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

    Relax and Go Fishing

    Just to see what you can catch Source:
  3. 4 points
    We're never too far from an American flag, in fact the first picture here is our t shirt design but I had them add a bigger flag. We participate in both the Memorial Day and 4th of July parades each year with our flags flying high and proud. *Edited to add this year's 4th of July parade photo
  4. 4 points
    Randall, it's not the "we don't want to hurt anyone's feelings" attitude. It's the "it's never going to happen to me" attitude. If you can tell me what miracle it will take to wake these individuals in the industry up, then I will gladly help promote it. You do realize less the .5 percent of the industry can tell you how many tow operators have loss their lives roadside this year. I estimate that Less than 4% know there was a Tow Op killed this past Friday and as long as it doesn't effect them. They're Good...
  5. 4 points
    jrtowman

    Big changes in a year!

    Top picture was a year ago today and the bottom is what it looks like now.
  6. 3 points
    Orcas Tow

    Scooby Doo almost into house.

    I had a call for a Subaru into a house. I arrived on scene to find a Subaru had gone beyond the parking blocks & was resting on the house with the transmission pan on top of a large cinder block. Probably could have used the flatbed but thought it may drag trans pan across cinder block & create a mess, needed lift on both front wheels but that would take 2 wreckers. I'm a small operation on a remote island, so if possible I always try & use what I have on scene. Using my 2001 F550 4x4 with a Chevron 408, twin 9,000 winches with swaged 3/8 wire rope I found a Holmes Tree placed about perfectly on the passenger side of the car for my needs. Using a ladder I choked a 3/8"grade 80- recovery chain/4 ton snatchblock up high on the tree for a high/rearward pull on the passenger side of the Subaru with my drivers side wire rope terminating to a WreckMaster K strap to the passenger front wheel, rigged my passenger side line directly to the Subarus drivers front wheel again terminating with a WreckMaster K strap/4x4 wood block creating clearance for strap to body. Boom up/out high for lift, blocks behind wheels for safety I engaged winches & brought the car back up onto level ground without any further damage to the house or car. Replaced blocks & confirmed no undercarriage damage, happy customer.
  7. 3 points
    Orcas Tow

    Scooby Doo almost into house.

    Thank you for the kind words, as you know most times we are under some kind of push from Law Enforcement, customer, time/safety to clear or simply the next call pending so we get the job done. Every once in a while I get one that is not time sensitive, am able to document & share for the better of the industry as a whole as you can explain techniques all day long but pictures are worth a thousand words.
  8. 3 points
    Njsss

    F450

  9. 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.
  10. 3 points
    EdsTowing

    Pics Say A Thousand Words...

    The Boys were out tonight on the Interstate to bring in a F550 with a Turbo issue. The message board is really worthwhile to keep people moved over if possible.
  11. 3 points
    Hi John ... it's always so very exciting to hear from you across the pond. I hope you and your business are doing well. Thanks for your comments and I personally won't apologize for offending other towers when it comes to ... as you've so eloquently described ... "self-preservation". Perhaps that's one of the reasons why this industry is behind the curve is because we don't want to hurt anyone's feelings. Will towers ever wake up? Highway related fatalities are traced back to 1934 and the same old pig headed mistakes and actions have resulted in literally hundreds of towers killed. And, Like me and you John, I'm pretty sure most towers have their own "struck-by" stories to tell ... some non-preventable. Like the over-use and abuse of amber-light on all the time, perhaps the current feeling is ... "Nah ... it's just another tower killed ... glad it's not me." I guess we've grown numb to the root causes that continue to get tower's killed, but I'm interested in the tower you talked with about no safety vest. At some point John, if you do talk with the company's owner, please share what his reaction were. Best regard. R.
  12. 3 points
    Randall.....that is the most sobering and accurate piece of text I have read in a long time ....you are bang on the money !!! I too in my career have been hit twice, my son Graham had his leg smashed, we had 2 other guys also injured on seperate occasions, both had life changing injuries, Additionally we lost long term employee Terry Booth ......Terry died at the side of a busy road in the middle of the night....witnesses at the inquest testified that his truck was properly positioned with cones out and lit up like a, quote ... "Christmas tree" he had a comprehensive training record with all the regular refreshers ... And STILL it happened !!! The woman driver that hit him was DUI and went to jail ....my point is ...on this occasion all the training he had did not save him .. I whole heartedly agree with your points about self preservation at the roadside ...... Just this morning, on my way to the supermarket , I saw a tow truck at the side of the road half on the kerb and half on the carriageway......apart from the beacons on there was no cones or warning signs displayed the operator had no reflective clothing on, just shorts and tee shirt and worst of all, he was working on the traffic side of the truck ....I stopped and parked my car behind him with the hazard warning lights on....as a bit of warning to other traffic .... I said to the driver, don't you have any hi vis clothing ? Yes he said, I forgot to bring it .. This Tow truck is owned and operated by a very good company and the owner is a long time friend and colleague, he is very pro active with safety and training...he will be furious and dissapointed when I advise him what I saw ...... .your point about macho, testosterone, it wont happen to me ??. Case in point !!! NEVER TAKE THE JOB FOR GRANTED .....NEVER DROP YOUR GUARD . The constant loss of life at the roadside is an absolute tragedy .....but if 1 life can be spared through increased reflectivity, hi visibility clothing, awareness training.... Then it is worthwhile .... Sorry if I have bored or offended any one but , self preservation is the key ...no matter what country or language it is in John.
  13. 3 points
    rreschran

