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  2. The initial call out was 145hr/2hr min. The rock was off the road so we chose to go out in the AM to finish. The second call was hourly for the machine, the rollback & the Recovery Van, all on 2 hr min. The traffic arrow board gets billed individually at a set fee. All together with the admin fee it came out around 2300 if I recall. This billed under their Property Damage coverage but the repair was covered under a collision policy. As for the "Free gratis service", honestly I would of did the same job weather it had insurance or not. I believe you have to set a precedent of doing the job completely and then work on getting paid. I want the organizations sharing the scene (police/fire) being used to see me do our "thing".... Sometimes I take it on the chin...but usually we do ok. Not saying I am Santa Clause or anything...I'm cautious with obvious POS vehicles but won't leave a mess or any "dirty laundry" for someone to judge me on.
  3. Today
  4. I guess what I am getting at is that all these motor clubs think you have fleet of trucks and guys ready to run their calls. They send you an automated message or text with seconds to respond if we are accepting or declining a call. At night or weekends I need a minute or two to see who is available and if they want to go? I would just think that there are a lot of small tow companies versus the big 3 shift tow companies like 75 percent small and 25 percent big, but just guessing.
  5. Hi I am thinking about purchasing 18 or 19 ft carrier or a wrecker unit for a cab and chassis that I have already. The truck is a 1996 Chevy 3500 HD with a 15000 lb GVWR manual transmission diesel engine. The truck has the super long wheelbase option from the factory. I have been looking around at different manufacturers and bodies but it seems like the entire industry has made the prices a secret. I have my own shop and I could probably install the body by myself but I'm wondering what the price range is or a new one. I would like to be educated before I call different dealerships because I would have no idea if they're quoting me a fair price or not. Has anyone purchased a body recently that they could give me an example of what the going price is. the repo style units I have been looking at or jeer Dan mpl40 but that's only because there's a dealer very close to my house and that's what they have out front. Someone else suggested they are Vulcan 882 which I really do like as well and have seen on other similar trucks to mine. Strapless wheel lift seems very convenient. If a new body is out of my price range then I'm a search for something used but I really need to no where the price have a new body starts before I go that route. Thanks for any and all info
  6. Good comment about the air hose not reaching; goes to the very point of having the right equipment for those odd service events. Thanks Grumps. R.
  7. Yesterday
  8. For some reason, the picture did not come up when I first read the article and wrote my post. Now that I see the picture.... WTF was he doing out there??... From what I can see it appears he was replacing the left front steer tire so I can understand why he wouldnt be able to limp off the highway if that is in fact the case. But Why on gods green earth would you need your service truck along side the rig?? IN A LIVE LANE !!???!!! Did he feel no one would see his warning lights if he put his truck in front of the semi?? I have done left side steer tires on trucks before on the side of the road and I would park my truck 5 or 6 car lengths ahead of the semi and have the driver cut the nose over hard a bit to the right to give me a lil breathing room. It also helps to get the warning lights on your service rig a little better display room. Of course cones, triangles and flares were added behind the rig also. I can understand his air line not reaching the front If he was to stage at the rear of the semi because mine didnt reach either. That is why I would set up the way I just mentioned. Seems as though he rolled the dice staging his truck there feeling it would provide him some protection. Certainly a very bad decision. My thoughts are with the tech for a fast recovery. I would love to hear the techs reasoning behind this choice after he recovers.
  9. The American's have a similar bit of fun when participants attend, "Out House Races", held in cities like Ankorage, Alaska, Virginia City, Nevada, Gravel Switch, Kentucky, and others. That's right ... rolling shitter'z on wheels. They're not motorized, but take a push-crew and a driver for a sprint and foot race down hill. I've been to Virginia City's race where a historic mining town with a population of 850 regulars swells to tens of thousands during the champion finals. The town's entire main street is closed to vehicle traffic and the stree becomes a push-cart race track.The event was said to have started way back when outdoor plumbing was outlawed in Virginia City, its angry residents took to the streets with their outhouses in protect, and a tradition was born.
  10. Thanks guys for all of your responses. As an update to this topic, here is a link of rare camera footage showing a detaching tow eye during a simple load and go request. Here is video proof why tow eyes, without the aid of a catch strap, release. Around the 8:30 mark, the Mini detaches and rolls away. The quick video shows how customers and tow operators are run over and killed in those, "OH SHIT", moment of unexpected rollaway. I personally won't allow a dealer's service writer to tell me that using towing eyes is the best and safest way to load a vehicle on a carrier's deck. Note: The operator is a seasoned, experienced tower and this happened out of the ordinary.This Cooper wasn't wrecked and it appeared to be in-neutral on a flat surface creating minimal resistance. This is the reason I teach straps and agree with those of you that use straps too ... seeing is believing. This video is a standard for every carrier class I teach. R.
