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  1. 5 points
    Ron ... you asked for a rant, or, a rah rah speech? Well ... here ya' go. No ... I'm not a state association, yet simply, a concerned individual who's worked much of my adult career training police officers and tow truck operators. For 30-plus years, I've been a career instructor and technical writer teaching white-line safety and the TIMs concept for tow operators. I have had my legs broken by an out-of-control vehicle while I worked a highway patrol recovery some 40-year's ago. I know what it's like to being critically injured at the hands of some motorhead because they were driving too fast for conditions in the rain. I know what it's like to think and rethink that incident asking, "What I could have done better to have lessened my on-scene exposure?" I felt guilty for having totaled my bosses tow truck, but, only because I was there to help serve law enforcement, not because it was my fault. It was at that very moment where I committed myself to learning and practicing on-scene safety. Since then, I have tracked highway related fatalities that go back as far as 1934, with nearly 950-operators killed for varying reasons; as many as 350-of those killed on the highways. I have written and reported on tow operator fatalities, helped bury many police officer and tow operator friends killed in the line-of-duty to the point I have grown weary of the repeated slaughter. But, I haven't lost my inner-fire with simple hopes that we'll somehow recognize a way to reduce the pandemic of tow operators killed. But, that comes with stirring the emotions of some tow operators and tow business owners who don't give a care about what their doing or how they're going about their daily tasks. We know that flares, signs, blockers, cops and whatever ... does take extra time, but the very fact of identifying a work-space that says, "HERE I AM", should be worth the time it takes. There are lessons to be learned here people ... we're not reinventing the wheel, but simply demand, "Do what you have to to make yourself seen; don't stand in active traffic lanes and stay OFF the white-line side." That's no-brainer stuff. How hard can that be? Sure there are incidents where distracted drivers will continue to crash into us working the highways. But, lessons learned from 350-tow operator fatalities has clearly identified that working on or near the white-line side is THE most dangerous place to be. Need I say more? I am a realist that understands that DUI's, texting and motoring stupidity are here to stay. Towers continue to put themselves in harms way. No ... not because of a lack of training, is it too much testosterone, or is it that overflowing macho that says, "Nothin's gonna' happen to me?" Without concern for hurting anyone's sensibilities, tower's ... stop worrying about the cops not being there, state associations not being involved, or those damned non-concerned highway drivers. You have NO control over what they do, but you have every bit of control about where you work and what you do to help save your individual life. It's your professional skills and on-scene processes that you that prayerfully will keep your name from being part of my fatality archives. Take control of your actions and stop worrying about what everyone else is doing. You should be telling yourself ... "Not me, not today", preparing yourself mentally that no punk driver is going to take you out based on your carelessness or complacency. On-scene safety is every operator's choice ... and NO amount of hand-holding or coddling by others will help keep you safe more than your own actions. In a nutshell, the cops aren't helping, the associations haven't stepped up and the motoring public simply doesn't give a crap. To me ... that presents a bleak picture of the industry's future. I will continue to help spread the word of safety and survival where I can. But, I can only pray for your safety. It's that, "lead them to water", kinda' thing. R
  2. 5 points
    Njsss

    Newest Addition

  3. 5 points
    Eric Fouquette

    Relax and Go Fishing

    Just to see what you can catch Source:
  4. 4 points
    Randall, it's not the "we don't want to hurt anyone's feelings" attitude. It's the "it's never going to happen to me" attitude. If you can tell me what miracle it will take to wake these individuals in the industry up, then I will gladly help promote it. You do realize less the .5 percent of the industry can tell you how many tow operators have loss their lives roadside this year. I estimate that Less than 4% know there was a Tow Op killed this past Friday and as long as it doesn't effect them. They're Good...
  5. 4 points
    jrtowman

    Big changes in a year!

    Top picture was a year ago today and the bottom is what it looks like now.
  6. 4 points
    EdsTowing

    Updating The Support Trucks....

