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GRUMPS The Towman

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    ithaca new york

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  1. GRUMPS The Towman

    What A Monster!

    Definitely the right rig for the job!!!! very beautiful truck you have there.
  2. GRUMPS The Towman

    Tower Down - 01/11/19 "Updated"

    rest easy operator, your shift is complete. our thoughts go out to his family and co-workers.. another senseless tragedy
  3. GRUMPS The Towman

    Electric parking brakes

    of course thats possible, under the right conditions. but for the sake of this conversation it is presumed that the vehicle is parked in a position where a flatbed would not be able to get aligned with the vehicle and is in park with the electric parking brake applied. additional steps, equipment and time would be required to perform this properly.
  4. GRUMPS The Towman

    Rollover w/ Plenty Of Rolls....

    nice work. really good job at leaving the rolls in the trailer. i know it made the upright a pain. but if you pulled them they certainly would have been destroyed. hopefully they survived the roll over and upright and the client will be able to use the product. again, really nice job.
  5. GRUMPS The Towman

    Night Run To The City...

    nice job man. im sure the rental customer was very happy with your service. i service uhaul as well. had a trailer do the same thing about 3 years ago. my casualty lost the first axle with a broken leaf spring.
  6. GRUMPS The Towman

    How Many Tows Until You Break Even?

    about 12 years ago i took the time to break down my operating costs for 1 light duty truck to operate for 1 mile. i figured out all the math and accounted for everything imaginable and it came up that it didnt matter if i was going for a slice of pizza or running a call, it was a minimum of $ 2.00 per mile to run that truck down the road. it really makes you think about your operating procedures when you break it down and figure it all out. certainly made me think twice about running across town just to grab a bite or help a buddy out as a favor. like i said, this was 12 years ago, im afraid to do it now.
  7. GRUMPS The Towman

    Electric parking brakes

    i agree 100 % that a wheel lift / dolly tow can be performed quicker than a flatbed tow in a non consent tow situation as we have been using for discussion. 20-30 seconds to load is a ridiculous claim. i guess possible if one was to drag a vehicle up on the deck, not bother to secure it because you know, its in park with the electric e-brake on so wheres it gonna go?? ( No, i dont do that and NEVER would but i have seen it done ). a flatbed non-consent tow can be performed in MOST cases for me in an efficient and proper manner was all i wanted to get across. of course there are situations where its just not possible. depending on your areas demographic, it may not work in most cases. being a small, 2 truck operation in a somewhat small city my partner and i have been able to cover each other ( i run a flatbed and my partner a self loader ). as to your long distance dolly tow issue, what we have done in the past is remove the vehicle from its confined space with the wheel lift truck then load on the flatbed for the stretch trip. before i get bashed about cost effectiveness, i completely understand the " must be towed" situation and will do what needs to be done to perform the tow properly, safely and above all keep that customer or law enforcement agency calling me for their non consent towing needs. you cant just not tow them. business owners do in fact get fed up... and start calling your competition.
  8. GRUMPS The Towman

    roof fairing came off

    sorry to hear that happened to you. i feel we all have had things like that happen to us at some point in our careers. as a professional, you always try to look everything over good before you pull off but something like your fairing braces getting cobbed up by someone is something easily overlooked. my dad always used to say "nothings designed to go down the highway backwards" as time has wore on, and things like that have happened to me, i finally have been agreeing with the old mans way of thinking...
  9. GRUMPS The Towman

    Electric parking brakes

    as far as i know, there is no bypass for those electric parking brakes. possibly some manufactures do have some form of bypass for them as they do for electronic transmission controls. i perform plenty of towaways for police and private property customers (with my flatbed most times might i add) and i NEVER open a towaway vehicle for any reason. it just opens the opportunity for the vehicle owner who is already peeved because their car was towed to claim that there is additional damage or there is something missing from the vehicle etc... Our industry is laden with all types of equipment to perform these tasks. you just have to charge accordingly when you can. and yes i agree that most city/police towing is regulated (as is mine) and its not possible to charge extra for additional work/materials. its sadly part of the deal. our area hasn't had a rate increase in over 20 years despite numerous requests, hearings and such. it certainly doesnt take all day to do one tow as was mentioned above. have the right equipment, know how to use it.
  10. GRUMPS The Towman

    Re: Sad News - Tow Operator Fatality New Mexico

    godspeed to you brother. another painful loss for our towing brotherhood. my prayers go out to operator Cisneros family
  11. GRUMPS The Towman

    Tow Operator Fatality - Texas 01/04/2018

    May you rest in peace brother. another tower, father, husband, son who wont be going home. this has got to stop!!
  12. GRUMPS The Towman

    emergency lights on for no reason!!

    In new york your warning lights are to be used ONLY when loading or working on the side of the roadway or causing any traffic deviations ( blocking a lane,,etc). and in my opinion it makes sense to use your lights as little as possible. people see them on all the time and they begin to get complacent and not pay any attention to you or your lights. its also illegal here to use your warning lights in place of your tow lights when you have a vehicle on the wheel lift /underlift.. like someone stated above, with the inexpensive technology of wireless tow lights there is no excuse for not using them. even if you still run hard wired tow lights, it takes 3 minutes to set them up!!! you can never be that busy to not run your tow lights. with my drivers, there is no excuse. i dont care if your going a mile down the road. straps, saftey chains AND tow lights are to be used