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  1. 4 points

    Big changes in a year!

    Top picture was a year ago today and the bottom is what it looks like now.
  2. 3 points

    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...
  3. 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
  4. 3 points

    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...
  5. 3 points

    AT ShowPlace Las Vegas Roll Call

    Glenn and myself will be there
  6. 2 points

    Early morning Roll....

    Eddie grabbed this one this morning.... Wrapped up in a few minutes...then a beauty shot...LoL
  7. 2 points
    Our Leader, Steve Sedberry is always willing to jump in and work beside each of the employees.
  8. 2 points
    There is no car that is worth putting another human being's life in jeopardy. TDLR would do well to stop just being a money tick and do something worthwhile and mandate that those who repossess vehicles or collateral at least be familiar with what a breach of the peace, illegal acts, as well as the fair debt collection practices act is all about. This incident at least fails the breach of the peace standard. I am not kicking a person when they are down, but a person died for a piece of crap hunk of plastic and tin with a mile of copper wire thrown in. Every car is a piece of crap compared to a human life. I have repossessed vehicles and been in a tight spot or two. If in doubt I will release the car. I found it once, I will find it again. There are 7 million car notes that are 90+ days so even if I do not, they are like Lay's potato chips, they will make more.
  9. 2 points

    A Medium With A Light

  10. 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.
  11. 2 points

    Lets Lower The Statistics...

    We are sending our Crash Van out on interstate calls where there is a danger factor. Adverse weather, fog & what not...in an attempt to slow people down & move them over. As you can see, it works for the most part...
  12. 2 points

    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
  13. 2 points

    Lets Lower The Statistics...

    Thanks Ed ... I will help to spread your message at the upcoming tow shows. If motorists can't see the arrowboard or its reflective striping, we towers are really working a lost cause. R.
  14. 2 points
    All towers should have TIM training for obvious reasons, but also to have that coveted certificate in their personnel/training file when it comes time to defend a driver and the company against civil lawsuit. A recent high-dollar California lawsuit was based on a tow operator's training as a Freeway Service Patrol operator being sued. His training was heavily attacked, but the tower had FSP, CHP, and current TIM training to uphold his experience. Four-hours time to complete FREE training is chump change to a multi-million dollar lawsuit. And, yes, I am a TIM instructor in California. R.
  15. 2 points
    As seen on youtube: Heavy Duty Operator Rob Long recovering a truck that rolled onto its side.
  16. 2 points
    Battelini Towing

    My Grandfather's Notebook

    This is from when he went to Sweeney Automobile School in Kansas City Missouri in 1918 and the note he wrote on the back cover. Another piece of history we are fortunate to have.
  17. 2 points

    Surprise, Surprise, Surprise....

    Got home from the Florida show yesterday & my son surprised me with a new truck! Two of my grandkids explained all of the technology & how stuff works.... Oh and "Dallas" waiting to go for a ride. My wife & I are blessed with great kids & grandchildren....
  18. 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!
  19. 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!
  20. 2 points

    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.
  21. 2 points
    Ron ... I wholeheartedly nominate Steve and Doc Calitri of American Towman Magazine, and, Clarissa Powell, Tow Times Magazine, for their career participation to the towing and recovery industry. Their publications and tow show presentations have provided towing and recovery professionals the platform in which to share everything having to do with the industry. They've created environments that bring tow professionals to together throughout the world. Thank you for your contributions to the industry. You are true leaders and this recognition is due. Steve, Doc and Clarissa have undoubtedly influenced myself and millions of readers on an international scale ... no small task. I believe this award is befitting to their leadership and committment to the towing and recovery industry. R.
  22. 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
  23. 2 points

