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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 reacted to DennisHONK in HONK & Industry Perceptions   
    ESC,
     
    Thanks for all your feedback. I appreciate your honest assessment. Things like this are real occurrences I can take back to my team and investigate and see how we can do better. IMO, there's no reason you shouldn't have been awarded a job in your own lot with a 1 min ETA, but I know pricing does come into play in the algorithm as well. 
     
    I look forward to seeing a lot of you guys at upcoming shows around the country and I appreciate the feedback from a community I've been a part of for many years. 
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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 got a reaction from TowZone in Day 12 of the 12 Days of Christmas Drawing "How many years?"   
    I was born in 1983, my dad started the company in 1989- So I figure Ive been around it all for 30 years
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    ESC got a reaction from TowZone in Day 11 of the 12 Days of Christmas Drawing "Tow411/TowForce"   
    I always liked Tow411.... I still use Towforce just the same, but it will always be called "Tow411" in my eyes.. ha.  But I understand the reasons for the switch.  It works much the same as tow411 did.  I would love to see more activity and interaction from members, but dont know how to entice more people to get involved.
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    ESC got a reaction from TowZone in Day 10 of the 12 Days of Christmas Drawing "Favorite Sport"   
    Not much into sports.  Motorcyle/ATV racing was always my thing.
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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 TowZone in Day 9 of the 12 Days of Christmas Drawing   
    No, its been years since I have attended.
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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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    ESC got a reaction from mushspeed in Towing company owner makes safety his mission (MI)   
    Insurance companies will pay.  They will complain about it, as they complain about everything else when it comes to them paying out.  But if it does come down to it, they will pay.   Where I see the issue is when it is a customer pay/out of pocket job- as customers already don't understand the cost of doing business and the recovery rates, etc.  They complain now, so what happens when I add charges for a traffic control unit, etc.  Then they go to police, or board of supervisors, etc and complain they are being charged unfairly.  Those sorts of people are quick to say choose a different towing company, or that price is too much etc.   I also dont agree with charging one price to an insurance company and then not charging a customer the same rates if it doesnt have insurance.  I am all for a traffic control unit and would love to do it.  But, I dont have the crash volume here to employ another traffic control operator to be on standby 24/7.  Currently when called for a single vehicle crash, I send a wrecker and a bed... and I do charge for it when it is needed.  Waynes Towing (a member here) has put together a very nice traffic control unit that they use and bill for.  I love it, I just cant afford to make it work for us just yet.  
     
    On another note- Last month we bought our entire crew new Work King jackets and snow bibs that are HiVis.... we are trying to do everything we can to keep them safe.  That was a huge hit with the guys... and Zips had a nice sale along with the tow show discount.
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    ESC got a reaction from mushspeed in Thank you to BA Products for helping us out!!   
    I wanted to thank BA Products for their help! We have been using their products for years. We recently had a 100’ 3/8” synthetic extension that had a knot in it. Apparently we missed the knot and used it on a recovery so it was pulled tight. One of our operators attended the BA factory tour on Friday before the tow show in Baltimore. Fritz took him around on a tour and when he heard about our problem with the extension he told us to ship it down for them to repair. Today we received our repaired extension back with a note that said no charge.
     
    I was half expecting them to call and tell us the rope would need replaced or something rather than fixing it. I was really happy with their service and wanted to let others know.
     
     

     
     
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    ESC reacted to EdsTowing in 2018 Jeep Rocky Ridge / Vodka Edition.....   
    Guy buys this Jeep 2 weeks prior...700 mi on it...then drives 60 mph+ in a 25 mph community zone. Fails to negotiate the curve and tumbles through 4 different properties....



     
    Cops found the guy 1/2 mile away drunk sitting in the middle of the road in his underwear.... Now THAT"S a party... LoL
     



     
    Made junk of his new truck...
     



     
    It was @  2am in the rain so Eddie grabbed the Jeep and we went back on a Sunday am to do a complete clean up.
     



     
    2 of the home owners that we talked to were very pleased that we came back and cleaned up all the parts, trees & landscaping.
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    ESC reacted to Njsss in Maserati On Dollies   
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    ESC reacted to TowZone in My Main Laptop is Down - Need Support to Replace or Repair   
    Thanks, matching funds were suppose to end November 15. But the Supporter has extended to offer an additional week. I think we may just make goal by the end of November. Have not had time to get the broken mac on a monitor yet. After Baltimore I will get on that task. Hope to see several of you there.
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    ESC got a reaction from TowZone in 12 Days of Christmas Drawing   
    I think it’s a cool idea. A nice way to get a little more action on the forum too!

    I won a great prize a few years ago when this was done. I got one of the control arm/ ball joint skates from ITI


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