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  2. HOUSTON--(Business Wire)--360 Towing Solutions Houston, a trusted towing Houston service provider, recently announced that they are toying with the idea of using unmanned aerial vehicles or drones to inspect car breakdown situations within the Houston area. The owners said that this is going to be a revolutionary step for increasing the efficiency of their towing professionals who operate throughout the Houston area all round the clock. At a recent press conference, they spilled the details of their future strategy. According to the owners, starting October 2019, they will deploy a few drones which will be used for taking photographs and videos of stranded vehicles. The Houston towing and roadside assistance service provider aims to use latest technologies for increasing the efficiency of their roadside towing services. One of the senior executives of the company said, “We have planned to use drones for aerial inspection of stranded vehicles. Drones will be sent to the stranded vehicles first and the drone will be used for capturing photos and videos of the stranded vehicles. The drone will send the photos and videos to our control room and the roadside assistance Houston professionals heading for towing the vehicle would be able to know what kind of tools they need to carry or what kind of tow truck is needed for towing the vehicle. This will increase our efficiency by a few notches.” Richard Miller, the CEO of the company, said that they have invested in tow truck Houston before this. Now, they are going to invest in latest technologies to better assess breakdown situations and to act accordingly. “Drone technology has come a long way and the technology is progressively being used across industries. We thought we should change the way vehicles have been traditionally towed. With an aim to revolutionize the towing solutions in Houston, we are going to introduce drones soon for aerial inspection and towing situation assessment. We believe this bold step will put us miles ahead of our competitors,” said the CEO of the company during a recent press conference. About the Company 360 Towing Solutions Houston is one of the leading towing service providers in Houston area. To know more, visit https://360towingsolutions.com/houston/ Full Address: 7111 Harwin Dr #125d, Houston, TX. 77036 View source version on businesswire.com: 360 Towing Solutions Houston Richard Miller Phone: (713) 781-1181 Email: info@360towingsolutions.com Read more: http://www.digitaljournal.com/pr/4451230
  3. Smog checks required for big trucks, under new law signed by Newsom SB 210 is aimed at reducing diesel soot and other air pollution In a move aimed at reducing air pollution, Gov. Gavin Newsom on Friday signed a law that for the first time will require most large trucks in California, including 18-wheel tractor trailers, to pass a regular smog check. Already, cars and passenger vehicles that are six years old or older are required to pass a smog check every two years. But large trucks, a major source of diesel soot and other air pollution, have not been required to pass inspection. On Friday, Newsom signed Senate Bill 210, which requires the California Air Resources Board to set up a pilot program over the next two years and after that put rules in place for truck smog checks. “Just as car owners have to get their own personal cars smog checked every two years, so too should truck operators be required to maintain their emissions controls so that we can ensure long-lasting air quality improvements,” said State Sen. Connie Leyva, D-Chino, who wrote the bill. Heavy-duty trucks operating in California account for nearly 60 percent of the emissions of nitrogen oxides (NOx) — one of the main chemicals that causes smog — from mobile sources and are the largest source of diesel particulate pollution in the state. Environmentalists say the new law will reduce emissions of soot and other contaminants, which contribute to high asthma rates in California, especially for people who live near freeways. “This is the biggest air quality bill of this year,” said Bill Magavern, policy director for the Coalition for Clean Air, an environmental group with offices in Los Angeles and Sacramento. “It’s something we have needed for years,” Magavern said. “Diesel trucks are the single biggest source of air pollution in California.” He added. “The trucks can emit almost 10 times as much pollution as they are supposed to emit. So we need inspections and maintenance to keep their pollution levels down to where they were when the truck was new.” But trucking industry officials say the rules are unnecessary because of other truck engine rules already in place or being phased in over the next few years. They also say they are concerned that the new law may allow state officials to take private data from trucking companies if the state program