  11. Thanks Quinn for sharing your heartfelt eulogy in Eric's memory. I never met the man, but I feel your loss through your words. RIP Eric. R.
  12. It is with the heaviest of hearts that I bear this sad news. On Friday July 3, our own Media and Marketing Manager, Eric Gould suddenly passed away. As many of you know, Eric played a huge part in so many things we have accomplished in the past and was crucial to many of the current works we have in flight. He was a model employee as anyone who knew him will attest, but more importantly, he was an example to all of us of what a truly wonderful person looks like. As any of the last association presidents know, Eric’s role required almost daily interactions. My tour as CTTA president bears witness to his creativity, dedication and passion to the industry and the everyday people we serve. Eric’s unique ability to balance technology with people was rare and he was a quick learner who was unafraid to ask questions. He was quick witted but gentle and was as thoughtful a person that I have encountered so far in my life. His loss has left me devastated. Staff and I will release more details about how we will be honoring Eric in the coming days. For now I offer my condolence to so many of you who knew and loved Eric like I did. Please be in prayer for our staff, Eric’s wife and family. Please bear with us as we navigate life at the CTTA without such a crucial part of our family. If you would like to contribute to Eric's Memorial Fund, created for assistance for his wife Dana, please follow the link below. https://www.gofundme.com/f/eric-gould-memorial-fund Sincerely, Quinn Piening CTTA President
  13. Are you kidding me, "Who changes tires the are ON the white-line especially at 2:45 AM when that's the Golden DUI Hour?" This is an amazing investigation and one that brings many questions to the table. I had to read and re-read the news narrative, especially about what time of hour this incident occurred? Tire company or not, tire services should follow similar on-highway protocol that mirrors the towing and recovery industry when it comes to white-line safety. Tow fatality history has proved that this time of early AM is deadly to tow operators and persons working shoulder events. For a second, imagine someone who isn't intoxicated, where from a distance, only sees lights on or near the shoulder as they approach at highway speeds? In darkened, ambient lighting, would a totally sober motorist be able to ascertain whether or not something is stopped in the lane ahead especially when there are no brake lights to identify the same? Would that not be confusing? Now, change that sober driver to someone who just left their favorite bar and is marginally or completely hammered; how does the confusion factor change? I greatly enlarged this photo-up to have a look at where the point of impact might be? While there don't appear to be any pre-impact skid marks, I'd venture to guess that the point of impact was back by the cone's placement judging by the wet spot where the SUV's radiator exploded. A news helicopter video shows there were cones and triangles further back, but doesn't indicate the live lane was closed. Details from other news accounts lead me to believe the tire tech may have parked in a live-lane using the truck to block while they worked in a dangerous white-line position? And, from the looks of the truck tire lying forward and in-front of the tire truck's front bumper, the tech may have been standing in the lane and in-front of the truck that was positioned for blocking. His own truck was pushed forward striking him. My comments are only based on what details reported by the news. The tire truck, bearing a "Good Year", sticker on the truck's door, had its emergency lighting activated and was parked in the lane, however, some states don't allow non-authorized emergency vehicles to park in traffic lanes. I didn't see any indication that red road-flares were employed. There's much to learn from this incident to suggest that perhaps the semi's driver should have driven forward (if possible) to a wider location versus asking someone to play dodgeball with approaching traffic? At what point of arrival assessment do tow operators, tire technicians and roadside mechanics just say, "NO ... it's too dangerous", and think of a Plan B, at the very least wait until day-light beyond the Golden DUI Hour? Here's another example of an industry that doesn't have the full-support of law enforcement, especially if when towers and techs don't call for assistance. There's plenty to be learned here. Note: After the crash, from this photo alone, I count seven police vehicles, two attenuator trucks and another tire truck. Where were they when this was all going on? None-the-less ... I truly pray for the tech's recovery. R.
  14. 3/4 ton and 1 ton rear ends from 1947 to 1972 are the same so find a 71-72 3/4T pumpkin with the gear ratio ur looking for
  15. Stuart ... that's a really tough question to answer. After all these years, I still haven't determined how many tow operators there might be in the US? I'd venture to say that the insurance industry (those who insure tow companies) may have an idea. Personally, I wouldn't know where to start. R.
  16. Hey Mr. Ed ... for the towing side and the initial call, how did you bill to remove the rock, or was that a free gratis service to your community? Was that an hourly rate based on your law enforcement contract? Things are different in the "big city" and vary from agency to agency ... just curious. R.
