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    People, this includes many drivers as well as many owners, who do not care about what happens beyond the walls of their office, are the cause of so many negligence/ damage claims that are totally preventable. I do not believe in calling an incident an accident. The incident was caused by at least one person's failure to act.
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    dperone

    Rollin' Rogue Goes Pole Dancing

    We were called by our local PD for a single vehicle crash. They left out a few key details such as the car was on it's side, on top of the guardrail, with a debris field approximately 1000 ft long. The car failed to negotiate the softest curve a road has ever seen and blasted 2 poles. After clipping both poles down to about 5 foot tall, it started flipping through the grass. I counted at least 4 complete rotations, one of which took down a rotten dead pine tree that was 3 foot around. After the 4th flip the front dug into the ground hard enough to leave a foot deep crater, which pretty much stopped the car dead in it's tracks (finally). Unfortunately, it was still on it's side and it failed to clear the guardrail by a measly 6 feet. The field was saturated thanks to the 1.5 inches of rain that fell a few hours prior, so our access was limited to the road side of the rail. My first action was to roll it over as it wasn't too stable teetering on just the rail. I set it down as gently as I could because of course the gas tank was super close to the guardrail post. Luckily the car landed without hitting the tank and we moved to step 2, lifting and swinging the car off the rail. It went smooth until it got to the return at the end, it kept snagging what was left of the exhaust. At this point we set the car back on the rail and carefully wiggled it off the rail. What I did was roll the car towards the driver's side with a high line just enough to clear the post and pulled the car to me with a low line. Think WreckMaster's 4/5 Cherokee hitch technique but using both winches instead of a rope. Once it was clear of the rail I moved out and my dad backed the flatbed in to load. Because of the many missing pieces in the steering and suspension, I used my truck to "steer" the car up the bed. After wiggling it up the bed and cleaning up the massive debris field, we took the car to the police department's secure lot. I once again had to scoot the car sideways on the bed to get it to come off straight, as it kept sliding sideways instead of down. The job went about as smooth as I expected it would with so much going against us and we cleared the scene in a little over 2 hours.
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    dperone

    Single Car, Multiple Trees

    We were called by NJSP Buena barracks for a single vehicle crash. I arrived to find this Jetta that tagged a tree in the passenger side, breaking the lower control arm and and wheel as well as taking the fender off. It then spun around and came to rest against another tree on the driver's side. I pulled the front end around back onto the road where I loaded it up and towed it to their house. Gotta love getting paid for a job before you even leave the scene. 
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    Thanks Garry for sharing EH's grave site for those who haven't been. Garry gives you a close-up look in a really somber environment. Good to see you Garry. Best Regards. R
  5. 1 point
    Garry Leach took time while in Chattanooga Tennessee to locate the burial plot of the FATHER OF TOWING! He visited the grave site with Jamie Davis & Alex Millar to pay their respects. Garry wrote on his FB page: Thank you MR. Ernest Holmes for everything you did in the development of what has become the most vital emergency road service vehicle to meet the needs of the Towing & Recovery industry. RIP He shared images from their visit:
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    rreschran

    Re: Towers Dissed on Internet

    Brian ... send them on of your well-written letters expressing your dislike ... it's good therapy and doesn't cost you a thing. R.
  7. 1 point
    Ed Barker

    Jeep in a Muddy Mess.....

    Topic Originally Create on Tow411 in May of 2011: I was called out for a jeep buried in a large wet spot in a chisel plowed field, this owner was scouting the property to buy and build a house when he sank his jeep,,,no problem for ol RAMZILLA!!!!!!!
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    rreschran

    Knuckleboom recovery

    Hi Joe ... the California Highway Patrol is in the dark with certain types of towing and recovery equipment. For example, the CHP's Tow Service Agreement (TSA) states that a flatbed carrier is not a recovery truck and shall not be used for recovery. While I believe this is an administrative statement, CHP officers at scene allow towers to conduct rollovers all the time, even if the casualty is on its roof. As in the many past years, California's tow association has done nothing to educate the highway patrol as to what can and can be done with a flatbed carrier as well as a semi-mounted knuckle-boom crane working with a Landoll type trailer. Before you spend big dollars on a heavy flatbed transporter, you'd be a wise man to see if your knuckle-boom is allowed by your state's highway patrol. And, if they don't know what it's capable of, invite them to a recovery presentation to show them what it can do. I personally like the combination. Best regards. R.
  9. 1 point
    Jennings Towing