    Tower Down 05.31.19 (CA)

    Right on Brian. But, forget about the costs. Cost shouldn't be a factor in safety and prevention. In all business plans, that should be the first consideration is how to keep a company's employees safe in the work-place. And, that's accomplished by safety, processes and training. We know it ... we see it ... we teach it. But, where is safety lost in translation when tower's can't retain even 10-percent? I'll go out on a limb here to suggest that on-scene safety is the responsibility of each tow company owner. It's each owner's responsibility to make sure towers have the, "mental tools and preparations", before sending their personnel onto the highway. I personally feel the industry has lost it's sense of safety by making bling and monster-tow trucks the priority while safety and survival scrapes the bottom of the proverbial barrel. I evidenced that recently by noting seven, only seven attendees, including you Brian, attend a PTSD seminar versus that of seeing literally hundreds of towers watching a rotator being run through its paces at the same tow show. It's evidenced in these posts where only a handful of personalities have the guts to approach those procedures and processes that get tower's killed. When an industry doesn't care about it's people, its current state will only get worse before it ever gets better. We know the issues, so, what's it take to overcome the lack of safety awareness in a proactive manner? One can't expect to peer down the barrel of a gun with the possibility of being shot in the face right?
  14. 3 points
    We had to rescue this lady the other day who decided a soaking wet farm field was the best place to turn around. Not 500 feet further down the road is an intersection with a nice hard packed dirt spot to turn around, but I guess she couldn't wait that long. Nice easy pull back to solid ground.
  15. 3 points
    EdsTowing

    Rollover With Clean Up

    Explorer lost control in the rain on a sharp "S" curve & rolled into the woods.... Lots of glass & debris to clean up... Now the fun starts...Property Damage Liability Claim....
  16. 3 points
    EdsTowing

    Early morning Roll....

    Eddie grabbed this one this morning.... Wrapped up in a few minutes...then a beauty shot...LoL
  17. 3 points
    EdsTowing

    Annnnd Another Rollover...

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

    Another Rollover...

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

    AT ShowPlace Las Vegas Roll Call

    Glenn and myself will be there
  21. 3 points
    ttroseledge

    Progress on 70 Ton Rotator

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

    Rollover w/ Plenty Of Rolls....

