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  2. I participated in the T.O.W.E.D. program several years. It's all about marketing and the program itself is flawed badly. It's worthiness just does not equal the negative aspects of dealing with drunks. Tow Truck Operators rarely deal with intoxicated persons in relation to a tow and are not properly trained to do so. But, yet they are thrown out there to provide this public service. I have numerous stories about these type of tows which went wrong. may companies no longer offer the service as the marketing value has depleted. Any thought's
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  4. Friends and colleagues of fallen Michigan tow operator Nader Chehadi are planning to honor him with a tow truck “light up the night” procession on May 29. Chehadi was killed in a crash on May 29 as he serviced a disabled school bus on I-94 in Pittsfield Township, Mich. See details about the procession in a report from MLive Michigan here. View the full article and more on TowTimes.com
  5. Understanding the concept of what it takes to run a 24/7/365 towing and recovery business is not easy for many people. The normal day-to-day business aspect is similar to other businesses — employees, payroll, accounts payable and receivable, etc., — but the difference is what else it takes to be in this industry. Towing companies are on call all the time and our services are needed most often in trying and difficult situations. I had an employee who told me he was going to start his own towing business. He believed he would contract with a motor club and get “X” amount of calls a day and that would bring in “X” amount of money. When I asked him who was going to answer the phone when he was out on a call, he said he would. Hmmm … okay. Then I asked him what he thought his profit would be after he paid the truck loan, insurance, fuel and maintenance? After that, I asked him if he was sick or wanted to go on vacation, who was gong to run the calls? Then came the question: Did you talk this over with your wife? Letting her know you wouldn’t have time to do much of anything as far as family time? I really didn’t want to discourage him, I just wanted to point that there’s more than just going on calls and collecting payment. Over the years, I have gotten this attitude from some customers as well. When you advise them of the cost of a service they say, “Wow, I should start a towing company.” My response is: “Sold!” View the full article and more on TowTimes.com
  6. The right towing attachment can make a heavy-duty towing job go smooth. This short video demonstrates a few of our Miller Industries™ towing attachments and how they can be applied in a rear-tow application. View the full article on Millerind.com
  7. AAA will again be offering its Tow-to-Go safe ride program for the Memorial Day weekend as motorists prepare to hit the road. AAA says this long holiday weekend will see the second-highest travel volume on record since AAA began tracking holiday travel volumes dating back to 2000, trailing only the bar set in 2005. Overall, an additional 1.5 million more people will take to the nation’s roads, rails and runways compared with last year, a 3.6 percent increase. AAA notes that this service is not available everywhere and is subject to change without notice. For the following states, the Memorial Day Tow-to-Go Program is statewide and begins Friday, 5/24 and ends Tuesday, 5/28 at 6 a.m. unless otherwise indicated. In these states, motorists can call (855) 2-TOW-2-GO or (855) 286-9246. Florida Georgia Indiana (Fort Wayne and South Bend ONLY) Iowa Michigan Nebraska North Dakota Tennessee Wisconsin View the full article and more on TowTimes.com
  8. Kenworth is adding the TruckTech+® Remote Diagnostics system as an option for its medium duty conventional trucks. Fleets and truck operators buying new Kenworth T270, T370, T440 and T470 models equipped with the 6.7-liter PACCAR PX-7 engine, 8.9-liter PACCAR PX-9 engine, or Cummins Westport L9N natural gas engine will be able to order Kenworth TruckTech+® Remote Diagnostics. The system enhances vehicle diagnostics by providing real-time engine health information to fleet managers and Kenworth dealers to help optimize truck uptime and productivity and allows fleets to track the location of the Kenworth trucks. Kenworth TruckTech+ notifications include continue driving with no action required, keep driving and address the service code during the next service interval, head to a dealer for service, or pull over to prevent possible damage. If the customer needs to take the truck in for service, the system maps out the locations of the three closest repair facilities. The data is sent to a secure web portal where the fleet manager can review the truck’s location, status, identified issue and recommended solution. If a repair is needed quickly, the data can be sent to the servicing dealer in advance so they can be prepared to work on the truck – saving customers time and money in initial diagnostics. When the truck arrives, the dealer’s service team can move quickly to remedy the problem.” The Kenworth TruckTech+ option includes a free two-year subscription to the service. Longer term subscription options also are available at a cost. A Kenworth TruckTech+ video is available on the Kenworth YouTube site and on the TruckTech+ section of Kenworth’s website. View the full article and more on TowTimes.com
