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  1. 3 points

    Taking Tow Trucks Into Flood Water

    Wait till the water recedes, there is absolutely no reason to enter the water. The vehicles are already a total loss and what little fluids may leak with not be enough to contaminate the environment. The tow truck you see in this image may not be effected by this action tomorrow or next week. But it will show signs of failure within a month or two. unless the fluids are changed immediately.
  2. 3 points

    Early morning Roll....

    Eddie grabbed this one this morning.... Wrapped up in a few minutes...then a beauty shot...LoL
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    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.
  4. 3 points

    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.
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    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?
  6. 2 points
    Hats off to you!!!
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    While I'm always one to respect police, fire and other officials on-scene, I stick to my guns that I'm the professional tow operator on-scene and it's my job to load or tow in the manner that I'm experienced in doing. Putting hands-on anyone is an unacceptable practice, especially for a fire captain to do so. If the worker was untrained, inexperienced, or flat out flippant, a violent exchange is unprofessional. There may be something that occurred that we're not aware of, but at face value, fire captain's should stick to their line of work and not that of towing and recovery.
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    Camper Season...

    Had a new Super Duty pulling a new 5th wheel stuck at the Pocono Raceway Campground today.The guy was new to the camping world so he wasn't sure how to get the trailer out without doing damage... We backed him in to rehook it. He had tried earlier and stabbed the tailgate through the front compartment panel of the trailer.... Got him all out on the blacktop and he was ecstatic!
  9. 2 points
    As seen on youtube: Heavy Duty Operator Rob Long recovering a truck that rolled onto its side.
  10. 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!
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    Donny Callahan

    First Post

    Topic Originally Created February of 2012: Customer called and wanted us to respond with two Heavies to this 45,000 lbs track boom lift. After I up-righted, I released and freewheeled the tracks. Winched out of ditch. Boomed over the tractor/ trailer and winched onto the trailer. Heavytowman12 said: I take it rolled while loading or did it fall of while in transit ? Nice Recovery vulcanuk said: Both the post and the recovery look good nice job dsc said: Nice Job! Good Post! Thanks for sharing... Donny Callahan said: It slid off while loading PRTC01 said: Now that you got the first one out of the way lets see some more!
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    AT ShowPlace Las Vegas Roll Call

    I and APTRA will be there in full force! Stop by our booth!
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    Cargo: High end plastic rolls on the side. Thanks to Montague Police and Turners Falls Fire dept, and a special thanks to my great crew, T. J., Bill Wong, Tom Kurtyka Jr., Jake Browning and Samantha Browning, Nice job!!!
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    Still here🇬🇧🇬🇧
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    Plow Trucks....

    F450 Plow truck, loaded...Just too much for our rollback. Sent a 2nd truck to haul the plow back to the customer's shop.
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    Guy buys this Jeep 2 weeks prior...700 mi on it...then drives 60 mph+ in a 25 mph community zone. Fails to negotiate the curve and tumbles through 4 different properties.... Cops found the guy 1/2 mile away drunk sitting in the middle of the road in his underwear.... Now THAT"S a party... LoL Made junk of his new truck... It was @ 2am in the rain so Eddie grabbed the Jeep and we went back on a Sunday am to do a complete clean up. 2 of the home owners that we talked to were very pleased that we came back and cleaned up all the parts, trees & landscaping.
  17. 2 points

