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  1. 5 points
    Njsss

    Newest Addition

  2. 5 points
    Eric Fouquette

    Relax and Go Fishing

    Just to see what you can catch Source:
  3. 4 points
    jrtowman

    Big changes in a year!

    Top picture was a year ago today and the bottom is what it looks like now.
  4. 4 points
    EdsTowing

    Updating The Support Trucks....

    My shop truck was looking a little tattered from a rough winter so we figured we would run it through our body shop for a new "suite" and then put our new logo on it... She came out pretty nice for a 300,000mi truck! Then off to the wrap shop.... I was happy with the results. My team did a good job on her & she's ready for another 10 years of service.
  5. 4 points
    This is the end result of almost 22 years of a painfully slow restoration.....and now is almost complete ......it still needs all the detailed pinstriping done and few other small items my sincere thanks go to Richard Kauff and the Autocar historic society for the registration and manufacturing information and technical help and advice ...... Pendell Towing and Kramers Towing for allowing me to clamber over their Autocars and take photographs of their superb trucks ... I have so far taken it to a few shows and have worked it in the show arena doing demonstrations of rolling trucks and busses over and uprighting ....all worked well No hydraulics and no electronics here ! But I worked muscles I forgot I had..... John ?
  6. 4 points
    Jeff, If your driver is involved in a crash that is determined to be his fault, and he is tested for alcohol or narcotics as a routine part of the investigation, and is determined to be positive, how does that reflect your attempt at due diligence to promote operators who are safe? The drivers you hire agree to the terms, rules and conditions of your company. You have every right and all the more responsibility to ensure that your staff is operating in a safe manner. Your company, your standards, your rules. If you do not like it go work somewhere else. Far too many companies in this industry have a seat for any ass with a drivers license and a pulse. Far too many ignore alcohol as well as drug abuse simply in order to get the job done. Before any one gets their shorts in a bind, if you are doing the right thing, I am not addressing you. If you are doing a good job, great, no, outstanding. If you are one of the owners, managers, or so called leaders that looks the other way when alcohol and or drug abuse is concerned, then I am directing my concerns toward you. When you send a particular driver you are absolutely certain will test clean for random UA's because you are reasonably certain others will be positive, when you look the other way when a driver is observed to reek of alcohol or weed, or when you get multiple reports, even from law enforcement, and when you find roaches or syringes in YOUR vehicles and continue to look the other way, then you have no standards for your staff. For your second question, one has to constantly be on the hunt for the perfect candidate. I once worked at a company who hired a guy who would not work Sundays due to church as well as the desire to spend time with his family. For 144 hours a week he was the perfect employee. Customers and clients loved him and would request him by name. Just because a person cannot commit 168 hours of the week to your business, does not necessarily rule them out as an ideal fit for your company. There is a young man who works at a local grocery store who I have attempted to recruit for some time. We are currently very close to a deal, but not quite there. I have a zero tolerance policy for drugs, alcohol, as well as visible tattoos. It is my policy. It is also my company, investment, blood, sweat, and tears. If you do not like it, then roll up all of your nickels, dimes, and quarters and start your own company. Then you can smoke weed, drink beer, and get tattoos all over your face. It is your company to do so as you please. My company, my standards, my rules.
  7. 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.
  8. 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...
  9. 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
  10. 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...
  11. 3 points
    BigBlonde

    AT ShowPlace Las Vegas Roll Call

    Glenn and myself will be there
  12. 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.
  13. 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.
  14. 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....
  15. 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.
  16. 3 points
    goodmichael