    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.
  24. 2 points

    Newest Addition

  25. 2 points

    AT ShowPlace Las Vegas Roll Call

    I and APTRA will be there in full force! Stop by our booth!
  26. 2 points

    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.
  27. 2 points
    Whenever something is being towed, additional securements should always be attached. This doesn’t just apply to wreckers - secondary attachment chains should be attached even hauling a trailer, boat trailer or camper. These chains are there for an obvious reason: to prevent an accident in the event of an attachment failure while towing. But why does WreckMaster insist that the secondary attachments are always crossed? It prevents casualty from veering into traffic Probably the most important information on this list, crossing your chains ensures that the casualty will stay behind your truck in the event of a disconnect from the wheel lift/underrearch. If the chains were parallel and went straight back to the casualty, they would be able to veer and swing freely in both directions and potentially into other vehicles. When the chains are crossed, the casualty is prevented from veering too far in either direction and will instead stay behind the wrecker. NOTE: in the event of a disconnect, be sure to slowly change lanes and reduce speed to avoid the casualty from slamming into the back of the wrecker. It affects turning Secondary attachments can be affected by turning in two ways: You can use the shortest amount of chain and it will make less contact with the ground. If the chains were to be connected parallel and go straight back to the casualty, one of the chains would become too tight whenever turning. For example, when a wrecker turns right, the distance between the left side of the wrecker and the left side of the casualty increases. On the opposite side the chain continues to slack thereby making contact with the ground. By crossing the chains, the amount of chain required is reduced and therefore you will minimize the likelihood of your chains contacting the ground. They Can go above or under the under reach When the chains are crossed, whether they go above or below the wheel lift does not matter. Why is this important? It means that securing to the most logical attachment point becomes easier. Cross the chains over the under reach also helps keep the chains from making contact with the ground while turning. There are benefits to both: Crossing the chains beneath requires more chain but they will not interfere with any other equipment such as towing lights or scratch the under reach. Crossing above can scratch the under reach but requires less chain. or Just be sure that whether you cross them above or below the under reach that they will not interfere with any other pieces of equipment, such as the towing lights. View the full article on WreckMaster.com...
  28. 1 point
    auto rescue

    1986 Ford Cargo

    Diesel 6 Cylinder 5 Speed Transmission 2 Speed Rear Axle 22ft X 102” Kildare Steel Flat Bed With Wheel lift Remote Lodar Winch control Assembled in House
  29. 1 point

    Protect Yourself...It Works!

    Just another example of using our sign board to move traffic over on a HD job out on the interstate.... I'd like to see some of the bigger players proceed like this to help make it an "acceptable policy" to more than just me...
  30. 1 point

    10 days remain and only 380 Bills!

    With only 10 days remaining, only 380 bills have gone through the entire process and are on the Governor’s desk. The last time the Texas Legislature passed fewer was in the 1800s. We filed several bills, but it was really a session that was weighted toward killing bills. This session, we tracked 80 bills that could have had an impact on the towing and storage industry. Below are some of which we were actively involved. HB 61 by James White relating to the use of certain lighting equipment on escort flag vehicles. While this bill was centered around escort flag vehicles and the lights they use during the course of their work the changes made to this bill will also allow for tow trucks to use amber and blue lights. We worked with the Texas Municipal Police Association on this measure, and our member Geoff Nienstedt worked hard with local law enforcement officials to gain support in allowing tow truck drivers to use blue lights. HB 61 was signed by the Governor on May 7th and will become law on September 1, 2019. HB 625 by Neave relating to notice and request for a hearing regarding a vehicle that has been towed or booted, would have allowed a person to submit a written request for a hearing concerning a towed car within 60 days of the date the vehicle was towed, excluding weekends and holidays, provided that the vehicle that had been released from the vehicle storage facility to which it was towed within 20 days. We know what you are thinking. That is extremely convoluted and doesn’t make much sense. Southwest Tow Operators opposed this bill in committee and member, Tasha Moore, testified in opposition to the bill. HB 626 by Neave relating to notice of a person’s right to a hearing placed on a sign prohibiting unauthorized vehicles on a parking facility. Southwest Tow Operators legislative team worked to oppose this bill. The bill never received a hearing. HB 1140 by Tracy King relates to fees for vehicles stored at vehicle storage facilities; authorizing fee increases and decreases; eliminating a fee; eliminating a minimum fee. Southwest Tow Operators was very supportive of this measure as it moved through the process. HB 1140 would allow TDLR to adjust the storage fee for impounded vehicles. This bill was passed out of the Senate Business and Commerce Committee today and will be heading to the full Senate for debate and final passage. HB 2807 by Guillen relating to regulation and liability of certain vehicles on a highway. Representative Guillen filed this bill on behalf of Southwest Tow Operators. HB 2807 would have changed the penalties for move over violations. This bill was heard in the House Licensing and Administration Committee but was faced by opposition in the Local Calendar Committee by some members. Representative Guillen amended the language on one of his other bills, but that bill died in the Senate, unfortunately. The legislative session will conclude on Memorial Day, but our work does not end there. We will set our agenda for the next 18 months so that we will be ready to fill bills in the next session. Southwest Tow Operators will continue to work hard on your behalf in Austin.
  31. 1 point

    A Badass just showed up!