  9. Kenworth is adding the TruckTech+® Remote Diagnostics system as an option for its medium duty conventional trucks. Fleets and truck operators buying new Kenworth T270, T370, T440 and T470 models equipped with the 6.7-liter PACCAR PX-7 engine, 8.9-liter PACCAR PX-9 engine, or Cummins Westport L9N natural gas engine will be able to order Kenworth TruckTech+® Remote Diagnostics. The system enhances vehicle diagnostics by providing real-time engine health information to fleet managers and Kenworth dealers to help optimize truck uptime and productivity and allows fleets to track the location of the Kenworth trucks. Kenworth TruckTech+ notifications include continue driving with no action required, keep driving and address the service code during the next service interval, head to a dealer for service, or pull over to prevent possible damage. If the customer needs to take the truck in for service, the system maps out the locations of the three closest repair facilities. The data is sent to a secure web portal where the fleet manager can review the truck’s location, status, identified issue and recommended solution. If a repair is needed quickly, the data can be sent to the servicing dealer in advance so they can be prepared to work on the truck – saving customers time and money in initial diagnostics. When the truck arrives, the dealer’s service team can move quickly to remedy the problem.” The Kenworth TruckTech+ option includes a free two-year subscription to the service. Longer term subscription options also are available at a cost. A Kenworth TruckTech+ video is available on the Kenworth YouTube site and on the TruckTech+ section of Kenworth’s website. View the full article and more on TowTimes.com
  10. The following is a press release from the International Towing and Recovery Hall of Fame and Museum: The International Towing and Recovery Hall of Fame and Museum (ITRHFM) proudly announces it is now designated a Blue Star Museum, offering free admission to military members and their families from Memorial Day, May 27, through Labor Day, September 2, 2019. According to themilitarywallet.com, more than 2,000 museums participate in this program with museums located in all 50 states, Washington, D.C., Puerto Rico and on the American Samoa. Participating museums address a wide variety of interests including fine arts, science, history, nature centers, and children. You can find participating museums at the following link: www.arts.gov/national/blue-star-museums Free admission* is open to anyone carrying a valid military ID card (CAC Card), or a DD Form 1173 ID Card (Dependent ID Card). This includes members of active-duty military, National Guard, Reserves, U.S. Public Health Service Commissioned Corps and the NOAA Commissioned Corps. Free admission is valid for the service member and up to five dependents. View the full article and more on TowTimes.com
  11. That is a Stunning looking truck .... I am sure it served you well... Thanks for posting, John.
  12. 4024 Single Axle
  13. Diesel 6 Cylinder 5 Speed Transmission 2 Speed Rear Axle 22ft X 102” Kildare Steel Flat Bed With Wheel lift Remote Lodar Winch control Assembled in House
  14. 366CID EFI engine Automatic Transmission Aluminum JerDan bed eithneheel,lift Assembled in House
  15. You end up with so much extra "stuff" to dump when you get it in the dirt.
  16. 460 CID Engine 4Speed transmission Under 100K miles new Holmes 442 Goodall Jump Start Unit Western Snow plow Assembled in house
  17. DrHook541 posted article: Harold Hamon liked to start his days with breakfast at a small establishment near 198 Street and 57 Avenue. It was almost always eggs Benedict with tea or milk. He didn’t drink coffee. Then the owner of the Langley-based Hamon’s Towing & Recovery would head out in search of breakdowns and other people needing assistance. When family and friends decided to organize a memorial drive for Hamon, they agreed it should begin at his favorite restaurant. At least 35 tow trucks and one ambulance have said they will participate. It will start 9 a.m. Sunday at the cafe, pass by Hamon’s home and proceed along the Langley Bypass before ending at the Fort Langley Community Hall on Glover Road, where a public memorial service will be held at 1 p.m. The 57-year-old Hamon died after he was injured in a two-vehicle crash on the Langley Bypass on Friday March 11. He had a reputation as a hard-working, big-hearted man who would never leave anyone by the road, even if they had no money to pay. Two of his brothers will