requires trucks to share information in the on-board computers that track truck emissions and other data. Information kept in those on-board computer systems includes how far the trucks were driven, when they were driven, how fast they went, braking details and other information, said Joe Rajkovacz, a spokesman for the Western States Trucking Association, based in San Bernardino County. “It is proprietary data,” he said. “Under the guise of environmentalism they want to grab people’s data.” He said, “It brings up interesting privacy issues. Law enforcement can’t grab your cell phone at a traffic stop and go through it without a warrant. This is troubling to a lot of people.” A caravan of tow trucks travel along Interstate 5 from Forest Lawn Cemetery, Hollywood Hills, to Castaic Towing, in Castaic, on Saturday, June 29, 2019. The caravan of tow truck drivers made the journey to honor tow truck driver Erwin Mendoza Geremillo who was struck and killed last month as he was helping a stranded motorist on Interstate 5 Freeway. (Photo by Ed Crisostomo, Contributing Photographer) The new law applies to trucks that weigh more than 14,000 pounds. That includes delivery trucks, dump trucks,18-wheel tractor trailers, tanker trucks, farm trucks and others. The law does not include buses. Approximately 12 million people in California live in communities that exceed federal health standards for ground level ozone, or smog, and particulate matter. Many are in the Central Valley and Southern California, which have some of the nation’s highest asthma levels. Other areas with high asthma levels include communities near ports, such as Oakland and Long Beach. Rajkovacz noted that the California Air Resources Board already does regular tests for smoke from trucks at weigh stations and trucking companies. And under landmark rules finalized several years ago, the board required that by 2023, only trucks that are model 2010 or newer can be driven on California roads. That rule was required because older trucks pollute far more than newer trucks, but it was fought vociferously by the trucking industry. “Once bureaucracy has its hooks in an industry, it never lets go,” he said. “It becomes a huge jobs program for public employees. They keep layering on costs.” The law was supported by the American Lung Association, the American Heart Association, the American Cancer Society, the Bay Area Air Quality Management District, Sierra Club California, the Union of Concerned Scientists and other health and environmental organizations. It was opposed by the Western States Trucking Association, the California Farm Bureau Federation, California Cattlemen’s Association and several other industry groups. RESOURCE LINK
  4. I had a call from the local Sheriffs Office this morning for a tandem axle dump loaded with sand figuring 25 ton in the ditch. We responded with a 1981 KW W900A/Holmes 750 & 2001 F550 4x4/Chevron 408. After surveying the scene we positioned the trucks diagonally to the dump, rigged low from the tailboard of the 750 to the front pin with 4 lines to the load, rigging the Chevron with a high line from the boom to a chain wrapped over the corner of the box for high leverage to keep the truck from tipping any further & another low from the tailboard to the drivers rear outboard wheel simply for forward pull as there was no other place to rig being as the dump box was sitting directly on the truck frame. County closed that section of the road diverting all through traffic. Dump running in neutral & she came out without incident. About 1 hour on scene.
  5. I'm looking at a wrecker with a small Honda operated power pack that work the wrecker. owner telling me it's original setup came factory from Miller . is this true any negatives?
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  7. Topic Originally Created by an unknown member in September of 2007: Got called out to respond Key West, Fl to lift and transport a U.S. Coast Guard Helicopter that had to land at Key West Navel base while in route to its normal search and rescue missions out at sea, the craft experienced a bad oil leak from it's transmission when it was forced to land, We responded with my 60 ton rotator and 60 ton detach trailer, the U.S. Coast Guard deployed a team of aviation mechanics and engineers to disassemble the craft for transport they also rig the unit for the lift. We had to travel about 150 miles to get there but only took an hour to complete the job. Our lowboy driver had to spend the night because the government would no issue a special permit to transport the craft at night, Go Figure! Wade200 said: Nice job, that's funny you would think they could give you a "pass" considering who it was for. I would have done the same with them rigging it, either they do it or I wouldn't want the job. Could you imagine dropping one of those and it being your fault? brostow13 said: Just curious ,why do