    Knuckleboom recovery

    We did this recovery about 30 miles away. Car in a culvert. We took a spreader bar with us, but decided not to use it. Between the rain and traffic, we wanted to spend as little time as possible on a car that was totaled. We ran a wide strap under the place on the car where it landed on the cement partition.
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    TowZone

    Ramzilla Build Images

    These were originally posted in 2010. The Rebuild took place in 200?. The story is this began a Towzilla. It was an old electric company line truck originally. Looked like this when Timco bought it. The Frame, diffs, & x-fer case are a 1948 GMC Tim, cut off things I didn't want & welded on things he did want. Tim then made the wrecker bed, & squirted on a little paint on till it looked like this. And Towzilla was born or created. In time, the old cab began to rust away, & the engine got tired. So once again, Tim cut off things off he didn't want, & welded on things he did want. Tim made the tunnel box & light pylon. And once again he squirted on a little paint. It came out looking like this. Towzilla was reborn as Ramzilla! Ed purchased Ramzilla from Tim And began repainting it his company color. He has just gotten done painting this unit was ready to take it out on a call,,, The truck was built A1 from top to bottom, it drives like a dream, Ed was very anxious to use this truck on those out in the sticks kind of jobs,, and stated it was a true pleasure going to get this truck off of Tim,, He referred to Tim is one of the nicest fellers you will ever meet. He has sure put a lot of blood and sweat into this truck and done and again did and A1 job on it, Ed had wanted this truck ever since he first saw it on Tow411 and was really honored to have been able to purchase it from Tim and add it to his fleet. Ed stated It will be very beneficial on those off road jobs where you wonder how your going to get in and out,,, not to mention the public relations with this truck will be outstanding, Thanks,Ed Timco replied to Ed by saying: Ed, the pleasure was mine. I really enjoyed meeting you & your brother, I can`t wait for our bike ride this summer. I knew Ramzilla would have a good home with you, & I can tell you are going to work the truck like it needs to be worked. The paint job & lettering looks great, & I can guarantee you will get instant recognition every time you drive the truck. Tellico ORV area had an adverse effect on several of us here in this area. The cabin rentals, ORV campground, motels, auto parts stores, & off road shops were especially hit hard by this event. I hated to see the truck just sit here, so I decided it should go to a good home. I am confidant I made the right choice. As some of ya`ll know, I have built a lot of things through the years. Everything I ever built was for a customer, or else I was building it with resale in mind. This old truck was different. It was built for me, the way I wanted, with resale out of the question. It`s funny how fate changes things. I truly hope the truck gives Ed the same amount of pleasure & pride as it has given me. Farewell, old friend. Well Tim, we have had about 10 inch's of snow since last night and more coming, I have been swamped and I made it a point to keep myself in the 6x6 all that I could,,,I have done several recoveries with it tonight, I also had a fully loaded single axle salt truck stuck on a back road and this ol feller brought it out, it was impressive, i couldn't get through one road because of a pickup stuck in the middle of the road waiting for AAA,,,LOL,,,that was funny,, ,it was so deep in front of the pickup from drifting that I was pushing snow with the front bumper,,i then cut through the ditch and went around the pickup to pull out the salt truck,, the county guys couldn't believe how deep of snow it went through. I must admit though that it has taken me a little readjusting getting used to the Ol Holmes from our hydraulics, it has been probably 16-18 years since I ran an Ol Holmes,, but it is about like riding a bicycle,,,lol,,, one thing for sure is there will be a set of hydraulic stiff legs added soon,,, I am allergic to scotch blocks,,,,lol. Anyhow to say the very least this ol feller has defiWell we have had about 10 inch's of snow since last night and more coming,I have been swamped and I made it a point to keep myself in the 6x6 all that I could,,,I have done several recoveries with it tonight,I also had a fully loaded single axle salt truck stuck on a back road and this ol feller brought it out,it was impressive,i couldn't get through one road because of a pickup stuck in the middle of the road waiting for AAA,,,LOL,,,that was funny,,,it was so deep in front of the pickup from drifting that I was pushing snow with the front bumper,,i then cut through the ditch and went around the pickup to pull out the salt truck,,the county guys couldn't believe how deep of snow it went through.I must admit though that it has taken me a little readjusting getting used to the ol holmes from our hydraulics,it has been probably 16-18 years since I ran an ol holmes,,but it is about like riding a bicycle,,,lol,,,one thing for sure is there will be a set of hydraulic stiff legs added soon,,,I am allergic to scotch blocks,,,,lol.Anyhow to say the very least this ol feller has definitely earnt a stall in the stable here,,, I have been more than impressed with this unit.,,, I'm all Ford but in this case I made an exception ,I have wanted this truck ever since I first saw it, Tim always said he would let me know if he was ever to sale it and that is exactly what he did,,, I wish there were more fellers as straight on their word as Tim is, if Tim tells you something it is set in stone.Take care,Ed Timco Replied: Remember it once had a Ford body on it. Ed, Thanks for the kind words. I truly appreciate it. Ed replied: I had a challenge with this ol feller this week, a local gas company we tow for had a gas truck fully loaded setting on the axle buried in the snow and spun down until mud was in the rims, this unit was full and was grossing 36-38,000 pounds, it could not be brought straight out but had to be pulled from an angle, I couldn't begin to get a heavy to it because of high drifting from the snow so I took the 6x6 and used some snatch blocks, the weight exceeded my truck even with the scotch blocks so I tied off to the companies 4x4 service truck and got my truck to set,, it did a fine job bringing it out, I was amazed with the strength of this Ol Holmes, I never ran a 500 model until this one but it is a little workhorse. This truck has saved the day several times during this snow storm. Timco replied: I am truly glad to see the truck working again. It was painful for me to see it just sitting here doing nothing. Ed, you should call up Trout Unlimited & the Sierra Club to say thanks for shutting down our ORV area. I would have never even talked about selling this old truck until the damn tree huggers crippled us here. Again, I am glad it went to a good home, & I hope you are satisfied with it for years to come. Thanks to all who encouraged me & had kind words when I was building this truck. I really do appreciate the compliments ya`ll gave me through out the years it was mine.
  11. 1 point
    mooresbp

