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  1. Got a call the other day from a guy who was a little excited for a Boom Truck that was "Sort of rolled over, or is going to roll over"... There were 3 or 4 workers on the roof when the driver attempted to load a pallet of shingles up there. The left outrigger tube snapped and he saw the truck start to go so he swung the boom to the left and let the load crash on the ground... The truck laid on top of a dump trailer parked in the driveway... Snapped the outrigger right off...
    7 points
  2. Haven't had time to post much because we have been busy as shit for weeks now....Not complaining but I could use a break. Fire truck @ 2am coming back from a structure fire... Eddie has been running every night... Motorhome thought it was a good idea to pull down through his yard after a week of rain... Damage to coach prior to us touching it... Abandoned Uhaul w/ a trailer... Wrecks every day...
    6 points
  3. Tow Truck Operator..... For all the guys and girls wanting to drive a Wrecker, take a close look before you sign on the dotted line : Yes you work on the white line Yes cars zip by at 90 with no care about your safety Yes the wages can be good Yes you can up your lifestyle with a nice home, cars and toys. Yes the financial rewards are tempting Yes it gets in your blood Yes it gets rough Yes you get considerable time at home when you are at home Yes you miss Family and loved ones Yes Relationships will be strained and pushed to breaking poi
    5 points
  4. This is the second one of the day. Yep we do that too.
    3 points
  5. Commenting as an owner. I believe the company should provide everything needed to do the job. All trucks should have equipment to handle the work that you are dispatching to them. Let them know that if there is something they need, to feel free to ask. Making their job easier, or quicker to do will benefit the company in the end. Items such as lockout tools, jumper packs, uniforms, gloves, etc... should be provided. If They would prefer to use their own, that is fine too. Ask them what equipment works best for them, and why. They might have something to teach yo
    3 points
  6. This gentleman having a bad day stuck over 200 feet off the pavement!
    3 points
  7. Called to move a "Snap On" Box today...this is what it was. A Mr Big, 18 feet long, 10 sets of casters near 7 ft tall. Owner of box was impressed & tipped very well.
    3 points
  8. The other morning we got a call for one into a barn. When we got there it was resting on a concrete retaining wall, and was resting partly on the fuel tank. So we backed our rollback at an angle, so we could lift up on the rear tire, before we started winching. Once we had it lifted high enough, we slid the rear of the SUV over and pulled it onto our bed. All in all it went pretty good. Sorry I don't have any pictures in action, since the police were holding traffic for us. And this is after it is out
    3 points
  9. I watched that video. I guess that there was a badge indicating AWD when the van was born. Like you said, it must have been removed when it was wrapped. Another thing that I learned from the video is there was an AWD Transit van in 2020 too, although I've never seen one. So take this post as fair warning. The damage claims staff is sitting at their desks, with their 8 fingers and 2 thumbs on the keyboard, ready and willing to fill out the forms, if a client claims damage. Every time you get a call to tow a Transit, just drop down to one knee, stick your head under the truck, a
    3 points
  10. Had to pick up a Fire Truck the other day for a brake problem. It always amazes me how heavy these trucks can get... This truck handles weight like a dream....the counter weight keeps the steer axle firmly on the ground... Found it to be the Slack Adjuster Pins seized in the yoke and wasn't letting the brake to completely release. A quick inspection, repair and we delivered it back to their facility.
    2 points
  11. Just finished a full refurbish on my 07 International Extended Cab Rollback. We took this truck out of service nearly 5 years ago with 385,000 miles. It became a "back burner" project but finally came together. I had this truck built in the spring of 08 w/ a 07 pre emission chassis because I didn't trust the MaxForce engine that was replacing it... It ran fine but had "blow by" which is typical with that many miles. I should of moved it before it got that high but when my wife got sick, I didn't spend any money... So we either had to sell it as a high mileage
    2 points
  12. As an owner I supply everything. It’s not an operators place to buy tools or supplies. I furnish every truck the same so if a driver gets out of one truck for any reason he know where and what’s to find on the next truck. Rubber gloves, mechanics gloves, hi vis vest and rain gear, flashlight, ramps, jump box, guardian angel, cones, impact and sockets, tool set, floor jack, snatch block, synthetic winch extension, cell phone, two way radio, axle straps, skates, trailer hitch, hand sanitizer, wipes, phone charger cords, key tags, wheel straps and chains….. and the list goes on. If a driver comes
    2 points
  13. Well after some set backs we are finally making some decent progress on the 66. We are down to bare frame. All the components are at their respective shops for rebuilding and restoration.
    2 points
  14. Customer called for a tank truck that tried to turn around and went just a little to far. Didn't take pics of winching since LE closed the road for us and was fairly busy road. Came out with no problems. Only 500 gallon in the tank.