you need a special permit ?you don't appear to be too wide or too long,are you too tall ?Other than maybe being too tall that is an anytime of the day load here .Again just curious ,other than that cool job and great pics, thanks . Mark John Fenshaw said: great pics nice job. how long did it take yall to get to the keys? what route did yall take to get there. i know i rode my bike there once before for a mini vacation and it seemed like the speed limit was 35mph. thanks for those pics stay safe. Brett Holcome said: Have moved the Broward Sheriffs Office Helicopter several times to Opa Locka Airport Hookup - 0.00 Mileage-0.00 Total =0.00 Its great practice Brett wstowing11 said: I will cut straight to it . Do you still get nervous lifting such valuable pieces of equipment , or is it just normal everyday nothing to worry about stuff ? I know for the few helicopters we have lifted , I am truly nervous on the controls because I know in the end I am the one on the wrecker controls and they will look at the operator when something might go wrong, no matter who did what, why , or whatever . I still never feel comfortable with the size shackle they attach to the top of the motor for the lift. It sometimes will fit in your palm. I commend you guys on the successful lifts with extremely valuable equipment on your hooks ! Brett Holcome said: every time we move one we always have plenty of experts on scene 4 to 5 chiefs & 1 wrecker operator that stands by till all the chiefs decide whose way is the best::: so we just stand by wait @ 0.00 per hour/3hr min. ha ha Santiam01 said: My son & I built one of those, out of legos. His was only 29.95 I would have lifted that one no problem! Seriously, nice work. Are you going to Chucks class a Baltimore on aircraft recovery? Towjoe19 said: Nice job and great pics! As an Ex-Coastie I especially appreciated this post. Us boat guys used to call that model helo (HH-65) whistling sh#t cans. "Whistling" because of the distinct noise the enclosed tail rotor makes, and "sh#t can" because they like to fall out of the sky.... Thanks for sharing and be safe out there! Nothing is a waste of time if you use the experience wisely." - Auguste Rodin Joey Hardrolls @ Hilario's
  8. Topic Originally Created by Towman3137 in October of 2007: Loaded this truck for a driver and lifted it to remove tires to get under height. Capptow said: Im surprised that they didnt tow and put sign on the back that reads "in tow". ryan twc84 said: nice lift good job BigWheelRecovery said: NICE JOB GUYS thanks for the nice rigging shown because you are the one that showed me all i can say is thank you . keep the great pictures coming . thanks Eric
  9. Topic Originally Created in November of 2007: had to lift off driver he was trap nearly an hour before they could get me to scene. luckly he only ended up with broken leg. sorry no pics of the actual rescue ResqTator said: 'Way to go, Stan! Gerry Sienk said: Hey, we can understand why no pics of the rescue, I'm sure the driver appreciated you not taking any time to take pictures, but the rest is good. Was he loading that can when it fell over? towwhat said: no he wasnt picking up. a concrete pumper was tring to back in a spot to pump and the construction workers said he never slowed down and cut around them when he ran off the side of road.
  10. Pirate jokes from Readers Digest, enjoy. Arrrrgh! https://www.rd.com/funny-stuff/pirate-jokes-pirate-puns/
  11. Midwest Regional Tow Show Roll Call, We're going to wrap up the drawing entries on Sunday. Here's a current list of those saying they would be at the show. If drawn you must pick your prize up on Friday evening at the TowForce Meet & Greet Sponsored by Beacon Software - OMG National - Tow Professional. You can check with the Tow Professional Booth for a list of winners Friday. Drawing held either Thursday or Friday on FB LIVE! If your name should be in the drawing let me know or just add a reply here.
  12. A group of South Florida towing operators are conducting a donation drive for disaster relief in the Bahamas, and are providing drop-off locations for fellow South Florida towing companies that would like to join in the effort. Two United Road Towing South Florida locations are accepting donations such as canned and dry foods, toiletries, paper towels, diapers, bottled water, paper plates, cups and utensils, cleaning supplies and other non-perishable items. The locations are: United Road Towing, 5901 SW 205 Ave., Pembroke Pines, FL 33332. United Road Towing, (Insurance Auto Auctions building) 12700 NW 42nd Ave., Opa-Locka, FL 33054. For towing companies and body shops that cannot bring items to the drop-off points. United Road Towing operators can collect donations from their locations when they pick up total loss vehicles. For more information contact Steve Cox at 954-252-7302, email scox@unitedroadtowing.com or Dayne Brennen at 954-931-9085, email island.boy61@hotmail.com. View the full article and more on TowTimes.com
