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    When dealing with Ferrari, Lamborghini, Porsche, Roll's owners, you know just how difficult and picky they can be? If your tow business serves the, "exotic and custom", niche, I'll pass to you a gimmick that I've used for years in serving these difficult personalities. Have you ever seen a chimney sweep do-their-thing in-cleaning your woodstove or fireplace chimney? The purist sweep wears an old-style (tails and top hat) uniform that oftentimes includes wearing white, parade style, formal gloves. For years, when I'd begin loading someone's expensive exotic or custom, I'd wear clean, white-gloves. I'd bounce confidently out of my carrier, walk up to the vehicle's owner and greet them with a solid handshake. After an intitial greet and complementary chit-chat about their awesome car, I'd slowly put on a pair of clean, white-gloves, as I began the process of carefully loading their vehicle. No, white-gloves aren't for pulling cable or grabbing chain, but at those moments when it's neceessary to enter their car's interior to shift into neutral or take off the emergency brake. The process includes a little bit of theatrics and intentional slow-moves so they'd see me handling their vehicle with, "kid's gloves", so to speak. Accordingly, when it came time to open and close doors, I'd never touch the vehicle's painted surfaces. And, when closing a vehicle's door, I'd use only my, white-gloved index-finger, in the lower corner of the vehicle's door. There's no better way to, "wow", a customer than treat their vehicle with care ... and let them see you doing it. White, parade gloves are available on-line for as little as ten bucks for five pair (plus shipping). It's a neat gimmick intended to tug on the exotic owner's heart-strings. The gimmick is simple and costs little, but the results are noticeable and can lead to very satisfied repeat customers. I'm pretty sure that your competitor doesn't include white-gloves as part of their service. R.
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    February is Patron Recognition Month

    Still here.....and enjoying life. HEFFY
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    Starting up a tow business

    Hello my name is william, I am a tow truck operator from California of 12 years experience. I am currently living in Arizona and I am looking into starting up a tow business. I am very green, I am trying to organize what to do first. I have created a name for myself. I am trying to get information on what legal documents I need to file and how to acquire permits. I am also in the process of truck shopping. Any suggestions will help me out on my journey owning a legit professional tow company ready to serve the public. Thank you for your time
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    February is Patron Recognition Month

    Always here ...
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    Old Tow

    February is Patron Recognition Month

    I support this site, but still do not see any bars.....Why??
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    Fire tends to smolder and if fire doesn't consume all interior seats, upholstery, or whatever, re-ignition is always possible. And ... you can bet, if that car is ablaze on the back of my carrier's deck, I'm gonna' do whatever I can to get it off the deck versus taking video of it. I'm just funny that way. R.
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    Starting up a tow business

    The path to success is to not do it to make a job for yourself. But, to eventually make a job for others. You'll find that unless your just hauling scrap it isn't going to be easy, it's not 9 to 5 and the hours are longer then working for someone else. Most new towing companies do not make it past 3 years. Leaving hose who venture to leave the towing industry entirely. Don't fall victim, create a business plan. For those who Fail to Plan - Plan to Fail... Words to Live By!
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    Starting up a tow business

    Thank you so much goodmichael. That was a very inspirational reply. I understand fully what you are telling me and I agree 100%. I will take whatever classes I can take that will better my knowledge with owning a business. I think about why I want to tow for myself everyday of course I want the money And the freedom of being my own boss, but what I love is the reward sitting on the deck or on the wheel lift. the fact that I have been a public servant my whole life fits my character. In my younger days I studied to become a fire fighter l. At the age of 22 I drove my first tow truck working for a company that did law enforcement calls. I would sit at an AM-PM all night long encountering all sorts of people as you know when the moon comes out the world changes. Anyways the company went under due to new California tow laws. I had my first daughter and moved to Arizona and thought I would be happy with a normal job Monday thru Friday same hours every day weekends off.. well I know it sounds stupid to some people but I like being on call I don’t not mind working 24/7. Yes i will miss out on special occasions that my daughters will have but in the long run I will be doing what I love to do. My daughters are now old enough to know me and they know I am fit for towing. I have spit out a lot right now, I just want you to know I will be taking classes to better my career, My knowledge in owning a tow company. Thank you again for your reply I take it to heart.
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    Its great to see that there are still finds like this out there. The fact that the original family is looking to save this is fantastic. unfortunately, its going to be an ambitious, costly, and time consuming project. Still, they have the right people who removed it from its resting spot, and the right shop restoring it. Back in the early 2000's (maybe 2002?) I sold a Hurst GT350 for a client for around $40k, which was all the money they were bringing back then. The buyer flew into NJ and drove it back to California. I always wondered if the guy still has it and says "I can't believe I bought this car so cheap"
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    Tow Truck Struck 02.20.20 (NC)

