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    ESC reacted to TowZone in Win A Towmate TM-FLUX Wireless Tow Light   
    Keep em coming, our goal is to giveaway this TowMate Light Bar on or around October 1st. However, we need to get close to the 100 qualifying recovery topics. Sounds like a steep hill to climb, but we never know till we try.
     
    Thanks to @Orcas Tow @dperone @ESC @mooresbp for your participation. A decade there would have been numerous members creating posts for a giveaway and the prizes were smaller back then. We're going to get this back on track.
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    ESC got a reaction from Lightdutykid in Overturned Dodge 3500 down an embankment   
    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.
     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     
     
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    ESC reacted to Orcas Tow in 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.  
     















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    ESC got a reaction from Lightdutykid in 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.
     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     
     
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    ESC got a reaction from mooresbp in 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.
     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     
     
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    ESC got a reaction from mooresbp in Overturned Dodge 3500 down an embankment   
    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.
     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     
     
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    ESC reacted to EdsTowing in A Flashback of "Soul Train"....   
    Joe got a "combination" wreck the other day....Sort of. Guy driving a Kia Soul...pulling a trailer if you can believe...full of firewood, and pulled out into an intersection to go up the hill. I guess the "little engine that could" was groaning to get out of the way & got T Boned in the intersection...
     

     
    He was pulling out on the right there to go the same direction as the rollback is pointing...sort of spun him like a top...
     

     
    Yea jack-knifed his rig there....Fire wood all over the place & a pretty large debris field so Joe called for a clean up truck to help him....
     

     

     

     
    The trailer was going to his residence so we hooked that to the Support truck for transport....
     

     

     
    The officer asked Joe for a broom just as Rob was pulling up on scene....He said I got something better than that...LoL. They cleaned up the mess & delivered the vehicle to a local body shop as requested.
     
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    ESC reacted to EdsTowing in Whole New Level Of Securement...   
    Nearly 25 years in business and finally got a fenced area....

     

     

     
    Not sure why we had to procrastinate so long but I'm sure glad we have it now....
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    ESC reacted to EdsTowing in Pics Say A Thousand Words...   
    The Boys were out tonight on the Interstate to bring in a F550 with a Turbo issue. The message board is really worthwhile to keep people moved over if possible.
     

     

     

     
     
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    ESC reacted to TowZone in What are you guys using for toolbox lighting?   
    "They gave us a 5 year unconditional warranty as well."
     
    Now that is is a good warranty, you hope you never need it but we all know how these lights can fail. After 5 years, I'd say you got your moneys worth.
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    ESC got a reaction from TowZone in What are you guys using for toolbox lighting?   
    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.




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    ESC got a reaction from Road Rescue TX in "Hiding" Towmate Transmitter   
    Call towmate.  They sell a hard wired transmitter that will work great for you.
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    ESC reacted to rreschran in From TowTimes.com - Who Should Take the Training?   
    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. 
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    ESC got a reaction from JC ROADSIDE ASSIST in CBSPhilly- Philadelphia District Attorney announces insurance fraud charges against a local towing company   
    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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    ESC got a reaction from TowZone in Tow411/TowForce Login & Member Roll Call   
    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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    ESC got a reaction from TowZone in Recover This -   
    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.
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    ESC got a reaction from admin in Recover This -   
    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.
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    ESC got a reaction from TowZone in Eagle Service Center’s new 2019 Hino 258ALP Jerrdan Flatbed   
    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.
     
     

     

     

     

     

     

     
     
     
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    ESC got a reaction from Lightdutykid in Joyride gone wrong- Ferrari in a corn field   
    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.


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    ESC got a reaction from TowZone in anyone else notice NSD starting to go downhill??   
    I received a call from Patrick just a bit ago.  He has made things right so far.  He provided me with his direct extension to reach out to him if any situation comes up similar to this again.  Apparently the rep I spoke with this morning was new and didn't handle things the way Patrick would have, and some of my reps in the past.    Hopefully NSD can keep up the good service and not become like the other clubs.
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    ESC got a reaction from brian991219 in 2019 PSP Application Process   
    This is Troop J. Southeastern PA.


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    ESC got a reaction from pewagUSA in Tire Chains- Its that time of year again   
    As much as I don't want to admit it.... winter is coming.  I was just checking out our supplies for the winter and checked through our tire chains.  Years back, we got blindsided by an ice storm early in the morning and we managed to get our 4x4 wrecker stuck before we could get out to a police call.  That week I ordered up a few sets of tire chains.  At the time, I didn't know much about them, just didn't want to have any issues missing a good job.  That winter we had a lot of ice, and we chewed up a few sets of chains.  That next year I did my homework on chains and found Pewag.  It turns out some of our local municipalities had been using them on dump trucks and all.  They were a lot more expensive than what I had used the previous year, but I heard good things, so I gave them a try.  They were much faster and easier to put on.  And they lasted a lot longer than the regular ones.  Since than, I have added multiple sets of Pewag chains and got rid of all of the old styles.  I just ordered 3 more pair for this year.  I just thought I would give you guys a heads up on what works.   They are awesome!! 
     
    On our 4x4 trucks I have a set of Pewag singles for the rear which I install on the outer dual only and it works great.  I also keep a set for the front for those really icy days, or the nasty driveway etc.   When I use them, I bill a minimum of $175 to roll the truck.... 1 job pays for the pair.  Our 2 wheel drive trucks I have a pair of singles for the outer rear dual.  I highly recommend having a pair or two around, as when it gets icy, they are hard to get a hold of quickly.  Now is the time to order them.

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    ESC reacted to Jamie Dougherty in One of my Christmas Presents arrived yesterday!!!   
    Now we just have to wait on the wrecker unit.
     


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    ESC got a reaction from mushspeed in Towing company owner makes safety his mission (MI)   
    Here is my ideal traffic control truck. Something with enough size and weight to handle a possible impact. A large arrow board and a fold down style crash protector. We are lucky enough to have a neighboring business that manufactures these less than a half mile from us. I still can’t work it into our budget with the cost of an added operator on standby. We are busy, but I don’t get enough crashes that I could afford the added equipment and labor etc. For us to bill what it would take to make it work would make my pricing outrageous. But the added safety and all would be huge.

    The local company that builds them is called JTech if anyone wants to check them out.




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    ESC got a reaction from mushspeed in Towing company owner makes safety his mission (MI)   
    I dont have a traffic control unit as of yet... i would like to... at some point.   But I use quickbooks for invoicing.  I write a description of the situation and what was done.  I put in all important vehicle info. Then I itemize equipment and labor.  2 hours light duty wrect @$.... per hour, 2 hours labor @$.... per hour...  If i ran a traffic unit i would add another line for traffic control unit @ $...... per hour just as I do any other equipment on scene.   Right now most insurance companies dont complain too much.  I get them complaining about this and that, like admin fees here and there.   Sometimes on a messy job if our gear is damaged or ruined, I add a line item to replace it.  Gloves, boots, etc.  Insurance companies usually will complain that it is a cost of doing business.  Then I show them pictures of the battery acid from their clients car that eats up my gloves, or something like that.  They agree to pay and I move on.
     
    I think this needs to become a more common standard practice and it will help us all in getting paid.
     
    Another thought that came to mind on the billing for traffic control.  Look to OSHA rules about providing a safe work environment for your employees.  If an insurance company wants to say its safe to load a crash on the highway without traffic control, I bet they wont put it in writing for you.   You have to provide that service to keep your operators safe, so you need to be paid to provide that service.
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