    My shop truck was looking a little tattered from a rough winter so we figured we would run it through our body shop for a new "suite" and then put our new logo on it... She came out pretty nice for a 300,000mi truck! Then off to the wrap shop.... I was happy with the results. My team did a good job on her & she's ready for another 10 years of service.
  7. 4 points
    This is the end result of almost 22 years of a painfully slow restoration.....and now is almost complete ......it still needs all the detailed pinstriping done and few other small items my sincere thanks go to Richard Kauff and the Autocar historic society for the registration and manufacturing information and technical help and advice ...... Pendell Towing and Kramers Towing for allowing me to clamber over their Autocars and take photographs of their superb trucks ... I have so far taken it to a few shows and have worked it in the show arena doing demonstrations of rolling trucks and busses over and uprighting ....all worked well No hydraulics and no electronics here ! But I worked muscles I forgot I had..... John ?
  8. 4 points
    Well with all do respect, it's my opinion that this procedure was done incorrectly. I don't mean this as a criticism but would like to reflect on a couple of things. First off you came up with the 30k casualty had 50 some thousand lbs of resistance but chose to do the job with 1 single line? It sounded as if you were making an educated decision in the video but in reality it would of been dangerous. Fortunately I think your calculations were off a little but regardless you drug a 72,000 lb wrecker backwards & kept pulling? You added more resistance to accomplish the job but kept the same rigging & increased the line load. That's a mistake that you need to understand because it can kill you. You could of easily pulled the steer axle out, broke the chain, ripped the drive axle loose...just to name a few. You have a massive wrecker there so you need to respect the line loads & rigging used. Second...whenever possible recover what is stuck. The left rear axle was buried - that's where you want to concentrate your efforts. A wrap around the tailgate to the right side would of lifted the left side out of the hole...eliminating nearly all of your resistance. Now that could of been done from the same position & pull out 150' of rope...and single line would of been acceptable since I think you would of been pulling around 20-23k. Or just back that single axle in and set up along side of the dump, that was plenty big enough to sit still & do the job. No need to pull the front, it's not stuck. This procedure would of been a lot easier on the casualty as well since you're not putting so much load on the suspension....a lot less of a mess to clean up as well. If you want cool pics, back the Tator in, swing the boom over the tailgate for a vertical lift & use the drag winch for forward motion. It would add visual drama to the pictures & justify all that iron on scene. Just a thought. You were right though...it was a lesson in resistance. Just please be careful out there when dealing with it.
  9. 4 points
    Jeff, If your driver is involved in a crash that is determined to be his fault, and he is tested for alcohol or narcotics as a routine part of the investigation, and is determined to be positive, how does that reflect your attempt at due diligence to promote operators who are safe? The drivers you hire agree to the terms, rules and conditions of your company. You have every right and all the more responsibility to ensure that your staff is operating in a safe manner. Your company, your standards, your rules. If you do not like it go work somewhere else. Far too many companies in this industry have a seat for any ass with a drivers license and a pulse. Far too many ignore alcohol as well as drug abuse simply in order to get the job done. Before any one gets their shorts in a bind, if you are doing the right thing, I am not addressing you. If you are doing a good job, great, no, outstanding. If you are one of the owners, managers, or so called leaders that looks the other way when alcohol and or drug abuse is concerned, then I am directing my concerns toward you. When you send a particular driver you are absolutely certain will test clean for random UA's because you are reasonably certain others will be positive, when you look the other way when a driver is observed to reek of alcohol or weed, or when you get multiple reports, even from law enforcement, and when you find roaches or syringes in YOUR vehicles and continue to look the other way, then you have no standards for your staff. For your second question, one has to constantly be on the hunt for the perfect candidate. I once worked at a company who hired a guy who would not work Sundays due to church as well as the desire to spend time with his family. For 144 hours a week he was the perfect employee. Customers and clients loved him and would request him by name. Just because a person cannot commit 168 hours of the week to your business, does not necessarily rule them out as an ideal fit for your company. There is a young man who works at a local grocery store who I have attempted to recruit for some time. We are currently very close to a deal, but not quite there. I have a zero tolerance policy for drugs, alcohol, as well as visible tattoos. It is my policy. It is also my company, investment, blood, sweat, and tears. If you do not like it, then roll up all of your nickels, dimes, and quarters and start your own company. Then you can smoke weed, drink beer, and get tattoos all over your face. It is your company to do so as you please. My company, my standards, my rules.
  10. 3 points
    Hi John ... it's always so very exciting to hear from you across the pond. I hope you and your business are doing well. Thanks for your comments and I personally won't apologize for offending other towers when it comes to ... as you've so eloquently described ... "self-preservation". Perhaps that's one of the reasons why this industry is behind the curve is because we don't want to hurt anyone's feelings. Will towers ever wake up? Highway related fatalities are traced back to 1934 and the same old pig headed mistakes and actions have resulted in literally hundreds of towers killed. And, Like me and you John, I'm pretty sure most towers have their own "struck-by" stories to tell ... some non-preventable. Like the over-use and abuse of amber-light on all the time, perhaps the current feeling is ... "Nah ... it's just another tower killed ... glad it's not me." I guess we've grown numb to the root causes that continue to get tower's killed, but I'm interested in the tower you talked with about no safety vest. At some point John, if you do talk with the company's owner, please share what his reaction were. Best regard. R.
  11. 3 points
    Randall.....that is the most sobering and accurate piece of text I have read in a long time ....you are bang on the money !!! I too in my career have been hit twice, my son Graham had his leg smashed, we had 2 other guys also injured on seperate occasions, both had life changing injuries, Additionally we lost long term employee Terry Booth ......Terry died at the side of a busy road in the middle of the night....witnesses at the inquest testified that his truck was properly positioned with cones out and lit up like a, quote ... "Christmas tree" he had a comprehensive training record with all the regular refreshers ... And STILL it happened !!! The woman driver that hit him was DUI and went to jail ....my point is ...on this occasion all the training he had did not save him .. I whole heartedly agree with your points about self preservation at the roadside ...... Just this morning, on my way to the supermarket , I saw a tow truck at the side of the road half on the kerb and half on the carriageway......apart from the beacons on there was no cones or warning signs displayed the operator had no reflective clothing on, just shorts and tee shirt and worst of all, he was working on the traffic side of the truck ....I stopped and parked my car behind him with the hazard warning lights on....as a bit of warning to other traffic .... I said to the driver, don't you have any hi vis clothing ? Yes he said, I forgot to bring it .. This Tow truck is owned and operated by a very good company and the owner is a long time friend and colleague, he is very pro active with safety and training...he will be furious and dissapointed when I advise him what I saw ...... .your point about macho, testosterone, it wont happen to me ??. Case in point !!! NEVER TAKE THE JOB FOR GRANTED .....NEVER DROP YOUR GUARD . The constant loss of life at the roadside is an absolute tragedy .....but if 1 life can be spared through increased reflectivity, hi visibility clothing, awareness training.... Then it is worthwhile .... Sorry if I have bored or offended any one but , self preservation is the key ...no matter what country or language it is in John.
  12. 3 points
    rreschran