    Hey that was my tow truck struck in nc it was on I-40 west bound just outside of newton grove nc thank god my driver was able to run and get out of the way and he is safe tonight he was down there doing a winch out for Geico he had got hooked up to the car in the ditch and had came back up the hill and was on the drivers side of the wrecker locking in the free wheel on the winch and he saw the guy coming and knew he wasn’t gonna move over so Shaun took off running he made it in front of the wrecker but he don’t know if he fell down or when it pushed the wrecker forward it knocked him down but thankfully he’s ok tonight just a little bruised up we are very lucky but we saw our worst fears come true for sure And the driver of the car was also ok Thank God
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    Re: My 600th Article

    OK ... it's mush-time and a beautiful Saturday morning coming from the Southern California mountains. I want to share with you that this week, I proudly completed my 600th article over 23-years in writing for American Towman and Tow Industry Week On-line. That number doesn't include what I post here, yet, it's been a really long, fun and interesting journey. Accordingly, I've covered all kinds of topics based on what I've read on TowForce or where ever my searches take me. It's led me to get friendships both personally and professionally at home and internationally. I give thanks to my best pal Christine and my kids for all the hours that they've donated by sharing with me and the towing and recovery industry. My military teaching environment and those boys in blue. My family has graciously given me the time (at home and away) to teach, travel and hide-out in my writing place so I can do what I love to do. While I've pissed off a few personalities along the way, "I call's em; as I see's em". I want to thank you all for being part of this process. Anyway, at the moment, Christine's out with our oldest daughter and she thinks I'm doing my chores ... I'd better get with it. Best Regards. Gotta' go. R.
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    Re: My 600th Article

    Randy, I have said it to you privately, and will say it publicly, you are one of the mentors I have followed since the beginning. I always made it a point to sit in on your seminars in Baltimore, as often as I could, and have ready almost all of your towing related work, modeling much of my own work as a communicator and educator after you. Thank you for sticking with our industry and pursuing better even when the industry itself seems to have no regard for improvement. I am honored to know you and be a friend to you. 600 is quite an achievement. I hope someday to have half that amount of published works. I really never thought I would get as far as I have, and in fact was just speaking about this today with another industry figure and Hall of Fame member that has helped me tremendously.
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    Re: My 600th Article

    Thanks guys for your messages back. I appreciate the interaction that I find here on TowForce. My only wish is there were thousands more towers with ideas, comments and posts. Your posts are the ideas that drive my motivation to write on new topics. Thanks for all you do too. Best Regards. R.
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    AMR INDYCAR Safety Team

