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  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 3 points
    Njsss

    F450

  4. 2 points
    Based on the climbing number of tow truck and flatbed carrier accidents, I invite you to attend, American Towman's Brian Riker and his seminar on, "Defensive Driving and Driving Professionalism". Fact: Tow trucks and solo crashes and incidents are oftentimes the fault of the tow truck driver. Come and learn how tow trucks respond to panic stops, conditions while loaded, why the use of wearing a seat-belt is important, including other driver caused behaviors that result in tow operator fatality. Brian's seminar is must see information and something you should present at your company's next safety meeting. See you there in a couple of days at the American Towman Dallas Tow Exposition, August 17th, 2019 at 0800 Room Appaloosa 2. R.
  5. 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.
  6. 2 points
    ESC

    New driver in training- MDX vs fence

    We received a call from Upper Uwchlan Police Department at 10:28 AM to respond to Hickory Park on Park Road for one vehicle after an accident. We immediately dispatched one of our flatbed trucks to the scene. Upon arrival we found a vehicle that had run through a concrete and wood fence along the parking lot. We were able to winch the vehicle directly onto our flatbed. Cribbing was used to raise the front end of the vehicle to keep from causing any more damage to the undercarriage. The wood and concrete that was scattered throughout the area was picked up and loaded onto our flatbed truck. We called and requested a traffic cone and caution tape and additional laborer be sent to the scene. The broken concrete post was placed on our flatbed truck. All debris was picked up from the area. A traffic cone was placed over the hole that remained from the fence post. Caution tape was used to mark off the area of broken fence. The vehicle and debris was transported to our storage facility. No one was injured in the collision. The new driver was learning to drive with mom and practicing in the parking lot. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  7. 2 points
    dperone