  17. Adaptive Towing

  18. As long as they are heavy enough that I can't lift it...LoL
  19. So was the boulder heavy enough for medium duty tow rates?? Lol Nice work. It is always a good day when you can get the whole job and get paid for it start to finish like that.
  20. Those SDMO laws are hard at work I see.. Hoping for a full recovery for our brother operator / roadside tech. Prayers are with you.
  21. The image is that of a road service truck which could be owned by a towing company which could explain the wording. Regardless this is a road service tech and our thought's should be with all involved in this tragic incident.
  22. Tow truck driver critically hurt in Stevenson Expressway crash Two people were injured, one of them critically, in a crash Monday on the Stevenson Expressway on the Southwest Side. A tow truck driver was outside his truck about 2:45 a.m. assisting a semi on the shoulder of eastbound I-55 near Cicero Avenue when another vehicle rear-ended his truck, according to Illinois State Police. The tow truck driver was then hit by either his truck or the vehicle that hit it, state police said. He and the driver of that vehicle were both taken to Mount Sinai Hospital, where the tow truck driver was in critical condition. The right two inbound lanes of I-55 remain closed in the area as crews continue to investigate, state police said. Multiple News Sources
  23. Had this one a while back where a lady came out of the bar, possibly "altered" slightly...and hit a large boulder in the parking lot. Then the fun started... That was the exit marks...she pushed the rock a little over a mile (through an intersection, over the railroad tracks) and crashed in front of the Army Depot. Apparently it wouldn't go forward anymore but she kept trying... My guys picked her up about another 2 miles down the road where she crashed a 3rd time. Towed it back @ 2:30 am and she got a "Lift" from the officer... We went back in the morning with the Skid Steer & rollback and traffic control... Sign said No Parking but not sure if that counted for the rock? Loaded back up and took it back to the Bar to repair their parking lot... Surprisingly the truck wasn't hurt much. We actually got the body job to repair it as well so all together it was a nice little job for like 5G!
  24. Does anybody have figures relating to how many small tow companies are in America that let's say have a couple trucks and a couple drivers that basically operate 8:00 am - 5:00 pm and after hours owner answers phone and see which one of his guys can do a tow at night or on the weekend versus companies that have 3 manned shifts and dispatchers around the clock?
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  26. Does anyone have any record of Holmes installing mounts/hold downs or racks on their bodies or inside the toolboxes? I.e. chain rack, cradle attachment storage, etc. Attach photos if anyone has any. Thanks
  27. I just got done looking at a Miller Industries website I checked out the photo gallery and the specs on the Vulcan 882 beautiful setup. I forget the model designation but there's a really nice Chevron with optional Spades in the rear that go down hydraulically for keeping the truck stationary while doing a topic recovery in the dirt. there is a Ford dealer right down the road from where I live that just became a jerrdan dealer and they have quite a few trucks set up with the mpl40 which is beautiful. I always had it in my mind but it would be nice to set up with a repo unit but that Vulcan 882 has the rotating L arm brackets and strapless wheel lift Scoops from the looks of the picture. That is very nice setup. Does anybody have any idea what it would cost to buy a brand new Jared in mpl40 or it's Vulcan 882. I'm sure I'd be able to put it on myself. Everytime I look for information on price to buy a wrecker unit brand new it's like you hit a brick wall. You could find a price on a whole truck but not a brand new unit itself.
  28. Again you bring up great points Randy. Of course a tower must comply with the letter of the law when displaying emergency lighting otherwise there could be a way out of responsibility for a driver that fails to move over and causes a crash. The difficult part, as you are well aware, is laws and regulations can often be contradictory. One rule may require displaying flashing lights to be covered under the move over law but another may require only using four-way flashers while stationary. It can become a no win situation, and as I often say compliance with regulation does not always equal safety. When I call for "less is more" I am not saying a tower, or other responder, should not use emergency lighting as required by their state code, rather I am saying it is often best to use the minimal amount of emergency lighting that is required by such codes. NFPA even suggests as much in their emergency lighting standards (forgive me for not citing the exact standard my reference materials are not with me), suggesting that as other apparatus arrive on scene the level of light from each apparatus can be reduced to avoid over saturation of light and the resulting confusion to motorists. This is why I am calling for a national standard to be applied across all 50 states regarding color and deployment of emergency lighting. Same as we have the MUTCD to guide traffic control in all states, so a work zone or street sign looks the same no matter where in the US a driver is, so should emergency lighting and the colors used. Motorists will not respond to a hazard unless the perceive a need to respond. Let's stop confusing them with different colors and patterns of lighting so that they can begin to recognize the need to respond in order to avoid striking our workers.
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