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  1. Tow truck drivers hook chase suspects in rural Pickering Cars hijacked in bid to escape Mar 12, 2009 - 05:26 PM [url=mailto:jmitchell@durhamregion.com]By Jeff Mitchell[/url] PICKERING -- Two tow truck drivers helped police corral suspects in a wild chase that ended in rural Pickering Thursday morning when the culprits ditched their vehicle and tried to carjack passing motorists in an effort to escape. An OPP officer fired a shot at the suspect vehicle, a U-Haul cube van, when it was driven toward him, Sergeant Dave Woodford said. No one was hurt and two people were taken into custody on what Sgt. Woodford predicted would be "multiple" charges. Residents and passersby in the hamlet of Green River, on Hwy. 7 just east of the York-Durham line, looked on as police swarmed over the crime scene. The U-Haul van sat at an angle, the driver's side in a ditch, and an OPP cruiser was parked nearby. "It was a crazy situation out here today," said tow truck driver Richie Barnes, who along with fellow driver Mike Bailey blocked off Hwy. 7 to prevent the suspects from fleeing, and eventually subdued the man and woman and held them for police. The men, who drive for April's Towing, were monitoring the pursuit on scanners as it unfolded, Mr. Barnes said. Mr. Barnes arrived in Green River as the OPP cruiser turned onto the dead-end dirt road behind the van and watched as the suspects emerged on foot, flagging down a car and jumping inside. The two emerged from that car and flagged down two more. They were in the third vehicle when the tow truck drivers descended on them. Mr. Bailey rushed up to the car as the suspect tried to coax the bewildered driver to keep going. "He was offering him money to keep driving," Mr. Bailey said. "I pried the door open and put the (suspect) in a wrist lock and took him to the ground and told him he was under arrest." Mr. Barnes caught up with the woman when she tried to flee. Mr. Bailey said he thought it necessary to stop the man -- he described him as being in his late 20s or early 30s, about six feet tall and 280 pounds -- before someone got hurt. "It got pretty dangerous," he said. "We didn't know what he'd done to the officer or what was going on with him." Lesley Luck was the driver of the first car the desperate suspects tried to hijack. She said she was westbound on Hwy. 7, on her way to work, when the two walked onto the roadway and flagged her down. "I thought maybe they were in a car accident and rolled down my window but they hopped in my car," Ms. Luck said. The man screamed at Ms. Luck to drive and when she didn't he and the woman got out of the car. "After some yelling and screaming they finally got out of the car and I called 911," she said. Ms. Luck watched as the suspects commandeered two other cars in their attempt to escape, only to be thwarted by Mr. Barnes and Mr. Bailey. Sgt. Woodford said the incident began at about 10:30 a.m. when motorists on Hwy. 401 in the Pickering area called police to report a suspected impaired driver. An OPP officer caught up to the U-Haul and attempted to pull it over but the vehicle took off, he said. The van exited the 401 at Westney Road and proceeded north, speeding through red lights, Sgt. Woodford said. Police called the pursuit off for safety reasons and put out a description of the suspect vehicle. OPP soon found the van on Hwy. 407 and followed at a distance as it turned north onto the York-Durham line, then east on Hwy. 7. The officer followed the U-Haul onto the dead end road in Green River. "The vehicle turned and proceeded toward the officer as if the vehicle was going to run him over," Sgt. Woodford said. "It was that close that the officer had to draw (his gun) and he fired one shot at the vehicle." The van was driven into the ditch and the man and woman jumped out, ran behind houses and onto Hwy. 7 where they flagged down Ms. Luck's vehicle, he said. Sgt. Woodford praised the tow truck drivers for stepping in when they did. "As a citizen that's the proper thing to do," he said. "We're all in this together." Mr. Barnes said the way the event unfolded left the drivers no choice but to intervene. "People were put at risk," he said. Mr. Bailey said he didn't think twice about assisting the police. "We work along side with these officers on a daily basis," he said. "They would do it for us, so why not back them up?" - - - - - - - - - - - Resource Link Missing - - - - - - - - - -
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    Reka Tow Trucks