    Well Ron you're right...no yellow trucks but they were there in spirit! I owe a lot to those people and Big Wheel changed the way I do things literally the day after my 1st class.... nearly 10 years ago. And when I presented my invoice to a typically difficult insurance company, they didn't have a single complaint. My connections made back then have & will continue my business's prosperity for years to come as well as friendships that are priceless. Stuart you're right...I was dreading these rolls as soon as I found out. I knew if I was to drag them out the back and load them on a trailer or carriers, they would be junk for sure. To make matters worse, they have a small hole (7/8") in the middle so rigging to them could be tricky... I knew it would be difficult to lift that dead weight in such a confined area but handling them was potentially dangerous . Like John said, I was concerned that they would move around when the trailer dropped and @ 6000 lbs each...they can make a difference! Wet set it pretty easily, I think I have a video of it...a slight bounce but not much drama. The rolls were damaged some but from their initial movement. They decided to scrap the load in the end so it is what it is. Thanks Randall. We were taxing the Tator pretty good so I decided to add my second line off a block to the drives just in case. It turned up to be a good idea because it was starting to stall the auxiliary winches and the main boom winches were getting the outriggers "Light". A lot of guys really push them but I don't know this truck well enough to exceed the platform. That added line made the difference though to get the initial lift to start & then from there it was like text book. Thanks for all the comments.
  25. 3 points
    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?
  26. 2 points
    goodmichael

    Responder Training Program

    We lose people to roadside struck by incidents due to the industry not making safety their number one priority. Safety is an attitude. And safety costs money to perpetuate. We have a poor attitude on safety. We as an industry accept the sixty deaths as a cost of doing business for the year. We then cross our fingers that they will not happen to anyone we know. On the same front, people whine, cry, piss and moan about the cost of their insurance premiums. But nobody, but a select few, has ever raised the fact that if this industry adds protocols to make the industry safe at the cost of the end user, the premiums people pay will be considerably lower, and the sixty deaths might possible be cut to fifteen for the year. We have some outstanding business people in this industry that strive to provide a great, safe workplace for their people. We have a great deal of clueless people who have the assets and ability to acquire equipment but do not have the vision that safety is paramount in this field to survive for the long term. They are concerned, but not concerned enough to take the required steps to ensure a safe workplace. They are more concerned about the loss of business they will encounter if they charge accordingly, and their charges are reflective of a safe workplace. They do not want to hurt their customers feelings, and or are too worried about someone else getting sub par clientele. Then there are the meat grinder people, the bottom of the barrel companies. They could care less about their staff. Fire one hire one is their motto. You all are a piece of work. We also have poor industry leadership that is afraid to step up and call people out for lack of safety. I consider myself fairly informed despite not having a television in my home for four years. I read about fifty books a year on various subjects. Nobody from the manufacturing end , Miller, Jerr Dan, or any of the other CEO's of equipment manufacturers have called for any type of urgency in discussing this issue. Motor clubs have not done so either. Law enforcement has failed as well. I am speaking of at large discussions to address the issues of safety. I hope I made somebody mad. I really do. We as an industry perpetuate an unsafe working environment for our staff by not doing everything we can to ensure that we do all we can do. So to answer your question, so many die because so many more do not care enough to take affirmative action to prevent the deaths.
  27. 2 points
    These are some of our trucks from the early 80's This was my uncles pride and joy in early 80's won a many a show. Topic Originally Create in February of 2008:
  28. 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.
  29. 2 points
    brian991219

    Tower Down 05.31.19 (CA)

    Randy, as you well know, the root problem with training is so many bodies are in the class simply because their boss made them attend. With no real desire to be educated they don't practice what they were taught, hell I bet they don't even retain 10% of it. The onus is on the employer to enforce good safety discipline as well as provide options such as blocker trucks, flares, cones and other means to protect the work zone. However this costs money and will chase some of the workforce away, which in turn leads to higher rates. The hard sell will be with the wholesale customers, they must come to understand what the true cost of professional -read safe- service really is. What I see in this image supports my earlier hypothesis that the tractor trailer driver may not even be aware he hit something, especially pulling double trailers aka "wiggle wagons". If you look closely at the carrier there is no visible evidence of impact, it as well as the disabled vehicle are still straight in line, not even the mirror on the carrier is pushed in. I do believe having the bed at such a steep angle may have contributed to inadequate scene lighting, but again without all the evidence all I can is theorize at the moment. One thing I am sure of, this is a senseless tragedy that didn't need to happen.
  30. 2 points
    EdsTowing