    Just a suggestion

    I have a suggestion that I believe could promote a safer work environment for all that read this forum. Would it be possible to start a forum entitled, "Today I made an attempt to be a safer operator by...… This will allow those people who practice safety and proper procedure to share their experience, knowledge, education, and training. One of the suggestions just might prompt someone out there somewhere, to do something different, to put another tool in their mental toolbox, to zig where they normally would have zagged. Who knows, just one person implementing a safe practice or procedure could save someone, somewhere from getting seriously injured, or from someone from having to make that phone call everyone knows that they might have to make, but cringes at the thought of having to make the call.
  17. 3 points
    Here's sad news of a tow operator fatality that occured early this morning making this the first fatality of 2019. According to the news, tow operator, Pat Sisneros, of Madrid Towing, was struck and killed as he attempted to assist a NM state police officer. According to State Police, a semi-truck crashed into a State Police vehicle just before 1 a.m. Police say Pat Sisneros stopped to assist the officer when another semi collided into Sisneros' tow truck, killing him. All lanes on I40 Eastbound MM 157 were closed due to the motor vehicle accident involving the second semi-truck. It was also reported that 20-degree temperatures caused lanes to be were extremely icy. Details are few and an investigation is being on-going. My prayers are with the Sisneros' family and the company Pat worked for. https://www.kob.com/albuquerque-news/albuquerque-roads-slick-and-dangerous/5196197/
  18. 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?
  19. 3 points
    We are entering the apex of the Christmas season this weekend. Colleges are completing final semester exams this week. I have one tomorrow, my last one, thank you God. Many will begin to drink as well as use illegal drugs under the guise of "celebrating." Please be extra cognizant in every step of every process you complete to limit the time you are in harms way. It is not a race, nothing you do is worth risking your life in order to save a few seconds. Your family needs you, your community needs you, and this industry, despite all of it's issues, needs you as well. Each and every one of you is a valuable resource to those close to you. There is no tire, or vehicle for that matter that is worth you risking your health, well being, or life over. that car or tire can be easily replaced, you can not be! I hope every one of you has a blessed, safe, and meaningful Christmas as well as a bountiful 2019. I personally have had a rough 2018, and am ready to close the chapter and look forward to a great 2019.
  20. 3 points
  21. 3 points
    annettemcd

    2018 Motor Club Ranking

    1. Geico --pleasant dispatchers who really seems to care about motorists, fast payment, easy invoice submission, decent rates 2. AAA (NCNU) --When we were part of MountainWestAAA and that was great, now it is Northern California, Nevada, Utah, Arizona, Alaska, Montana, and Wyoming and nothing is the same. 3. Agero --commonly confused about location and destination (a common one has been closed for 6 years), complex procedure for requesting extras, short pays not uncommon, poor communication, commonly lies to us and to motorists about the covered distance. Only 6 jobs so far this year with any other motor club.
  22. 3 points
    A Sneak Peak at the of Monsters that Metro Tow Trucks will have at the American Towman Exposition, this month. Hope to see and meet you there, This should be our Biggest year ever, Thank You all for the support!
  23. 3 points
    Dat1

    Rolls Royce Phantom

  24. 3 points
    Rigged a semi for a reverse roll .... using 1 medium duty wrecker one winch triple rigged to lift and one winch single line to restrain Nick Ovenden preparing to operate the 30 ton / metre knuckleboom crane the latest 3 axle accident unit based on a Mercedes chassis 8 ton payload on the platform note the PPE Preparing the Century Rotator for a spreader bar lift .....
  25. 3 points
  26. 3 points
    EdsTowing

    Three Wheel Action Challenger

    You did a fine job...I have no problems with it. I carry a rubber mat in my 650 for laying under vehicles pulling driveshafts. I also use it on the deck to set pieces like this if needed. I use it all the time when I take the shoes off the wheel lift to use forks. So now if you want some constructive criticism...(and maybe you don't?)...the only problem was dropping it in the customer's driveway. A late model vehicle like that w/ full coverage...I would make every effort to take that to my shop and put it through insurance. That car has maybe 5 grand in damage and it will certainly go through insurance for repairs. Sell the job! Tell them it can go to whatever body shop they like in the morning. Do whatever you can make the decision easy for them. Take them home, get them a rental...whatever you can do. Just add any time to the invoice. I have set up limo or Car service for customers trying to get home to a distant location. You could double the value in that job over taking it home. Just an observance...if it was possible.
  27. 3 points
    We live in a not my problem, not my responsibility, hooray for me and screw you culture today. Far too many have zero regard for doing the right thing at the right time for the right reason. Parents do not want to parent, they want to relive their lives through their children, and have a desire to be their children's peers, rather than their parent. Children do not get the love. structure, and discipline they need to become self sufficient and successful, with the capacity to stand on their own two feet. Parents on average spend more time on social media than they do speaking with their children. Yet we blame guns, a piece of steel, plastic, and wood as the number one cause of school shootings. A seven or eight year old shot their sibling to death over a video game controller last week. A seven or eight year old was the perp! We pay direct tv over 100.00 a month to pipe crap into our homes. We pay them to do it. I have not had a tv at home in three years. For those of you who have young children, sit and read to them for at least fifteen minutes a day. If you do not have fifteen minutes to sit and spend time with your child, then go get the crowbar from your truck and smash your television screen, align your priorities to your responsibilities. Or better yet, throw it in the middle of the street and then all your neighbors will think you are crazy until you tell them you are giving up tv to spend more time with your children. Your children need at least a few hours of your time, your most precious asset, each and every day. If more people spent more quality time with their children, and took the time to invest in their children, maybe we would have less people who prioritized smoking a bowl over having stable employment.
  28. 3 points
    EdsTowing

    A few Rides In The Country...

