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  1. 5 points
    Njsss

    Newest Addition

  2. 5 points
    Eric Fouquette

    Relax and Go Fishing

    Just to see what you can catch Source:
  3. 4 points
    jrtowman

    Big changes in a year!

    Top picture was a year ago today and the bottom is what it looks like now.
  4. 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.
  5. 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 ?
  6. 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.
  7. 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...
  8. 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
  9. 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...
  10. 3 points
    BigBlonde

    AT ShowPlace Las Vegas Roll Call

    Glenn and myself will be there
  11. 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.
  12. 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.
  13. 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....
  14. 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.
  15. 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.
  16. 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/
  17. 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?
  18. 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.
  19. 3 points
  20. 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.
  21. 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!
  22. 3 points
    Dat1

    Rolls Royce Phantom

  23. 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 .....
  24. 3 points
  25. 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.
  26. 2 points
    EdsTowing

    Early morning Roll....

    Eddie grabbed this one this morning.... Wrapped up in a few minutes...then a beauty shot...LoL
  27. 2 points
    Our Leader, Steve Sedberry is always willing to jump in and work beside each of the employees.
  28. 2 points
    EdsTowing

    Lets Lower The Statistics...

    We are sending our Crash Van out on interstate calls where there is a danger factor. Adverse weather, fog & what not...in an attempt to slow people down & move them over. As you can see, it works for the most part...
  29. 2 points
    ESC

    Recover This -

    This one is in the water..... assuming it at least has liability coverage on it, it would be a pretty easy one to get paid on. Personally, I would call in a friend with a rotator and have them set it on my bed. I would also make sure to have some absorbent pads and booms ready to absorb any fluids out of the water. Lots of pictures.
  30. 2 points
    rreschran

    AT ShowPlace Las Vegas Roll Call

    Headed to Las Vegas teaching 2x seminars for American Towman. Lookin' forward to it. See you there Ron & Chris. R.
  31. 2 points
    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!!!
  32. 2 points
    Still here in United Kingdom
  33. 2 points
    Our family has been in the towing business since the early 1920s. I was at the controls of 1948 REO Speedwagon tow truck when I was 9 years old. My training consists of learning from my family and school of hard knocks. I am 62 years old and still enjoy towing and recovery. Jack Herman, Wildwood Service, Gages Lake, Illinois
  34. 2 points
    RodVT

    HONK & Industry Perceptions

    Dennis, Thanks for speaking up. Maybe you could tell us why the world needs HONK? In the age of Google, I really have a hard time seeing the benefit to us service providers of having a middleman with their (your) hand in our pockets. And I fail to see how you improve service to my customer, when they can call me directly and talk to the guy who will be coming to help them. Of course it's not just you, but HONK came on strong like they were going to turn the industry upside down and clearly the whole "app" thing didn't take off like that, so now you are just another motor club (except you aren't). All my best, Rod
  35. 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.
  36. 2 points
    found a picture of some of the load....not particularly heavy.... just lots of boxes, loose bags of produce....
  37. 2 points
    EdsTowing

    Rollover w/ Plenty Of Rolls....

    We got the job to dispose of the cargo on this job which was like another nice little job. Winched the rolls out & set them on the rollbacks for a local tow to a recycling center... Then delivered the trailer back to the company... We gave up some additional storage after the bill was paid to work out the logistics to get the disposal job. In the end it was like an additional $6000 on the job so beneficial for us to make it work.
  38. 2 points
    Chuckud

    Uniform/Equipment

    One more thing..a waterproof mat or a plastic sled are invaluable to kneel on or lay on while hooking up. The sled is also great for moving my gear on during recoveries. I never leave the shop without my sled. . Sent from my SM-N920V using TowForce mobile app
  39. 2 points
    GRUMPS The Towman

    Snow day

    during major storms and emergencey declarations there are times where as long as the vehicle is well out of the way of traffic, law enforcement / first responders will remove the occupants and examine the vehicle to make sure no one is inside of it then place the caution tape across the vehicle so others who may come across it will know that the vehicle has been cleared of occupants. then the vehicle is usually left there untill the weather event is over then recovered.
  40. 2 points
    Thanks Jeri for your words that support your local police departments and a great invite for others to take the time to attend a citizen academy. As a retired police officer, I can tell you that an officer's professionalism and bravery are only two of the many hats they wear. I'd like to urge all towers to take a ride-along and get a feel of what police work is about, and while you're at it, ask your officer how tow operators can better serve the law enforcement community. A face-to-face intereaction is worth every minute of your time. R.
  41. 2 points
    Wow!!.....where does the time go?? Matt's now 27 and still hangs a bit with old dad. We are both members of the Race Recovery Team (formerly Miller Race Recovery) at MIS. Matt is an engineer at FCA Chrysler in the SRT division doing engine calibration for Hellcats and Demons. Its his dream job!
  42. 2 points
    We were called one of our customers to pick up a limo that was on it's way out of Atlantic City when it overheated. I towed it back to a shop that deals exclusively with limos, a nice 45 mile ride. As it turns out, one of the passengers was a guy I know who's a state police dispatcher and also tows for a company about 20 miles away from us. I guess it really is a small world. Sent from my SAMSUNG-SM-T337A using Tapatalk
  43. 2 points
    EdsTowing

