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  4. These are some of our trucks from the early 80's This was my uncles pride and joy in early 80's won a many a show. Topic Originally Create in February of 2008:
  5. Topic Originally Create on Tow411 in September of 2014. The TIMs CHALLENGE FOR ALL Nebraska TOW PROFESSIONALS 30 September 2014 To The Nebraska Tow Truck Association, Membership, and ALL Professional Towers in Nebraska: I write to ask of you to consider the following narrative … CHALLENGE to all members of your state’s association. In the September 2014 Issue of American Towman Magazine, I CHALLENGED all towers to attend a FREE Traffic Incident Management Course. It simply requires four hours of the driver’s time with hope and intent to change the way we towers and first responders work on America’s highway. I write to ask that you will forward a copy of my CHALLENGE to all of your membership. This is topic specific training every tower, tow business owner and their company’s dispatcher must attend … it’s life-saving information. FACT: Lessons learned substantiates that tow operators are injured and killed working America’s highways because they were working the traffic-side. I believe that companies don’t provide enough white-line (traffic-side) training to best prepare their employees with best on-scene practices. Unless towers firmly grasp the root causes that lead to our own mortality, we’ll continue to repeat the same bad habits that get tower’s killed. FACT: Towers don’t like change, but change is desperately necessary. If you’ve been following the cause and effect of tow operator fatalities, you’ll also have read tow attorney Michael Mc Govern’s posts, calling for a Blue Ribbon Study or some happening that ultimately brings an end to needless tower fatalities. Accordingly, I’m promoting the motto that says … “Not me, not today!” I recently attended the National 12-Hour Train-the-Trainer / Traffic Incident Management (TIM) Course to renew my teaching methodologies. The class was outstanding as it regards on-scene safety and survival. Available to tow owners, tow operators, dispatchers, as well as multiple disciplines working America’s highways and city incidents, is a 4-hour TIMs Course for first responders and roadside workers. I found the course’s material to be what every tower should know to fully understand that best safety practices, habits and awareness’s come from within. In my opinion, the course was the best course I’ve attended in years. And, having been in this industry better than 48-years, I’ve grown tired of tower’s bad attitudes and excuses relating to their safety. I CHALLENGE all industry trainers to attend a Train-the-Trainer Course so to teach towers proper on-scene safety. Tow owners; it’s your responsibility to care about your driver’s longevity and survival, so sending them to a TIMs Course benefits their safety, your company’s professionalism, and your company’s vicarious liability. Towers; don’t wait for your bosses to send you to this course. Take it on your time or take time off to attend. Don’t be stuck in a routine that isn’t 110% at the top of your game. Don’t make excuses and say, “I’ve been doin’ it this way for twenty-years and nothings happened to me yet.” That’s an ignorant response and makes you being a victim closer than you think. Attending TIMs is the catalyst that makes you better anticipate those, “what-if situations”, that are danger close on every call. Take the course because you owe it to yourself, your family, your friends, and your community to come home EVERY NIGHT. If you’re as professional as you think you are, then your professionalism and long-term survive-ability demands you attend this course. Move-Over Laws don’t work; all the lights, cops, sirens, ANSI vests and cones are simply a false sense of security. Don’t sit back and blame motorists and distracted driving for killing roadside workers, there’s something you can do about it. If you’re out there towing cars without assistance, you‘ve got to rely on YOUR best practices or you too might be killed. It’s for these reasons, I challenge all towers to attend TIMs to make you better aware of the dangers you face on-scene. Get smart and attend a FREE 4-hour Traffic Incident Management Course in your areas. FACT: Word ARE cheap. Actions speak louder than words. Attending a FREE 4-Hour TIMs Course (in your area) will increase your chances of survival. And, when you’ve completed your course, e-mail to me a copy of your Certificate of Completion as proof that you’re TIMs smart. I’d like to know that you’re doing everything possible to keep yourself out of harm’s way … and, taking a TIMs course is the first-step in changing old mentalities and excuses that could possibly save your life. Tower Professionals; take destiny into your own hands and accept this CHALLENGE. I’m spreading this CHALLENGE to as many Medias as I possibly can. If you haven’t attended TIMs, it’s easy to say you’re not as prepared as you might think you are. FACT: Too many towers simply fly by the seat of their pants. Are you one of them’? If you need contact information for your state, send me an e-mail requesting the same and I will send you your TIMs coordinators to contact and find a TIMs Course nearest to you. Being TIMs trained is one huge step in decreasing needless tow operator fatalities. I’m asking 500-towers (or more) to get TIMs trained by the end of 2014. Are you up to the CHALLENGE? Do it now and send me a copy of your certificate at ]rreschran@gmail.com Thank you for considering this course. Most Sincerely Randall C. “Randy” Resch Operation’s Editor American Towman Magazine California Highway Patrol Approved Instructor Hall of Fame Inductee #299 Writer, Seminar Presenter, Tow Business Consultation Retired Veteran Police Officer
  6. No, it was raised pretty high up & was not an issue, thank you:)
  7. 100 yards or so, these are pretty standard driveway widths here on Beautiful Orcas Island!