    Customer broke down @ 1:00am with a flat tire 150 mi away. We sent a tire service that changed the tire & wheel but found a brake issue as well so I still needed to go fetch it in upstate NY... But if you're going to break down....best to do it at a Dunkin Donuts... This one had a coolant leak & was bought back to our shop for repairs... This one broke down at an industrial park at the gates, shut off & wouldn't start. The driver had a problem a few days before & saw a mechanic "jump" his starter solenoid to get it going...so figures "Hey I can do that!". Then he proceeds to jump the solenoid with his 5th wheel puller....Yes the 4' long steel rod with a hook on the end! Needless to say it started to spark & ark so he ripped the bar out, taking wires with it. I got it started and brought it to the start for repairs. 3min later it starts pouring oil all over the ground! Here the bar was touching the turbo return pipe and melted holes through it... Then when we get him done, he hooks up and proceeds to miss the driveway and crashes the truck in to a drainage ditch.... Takes a special kind sometimes....
  29. 3 points
    mooresbp

    Got it lettered

    Got lettering on new truck. Turned out nice. Thank you to Sign Design and Tom Wide. He has done all of our trucks and various other signs around the store. Thanks again Tom.
  30. 3 points
    Njsss

    42st

  31. 2 points
    EdsTowing

    Early morning Roll....

    Eddie grabbed this one this morning.... Wrapped up in a few minutes...then a beauty shot...LoL
  32. 2 points
    rreschran

    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.
  33. 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.
  34. 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.
  35. 2 points
    Littletow

    AT ShowPlace Las Vegas Roll Call

    I and APTRA will be there in full force! Stop by our booth!
  36. 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.
  37. 2 points
    found a picture of some of the load....not particularly heavy.... just lots of boxes, loose bags of produce....
  38. 2 points
    In about 90 days the New Force in the Towing & Recovery Industry has reached the 1000 member mark. Granted this is far from the 6000 registered members on Tow411, however keep this in mind. More than half the members who have registered on TowForce were not previously registered on the old message board that broke. While we have a ways to go to reach the 4000 active member mark that had been active in the past 18 months on the old message board system. I have no doubt that will be surpassed by years end. Thanks for joining and being an important part of the Towing Information Network. The network is now made up of several individual websites. TowForce is the most active of all the sites. Other Sites include TowTruckShopper.com - TowCareers.com - Tow.Photos and more. In the past the average member lurked the board for about 18 months before joining. Don't be in the average, join TowForce today. It is easier than ever...
  39. 2 points
    Wow!!.....where does the time go?? Matt's now 27 and still hangs a bit with old dad. We are both members of the Race Recovery Team (formerly Miller Race Recovery) at MIS. Matt is an engineer at FCA Chrysler in the SRT division doing engine calibration for Hellcats and Demons. Its his dream job!
  40. 2 points
    Another Metro Tow Trucks RTR50SL Getting Ready to Head to South Africa [emoji1221]! The Best Value on the Market Penetrating Markets World Wide[emoji288]! Metro's versatile RTR-50, designed for heavy duty, reaches the perfect balance between size and capacity. With the 360° continuous motion and the sliding option this unit can reach and lift in any situation you will encounter! For more information please don't hesitate to contact us directly at 1-613-862-1625 or toll free at 1-866-924-1675. Thanks Al Sent from my SM-N960W using Tapatalk
  41. 2 points
    rreschran

    emergency lights on for no reason!!

    It's my opinion and knowledge that, use of emergency lighting is generally dictated by state law, not by the wording of any motor club. There are states that require emergency lights to be "on" while in-tow. Additionally, if a loaded wrecker or carrier is travelling on a highway or roadway slower than the posted speed limit for safety reasons (wrecked, over-width, over-height, permit load, etc.) state law may require that emergency lights are on. Unless local law enforcement enforces improper lighting violations, there's not much that can be done. Perhaps there's an issue of training from a reliable source, or, for towers to attend a Traffic Incident Management course to identify what's proper for the state of operation? There's a reality in this industry that suggests towers will oftentimes operate their own way as they see fit, but that doesn't make them an idiot, only incorrect as we all aren't perfect nor do we work in a perfect world. R
  42. 2 points
    EdsTowing

    1st Of Two New Rollbacks Coming...