    MD Recovery On Rack Body Truck

    "Nice. Is this the same guy from last year?" No...LoL Funny you brought that up. He left this past summer....I told the fleet manager that we were going to have a little party for him - felt it was the least we could do for all of his support! Then yesterday my son told me he got fired from his new job which was driving a gas truck for a company closer to his home. So we can only hope he comes back to here.... 🤣
  44. 2 points
    With Halloween behind us, it is once again that time of the year, the holidays are here! Please make it your number one priority to go home each and everyday to your family and loved ones. They need you. Safety begins well before the beginning of your shift. Do all that you can to get plenty of rest, stay hydrated by drinking plenty of water, and eating healthy wholesome foods. This will afford you the opportunity to stay alert to and responsive to the many dangers that are inherent to this profession, and are exponentially magnified during the holidays. Make a cognizant effort to not place yourself in a situation where you are rushed while performing routine tasks. Most injuries sustained by workers in this profession are injured while completing routine tasks. It only takes a second of inattention to be the causation of a catastrophic event. Only you as an operator can minimize or prevent the risk. Take time out to enjoy the season. For me personally, it has been a very bad year, but I am still kicking, and am hopeful that next year will be better. I wish each and every one of you a safe and blessed Thanksgiving and Christmas as well as a great 2019..
  45. 2 points
    TowZone

    Baltimore Tow Show Roll Call 2018

    I will get the information on the Worldwide Equipment Meet & Greet. TowForce will be the in Force that night. Hope to see many members there this year.
  46. 2 points
    Brother, I was not meaning anything derogatory, but we as an industry need to push back and start demanding a safe workplace, and charge accordingly. If people started feeling the heat from their lack of maintenance hit their ass pocket, maybe they would pay more attention to the condition of their vehicle. Most people will run to the repair shop if their phone screen is cracked, but will not bother to change their oil, or address their brakes when they make a grinding noise. The big issue is industry leadership. If motor clubs want service they need to improve the standards of their expectations. That AAA tire change probably paid pennies on the dollar, but what are they going to do for that provider now? They are not going to assist in getting a new service truck. They would not have assisted in paying for the operators funeral services if things had gone terribly south.
  47. 2 points
    Earlier this week, I received the magazine, I believe it is called Tow Professional. There was an article on the inside cover where the editor stated that he had interviewed a driver who seemed to be boasting with bravado that he tows vehicles in 112 degree heat with cars whipping by at highway speeds. This attitude as well as total disregard for the risk that you put yourself in, your employers equipment as well as livelihood, the livelihood of your family, the livelihood of your employer as well as your co workers are totally ignored. And most important of all, your family, friends, and loved ones outside the circle of this "job." It is painfully obvious that this industry is unwilling, not incapable, unwilling to raise the bar to ensure the health, safety. and welfare of the front line operators. Many are afraid to spend the extra money that would be required to ensure that operators perform their duties under optimum conditions. It costs money to run a safe operation. If that is reflected in rates, then maybe the mindset of some in this industry, which is that of a prostitute who is only concerned with what the competition is charging, and who are they doing will change. Maybe if safety is the number one focus rather than volume with no regard for profit, and industry standards reflect a safe culture it will be reflected in huge savings in insurance. Insurance rates are reflective of the sloppy, antiquated, cowboy attitude and engrained mindset of this industry. If there were industry wide standards on safe operations, that were collaboratively agreed upon by owners, insurance companies, motor clubs the bleeding and suffering could be slowed down. And maybe the motoring public would get their head out of their ass when they realized that they were going to have to pay some big bucks to have somebody bring them gas on the side of the road, and they will pay closer attention to their gas gauge rather than finger f___ing their smart phone. Maybe people will start paying closer attention to the condition of their fluids, belts, and hoses if they had a copay on their motor club assist. Maybe the motor clubs would stop being the tail that is wagging the dog when nobody will drive twenty miles one way to change a tire for fifty dollars, but instead demand that a blocker vehicle be utilized due to the casualty being on the side of the road and require that it be paid for as part of the incident, rightfully so. If insurance refuses to insure policies for those who fail to abide by industry safe operating standards, they will assist greatly in ridding the industry of parasites, bottom feeders, ticks, whatever you call the bottom of the barrel. And the insurance companies will still net the same returns they currently generate. Chrome does not get you home, you go home by using your dome.
  48. 2 points
    A few examples of heavy wrecker from Boniface engineering and Dave bland engineering
  49. 2 points
    I hate the government more than anyone, but it seems to be an acceptable fact in this industry, that people are dying in many situations, because they are not implementing basic safety practices. And if getting OSHA involved in this industry prevented one life from being needlessly lost, it would be worth it. It might even assist in getting some of the parasitic towing operations put out of existence as an added benefit. I have often told people that the speed of the boss is the speed of the team. Think about it for a second. If you are not a good example of proper procedures, do you really believe that your employees will be. Let's start with how many owners require your people to wear PPE on a regular basis. How many of you are aware that you are required to furnish PPE equipment to your employees? If an employee is under a vehicle pulling a driveline, hooking up air, they are supposed to be utilizing eye protection. How many of you provide gloves for use at accident scenes to prevent biological pathogen contamination? How many people have a protocol whereupon an operator is given the autonomy to pull the plug on a situation and say am out of here, this is not safe. At your next safety meeting, bring a set of dice, and pick out an employee. Tell him or her that you want them to keep rolling the dice until he or she rolls an eight. An eight can be a two and a six, two fours, a five and a three. It generally takes about four rolls to get an eight. It is not a matter of how it will occur, it is a matter of when. You eventually will roll an eight. The same goes for a catastrophic event. If you are not proactive it is a matter of when. It will happen.
  50. 2 points
    "post's picture of iPhone" Looks very efficient!
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