. Tom Luciano
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    Crashfilm will be rolling out. Come see us in the Arena -- Booth #30.
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    Ask for Rich, Brandon or Cory @ 815.725.4400 to order yours and find out about all our other awesome deals!
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    1) You need to answer your phone when the company calls 2) Leave your car in park, or in gear 3) Hand the keys to the operator and let them know what the primary reason for the tow is 3) Get into the tow truck and let the operator do their job 4) Do not get out of the tow truck and attempt to "help" the operator 5) Have your payment method ready at the drop off point
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    Chattanooga, TN – April 30, 2018 – At its winter meeting, the board of directors of the International Towing and Recovery Hall of Fame and Museum (ITRHFM), applied its financial stewardship formula and reset the death benefit of the Survivor Fund pending an additional moth of fundraising. At the recent USAC/MD Golf Classic held in conjunction with the Florida Tow Show, it was announced that the board approved an increase in the death benefit paid to each approved application from $3,000 per incident to $5,000 per incident. If the deceased was employed by a company who was a member in good standing of the museum, or if the deceased was a member in good standing, the benefit increases to $7,500, up from $5,000. "We are blessed with a healthy financial position provided by the generosity of our industry,” said Jeffrey Godwin, Survivor Fund Committee Co-Chairman. “With an eye toward long term support of the industry, we implemented a formula a few years ago to drive our giving. The result is one where the support of the Survivor Fund by our industry has allowed us to make a significant increase to the amount we are able to provide families going forward.” The Survivor Fund is supported by individual operators, towing and road service companies of all sizes, motor clubs, industry suppliers and many more. The pledge program for the Survivor Fund works to replenish funds paid out at the time of industry tragedies and provides stability allowing increases to the benefit by gaining support from contributions as simple as those where individuals and companies pledge as little as $5 per death. “It is our hope that all companies across our industry will become members of the museum to preserve our history and to provide this meaningful protection for the families of their employees,” said Lee Roberts, Survivor Fund Committee Co-Chairman. The Survivor Fund, founded in 2006 and managed by the International Towing and Recovery Hall of Fame and Museum, was started to offer financial support to the families that have lost a loved one in the line of service within industry. Since 2006 the Survivor Fund has approved and paid out hundreds of claims to support families in their time of need due to tragic accidents. The ITRHFM is working to build a perpetual fund while also supporting families as the fund is built. Increases in benefits to families are made based on the fundraising of the Survivor Fund and the increased security of the Fund based on its investment health. About ITRHFM The International Towing & Recovery Hall of Fame & Museum hosts the Wall of the Fallen Memorial, the only one in the world for the towing industry. It was unveiled September 22, 2006. The museum is located at 3315 Broad St., Chattanooga, TN. Learn more about the museum, the Survivor Fund and the Wall of the Fallen at www.towingmuseum.com.
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    I can only get one remote to work for my winches also. No the curb went all the way to the other end of the scale. I like my chevron but not in love with it yet. I had a vulcan for over 15 years and was very comfortable with how it worked and could do a lot with it without having to think very much about it. Towed a cycle with it on Friday and that was a new experience working with the integrated lift.
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    We turn trucks over every 3 yrs. here, finance some and lease some. Not a financial guru so not speaking with great financial wisdom but, seems both are very similar in their payment structure, both will have early termination penalties but can be waved if you finance new equipment with same financial institute usually. Lease payment will include your state sales tax calculated on a monthly bases rather than having to pay a lump sum at purchase which will save a few thousand dollars over the course of the loan if equipment is turned over every 3 yrs. Lease payments can be wrote off as expense, however a loan payment you can write off interest and depreciation, just have to be careful not to take too much depreciation too quickly if you plan on trading in before end of loan because you will have to then pay back to IRS when you sell it (which your accountant will know). There is also a difference on the balance sheet as far as assets and this is about where knowledge gets cloudy but you do not own a leased truck so it is not an asset of the company I believe, where as a purchased truck is. To me the benefit of leasing is if you have good enough credit you can get them to set back 10-20% of the purchase price meaning at the end of the 6 yr.? lease you still owe 10-20% on the equipment which you must pay off before you own it but, what that does is lets you buy more truck for the payment you can afford or buy the truck you want for a smaller monthly payment allowing you to keep more cash in the company every month. If you are buying a heavy or something with a high price tag you are able to run the payment out a couple more yrs. if you redo the lease near the end to include that 10-20%. For us, a 6 yr. lease with a 20% buyout works great because at the 3 yr. mark we buy new. Say for example we purchase a 100k truck with 20% back we actually only make payments and pay tax on 80k for 3 yrs., at the end of the 3 yrs. the truck is usually worth just about exactly what we owe and we trade it in on a new one. We don't ever have any equity in a truck but that does not matter to us, in the end we are here to make money not own trucks. Good luck.
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    Personally, I would gas it through to the next exit in this situation. No way in hell or Washington DC would I even stop on the side of the road. And I would expect my employees to do the same. Of course a thorough pre check prevents a number of issues as well. Last year, I made a New Years resolution to myself. It was blunt, to the point, and slightly profane. "If you do not give a duck about me, I am not going to give a duck about you." I am not assisting others by taking on any extra RISK, I am not doing favors for those who do not have care or regard for others, and I am not seeking to win a popularity contest. I sleep much better at night.
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    My take. Guy in front is crazy ! Jackknife truck a bit to get that flat off the white line more. Guy filming is nuts too, but not as bad though. You cannot expect every car to get over when you are at "the scene" . You need to be way further back as a pre warning, especially on a corner.
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    This is a tragic incident .... I am not sure who passed away yet ....but that area around Burnham is notorious for vehicles getting stuck on the beach with numerous hidden soft sand pools and very fast incoming tides..... The local towing companies are very experienced and well equipped to deal with these incidents .... Our thoughts and prayers go out to his family , friends and co workers .... John.
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    Beautiful truck! I love the old iron. You take a lot of pride in your equipment and it shows. Best of luck with it.
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    And this is likely what an impaired driver sees. Do you see the driver in the last image? Please add your comments to these safety discussions, as we make our way through each topic in our Safety Series. Thank you for your participation and feel free to use the images in your safety meeting. What would you do is a new series of images submitted for discussion. If you have an image that you want to submit for discussion, send it to admin@tow411.net
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