    Suction cup lockout mirror?

    Have a glass guy change the mirror to what you want? Sometime have to have the customer stand on the other side and tell me which way to go
  12. 1 point
    rreschran

    First day wit GoJaks

    In the old days ... VW "Moon Caps" and sawed off sections of Hobie Cat hulls were quick alternatives to dollies, skates and Go-Jacks
  13. 1 point
    TTOUT

    Stuck In Park, 4WD & Park Brake

    Ok but let's look at it differently. Hook it like you have in the picture and its said and done with. Spending the time to try to shift it into neutral is time wasted, as well as, potential for damage. If you really dont want to throw dollies, just disconnect the rear driveline, which would save the transmission. Maybe I've been in heavy duty mode too long but it's easier to throw dollies or disconnect the driveline than to fiddle with the shift linkage.
  14. 1 point
    TTOUT

    First day wit GoJaks

    If you loose a skate and dont have go jacks, you can always use a fast food tray with one of the skinny sides cut off. It works in a pinch but always better to have the right thing handy.
  15. 1 point
    Yea we make a trip out of it, spend a couple days there. It's a great time....especially when you buy something! LoL Last year I bought a 79 Coupe DeVille... This one makes me smile just looking at it...
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    Never got to post this one....Bought it at The Mecum Auction a couple of months ago... My Granddaughter was pretty excited to be in on it...LoL 73 Caprice Classic convertible, 30,000 mi from an estate down south, factory 454 with AC & optioned out.
  17. 1 point
    TOWAHOLIC

    B&B is moving to Minnesota!

    We recently purchased all remaining parts, drawings, and intellectual information of B&B industries Please be patient as we move and work on getting back to building parts and wreckers. Websites, email and phone numbers coming soon. Feel free to private message me any questions.
  18. 1 point
    Winters Towing

    B&B is moving to Minnesota!

    congrats.
  19. 1 point
    Looks like he'll be a repeat customer, probably everytime he hooks up to it
  20. 1 point
    yoBdaBenO

    Prayer is insanity

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