    Christmas Parade & Decoration Images

    Had a great time in the York Parade! Saw tons of friends out there waving.
  18. 2 points
    The 2018 Tow Show showcased the very latest products available from the UK and Europe manufacturers.. .. below are just a few shots of a 9 foot wide Faymonville extendable recovery trailer on 5 axles, all steer axles, twin winches, payload Up to 90 tons manufactured in Holland
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    A covered transporter ......specifically designed to discreetly move high value sports cars .....infact this one was built for McLaren sports cars . The one piece low approach ramp hinges up hydraulically and becomes the rear door ....the sliding side doors giving easy access to get in and out of the car and also strap down the wheels... the suspension on the truck is all on air giving a very smooth ride and adjustable ride height
  20. 2 points
    A selection of medium duty wreckers ^.
  21. 1 point
    Usually I try not to Monday morning quarterback jobs on a public forum, however this one shows a lack of professionalism period. There are many ways to do this job, rotator although nice, is not required. Even with just the truck he had on scene there were better options than what was chosen. I believe this may stem from a lack of care, no or little training and maybe a culture of "who cares" at his company. The risk on this one was at an unacceptable level, no control over the vehicle at all when it came over the guide rail it slammed into the back of his truck. Sorry, not going to happen if I owned the truck. Besides risking damage to the tow truck, he could have been crushed when it swung free. What would have happened if the rigging let lose or maybe the oil pan or fuel tank were punctured? I won't even harp on his lack of proper PPE as I am so tired of preaching about vests, hard hats and other protective gear. I would have rather seen him teeter toter it over the rail than try to lift it free and clear in one shot. As said by others in this thread, it appears that the guide rail ends close by, it could have been winched to an opening wide enough to get it out. Also, judging by the light poles, that appears to be a on-ramp area so there may have even been options to access the vehicle from the rear without blocking traffic or putting the tow truck in a bad spot off road. Even given that in most states towers are relieved of liability for secondary damages during police ordered recoveries that does not give a tower a license to intentionally inflict damage such as ripping off the rear bumper on the guide rail. We still must act with reasonable caution in our care of these vehicles.
  22. 1 point
    Christine and I too will be in Chattanooga for HOF and WOF events. I'm looking forward to see in you John. R.
  23. 1 point
    Thanks for sharing John. I really like the high-level of professionalism as depicted in the pictures of all parties involved. Best Regards. R.
  24. 1 point
    Orcas Tow

    Teetering with propane tanks below.

    I had a call for a Ford Ranger on the edge of an embankment with propane tanks below, after 30 years of this profession I have learned 99% of the time the "almost tipping over the edge" from the reporting party is usually very well planted with no chance of going over. When I arrived on scene I found a Ranger teetering (literally) on a rock ledge with sure enough propane tanks below. Tanks would have probablely been just fine if the truck would have gone over, I was tip toeing around the truck on the high side hoping a good wind gust wasn't coming as it was very unstable. The only damage was the passenger rear tire was blown off the bead from impact going in with a rock. I positioned my 2001 F550 4x4 with a Chevron 408, boom extended/raised for lift with boom sheave perpendicular to the rear bumper of the Ranger, ran my passenger side line to a tree/strap/shackle/snatchblock then terminated at the drivers front lower control arm with a 5/16" grade 80 recovery chain in a basket of the Ranger for a sideways pull on the front, snugged the winch. I ran my drivers line to a 5/16" grade 80 recovery chain choked (so it couldn't come off the end of the hitch) around hitch tube. I would have preferred to run a strap around the low side of the hitch receiver but in this case did not want to put myself below the Ranger for my safety. I gave a hard lift on the rear lifting the rear off the rock retaining wall & pulled both front & rear back onto the road.
  25. 1 point

    First In, Last Out

    Topic Created by MooreRD in June of 2007: This accident involved two tractors and trailers. The one tractor cut the other tractor off the road to avoid hitting a stopped car along the intertstate and took the second tractor and trailer with the first. Well, well. Who gets out first? Actually due to the recovery of these vehicles, the second got winched out first. Both drivers were uninjured and it was an actual happy ending! (Including the recovery) Happy viewing! RD wstowing11 said: Just curious as to why the right rear outrigger is up off the ground, when the recovery boom is well into rotation, and it is rigged for action ? John Scheidel said: In defense of the leg in the air. We were setting up at the time. He would not let me do anything wrong. MooreRD said: At That time we were preparing to pull it out Not yet set up THANKS FOR NOTICING .
  26. 1 point

    Dad's Dream (In Memory of KyTowBoss)