    Tower Down 05.31.19 (CA)

    Right on Brian. But, forget about the costs. Cost shouldn't be a factor in safety and prevention. In all business plans, that should be the first consideration is how to keep a company's employees safe in the work-place. And, that's accomplished by safety, processes and training. We know it ... we see it ... we teach it. But, where is safety lost in translation when tower's can't retain even 10-percent? I'll go out on a limb here to suggest that on-scene safety is the responsibility of each tow company owner. It's each owner's responsibility to make sure towers have the, "mental tools and preparations", before sending their personnel onto the highway. I personally feel the industry has lost it's sense of safety by making bling and monster-tow trucks the priority while safety and survival scrapes the bottom of the proverbial barrel. I evidenced that recently by noting seven, only seven attendees, including you Brian, attend a PTSD seminar versus that of seeing literally hundreds of towers watching a rotator being run through its paces at the same tow show. It's evidenced in these posts where only a handful of personalities have the guts to approach those procedures and processes that get tower's killed. When an industry doesn't care about it's people, its current state will only get worse before it ever gets better. We know the issues, so, what's it take to overcome the lack of safety awareness in a proactive manner? One can't expect to peer down the barrel of a gun with the possibility of being shot in the face right?
  13. 3 points
    We had to rescue this lady the other day who decided a soaking wet farm field was the best place to turn around. Not 500 feet further down the road is an intersection with a nice hard packed dirt spot to turn around, but I guess she couldn't wait that long. Nice easy pull back to solid ground.
  14. 3 points
    EdsTowing

    Rollover With Clean Up

    Explorer lost control in the rain on a sharp "S" curve & rolled into the woods.... Lots of glass & debris to clean up... Now the fun starts...Property Damage Liability Claim....
  15. 3 points
    EdsTowing

    Early morning Roll....

