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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.
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    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.
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    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?
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    If anyone has any connections with manufactures, I would like to send them a petition to make transmissions have an easier disconnect. If a rear differential can be engaged or disengaged with the flip of a switch, a transmission should be able to have the same feature. There have been several instances where I have personally been placed in jeopardy by having to pull a driveshaft in a dangerous area because the vehicle couldn't be moved without damaging the trans. Towers have to face too much danger as it is. These manufactures should not jeopardize our lives by having to choose between the liability of a transmission or our life. Your ideas and responses are encouraged. I know this is a long-shot battle, but it needs to start somehow. If everyone could reply with their name, company name, and date, it will be much appreciated.
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    Garry Leach took time while in Chattanooga Tennessee to locate the burial plot of the FATHER OF TOWING! He visited the grave site with Jamie Davis & Alex Millar to pay their respects. Garry wrote on his FB page: Thank you MR. Ernest Holmes for everything you did in the development of what has become the most vital emergency road service vehicle to meet the needs of the Towing & Recovery industry. RIP He shared images from their visit:
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    Yea we make a trip out of it, spend a couple days there. It's a great time....especially when you buy something! LoL Last year I bought a 79 Coupe DeVille... This one makes me smile just looking at it...
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    I'm getin' there!

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    One cannot break the law, or policies, but we do need to, collectively as a nation do a better job in working to give people a second chance. It is a very stressful undertaking to make that decision on any hire. It is exasperated when the person has a record. I am not advocating a hug a thug mentality. For the record I am 100% for the death penalty. But there are some people out there with records who have excellent skills, and with a second chance are worthy of the opportunity to be an outstanding employee.
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    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!
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    As seen on youtube: Heavy Duty Operator Rob Long recovering a truck that rolled onto its side.
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    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.
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    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.
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    Christmas Parade & Decoration Images

    Had a great time in the York Parade! Saw tons of friends out there waving.
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    Orcas Tow

    Deep ditch diver

    New Suburban to owner visiting from Nebraska, took a turn too sharp exiting one of our local parks, dropped the rig into a 5 foot ditch, common issue with this turn. This one was a 2 trucker as pulling it forward would have dropped the passenger rear into the deep ditch, possible overturning the Suburban & tearing the rear bumper cover off. Pulling it rearward would have surely torn the front bumper cover off & likely also tipped it over. 2018 F450 with a Chevron 408 for the lift on passenger front wheel & 2001 F550 Chevron 408 for the sideways pull on the drivers front & rearward stability via tree/strap/snatchblock. Lift & pull, towed back to the yard for inspection & drove it home.
  26. 1 point
    The motoring public has a hand in this too. If I provide you a business card with Donald Trump and Bill Gates' picture on the back ... does that make be a bazillionaire? Tow trucks typically have names, phone numbers and license plates. If they weren't called, make it a point to tell them, "No Go", and then file a complaint. We've had formal rotation contracts here for years and they've eliminated much of the illicit practices. Law enforcement has stepped up their presence to actually approach those tow trucks that mysteriously arrive, but weren't called to the scene. Formal rotations here aren't 100-percent fool-proof, but they certainly have cut the incidents of poaching, cruising and aggressive expediting. R.
  27. 1 point
    I was able to get the obituary and funeral information from the following link: https://www.meaningfulfunerals.net/?action=obituaries.obit_view&CFID=e74e7351-7110-4355-b4f9-25b129c55ce8&CFTOKEN=0&o_id=6541287&fh_id=14145 I also found out through Starlite's FB page that there will be a wrecker line-up: https://www.facebook.com/StarliteWrecker Still, there is no official news report that has been located yet. Charles
  28. 1 point

    Dump Truck Takes A Wrong Turn (MA)

    Okay, so normal GPS doesn't know the weight of the vehicle you are driving. Even the ones specific to trucks, the one where you have to input the weight, still mess up. Never trust your GPS. Always look for signs and keep in mind how much you weigh. Also, this driver may be blaming his GPS but he's still at fault because he should have known better. This will be something we see more and more in our industry, when self driving cars become more prevalent. People don't want to admit to a mistake, they look to blame it on someone or something else.
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    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 .
  30. 1 point
    Joe Driscoll