    2 points
  15. We travelled to Malvern in the west of the country for the first major trucking show in the UK where almost 800 trucks were gathered..i It was well supported by a large crowd on both days even though heavy rain was forecast .. I think folks were just glad to get out from the 9 months of continuous lockdowns There was a fine turnout of west country and Welsh towing companies and some awesome vehicles and equipment A brand new 6x4 DAF for Ken William's Another DAF this time an 8x4 The
    2 points
  16. I'm pissed off. I'm tired of waking up to emails from Ron Parrish @TowZone about another fallen operator. I'm tired of seeing facebook posts asking to "light up the sky" for fallen tow ops. I'm tired of sending "thoughts and prayers". I'm tired of using the "care" emoji. So tonight, I'm using my platform, our bi-weekly HONK Live! Facebook show, to do something about it. Tonight, July 7th at 8:30PM ET/5:30PM PT we will be speaking LIVE with Tom Parbs @HAASAlert-TP of HAAS Alert and Jeffrey Godwin @FTI Groups of The International Towing & Recovery Hall of Fame and Museum to ta
    2 points
  17. The 66 is coming along. Now I have my second project in the works. This one is a 46 Ford and will have a Holmes 515SP with cradle. Just stay tuned. Going to be a while before completed, but wanted to share. Hope you enjoy. Questions and discussion welcome.
    2 points
  18. Topic Originally Created by EdsTowing on Tow411 When I got back, it wasn't quite empty but good enough for my concerns. They filled a F250 pick up with the pavers & tools and then filled a 1 ton Chevy dump with stone... Easy hook up with a heavy steel tube going across the rear frame.. Started unhooking when I thought I should grab a pic...yes both safety chains were hooked... dperone said: That rear bumper should come standard on all trucks, it would make life so much easier. 23k on an F550? No wonder
    2 points
  19. Chiggers can be treated with kerosene or nail polish remover on the blister. We use Fels naptha (aka brown soap) after exposure to poison ivy , oak, or sumac, wash with cold water ONLY! Its cheap & available at most WalMarts in the laundry section...knock on wood, always works so far.
    2 points
  20. Couple of rollovers we got the other morning... Control Center called on the 1st one and said "It's 196 and....Oh...well it looks like it's in your driveway?" Snapped a pole off in the yard of one of our rental properties... Yep that was right.... After flipping it, it laid on the ground like a lobster... Eddie picked it up with the skid steer & put it in the fence... Then 2 hrs later another by the State Park... Guy said he swerved to miss a dear.... Lost control, ran ove
    2 points
  21. Just a little recovery at the end of the day with Nathaniel Wing and Kevin Whittle great jobs guys thank you for the help as always.
    1 point
  22. Company I work for is only required to have cross wrenches to do tire changes. They put battery impact guns in every truck to get us back in the truck faster. Common impact sockets too but man they get lost so I bring my own 4 common ones just in case. Another one is Jumper cables is all that is required. They put a battery jumper box in each truck. Things I supply of my own. These things are not required in our contract as in if the person needs them they are SOL , we will tow them off but they are on thier own after that. So really I only provide them out of
    1 point
  23. In search of 12ton integrated Wrecker, Chevron 512T or Century 2465, Vulcan V24 or Century EB4 Standard cab, Cummins, Air Brake, nice condition/no rust, under 150,000 miles, 108" C.A ideal, 4x4 would be a dream as a bonus. Thank you 360-622-7045 for text
    1 point
  24. Rob transported this the other day for a customer.... At first I wasn't sure how I felt but he said it was like 10k and it handled it nice....
    1 point
  25. Tow truck procession honors driver murdered on the job Patrick Sanford was shot and killed one month ago while moving vehicles at a Hillsboro apartment complex; he left behind a wife and son. HILLSBORO, Oregon — Dozens of tow truck drivers gathered in the parking lot of the Regal Evergreen Parkway cinemas in Hillsboro Saturday morning for the Enough is Enough tow truck procession. Drivers were there to remember fallen tow truck driver Patrick Sanford. One month ago, the 51-year-old Sanford was shot and killed while on a towing job at the Park Creek Village A
    1 point
  26. Helping out some good friends today.
    1 point
  27. Come help spread the message! Responders are being killed doing their on our roadways by violators of these laws! The motoring public is not aware of these laws or that they differ from state to state! Visit APTRA.net for information and registration: October 16th National Move Over Day Parade & Events Big Surf Water Park -Tempe, AZ 7AM to 2PM October 16th 4th Annual Awards Banquet Happy Hour 5:30 to 6PM Dinner – 6:15PM Doubletree by Hilton Phoenix-Tempe Address: 2100 S Priest Dr, Tempe, AZ 85282 A small block of rooms has been secu
    1 point
  28. Great Job today. The Best Air Cushion Equipment "MatJack" Makes for the best results.
    1 point
  29. Congratulations to all our first-week winners (entries entered from June 27 - July 3, 2021): Watch our announcement video here: https://vimeo.com/574613776 Owner: Mike Middletown, Ben's Towing (Spring Valley, NY) - $250 prepaid card Dispatcher: Christopher Boyd, BRB Transportation LLC (Toccoa, GA) - $500 prepaid card Dispatcher: Joel Grajeda, Pantusa Towing & Recovery, LLC (El Paso, TX) - $500 prepaid card Driver: Alvaro Morales, Phenomenal Towing (Las Vegas, NV) - $500 prepaid card Driver: Josh Purser, Sullivan's Towing &am
    1 point
  30. Went back to the terrible scene to finish cleaning up the mess. That night it was to dark to find the motor and transmission. Thank you to my crew and Mass state Police and Mass Hwy for help us stay safe out there.