    Eddie grabbed this one this morning.... Wrapped up in a few minutes...then a beauty shot...LoL
  16. 3 points
    TowZone

    6000 Member in only 120 Days

    With the exit of AWDirect from the Towing Information Network after more than 14 years as a Tow411 Sponsor. I needed to find another “Major Sponsor” to support our network. While attending the NTEA Work Truck Show last week it just happened a “Well Known Company” offered to add their support and participation as a Platinum Sponsor on the New Force in the Industry. They had only one requirement and that was, we must double our membership within 120 days. At that time we had just reached a goal of more than 3000 members in 15 months. The next goal was set at 6000 members by the end of 2019. To do this in 4 months is nearly impossible as it will take 25 new members each day. This “Well Known Company” set the bar high, but that is nothing for an Industry that in general sets the bar high every day. If your not already a TowForce.net member will you register today and get us closer to this nearly impossible goal. Is it possible, yes however it would take everyone that watches this message board to join. You can join using various methods, there is no cost to join. DAY 1 - 58 New Members - Day 2 - 41 New Members - Day 3 - 20 New Members - Day 4 - 7 New Members - Day 5 - 6 New Members - Day 6 - 7 New Members - Day 7 - 2 New Members - Day 8 - 7 New Members - Day 9 - 7 New Members - DAY 10 - 4 New Members - Day 11 - 11 New Members - Day 12 - 5 New Members - Day 13 - 7 New Members - Day 14 - 10 New Members - Day 15 - 6 New Members - Day 16 - 8 New Members - Day 17 - 5 New Members - Day 18 - 5 New Members - Day 19 - 4 New Members - Day 20 - 7 New Members - Day 21 - 9 New Members - Day 22 - 5 New Members - Day 23 - 0 New Members - Day 24 - 17 New Members - Day 25 - 3 New Members - Day 26 - 2 New Members - Day 27 - 2 New Members - Day 28 - 4 New Members - Day 29 - 16 New Members - Day 30 - 3 New Members - Day 31 - 6 New Members - Day 32 - 13 New Members - Day 33 - 4 New Members - Day 34 - 5 New Members - Day 35 - 6 New Members - Day 36 - 5 New Members - Day 37 - 2 New Members - Day 38 - 5 New Members - Day 39 - 7 New Members - Day 40 - 27 New Members - Day 41 - 4 New Members - Day 42 - 0 New Members - Day 43 - 4 New Members - Day 42 - 1 New Member - Day 43 - 3 New Members - Day 44 - 15 New Members - Day 45 - 1 New Member - Day 46 - 6 New Members - Day 47 - 3 New Members - Day 48 - 4 New Members - Day 49 - 2 New Members - Day 50 - 2 New Members - 410 Current Count 3386 Members Average 8.2 a day - Short 17 Members a day.
  17. 3 points
    EdsTowing

    Annnnd Another Rollover...

    Jeez 3 rollovers this weekend...all with clean ups too! This one tumble rolled in a private community w/ 25 mph speed limits... She said she swerved because a Goffer ran across the road... They cleaned up the roadway and told the Officer we would be back in the daylight to do a proper clean up.... Destroyed a new Journey...Customer called me to ask if it was driveable? I asked weren't you in it & she said yes....No...No it's not driveable...
  18. 3 points
    As of recent, i think both of us thought the days where over, but here we are. Nothing has been more enjoyable than teaching with this guy, Jeff Martin We at times argue like brothers over class logistics and stuff, but you folks see the end result. Add the other folks and we have a great time. Nobody, I'd rather have by my side. Love ya brother
  19. 3 points
    EdsTowing

    Another Rollover...

