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  1. February Patron Recognition Month Each year throughout Month of February we conduct our Annual Patron Recognition. We ask that current Tow411/TowForce Patrons reply to this topic. Names will be then be added to a running list as our Patron Supporters check in at the post. Those just registering from the old system will have their Patron Bars added. If you find that yours is missing please speak up. There is much to do around here and we do not want to miss anyone. Your continued support is very much valued and while it would have been preferred to no longer have then need to ask for support from valued members. The new message board has more demands for resources, much of which is our time. I know each and everyone of you place a value on your time. We put the time in to this new community with a hope we can save you time when searching for answers to Towing & Recovery related topics. As well as asking questions of members that will respond in a professional manner. Not a current supporter please look into our supporter levels which allow a various number of Equipment Listings in a year. as well as access to at least one additional supporter level forum. Thank you! http://www.towforce.net/store/category/1-subscriptions/ Patrons Responding: Bigiron - SurreyTower - Knighthawk Towing - mushspeed
  2. 11-29-2017: Originally posted by ESC Here is another typical motor club move. We got this email a few days ago. We don’t do much for Urgently. But when it’s an ok job we grab it. They do pay quick typically with no BS. A few things I don’t like about them is they refuse to pay entities miles (so we don’t go far for them at all) and they also refuse to pay for special equip such as dollies. Now we get this email about a new tiered pay rate too “increase our volume”. And they wonder why we don’t accept many calls from them..... Another example of Urgentlys fine service!!!! I know better.... so its my own fault. But they called for a Lockout 3 minutes from our shop. I gave a 10 min eta and sent a driver right out. 4 minutes later they call and tell me to disregaurd, that it was just a TEST call. I lost it. Why waste my time and fuel. I know its not much... but damn was I pissed. Then they said they could not pay a GOA rate as it was less than 15 minutes from the time of call. I told them never to waste my time again. I cant stand my time being wasted by some road club BS ... even though it was 5 min ... they will pay dearly for that on the next call. Here is a dispatch they tried to get me with this morning. 70 miles enroute.....really??! And they refuse to pay enroute miles. Not a chance would I even think about it. 12-07-2018 Rod VT said: I am still at a loss to figure out how any of the "electronic" dispatch systems can benefit me, as a one man no-motor-club-contracts operation. I can't "talk" to Yelp while driving (press one for...). I can't "bid" on a job while driving. All the insurance companies are going crazy with distracted driving accidents and tow trucks, presumably partially from the usual stuff AND responding on their data terminals. I wear an earpod with microphone all day so I can talk handsfree anytime. I can remember my customer's location. I can pull over for a MC's credit card information... So, maybe these systems work for the bigger companies with dispatch centers and I am a dinosaur facing extinction, but I still don't see the benefit to the motorist in terms of time or safety. 02-02-2018 ESC said: Another from Urgently today.... Up until this point, they have paid me accurately. I quote them a price and complete the job, they pay within a week or so exactly as quoted. This morning the wanted a jump in a Mercedes 6 miles from the shop. It was below 15 degrees out, so I advised them it would be $175 and we would arrive within an hour. They agreed. Our driver arrived on scene, no customer. Called the customer and she was not home, and would not be coming home. She wanted us to install a battery- not jump the car as Urgently requested. She was advised that we could not do so, and Urgently was advised. They told us they would only pay half of our rate. I advised that we upheld out end, and with all of the extra phone calls, the job took just as long if not longer than the jump service and we would require the $175 as originally quoted. Shortly after a supervisor called telling us that our price was far too expensive. I told her that next time she could jump the car herself in 15 degree weather, and that if they didn't pay as agreed they will now be credit card up front going forward. I have been trying to give them a fair shot.... but they have now screwed me once.... it wont happen again, and they will pay dearly for it going forward. $$$$ 02-02-2018: Rod VT said: none of the towing "apps" exist without US. 01-02-2018 ESC said: They just called me begging for another jump.... they were quoted $275 credit card up front
  3. Thanks, hope it found a good hope. Wish I had enough use for one!
  4. Call Jared at 512-755-3561 or email jaredljordan@live.com Asking 14,000 - Needs to go make offer
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    February Patron Recognition Month