    Deja Vu Crash

    Last Saturday we picked up a 2 car crash from an intersection, with one of them being a Chevy Equinox. Fast forward to this Saturday and the state police call for a 3 car crash at the same intersection. I arrived to find another Equinox in the same exact spot as the one from last week. Talk about deja vu. The only difference was this one managed to knock down the big road sign that the other missed, and landed on top of it to boot. Along with that there was a soul balanced on top of a telephone pole up against another pole and a Sonata in a shallow soft ditch. As I beat my 2 beds by quite a few minutes, I started moving everything onto the roadway so all they had to do was load and go. I started with the soul, which was a quick pull sideways to get it off the pole. I then brought the Sonata onto the roadway where I loaded it. The picture is a little deceiving, where the car landed was at the base of a hill that goes up to the tracks and it was pretty soft from the rain we've had this week. By then my beds were on scene and one started loading the soul while the other loaded the Equinox that was trying to have relations with a street sign. Once we were all loaded and I blew the debris off the road we opened it back up and were on our way. This is a fairly well known back road to go to the shore so the troopers were very happy when we cleared the scene.
  8. 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:
  9. 2 points
    This was a call from the State Police for a pickup overturned down an embankment a few months back. The fire chief called and let me know that it was a Dodge Dually over a guard rail with a large amount of debris. It was a Sunday morning around 8 am. Since I happen to live just around the corner and didn't have a truck home that weekend I responded direct in my personal car. My dad went to the shop and got our 98 international 12 ton wrecker and we called in two of our other operators one in a 2011 Dodge 5500 mpl40 and our 2013 Hino flatbed. We worked with the fire company to cut the damaged section of guard rail and remove the debris that was scattered through the woods. We used our two wreckers and a few Holmes trees to move the truck back ward toward the open section of the guardrail and roll it back into its wheels in one motion. It was then pulled fully onto the roadway and loaded onto our Hino. The rest of the debris was piled into the back of the truck. The owner had us transport it direct to his farm not far away. The recovery bill was paid in full upon delivery. It took a bit of explaining for him to understand the fees involved in this recovery after his initial "sticker shock" when he saw the invoice. But in the end he understood and was happy. After we squared away I treated our crew to a good breakfast at a local deli.
  10. 1 point
    HONK’s Raising Awareness for the Safety of Tow Truck Professionals & Emergency First Responders Nationwide Fifty percent of Americans have not heard of "Move Over" laws, every driver has a part to play in keeping first responders safe. Los Angeles, CA, August 15, 2019 --(PR.com)-- A roadside breakdown and being stranded on the side of the highway is every driver’s nightmare, but when it does happen tow truck professionals bravely come to their rescue. Unfortunately, a tow truck professional’s job can quickly turn deadly when drivers don’t follow safety laws or drive while distracted. HONK Technologies, an on-demand mobility and roadside assistance platform is doing its part to help raise awareness of nationwide "Move Over" laws in an effort to further protect the safety of tow truck professionals and other emergency first responders. "Move Over" laws vary by state, but in general, they specify when motorists see emergency vehicles stopped on the side of the highway, they should slow down, and when safe, move over to vacate the lane next to the stopped vehicle(s) to provide safe clearance to law enforcement, emergency first responders, and tow truck professionals. It is estimated that 50 percent of Americans are not aware of "Move Over" laws*. HONK wants to help change that. “Our Service Provider Network of tow truck professionals is our biggest asset and we want to do everything we can to keep them safe,” explains Corey Brundage, HONK’s Founder and CEO. HONK interacts with thousands of drivers on a daily basis through their roadside assistance app and if education to them about "Move Over" laws could save just one life, that would be a huge win for everyone. What is HONK doing to raise awareness? To educate drivers of the "Move Over" laws, HONK has implemented several social media campaigns, passed out thousands of "Move Over - Slow Down" bumper stickers and is sponsoring various events. HONK is exhibiting at several upcoming towing industry events, including American Towman Tow Expo in Dallas, Texas, August 15 - 18, Pacific Northwest Tow Show in Tacoma, Washington, August 23 - 24, and American Towman Exposition in Atlantic City, New Jersey, December 4 - 7, 2019. What is HONK doing to support tow truck professionals? HONK continues to make investments in their Service Provider Network of tow truck professionals with over 75,000 service vehicles nationwide. HONK is planning several more Partner Appreciation Roadshow Events to deliver education on industry and safety trends,business training, and help tow truck professionals identify what’s ahead, an industry-first. HONK’s goal is to create a digital, safer, smarter alternative to the multiple hour-long waits and insufficient options of the past, transforming the emergency roadside assistance experience for all. HONK’s additional efforts include optimizing and educating within their organization and recently hired industry-specialist Dennis McGowan, a WreckMaster Certified Level 4/5 technician, with over 15 years experience. His knowledge and experience as a second generation tow operator, heavy recovery specialist, and diesel mechanic has proven to be beneficial to the HONK team as well as its Service Provider Partner Network. McGowan understands the real-life challenges tow truck professionals face on a daily basis, helping HONK make quicker and more informed operational decisions and identify new ways to make the lives of Service Providers easier, which ultimately helps them grow their business. How is HONK changing the roadside assistance industry? Analysts are projecting the vehicle roadside assistance market share to reach $29 billion by 2026**. Today’s digitally connected drivers expect more than ever before. They expect immediate, responsive roadside assistance service, available in just a few clicks directly from their smartphones. They want memorable customer experiences similar to those like Amazon and Uber, ones that are efficient, reliable, and personalized. HONK is delivering on those expectations. Drivers no longer have to wait for several hours to receive roadside assistance, most service requests have a 15 to 30 minute estimated time of arrival. Just like the apps they value most, drivers receive service provider information, instant notifications, status updates, access to real-time tracking, and easy payment options, all of which result in amazing customer experiences. HONK is making a name for themselves with many insurance carriers too. Several have chosen HONK to manage and white label their own roadside assistance programs, one of their highest volume claims and customer touchpoints. Most insurance carrier clients state that HONK has helped them achieve on their brand promise resulting in double digit increases in their Net Promoter Scores (NPS) and positive impacts to customer retention and lifetime values. Drivers request roadside assistance at: https://www.honkforhelp.com/ Tow truck professionals join the HONK Partner Network at: https://www.joinhonk.com/ Insurance carriers can learn more about HONK at: https://www.honkforhelp.com/industry-solutions/ About HONK Technologies HONK Technologies is an innovative on-demand mobility and roadside assistance platform, transforming customer experiences, one breakdown at a time. Through its platform-based ecosystem, HONK is powering next-generation roadside assistance for leading brands with cutting edge digital technology and transformational omnichannel customer-first, frictionless experiences. For more information, visit https://www.honkforhelp.com or contact media@honkforhelp.com *National poll by Mason Dixon Polling & Research, sponsored by the National Safety Commission **Vehicle Roadside Assistance Market By Global Industry Analysis, Market Size, Opportunities and Forecast, 2019 – 2026- Acumen Research and Consulting RESOURCE LINK HONK Technologies Jackie Murphy 800-979-3162 Contact https://www.honkforhelp.com/industry-solutions/
  11. 1 point
    CHUCK TRAYLOR

