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    HONK is annoying me!

    Things have changed a bit. I am still set at $95 hook, no free miles and $4 per mile. I have the app set on my phone and I take what jobs work for me and decline the ones that dont. They still call for updates at times even though I update things in the app. They pay with credit card within the hour. Still low volume, but for the rates, I make it work for me.
  2. We had to cut a section a while back and I had only a sawzall... it cut through the rail section like butter. I had been expecting it would tear up blades in a hurry but I didn't have anything else on scene.
  3. We ended up using Maxxima Led strips from our local lighting supplier. They were actually a few dollars per strip cheaper than we found online. They gave us a 5 year unconditional warranty as well. They were fast and easy to install. We installed them in my MPL40 and wired them direct to the marker light wiring that was already in the boxes. This way they come on when the running lights are on and turn off automatically. No more silly pin switches. Last night I was out around 11 pm in the pitch black and I took this picture to show how bright they are. We used an 18” strip. We just ordered more to install in all of our trucks. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  4. Very nice. We are 20 min east of Bresslers. We ordered some 18” led strips today from a local lighting supplier to try them out. They recommended them highly. Going to try out in one truck before ordering enough to do them all. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  5. I am tired of my dim lights in my MPL40 toolboxes... when the switches work. Time to make some changes. We are going to remove the junk switches and wire toolbox lighting to the parking lights. I want to run LED and we are thinking of strips. Looking for something high quality and trouble free. Something that comes in a bulk roll would be nice too as I wouldn't mind being able to customize it and do all 7 of our trucks but I am open to suggestions.
  6. Ill snap some pictures next time I use mine, but it is very similar. The Condor has the part that flips over and helps secure the wheel where the Jerrdan does not. Its really tough to load a bike without an extra set of hands where the Condors that we have on our flatbed seem to be a bit easier. I think next time Ill order the Condor attachment for the MPL40 instead to have that extra bit of support.
  7. The truck needs to go from 37 Pottstown Pike, Chester Springs Pa to Preble Ave, Madison Maine. We may end up transporting it the entire way and needing a backhaul for the trip home. If you need a backhaul going north, let us know. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  8. We picked up an old truck for a good customer today and brought it to our yard in Chester Springs Pa (southeastern PA) for now. We have been given a limited budget to get it to Madison Maine in upcoming weeks. So far timing is rather flexible. We are looking into all options to get this truck moved safely. If anyway is headed north empty or maybe has something they need moved from ME coming south maybe we can make things work. Any help or sharing would be greatly appreciated!! Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  9. Is that a Condor for the MPL? I have the Jerrdan Motorcycle kits for our MPL40s... they work well, but the condor would be a bit nicer I think. It always drives me nuts when guys see us pull up with a wrecker to tow their bikes and they give us a hard time. Just let us do our jobs!
  10. Call towmate. They sell a hard wired transmitter that will work great for you.
  11. A few of us sat through a basic training with Jack Sullivan years ago, but we have our full crew going to a class on June 3 at a local fire department hosted by Todd Leiss.... looking forward to having all of our guys certified and updated. Best of all, it is free... so there is no excuse not to attend.
  12. This morning I received an email from NSD. I think we have all noticed some changes lately in the quality of NSD dispatches. I thought it was nice for NSD to acknowledge the issue and hope that they make moves to correct things. Overall I have had good luck working with NSD. Fair rates and typically good jobs for the most part. We have seen a big jump in volume in our area lately with their addition of the Avis/Budget contract. I stay in regular contact with Patrick when anything comes up and he has been able to get things straight for us as needed. I hope the forward progress continues. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  13. This one is in the water..... assuming it at least has liability coverage on it, it would be a pretty easy one to get paid on. Personally, I would call in a friend with a rotator and have them set it on my bed. I would also make sure to have some absorbent pads and booms ready to absorb any fluids out of the water. Lots of pictures.
  14. We have been using Cintas for our uniforms. I am happy with them overall, but looking into options. Currently, we have uniforms for our whole crew, but we all choose to wash our own at home rather than use the Cintas service. So we are paying weekly for a service that we don't use. I am looking into buying uniforms outright for our guys. I really like the gray with vi his that Cintas uses. Their price to buy seems a bit high for the quality so I wanted to see what is working for you guys before I make any moves. Thanks
  15. LIVE: Philadelphia District Attorney announces insurance fraud charges against a local towing company. https://cbsloc.al/2GdH0ud PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – The owners of a Philadelphia tow truck company have been charged with insurance fraud. Police say the owners of Hooked Inc., 47-year-old Joseph Moreno and 29-year-old Dwight Williams, both of Philadelphia, surrendered to police last month. Police say the insurance fraud occurred on the 2200 block of West Westmoreland Street on April 24, 2016. Both suspects were charged with racketeer influence and corrupt organization, theft by deception, deceptive practices and insurance fraud. During a press conference Wednesday, Philadelphia District Attorney Larry Krasner called the case “the largest of its kind.”
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  17. That is a shame to hear, and hope they work it out. The last issue Patrick took care of for me and told me to contact him direct rather than my rep. We have been watching things close, and have seen a bit more work out of them lately as they picked up Avis, so for us that means alot of 30-40 mile jobs to the phila airport. I have had them all shorted on miles, but when I submit the map with my invoice they pay according to shortest distance and match whatever google maps says. I really hope they can stay on top of things for guys like us that have bent over backwards. They have always paid our retail rate with the exception of GOAs and we kick them some "free" miles.