    INDYCAR and its AMR INDYCAR Safety Team are an industry leader in motorsports safety and has been instrumental in revolutionizing the sport. Under the supervision of Dr. Geoffrey Billows, INDYCAR’s director of medical services, and Tim Baughman, INDYCAR’s director of track safety operations, the AMR INDYCAR Safety Team continually evaluates the latest equipment and its on-track procedures and protocols. The AMR INDYCAR Safety Team consists of approximately 30 safety personnel with a minimum of 18 attending each event – a trauma physician, an orthopedic physician, two paramedics, 12 firefighters/EMTs and two registered nurses. Team personnel have an average of 20 years of experience in their respective fields. “About 75 percent of our team is comprised of civil servants who are officers in their departments, such as captains, lieutenants or fire chief, which means they have vast amounts of experience managing people and managing ground scenes and incident command,” Baughman said. “Many have bachelor’s degrees in fire science and we also have people who have gone beyond the scope of their local fire departments by being involved with disaster task force teams.” The team travels with four safety vehicles equipped with the most sophisticated Holmatro rescue equipment and state-of-the-art technology, including a 360-degree video camera in the windshield of each vehicle that provides real-time video via mobile network to AMR INDYCAR Safety Team members and race control. The AMR INDYCAR Safety Team works in conjunction with and coordinates the safety personnel staffing at each venue, including firefighters, ambulance and tow-truck providers and track maintenance crews. DR. GEOFFREY BILLOWS Geoffrey Billows, M.D., has been a member of the AMR INDYCAR Safety Team since 1998 and has served as director of medical services for Indianapolis Motor Speedway since November 2006. Dr. Billows is an assistant professor of clinical emergency medicine at Indiana University School of Medicine. A graduate of the University of Cincinnati School of Medicine, Dr. Billows completed his residency in emergency medicine at IU Health Methodist Hospital in Indianapolis. Before attending medical school, Dr. Billows was a firefighter/paramedic for 13 years with the city of Fairborn, Ohio. DR. TERRY TRAMMELL Terry Trammell, M.D., serves as a safety consultant to INDYCAR and is a longtime member of the INDYCAR Safety Team. Dr. Trammell has been active in providing trackside medical care since 1973, including serving as orthopedic consultant to the Indianapolis Motor Speedway and director of medical services for CART. He is a founding member of the International Council of Motorsports Science and a founding fellow of the FIA Institute for Motorsport Safety. Dr. Trammell is a sought-after lecturer on spinal injuries and conditions, and has authored numerous articles published in professional journals. RESOURCE LINK
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    Anyone heard of RoadsideMASTERS?

    When I googled the address it’s a virtual office address you can rent for $50 a month with a one time setup fee of $150... Ha!
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    There are two types of guys around here that haul for Copart & IAA . the first type use those as filler jobs and haul here and there for them. the second type are fly by night guys running ragged 3 or 4 car carriers that run all over gods green earth dragging wrecks around for them. Their trucks are barley road worthy and poorly equipped to deal with most of the wrecks they haul. These auction houses just simply dont pay enough to get any decent companies to haul for them.The numbers mentioned by yoBdaBenO above are pretty accurate with what I have been told by the guys running for them around here. A 3 car carrier makes 5 -6 trips a day at those rates and they feel they are making a living. But in reality they only are scraping by if nothing goes south for them. Their antics have put them on D.O.T's radar so they constantly get dragged in for spot inspections that usually result in a red tag. I have gotten a couple calls in recent times from a particular company around here that shall remain nameless that picked up a vehicle from me an hour or so later asking me to come pick up the same car and hold on to it untill they can send another truck for it due to being shut down by D.O.T. or their truck going down with a mechanical issue. Of course I happily provide service and charge for another tow and day or so storage. If you can run for them as a filler to supplement your other work then i would say try it out. If your a newer company hoping they will pay your bills my advice would be to look elsewhere for work. There is just no money with them.
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    HONK was on the show