    Scooby Doo almost into house.

    Very nice work
  12. 1 point
    Orcas Tow

    Teetering with propane tanks below.

    I had a call for a Ford Ranger on the edge of an embankment with propane tanks below, after 30 years of this profession I have learned 99% of the time the "almost tipping over the edge" from the reporting party is usually very well planted with no chance of going over. When I arrived on scene I found a Ranger teetering (literally) on a rock ledge with sure enough propane tanks below. Tanks would have probablely been just fine if the truck would have gone over, I was tip toeing around the truck on the high side hoping a good wind gust wasn't coming as it was very unstable. The only damage was the passenger rear tire was blown off the bead from impact going in with a rock. I positioned my 2001 F550 4x4 with a Chevron 408, boom extended/raised for lift with boom sheave perpendicular to the rear bumper of the Ranger, ran my passenger side line to a tree/strap/shackle/snatchblock then terminated at the drivers front lower control arm with a 5/16" grade 80 recovery chain in a basket of the Ranger for a sideways pull on the front, snugged the winch. I ran my drivers line to a 5/16" grade 80 recovery chain choked (so it couldn't come off the end of the hitch) around hitch tube. I would have preferred to run a strap around the low side of the hitch receiver but in this case did not want to put myself below the Ranger for my safety. I gave a hard lift on the rear lifting the rear off the rock retaining wall & pulled both front & rear back onto the road.
  13. 1 point
    Cooter64

    Scooby Doo almost into house.

