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RICHARD PRATTS

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  1. I guess if you cant disconnect the battery when it gets to the yard, can you turn the headlights on to drain the battery or will that not help.
  2. https://fox8.com/2019/03/18/driver-was-pinned-under-tow-truck-in-fairview-park-crash/ Tow Truck Driver in Ohio pinned under tow truck caught on police dash cam. its not safe out there no matter what slow down move over could not help this guy out there. you always have to be aware of your surroundings it scares me to think I want to be a tow truck driver and see all these accidents.
  3. so sad I didn't realize how many tow operators are hurt and killed doing their everyday job its a shame and sad to say I don't see it getting any better with the new generation and the use of cell phones and cars coming with touch screens computers in them. It doesn't matter how many light you have on the truck it seems that doesn't help. I was talking to a local tow guy and he told me he runs with his light off because if he has his lights on cars shoot out in front of him to be in front of him because they think he will be slow. so he says he noticed with his lights off he has less cars come out in front of him. I guess when I thought about what he said it made sense to me I never understood why trucks ran with there light on while towing a car.
  4. Jeese good luck I plan on moving to Florida in about a year and a half to two and gonna try and start a towing business everyone says it saturated and it probably is but its all in how you conduct business and treat your customers. I have a good job and benefits and im gonna leave the State of NJ to go to the sunshine state and see what I can do. I believe as long as you give it your all and be honest and fair you will be fine. You did what I did and found a towing forum where you can read and get some good advice from people who are in the business and are willing to help and give you answers. Not sure what part of Florida you are in but im planning on going to the Orlando area. Not sure if you know but there is a tow show in Orlando in April you might want to go there and meet vendors there, I plan on going. I asked a tow guy here if he was going he told me no its like leaving a kid in the candy store with no money. I just thought to myself you don't need money to go and talk to people and learn some new things from other people in the business. Jeese good look with your restore and hopefully we will see some pictures of how its coming along.
  5. Hey Randy thanks for the advice and the link you provided that's why I joined this forum to see what people are doing and to get some good sound advice from professionals willing to share there ideas and thoughts. I want to learn as much as I can and do as much research as I can that's why my plan is to do it in 2 years to go to classes and get some training. Anyone can buy a tow truck and say they're a tow operator I want to do it right. I'm planning on going to the Florida show although I will probably be in crutches since I'm getting my achilleas operated on in March and I will defiantly be at the Atlantic city show since I'm only 30 minutes away. I am also going to see if I can get a part time job with a tow company to get some experience operating a tow truck. That partnership idea is good but sometimes its hard to find someone with the drive to want to succeed and give it a 110% to make it. I once owned a pizza shop with a friend and we were partners and didn't work out my partner didn't put the time and effort into the business and he spent more time next door at the dunkin donuts with the girls working there needless to say he ended up getting divorce leaving his wife for a young girl and at the end he lost everything. I am not opposed to a partnership but it has to be someone with motivation and a drive to succeed and want to work. thanks for all the input.
  6. I am new to this and I cant believe how many tow truck drivers are killed each year or involved in a serious accident by someone running into them I was an EMT for 12 years just let that go last year in 2018 and a firefighter for 20 years and I have seen some bad accidents thankfully none involving a tow truck, although about 10 years ago I remember a firefighter on a call I was on from another department get killed directing traffic. Its only going to get worst with people not paying attention on the road and more to there cell phones. If cop cars aren't even safe when on the side of the road truck driver definitely don't have any better chances. I just want to say to everyone Happy New Year and be safe out there, you my friends are in a dangerous situation all the time.
  7. good point on man hole cover never would of thought of that as a hazard I guess you have to carry a long stick to guide you as you walk, and I also saw someone posted they carry fishing waders another great idea.
  8. wow it really is a small world I saw the tow truck and the limo hooked up and I saw you posted Atlantic city I said wow I know Lakeview towing you are not far from me I live in Buena Vista NJ what a small world it is. When I first saw the picture I said I wonder if that is Lake view towing from over here where I am at. I am surprised you guys have extra time to be on here posting and you guys been in business as far as I can remember although I thought your trucks were always red.
  9. Goodmichael thanks for the advice a lot of good points and that's why I joined the forum to get some good advice from some good people and that's why I'm trying to do all the research before I jump into this new venture that I plan on doing in a year and a half to 2 years I know towing is not just buy a tow truck and start towing I want to go to classes and go to the shows. The only reason I'm thinking about Florida is because the weather and the cost of living and I also have family there. I own a condo in Daytona so I go out there about 4 times a year. I am tired of working and giving the state of New Jersey all my money on high taxes for nothing. I agree with you about customer service in this day and time with the internet everyone is always looking to see reviews. The days of naming your business with the letter A is not a need anymore as no one uses a telephone book. I want to thank you very much for the pointers and good advice. Be safe.
  10. Thanks a lot Jim for your response I was thinking central Florida but I will take your advise and check Craig's list and look at google to see what is out there.
  11. Hello to everyone here, I live in New Jersey and have to get out of here the cost of living is getting crazy here. I'm planning on moving to Florida in the next year or so and starting a towing business I hope to get a lot of information from the members here that can help I want to go to classes to get certified and hope to see some of you in Orlando when I got to the tow show in 2019. Right now I'm trying to do all the research and get as much information that I can and I will appreciate any suggestions and answers I get from the members that are here to help. I want to say thank you to the members here making this forum available and with great information and answers. Thanks
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