  18. This morning we picked up some trailer supplies for the new Hino. The truck was ordered with a standard 2” receiver. We added a tri-ball attachment and a pintle hitch as well. We also have a wiring adapter setup so we can plug into our truck lighting and adapt it to any common trailer plug. The truck went to work on its first crash (white Nissan Versa) last night, followed by a dui traffic stop shortly after. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  19. A few years back we had a lot of trouble from Ford and their warranty and will never give them another penny. At that time Chevy was getting out of the market, so we gambled on a 2013 Hino and have had great luck with it other than a few emissions issues. It has been a great truck for what we do with it and great on maintenance and all too. We needed to add a truck this year and decided to do an exact match to the one we already had and here it is. As far as price... they are all too expensive haha. But the Hino is right in there with everyone else. In the past few years we have bought at least 6 trucks from Alan at Nussbaum Equipment and he treats us right. To be honest, I didnt even ask prices on this build... we knew exactly what we wanted. In years past we have shopped around, and its hard to compare apples to apples anymore. So many dealers order in "stock" trucks with no options, steel wheels, standard bed, etc. When we ordered this one we went with air ride, air brake, aluminum wheels, galvanized subframe, lodar remote, in the ditch tool boxes (which we actually have one more 60" coming for it), 22' dual angle bed with rollers, trailer hitch. I wanted to make sure we have everything we need. Trying to compare prices on this truck with other dealers takes too long and its usually not accurate. Nussbaum is also only an hour from us and they normally deliver. The few times there has been any warranty issue, they have taken care of it no question. Could I save a couple dollars shopping around, maybe, but so far we have been very happy.
  20. A few months ago we ordered another new truck from Alan at Nussbaum Equipment. We ordered the truck with almost every option available. After patiently waiting a few months, our 2019 Hino was picked up from Nussbaum Equipment in Columbia Pa on Monday and it headed straight up 222 north to Leesport to its first job. Paul Jr towed a Dodge pickup back to a repair shop in Elverson. On Tuesday, Dan Nunemaker from DN Designs took care of the paintwork and lettering. This morning most of the chains, straps and equipment was added. We have some additional toolboxes coming in for the truck as well in the next few weeks. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  21. A couple years back when HONK started out, they really annoyed me with that loud horn when I would answer the phone. Clearly a lot of people were angered by it, and they finally changed it, but that was horrible to hear at 3 am. In the beginning, we tried Honk- credit card up front by phone. Everything went great, except they called multiple times. Are you on your way, what truck are you using, what is your drivers name, did you arrive, has the car been delivered, etc. Way too many calls for a simple job.... but I get it... they were reaching out to a bunch of towing vendors that they didnt know or trust, so they were staying on top of things. After one or two calls like that, I quit doing work for them. About two years ago after a long day at the Baltimore tow show, a few of us were ending the night at the small bar at the Oriole Cafe in our hotel. After a few drinks were were all joking and ranting about motor clubs. There was a guy next to us that began to talk to us, and after a while, he owned up to being Corey- The CEO of HONK. After letting him have it with our thoughts... Corey paid our bar tab and took our feedback... but he had one request.... to download the app and give Honk a chance. I came home, and gave it a shot.... the app at that time was still full of issues and the volume was really low. We tried a few jobs and things went alot better. We did notice once we would submit for payment, we would have a credit card within 30 minutes, never shorted... always paid to the rate that we have set on the app. I dont like that they wont pay enroute--but when it doesnt make profit for us, we just decline the call. After a bit we had some app issues and I didnt follow up and we stopped getting calls. A few months back I looked into it and re downloaded the app and got things working on phones for 3 of us here at the shop. The volume is still low, but its better. We see 2-3 calls a week that we take and we get paid our retail rates. I feel they need to pay enroute, and dollies where needed, etc.... but to make up for that we set our hookup rates higher than normal so it all averages out. Still fast paying and accurate. The app could use some work, but it gets the job done. Sometimes I decline a call, then it comes back in a min later, decline again, and it comes back , and i have to keep doing that. It can be real annoying when im busy... clearly I declined once, I dont want the job. I have noticed them growing... some more call volume recently. I dont win alot of bids in our area as we have our rates set high. There are a few guys working out of their house running older trucks that can run cheaper than I can... so they usually get the work... but when I do... i get paid well for it so i cant complain. A while back we had one in our parking lot that needed a tow... I put in a 1 min eta as I was sitting here..... I was not awarded the job as someone else bid that was cheaper. 2 hours later he showed up in a beat up truck, and he happened to be wearing a FEDEX uniform while he loaded in our parking lot. It was rather funny... i guess he works for Fedex full time and tows on the side. Anyway... it showed me clearly its another club just looking at price... allowing a member to sit for 2 hours when I had a truck literally in the same parking lot as the job and I bid 1 minute. All that being said.... I appreciate that you guys having someone on staff with WreckMaster training... and on here to work with us.
  22. Good thought. It was a 5 mile ride back to our shop on back roads not over 45 mph. To be honest i never even considered that being an issue. But I could see how it could cause issues, especially at highway speeds or a long trip. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  23. I think that is a good idea too.... they seem to be doing a good job of it all..... but as you said, enforcement will be key. We are seeing alot of that in PA... they are making rules and then not following through with it. We had our inspection a few weeks ago for the state police and they basically showed up and saw we had a few trucks and fence and did not care to check anything else. Now I am not worried as all of our things are in line... but I want to see them checking on those that dont and enforcing the same rules that we work to abide by.
  24. I briefly read over the contract and from what I see it is very straight forward and clear. I think it is reasonable standards to follow. We are going through some changes in PA with the state police changing their rules this year, and the generic contract is nowhere near as clear as the one shown above.
  25. WreckMaster 4/5 here in southeastern pa. I went to Big Wheels a few years back and had the pleasure of meeting Ron there at the class. I did make it back for a refresher as well.... its about time to go again.
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