    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!
  31. 2 points
    Topic Originally Created on Tow411 in August of 2009: Hot summer day, (for Wisconsin), Wisconsin state patrol calls for flatbed to recover travel trailer in ditch eastbound median. Sent out a unit right away, The traffic is really backing up. All the light duty guys are out, soooooo I jump in a rollback and head out. Got to west to get there, I crest the hill and see a LONG back up, then I see THIS. Grab the mic, " Someone, anyone climb in my truck and head this way NOW!! Swing around at next exit, and head east lights blazing, jump on median shoulder. I arrive 15 minutes later, (had to go 3 miles) the trooper walks up and says "Get this out fast, its rush hour!!!" My response is "What am I going to do with me 21' carrier?" I get the deer in the headlights look, I'm sure we all know it. "What are we going to do, district is going to have a fit." he says. Relax I have "SUPER TATOR" on the way. He says "HOW LONG WILL THAT TAKE?". "Now, if you would have requested the proper equipment it would be here already." Needless to say, another 20 minutes my truck gets there with Dan at the helm. Trooper walks up again and says "Troop commander says you have 1 hour or we will have to do it tonite at midnight." No problem, yeah right! So, I do the only thing I could think of. Set up, lift it, swing it to rear, lock boom, and go 1/4 mile to scale entrance. I know this is probably not going to go over well with some, but it was crunch time. Just trying to keep the super slab flowing and our troopers happy. Created a 5 mile back up, and no secondary crashes. Midnight didn't sound like fun to me, I've been on days FOREVER!!! Its really dark then---LOL!!! Our fearless leader shows up during rigging process, and asks what the plan is, I tell him, and he gives me that look like your going to do WHAT!! But he did agree that it was the only option right now. Had to think fast & outside the box----alittle. This was 1 of 4 travel trailer rollovers in a 9 day period on this same 3 mile stretch of I94. Overall damage was moderate, no additional damage from lift. Insurance did total unit. Changed a tire with spare, aired one up, and off to the shop. Thanks for looking, be safe. Niemans Towing said: WOW nice job on clearing the road Jamie Dougherty said: You are a braver man than I. It looks like in the photo while you are driving it is already upright, If it was why not spin it and hook it properly on the shoulder? Just a question not trying to bash. JAMIE DOUGHERTY JANEWAY TOWING BigBen835 said: Thanks for replies, both left side tires flat, rims not so good. Again went a 1/4 mile to scale parking lot, and as I stated changed tires and towed properly. And if I would have spun it to the right or rear either way the whole interstate was blocked while hooking for tow. I figured some would not approve but TICK TOCK, TICK TOCK. LOL! Miracle1 said: Not your everyday practice, but it got the job at hand done I'm sure all involved were happy don't see a problem we've all done unorthadox things when in a pinch. stay safe Kenny Kenny Miracle ''Miracles Do Happen Here'' BigWheelRecovery said: Nice show of power that is a different recovery .Thanks Eric TowThis2002 said: Just asking - Did you unfold the under-reach and chain it to the crossbar to keep from swinging? That must have been neat to see driving down the other way(Westbound?)... Soonertator said: I think you did what you had to do. Some on here may criticize but I am willing to bet that the troopers wont even hesitate to call you next time they need some "out of the box" type help. Good job Blue Stripe said: Obviously there were no bridges along your route? LOL There lies the dilemma of doing it the right way, or keeping the state troopers happy. Keeping the state happy is very important. My idea would be to give the trooper 2 choices, we do it this way (the way you did) or I do it the right way here at the scene and its going to take longer. If they choose option A, explain to them that you will need him to escort (behind) you to where ever you're moving it to. Tell them its their responsibility to keep cars from attempting to pass this "wide load". If they can agree to that, then your road is clear in 10 minutes (or however long) Always leave the liability on the PD whenever possible, especially if they're asking you to do something out of the ordinary. Chris Flynn, WM 091008 Boardman Towing & Recovery
  32. 2 points
    Our Leader, Steve Sedberry is always willing to jump in and work beside each of the employees.
  33. 2 points
    My truck has the steel cab, lighter duty trucks went to aluminum before the 650s did... to answer your question about buying it all over again if I had to it’s a catch 22. At the time I purchased this particular truck because I wanted an extended cab, 26k lbs truck with a cab and a half. I also had a falling out with my local international dealerships service department, after a half butted repair on a 4300, so I told them I swore off international, that left me with freightliner or ford, I opted for the ford because of the warranty primarily, and it was almost 10k dollars less then a comparably equipped FL... the only real drawback I found with my truck is the small cab, at 6’2” my legs get very restless driving after a couple hours, and it gets very cramped with a couple passengers. My bed angle with the air ride dumped is right close to 10 degrees, without the shark tail bed... hope this helps anyone looking!
  34. 2 points
    Orcas Tow