    I found this one in an old post, one of the only surviving images found in that post. Image taken in 2007/08 at the William e Durr branch library Without a description I posted it to the Vintage Holmes Wreckers Group and tagged Kevin Kallmeyer. Kevin responded with "This truck is named dad's dream.." 1993 pete 379 3406 b cat 15 spd trans 2 speed rears Holmes 1801 with a zacklift On October 6, 2012 Kevin made the final post under his fathers screen name. This will be the final post under this screen name... Dad has been called to heaven to be with my mother his wife who preceded him in 1992.. The towing world has had a major hole torn into it today... a wealth of knowledge lost... only part of which was conveyed to me... (Kevin) May you all travel the road safely... In Memory of Ken Kallmeyer June 1941 - October 2012 (joined Tow411 in 2004). A Condolence post in Tribute to Ken Kallmeyer will be transfer to TowForce in the coming months. Thanks
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    News from Autocar

  28. 1 point
    ... And, Scooby, I for one am glad your both still here to pass your knowledge onto others in the industry. Best Regards, R.
  29. 1 point

    AT ShowPlace Las Vegas Roll Call

    I will be there!
  30. 1 point

    Tow411/TowForce Login & Member Roll Call

    still here in concord nc
  31. 1 point

    Matjack 3 Day Factory Class!

    Full house for #matjackspring2019 Classroom is all done. Off to the field in the morning for some serious lifting 9am start in the field at #matjackspring2019
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    ABC Towing "SDMO" Graphix

    Source: Alabama Towing & Recovery Association Facebook Page
  34. 1 point

    Safety & Gas Cans

    We all have experienced road service calls where someone simply runs out of gas. The choice of which container the operator uses to bring fuel, safety can or gas can, is actually not so simple. I’ll summarize the difference between the two types of containers and the regulations that pertain to them. Safety Container: Is approved by a third party such as UL or FM, of not more than 5-gallons capacity, having a flash-arresting screen, a spring closing lid and spout cover and so designed that it will safely relieve internal pressure when subject to fire exposure per OSHA 29 CFR 1926.155(l). It’s design is intended to prevent the can from exploding by use of a venting lid and flash arrestor. They are required when used by any business or commercial enterprise. Portable Fuel Container: Is any reusable container designed and marketed for use by consumers for receiving, transporting, storing and dispensing gasoline, diesel fuel or kerosene. All utility jugs that are red, yellow or blue in color are deemed to be portable fuel containers regardless of how they are labeled. EPA 40 CFR 59.680. This containers design is intended to control evaporative emissions and reduce spillage. These are often referred to as CARB (California Air Resource Board) compliant containers. Models are also designed with child resistant features to meet the Children’s Gasoline Burn Prevention Act. They are generally intended for consumer use. While these containers can be used for storing or transferring fuel, the real key for our industry is whether they can be used for transporting fuel on our commercial road service vehicles. The short answer is... it depends on the container! This leads to the third type of container. DOT Compliant Container: Need to meet the Performance Oriented Packaging requirements of the Federal Hazardous Materials Regulations. For instance, a standard safety container does not meet the requirements for transport. However, there are Safety Transport Containers that have a hold-down bracket for the lid and guards to protect the spout assembly which do. Some portable fuel containers have DOT caps that replace the spout assembly during transport to make them compliant. Jerricans with screw-in caps that replace the spout assembly can also meet DOT requirements.
  35. 1 point
    So ... by raising insurance premiums a little bit is a full-circle problem to begin with when owners cite they can't afford insurance. Making matters worse to your reasoning Brian ... now there's a community who are driving without a current driver's license. I like your idea Brian to suggest the insurance commissioner to require the underwriter to maintain perhaps a "slush fund" that covers those victims, even if $5 per policy was funneled into a Vehicle Recovery Program. R.
  36. 1 point
    Wally T here, doing what I do, to help those looking for clean Rust Free So Calif Towing and Recovery Tow Trucks and Car Carriers. New or Pre Owned.
  37. 1 point
    Here, Been towing for 39 years as an owner. CTTA training
  38. 1 point