    Thanks A General Membership Roll Call will be held on Friday, March 1st We will be attempting to set a record high for membership logins on that day.
  6. A Sioux Falls tow truck driver had frightening ordeal Tuesday on the interstate. It happened just north of the Dell Rapids exit on Interstate 29 around 10 a.m., when a routine call to pull a truck out of the ditch, turned out to be anything but routine. When the lights are flashing, no one should be dashing; especially when the roads are slippery like they were Tuesday morning. That's the message from Todd Munion, who drives for A Plus Towing, after he was nearly hit by another vehicle while on a service call on Interstate 29. "I just heard tires, a different sound of tires on the road, when I looked up he was doing 360's on his way towards me," Munion said. Munion says even though he was on the shoulder of the interstate and his lights were flashing, the driver of the northbound pickup didn't slow down and lost control. Munion says he was able to jump out of the way in the knick of time before the pickup slammed into his truck causing extensive damage. "I was just thinking, just making sure everyone was okay," Munion said. The pickup hit Munion's truck so hard, it snapped the tow truck's cable that can withstand 7,000 pounds of weight. Thursday, after looking at the damage, Munion says he's thankful no one was seriously injured or killed. "Definitely feel lucky, my family was glad I was able to make it home yesterday," Munion said. And he wants this crash to be a visual reminder for anyone who drives. "You see some flashing lights on the side of the road, slow down and move over it is the law, definitely could be life saving," Munion said. As we said the driver of the other pickup was also okay. Get this, despite all the damage to Munion's tow truck, he was still able to get the pickup out of the ditch and towed it back to Sioux Falls. Munion says he'd like to see the highway patrol conduct a 'flashing lights' sting to see how many drivers don't obey the law. RESOURCE LINK with video
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    Tow truck struck in Waseca County (MN)

    Bruce Bock is a Tow411/TowForce supporting member. Glad to hear no one was injured, as much as we hate the damage. Equipment can be put back together, lives of those involved are much more difficult. Company Facebook Page had this posted: We can’t stress enough how important it is to remember to SLOW DOWN and move over for ANY and ALL emergency vehicles!!! The importance of that hit close to home last night when one of our trucks was rear ended while assisting a customer on the side of the highway. Thankfully, no one was injured. Use extreme caution when traveling in poor road conditions. Please help keep us safe while we keep you safe! @Bruce Bock
  9. PITTSBURGH (KDKA) – A tow truck driver is paralyzed and still hospitalized after a violent argument with a rival driver. He says another driver shot him when they both showed up to the same crash and a fight ensued. The attorney representing the man has an office in the Strip District. He says his client was only defending himself against a man who was more than twice his size. “I’ve regretted every second of every day because now my whole entire life is changed,” the driver, Jason Stotlemeyer, said from his hospital bed. Stotlemeyer is paralyzed from the waist down after allegedly being shot by a rival tow truck driver. “I keep waking up every morning realizing that I will never be able to walk again, that I won’t be able to teach my son the things that I looked forward to teaching him,” Stotlemeyer said. The incident happened on Feb. 2 on Washington Boulevard in the Larimer section of Pittsburgh, there was an accident and two tow truck drivers showed up. Stotlemeyer’s attorney said that his client was not aware that he was not permitted to tow in that part of town. Apparently, there was an unwritten rule between tow truck drivers. Two tow truck drivers from a rival towing company showed up,” said Stotlemeyer’s attorney Casey White. “They began to threaten and harass my client to the point that he felt endangered. “These two tow truck drivers continued to harass him and they threatened that they were going to bring a third person to take care of him.” That third person showed up, and according to White, that person threatened Stotlemeyer’s life. “My client was retreating and went to his truck to grab the bat,” White said. “And once my client opened up the passenger side door of the tow truck, he turned around with a bat in his left hand, when that individual pulled out a gun and shot him.” Stotlemeyer’s is the father of a six-month-old boy and had only been a tow truck driver for three weeks. No charges have been filed against the other driver at this time. A call to his attorney was not returned. RESOURCE LINK with video
  10. This image was posted on Facebook and a discussion resulted. I was amazed at the comments so I am going to share them in this topic. I suppose the message board or just myself having been on the Museum Board of Directors during construction and visited the Wall of the Fallen many times where I have met the families who had lost loved one. I am most certain my prospective is different from those who have not had such opportunities. If you saw this in the corner of a Tow Yard would you consider it Junk or Tribute! The Original Tower to post this images said: The owner of this rusty metal cross piece calls it “art”.....we call it tow truck parts! Can any non towing people guess what it is / was? There were some rude remarks prior to my response that seem to now be missing from the post. This is my response to the missing comments: It is certainly Dynamic to say the least. Many of you are RUDE... But, we should expect no less from Facebook. I would be proud to honor fallen brothers and sisters in such an artistic manner. One man's junk is another man's memorial. If I find this stinger laying around I may let it rust in piece standing tall at the rear of our property. God Bless, and I am sorry some no many of you are offended by that.. Responses; It was at a art studio. Not a towing company. The owner has no idea what it is just that it looks cool. ------ My Reply: Question is did you think it looked COOL or JUNK? I think RESPECT among other words as I would want to pay tribute to fallen Tow Ops in a similar manner. -------- Responses: thanks Ron Parrish for the consideration of our fallen brothers and sisters well spoken -------- Looks like a waste of scrap metal to me. Respect is earned not given. ------- My Response: re you saying a Fallen Tow Truck Operator is not due Respect? ------- Response: read what was said and you may wish to re evaluate your statement ------- My Response: I give my fallen brothers and sisters the respect they are due for they were just doing a job that has become increasingly dangerous. ------- Response: i said respect is EARNED. not GIVEN. if you've earned my respect then you'll have it. If not then why the hell should i respect you. Tow truck drivers aren't first responders. They're glorified janitors there to clean up the mess. You talk about danger. Well. Do your job properly. Know the risks. N act accordingly. Should qe have memorials for every person who had a car accident? Sounds a bit ridiculous if you ask me. ------- My Response: I do not even know how to respond to that statement. So, I will let others who have lost family members, been to the wall of the fallen met families that have lost tow truck operators in the line of duty. Not first responders but certainly primary support responders. I do not know what you do, but your words are not those of a tow truck operator. ------- Response: i think he is fishing for a shit stir ------- My Response: No, I am still trying to figure out what you two view as respect for a Fallen Tow Operator. From what I have read you believe the Tow Operator is at fault for their death and respect should not be given. I disagree! Now convince me I read that wrong... __________ On to the next dialog where a response says: Anyone who sees this as anything except scrap needs their head examined. Bout $8 at the scrapyard -------- Then there was much of the same from several more responses. -------- To me it is all a matter of prospective. Agree or Disagree, I see a Cross and I honor a Fallen Tower. Cause I know that could have stood in memory of me or a friend and if I had planted it there in memory of a fallen tower. Well, I would not want anyone calling my Tribute Junk... ANY THOUGHT's?
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    2017 Ford F450 with a Jerr-Dan MPL-NG Wrecker