  8. Bill, I can invoice you $18.00 + $9.00 S&H for $27.00 or you can go to the store and purchase a Level I Patron Status for $29.00 before July 31, 2019 and receive a FREE T-Shirt. Supporters can purchase T-Shirts for $10 each which includes S&H. @Bill H
  9. We were called to this 2 car accident on one of our lovely 100 degree days. Upon arrival I found a Chevy Equinox in the roadway and a Chevy Cruze in the woods up against a tree, both with front end damage. My second truck was a little ways behind me so I moved the Equinox to the shoulder if the road then got started winching the Cruze back to the road. Once I got it past the low branches and wires I turned it over to my second truck and went back for the Equinox. Altogether we were on scene for about 15 minutes.
  10. How far did you have to back in? That looks really narrow.
  11. Did the blade on the back give you any issues? Very well planned.
  12. Topic Originally Created on Tow411 by annettemcd in July of 2009: I was just reading a thread about jump starts and many people mentioned jumper cables. We haven't used cables in years, but find jumper packs to be so much more convenient. You don't even need to park close to the disabled vehicle. You don't need to have external connections or pop your own hood. You can easily set up the jumper pack to charge while it is in the truck and/or trade out with a charged one in the shop. It is so easy to grab the jumper pack out of the truck, pop the hood of the disabled vehicle, set the pack on the top of the grill, radiator, bumper, or fender, connect it to the battery, and have someone try to start the disabled vehicle. If it is a big vehicle, try more than one pack, especially if responding with a small service vehicle instead of a tow truck. It works for us. How many others are using jumper packs instead of jumper cables? Not a big issue, but just a question. kyresqtow said: Well I have had instances that the jumper pack would not start the car but hook up the jumper cables and away we go.... Jumper packs work on the smaller engines but I have yet to find one that would start a diesel with 2 dead batteries... jerel said: personally i use a jump pack much easier to use...on the larger vehicles i use jumper cables...all are trucks have cables in them just in case the jump boxes dont work... I like using the box in garages or car ports that the cables wont reach...now a days alot of the cars wont come out of park if there is now power to them and that is where the jump pack comes in handy....and we dont have to push the vehicle out of the garage just for a jump start. Eds Towing said: All of our trucks have both. The packs are convenient for sure. We keep spares to swap out in the shop if needed as we do with the impact batteries. One thing that helps with the pack is once the car starts, leave the pack on for a minute if you can. This is assuming that the system is charging of course but it will help to keep the pack charged up from use. jefftow said: Both here. I also use the jumper pack with a compressor. I also have the car charger for it. It helps to have one in the garage in case I need another. And Ed has a good point, cars charge at 80 or 100 amps, which is a lot more that an outlet. paulie 417 said: Annette, I started using jump packs this spring, I was wondering how thay worked in -25 to -35 temps Im sure where you are it get that cold. I see temps that cold at times. Living Life in the Ditch!! C'ya Paul Morin letsplay2 said: What brand of jump packs do you use? I have had a couple of them and some don't last too long. We went back to placing the jump boxes on the tow trucks now. Don't have to worry about them being fully charged or even over charged and killing the battery early. Silverhawk said: Jump boxes are good for pull starting truck & trailers with dead batteries, also. Opens the fuel pump solenoid when the truck batteries won't. My cables are welding leads with 25 foot leads. Can reach anything, even batteries on reefers. Mellville said: jumper packs definitely, our trucks still have cables just in case the packs aren't enough