  13. Richard Dewane Bundy, 51 of Scott City died Tuesday, September 17, 2019 at Saint Francis Medical Center in Cape Girardeau, Missouri. He was born February 9, 1968 in Cape Girardeau to Lewis Allen and Ruby Evelyn Simmons Bundy. He married Gloria Jean Newbolds on October 2, 2001 in Benton, Missouri. He was a tow truck driver for Sperling's Garage & Wecker Service, Cape Girardeau, Missouri. He is survived by his wife, Gloria; a son, Kevin Bundy of Fruitland; three daughters, Melissa Quertemous, Cheryl Koenig and Melissa Whittington of Scott City; three brothers, Kenneth Bundy of Charleston, Missouri, Bruce Bundy of Jackson, Missouri and Raymond Bundy of Scott City; two sisters, Patricia Johns of Scott City and Tina Bill of Jackson and 14 grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents and a daughter, Michelle Bundy on April 12, 2012. Visitation will be from 5:00 – 8:00 pm on Sunday at the Amick-Burnett Funeral Chapel in Scott City. Funeral service will be at 11:00 am on Monday at the chapel with Rev. Randy Morse officiating. Burial will be Memorial Park Cemetery in Cape Girardeau. In lieu of flowers the family requests donations be made to Amick-Burnett Funeral Chapel to assist with funeral expenses. News Story: https://www.semissourian.com/story/2635411.html?fbclid=IwAR0iKpL2j4-DCyUMvVQ4ZYNIfQkX9ban_7VzHmKCxtVMYqPOveLQK6ZQvVM Funeral Home: https://www.amick-burnettfuneralchapels.com/obituary/richard-bundy
  14. A benefit car show will be held Sunday, September 22 for tow operator Joe Altenhofen. “Joe is a long-time employee of Ray’s Towing,” states an event press release. “He was tragically hit on the job Monday, August 26 on Highways 43/94 by a semi-truck while towing away an accident vehicle. Joe suffered numerous broken bones and will be out of work while recovering. Please bring your family and friends to show your support.” The show will be held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Herman’s Auto Clinic, 6100 S. Howell, Milwaukee, WI 53207. The show will include: • Raffles • Donation jar • $10 donation per vehicle • Music and more All proceeds will go directly to Joe Altenhofen. The event is being sponsored by Ray’s Towing Inc., Brew City Auto Repair and Towing, Hermans Auto Clinic, Auto Motion Transport & Recovery LLC and On the Limiter Productions. For more information contact Ray’s Towing Inc. at 414-481-4355. View the full article and more on TowTimes.com
  15. The coolant level switch is just an on/off switch. You can try to jump the connector with a paper clip to simulate a closed switch, and disconnect it to simulate an open switch. The 5volt reference wire will probably have a few splice connections in the harness. You can check for the correct 5volt reference from ECM, and at the other sensors to find out where the problem is.
  16. Saw one on Ebay. It's the no display model. Just in case you are still looking. eBay item number: 183834112111
  17. An Allison certified transmission shop may be able to update the software for you.
  18. The calibration of the turbo actuator motor can cause a lack of power. The actuator arm can be assembled incorrectly inside the turbo, or the actuator can be not calibrated. Cummins software is needed, and actuator must be removed(after draining coolant from block), and installed to get it checked/set correctly. I would also recommend using DIESEL KLEEN additive in the fuel. It has worked wonders in my trucks, and many of my customer's trucks. My truck was a turd(no codes) when I bought it, would barely do 65 on the highway. After a month of DK(double dosed), it will now hit the speed governor at 78, and has stayed that way. It is possible that the DPF is slightly restricted. You can remove it to inspect/clean it yourself. I have had good success using oven cleaner, and a pressure washer. Hope this helps.
  19. This is actually a very serious issue as we enter into a change of seasons. Many begin to develop Season Affective Disorder or SAD. Many of you have heard me talk about this openly every year. Overview Seasonal affective disorder (SAD) is a type of depression that's related to changes in seasons — SAD begins and ends at about the same times every year. If you're like most people with SAD, your symptoms start in the fall and continue into the winter months, sapping your energy and making you feel moody. Less often, SAD causes depression in the spring or early summer. Treatment for SAD may include light therapy (phototherapy), medications and psychotherapy. Don't brush off that yearly feeling as simply a case of the "winter blues" or a seasonal funk that you have to tough out on your own. Take steps to keep your mood and motivation steady throughout the year. READ THE FULL MAYO CLINIC ARTICLE HERE Know the signs, someone you know is struggling. Reach Out to them. you may be their Life Line!