    Topic originally created by Boltz in February of 2013: Anyone using light duty Reka tow trucks . Would appreciate comments and pictures if possible. Thanks for your response. I always thought they looked to be well put together, and judging from recent pictures on the medium duty forum, they can really perform. Hope this is correct forum for this post. Stay safe! Saw an article on them in Tow Times magazine a couple years ago , but never see them at the tow show s that I have been to, or much advertising in the various mags. By the way , we have 2 Jerr-Dans hpl 35s and a Miller (Challenger ) bed. Buferd1966 said: I would be interesting having output of owners reka equipment the pros and cons - website www.reka.ca pros and cons on model 225 or 250 also the carrier model 10al is beautiful like the recovery spades on wheel lift same as nrc carrier Dan's Towing - northont.can. - wm00860 Stapleytowin said: Cant say much about the light duty stuff, but we have a 750HD (15ton) and we have worked the hell out of it. everything from a ford focus right up to some stuff i probably shouldn't mention LOL like tandem axle township plow trucks. has never let us down. excellent piece of equipment...... and For sale
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    Dodge Doing A Wheelie!

    Topic Originally Created Easy Out in October of 2015: Recently bought an old Dodge wrecker with a 600 Holmes on it. Good start for a restoration, also figured to use it ot moves some project trucks around. Not much of a wrecker operator, have used a log skidder though! Moved a couple medium duty trucks with no effort. Then I hooked onto the Ford/Pierce fire/crash truck. It weighs about 22,000 - with about 11,000 of that on the steer. I raised the booms so the ends are ahead of the back of the wrecker, hooked up and started lifting. The old 600 lifted it at idle, no problem. However I figure the weight of the Ford took about 2500 lb off the steer axle of the wrecker, it backs-up great, but not enough weight to steer going forward. Any suggestions or is this just too much tow for the 10,000 lb Dodge?? My other question is that as yo can see, the tow bar is above center due to the bumper height of the 4 x 4 Ford, is that a problem in backing it up a ramp into the shop? How does one figure how must weight in the hook is safe? Thanks! EdsTowing said: This was the general formula developed by the US Army for Safe Towing Capacity and was designed with trucks like yours in mind... STC = 1/2 the Front axle weight of the tow truck multiplied by the wheel base of the tow truck divided by the overhang of the tow truck (overhang is from the center bogie or rear axle measured to the end of the sling or center line of the attachment if forking the front axle of towed vehicle with a under reach/wheel lift). As for this tow...Every man must know his limitations....and you met yours! Easy Out said: Thanks Ed. Good info. That puts my lifting limit at about 5000 lb. Makes total sense. I basically flat towed the fire truck, with about half the weight off of the steer. It tracked fine around the plant. I tied the steering wheel when it came time to back up, and raised the front so the tires still had a little weight on them, managed to get it where it needed to be tucked away in the shop without too much effort. Where should the end of the booms be for normal loads? Thanks Again. EdsTowing said: s you will notice, nowhere in that formula does it say about boom height or where the boom is mounted. That's because it doesn't matter. Set your boom at the height that allows you to use blocks in the lines hooked to the sling in the case of towing something heavy. Remember the "load" is on the rope so it needs to be protected. Borotow said: Cool old iron, both the wrecker and the FT. Turbo4whl said: Was that Raymond's old Dodge you have pulling the "C" series Ford pumper out of Lukens Steel? Wayne - SE Pennsylvania redtoprecovery said: I'd say you met your match with that one. But golly you have one nice looking truck! PlanBtransport said: Definitely makes for a great photo opportunity. Easy Out said: turbo4whl, Sorry I didn't see your post when you put it up. Not sure about all of the history of the old Dodge. I bought it from a guy out around Harrisburg if I remeber, he hadn't had it very long. It was at a couple shows out east over the years on a dropdeck it I remember the pix. 354 Hemi and a 5 x3 with a 2-spd rear end, and straight air. Pretty nice piece. I rebuilt the carb, new plugs, changed oil & filter. Both trans' leak, pinion seal leaks, 2-speed doesn't shift. etc. The Holmes works ok, needs free-spooling brakes though. If you know a previous owner, hook me up/ bob graham said: height of the boom is not important , Holmes have a brake for freewheeling , they need to be adjusted tetow said: The height of the boom matters. your cables should be straight down as close as 90 degrees with the ground so when you turn right or left your tow bar will stay straight and not cause to twist the casualty.................. Turbo4whl said: Hi EasyOut, That may be Sanner's Towing old Dodge. Raymond got out of the towing business. First he sold the small wreckers, then later got rid of the heavies. He kept his old Dodge for a while. If you send me a message with the vin, or post it here I'll find out if it is the same truck.
