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GRUMPS The Towman

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    GRUMPS The Towman got a reaction from mushspeed in How do you fancy towing one of these ?   
    I concur with Ed. I always try to pass on bus tows. I couldn't imagine rolling up on that beast!!! You guys really like your buses on that side of the pond.
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    GRUMPS The Towman got a reaction from Lightdutykid in Snow day   
    during major storms and emergencey declarations there are times where as long as the vehicle is well out of the way of traffic, law enforcement / first responders will remove the occupants and examine the vehicle to make sure no one is inside of it then place the caution tape across the vehicle so others who may come across it will know that the vehicle has been cleared of occupants. then the vehicle is usually left there untill the weather event is over then recovered. 
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    GRUMPS The Towman got a reaction from Lightdutykid in Cold snowy and ice   
    Nice work. It's been in the 50's here since that last - degree cold snap. Mud and slop everywhere. Now today it supposed to drop back to the teens with 30-40 mph. winds today..Crazy weather..
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    GRUMPS The Towman got a reaction from brian991219 in Uniform/Equipment   
    I to work in the northern east coast. Personally i wear good quality thermals, heavy dickies Jean work pants and  snug fitting sweatshirts so there's less chance of getting snagged on something. I also wear the Work King 5 in 1 jacket system from AW Direct. It's a killer coat system.It's adaptable to all different weather conditions. I was never one for coveralls. In my truck i keep a good set of rain gear, wader boots and a small bag with a complete change of clothes plus a few pairs of socks and spare work boots. ( I don't do cold, wet feet ) I keep a couple towels in the truck to dry off and wipe myself down so i'm not getting the interior of my truck all cruddy. I also keep a few different pairs of good gloves on hand and change them out regularly to dry them. a good pocket knife on me, and a 8 way screwdriver and a small pair of pliers in the door pocket of my truck usually gets the quick stuff handled. ( I do have a complete tool set on board as well ) a good rechargeable flashlight and a rechargeable lantern handles the lighting issues for me. If you have your own truck or a take home truck it's easy to keep all that on board but i can see it being a pain for someone who slip-seats or shares a truck with others. Some might say i over think it or carry too much but all i can say is i've been doing this for 26 years and i guess I'm set in my ways. Hope i have given you some ideas. Good luck and stay safe
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    GRUMPS The Towman reacted to Chuckud in Uniform/Equipment   
    One more thing..a waterproof mat or a plastic sled are invaluable to kneel on or lay on while hooking up. The sled is also great for moving my gear on during recoveries. I never leave the shop without my sled.
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    Sent from my SM-N920V using TowForce mobile app


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    GRUMPS The Towman reacted to silverhawk in What The?   
    The car was in the perfect see saw situation.  Park close enough to extend the bed under the front end.  Tilt the bed a little to allow skates under the front brake calipers.  Reposition bed after hooking to frame slots with V chain and pull the truck under the car until half way loaded.  Set brakes on truck and slide the rest onto bed using blocks under rocker sills or under the rear rotors.  Reverse procedure to unload. JMO.
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    GRUMPS The Towman reacted to brian991219 in City Plans To Rein In Racing Tow Truck Drivers (PA)   
    It is a double edged sword here in Pennsylvania. As an industry we have very little in the way of regulation on the state level, a few cities have some tow regulations, but for the most part we are left to our own. This leads to chasing and some unscrupulous business practices, which we all pay for in the end. In 2019 I find it hard to believe, yet chasing happens all across the country still.
     
    I was a victim of this back in the late 90's, I would not chase wrecks but my nearest competitor did, even went as far as joining the fire department just so he could respond with his wrecker to the crash and get a business card to the driver before the PSP arrived, allowing him to make it an owners request. I am not against towers volunteering with the fire department, I encourage it (will have an article on this in the April issue of American Towman), I just don't like it when it is used to get around the rotation system.
     
    Glad to see Pittsburgh is finally doing something, all I can say is what took them so long?
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    GRUMPS The Towman got a reaction from brian991219 in City Plans To Rein In Racing Tow Truck Drivers (PA)   
    It's amazing to me there are still cities out there that allow these half a*&%ed ambulance chasers to run their "businesses" like that. I just cant imagine having to fight for work like some sort of vulture. I used to wonder why i always had to defend our industry but, then i see something like this and i'm reminded why i always have to prove that there are real professionals in this industry. Hopefully actual legitimate towing companies will get these contracts they are setting up and not some clown with a homemade sling setup on the back of their ragged 1/2 ton pickup truck. If someone  raced up to an accident scene around here with a setup like that, Our P.D. would tell them to go home and take that crap off their truck before it falls off and hurts someone!!!!
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    GRUMPS The Towman got a reaction from brian991219 in Re: Snow Ban   
    When there is a ban here, P.D. keeps us out there but only to clear the main roadways. if there is something off the road, The occupants are out and safe and not impeding the plow crews we will leave it there till the ban is lifted. I feel we all have pulled the 36 hour shifts at some point in our careers. As i get older i dont do it as much. There is just no point in pushing that hard. the cars will be there when the storm clears. I find it better to rest up, Prep your truck and equipment and be ready to rock when the call comes in. We only roll out during the ban at P.D. request. there are some shall i say less desirable companies that lurk around during the storm and extort top dollar from people. It's sad really.
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    GRUMPS The Towman got a reaction from mushspeed in Mornings Activities from 2007   
    Kw5030 did the right thing in my opinion.Great job on that dump!!! I ALWAYS pull the shaft and it appears that he does as well. Ive heard that whole " just leave it in high range and go or leave it running with the clutch in" but im sorry, i feel that is not only wrong and lazy, It's completely unprofessional. you have no idea what type of condition that trans is in. It could be just about toast and you go and tow it 4 or 5 miles, the next thing you know your handed a $ 5,000 + repair bill. and no matter what you say or what you do, its on YOU. YOU didnt follow proper procedures so YOU will be paying for it. Not only financially but in credibility which, hurts your business worse. Driveline removal is part of towing and a BILLABLE labor. Have the right tools and equipment, Do the job right and get paid well for your efforts. I work way too hard to go buying people transmissions. You did a great job there sir, Keep up the top quality work. Thats how you keep customers.
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    GRUMPS The Towman got a reaction from brian991219 in Snow day   
    during major storms and emergencey declarations there are times where as long as the vehicle is well out of the way of traffic, law enforcement / first responders will remove the occupants and examine the vehicle to make sure no one is inside of it then place the caution tape across the vehicle so others who may come across it will know that the vehicle has been cleared of occupants. then the vehicle is usually left there untill the weather event is over then recovered. 
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    GRUMPS The Towman got a reaction from EdsTowing in 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.
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