or are dead but they see rare use. we get ours from Carolina Auto Supply, about 35-40 bucks each and tthey get frequent use and are replaced about every year or so. spitz said: Its said you shouldnt be jumping a vehicle with the donor's engine running as it "may" damage voltage sensitive circuits in the donor vehicles systems when the donee's engine starts... Runs the voltage reg. to the max to make up for the dead battery to compensate.. Never seen it happen yet but i don't want to be the statistic on that one. twinbulls said: I get the $50 jump box with air compressor at homedepot... works great !! and it last over a year .... I used to get the $200 boxes but when one of my guys lost it .. I feel $50 pain better..... I do have jumper cables on all trucks dont remember when I used them last.... So far no one has lost the $50 box....and it paid for itself in about 3 days..... I was just thinking of getting a few more for just incase.....And that little AC unit does better than I thought for pumping up tires.... Wreckerboy said: I bought a jump pack from NAPA for almost $600 and will start truck tractor diesels, no problem. Kind of expensive, but J. B. Hunt calls us for lots of jumps, makes it quick and easy. MTA415 said: that doesn't apply to all vehicles. the owners manual is instrumental in this situation... MidwayTowing said: have both mine s the blue one with the 50.00 replacement coupon....forgot the name.. new cables.. ye sIve had to use em also.. annettemcd said: On the cold, we usually keep the jumper packs in the shop and rotate them in and out of the trucks. They are fine in the trucks in the winter when the pack is plugged in and the APU and the cab heaters are operating. Almost all of our jobs are stand-alone (not combined with other jobs), so if it is a jump-start or a jump-start/possible tow, the driver can just grab a jumper pack or two out of the shop on their way. We usually try to avoid providing jump starts at really cold temperatures, like 40 below, because usually a jump will not be able to start a cold vehicle at those temperatures and if the owner has been trying long enough to drain the battery and then waited until the next day or so to call us, the battery might well be frozen and may explode. It usually makes more sense to just wait until it warms up to try to start the vehicle or to tow it to some place where it can be warmed up. hmc7533 said: We had days last winter that the windchill was down to these temps I keep the jump pack inside the cab of the truck on the floor on the passenger side. .(Heat blows on them) I also keep the cables there during the winter. I have found that most people try over and over to get the car started cranking the juice right out of the cells. If the car has not been driven in days I use the cables. And let it charge up awile before even trying to start the car. if its been just a few hours I grab the jump pack first. JIMTOWMANPA said: kinda within this topic but does anybody remember those supposedly jump starters you would plug in the cigarette lighter supposed to start car ( i doubt they did) we dont do hardly any road service but alot of vehicles i go to tow if battery is dead its stuck in park i thought maybe those plug in the lighter things would be good to carry and easy to carry and just enough to activate the lock out if anyone knows what im talking about i looked on the internet cant find them kstowman said: we use the jump packs....had to replace the batteries in 2004, they are still going....the batteries cost about $50 if i remember right. we bought ours from the snap-on and mac tool companies.... for semi's, diesels, and bigger motor homes we use the good-all jump start units....they are the real deal.... kyresqtow said: Jim most of the jump packs ( at least the ones I have bought) come with a plug to plug lead for just that type of ordeal. kstowman said: i haven't ever tried it for this application, we have a deal that hooks to a 9v battery that is supposed to help the vehicle's computer "remember" if you have the battery unhooked, it might provide just enough juice to get