    Our new International just got "Dressed" & ready for service... Air ride, Air cab, Air brake, Cummins / Allison package with a 22', 102" Jerr-Dan aluminum body.
  43. 2 points
    With Halloween behind us, it is once again that time of the year, the holidays are here! Please make it your number one priority to go home each and everyday to your family and loved ones. They need you. Safety begins well before the beginning of your shift. Do all that you can to get plenty of rest, stay hydrated by drinking plenty of water, and eating healthy wholesome foods. This will afford you the opportunity to stay alert to and responsive to the many dangers that are inherent to this profession, and are exponentially magnified during the holidays. Make a cognizant effort to not place yourself in a situation where you are rushed while performing routine tasks. Most injuries sustained by workers in this profession are injured while completing routine tasks. It only takes a second of inattention to be the causation of a catastrophic event. Only you as an operator can minimize or prevent the risk. Take time out to enjoy the season. For me personally, it has been a very bad year, but I am still kicking, and am hopeful that next year will be better. I wish each and every one of you a safe and blessed Thanksgiving and Christmas as well as a great 2019..
  44. 2 points
    A selection of medium duty wreckers ^.
  45. 2 points
    TowZone

    Baltimore Tow Show Roll Call 2018

    The show website lists activities associated with the show. There are several events that are outside the show venue. We will do are best to list those events between now and the show. B/A will have shuttles to the factory for the open house as usual. Watch for a info here. Worldwide will have a Meeting and Greet a couple of block from the convention center. Associations generally have at least two gatherings and other companies have meets. We will do are best to list all events that are sponsors, contributors and members are conducting.
  46. 2 points
    I hate the government more than anyone, but it seems to be an acceptable fact in this industry, that people are dying in many situations, because they are not implementing basic safety practices. And if getting OSHA involved in this industry prevented one life from being needlessly lost, it would be worth it. It might even assist in getting some of the parasitic towing operations put out of existence as an added benefit. I have often told people that the speed of the boss is the speed of the team. Think about it for a second. If you are not a good example of proper procedures, do you really believe that your employees will be. Let's start with how many owners require your people to wear PPE on a regular basis. How many of you are aware that you are required to furnish PPE equipment to your employees? If an employee is under a vehicle pulling a driveline, hooking up air, they are supposed to be utilizing eye protection. How many of you provide gloves for use at accident scenes to prevent biological pathogen contamination? How many people have a protocol whereupon an operator is given the autonomy to pull the plug on a situation and say am out of here, this is not safe. At your next safety meeting, bring a set of dice, and pick out an employee. Tell him or her that you want them to keep rolling the dice until he or she rolls an eight. An eight can be a two and a six, two fours, a five and a three. It generally takes about four rolls to get an eight. It is not a matter of how it will occur, it is a matter of when. You eventually will roll an eight. The same goes for a catastrophic event. If you are not proactive it is a matter of when. It will happen.
  47. 2 points
    EdsTowing

    AMG Benz...

    Got a call tonight for a new Mercedes with a flat tire wanting to go to Staten Island NY. We loaded it and told them we would take it down on Monday... A big dollar ride....
  48. 2 points
    EdsTowing

    Another Gas Truck Recovery...

    Yea we've bonded now...not ready for warm showers in the candle light yet but...you know....I'm his "Guy" when he's in the ditch...LoL The truck got dropped off tonight to fix some of these issues...we are thinking of holding up on the tool box & new step brackets. Got some 4" exhaust pipe in stock...don't think that will around long. These were from 3 weeks ago...
  49. 2 points
    Beacon Software Company

    Live Training Seminar

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    Join Beacon Software Company for a live seminar! This dispatch training will cover how to create calls, how to accept digital calls and how to dispatch them to drivers. Additionally we will discuss impounding and releasing vehicles. Great for new customers and existing customers that want a refresher! http://ow.ly/hKtc30hJYEIWednesday, January 17th1:00 pm, EST12:00 pm, CT11:00 am, MT10:00 am, PT
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