  4. Topic by SITTOW in August of 2009: Called by Illinois State Police, said truck rolled on side blocking the whole southbound lane on Int. 39 -29mm. Told us to come north in the southbound lane. Sent 1 Rotator the way they wanted the 2nd came down the southbound side. Wheels facing northbound trailer loaded with 42,000lbs boxed frozen food. It was best to remove Tractor ( which was leaking fuel). So we had a way to get around the wreck. Trailer was damaged pretty bad, broken top rail and roof blown out. Told State Police if we slid it around the trailer would break the rest of the way and load would fall out. We suggested to the State Police, air cusions to save the load but we would have to do it where it sits. They said, " Get It Done!" It worked good, got load into yard and transfered to good trailer. As you can see from the pictures we had plenty of straps on the trailer to help hold it together. Last edited by SITTOW on 18 Aug 2009 13:51, edited 2 times in total. Andy35 said: Looks like a good job to me. That's a little different to me removing the dolly legs, but it probably sets up a little better, not having to push the load 4 foot up and over. Is that a ghost working in the last photo, or is he just that fast that the camera did not capture him? Jerry's Road Service said: Nice job Ive never seen cutting the legs off but looks like it set up well. Jerry's Towing Santa Clarita ,Ca Rotator60 said: Yep..1st Class Recovery...Excellent idea in cutting the legs off....Hey..you guys going to be at Chattanooga in September.??..We need another late night stand up comedy routine by Eric from BWR..always entertaining..lol.. bandctow said: Doesn't get any better then that! Good call on cutting off the landing gear.There not made to handle side pressure. Lowboy79. There no need for a control line on the trailer. It loaded Paulie B&C TOWING RedPete said: Like I said before " I would'nt want to be a tow company in your area" Very nice job! wreckmster said: Nice job.... This is a cool photo with the sticks in the air, the air cushions and the recovery supervisor... awesome.... dave lemke said: nice idea of removing the dollies, but how did you catch the box when it came over as the lines all ran to the side with the bags, i would think that with all the load shift that it would have snapped when it came oover the top of the no return pivot????? WM #081664 level 6/7 .......MI #204055 auto technician ..............Idealease Certified ..............MAT-JACK certified ...............FEMA certified in hazmat transpotation ...............FEMA certified in oil and hazmat response ................Lt duty to Heavy duty towing and recovery
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    Topic by SITTOW posted on Tow411 in April of 2009: TRACTOR AND TRAILER LOADED WITH 43,000LBS OF CHOCOLATE - WENT INTO DITCH AND ROLLED ON SIDE. 78,000LBS TOTAL. PERFECT AIR CUSHION JOB. LOAD READY TO GO ON AFTER RECOVERY. silverhawk said: The only thing wrong was the title. It being a semi, the title should read "semi-sweet". LOL Nice equipment and a well thought out recovery. BigWheelRecovery said: Now i see who gets all the nice jobs that's why you can buy your brother a new 75 ton. Nice job you are a great asset to our industry .thanks Eric Schmitty30 said: Very nice recovery .makes the job smooth with the right equipment.great pics of air cushion placement . BE SAFE!!!!! Very nice recovery .makes the job smooth with the right equipment.great pics of air cushion placement . BE SAFE!!!!!