    Customer trying to avoid a stopped car & ran off the road. It hit a stone wall & flipped over... A nice "quicky" in & out job...
  20. 3 points
    BigBlonde

    AT ShowPlace Las Vegas Roll Call

    Glenn and myself will be there
  21. 3 points
    ttroseledge

    Progress on 70 Ton Rotator

    There's a lot of red to get rid of, new body and front boxes taking shape, new proportional remote, adding 35k D P 2 speed drag winch and rear 3 stage outriggers. Thanks to TJ ,Jay , and ,Bill Wong UPDATED: More progress shots on 70 ton dewalt, new sides taking shape, unit sanded, braces added to boom base, all new hoses in place, additional valve section installed in valve body, ready to add 35k 2 speed drag winch, new proportional remote ordered.
  22. 3 points
    Randall Resch, Alpine CA. - Operations Editor, American Towman Magazine, retired police officer San Diego Police Department, and Senior Off-Road Recovery Engineer, Naval Special Warfare since 1967. Thanks Ron and Chris for providing the Number one forum that brings towers together.
  23. 3 points
    I'll have to get a pic of it tomorrow George. We took their unit and welded a receiver tube on it. Now we have a pintle hook adapter and a 3 way ball assembly. We also install a factory ford trailer plug in the rear. It makes for a clean install for a 4 wire & 6 wire plugs. She got her new suit on today... I think it looks good....
  24. 3 points
    EdsTowing

    Rollover w/ Plenty Of Rolls....

    Well Ron you're right...no yellow trucks but they were there in spirit! I owe a lot to those people and Big Wheel changed the way I do things literally the day after my 1st class.... nearly 10 years ago. And when I presented my invoice to a typically difficult insurance company, they didn't have a single complaint. My connections made back then have & will continue my business's prosperity for years to come as well as friendships that are priceless. Stuart you're right...I was dreading these rolls as soon as I found out. I knew if I was to drag them out the back and load them on a trailer or carriers, they would be junk for sure. To make matters worse, they have a small hole (7/8") in the middle so rigging to them could be tricky... I knew it would be difficult to lift that dead weight in such a confined area but handling them was potentially dangerous . Like John said, I was concerned that they would move around when the trailer dropped and @ 6000 lbs each...they can make a difference! Wet set it pretty easily, I think I have a video of it...a slight bounce but not much drama. The rolls were damaged some but from their initial movement. They decided to scrap the load in the end so it is what it is. Thanks Randall. We were taxing the Tator pretty good so I decided to add my second line off a block to the drives just in case. It turned up to be a good idea because it was starting to stall the auxiliary winches and the main boom winches were getting the outriggers "Light". A lot of guys really push them but I don't know this truck well enough to exceed the platform. That added line made the difference though to get the initial lift to start & then from there it was like text book. Thanks for all the comments.
  25. 3 points
    goodmichael

    Just a suggestion

    I have a suggestion that I believe could promote a safer work environment for all that read this forum. Would it be possible to start a forum entitled, "Today I made an attempt to be a safer operator by...… This will allow those people who practice safety and proper procedure to share their experience, knowledge, education, and training. One of the suggestions just might prompt someone out there somewhere, to do something different, to put another tool in their mental toolbox, to zig where they normally would have zagged. Who knows, just one person implementing a safe practice or procedure could save someone, somewhere from getting seriously injured, or from someone from having to make that phone call everyone knows that they might have to make, but cringes at the thought of having to make the call.
  26. 3 points
    Here's sad news of a tow operator fatality that occured early this morning making this the first fatality of 2019. According to the news, tow operator, Pat Sisneros, of Madrid Towing, was struck and killed as he attempted to assist a NM state police officer. According to State Police, a semi-truck crashed into a State Police vehicle just before 1 a.m. Police say Pat Sisneros stopped to assist the officer when another semi collided into Sisneros' tow truck, killing him. All lanes on I40 Eastbound MM 157 were closed due to the motor vehicle accident involving the second semi-truck. It was also reported that 20-degree temperatures caused lanes to be were extremely icy. Details are few and an investigation is being on-going. My prayers are with the Sisneros' family and the company Pat worked for. https://www.kob.com/albuquerque-news/albuquerque-roads-slick-and-dangerous/5196197/
  27. 3 points
    While this is not the time for such discussion, it must be discussed before an action plan can be put it place. "My gut feeling is the electronic logging mandate, although artificially, has placed increased pressure on drivers to "push through" because of that set in stone digital clock staring them in the face." I have been hearing this louder and louder that because of the ELD. The dispatchers are pushing the drivers harder. One trucker stated he is one of the few English speaking drivers in the company and he has to routinely tell the person is is speaking with the speak English and to text in English. So, drivers are now be pushed harder. Wasn't that what the CDL and ELD was suppose to stop?
  28. 3 points
    We are entering the apex of the Christmas season this weekend. Colleges are completing final semester exams this week. I have one tomorrow, my last one, thank you God. Many will begin to drink as well as use illegal drugs under the guise of "celebrating." Please be extra cognizant in every step of every process you complete to limit the time you are in harms way. It is not a race, nothing you do is worth risking your life in order to save a few seconds. Your family needs you, your community needs you, and this industry, despite all of it's issues, needs you as well. Each and every one of you is a valuable resource to those close to you. There is no tire, or vehicle for that matter that is worth you risking your health, well being, or life over. that car or tire can be easily replaced, you can not be! I hope every one of you has a blessed, safe, and meaningful Christmas as well as a bountiful 2019. I personally have had a rough 2018, and am ready to close the chapter and look forward to a great 2019.
  29. 3 points
  30. 3 points
    annettemcd