    Tow411/TowForce Login & Member Roll Call

    Tactical Towing & Recovery Inc Belleville Illinois checking in. We read towforce loud and clear. 10x10 you are coming in. Cluck cluck chicken truck move over the tow man is coming thru. Lol.
  39. 1 point
    Brian, the most prevalent issue is the difference between a leader compared to a manager. A manager counts pencils, pays bills, and is involved and consumed by the day to day struggles of running a company. A leader, while he or she may be tasked with these incidentals, also sees the big picture. He or she has a one, two, five, and ten year plan on where they want to take the business. A leader is also highly concerned with the health, safety, and welfare of their employees. A leader trusts his employees as well as their judgement to make decisions in the field. If a bad decision is made, the leader is willing to learn from the experience and become a better, stronger, faster entity as a result. Leaders are born, managers are developed. And a true leader wants their staff to be safe. When these discussions are brought up, there are generally very few responses. Many are willing to just keep trudging forward, head in the sand, hoping and believing that one of the fifty fatalities that WILL occur by New Years Day, will be somebody else, thus not my problem. I see OSHA becoming involved in this industry in the near future. As I have said before, if their becoming involved in this industry saves just one life, saves one family from having to bury a loved one, save one family from having an empty seat at their child's graduation, Christmas program, Thanksgiving dinner, it will be well worth the millions of dollars in fines that will be dispensed.
  40. 1 point
    Welcome Knighthawk Towing to the TowForce Forums (May 2018). I'm a California TIM instructor and author of a tow operator's safety course for CHP rotation providers I teach tow operator safety throughout the US. I'm hoping this information can help lead you to TIMs training for you and your drivers. Your association should be all over this post, but, their website offered no assistance. Note: You don't have to be a member of any association to get TIM trained. Sorry, this information is lengthy, but specific to your request. Live courses are best, but may not be reaily available in your location. TIM training can be completed on-line if you are motivated and willing to take the on-line course in the time necessary. The narrative below provides you contacts regarding where to possibly find live-courses. The Wyoming Highway Patrol's tow boss should also know where TIM courses are held ... call the District 1 office in Cheyenne at 307-777-4301 or 307-777-3897 and ask them if they know where a live course is held, or, if they can refer you to someone who knows. The narrative I've written below is a tutorial where you can get TIM training on-line and navagative the somewhat confusing log-in ... just follow the bullet prompts. If you have problems, call the help desk at the training center. When you and your drivers have completed training, print out the certificate and include it in every tower's employee file. Also, send a copy to your insurance provider and ask if they will consider a better rate for you company's policy rates. Since you have WreckMaster training and perhaps rotator training, you'll need every bit of training to (hopefully) ease your operational costs. Anyway, if you have questions, drop me an email at rreschran@gmail.com. I salute you for seeking out TIM training. Good Luck. Sources of Information & Contacts - Wyoming William “Bill” Panos WYDOT – Wyoming Director of Transportation Phone: 307-251-8380 bill.panos@wyo.gov Wyoming Towing Association Wyomingprofessionaltowingassociation.org/ 307-632-2221 Cheyenne Association President: Kathy Julius Phone: 307-365-8223 Email: dougstowing_wy@yahoo.com Association Executive Director: Junior Elmore Phone: 307-632-2221 Email: baddogme2@yahoo.com Online Website Link: TIM COURSE - TRAFFIC INCIDENT MANAGEMENT ON-LINE Here is the link to TIMs Training for Tow Truck Operators - Below ... follow the bullets or prompts http://www.nhi.fhwa.dot.gov/training/course_search.aspx?key=133126&sf=0&course_no=133126 · Just below where it says to Log-in … see “New User and Create An account”, click on, “Create an Account” · Enter your E-Mail address and check, “NO” (you are not a FHWA Employee), click … · Follow exact instructions to complete the Log-in process of Log-in name and password · In the Box - Choose: 133126 – National traffic Incident Management Training – Web Based · SELECT and ADD TO CART: THERE IS NO COST FOR THIS COURSE Design and Traffic Operations COURSE NUMBER: FHWA-NHI-133126 · Scroll to far left-hand bottom of page and select, “Shopping Cart Checkout” · Read the page = “Check out is easy. Follow these simple steps” · Follow steps to, “Checkout” · Prompts lead to, “Course Completion”, and include reminder of course dates of expiration · The course takes approximately 4-hours · ALL subsections of training MUST BE COMPLETED. Attempts to not complete training or bypass training subjects will result in an incomplete registration. · IMPORTANT: Take good notes on all topics and keep them to answer questions if there is a test at the end of topic instruction. · Follow all prompts to obtain printed certificate at end of course. · Towers: When your certificate is printed, make one copy for yourself and provide one to your company for inclusion on CHP application 243F · If you need additional assistance after reviewing the FAQ Web page and the My Training Help section, please contact NHI at nhicustomerservice@dot.gov or (877) 558-6873.
  41. 1 point