  6. Topic Originally Created by wyomingtowpro in September of 2015: I wondering if anyone out there has a diverse marketing strategy for going after new customers in the heavy duty market? I know that in my service area I hear the competition say things like.. We're the Best, We're the biggest, We have the most rotators, we can do it cheaper.. I have even heard one company make it know they are going to do what ever takes to keep the "other large" company from making payments by cutting prices. I know some will buy the business by paying off those who are responsible for assigning the calls to the towing service with a cash kick back. Sales people will cater to the customers with gifts, hats/shirts and food ect.... I have spend a lot of time praying and thinking about how I am going to present my services in this very competitive market in my city. I know most of you would not want to post here in a public forum some of your marketing ideas but would love to discuss in private messages or phone calls new ideas. I have developed a potential marketing tactic for dealers, trucking companies, and repair service. my customer loyalty plan has incentives in hopes that customers will like a new approach to the way their account is handled beside the normal idea of just give me the business and pay me.... my business email is [url=mailto:cwsoftnllc@gmail.com]cwsoftnllc@gmail.com[/url] or message me here of post to this tread, what ever is more comfortable for you. what ever is shared in private will stay in private... Jeff Chapman... Nashville, Tennessee goodmichael said: You become the best by showing, not telling. Talk is cheap, but developing a stellar reputation is an investment in integrity, teaching, and giving back to the community. I would suggest that you attend the Wreckmaster certification programs and then host a certification program in your area. Ask the fire and police departments to cross train. School is back in session; get with some of the insurance providers and see if you can get a few wrecked cars and place them at the high school as well as the community college to hammer home the effects and results of stupid choices in driving drunk or chemically impaired. Sponsor a food drive, Christmas is less than 110 days away, sponsor a toy and clothing drive. Pass out business cards. Pass out business cards. Pass out business cards. Contact trucking companies and let them know that you will allow their drivers to park in your lot that is secure if they need to go to the doctor or dentist, and that you will assist the driver in getting to the appointment. Throw some meat on the grill and have an open house. Be thankful and gracious for what you have, and remember that if you do not take care of your customers, someone else will. Tow Chef said: it is a dog eat dog world. I seem to be the second dog. I wish I could figure out how to gain business from the larger companies. I don't have a rotaror. I could not afford one in my wildest dreams. 8-10k a month. it seems you have to have a rotator anymore or you are a nobuddy. we have a 9055 and a 5030t35. we can do most any recovery a rotator can do. remember how it was done before rotators? it is hard out there. we have done the calanders, mailed out promotional flyers, gone door to door. word of mouth seems to work the best but it takes too long. I would love to hear some ideas on how others have increased business without buying some one that may or may not call you. south carolina In Memory of NationalAutow who said: Your best bet is to find YOUR niche and work it. Do not start challenging your competition on price, service, size or anything. Let their products and services speak for themselves. Let your products and services speak for themselves. Certainly your pricing needs to be competitive however not necessarily the cheapest. Would you rather do 100 $100 tows or 80 $125 tows? Assuming all are equal, you have less cost in doing 80 tows. Also, remember that there is only one number 1 position and EVERYBODY is looking to knock number 1 off the top of the pile. You do not have to do all of the tows to make the most money and that is why we are here isn't it? Occupant272 said: Nationally contracted roadside providers accept every call that comes in with a short ETA to keep their performance numbers up. ETA acceptance, ETA times met, and customer reviews may very well be considered in who gets called first and/or most often. So if the local roadside provider accepts every call and cancels a majority of them, they get the "points" for their scores with the motor clubs, get GOAs issued on trucks that never moved an inch towards the customer, and people get left out on the road for hours while they wait for a company that is NOT coming to rescue them. I like cleaning up other companies' messes. Many of the calls we do (probably MORE than half) are calls that had a previous cancellation by the nationally contracted roadside companies in the area. Typical example: Customer calls their motor club and gets told a provider will arrive in 45 minutes. Motor club calls the first company on the list, national roadside service company, and offers the call. National company dispatcher knows he/she has three drivers out there and all are booked up for the next two hours, but accepts the call anyway with a 30 or 45 minute ETA. 15 minutes later they call back and cancel