  20. A Tesla Model S sat on a tow truck at the Nürburgring as a Porsche Taycan drove past it Tesla didn't want to just top a lap time set by Porsche's new electric vehicle at Germany's iconic Nürburgring race track, it wanted to demolish it. Then things apparently hit the skids. Video posted online Wednesday shows a Tesla's Model S "Plaid" prototype sitting on a tow truck on the track, shortly after setting a Porsche-topping time of 7:20. A Porsche Taycan can be seen driving past the stationary Model S at one point. With improvements, the company says it hopes to hit an even faster time of 7:05. For context, Porsche holds the sports car record for the track at 6:44 with its GT2 RS, achieved on October 25, 2018, but there are no standings published yet for electric vehicles at the famous circuit. Tesla didn't immediately respond to questions about why the Plaid prototype, a heavily modified Model S, was stopped on the track. CEO Elon Musk said last week that a production version of the powertrain option would arrive in about a year for Models S, X, and Roadster, but not the Model 3 or Model Y. The Nurburgring has been a point of contention between Tesla and Porsche ever since the German automaker unveiled its all-electric Taycan Turbo and Turbo S earlier this month. Musk first poked fun at the car's name, telling Porche that "this word Turbo does not mean what you think it does" before heading to the Nurburgring. RESOURCE LINK
  21. Towing companies work overnight to tow flooded cars MOBILE, Ala. (WKRG) — Towing companies in Mobile are busy towing cars that were flooded during Thursday’s flash flooding. Tow truck drivers tell News 5 they have been working since Thursday evening to tow cars that were stranded in the flood waters. Many people were not able to drive their cars out of the parking lots of shopping centers on Dauphin Street. Tow truck companies are taking calls from insurance companies. People are making damage claims and the tow truck companies are picking up the vehicles. Thursday’s flash flooding prompted more than 60 water rescues in Mobile. Firefighters were rescuing people from stranded cars and from homes. RESOURCE LINK with video
  22. “Bad mood” doesn’t really describe how I’ve been feeling lately. I don’t even like myself right now. I should warn people by putting a DO NOT DISTURB note on my office door. You know when you’re in a bad mood and people try to get you to smile with a bad joke or corny statement? You end up smiling — and then want to say, “Go, and leave me alone.” I spoke to a tow lady friend yesterday. I told her about how crabby I’ve been and she said something must be going around because she felt the same way. We decided stress didn’t have anything to do with it — yeah right. We also decided the full harvest moon was really the problem. When I go home from the shop I drive west and see the most beautiful sunsets — full of magnificent oranges, pinks and purples. It’s hard to stay in a bad mood when the sky is like a big, beautiful painting. Experiencing this gift is not only witnessing something wonderful, it’s a reality check telling me to let it go. View the full article and more on TowTimes.com
  23. Ford diesels are still having issues. I would not recommend getting a 6.7. I am going to wait for the new gas engine in the 2020 models. It looks to be a great design. It will be 430 HP/475 TQ. I loved the F650 with a CAT or Cummins, too bad they quit using both. International, and Freightliner still offer the Cummins, but the cost is higher.
  24. Sadly my home state is one that endorses the California regulations. This is destroying the resale value of trucks as well in California since they must be sold out of state. Fortunately the other 13 states do not have CARB like agencies enforcing these rules on existing vehicles, only on new sales of vehicles. If we were forced to update our fleets in Pennsylvania as you are in California many of my friends would be out of business. I am all for clean air but we have to be fiscal responsible in our quest. It is a fact that the advanced EGR and diesel particulate filter systems on modern diesel engines have led to exponential increases in down time for truck owners. Although a windfall for towers to transport these trucks to dealers, once forced to purchase the same technology on tow trucks we began to face the same financial hardships as our customers. Lastly, the EPA is talking out of both sides of it's mouth on this issue, or at least the Trump Administration is. As they are calling for gutting the long standing California exemption they are also prosecuting diesel shops and individual technicians that have developed and installed emission reliability work arounds, or have deleted the EGR systems all together. Yes, it is a Federal crime, however I also understand that a one truck owner operator must be able to keep the wheels rolling to earn and that is not happening when the truck is in the shop every other week facing thousands of dollars in repairs. So does the EPA want to work with small businesses or kill them? Hard to tell by their actions!
  25. In today's video Darl deals with a trailer that became disconnected from the truck, dropping it on the ground. Darl must use the rotator to lift it back up Thanks for ...
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