operate his company, something Hamon asked for in his will. RESOURCE LINK After everything he’d been through, the collision that sent Harold Hamon to hospital didn’t seem so serious to his family. Over the last 10 years, Hamon, the 57-year-old owner of Hamon’s Towing & Recovery in Langley, had dealt with diabetes, the amputation of his right leg, kidney failure and the aftereffects of open heart surgery that left him clinically dead for just over four minutes. A shattered hip was not a small matter, but it didn’t seem like anything the resilient Hamon couldn’t recover from. Hamon suffered the injury when his blue Ford F350 pickup was hit by a white Chevrolet panel van around 9 a.m. Friday (March 11) on the Langley Bypass east of the 200 Street intersection. According to police, the van was making an illegal left-hand turn onto the bypass when the collision occurred. The force of the crash sent the Ford into a ditch, injuring Hamon and his passenger. The first thing Hamon did was reach for his cellphone. He was still inside the damaged truck when he called his brother. “Ron, you better get down here,” he said. “A guy just cut me off. I’m cut pretty bad.” Eyewitness Tressa Japp saw the blue Ford F350 pickup truck spin out of control and land in a ditch. “The smoke started billowing out of the front of the [Ford] truck,” said Japp, a First Aid instructor from Boston Bar who rushed to assist the injured occupants of the pickup. “The driver was more lucid than the passenger,” Japp told The Times. “They both had serious head trauma.” Both men were rushed to hospital by ambulance. When Hamon’s sister Lorraine went to see him in hospital, she said he was in considerable pain, and fretting about the fate of the other people involved. “I didn’t kill anybody, did I?” he asked. In fact, the driver of the van walked away from the crash and Hamon’s passenger was treated and released. “You don’t need to worry,” Lorraine told her brother. It was, the family says, typical of Hamon to worry about others more than himself. They describe him as a hard-working big-hearted person who would tow people even if they were broke, telling them to pay him when they could. “He never left anyone high and dry,” says brother Ron, who occasionally drove for Hamon’s towing company. Hamon, one of 11 kids, spent almost his entire life living and working in the town where he was born. He never married, but he had many nieces and nephews, and they adored their uncle, who liked to build slick, fast cars and trucks. His pride and joy was the 800 horsepower street-legal 1964 Ranchero with the black cherry paint job. There was also a bright blue 1980 Chevy short-box pickup that he built with his brother Terry. Most of all, Hamon loved his job. He liked to keep working. He would go out in all kinds of weather, even working Christmas Day. About 10 years ago, a dropped dolly caused a foot injury that turned into an infection and led to the amputation of his right leg. It barely slowed him down. He did need an assistant to help him hook up vehicles, and every now and then, his artificial leg would fall off, likely because he was losing weight. Hamon would simply put the errant metal limb back on and carry on like nothing out of the ordinary had happened. The failed attempt to quell the infection in his leg with antibiotics is believed responsible for the kidney failure that required dialysis treatments four times a week. About 14 months ago, Hamon underwent open heart surgery, and his heart stopped beating for about four minutes after the operation. He survived and quickly returned to work, with a doctor’s note that allowed him to drive without a seatbelt post-surgery. A week before the crash, Hamon was discharged from hospital where he’d been treated for pneumonia. He was back at work half an hour later. Hamon died Sunday morning, just hours before he was scheduled to undergo surgery on his hip. The family said an autopsy has been ordered to determine the cause of death. Meanwhile, the police investigation of the crash continues. Both vehicles have been seized and will undergo mechanical inspections. Langley RCMP said charges are being contemplated. RESOURCE LINK nrctower said: I hate to hear of any one passing away like that especially when it is one of our fellow tow operators our thoughts and prayers to all involved RRRequest Towing and Recoveryjjjjj iiiiiiRoanoke Va 540-309-6640mmm Acestowing said: Very sad to hear. Thoughts and prayers go out to his family and friends... Bryce Weber - Aces Towing WM 091409 Level 6/7 1-519-889-3350 Associated Towing said: Thoughts and prayers to a fellow towers family getuone2x said: Thoughts and prayers Larry Styba said: Dwayne I see it was a great turn out for the procession and a packed house for the memorial. I never met the man but he always waved when he passed by. Impressed again at how the industry can unite for a common cause Cya In the Ditch Larry Styba WM# 011088 Randy1 said: Thought's and prayer's with all involved.