the call with the motor club and get to bill for a GOA. Customer is NOT notified of this and assumes national company is still coming. At an hour they call the national company and find out their call was cancelled for an untrue reason such as, customer did not answer phone, customer was not found at location, customer was not at their vehicle, whatever. The national company dispatcher tells them to call their motor club and get the call redispatched. Customer calls the motor club, waits on hold while motor club calls national company to verify service was not provided, then tells the customer the untrue reason why, and the customer gets angry and wants another provider. Motor club starts calling around to other providers who are a) too busy b) can't give a 45 minute or less ETA c) have prices too high or demand CC up front or d) are out of business. When they finally get around to calling us, the customer is fuming, the dispatcher is frazzled, and we give a decent ETA and show up on time, complete the service, and leave. National company did no work other than three phone calls and gets a GOA fee, and because they aren't the provider who showed up, don't get any sort of feedback from the customer review. We did all the work, get a poor review from the customer who waited forever, and lose points on our customer service scoring. Motor club is out extra money and time for all this. Customer has to wait forever and probably cancels their roadside when it comes up for renewal. I wish I could get the good review for actually showing up and doing the work. But this is how it is, I suppose.
  7. Topic Originally Created by Beau Bach Towing in July of 2009: Received call from Mass. Tpk Autority at 6 am Friday july 10 stating they had a rolled tractor trailer loaded with 30,000 lbs. of pallets and diesel fuel leaking from the fuel pump. We responded with our 60 ton rotator, V-70, Service van and 14 ton medium duty wrecker connected to our air bag trailer. When on scene we stopped the gravity leak by syphoning the fuel into a 55 gallon barrel. We then lifted the loaded trailer with air bags and proceeded to attach the recovery straps in a cross pattern while traffic was still flowing to the toll booth. Once we were rigged we shut down the lane and moved the two wreckers into place and then proceeded to lift the truck and trailer while using our medium duty sterling as a control vehicle. We had the ramp closed down for only 10 min. Truck was loaded and ready to be moved by 9 am. Gale25yrs said: Pretty lucky having the pole under the trailer and the slope of the ground making it easy to get starters and bags under it. Nice job all around. BigWheelRecovery said: Nice job guys to bad i could have done that with my flat bed just kidding you know where i got that from Beau. Very nice way to break in your air bags we love our havent used them in a while ,but they are worth there weight in gold. Thanks for posting a real nice bag job ,now you got to clean them all off and get ready for your next job because as you know they come in threes . thanks Eric Claytons Towing said: Nice recovery , in the fourth photo the airbags are in a different position to the sixth picture, why did you have to move them. We have just bought the same kit and trying to learn what we can about them. Cheers Mike Beau Bach Towing said: Good question Mike Clayton , we started from the rear due to a gap and worked are way to the front where the heaviest part of the load was ,also the side wall was pushing out in the front because the upper rail was broke. Eric, that's ok i know i didnt miss anything, and David i would have rather have done the bridge job you guys got than the burner . BEAU
  8. Original Topic created by mcallisters in May of 2009: Hi Guys Thought I'd post some snaps from a demonstration we did in Nottingham with our new air bag system which generally allows you to do a rollover without the need for a truck. Hopefully doing a similar exercise this weekend so will get some vid's as well as pictures of both sides in action. Something a bit different, what do you think? Regards Mark Mac We had a great day on Sunday weather wise and I managed to get some video of the catchbags in action, just to underline though the rotator is in place that was for putting it back on its side, the rotator was not used as part of the righting process - just air cushions and catch bags.  deserthook asked: is that a control line over the top of the trailer? your lift bags are able to inflate to a greater height than most? hence no winch assistance needed? how do the bags remain in place at the peak of the arc? looks really cool, thanks for the snaps. Mcallisters said: Deserthook - the strops were in place from a previous demo with two trucks and for winching the vehicle back onto its side. Yes the yellow striped bags go up very high and enough to take the vehicle past the point of pivot, because the bags all blow up on a linked valve system the pressure finds its on centre and will keep all the bigger bags in place until its onto its wheels. Will try and get some shots from the lift bags side this weekend. Finally got round to editing the video to fit on Youtube - this is the demo day we did in Nottingham using the catchbags that the photos above are from. Its a bit more stable than the other video - and shows the catchbag system at work really well.
