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ESC

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    Chester Springs, PA

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    Eagle Service Center, Inc.
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  1. I would like to know the weight of the towed unit, as well as what series dodge (3500/4500/5500) is its. The added wheel base with the tunnel box makes a huge difference. I would have no issue with towing it with my truck. I have a 2015 Dodge 5500 84" CA 4x4 with MPL40. The Sprinters tow well behind it with no steering or braking issues. I would expect much of this RV to be fiberglass and relatively light.
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    Towing Motorcycles

    Im not sure why it wont allow me to edit and add to my post above about the straps, but ..... I’ve just ordered a bunch of replacement straps for towing motorcycles. We tow quite a few of them. These are the straps that make it quick and easy. These straps are good quality. They can be ordered from most any motorcycle shop- I have included the Western Powersports part number for easy ordering. The first two are bar harness straps that work well on crotch rockets. It slips over the grips and has a wear pad to keep from scratching the tank and leaves a loop hanging at the end of the bars to hook too. Note: only use them with "fixed" bars. Dont try to use them on ape hangers, etc. These "Soft Ties" are a must. We find all sorts of uses for them. It gives lots of hook up options so you dont have to put hooks directly on the bike. Good quality ratchet straps are a must. Stay away from the $9.95 special at home depot. Spend some money and get nice sturdy ones. Its not worth dropping a $10,000 bike. We have Condor motorcycle dollies for each of our flatbeds. Our MPL40 wreckers have the Jerrdan motorcycle attachment. Each truck is equipped with the straps shown above. We tow alot of bikes, especially Harleys since we have a dealer across the street from us. We typically charge a buck and a quarter (due to the added time involved) hook up plus our normal tow mileage rate.
  3. ESC

    Towing Motorcycles

    I’ve just ordered a bunch of replacement straps for towing motorcycles. We tow quite a few of them. These are the straps that make it quick and easy. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  4. Thats what I was originally considering. A friend of mine has them in his house and they are awesome, and super cheap. Ultimately our boxes need light, and a better setup then we have been using. Im sure many others are in the same spot.
  5. I have come across these: https://www.surpluscenter.com/Electrical/Lights/LED-Strip-Lights/48-12-Volt-DC-72-LED-Light-Strip-Buyers-5624872-12-995-48.axd I am considering trying them, and hard wiring them into the running lights as mentioned above. Anyone else using them or something similar?
  6. We are getting 20 plus calls a day. It drives me insane. So much wasted time. On my cell I add the spam callers to my block list. But at the shop there’s not much I can do. I’ve added our numbers to the “do not call list” but it doesn’t help any. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  7. I am not opposed to that. But all of our current boxes are wired and have push pin switches. Most of them have issues. Just looking for a better way. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  8. Our new flatbed arrived last week. We had In the Ditch boxes installed, and they are great. But, there is no lights installed. I was thinking about some different options and figured I would see what you guys are using. I am thinking of going with something battery powered, so we don't have to run wiring. Some of my older trucks lights that use push pin switches never seem to work well anyway.
  9. ESC

    Steve Flanagans Auto & Truck of New Jersey Tristate

    You guys have some great looking equipment. You pass right by us all the time in Chester Springs PA when you go pickup at the FEDEX lot around the corner from us. If you ever get jammed up or need a hand around town let us know.
  10. The job was completed. It was uneventful. Paid by the customer in full up front. Hardly and traffic going in or out of Brooklyn. His tire shop was right off an exit and there was a relatively wide street to unload on I even managed to pickup an Audi A8 at the Newark NJ airport for the ride home. A friend and local tower to us saw on our shop Facebook page that we were going to Brooklyn. He called me and told me he had the Audi scheduled to pickup the following morning. We were able to grab it and save him the trip. And the bonus is we split the price he had quoted on the job so we both made $$$. Total round trip time for me was 8 hours. That included stopping for a quick dinner on the NJ turnpike and dropping of the Audi to a repair shop. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk I can’t think of much worse than having to drive in the city. I dunno how the guys in Brooklyn do it all day. But we charged accordingly and the customer was willing to pay for me to go.... so it all worked out in the end. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  11. I am about to send a flatbed to Brooklyn NY with a BMW. Leaving SE PA at 2:30 pm, headed to Brooklyn, then back empty. Ill be coming home to Southeastern PA empty if anyone has anything. Ill be in a Dodge 5500 flatbed. call my cell 610-636-9358 Paul
  12. I was just out on a crash and used my dollies. I snapped a picture quick. I also pulled and wiggled the dollies and axles as hard as I could. No way are they coming out. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  13. I would like to see pictures if possible. I have ITD mounts on our Jerrdan MPL40's I dont see any way they could come out of there
  14. I just took some time and checked out your FB page, website and google. You seem to be on the right path. Some updates and tweaking to the FB page and website would be good. You have some excellent reviews as well as responses to the reviews. Honestly, you have more google reviews than we do, and we have been running for nearly 30 years. Get those trucks in good mechanical shape, shine them up, and go visit everyone you can in the area. Local businesses- insurance agents, body shops, gas stations. Anywhere there is a car that might not start when they come out from shopping or whatever... make sure that place knows that you exist and will help their customer. You are on your way. Google ad words works well for us too.
  15. It sounds like after a tough start you are making good decisions. The best thing you could have done in my opinion is not be dependent on AAA. We got rid of them nearly 10 years ago. It was the best thing that we could have done. The other 3 AAA companies in our area have all gone out of business. Anyway, stepping back and evaluating your goals would be number 1 for me. Figure out what you want to do. Know your numbers (costs to operate, etc) Personally, Id be making sure I had nice, clean, good condition trucks. New or old, doesnt matter, but keep them clean and in good shape. Make sure your employees are good for your business. Have good quality business cards, and nice looking professional uniforms, work boots, etc, Keep you and your guys clean and friendly. Get into every local shop and drop a card. Let them know who you are. Be ready when they call. Take care of them and their customers. Be different than the rest of the towing companies- be faster, higher skilled, more friendly. Remember you dont need to be the "cheap guy" either. Get to touch a truck events for kids. Have a facebook page and keep updating it. Show off your trucks and drivers and what they can do. There is a ton of ideas that you can do to grow, but start with the basics. Best of luck!
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