those pesky vehicles out of park as well.....i always just hook my pack directly to the battery or jump points to get them to neutral.....never have tried through the lighter..... Muskegontowguy said: AAA Mich sent out those Cig. lighter cords a few years back to power up Porsches so we could get the hood open to Jump as they have an Electric hood release Matt Bartlett said: Cables??? What are those??? We use packs, but our service truck and Medium Duty have cables as well. Matt 88towboy said: just wondering if anyone now's that if you leave thejump box on the vehicle for a couple ofminute after you start it it will charge your box back up completley I worked for aaa for a while and did this never once had to charge my box and I would use it every day all day just thought some of you might like to know if you cont use your box all the time then it might need charged once in a while you can also charge one quikley if you hook it to your own battery for a minute if it does seem to be down and you cant easily get to vehicle with cables. Spitz said: Keep in mind with long cables you losing a lot of power simply because they are so long, its like trying to push water through a 30ft hose, it takes pressure to get enough power there. Had one instance were my cables just wouldnt do the trick, the pack had no troubles however. Pro Max Towing said: The best performing jump box for the money on the market is the JNC660 it will jump start a dead big block. It has a one time $50 total replacement garranty, you can sweep up what is ever left, mail it in with $50 and WA LA in about a week to week and a half you have a new unit. Also comes with the double ended cig. lighter attachment. A few people have questioned what this cord is for. Well it has several purposes : 1) You can plug it into your jump pack and the disabled vehicle to get it out of park 2) You can plug it into your tow truck and it will charge the pack(slowly) when truck is running 3) It will also power up the power releases on those porsche units. John 94bigtow said: I guess I am a cave man still use cables looks like I will be buying a jump pack this weekend thanks for all your input and merry x mas Berk oroville towing OROVILLE TOWING ... .OROVILLE CALIF. Supertower said: I bought a jump pack @ Northern Tool and supply for $79. It has saved me from pushing many a car and is great when they won't go into neutual. John Payette, Owner, Superior Wrecker Service, Serving Houston Since 1991 TRAA Level 1 & 2 Certified, Wreckmaster Level 2/3 Certified #95734 SWTO Certified & Region 5 Board Member www.superiorwrecker.com ricktowingvt said: we are using the same three jump n carry packs we bought in the late 90s that we got from awdirect, WE have replace all the batteries once. interstate batteries stocks them and they are about $50. @annettemcd @EdsTowing @JeffTow @paulie417 @silverhawk @Spitz @MTA415 @Midway Towing @kstowman @Muskegontowguy @Indy Matt @88towboy @Supertower @Jeff Poquette
  13. This data was obtained from Motorsport.com. Cla # Driver Manufacturer Time Gap Mph 1 2 Brad Keselowski Ford 27.927 136.384 2 18 Kyle Busch 18 Kyle Busch Team: Joe Gibbs Racing Born: 1985-05-02 (age 34) Nationality: United States More info Toyota 27.942 0.015 136.311 3 1 Kurt Busch Chevrolet 27.957 0.030 136.238 4 20 Erik Jones Toyota 27.967 0.040 136.189 5 12 Ryan Blaney Ford 27.982 0.055 136.116 6 19 Martin Truex Jr. Toyota 27.989 0.062 136.082 7 95 Matt DiBenedetto Toyota 28.008 0.081 135.990 8 22 Joey Logano Ford 28.028 0.101 135.893 9 10 Aric Almirola Ford 28.030 0.103 135.883 10 48 Jimmie Johnson Chevrolet 28.038 0.111 135.844 11 17 Ricky Stenhouse Jr. Ford 28.063 0.136 135.723 12 9 Chase Elliott Chevrolet 28.066 0.139 135.709 13 41 Daniel Suarez Ford 28.087 0.160 135.607 14 4 Kevin Harvick Ford 28.110 0.183 135.496 15 42 Kyle Larson Chevrolet 28.131 0.204 135.395 16 14 Clint Bowyer Ford 28.164 0.237 135.236 17 21 Paul Menard Ford 28.302 0.375 134.577 18 13 Ty Dillon Chevrolet 28.303 0.376 134.572 19 8 Daniel Hemric Chevrolet 28.307 0.380 134.553 20 38 David Ragan Ford 28.332 0.405 134.435 21 3 Austin