    "Hiding" Towmate Transmitter

    I hard wired mine in my overhead light bar, dry & high up for a good un obstructed signal.
  35. 2 points
    someotherplace

    Stuck In Park, 4WD & Park Brake

    Yep, no more disconnecting linkage on RAM trucks since 2011-2012 I think. They *look* like you can disconnect it but you can't shift, as you discovered. And, on Mopar fullsize cars since 2008. BUT, there is a release inside the vehicle on most. I usually don't mess with them being full-time PPI as I do not have keys. However if you're on a consent tow there is a release cord inside the cars console, and on the trucks I believe it's to the left of the column in the dash after you pop a panel off. Richard
  36. 2 points
    Njsss

    Close 1 W/Dollies

  37. 2 points
    Dat1

    Patriotic Tag

    Put this on one of our parts delivery trucks. “TAKE PRIDE IN AMERICA” NEW: “IN GOD WE TRUST” LICENSE PLATE - NC The Soldiers & Airmen Assistance Fund, Inc. is proud to announce that the updated design for our “In God We Trust” license plate is now available in NC. The new design features “In God We Trust” (the official motto of the US), the American Eagle (the national emblem, symbol of freedom, authority and power), in the background the US Flag (represents our expression of patriotism), the letters S and A (stands for Soldiers and Airmen), a white background behind the numbers and North Carolina in red (representing the energy and strength of our great state). The In God We Trust is the most patriotic specialty license plate in North Carolina. Of the extra $30 annual fee for the specialty tag, $20 goes to Soldiers & Airmen Assistance Fund to support the citizen soldiers of the North Carolina National Guard. “The theme of this plate is a true expression of our patriotism. Our goal was to design a plate that every North Carolinian would be proud to put on their vehicle. We now have a plate that is attractive, with the right colors, that stands out and makes people notice. We hope North Carolinians will help us honor our Guardsmen, our veterans and everyone wearing the military uniform that protects our state and nation,” said Dennis Roach, retired Sergeant Major and Director of the SAAF. To order your plate, visit www.ncdot.gov/dmv. Click Online Services Tab, Order Personalized & Specialized Plates, Order Special Plate, click “I” to locate “In God We Trust” plate and click on the image. If you currently have the plate with the yellow ribbon on it and would like the new one, DMV said you need to go by one of their offices and tell them you want the new one. If you go online to order, you will just receive the stickers and not the new plate.
  38. 2 points
    Joanne Blyton of Billings Towing & Recovery, Montana, has been elected 2019 TRAA President. Joanne is the first woman to hold this position in 40 years. A long time member of Tow411 and now TowForce, member name "speedracer". Join us as we send our congratulations on a rise to the top, for a woman who truly earned it. TRAA "Towing & Recovery Association of America Tow411 - "Towing Information Network" Her Candidate Bio is available online at http://traaonline.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/02/Joanne-Blyton.pdf
  39. 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.
  40. 2 points
    Njsss