    2018 Motor Club Ranking

    1. Geico --pleasant dispatchers who really seems to care about motorists, fast payment, easy invoice submission, decent rates 2. AAA (NCNU) --When we were part of MountainWestAAA and that was great, now it is Northern California, Nevada, Utah, Arizona, Alaska, Montana, and Wyoming and nothing is the same. 3. Agero --commonly confused about location and destination (a common one has been closed for 6 years), complex procedure for requesting extras, short pays not uncommon, poor communication, commonly lies to us and to motorists about the covered distance. Only 6 jobs so far this year with any other motor club.
  31. 3 points
    A Sneak Peak at the of Monsters that Metro Tow Trucks will have at the American Towman Exposition, this month. Hope to see and meet you there, This should be our Biggest year ever, Thank You all for the support!
  32. 3 points
    Dat1

    Rolls Royce Phantom

  33. 3 points
    Rigged a semi for a reverse roll .... using 1 medium duty wrecker one winch triple rigged to lift and one winch single line to restrain Nick Ovenden preparing to operate the 30 ton / metre knuckleboom crane the latest 3 axle accident unit based on a Mercedes chassis 8 ton payload on the platform note the PPE Preparing the Century Rotator for a spreader bar lift .....
  34. 3 points
  35. 3 points
    EdsTowing

    Three Wheel Action Challenger

    You did a fine job...I have no problems with it. I carry a rubber mat in my 650 for laying under vehicles pulling driveshafts. I also use it on the deck to set pieces like this if needed. I use it all the time when I take the shoes off the wheel lift to use forks. So now if you want some constructive criticism...(and maybe you don't?)...the only problem was dropping it in the customer's driveway. A late model vehicle like that w/ full coverage...I would make every effort to take that to my shop and put it through insurance. That car has maybe 5 grand in damage and it will certainly go through insurance for repairs. Sell the job! Tell them it can go to whatever body shop they like in the morning. Do whatever you can make the decision easy for them. Take them home, get them a rental...whatever you can do. Just add any time to the invoice. I have set up limo or Car service for customers trying to get home to a distant location. You could double the value in that job over taking it home. Just an observance...if it was possible.
  36. 3 points
    We live in a not my problem, not my responsibility, hooray for me and screw you culture today. Far too many have zero regard for doing the right thing at the right time for the right reason. Parents do not want to parent, they want to relive their lives through their children, and have a desire to be their children's peers, rather than their parent. Children do not get the love. structure, and discipline they need to become self sufficient and successful, with the capacity to stand on their own two feet. Parents on average spend more time on social media than they do speaking with their children. Yet we blame guns, a piece of steel, plastic, and wood as the number one cause of school shootings. A seven or eight year old shot their sibling to death over a video game controller last week. A seven or eight year old was the perp! We pay direct tv over 100.00 a month to pipe crap into our homes. We pay them to do it. I have not had a tv at home in three years. For those of you who have young children, sit and read to them for at least fifteen minutes a day. If you do not have fifteen minutes to sit and spend time with your child, then go get the crowbar from your truck and smash your television screen, align your priorities to your responsibilities. Or better yet, throw it in the middle of the street and then all your neighbors will think you are crazy until you tell them you are giving up tv to spend more time with your children. Your children need at least a few hours of your time, your most precious asset, each and every day. If more people spent more quality time with their children, and took the time to invest in their children, maybe we would have less people who prioritized smoking a bowl over having stable employment.
  37. 3 points
    EdsTowing

    A few Rides In The Country...