    I am moving this from the Honk forum to Towing Technology for a week. We have many lurkers that have not taken the leap to join as a member for one reason or another. This is nothing new as the average member will watch the topics for 18 months before joining to reply to a topic. They have no idea what they are missing in the Member Only Forums. I will be taking time to listen to this podcast over the weekend, just no enough hours in my day.
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    Welcome to TowForce.net By Tow411. Please feel free to browse around and get to know the others. If you have any questions please don't hesitate to ask.
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    While I too am sensitive to this unfortunate incident, there's a reality that regardless of one's means to take their life, any vehicle could be that means as it proved true in San Diego County several years ago. A female, chose death by tow truck and stepped from a highway's center divider into the path of a carrier ending in fatal results. In May 2019, I wrote a mini-article for American Towman entitled, "Suicide by Tow Truck", relating to the uptick in pedestrians versus tow truck deaths. In my research, I found a 2003 investigational study by, Australia’s, Monash University’s, Accident Research Center, entitled, “Suicide and Natural Deaths in Road Traffic,” it reported, “It has been shown that in many of these cases there was a history of mental illness, and the presence of alcohol use. One study identified the main mode of suicide among pedestrians was to walk or jump into the path of a heavy vehicle.” The tow operator should know that there's nothing they could have done. If they need someone to talk to about this experience, please feel free to contact me. R.
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    Re: Snatch-Block Rusted Shut

    Found one in one in an impounded abandoned work truck, it's soaking in transmission fluid now.
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    I have a side puller that fits in the end of the deck so I leave the bed locked in. Can put dead man on the stinger and lower it.
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    Oh, I've definitely learned! I do not accept motor-club calls on a PO for any winch out that's over 15 feet away from pavement or over 20 miles away from my location....at their rate. If it's over what I stated, I let them know I do off road recovery as well. I tell them my rate and except nothing less. When I use my off road recovery trucks, I collect a non-refundable deposit upfront, the caller is told all calls are recorded and I also have video in all my trucks. Fool me once.... is all it took, won't happen a second time. I truly appreciate all the comments good or bad because it gives all outlooks on the matter and helps me decide the direction to take. Be safe out there! :-)
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    February is Patron Recognition Month