  9. Original Topic Created by Mcallisters in March of 2009: I wasnt on this job as i was on holiday - my brother has had the chance to use catchbags for the second time. The did a fully loaded sewage tanker on its side on a steep slip road onto a main highway. The used a combination of cushions and the tator to bring it up and then restrained it only using the catchbags. The slip road as a real bad negative camber - apologies its only video as soon as I get the pix I will post them. P.S. The cameraman complained he was getting wet that was why the footage goes a bit skewy in the middle but i think you get the idea kwhook6 said: the very first time I saw those bags in use at a training seminar, both of them were cut by brake parts !!! I hope they reinforced the tops some how ??? Thanks for sharing. harrys said: Looks pretty cool. Where can I get some of those brett holcombe said The concept seems cool but the damage that seems could possible occur could be quite expensive replacing these things.. Brett letsplay2 said: Very nice job.. I have seen those catch bags in person and I am impressed with them... Although I also do see how they can be damaged by a sharp pointed object. Devin Scooby said: kwhook6, I'm curious what training seminar where you at that they where cut by brake lines. I ask only because if it where in the US, it would have to be one of my classes, as I do the factory training. There is no other authorized trainer for this product in the US except those on the factory team. Since I 'm the lead on those classes, I would most definitely know the bag (landing cushions) where damaged.....which leads me to this statement, to the best of my knowledge, I can't remember any landing cushions that where damaged at one of our training classes by brake parts. The only classes that have been taught that the landing cushions where part of the class would be at Indy. Not knowing who you are because there's no info in your profile, all I can gather is that you are from Jamestown NY area Jamie Dougherty said: Howie, If memory serves me right it was at the class we did in indy the class John debuted those bags in a class? JAMIE DOUGHERTY Jammer439 said: We bought a set of catch cushions last year. They work great! If it looks like there might be something to catch the bag and damage it we put a thick mud flag on the top. Thats alot of weight that was also recovered, usually our catch cushions come down a lot slower. kwhook6 said: Scooby, let me start saying I think catch bags are a great product, they are very helpful item! Yes, I saw them at Indy and maybe my memory is failing me. SORRY I did not mean to bash at all. I own a set of gumbo cushions and work great!!My comment should have said be careful and safe! SORRY Howie and John Jeff98970 said: The bags were first demo'd at an Indy class early fall of 2006 at Bruce Davis' place. No bags were damaged on any brake parts however one bag was sliced open by a piece of steel which had been bolted over the unloading port. The rear brakes were not applied and when the trailer wheels contacted the bag, the wheel rolled and pushed the bag into the plate. However the damage occurred as a result of human error and not a problem with the product and even with the slice in the bag it still lowered the load to the ground nicely. The lesson from this is to always make sure the brakes are locked on any wheel which will contact a bag. I would also like to add, the only reason the bag was damaged was the sharpness and angle of the steel plate. There are no components on the braking system sharp enough to damage the bag. If you were to remove the tires completely and set the bags directly under the slack adjuster, the bag would still hold up, because, as the pressure increases in the bag the baffles ( three of them ) will open never allowing more then 1 or 2 psi. Not enough pressure to poke a slack adjuster through the bag. Jeff Andy35 said: Very well put Jeff. BigRed60 said: I've seen these before and they are awsome! Anyone who uses them-how do you bill for them? Is it billable?Did you guys buy them to make the recovery more professional? I have a lot of equipment simply because it makes my job easier or safer in one way or another. Please don't take my asking in any other way. I just would like to know. Its like we charge for our air bags but not the support truck. I am just pickin your brains on the idea.Thanx Matjackman said: Jeff