    Awesome work. I love reading about your jobs as they are a great teaching tool about using your head.
  14. 1 point
    Hi All ... I'm headed to the tow show in Dallas where this year, I'm teaching my seminar, "From the Dispatch Office", focusing on the importance of good dispatching. Dispatchers are those behind the scenes office heroes who make tow action happen, but the wrong dispatcher can harm a company's productivity, morale, efficiency and total operations. I invite you to be part of this light-hearted presentation designated to salute all dispatchers this Saturday, August 17th, at 10 AM, Room: Appaloosa 1. I look forward to seeing you there. R.
  15. 1 point
    I can finance this unit if you like it. Give me a call 516-852-5740 or email me at: Doreen@integratedleasing.com
  16. 1 point
    I recently posted this question to a FB Group dedicated to "Rotators Only" Here are some of the responses I received and I will use initials though some may be identified by the images they included. HB said: 50 ton all day everyday BB said: Every day GCS said: Yup MS said: Only if we are extremely busy or it’s something heavy ie overweight dump truck or garbage truck PS said: 50 ton with a knee boom all day everyday JD said: 50 and 60 ... everyday RP said: Won’t pay bills just sitting waiting for a wreck MM said: A 1075 all day everyday don't think I was ever legal once with the weight MG said: 50 ton all day long TP said: Both of ours are towing all the time MW said: Isn't normally not first but yes sir all the time Jay Trgo said: 60 ton Jerrdan, 1135 , 2 -1150's and a NRC 6080 when needed AV said: 4 out of 5 of ours roll all day. The 75 ton twin steer sits for the "big one"....... BW said: JD 60 all day everyday!! FH added: BA said: Everyday CH said: 1150 every day JB said: Everyday JP said: 1075 Twin-steer, all-day every day but it stays local and focused on the larger stuff when possible. JD said: When needed. Out at least Twice a week rowing CG said: Our 1075 usually once or twice a week ByA said: 50 ton every day, 70 ton never Warren Driscoll said: Our 1075 will go out only for cranes, pumpers, diesal pushers etc unless the others are busy. We see the rotator as a specialty unit and if its needed its going to be more$ SouthernStar1 said: All the time with my 1060 DD said: Theres an under lift for a reason WL said: If needed CS said: All day, everyday Mat Bartlett said: Every day ZB said: Every day here NB added: IE said: Yessir SR said: Yes we do RM added: CJSE said: All 3 every day! CC said: All the time LC added: LN said: AF added: SC said: KL said: Nah. That's what the DTU's are for. Big Bitches stay inside unless there's work to do JK said: Yep TCR added: JM said & added: Only big stuff or unless we are really busy. RH added: DD added: FG said: Every day TR said & added: Only when it’s something super heavy or needs a lot of wheelift reach other than that we use it for recovery only BMP said: It was in my travels so figured why not lmao Brian Bell said & added: Most tows are done with the B&B or the 5130 but if it’s bigger or if n I feel like it I’ll take the rotator and tow with it. CW added: WH said: Two here sometimes three ML said: DID ALL THE TIME BT said: Everyday JWF said: Use mine everyday for all kinds of things WD said: As long as its close enough to still cover if a rotator call comes in, nothing long distance Ron Pratt added: JS said: Every day. MC added: MC added: JTP added: MS said: Every day! JTS said & added: Ten years now but been letting it rest while I use our DTU KWK said: Every tow I do is in my rotator VA added: BW added: TW added: KM said & added: 1075 towing a bobtail JD added: VC said: Everyday everyway sweiljr said: We do with two of the the other one is primarily for recovery just a back on towing JL said & added: Nope, we take the UL off them as soon as we get them TowZone said: Wow, more than 100 replies. That's amazing, it's also odd considering I have been trying for more than two months to give away a 36" TowMate Light Bar valued at over $1100.00
  17. 1 point
    41Fletchers

    Scooby Doo almost into house.

    Awesome recovery sir!
  18. 1 point
    cincy tow guy

    Scooby Doo almost into house.

    Now that is the difference between an operator and the average steering wheel holder we have out there today. A well thought out recovery. I will share this with the crew.
  19. 1 point
    dperone

    Scooby Doo almost into house.

    Only you could turn a Holmes tree into a Holmes spreader bar. Awesome work sir!
  20. 1 point
    Lightdutykid

    Scooby Doo almost into house.

    Nicely done!!! Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  21. 1 point
    TowNews

    Actor Danny Trejo Rescues Child

    Villain on Screen, Hero in Life "Many a First Responder & Tow Truck Operator can relate the feeling" This recent interview gives some insight to the life of Danny Trejo.
  22. 1 point
    KEVIN CHEN

    Goal Goal Go...