    Yep, here as often as I can be checking for unread topics.....
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    We go through training on this exact subject. Tow Zone is correct, it could be any kind of a weapon that could cause the driver to be badly hurt with anything. If it is a J Hook, chain, spreader bar, knife, ect. with proper training and use, the perpetrator can easily be dissarmed. Then jump in the truck and move a safe distance away and by all means then (and only then) call the proper authorities, but stay in the area so you can sign the complaint. DO NOT call the authorities in front of the customer as this will only excalate the perp's anger! I carry a 9mm hand gun in my truck, and many people ask me why. They tell me I am only escalating the problem. Welllll I was a US Navy Seal for 12 years including during the Korean war. (I don't care what everyone says, KOREA WAS A WAR!) I hold a Brown Belt in Karate, a green belt (5kyu) in Judo, and I can disarm most combatants, but NONE of the above ever taught me how too out run a 357 bullet, not even if I manage to get to my slow truck. All that being said I must add that I feel that most ugly situations can be resolved without any physical confrontation through cool minds, tone of voice, and politeness (is that even a word?). I have observed in my 82 years of life that every once in a while some of us driver's have a "short fuse". If that's your case, you need to find a different line of work, preferably one that does NOT require dealing with the public ! Just the ramblings of an OLD Cowboy/Tow Truck Operater, so PLEASE don't holler at me, dat ain't nice!! 🤠
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    A Tow Truck Operator with Statewide Towing in California was struck on the interstate Sunday. The company identified the operator Enrique. His legs were severely injured and underwent surgery. He is currently in intensive care. Tow truck driver struck by car on State Route 79 A tow truck driver was seriously injured Sunday after being struck by a car while working to tow another car involved in a separate collision. It happened at 10:38 a.m. in Beaumont along southbound State Route 79 just south of California Avenue. The injured tow truck driver was identified as Enrique Ramirez Sanchez, 49, of Banning. The driver of the car that hit him was identified as Marcella Carranza, 29. The CHP said Carranza was speeding and lost control of her car before hitting Sanchez, who was on the right shoulder of the highway. Sanchez was taken to an area hospital with major injuries. There was no immediate word on whether Carranza was cited or arrested. RESOURCE LINK Tow truck driver seriously injured after being struck on Highway 79 in Beaumont A Banning tow truck driver was seriously injured after he was struck while responding to pick up a vehicle from an earlier incident on Highway 79 in Beaumont on Sunday morning, officials said. At around 10:38 a.m., the tow truck driver came to the scene of a solo rollover crash on the right shoulder of Highway 79 southbound, California Highway Patrol Officer Matt Napier said. The driver in that incident, who was uninjured, and a CHP officer were at the scene when the tow truck arrived, he said. While the tow truck driver, a 49-year-old Banning man, was out of his truck to recover the overturned car, he was struck by a white Toyota Corolla driven by a 29-year-old Riverside woman, Napier said. “Due to her unsafe speed, she was unable to maintain control fo the vehicle,” he said. “She veered left and collided with the concrete median, the force of the impact propelled her vehicle across the lanes to the right. The Corolla crossed onto the right shoulder where the tow truck was, striking (the tow truck driver) and the left side of his tow truck.” The tow truck driver was taken Riverside University Health System Medical Center. The southbound lanes of the highway were blocked for nearly two hours during CHP’s investigation, Napier said. “This is still under investigation,” he said. “But as of right now (the female driver) has not been arrested and alcohol and drugs were ruled out as possible factors.” RESOURCE LINK RIVERSIDE COUNTY, CA — The San Gorgonio Pass Area California Highway Patrol office has released more details about a crash Sunday morning on state Route 79 in unincorporated Riverside County that seriously injured a tow truck driver from Banning. The incident began around 9:55 a.m. when the CHP received a call about a non-injury solo vehicle roll-over crash on SR-79, south of California Avenue. During the investigation, the CHP called a tow truck to remove the wreckage. Statewide Towing responded to the scene. Around 10:38 a.m., the tow driver — 49-year-old Enrique Ramirez Sanchez of Banning — was standing on the left side of his truck when a speeding white Toyota Corolla driven by 29-year-old Marcella Carranza of Riverside lost control of her car on southbound SR-79 and collided with the concrete median wall, according to CHP Officer Matt Napier. The crash impact propelled the Corolla across traffic lanes and onto the right shoulder, striking Sanchez and his tow truck. Sanchez sustained major injuries as a result and was transported to the Riverside University Health Systems Hospital by ground ambulance, according to Napier. Both SR-79 southbound lanes were closed for approximately one hour and 45 minutes for the CHP investigation. Alcohol and drugs have been ruled out as contributing factors, Napier said. RESOURCE LINK A tow truck driver has a long road to recovery after being struck by a speeding driver while responding to a crash outside Beaumont over the weekend, officials said Tuesday. Enrique Ramirez Sanchez, a 49-year-old Banning man, was called to the scene of a solo-vehicle rollover crash on Highway 79 just before 10 a.m. Sunday, the California Highway Patrol said in a news release. The driver of the overturned car was unhurt, officers said. Sanchez parked his Statewide Towing truck on the shoulder south of California Avenue and got out to start hooking up the wrecked vehicle. That’s when a 29-year-old Riverside woman headed south on the highway lost control of her white Toyota Corolla and veered into a concrete median wall. She then ricocheted across the lanes and into the opposite shoulder, hitting Sanchez and his truck, according to CHP. Sanchez was hospitalized with major injuries. Both highway lanes were closed nearly 2 hours while authorities investigated. Officers determined the woman was traveling at an unsafe speed on the wet roadway. They don’t believe alcohol or drugs played a role. The Banning Police Officers Association has set up a GoFundMe campaign to raise money for Sanchez. “Enrique is a wonderful person and top notch driver!” officers wrote on the page. “Anyone who’s ever had the pleasure of working with or knowing him for any length of time knows he is kind, helpful, and hardworking.” As of Tuesday, Sanchez was stable after undergoing multiple surgeries in attempt to repair and save his legs. He’ll still have to “endure several additional surgeries,” according to the GoFundMe. RESOURCE LINK
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    OMG praying for Enrique Ramirez Sanchez. I hope he recovers fully. It is going to be a long road ahead for him so lets keep him in all our prays.
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