    Assisting Fire Rescue

    Topic Created on Tow411 in June of 2007: This is the 1st call to assist fire rescue with the new rotator. All we did was winch the cab up about 6 inches and hold it. Although it wasnt much they got to see the new truck spin. xcessiveforce52 said: truck is looking good , good luck with it.......... wstowing11 said: It doesn't take much to impress with that wrecker !!! BigRigJeff said: It's good to see pix of towers like you and fire departments working together. Great truck pix, keep them coming. Jeff Shelby Service Towing Inc. Warren, Mi. letsplay2 said: Sweet... Did you handle the entire recovery? Devin ASAPautomotive said: Very Nice! How are they getting you to the scene when they request you to assist in an actual rescue? Are they providing you an escort? Joe Driscoll said: Thanks for all the replys. Devin we couldnt do the recovery because the rotator hasnt been inspected by the highway patrol. We assisted a fire department for a city we have a contract with. Donny when they call us to help them we just get there the best we can. They give us no help at all. Resqtator said: Good job and beautiful truck! If you need to get closer for a rescue and their hoses are in the way, just tell them; they can usually move them without much trouble. Next time they might ask for a lift instead of a pull. Especially after the demonstration and cross-training you are going to set up with them! Thanks for posting. Rich Towman26 said: You know that sucked to have to turn it over. But with dad starting the wrecker / rescue back when we were kids & perfecting it throughout the years, he would definatly be happy that truck is sitting there now! Running the Code III's wont be the same from now on, will they! Warren Driscoll FMS Mike said: That's My Kind Of Truck!! Michael Nick Ovenden said: Good job Joe Glad to see you out at work again!! Jerrys Road Service said: Sweet truck thx for the pics hope you get the inspect soon start making more $$$ BigWheelRecovery said: Sweet truck thx for the pics hope you get the inspect soon start making more $$$ tiggor said: Beautiful truck Joe, Did you go and get a job with it? Haven't gottin ours inspected yet either. Guess we will have to call "CUPCAKE" wow did i say that!! See ya on the big road
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    We ended up using Maxxima Led strips from our local lighting supplier. They were actually a few dollars per strip cheaper than we found online. They gave us a 5 year unconditional warranty as well. They were fast and easy to install. We installed them in my MPL40 and wired them direct to the marker light wiring that was already in the boxes. This way they come on when the running lights are on and turn off automatically. No more silly pin switches. Last night I was out around 11 pm in the pitch black and I took this picture to show how bright they are. We used an 18” strip. We just ordered more to install in all of our trucks. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
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    ... And, Scooby, I for one am glad your both still here to pass your knowledge onto others in the industry. Best Regards, R.
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    After Hours Parking Garage

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    Still here
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    ABC Towing "SDMO" Graphix

    Source: Alabama Towing & Recovery Association Facebook Page
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    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.
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    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.
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    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.
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    Hey guys. The site is looking great! Hope to catch up in Florida.
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    I use a Blue Parrrot 400 series headset..its noise cancelling technology is awesome, and the battery life is great. Sent from my SM-N920V using TowForce mobile app
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    February Patron Recognition Month

    Still Hooking.
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    Rollover w/ Plenty Of Rolls....

    Those don't look like Yellow Trucks and that's not Massachusetts. How much time have you been speeding at BigWheel?
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    This should be a wake up call for everyone once again, that you are in error to assume that people are going to be diligent and attentive. People are not. It is not the responsibility of other people to ensure your safety. It is your responsibility as an operator to do EVERYTHING you can to mitigate the risk of harm that might occur when you are working on the side of the road. One of the first steps to taking responsibility is to assume that no one is paying attention to your emergency lights. A second step to taking responsibility is to assume that every driver on the highway or roadway is in some manner impaired, be it by alcohol, drugs, technology, sleep deprivation, or by just general disregard to the health, safety, and well being of others. Do not be lulled into complacency when working on the side of any roadway. Do not for a moment, think that it can not, or will not be you who is severely injured or killed due to a moments inattention. If you have children and a family who depend on your income, take responsibility for your actions and get life insurance or disability insurance to assist them in the event that you are seriously injured and unable to work, or are killed on the side of the road. Have a current last will in place as well as a do not resuscitate order in place if you are seriously injured. You should also specify as to whether you want a church service or funeral. If you are not going to do everything you can on the side of the road, at least do what you can to make your wishes known to ease the burden on your family.
  45. 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.
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    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.
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    Towers with the Budweiser horses

    While I am not a fan of Budweiser beer, the Clydesdale horses are hands down the best when it comes to super bowl commercials. I am not a football fan, but I always view the Clydesdale commercials. They are the best.
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    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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    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.
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    Buicks aren't good for offroading

    People are constantly going off the road on this corner. This time, this buick missed all of the large trees but came to a stop about 80' in. The first guy on scene called back for a wrecker to winch it out. These mpl ngs keep surprising me with how well the trucks can plant and actually pull.
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