    Listing Status?
  12. Accused gunman's lawyer claims repo men had the wrong car he 57-year-old man accused of shooting at two men repossessing his Mercedes Benz is being held without bond in the Broward County Jail, but his lawyer says the recovery agents were towing the wrong car. At Juan A. Barquero’s first court appearance Saturday, Broward Judge Jennifer Hilal told his defense attorney what was at stake. “This is a punishable by life [in prison] crime,” she said. Barquero’s attorney told the judge the black 2010 Mercedes E350 was not supposed to be repossessed. Barquero’s home, in the 6100 block of Southwest 190th Avenue in Southwest Ranches, is surrounded by a fence with a gate. His lawyer said Barquero had no reason to believe the two men were repossessing the car when they broke through the gate and hooked up the Mercedes about 1 a.m. Thursday. According to the Davie police report, Barquero was armed with a handgun when he and another man went outside to confront the men and ordered them to return the car. With their hands in the air and saying they wanted no trouble, the men identified themselves as employees of Gryphon Recovery, showed their credentials and said they had orders from a bank to repossess the car, investigators said. Barquero said, “he did not care and, again, ordered the victims at gunpoint to lower his car,” the report stated. Barquero fired seven shots at the tow truck as it drove away, police said. One shot hit the Mercedes and six other shots shattered the tow truck’s rear window, investigators said. The two men in the tow truck were not wounded. They pulled over in the 6300 block of Southwest 188th Avenue and called 911, police said. Later Thursday, police conducted a traffic stop on Sheridan Street near Interstate 75 and arrested Barquero driving a white Mercedes. He was carrying a concealed weapons permit but no guns were found in the car, investigators said. Police found several firearms and accessories in his home and seven 9mm bullet casings outside but no 9mm handgun was found, detectives said. Barquero’s attorney told the judge this was all a misunderstanding but she disagreed. “The allegations are that as the tow truck is driving away he shot seven rounds into the tow truck, one of them hitting the driver’s side headrest,” Hilal said. “I find probable cause exists for the charges [and] I’m going to be holding him, no bond.” Barqeuro is charged with attempted felony murder, aggravated assault, and firing a missile into an occupied vehicle, records show.
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    A Picture Posted on Facebook

    9 out of 10 of the comments which said this is just junk were from tow operators. Sadly, most of them have lost faith or never had faith. The industry overall has cause this break down for numerous reason I will not get into here as it is a round table. At the end of such discussion it generally comes down to the number of hours of service a driver needs to make money to meet living expenses and have a life. At the end of the day many drivers are either too tried to have a life or they do not have the money to have a life. Tow Rates have never kept up with other industries. It's always been difficult to have a family and work less than 10 hours a day. Many companies now try to run 8 hour shifts, but still cannot find drivers to cover all the hours. I am seeing more and more hiring drivers posts then every before. I look past the rust and I see a cross, I see art... What others see, represents what is going on in their lives.
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    2018 Landoll 135C Beavertail Equipment Trailer

    Listing Status?
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    February Patron Recognition Month

    Still looking for Tow411/TowForce Patron Supporters to check in. Tow411 & TowForce continue to grow stronger everyday. You are still with us right? Please respond in this topic. I must add that your support is needed more than ever. http://www.towforce.net/store/category/1-subscriptions/
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    Tower Down: Newport News 02.07.19

    News Reported stated the company equipment showed as: Quickie Towing Newport News, Virginia https://www.facebook.com/quickietowingllc/ Our Thoughts & Prayers to Family, Friends, Co-workers etc.
  17. Wow, I created an invitation to a half dozen Facebook groups. Not one nomination has been added to this topic. At this point unless we get a dozen nominations there will not be a finalist and this will be the last time we conduct this nomination process. Thanks