    Newest Addition

  41. 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.
  42. 2 points
    CHATTANOOGA, TN, April 9, 2019 — The International Towing and Recovery Hall of Fame and Museum Survivor Fund today announced a new benefit available to those going through the tragedy of losing someone in the line of service. The new Experienced Owners Group (EoG) will allow company owners the opportunity to seek guidance from someone who has been in their current position. The Experienced Owners Group aims to provide this support for company owners who are dealing with the ramifications of losing an employee on the job. For over ten years, the Survivor Fund has been providing financial assistance to families in their time of need when on the job tragedies occur. Now, the Survivor Fund is branching out to focus on another type of Survivor, the company owner. There are many challenges faced by company owners when an operator is killed on the job. The Survivor Fund does not have all of the answers but we do have a powerful list of those who have been in this position and who are willing to speak to anyone with a similar need. The EoG is made up of towing and road service industry company owners who have had an on the job death and are willing to speak to others going through a similar loss. These owners will neither be competitors nor will they be a legal team. The museum, the Survivor Fund and our Experienced Owners Group are not able to provide answers to legal questions. This group is here for moral support and to help with information on how each person may have dealt with their own business tragedy. “The Experienced Owners Group has been in development for several years. During the last year we have seen an increased need and have been told by those involved in the tragedies that this service would be of great benefit,” stated Jeffrey Godwin, Co-Chairman of the ITRHFM Survivor Fund / Wall of the Fallen Committee. “As we begin to rollout a few new Survivor Fund benefits in 2019, supporting of all survivors is our focus.” The process is simple. Today, when a tragedy occurs, the assigned regional representative from the Survivor Fund committee reaches out to the company proactively to offer the assistance of the Fund and information about the Wall of the Fallen. Going forward, the information provided will also include how to participate in the EoG. The rep will endeavor to match the owner with a current tragedy to someone who had a similar incident situation when possible. The committee member will also contact the Experienced Owner being selected and notify them of the need. Both parties will receive an introductions email along with the case information as provided to the Survivor Fund. Once the introduction is made, all communications are direct between the parties and the International Towing and Recovery Hall of Fame and Museum and its Survivor Fund are no longer involved in the interactions. The Experienced Owners Group exists to provide a specialized contact for business owners in their time of need allowing the business owner to speak directly to another business owner who has been through a similar tragedy in their own company. Please note that none of the ITRHFM, the ITRHFM Survivor Fund, the Experienced Owners Group, or the persons involved in these groups are to provide legal advice. If legal advice is required, the inquirer should be steered toward an attorney or other legal professional. To learn more about the Experienced Owners Group, contact Jeffrey Godwin via email at jeffreygodwin@gmail.com. An inquiry / sign up form will be added to the museum website in the Survivor Fund section in the coming weeks. If you have experienced the on the job loss of an employee, please sign-up, get the talking points and serve your fellow towers. About ITRHFM The International Towing and Recovery Hall of Fame and Museum, located in Chattanooga, TN, houses an array of displays and exhibits showcasing the history of towing and recovery. The rotating collection includes early equipment by Manley, Holmes, Vulcan, and Weaver. The Hall of Fame honors individuals who have significantly advanced the industry. The Museum includes a theater, a library, and a gift shop selling souvenirs related to the towing industry. On the outside grounds is the Wall of the Fallen memorial, dedicated to towers who died in the line of service. The ITRHFM Survivor Fund assists the families of the men and women that have made the ultimate sacrifice in the line of service by providing a uniform financial gift at the time of their loss. ITRHFM is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization and accepts donations for its programs and operations from individuals, corporations and groups. Learn more at www.towingmuseum.com.
  43. 2 points
    Matjackman

    Matjack 3 Day Factory Class!

    2019 Matjack factory team for the spring session has ended. Thanks to all that participated. Jeff Martin, Howard "scooby" Eagan, Jamie Dougherty, Bruce Pedigo, Dale McLaughlin, Matt Bartlett. #matjackspring2019
  44. 2 points
    I'm here...loud and clear ....😊
  45. 2 points
    Still here in United Kingdom
  46. 2 points
    So many reading and this new system only registers logged in member views. If you're a regular lurker registering has never been easier. Do It Now! Please Doing so will get TowForce closer to a A New Platinum Sponsor that will participate. However, if we cannot reach the 6000 members by June 11th, we prove them right. The Towing & Recovery Industry is just too small of a market for them to expand into. This potential new sponsor wants to get you to their website as they introduce new products. The have also agreed to post in the General Equipment forum with the goal of having a dedicated forum. The traffic is here, we just need to get the numbers up. That means both membership and topic participation. The message board had good traffic even after it broke. However, it became like "Read Only". Do not let this community go in that direction. Thanks, Now Reply to the Roll Call.
  47. 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
  48. 2 points
    Charles Duke from American Towman and Tow Industry Week is right here with all of you!!!
  49. 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
  50. 2 points
    Lately I am running into more and more 12 point 3/8 drive line bolts that the heads are rounded off before I start to remove them. I found instead of trying a chisel or vice grips, I smash the edge of the bolt head with a hammer and then hammer the socket on and usually that gets them off without the socket spinning on the bolt head. Just a tip I thought I would share.
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