    And it is getting a 25 ton installed. Questions?
  32. 1 point

    AT ShowPlace Las Vegas Roll Call

    I will be there.
  33. 1 point

    Annnnd Another Rollover...

    Man no wonder we've been slow all weekend, everyone is wrecking up your way before they even come to the shore Sent from my SAMSUNG-SM-T337A using Tapatalk
  34. 1 point

    Lets Lower The Statistics...

    Thanks Ed for sharing your pics of your blocker/lighting truck. The arrow-board is a key component in providing advanced emergency notice to approaching traffic per requirements of slow-down move-over ... i.e., tow/service vehicle is parked and displaying emergency lighting. More tow companies need to make this their practice for on-highway calls, especially companies working heavy-duty capacities. Ed ... may I have your permission to use your van picture in my American Towman seminar in Vegas, Texas and Baltimore regarding, "Building and Advanced Emergency Warning Area", noting kudos to you? Thanks Ed. R.
  35. 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.
  36. 1 point

    Three classics from Ernest Holmes

    History photos sunmitted by Bill Ludewig, Ernies Wrecker Service Vernon Hills Illinois The same picture of Terminal Garage Holmes 850 in all 3 Holmes literature.
  37. 1 point
    2018 Jerr-Dan HPL-60 Contact Sales 1-800-849-2178 Ask about this truck by stock number: (9645N) This vehicle is located at: 2906 Elmhurst Ln. Portsmouth, VA 23701 For sale now at East Coast Truck and Trailer Sales! This new 2018 Ford F-550 XLT 2WD Supercab Wrecker with attached Jerr-Dan HPL-60 is Red with a Gray Cloth Interior and comes with a Ford V8 6.7L Power Stroke Diesel Engine, TorqShift 6-speed Automatic transmission, 192″ wheelbase, power steering and AC. Jerr Dan’s HPL-60 series standard-duty independent wrecker is the perfect vehicle to tackle even some of the trickiest jobs. Engineered for strength and unmatched mobility. The underlift has 5,000 lb. capacity at L-arms, 6,000 lb. using frame forks. Recovery booms range from 8,000 – 24,000 lb. ratings with (2) 10,000 lb. Ramsey winches. The Aluminum Modular Construction Wrecker Body is designed to provide years of trouble-free and corrosion-free service. East Coast Truck and Trailer Sales has been a competitive Car Hauler and Tow Truck supplier in the U.S. since 1995. Offering sales, service, parts, detailing, lettering, vehicle wraps, and the East Coast Advantage to every customer. Visit us now at https://ectts.com for more great offers on Western Star Car Haulers and other towing and hauling trucks and supplies! 2018 Ford F-550 XLT 2WD Color: Red Ford V8 6.7L Power Stroke Diesel Engine 18,000 GVWR CA: 84” Tank: 26.5 gal Midship Rear Ratio: 4 .10 Transmission: TorqShift 6-speed auto Wheelbase: 192” Tires: 255/70R 19.5 Grey Cloth Interior Quad Dual-Beam Halogen Headlamps LED Roof Clearance Lights Jerr-Dan HPL-60 Standard-Duty Independent Wrecker HPL-60 Sub frame with Low Base 5,000 lb. Underlift 5,000 lb. Manual L-Arms Fork Holders Frame Forks Spring Hanger Forks Set of Spring Shackle 12-Ton Wrecker Boom with Dual 10K Winches & West Coast Package Cable 7/16″ x 150′ 3-Ton EIPS (Qty 2 Required f/Dual Winches) Cable Tensioners for Dual 10K Boom Winches Remote Free Spool Handles (Pair) for Dual 10K Winches 7-Bank Valve for Dual Boom Winches 60” Alum Body with Both Side Tool Boxes & LED Body Lighting 24” Aluminum Tunnel Toolbox with Mounted Aluminum Light Pylon Aluminum Stone Guard Kit for Tunnel Toolbox TowMate LED Amber 60″ Light Bar 2018 Ford F-350/450/550 Diesel 4×4 Smart PTO Installed Light-duty Tow Sling for Dual Line Boom DISCLAIMER: Please note that all information, photos, mileage, & prices are subject to change or correction without notice. Units listed for sale may already be sold or otherwise unavailable. Information on units listed is believed to be accurate, although errors can & do occur.
  38. 1 point