was right, he was actually running the scenario for the class at the time of the "cut" from plate over the spillway. The bags not only continued to function for the class, but were actually inflated with the cut still un-repaired for cleaning the next day. Being careful and cautious with any product is always the rule of the day, but these landing bags have proven over the course of the last 3 years they are extremely tough and can handle everything thrown at them. There are continuing classes, which will be posted under "training" here and are held in Indianapolis, I would invite anyone who has doubts to come and see first hand how this equipment works. I guarantee Howard and Jeff don't take it easy on any of the equipment. Contact me personally if you have any other questions, thanks. Jeff98970 said: That's a very fair question Joe, and one which gets asked allot. We use the bags on most uprights but we only invoice for them on jobs where the placement of a control vehicle is limited and we charge them out at about half the price of the air cushion's. The reason we still use them on non-billable jobs is 1) it keeps everyone in practice and the job looking smooth and 2) fire and law enforcement are usually very impressed and in some cases will actually request them. On a side note we invoiced enough for them that they were paid for in about 60 days from delivery. No other piece of equipment has done that for us in the past. Jeff
  10. Topic Originally created by 75tator in January of 2009: gross weight around 78k Scooby said: Ricky, looks good but just have one question.... the bags look all discombobulated/messy before you placed them under the trailer.... usually I like them vac'd down and folded up before storing then when I go to use them all I have to do is attach the line and maybe a quick vac then they slide right under the trailer. I was just curious if they where stored like that or you guys had them partially inflated and decided to pull out and reposition. otherwise it looks to be a nice job, anytime one doesn't have to offload....its great BigWheelRecovery said: Single lane with the bags much prettier and you could have left the road open not bashing just wreck master will show you how to recover that in a straight line and the truck will land and hook right to your wheel lift and never move . with all that said nice clean job guys love to see the bags working more money . thanks Eric 75tator said; it is an on ramp, single lane , not any advantage to me to single lane recovery
  11. Topic Originally created by 75tator in December of 2008: AZtowKING said: My guess is they prelifted the tail (since that's usually the easyest ) got a bag in (a little to far) and instead of catching part of the door frames called it good and gave it 5lbs of air to get it up enough to start getting more bags in. And with the load probably sliding to the front it left you a nice empty spot in the rear. Being there was no weight on top of it the wall simply gives away................. The same thing happened to us about 5 years ago with a load of carrots................That's why you AWAYS have to be able to see inside before placing bags AutoHaus1 said: Just a thought, would a 4'X8'X3/4" plywood between the bag and the trailer wall help any?, or would it fold up like the side without offering any dispersion of the lifting force? 75tator said: az tow king is correct on how bags were placed and why the wall punched thru the front bag developed a leak Greezy328 said: You can find the load without seeing it - cardinal sin to open the doors - find where the load stops and start bagging under the load - unfortunately thats how you learn. I`m sure the Ins co isnt going to squawk about a trailer that needs a new side anyway if its not totalled - just looks a little ugly - it happens. LASVEGASTATOR60 said: 75 tator: Thanks for the answers and honesty, some would take it as a bash but you stayed professional about it and with that helped me explain and show it to my guys who are learning. Thank you! AZtowKING said: Can you explain your first 8 words ? Was wondering if you had a trick I never heard of. We always preview loads through rear or front vent doors, and occasionly the barn doors if able. Not 100% of the time the door frame will be tweked or inpo so you just have to move slow and be cautious. Scooby said: sure beats offloading no load....no cushion, cushions upright/pic the load billy @ lambs has a great pic that I use in the course in concern to bag placement....maybe he will give me permission to post it Greezy328 said: Make a fist and with the heel of your hand pound your way to the load - starting at the rear of the trailer and obviously at the roof - I know it sounds too simple, but its always worked for me. The reason I say to never open the doors is you`ll never get em closed again!! If theres rivets popped on the roof, then you might as well start unloading by hand. Lift a little just to get the first bag under it, then work your way to the front - every job is different and theres a lot of circumstances to determine if bags can be used. LAMB Towing said: Looks good to me Ricky. It looks like this happened by an exit. Were they able to divert the traffic around you, or did everyone just have to sit and wait? We wouldn't be afforded the luxury of shutting down the interstate like that here. They demand us to get at least one lane opened up, and then figure out what we're going to do with it. We then usually have no choice but to offload. I don't remember which pic you have Scooby, but you're welcome to do whatever you want with it. I'm far from being an expert on air cushion recovery, but I don't concern myself with rivets being popped. We've bagged trailers with the roof completely blown out before. I always just stay in the mindset that I'm lifting the load, not the trailer. As I said though, I'm far from being an air cushion expert. I've been on both sides of the coin. When you successfully bag one that's halfway destroyed, you feel like a genius. When you have to set one down & off-load it because it broke halfway up, you want to crawl in a hole... Scooby said: pics are courtesy of lambs great shot of where there is no load.....then there should be no bag LAMB Towing said: Wow! Great shots of that recovery Scooby! That guy really knows his stuff. Look at how all of his air lines are color-coded with bands of colored electrical tape.
  12. Original Topic Created by WM060071 in December of 2008: This is a box I came up with to store our hpbag. It bolts to the wrecker bed in between the cab and body and latches inside the box so no extra key needed This is on my jerr-dan Watcha Think I drilled and tapped the box. So the bolds are hid and it is pretty much theft proof [but nothing is theft proof completely]
  13. Original Topic created by Jhns tw in August of 2008: Had a pilot land over at the airport, well let me rephrase that, slid into the airport when he forgot,yes he said he forgot to put his landing gear down. So we go over with the 40 ton and the support unit, I put the spreader bar on and lifted off the two engine supports.We put a starter cushion under the rear to level it out and then dropped the gear. My boy got a bigger trill from the fire truck than the recovery, hadn't got in his blood yet Scott Johnson John's Towing Durham N.C. 919-730-3692
  14. An unknown member started this topic in 2010: He was talking to Blue Stripe about his new 600R and the topic turned to who else had them and where they went.He was told his is serial number 25 so who has the rest? He believed Cal Towing has number 23 and was told that number 24 went to Japan and Delhi Towing in Cincinnati Ohio has number 6. So if you know where these units are and can fill in the numbers please reply. Thanks 01 - 02 - Cardinal Towing - Minneapolis Minnesota 03 - 04 - 05 - 06 - Delhi Towing - Cincinnati Ohio 07 - 08 - CTR Inc Dillsburg Pa 09 - Andy's Towing - Pembroke Massachusetts 10 - 11 - 12 - 13 - 14 - 15 - 16 - 17 - 18 - 19 - 20 - 21 - 22 - 23 - California Towing - Salinas California 24 - Japan unknown company 25 - Boardman Towing - Boardman Ohio Brian991219 said: Here are a few pics of the 600R I operated in New Mexico, it was purchased new by Chris at Boardman Towing, then we bought it. It is somewhere in Texas now, not sure where. Here are a few more action shots. And some more. I loved my truck, but I was only the driver not the owner so I didn't have a say when they sold it.
  15. mooresbp said: Do you know any history behind it? That is a great shot! George Moore's BP towgod46 said: Photos from the future look a lot like the past ( just kidding please no spanking) great photo though would be a great photo for a business card during that era. What do you figure early to mid - sixties. towcats said: The suspended wrecker on the right is a 69 or 70 Chevy 1 ton