    1 point
  31. Topic Originally Created by Phillip Towing 102 in October of 2006: Phillip (102), Phil (108), and Robert (107), responed with our 60 ton and new 75ton rotators. The mixer was loaded with appox 10yds. From the time they arrived to the time the mixer was hooked up behind the wrecker was 30 mins. Police and NCSHP were very happy. Rotator 60 said: Very impressive indeed. Nice work start to finish Thanks for sharing.
    1 point
  32. 7-10-21 Hwy 156. No injuries. Thanks to Bob & Big Rig for the help,& JCFD for traffic control, appreciate it!
    1 point
  33. I run a 2015 Dodge 5000 standard cab 4x4 84" CA with a tunnel tool box. The long wheel base is a must. I also have two leafs added to the rear springs. It has an MPL40 on the back. Its about as perfect of an all around truck as I can get. I have the sling, which is a pain and in the way of your view, but when you need it, you really need it, so I wouldnt be caught without it. I hate Ford... sorry guys... but I really wish Dodge would do like Ford and I would go with an extended cab with the 84" CA... I dont want 4 door.... just a little more wheelbase would be nice at times..... altho
    1 point
  34. I have added the YouTube Video of the session DennisHONK posted about earlier for those who missed it. @DennisHONK @Y'von Ch'nel St. Cyr @FTI Groups @HAASAlert-TP @Devon B All the above TowForce Members where active in the FB LIVE Session. Take 35 minutes to check it out. Then Tell Us What You Think in Reply Below...
    1 point
  35. Nick Massa - Fleet Supervisor AAA added: There has been some changes. Glenn will now be apart of the Procession. His casket will be on back of a flatbed and we will join the Procession with him as the convoy enters ludlow. We will break off at the end of ludlow with the casket and all Procession trucks can continue onto sleepy hollow to get back to the interstate. Need to depart the staging area at 1250 to head to ludlow.
    1 point
  36. *** All Tow Operators*** Sunday 7-11-2021, Towers will be meeting at 800 West 5th St., Cincinnati, Ohio at 11am for the final ride procession for Glen Ewing. It’s the gravel lot where we were for the light up. We will leave at 12:50 and head into Ludlow Kentucky to pass by the funeral home where the family will be. The only bridge we will go under has a 13’9" clearance that shouldn’t be a problem for anyone.
    1 point
  37. Looks like they do come with a badge but like so many companies that do a wrap advertising on thier vans many take off as many emblems as they can for a better look. I am trying to get into the habit of always looking for them extra axles but man I forget a lot. You can see it in the vid at 1:10
    1 point
  38. I hope you and your family has a great 4th of July
    1 point
  39. WATERTOWN — Tow truck driver Sara Snide surprises some stranded motorists when she gets out of her rig to help them. But she and her husband Jonathen have been running Snide’s Towing, Plowing and Landscaping out of their Clayton home for the last 18 months. The retired Fort Drum soldiers are now expanding the business into downtown Watertown, where they’re opening an office in the Commerce Building on Public Square, so they can be closer to customers in the city. After leaving the Army, they decided they liked the north country so much that they wa
    1 point
  40. Don't you love when the work comes to you for a change
    1 point
  41. It finally got here.....Just too damn hot too install it today.
    1 point
  42. This Topic was Originally Created on Tow411 by TOWAHOLIC in January of 2007: Don't know if this is the right spot but here goes. What's your story, how did you get started? how big of a operation do you work for, what changes have you made to be were you are today? the only other thing that keeps me up at night besides here is the history channel. I hear big red has a good story, how about big wheels, curt sharp, danielswt, o-hare, just to name a few no particular order. Towstany said: They caught me at a weak point in my life. lol
    1 point
  43. Thanks for the posts. Just a couple of little updates. Light brackets fabricated, Holmes plate polished, truck bar fabricated and mounted. Waiting on controls to come back from machine shop to complete a full mock up install.
    1 point
  44. Very well written piece Sir. As we all know, There are numerous reasons that Operators are killed or maimed on the roadways. Can MOST of them be prevented with proper training AND SITUATIONAL AWARENESS? I really believe they can. SDMO Laws don't work. They are not the be-all end-all. Not for nothing, murder, burglary, domestic violence, drunk driving etc... are all against written law yet, they happen EVERYDAY. A big, big part of the problem in my opinion is operator complacency. And I don't mean just white line work per-say. It could be an operator who loads a vehicle
    1 point
  45. People have asked me how I use forks with my autogrip II. Here are some photos of the fork receivers I have and how I've used them on some of my tows. ***THERE IS NO WORKING LOAD LIMIT LISTED ON THEM***
    1 point
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