Dillon Chevrolet 28.367 0.440 134.269 22 24 William Byron Chevrolet 28.400 0.473 134.113 23 11 Denny Hamlin Toyota 28.432 0.505 133.962 24 34 Michael McDowell Ford 28.437 0.510 133.938 25 37 Chris Buescher Chevrolet 28.525 0.598 133.525 26 6 Ryan Newman Ford 28.597 0.670 133.189 27 43 Darrell Wallace Jr. Chevrolet 28.618 0.691 133.091 28 47 Ryan Preece Chevrolet 28.633 0.706 133.021 29 32 Corey Lajoie Ford 28.655 0.728 132.919 30 36 Matt Tifft Ford 28.674 0.747 132.831 31 00 Landon Cassill Chevrolet 28.848 0.921 132.030 32 15 Ross Chastain Chevrolet 29.116 1.189 130.815 33 27 Reed Sorenson Chevrolet 29.405 1.478 129.529 34 77 Quin Houff Chevrolet 29.561 1.634 128.845 35 51 Andy Seuss Ford 29.669 1.742 128.376 36 52 Austin Theriault Chevrolet 30.874 2.947 123.366 37 88 Alex Bowman Chevrolet
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  17. Aw shit, I thought I fixed that. Must have been two errors in there and I missed the second one. Sleep is a rare commodity in my world, I get enough only once or twice a week. I'll get those Shirts with an R out on Monday. Thanks anyone else wants a T-shirt this under cost as I need to move them out to make room for the next order. Researching a design now, and yes the poem as well as the prayer shirts will return. Only difference will be they may not have the Tow411 .net in the Wings.
  18. Season two of the Tow Business Podcast has begun. Visit towbusinesspodcast.com for more more information. Season two episodes will be: The importance and future of Quick Clear programs (TRIP, RISC, etc.) Employee Pay Structures — What Type & How Much is Right For Your BusinessDrivers – Some Get It, Some Don’t … Why? Certification – Why Doesn’t the Towing Industry Have Mandatory Certification and Training When Other Industries Do? The Industry Trend of Buying and Selling Companies — How to Value a Towing Business The Towing Industry is More than Flatbeds and Wreckers Nowadays — The Importance of Trailers, DTUs, Off-road Equipment, Etc. And there will be additional “bonus” shows throughout the season. Visit towbusinesspodcast.com View the full article and more on TowTimes.com
  19. The Association of Professional Towers — Ohio joined with Miller Industries for a two-day advanced heavy-duty training class June 11 and 12 in Middleburg Heights, Ohio. Miller Industries instructor Tom Luciano was on hand to teach industry best practices in the classroom and hands-on. The training event was sponsored by Miller Industries, Matheny Tow Trucks and Zips.com. View the full article and more on TowTimes.com
  20. Got and paid invoice, works well. You missed a "shit"! In the sentence that says that they may be random. Go home...you need sleep!
  21. In this second video covering the Collins Hi-Speed® Dollies, we demonstrate some advanced tips & tricks for recovering vehicles that are either partially obstructed or have oversize or flat tires. View the full article on Millerind.com
  22. We have a spare tandem aluminum set of sides in stock cab to axle is 180" can supply a pylon and tunnel boxes as well. Would be a quick easy way to refresh your wrecker. Has aluminum interior racking as well. Call me at 613-862-1625 to make a deal!
  23. Can't wait to see your "Smiling Face" Doreen!! Always so uplifting!!
  24. I don't doubt that, where's the error so I can fix it. I'm running on 4 maybe 5 hours sleep the last 48 hours. You want a total of 7 Shirts Right? I'm rather confident I can round them all up in Black. I'll send you an invoice through the board, it's something new, so we'll see if it works. wow, that was difficult, took like 5 minutes. Good Catch! I even ran spell check and that didn't catch it.
  25. This unit is available on our lot. Check out it and other wreckers at https://ectts.com/wreckers-tow-trucks-repo-recovery-trucks-for-sale/
  26. Hate to be the spelling police, and the mistake is kinda funny, but you misspelled what you are selling! Not sure how to order shirts. Would like 3 L, 2 XL, and 2 2XL. Prefer black, if able. If not, it's okay. They can fight over them.
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