    Owning a tow truck

    My vote is to buy a trailer instead. Convincing an insurance agent that a commercial size truck is for personal use is almost impossible. The 10-15k for a crapper rollback can buy a sweet trailer and have money to spare as long as your already have a decent size pickup.
  42. 1 point
    Tuesday starts a new year and a new chapter plain and simple. Please be careful in all you do to close out 2018 safe. Be extra cognizant in working on the side of the road. Be extra vigilant when you are dealing with the public at large. There are a great deal of people who are in dire straits. Remember that when a person is interacting with a towing service, they most likely did not instigate this interaction willingly on their own. They were either a party to an accident, exercised bad judgement and parked somewhere they should not have parked, or made some type of bad decision. Many people are not mentally prepared to own up to their own mistakes, they were brought up being allowed to blame others and not take accountability for their actions. This is not our/your fault, but you have to be cognizant to this fact. Most of the time we are able to assist people in the procedure/process of the subject redeeming their vehicle and they move on. There are always those who want to take the situation to the extreme. Be extra cautious when dealing with all people. Be polite, professional, and empathetic, but also beware and be aware. We do not want to put all of our focus on roadside safety only to be seriously injured or killed by an irate subject in the perceived sanctuary of the confines of the office. Please be safe in all you do, and have a great and safe 2019
  43. 1 point
    Good to see more input. What would you have to invest to make a traffic control vehicle. I assume an arrow board, amber lights (maybe red to the rear) cones and flares, vests etc. With the investment, a billable fee should be determined and just bill the insurance company as equipment necessary for the job. Include pics and a written description of the use of the traffic control vehicle. A reference to the OSHA in the written description of the requirement for the vehicle to be on scene for the recovery should suffice and you get paid. Here,the LEO usually leaves as soon as possible because of the calls that are backing up as clean-up takes a while at times. On scene traffic control leaves with the LEO. Insurance companies should be informed in the description of the services and equipment you used. Thanks to everyone that input information and suggestions to this thread. Something has got to b e done to make the scene safer. Any work on the side of the highway has just gotten too dangerous to stand by and do nothing. JimB
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    Bad Judgement Driving...3 Car Crash

    Guy in a Charger tried passing a Durango and clipped a Nissan coming the other way.... The red 4ways in the distance is the Durango. He ran over the rear axle assembly which stabbed up into the radiator support... Big clean up...
  45. 1 point
    Pickles is a Great Local Pub and Worldwide Equipment Sales does it right every year.
  46. 1 point
    HI Silverhawk ... thanks for your idea, but I think shorting the tracks has huge liability and associated dangers. Two-years ago I contacted California's Operation Lifesaver regarding tow truck response on railroad right-of-ways. I was to told to NEVER cross-jump the tracks with a steel bar or jumper cables as it has potential to short-out the rail switching device. Doing so could possibly cause a derailment of a different train where the short occurs. (Imagine that bit of information leaking out to a few teenagers with vandalism in mind). My law enforcement experience and interaction with rail right-of-ways suggest using road flares as an EMERGENCY RED SIGNAL to visually notify the train's engineer that a right now emergency is on the tracks with hope to try and stop an approaching train. The problem with flares ... they have to be situated at least a mile in both directions. I suggest contact your local fire department to learned what their response protocol is by state while continuing to employ a call to 911 when working train incidents. R
  47. 1 point
    I've had a few ins. co's do that as well, and I got paid in full for all of them doing nothing but digging my heels in and waiting them out. One lady was on the phone arguing with me over storage when IAA pulled in with a check a for MORE than my bill already printed lol.
  48. 1 point
    Your issue is with the vehicle owner, not the insurance company. File a suit against the vehicle owner, and you will motivate them to light a fire under their insurance company.
  49. 1 point
    That is normal in cold temps
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