  23. 1 point
    ‘Leg was severed completely — tow driver’s heroics may have saved a life A tow truck operator is being credited with saving the life of a man whose leg was severed in a crash on the New Jersey Turnpike on Tuesday. Alex Petruccio, 27, of Pennington, a driver for Treat's Garage in Windsor, was sent on a call for a disabled car in the southbound inner lanes near Exit 8A in South Brunswick and saw the car parked on the left shoulder — a spot he calls one of "the most dangerous places" to stop on the Turnpike because of its narrow shoulder. The occupants of the car, Jianjun Yin, 60, from Vienna, Virginia and his wife, who was driving, pulled over after hearing a plastic shield dragging along the road underneath and wanted to be taken to a Honda dealer for repair, according to Petruccio. The EMT and former lifeguard at the Quarry Swim Club in Hopewell said "things got really good before they got worse," as the left lane was clear of traffic when Petruccio went about his work trying to get the car loaded onto his truck. Petruccio said he took advantage of the break to get the couple into his truck. "I hear truck doors shut, I turn around and see the lady in the truck and I realize that the guy didn't follow her. He's standing on the line almost in the fast lane," Petruccio said. He stepped between Yin and the traffic which had begun to build again. Petruccio said there was a language issue and said the man stepped forward, possibly to shake his hand. That feeling of security was quickly broken when Petruccio heard a screech and a bang. "I look up and see a car maybe six cars back or so just swerve out violently into the shoulder and it's coming straight at us like a missile coming right at us," Petruccio said. As Petruccio jumped out of the way he yelled at Yin to move. "Behind me I hear 'boom!' It was like something out of a movie.There were pieces everywhere flying through the air and smoke and everything. And when I turned around I saw the guy and he was laying in the bed of my truck and his entire leg was severed off completely. I mean 100% it wasn't there," Petruccio said. Petruccio said in that split second he realized this was "real" and he had to do something. State Police spokesman Sgt. Alejandro Goez said that a Buick Century hit a Jeep Cherokee in the left lane, sending the Jeep onto the right shoulder, hitting the Honda and Yin. Petruccio said he ran over to Yin, who was a bit confused at what had happened and was trying to get up. He said he repositioned Yin so he wouldn't fall off the truck, then ran to the cab of his truck to have Yin's wife call 911 and to look for rags or something to stop the bleeding. The person who struck Yin came out of his car and was standing with his hands on his head in shock at what had happened. Petruccio said he yelled at him to take the belt off from his pants. "I ran and grabbed his belt from him, jumped on the back of the truck, wrapped the belt around what was left of the guy's leg and just pulled as much pressure as I could. By this time the woman had come out of the truck and she was understandably hysterical," Petruccio said. In his rush, he found a roll of paper towels and had Yin's wife put pressure on what was left of her husband's leg to stop the bleeding. "It was an amount of blood I've never seen in my life," Petruccio said. Petruccio called the Turnpike dispatcher and reported that the traffic was getting worse, as drivers were now rubbernecking and slowing down in heavy traffic to take a look. Another also driver stopped to help. "You could see the look on his face was 'what did I just walk into,' but he snapped out right out of it, jumped right on the back of the truck, and me and him went to work trying to keep the bleeding under control," Petruccio said. He couldn't recall his exact words, but recalled the man said he was a retired or off-duty trooper. Several other people also stopped to help, including a man who said he was a retired EMT and had a medical bag. He handed gloves to everyone as they wrapped Yin's leg. Petruccio had Yin's wife talk to him to keep him alert. Petruccio was taken aback as the State Police trooper ran up and then ran away. "He ran up expecting that nothing had been started and realized we had it under control until medical got there, so he went back to clear traffic for the helicopter," Petruccio said. It was Petruccio's taking charge of the situation that earned him credit for saving Yin's life, according to State Police spokesman Lt. Ted Schafer. The troopers who responded to the scene all believe that had Petruccio not taken the action he did, Yin would have bled out. Adam Mackie, the manager of Treat's Garage in Windsor, said that Petruccio has worked for him for two years, and praised his driver for his quick action. "When things went bad, he thought very quickly," Mackie said, adding that everyone at Treat's is impressed with what he did and don't know what they would have done in the same situation. "He has a concern for everyone else in this world and tries to help everyone as he can," Mackie said. Petruccio credits his time riding with the Pennington First Aid squad with preventing him from freezing up, and recalling his training. He has since bought a medical bag for his truck. The incident also made him realize the importance of abiding by New Jersey's "Move Over Law" and the impact a distraction behind the wheel can have. "People don't realize that something as simple as moving over and slowing down can save somebody's life. This affected so many lives, even my family is horrified by this. And the guy's family too and what they have to deal with now is absolutely horrible just because somebody was, who knows, distracted for a little bit. People don't understand that something as ordinary as looking away can have an extraordinary consequence," Petruccio said. The reason the driver of the Buick lost control remained under investigation, according to Goez. RESOURCE LINK
  24. 1 point
    Eaton Towing

    Don't Mention Retiring!

