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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.
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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?
  6. 2 points
    I've not yet see an APP that reminds tow operators to stay OFF the white-line side? If that were the case, perhaps a decline in 50-percent of operator fatalities would be the end of the year count. R.
  7. 2 points
    We actually sat down with the captain of the substation. I explained to him, as well as the sargeant, the scenario. I needed a lane closed to allow me to work, as I was on next to a guard rail. It was a rolled vehicle on its top. I did inform the trooper of my plan. He interupted and told me that there was absolutely no way I could have a lane. They offered the explanatory standpoint of secondary crashes, the early morning hour, just basically took the side of their colleague and justified his decision. We did concur that the temporary lane closure would have been the safest way to operate. I am not going to hyperextend my safety stance and work next to moving traffic. I had a similar situation a few months later, at the same spot, under similar circumstances and was granted my request for a temporary lane closure. I have invested heavily in snatch blocks, chained attached snatch blocks, rollover sticks machined from sticks of aluminum, the list goes on to allow me to work safely. All of those tools are just a box of crap if you do not speak up for oneself. I have always gone above and beyond to build that bridge with law enforcement. They do however not walk on water. And they sometimes, though rare in occurrence, forget that we are both on the same team, with a common goal. That goal, number one, being in a position to go home at the end of the day. Number two is that we clear the scene in as safe, and as expeditious manner possible. Too many in this line of work, I believe, confuse themselves with the role of a superhero, believing they can save the world. I am all for assisting and helping people out of a tight spot. But I have adopted the median point in my mindset that I did not break it, fail to maintain it to the point it failed catastrophically, or just plain drive it past the point that Duck tape. Gorilla tape, super glue, and a prayet to Saint Ephesius, patron Saint of idiots will keep it together. I am not going to risk my life to rescue you from your stupidity.
  8. 2 points
    The Industry as a whole unfortunately, is not ready for that designation. There has been many occasions where recovery operators are needed to secure a wreck for victim extraction, At this juncture it still needs to be on a case by case basis. The standards of training are evolving and will continue to do so ( i hope ) and there will come a day where towing and recovery can be designated as first responders.
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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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    Industry instructor, Terry Abejuela, from California, has been teaching this at American Towman Tow Shows for years. He is fun and informative making the process of, "seeing is believing", a reality. It's one thing to see it in a video, but to be part of the live and up-front demonstration makes learning fun. This video is a great tool that explains how snatch-block's work and what mechanical advantages can be gained from their use. R.
  11. 2 points
    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.
  15. 2 points
    Hats off to you!!!
  16. 2 points
    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.
  17. 2 points

    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!
  18. 2 points
    As seen on youtube: Heavy Duty Operator Rob Long recovering a truck that rolled onto its side.
  19. 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!
  20. 2 points
    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!
  21. 2 points

    AT ShowPlace Las Vegas Roll Call

    I and APTRA will be there in full force! Stop by our booth!
  22. 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!!!
  23. 2 points
    Still here🇬🇧🇬🇧
  24. 2 points

    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.
  25. 2 points
    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.
  26. 2 points

    Christmas Parade & Decoration Images

    Had a great time in the York Parade! Saw tons of friends out there waving.
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  28. 1 point
    Happy Thanksgiving John to you and your family. We wish for you a quiet day to spend without having to go out and about. See you in a few days in AC. R.
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  30. 1 point
    Orcas Tow

    Rollin' Rogue Goes Pole Dancing

    Looks good, only thing better would have been a helicopter that would just hover above & pick it straight up. Every time I offer that service on scene the customer always declines...
  31. 1 point
    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.
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  33. 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.
  34. 1 point

    A rare 2 trucker.

    Good planning and team work! Slow and easy is always best.
  35. 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.
  36. 1 point

    F550 Truck Bar Tow

  37. 1 point

    Scooby Doo almost into house.

    Very nice work
  38. 1 point
    California is a beautiful state, but it is one of the most oppressive states towards business. If you are able to afford insurance to get started then I would start out by handing out business cards to every shop and dealership. You also need to sit down and discover exactly what it costs you to run a call. This includes your truck, insurance, maintenance, insurance, taxes, permits,labor, and fuel. I would guess that your costs in California are close to a hundred dollars to just start the truck You need to make a profit on every call you run. You will see people running calls for less than their cost. These people will have, keep, and struggle to maintain run down equipment. Profit is your best friend.
  39. 1 point
    OK Brian ... now yer' messin with me. The Wood electric has steering in the middle. Not on the left ... not on the right. Why in the middle? Remember our conversation?
  40. 1 point
    I commend the Towing and Recovery Museum's decision to support this product and as a step in the right direction to help lessen the number of tow operator fatalities this industry experiences each year. R.
  41. 1 point

    Our Most Influentual Industry Leaders

    I would nominate Bob Fouquette from Big Wheel / RBU in Massachusetts. Besides the fact that he has helped thousands of towing companies across the country, he also possesses quality character traits like Integrity, compassion & the genuine concern and desire to help people. His wealth of knowledge of our industry is second to none and he runs his life & business with strong moral principles. I am proud to call him my friend and look to his "model" when I judge my own decisions.
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    Still visiting when I can. Thanks Ron
  43. 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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    HI I AM HERE !!!!
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    See you all in Florida
  46. 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.
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    CTTA light duty level 1. Also much experience as a young guy towing in Northern British Columbia Canada
  48. 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.
  49. 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.
  50. 1 point
    Thomas Whitman

    Back and retired in West Virginia

    Hello all: After a few years off of towing, still alive and almost kicking here in Martinsburg. Happy to be back on the forum, albeit not much happening here for us. Rebuilding the old Big Bertha, a 1981 GMC C-6500 rollback. Not doing MC's but little bit of flatbed hauling of small farm equipment, materials, parts and machinery. Hope all had a great Thanksgiving. Regards, Tom Whitman
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