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    ESC got a reaction from EdsTowing in Billing a customer that used a Motorclub for services   
    Very good point!    We work with others regularly.   A couple years ago we had a panicked call from a mother about her daughter being stranded on I80 near the northeast extension in PA.  They wanted us to rush right up to tow the kid home (over 3 hours away).  Instead we called EdsTowing through this board and they had someone out to the car within 30 minutes, towed it to their shop and got the car fixed.   Im sure the repair bill was less than I would have charged to tow that customer home.   In the end I was happy as I didnt have to take a 6 hour drive, and the kid was off the road and safe within 30 minutes, the mom could stop worrying and Eds took care of the customer.  It was a win for everyone. @EdsTowing
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    ESC reacted to TowNews in M8 Recovery NHS Heros Parade Images (UK)   
    This is a follow up with images related to the video posted in headlines today.
     
    M8 recovery who we work closely with showing their support for our NHS heroes. A company that continually shuns publicity relating to their continued good deeds during the Covi 19 pandemic. The owner and employee's are some of the unsung heroes that seek no thanks or recognition, just a community supporting company that shows its appreciation any which way they can. These are the acts that make you believe there is hope for us all yet.
     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     
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    ESC reacted to mushspeed in M8 Recovery NHS Heros Parade Images (UK)   
    I found a picture of  Junior at Scotland's Truckfest ....relaxing and enjoying a beer with his workmates ..
     
    He is a huge ambassador for Scotland's Towing and Recovery industry  also very active raising funds for the UK 's  towing charity ....
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    ESC reacted to Ed Barker in Over the guardrial and in the creek   
    Had an interesting one today in the creek over a guardrail ,,, had to come up to come out due to steep incline and drainage pipe,,, had to keep control of it in air due to high winds,,, Barker's put it in the books.
     
    Everyone on scene said how will you get that out???,,, I could hear my Dad in the back of my mind saying,,, "If it went in then it will come out of there!",,,lol.
     
    Would have liked more pictures but was limited due to having road shut down.
     

     

     

     

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    ESC reacted to ECTTS in About Wire Rope!   
    How To Buy And Maintain Wire Rope For Your Tow Truck
    https://parts.ectts.com/the-towing-auto-transport-blog/how-to-buy-and-maintain-wire-rope-for-your-tow-truck/

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    ESC got a reaction from GRUMPS The Towman in Wanted: Vulcan 896/897 Tilt Cylinder   
    Ha, I thought exactly the same thing!   It is crazy overvalued, but the truck is a paperweight without it, so you know the deal.  We had to pull the trigger and get it coming.    Typically we have them rebuilt, but this one had some damage on the inside that our builder recommended not rebuilding this one.  I sort of figured 800-1000, but was really shocked when i found out it was over double that.  Our local dealer helped us out as much as they could on it, which I am grateful for.    I had hoped that someone here might have a new old stock one laying around or something, but what can you do.   Thanks for your effort!
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    ESC reacted to Animosus in Re: Blocker Trucks - Effective or Not ? ? ?   
    Let me preface this saying that we don't have any dedicated truck for this task, if you are speaking about a truck with a crash attenuator or something of the sort. But we do equip all of our trucks for traffic control purposes and use them at scenes for the pure purpose of blocking/traffic control with no other duty assigned.
    All of our operators have national TIM training certificates.
    Billed as traffic control at $150 /hr.
    Yes, as the highway patrol and DOT resources are limited especially during inclement weather events, this allows them to leave the scene and respond to other calls while we provide our own traffic control.
    If requested. We have a large amount of traffic control devices, cones, signs, ect, available for other companies in the area if they desire.
    There will always be push back for any service provided. You just have to sell it to them as a safety item and stand your ground. Would you rather be paying for a funeral or a blocker truck?