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  19. This is an Alberta Roll Call which ran on Tow411 in 2007: How many of these members are still around? 583 from the Bow Valley, Montreal - QC - ca Camtow, Camrose, AB Canada - - CA Cooter64 ,Sundre - Alberta - AB - ca gaqrdenfan JR here from City Haul Andrew aka giggles88 with Double L towing Sherwood Park alberta HeavyHook Chestermere, Alberta Jody aka kama with Big Time Towing and Recovery in Bonnyville Alberta Ray, L&L Southside in Cold Lake, Alberta Red Deer Steve aka wm93197 owner-opperator of Fairview Towing. Fairview is between Peace River and Grande Prairie. White Knight Towing Robin aka wm050915 in beautiful downtown Cowley Alberta This is an British Columbia Roll Call which ran on Tow411 in 2007: DrHook541 - Surrey - BC - ca Divor located in westbank Jim aka Caribu907 from Williams Lake Doug aka "Oldtrucks" Maple Ridge Towing Gigarange located in Victoria Larry Styba - Pitt Meadows BC Vanhook located in Surrey Abinator from Dawson Creek, BC
  20. 2001 International 4900 that is Rust Free and So. Calif operated 33,000 GVWR DT530 Engine Rebuilt 212 miles ago Present mileage is 383,158 The original owner has all the maintenance records Drop Axle is included Contact Wally Thornton @ 951-575-6393 28" Chevron Steel Series 20 4 Car Carrier with Wheelift Towbar 2 ea. 8,000 lb. Main Deck winches and another on the upper Deck Tool boxes are equipped also Asking $25,000
  21. MarcRowan

    Draggin' Wagon

    Doin what she does.
  22. Harold Murphy, Jr., beloved owner of tow truck company, laid to rest on Thursday harold murphy junior served his country as a marine and his community as a police officer...'and' he built the iconic tow truck business that carries his name. WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. — Harold Murphy, Jr. served his country as a Marine and his community as a police officer, and he built the iconic tow truck business that carries his name. Family and friends gathered at St. Juliana Catholic Church on Thursday to honor his legacy. He passed away last Friday at the age of 79. But outside the church was an even bigger honor. Dozens of tow trucks lined up, shining their rigs and planning their route for a sendoff like no other. "I've got trucks here from Key West, north of Vero. I've got trucks from the west coast all here to represent," said Drew Zuccala, a tow truck owner. And represent they did! The long line of tow trucks traveled from the church to the cemetery, where drivers planted flags in Murphy's honor. "When we line up with the escorts and stuff, people stop. Some people get out and salute. People say a prayer. It's very, very emotional," said Zuccala. "It's a brother and sisterhood in the towing industry," said Lindsey Zuccala, a tow truck driver and organizer of Thursday's show of support. "We are competitors on a day to day basis, but when we lose one of our heroes, our fellow tow operators, we all come together as a family." Murphy's family did not want to go on camera, but said their father was humble and would be overwhelmed by the processional. One of the organizers has no doubt Murphy knows all about it. "He's up in heaven looking down with a big smile on his face, super proud, definitely proud," said Lindsey Zuccala. RESOURCE LINK with video
  23. Published: May 22nd, 2019 - 11:13pm (EDT) Updated: May 23rd, 2019 - 5:32am (EDT) INDIANAPOLIS (WTHR) - Dozens of people are paying tribute to a motorcyclist who died last week after crashing into a downed tree from a powerful storm. Blinking yellow and red lights shone in the darkness from dozens of tow trucks and motorcycles. Their drivers were gathered on the south side Wednesday night to remember a man who loved both. "Loved vehicles all together. Helping people that was his thing," said Jamie Clephane of Jerry Crawford, his friend of 20 years. Crawford couldn't help himself Friday night when he hit a fallen tree on McCarty Street while riding his motorcycle. The 42-year-old tow truck driver was pronounced dead at the scene. "I'm heart broke. I'm angry," said Crawford's widow, Billie, who believes her husband should still be here. According to neighbors near the crash scene, the tree Crawford hit fell down the night before during a storm and was reported to the city. "Totally preventable," said Charles Ward. Now, all Crawford's family and friends can do is pay tribute to a husband, father, and friend with a balloon release and memorial ride. "It's just to show brotherhood. We are all family in this industry and when one passes away, we gotta show our respect to the loss and to the family," said Crawford's friend, Charles McGinnis. Now Crawford's family and friends must find a way to go on without him. "He was a hard worker. He enjoyed helping people. We definitely lost a good one for sure," said Ward. Instead of planning a summer together, though, Crawford's family is planning his funeral. "Jerry was a great guy. He had the biggest heart," Billie said. RESOURCE LINK with video
  24. Hello Canadiantowman, This is Dennis Thurlow with DENTED Development the developers of the InTow software products. I'm not sure why you feel our customer service is bad...are you a customer of DENTED? If yes, what issues are you having? I'd be happy to get your issues resolved. Are you on a support contract with us? Let's talk offline so we can review / discuss how our support works. We support many Toronto customers and have been since 2005. We are also planning a booth at the Ontario Show in September. Feel free to drop by the booth. Send an email to dennis@denteddev.com and we'll arrange a time to discuss the issues. Thank you...:) Dennis@DENTED
  25. Really good product just really bad customer service.
  26. what ever happen to the truck i remember it for sale, as you where wanting to slow down or retire
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