    WreckMaster never Wreckmaster

    It's WreckMaster cause I made a promise to Donnie Cruse that I would make the correction anytime I saw it on social media. The all lower case can pass sometimes, but NEVER Wreckmaster. Please note this and help me keep my promise by noting this every time you see it. In DC memory Amen. See you in the Ditch.
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    Hi everyone, I realize that this is an old post, but I would like to share my thoughts on this topic. I think that there are so many variables that it is impossible to have a one size fits all answer. If you are just doing a short tow across town at low speeds ( max 45 mph ), I think it could be done safely even if it has a fiberglass roof. However if you need to go a longer distance especially on the highway, I would try to avoid towing from the rear with an aluminum roof and I would never rear tow on the highway with a fiberglass roof. The rear roll up doors on a box truck are not wind and water tight like a sea container. The doors are just to keep the load from falling into the road when the truck is driving and or to keep thieves from stealing the cargo when the truck is stopped. Also the trucks were not designed to go down the highway backwards at highway speeds. This is just like towing a road tractor with fairings from the rear. It will act like a parachute and the wind will get past the door and put a lot of stress on the roof which is the weakest link, causing it to fail and break
  40. 1 point
    Dante Riggio. Riggio Auto Repair Inc. Wreckmaster. Statewide Towing Association Certification.
  41. 1 point
    Still here doing towing and recovery as well as roadside assistance. Wish everyone a safe and wonderful day. Thanks Bill
  42. 1 point
    Still visiting when I can. Thanks Ron
  43. 1 point

    Adding some goodies to our wrecker

    We got this truck at the end of last year. Our last wrecker had 2 tunnel boxes and this one only has 1, so we were a little short on storage. We added 3 additional boxes. My boss has also let me add stuff to make things more efficient. Simple stuff first, 2 buckets for floor dry/debris 2 Boxes have been placed on each side of the bed, which did make it difficult to watch the winches. So mirrors were added to aid with that. Again, the boxes make backing up to a car difficult to see it. All of our trucks have on board dvr, with 4 cameras. I added a monitor to be able to see. This truck has a compressor and tank, but no gauge, or air hook ups. We do alot of ppi's, and have to call another company to remove any trailers with air. I added an air hook up so we can move empty trailers, or equipment trailers. Also added a psi gauge, I ended up changing the fitting on the back of the gauge so it would fit though. Now my personal favorite addition. The flood lights in the back were......lacking. I had a 42" curved light bar at home that I wasn't using and added to the truck. I also got some smaller led spot/flood lights to add under the tunnel box to aid with nighttime reversing. Before After (That is also just the upper lights. Lowers were not turned on) Lower lights
  44. 1 point

    Tow411/TowForce Login & Member Roll Call

    Not on here much anymore. About 34 years towing,, Wreckmaster 4/5 expired. Joe Sroga via TRAO sponsored classes, TRAA Medium duty level. A Vulcan sponsored HD class before Vulcan was Miller. Several other light duty classes. Holmes 600, first truck, was almost a live class in itself!! Rollbacks, JerrDan 25T, Century 9055XP. coach, 3 stage.
  45. 1 point
    Wally T here, doing what I do, to help those looking for clean Rust Free So Calif Towing and Recovery Tow Trucks and Car Carriers. New or Pre Owned.
  46. 1 point
    Still kicking in Arkansas around the Air Force base
  47. 1 point
    Been towing in Nevada since 1977. Training was the school of hard knocks. Light and medium duty. Attended a CTTA class about 10 years ago with 2 of my sons. Great class. Great site with lots of learning opportunities. Keep up the good work.
  48. 1 point
    Checker Wrecker & Auto Salvage Lawton, OK
  49. 1 point

    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.
  50. 1 point
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