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    ESC reacted to TowNews in Tow Truck Collison Course?   
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    ESC reacted to rreschran in Re: Using Rims for Rollover Recovery ? ? ? ?   
    Just for fun, we usually agree that there are many, many different ways to roll a vehicle over in light-duty classifications. In this weekend's class, several operators mentioned that they thread chain through a vehicle's rims for an anchor point due to ease and speed. While I personally don't like the idea, what method do you use to attach a recovery chain as the basis of your rollover rigging? It gets the job done, but couldn't a cracked aluminum rim result in a whiplash effect that results in loss of recovery advantage? What do you think?        R.
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    ESC reacted to rreschran in Found On TiKToK 02.08.20 "Hey, FD it wasn't out"   
    Fire tends to smolder and if fire doesn't consume all interior seats, upholstery, or whatever, re-ignition is always possible. And ... you can bet, if that car is ablaze on the back of my carrier's deck, I'm gonna' do whatever I can to get it off the deck versus taking video of it. I'm just funny that way.    R.
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    ESC reacted to MrsTow in Billing a customer that used a Motorclub for services   
    Oh, I've definitely learned! I do not accept motor-club calls on a PO for any winch out that's over 15 feet away from pavement or over 20 miles away from my location....at their rate. If it's over what I stated, I let them know I do off road recovery as well. I tell them my rate and except nothing less. When I use my off road recovery trucks, I collect a non-refundable deposit upfront, the caller is told all calls are recorded and I also have video in all my trucks. Fool me once.... is all it took, won't happen a second time. I truly appreciate all the comments good or bad because it gives all outlooks on the matter and helps me decide the direction to take. Be safe out there!  :-)
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    ESC reacted to brian991219 in 40amp Battery Fuse Keeps On Burning Out.   
    I would look for a place where the wiring has rubbed and is making contact when the engine moves abruptly. Letting the clutch out quickly and taking off from a hill tend to put more rotational torque on the engine and drive train and could be moving the engine just enough to make a wire short out. My guess would be where the wire harness comes from the battery up along the firewall into the power distribution block, probably down near the bottom of the firewall.
     
    Most likely you will have to pull back some of the wire loom to inspect the harness, look for signs of rubbing or green corrosion to give you a place to start. It could also be under the dash, if the wire harness that feeds the interior fuse block or VPM (mounted under the dash to the top left) is rubbing on the clutch mounting bracket, a harsh movement could be just enough to cause the wire to short momentarily and blow the fuse.
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    ESC reacted to fenderbendr6 in Pulling out a tree stump for mom   
    I had several stumps about that size to remove last year in preparation to expand our impound yard. After realizing, as you did, that I would have to use two trucks to have enough anchor, and the time it took for all the rigging necessary to pull the first stump, I hired a local contractor to remove the rest of them with an excavator. I needed to use him to haul fill dirt and gravel to level the lot anyway. He did the whole job in a day. It would have taken me that much time just to pull the rest of the stumps.
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    ESC got a reaction from TowZone in 2019 TOP TEN Motor Club Rankings Open for Review!   
    I forgot about Tesla... but they are great... they pay me very very well... but we only hear from them once a month or so recently.
     
    NSD- Patrick is their life saver... they are good to me but the volume isnt there.
     
    AAA we dumped many years ago- they were terrible but from my knowledge each region is very different and many are treated far better than the AAA Midatlantic.
     
    The one I really dont agree with is Netcost- they cheated me out of money in the past and now I refuse to do any work for them at all no matter what the pay is.  They wont gt service from us ever again.
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    ESC reacted to JustinCruse in WreckMaster Blog - PRO TIP: Stripped Bolt   
    A stripped bolt can cause frustration for any operator. Luckily WreckMaster Lead Instructor Casey Burrows has some tips on how to quickly and efficiently address the issue.
     
