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  1. BlackAutoload


    Is this a integrated renegade unit or the separate rebel unit ?
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    A few LD/MD tows...

    Renegade Stiff legs, These are an option that Twin Cities Wrecker does. Notice how far forward these are compared to the factory ones which look like a toddler just slapped them on the tail.
  3. The time has come to finally purchase a sat based phone or messenger. Do you have one? Looking at a Garmin inreach unit right now but could be swayed to another brand. Keep going out of cell service areas doing 4x4 recoveries and it would be nice to check in every once in a while to keep the boss lady happy.
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    Looking to Buy a backup Med Duty Rollback

    Gas is Cheap right now Diesel Rig: F650 with a cummins/allison combo Gas Rig: Chevy/GMC with the 8.1 or F550 with V10 (this old version is fine, the new one is out of you price range is the one with issues) Decks: You need at least a 19.5', most are 21' Alum vs Steel Depends on your areas rust situation. When buying a used aluminum deck, look at where the beams meet the bed locks to make sure the ends are not cracked off.
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    It’s Final Tow

    Thats some nice yard art right there.
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    Snow day

    7" of snow in 24hrs here Looks like you chose the hard direction to winch it out.
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    Tire Chains- Its that time of year again

    Being an Oregon native, I am partial to Quality Chains offering and used to walk into the warehouse and have them make me whatever I needed on the spot. The new set of dual rail square links showed up last week and are waiting to be used. I looked at pewags and I couldn't justify the $200 more for the same style chain. I would by happy to product test a set out for you though! Need the same size as most sprinter vans use. haha
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    What would you do "Safety Discussion 28"

    I bet the loader operator at copart/iaa sees this stuff daily. People are nuts!!
  9. Hennessey viper with fragged motor. Haven't had to use so many blocks since the fast and furious craze. someotherplace said: In another lifetime I loaded one on a rollback. The owner was quite pleased when he saw how much wood I brought (always carried) and used to load his car with no damage. He probably would have had a fit if I showed up with a wheel lift and dollies. You and I know it can be done just fine, but owners are another story. Richard BlackAutoload said: I much prefer wheel lift and dollies over a deck. I got the second tow out of it too... Since owner was so happy how I did it the first time. dperone said: Beautiful tow. At least I'm not the only one that deals with the owner's "must have a flatbed" syndrome. Like you, if I can get them past the trust me stage I usually get their vehicle from then on, because "this way is WAYYY better than watching them drag it up a flatbed".
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    '63 t-bird

    Topic Originally Created on Tow411 in November of 2013: In decent shape for sitting so long.Brought it to its new covered home 30 miles away. Got tired of all the questions. The no AAA has actually drawn more comments. I was getting all the crap from the gas attendants(in Oregon you can't pump your own gas, flipping dumb!). You know, I was once a repo man, now I pump gas guys... haha Dollies aren't that bad really.... I swear they are lighter than the older collins with 4.80s. Lift is from Detroit wrecker installed by me. Lil Hercules model. Simple L-arm job. Current rear pic. Someotherplace said: Which are they, Collins or ITD? I was really surprised several months ago when I went over to the supply shop and weighed dollies, but I only compared 4.80's - the Collins frames were considerably lighter than ITD's, by about 11lbs a side. I was hoping to find something lighter than the Collins already on my truck; I was going to come out of my own pocket for a set to try to save my back. That cracks me up about the gas station guys with the repo stories. Back when I ran a sneaky truck I even got the same routine from a guy working the Whataburger drive-through window. My truck was just slightly more conspicuous; TX law says the letters have to be X number of inches high, contrasting color, etc. So I went with the brushed-aluminum looking vinyl on top of a slightly larger set of black letters so that they had a very small outline, on a white truck. Man, I miss my ole GMC. Richard BlackAutoLoad said: Collins brand. I have beat the **** out of their dollies for years and they keep on trucking. "Flatbed in a can" as an old coworker called them.
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    Owning a tow truck

    My vote is to buy a trailer instead. Convincing an insurance agent that a commercial size truck is for personal use is almost impossible. The 10-15k for a crapper rollback can buy a sweet trailer and have money to spare as long as your already have a decent size pickup.
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    Agero Automated Dispatching

    Only you... haha. Sounds like the Urgently nonsense! Don't wake me up in the middle of the night for me to push 1, then never call me back to give me the details.
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    Eds Towing Newest Addition "Updated"

    Curious about empty weight when its all geared up. Nice addition.
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    "Hey I forgot to tell you ...."

    Hopefully you stuck em with an extra fee too. Regular CDL load, plus a trailer behind that.
  15. I wheel lift them all the time, with dollies on the other side. The If It Rolls idea is for PPI / repo just to get the vehicle out of site.... to install dollies.
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    Adword Keywords

    Ok. So I have been running my own Google Adwords campaigns for 5+ years. I have a good handle on keeping it to my local area only, and have a HUGE negative keyword list. Most of the search phrases people use are at least close to what I want my ad to show up for, but I have had two doosies in the last week........ "Camel Tow with tight panties" and "How to keep my rollback from sliding in the ice" Now the first one, ok lets blame auto correct maybe... now the second one. It has to be a local noob driver searching for this. HAHA Have any other phrases from your own campaigns that make you shake your head??
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    Brand New-No Starts

    I love all these new cars with fancy keys! Great for our biz.
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    Need help with new light bar!

    I have never seen a bar with that many wires at the bar itself! What model did you order? Figure out what you really NEED out the light bar and dumb the light bar down to 7 wires. Like: beacon trigger full time power ground left turn trigger right turn trigger brake trigger upper work trigger Then use a truck style 7 way plug and be done with it. Or, do it right the first time, and run it like you know you should do.
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    Shift release equinox

    Wonder if it still has a cable connection to the trans or is all solenoid based. Keep making cars fancier please GM, it lets me charge for dollies more.
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    Chevron Renegade

    If you are getting one with the stiff legs, REALLY check out twin cities wrecker legs they have for this unit. They don't stick out the back like the factory ones do.
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    35 Years & Still Get Surprised...

    Only way to get a company to buy a new mattress.
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    emergency lights on for no reason!!

    Bet its a case of Monkey see Monkey Do.
  23. Tie between a flashlight and a 10mm flex gearwrench.
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    Tire Chains- Its that time of year again

    I have used chains twice in 2 days. The first for deep snow and ice up in the mountains and the second time for clay like mud. Chains have a very good ROI. I need to order another set of dual rails for the wrecker.... the problem with mountain roads with deep ruts are the inner duals ride high in the rut leaving the outer chained up dual in the air basically doing nothing. Your price is kind of skinny for a 4x4 chained up performing a task to me.