    When your dad at the age most people retire is still working hard to help us grow! Yup my dad rocks!
  25. 1 point
    Praying for a full recovery Darrell! Lets pray this find the person who did this to you.
  26. 1 point
    I am very sorry to here another tow man had lost his life. I also am 65 years old and have been doing this for 46 years. I am on the highway daily and worry am I next! My prayers go out to this tower and his family
  27. 1 point
    Thought's & Prayer for this Tow Operator listed in Critical Condition. I have searched for any updates as the is now been more then 12 hours. Do we have any members in Georgia that can provide further details and the current status of the Tow Operator? UPDATE: One of the Georgia HERO Drivers Posted this on a FB Group> TOW OPERATOR HIT last night - I-285 in Atlanta. Operator taken to the hospital in critical condition No Company Name on Truck - UPDATE: per police on scene he’s expected to be okay. He was taken from the scene to surgery.
  28. 1 point
    Here's praying for Darrell Simpson speedy recovery. R.
  29. 1 point
    TowBot

    Alabama Tow Operator In Critical Condition

    Alabama Tow Operator In Critical Condition after Being Struck on I-85 Police have identified a tow operator injured in a crash that occurred on the evening of July 29 on I-85 in Montgomery, Ala. Todd Wilson of Jacobs Towing in Montgomery was loading a vehicle onto his tow truck when he was struck in a multi-vehicle crash. According to a news report on WSFA12, Wilson was reportedly undergoing surgeries and is in critical but stable condition. View the full article and more on TowTimes.com https://www.wsfa.com/2019/07/31/man-injured-i-crash-identified-tow-truck-driver/
  30. 1 point
    Njsss

    New Zr1 Delivery

  31. 1 point
    Topic from June of 2009: This was my first ever recovery of a travel trailer, so any comments would be appreciated. We were able to flip it twice and put it back on its wheels with no additional damage. We recovered this with our F-450 Vulcan 882 he trailer was on its top we hooked to the "A" frame of the hitch, and to the end of the trailer at the "bumper area" seemed to be the strongest points, and didn't require us to strap around side walls, didn't know the durability and strength of walls. We winched it up with an extended boom, I then fished it by raising the boom up so it was more of a roll then pull, and winched cables in until the center of trailer came toward truck, and then I lowered the boom to "cradle" it down. Once on its side we re hooked the rigging with snatch blocks to winch "down" toward bottom of truck using fishing with the boom again and then down to set it on wheels. All tires were up no extra damage to trailer so could be hauled off to salvage yard. Wreckerman05 said: good recovery-looks like a total loss, hope they had insurance Twotows said: Hey Mater, Give me a shout on the pm Bob from Iowa City (Campus Towing) Iatowmater Said: Thanks the ground was little soft from rain, so the support on the hitch Kinda of sunk into the ground, that kept us ok and also level ground. Yes the customer had insurance, they had there house messed up too, along with the garage too. I guess if there was a silver lining for them lots of the trees that went down were Black walnuts, and they had lots of long thick pieces so logs to lumber might pay pretty good to off set deductible. Wrecker44 said: When it was still on it's roof, I would have laid down a few 4x4's where it was going to land to keep a gap under it, so I could get my 24'x8" straps under it. When dealing with travel trailers, just keep in mind that it doesn't take a lot of force to seperate the body from the frame. There isn't much holding it together, so there is a good chance it can come apart on you when trying to upright one from the frame. I wouldn't try one that is over 20ft long by the frame. I would get my straps under it and reverse-roll it, so my straps are supporting the body to keep it from breaking up. Looks like it worked just fine for you this time... GOOD JOB Stay safe.....Matt
  32. 1 point
    Orcas Tow

    Making use of what's available.