    Customer broke down @ 1:00am with a flat tire 150 mi away. We sent a tire service that changed the tire & wheel but found a brake issue as well so I still needed to go fetch it in upstate NY... But if you're going to break down....best to do it at a Dunkin Donuts... This one had a coolant leak & was bought back to our shop for repairs... This one broke down at an industrial park at the gates, shut off & wouldn't start. The driver had a problem a few days before & saw a mechanic "jump" his starter solenoid to get it going...so figures "Hey I can do that!". Then he proceeds to jump the solenoid with his 5th wheel puller....Yes the 4' long steel rod with a hook on the end! Needless to say it started to spark & ark so he ripped the bar out, taking wires with it. I got it started and brought it to the start for repairs. 3min later it starts pouring oil all over the ground! Here the bar was touching the turbo return pipe and melted holes through it... Then when we get him done, he hooks up and proceeds to miss the driveway and crashes the truck in to a drainage ditch.... Takes a special kind sometimes....
  38. 3 points
    mooresbp

    Got it lettered

    Got lettering on new truck. Turned out nice. Thank you to Sign Design and Tom Wide. He has done all of our trucks and various other signs around the store. Thanks again Tom.
  39. 3 points
    Njsss

    42st

  40. 2 points
    Once again a Tow Operator has been struck and killed working along side the very dangerous roadways. I have taken the comments from the Headlines News Story posted earlier in an effort to keep that report devoted to condolences for the loss. We can debate the issue further and yes we should debate this issue while it is fresh. Keep in mind we awaiting further details surrounding this incident. Here is what we have gathered from the initial reports. This was the drivers second day on the job. It was a Friday evening and the incident occurred on southbound 5 Freeway around 8:15 p.m. Questions needing answers and not speculation: At this time of evening was the sun setting? Where was the Tow Operator standing when struck? One report was the tow truck operator was struck another does not reference the truck being struck. Add your questions show they may be researched. Some lines of thought from the Tower Down Topic in the Headlines and Towlines forum. "We as an industry need to stop working in unprotected work zones. Without signage and lane closures we do not have a chance out here. " "The tow truck driver was in the process of towing a broken down vehicle when his truck was struck by the big rig, logs show." "The move over law is just not out there enough, people don't care ." "This section of California’s I-5, towards Gorman and Lebec, is extremely rural, wide, winding and fast traveled." "at 8:30 in the PM, it’s totally pitch-black with no streetlights." "it possible that this operator may have been working/standing near the white-line side when struck by the semi" "I'll suggest that, all the cones, flares, signs, blockers, cops and whatever ... doesn’t negate the fact that working on or near the white-line side is a dangerous place to be." "when there isn’t available assistance in a rural location, it demands that towers be that much more diligent in their actions when working shoulder events." "I am an advocate for OSHA getting belly deep into this industry and mandating that safe operating procedures be initiated." "We are responsible for our own safety. Even then, sometimes we fail. Plan the safest procedures and then abort the plan of it gets too dangerous "
  41. 2 points
    Donny Callahan

    Pictures Tell The Story

    Pick, rotate, lay down, load and haul oversized allenstowing said: Did it grow between pis 2 and 3? Looks good. Donny Callahan said: I wiggled my nose and made it shorter... Lol... It was 20' high and 10' wide bulldog1635 said: very impressive. looks very close to the wrecker. what size NRC is that ? al, bull dog Donny Callahan said: It's a 40/50 SR The tank really isn't that close... The pictures turned out funky... MTA415 said: sweet graphics!
  42. 2 points
    Ron ... I wholeheartedly nominate Steve and Doc Calitri of American Towman Magazine, and, Clarissa Powell, Tow Times Magazine, for their career participation to the towing and recovery industry. Their publications and tow show presentations have provided towing and recovery professionals the platform in which to share everything having to do with the industry. They've created environments that bring tow professionals to together throughout the world. Thank you for your contributions to the industry. You are true leaders and this recognition is due. Steve, Doc and Clarissa have undoubtedly influenced myself and millions of readers on an international scale ... no small task. I believe this award is befitting to their leadership and committment to the towing and recovery industry. R.
  43. 2 points
    I'm here...loud and clear ....😊
  44. 2 points
    BlackAutoload