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    ESC got a reaction from TowZone in Billing a customer that used a Motorclub for services   
    Very good point!    We work with others regularly.   A couple years ago we had a panicked call from a mother about her daughter being stranded on I80 near the northeast extension in PA.  They wanted us to rush right up to tow the kid home (over 3 hours away).  Instead we called EdsTowing through this board and they had someone out to the car within 30 minutes, towed it to their shop and got the car fixed.   Im sure the repair bill was less than I would have charged to tow that customer home.   In the end I was happy as I didnt have to take a 6 hour drive, and the kid was off the road and safe within 30 minutes, the mom could stop worrying and Eds took care of the customer.  It was a win for everyone. @EdsTowing
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    ESC got a reaction from GRUMPS The Towman in Billing a customer that used a Motorclub for services   
    Very good point!    We work with others regularly.   A couple years ago we had a panicked call from a mother about her daughter being stranded on I80 near the northeast extension in PA.  They wanted us to rush right up to tow the kid home (over 3 hours away).  Instead we called EdsTowing through this board and they had someone out to the car within 30 minutes, towed it to their shop and got the car fixed.   Im sure the repair bill was less than I would have charged to tow that customer home.   In the end I was happy as I didnt have to take a 6 hour drive, and the kid was off the road and safe within 30 minutes, the mom could stop worrying and Eds took care of the customer.  It was a win for everyone. @EdsTowing
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    ESC got a reaction from dperone in Billing a customer that used a Motorclub for services   
    Very good point!    We work with others regularly.   A couple years ago we had a panicked call from a mother about her daughter being stranded on I80 near the northeast extension in PA.  They wanted us to rush right up to tow the kid home (over 3 hours away).  Instead we called EdsTowing through this board and they had someone out to the car within 30 minutes, towed it to their shop and got the car fixed.   Im sure the repair bill was less than I would have charged to tow that customer home.   In the end I was happy as I didnt have to take a 6 hour drive, and the kid was off the road and safe within 30 minutes, the mom could stop worrying and Eds took care of the customer.  It was a win for everyone. @EdsTowing
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    ESC reacted to dperone in Billing a customer that used a Motorclub for services   
    This is where it pays to have a network of fellow towing companies. If someone calls me for a service that's 2.5 hours away, I will first suggest one of our friendly competitors who are much closer than us. If you word it correctly the customer understands that you are looking out for them and their wallet and many times, especially if it's a good customer, you'll find that you'll still get the job and the customer won't shop around while you're en route. Worst case scenario is they use a company you're on good terms with and they'll usually reciprocate and send jobs your way in the future. 
     
    Too many in this industry are scared to call the other guy, no matter how far from you he is. Many times we get calls from companies an hour or more from us that need something pulled up locally to us, and many times we call on guys to bring us vehicles that are hours away.  Networking with towers in my own town has even lead to a lot more tows for us, as everyone gets busy and needs a hand picking up slack. 
     
    I guess my point in this is next time don't drive so far for a 3rd party with a history of price shopping and cheap customers. Refer the call to the local guy and build a profitable relationship for the both of you.
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    ESC reacted to Billy Green in Waze & HAAS Alert Explained   
    HAAS Alert ( https://www.haasalert.com/ )
    Waze (Download the App: https://www.waze.com/)
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    ESC reacted to rreschran in Do I Need to Yield to Tow Trucks With Amber (OR)   
    I'm personally not aware of ANY state that allows a wrecker or carrier to respond in emergency mode while under AMBER lights.
     
    In the May and Septemer 2019 issues of American Towman, Brian Riker wrote a thorough article to cover lighting laws in 50-states. At the moment, I think Brian is out and about delivering another truck, so, on his behalf, here's a link he posted on TowForce in response to this topic.
     
     
    Unfortunately, too many towers think they're first responders perhaps on their perception of wording used in TIM training. Until such time there is legislation and changes to current law, tow trucks will NOT be authorized to roll in a Code-3 manner, unless that tow truck is part of that agencies first responder network, i.e., Los Angeles Fire Department Heavy-Rescue, DOT, or many of the state's bridge authorities across America. The missing component for us towers is (state mandated) formal driver's training. Currently, there are NO formal, state accredited (large vehicle) tow truck training driving courses to suggest high-speed operations for tow truck response comparable to fire apperatus or EMT-Ambulance driving modules. To suggest a tow truck or carrier respond at high-speed is safe to begin with, there's nothing more incorrect ... and that's obvious based on the number of tow operator fatalities killed responding to calls.  So, for the Oregon tower abusing his lighting and safe response protocols ... just move-over to avoid a case of road-rage and let him pass. Eventually, some cop might spot his behavior and write him a cite.     R.
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    ESC got a reaction from TowZone in February is Patron Recognition Month   
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    ESC got a reaction from Njsss in Overturned Explorer at 6 am   
    Bob and Paul Sr were called to Route 100 north at Eagleview Blvd yesterday 9/6/19 at 6:28 am for a two vehicle crash. We were advised one vehicle was overturned. The Mitsubishi was on Eagleview Blvd and the Ford overturned in the northbound lane of Route 100.
     

     

     

     

     

     

     
     
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    ESC got a reaction from GRUMPS The Towman in Overturned Explorer at 6 am   
    Bob and Paul Sr were called to Route 100 north at Eagleview Blvd yesterday 9/6/19 at 6:28 am for a two vehicle crash. We were advised one vehicle was overturned. The Mitsubishi was on Eagleview Blvd and the Ford overturned in the northbound lane of Route 100.
     

     

     

     

     

     

     
     
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