    A simple ditch pull today with the 2001 F550/Chevron 408, with an assist from a nearby tree & proper truck positioning she popped right out. The young man I have mentored since he was 8, Cooper at the controls on this one, he's 15 now.
  33. 1 point
    Hi Brian ... this topic of PTSD is one we've discussed before. It's my opinion that tow owners HIDE from training and the reality of PTSD as a way to avoid potential Worker's Compensation claims. Having presented three tow show seminars in Vegas, Dallas and Baltimore on the topic of PTSP, less than 100-hundred total attendees came to learn about PTSD. That's an indication of how owners don't care about PTSD. I agree that towers should have some from of PTSD recognition, but since there are no requirements (like in much of what those industry does) very few make an effort to Self-educate. I think the state of Texas is one that requires towers to participate in "continuing education" as means to better educate their responders. But, in states like California, fire departments DON'T wash blood and ground fluids down the gutter because of downstream considerations. As far as limiting exposure, I personally feel that's a week excuse to limit a fire crew to one-incident of trauma when they respond to hundreds of trauma related incidents in a calendar year. Not sending a engine company to do a "wash down" keeps the fire engine "In-service' for other emergencies and paramedic runs. Bringing a contractor out to do the work may be the way of the future, but these scenarios are chance happenings and fuel for any soft-hearted tree-hugger to bring before the 5 o'clock news. Just for fun ... California OSHA requires permits, licensing and training for individuals whose business it is to clean crime scenes. Here's a link to show what training is required by OSHA. Does it fit into the towing and recovery industry? Who knows? I don't believe it's the tower's responsibility. Here's the link: https://smallbusiness.chron.com/permits-certificates-licenses-required-start-crimescene-cleaning-service-24517.html
  34. 1 point
    Chuckud

    Stake body???

    Was dispatched 40 miles from our base for a "Stake body". Arrived to find this.. Decided that dollys were the way to go. Got a lot of crazy looks coming back with this load. American Tower said: I did that to our side by side around the lot, just to see if it could be done. Looks good to me, it might look funny, but it pays the bills! glnstwing said: Good thing you didn't pass any scales! Nicely done. Louw said: That's funny. I almost brought the condor bike dolly to tow a bicycle back to the trail parking lot for a mc just for fun if i was passing the shop. Not the fist bicycle either.
  35. 1 point
    I am most disturbed by the towing procedures on display in this image. That wrecker is owned and operated by General Motors LLC according to the US DOT number on the door, which is a huge target for liability. As a vehicle OEM they should be always using proper safety procedures, yet I do not see any secondary attachment (safety chains) or extension (tow) lights. The picture gets a bit blurry when enlarged, so I can't be sure if there are any wheel straps as the tarp hides them well. As bad as the publicity is having a prototype break down and caught on camera, how bad would it be if the car came detached during the tow? What if someone was injured as a result of their negligence? This is why we must use proper procedures every tow every time!
  36. 1 point
    Orcas Tow

    Tractor down on nasty driveway.

    I hate to use the word "Honey Hole" as the tractor operator was injured in this incident but this road is a frequent flyer for recovery calls. I received a call for a tractor on its side on a steep narrow driveway. I arrived on scene with my 2001 F550/Chevron 408 to find no access above so the use of trees for a roll was needed. 1 line above for control so the tractor would not roll back down on top of me & one high line to the front loader arm for the lift. He's very lucky he did not go over the edge.
  37. 1 point
    dperone