    HONK & Industry Perceptions

    I think its impossible to change a 3rd parties perception in this industry. Your company owes me $300 for one I did last month.
  45. 2 points
    Charles Duke from American Towman and Tow Industry Week is right here with all of you!!!
  46. 2 points
    I am here ….Loud and clear Congratulations Ron and Chris for Towforce Tow 411..... a rebirth of Tow 411... and reaching 3000 members …..roll on 4000 !! Without doubt this is the finest towing forum there is. Keep up the good work guys... It is a constant source of information, knowledge, ideas and showcase of other operators vehicles and equipment big and small, Long may it continue.... it would be really good to see some more archives of the old 411 if possible... Been in the Recovery and Towing industry in the UK for over 57 years.... Received Light recovery, Heavy recovery, Advanced Heavy recovery and Air cushion, Rotator, Slewing crane, Tracked Plant, lorry loader Crane, Major incident management, Training and Certification from the Institute of Vehicle Recovery, Road Transport Industry Training Board, ITTSAAR Training bodies, Nick Ovenden, Ron Grice, etc ……………..Oh....and the school of hard knocks. John.
  47. 2 points
    I sold trucks some time back for Miller, er one of their dealers that is. The reason that dealers do not add prices on the equipment is because they kind of paint themselves in a corner if they do. Some people shop a particular sales person, or a dealer for their equipment. They do not price shop, or as Dave Ramsey says, "read the menu from the right side to the left." Meaning that they are not motivated primarily by price. A dealer can add a few hundred to a few thousand dollars to a deal with their "A" customers, and they will not yelp like a puppy whose tail was stepped on. If they see the same truck advertised, and want a carbon copy, they will also want the same price that the truck was listed for. Please also be advised that there is not a huge margin in truck sales. It is very competitive, and very cut throat. While your decision to purchase should consider price as a factor, your main concern should be the quality of the build. There are some butchers out there building new trucks. It is well worth paying a few thousand for a truck that is built by a knowledgeable, educated, experienced, and trained individual(s), than to get a truck built by a butcher or a clown. I would like to see a section dedicated here on people rating dealers for their quality of the build they produce.
  48. 2 points
    TowZone

    Baltimore Tow Show Roll Call 2018

    Columbia, Maryland November 16, 2018 / 9AM – 4PM Leading the industry since 1978, our technicians look forward to showing you how we do it! Live product demonstrations will be held throughout the day along with factory tours, destructive testing demonstrations, good food, good people and plenty of fun! Shuttle transportation is provided to and from the American Towman Exposition at the Baltimore Convention Center. Look for the B/A pickup point on Pratt Street. All are welcome!
  49. 2 points
    A few light duty and roll backs A neat detachable motorcycle attachment A super low approach angle ...5 degrees 30 foot long platform ideal for limos ...boat trailers ... RV 's ...caravans two car loading payload Up to 8 tons . This was the lightest rollback in the show .....all aluminium platform and has a one button remote control operating system maximum payload of 1.4 tons
  50. 2 points
    EdsTowing

    Ice Road Truckin....

    Got a call the other night for a fully loaded tractor trailer that lost control on a back road during an ice storm. There is a tight "S" curve that we have had hundreds of accidents at over the years but this was my first TT incident that I recall... As soon as I walked up to the truck, the driver tells me he used to be a "Ice Road" trucker....I said Oh yea? You didn't do too good with our ice roads... I asked him where was he trying to go and he said his GPS said this was a quicker route to his destination in Main...and a guy at the local Pizza place said yea he would go that way? I asked if that guy was driving a TT in a ice storm? He said no...Too bad, maybe we could of had 2 jobs. The area where he ran in is loaded with rocks & boulders which tore stuff up underneath the tractor but the trailer was in pretty good shape. I set up behind the unit to get the trailer out on the roadway 1st... Ran two 5/8 chains to shackles on the slider frame, out the rear of the ICC bumper. Lifted & drug the rear out to the road, and then sideways to the center line. We couldn't control the tractor due to the steer axle being ripped out. Then we unhooked, turned around and worked on the tractor... Set it on spring slippers since the axle was torn out and there isn't any real structure protruding out the front of the truck. Not my prefered method but not many choices. Towed the unit to the shop and decided to go back in the daylight to finish the clean up... The next day we went up and plowed the area so we could stay off the roadway. Cleaned up the trees that he knocked down & debris...
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