    Hot & Sweaty Chevy on Chevy Action

    We were called to this 2 car accident on one of our lovely 100 degree days. Upon arrival I found a Chevy Equinox in the roadway and a Chevy Cruze in the woods up against a tree, both with front end damage. My second truck was a little ways behind me so I moved the Equinox to the shoulder if the road then got started winching the Cruze back to the road. Once I got it past the low branches and wires I turned it over to my second truck and went back for the Equinox. Altogether we were on scene for about 15 minutes.
  38. 1 point
    This unit is available on our lot. Check out it and other wreckers at https://ectts.com/wreckers-tow-trucks-repo-recovery-trucks-for-sale/
  39. 1 point
    Great response Brian. Once again ... your comments are well accepted and tow owners should take appropriate heed. In 1984, our police cars had "spiro-graph recorders" that created data when the police car was driven with its emergency lights on, it's siren activated, sudden acceleration and speeds above 65-miles per hour. We called it, "Cop in a Can", as graphs were reviewed for inconsistent or improper vehicle operations by the cop behind the wheel. It DID have an impact on the way officers drove as a means of changing driving behaviors and response protocols. Although telematic data is frowned on by many, I too believe that there's huge value in their systems and they make for a great management tool. Accordingly, if tow operators are driving in the manner that's acceptable to state law, company policy and procedures, the operator shouldn't be worried. That goes hand-in-hand with a tow owner or safety manager that get's out from behind their desks only to follow their drivers on a periodic basis. What also works is a folded up twenty-spot that's stuffed into your driver's pocket that says ... "Thanks for your safe driving habits." R.
  40. 1 point
    I've been a huge Cobra fan forever. In November, the movie, "Ford Versus Ferrari" is coming out. If you are a fan of Carroll Shelby and the paath he created in American musclecars, I think you too will really enjoy this account of Shelby's life. R. Movie Trailer: https://www.google.com/search?q=movie+ford+vs+ferrari&oq=movie+ford+versus&aqs=chrome.1.69i57j0l2.10791j0j4&sourceid=chrome&ie=UTF-8
  41. 1 point
    Ron Stillings

    What a messss!

    Same Rig 2019 Still Getting it.
  42. 1 point
    See you there!
  43. 1 point
    Recovery was definetly worth more than the trailer. I was called in the evening for travel trailer over embankment on a steep narrow freshly installed dirt road, had come unhooked from tow vehicle & came to rest on a tree, it was safely off roadway so we decoded to recover in daylight. Arrived on scene with 2 light duties, a 2001 F550 4x4 with a Chevron 408 & a 2018 F450 4x4 with a Chevron 408TA. The 550 was placed in front, scotch blocks chained to tailboard with 1 line from each winch going to snatch blocks/grade 80 recovery chains around each frame rail at front of trailer then each line was terminated at large trees on opposing sides of the 550 for steer ability of the trailer as we winched. The 450 was backed up to the drivers side of trailers as we were concerned of it potentially rolling over & also to put a side/forward pull to keep it from sliding sideways during the forward winch. The 450 drivers side line went to snatch block/grade 80 5/16" recovery chain/frame at drivers rear of trailer & terminated at tailboard D ring of 450, passenger side line went opposite direction up hill to snatch block/grade 80 5/16" recovery chain/tree then terminated at drivers side of trailer spring frame mount, with the 450 rigged this way we could keep the 450 from dragging sideways by keeping even tension on both winches. Figuring the trailer heavy at 10,000lbs it was way over rigged with 7 lines to the load but the many lines were more for control than weight. All went as planned, winched it up to the 550, slipped my ball in the tongue, safety chained & towed to its final destination. 2 hrs from start to finish.
  44. 1 point
    goodmichael

    Hiring drivers and how do you pay

    Until the mindset is adjusted and improved, this industry will rely on BOB bottom of the barrel to fill in the gaps. If you want people to be a professional, you have to treat them like a professional. And you have to stop running your operation like a brothel, worrying what the competition does and what they charge. You have to give people time off and benefits. You have to constantly be on the lookout for talent, and be willing to develop talent. This industry is it's own worst enemy. And has nobody else to blame.
  45. 1 point
    The boys did this one. Car couldn't stop & was going to hit the car stopped in front of it. They swerved up the embankment & still hit a tree... Joe noticed it was sitting on some rocks that were going to damage the oil & transmission pans if he pulled them off so he called the shop for a wrecker to come lift it off... Eddie lifted it and swung it down off the bank... Looked like a pretty "sharp" rock... Joe said when they moved the car, they saw this doll against the tree...kind of freaked him out a little...LoL
  46. 1 point
    Still here and towing. Bought new F650 deck truck so will be here for awhile. Thx. J's Towing\Wainwright
  47. 1 point
    TowZone

    RBU Seminar

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  48. 1 point
    Looks to me to not be a crash but a roll-away incident because the truck's Ebrake wasn't set.
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