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  1. Waiting patiently for another Heavy Duty Recovery Entry. Hard to believe so few want a more than $1100 Light Bar. A decade ago and there would have been a dozen or two recoveries posted. It need not be a resent recovery as long as it has not been posted before then it qualifies. Yes, it needs a minimum of 1 paragraph narrative. That can be taken from the invoice. Yes, I have had those who asked if a narrative was really necessary. When i suggested they copy the narrative from the invoice. The response is, we don't include a description or narrative in our invoice.
  2. This video is presented for discussion into methods used to negotiate traffic when responding to a Breakdown or Accident Scene. As well as the level of urgency of an accident with multiple lanes blocked compared to slowed traffic. Note: there maybe an underlying reason the horn was used in this manner. I will add that information as the discussion progresses along with my own responses to the orginal post found on FB.
  3. Beginning July 1st there will be a Light Duty Recovery Topic Challenge similar to the current Heavy Duty Recovery Topic Challenge which began June 1st. This drawing will be for one of these NEW TowMate TM- FLUX Light Bars. Watch for details in the next couple of days and Good Luck.
  4. Just landed in Warsaw 6:30 am Sent from my SM-G950U using TowForce mobile app
  5. Off to Poland, leaving out from Charlotte soon. Sent from my SM-G950U using TowForce mobile app
  6. Tucson police have arrested a man in connection with a hit-and-run crash that killed two men earlier this month. Justin Lang, 32, was arrested Friday morning on suspicion of two counts of manslaughter. He was located at a home near East 30th Street and South Marc Drive, near East Golf Links and Pantano roads, Tucson police said in a news release. On the night of June 10, Lang was allegedly driving eastbound on West Simmons Road at a high rate of speed when police say he crashed into a tow truck and the two men in a Discount Tire parking lot at 3760 N. Oracle Rd., near West Prince Road. Ramon Murillo, 32, and Richard Struble, 57, were both killed. Struble was a tow truck driver dropping off Murillo's car, police said. Lang is accused of fleeing the scene on foot. He has been booked into the Pima County Jail and is being held on a $1 million bond. Lang previously served time in prison for aggravated assault, auto theft and a drug violation, according to court records
  7. Condolences to the Family, Friends and Co-Workers. Such a tragic work place accident, please Owners review this with your employees and Drivers review this with your co-workers. This type of event it seems occurs in our industry at least once a year on average. I have to admit in my youth I made poor decisions and lucked out. Never Ever Get Behind a vehicle in an attempt to stop it from rolling the outcome is often like trying to beat a train across the tracks. Don't Do It, nothing is worth more than your life. Gods Speed Young Tow Truck Driver...
  8. Answers found on FB: JS said: You need one that they integrate in your truck so it sends live footage to your home computer or office Them sd cameras get stolen lol
  9. For those of you who have just joined over the past few months. At the end of 2018 we held a fund raiser for my daughters Mission Trip to Poland this Summer. I just want to take a moment to inform those who supported her that she leaves tomorrow for the adventure. The fundraiser was primarily done in the form of new patrons and sponsors. Again, I thank those that assisted in her reaching the goal along with supporting the community. I hope to pay it forward in the future if a member has a child on a mission. For those that are new or who have let their supporter status lapse would like to support the community and future efforts to provide support for different fundraisers please check out the supporter levels. Thanks https://www.towforce.net/subscriptions/ More Images will be added to this topic as we receive them. And please feel free to add your family images, we lost that some where as social media changed. Let's bring it back... Savannah was $300 Short due to an itinerary change, Our New Patron Goal is $300 now thru July 7, 2019. 1. Andy Cox - Patron II $50.00 2. 3. 4. 5.
  10. To be honest I am giving serious thought to doing a video challenge as to what we carry. It would be much like the one Trent at Plaza Towing did a few weeks back. That video can be found in the "As Seen on Youtube" forum. I know that mine is likely to draw some comments as I have nearly doubled what I regularly carry over the past few months. Got tired of going to the truck every time I needed something. LOL This Trekz Headset works at a distance of at least an average of 40 feet from the source. So, I can leave the phone in the truck walk away and still be connected. It makes a noise out of distance and I just walk back in range. Generally I tell whoever is on the other end their going to loose me for a minute and I'll be back. When I step back in range their still there. Most of these headsets are like this however a few are not. Make sure the one you purchase stays on, does anyone have one that cuts off. I had a Jawbone ear piece that would turn off out of range. What is everyone currently using and add a picture if you can...
  11. First is is not a topic about Team Headsets. This discussion is about bluetooth headsets that are used for extended periods. You listen to your music on them and answer your phone. The common Trucking Industry Type Headset work well for Truckers. But, are Tow Truck Operators Truckers. Not really the Tow Truck operator needs to be able to hear sounds, the ability to hear sounds in both ears and even talk on the phone at the same time is crucial. Check these out, About 6 months ago Kat Killer got me the AfterShock Trekz by Titanium. I have to say for me they are great. Do all headsets work for everyone, of course not. However these are not an in the ear type headset so you find yourself wearing them more. But, be warned they look kinda cyborg. I'll take that over the Trucker Image any day. Do they work in a high noise environment. I do not have experience in an industrial setting. I do know, Roadside they work very well. That's Trekz by Titanium. The come in several colors, I have the slate gray as pictured above.
  12. Thanks Jeff, we're half way back to we once were. Traffic on the New Board is High, but as in the past few years there is more reading then posting. I honestly believe that the amount of topics on the old board had something to do with that along with other forms of social media many just sit back and watch. Participation will increase as we bring back to give a ways as we did in the early days of Tow411. Right now there is a TowMate 36" Wireless Light Bar up for grabs. With only 2 entries this could take some time. Soon a Light Duty Challenge will be added along with a semi annual roll call next month. Thank you for your continued support, I will not let you down again.
  13. This was a memory that lives on in Ricks Showroom and now on TowForce. @someotherplace there is a Like button in this new system. Try It... @DAVIDV440 It's been more than a couple of years now. Still Got that 1970 Dodge?
  14. That's probably right, at this time I am transferring verified member information from 2011. When I get to 2009 most all should be already have been transferred. My painful moments are yet to come, when I get into more members who are no longer with us. Many are recognized in recreated topics as in memory of...
  15. The comment at the bottom is original from 2005. That exact line could be added to this kind of list today. I'll work on that bare with me, the New Force in the Towing and Recovery Industry is TowForce. There isn't anything Towing Related like it.... May the TowForce be with you! Use the Force, spread the word, just as Tow411 became active through Word of Mouth so with TowForce. Only with our membership does the The Towing Information Network lives in TowForce. I get busy and I never Thank you as much as I should for your support and participation over the years. Thank You
  16. Many of do not know but 2016 is the second time the message board broke. The first time was in 2004 just 3 short years after the board was created. This topic was created in 2005 and is presented as posted at that time. How many Tow411 members are still around and made the leap to TowForce? If your name is on this June 2005 Member List speak up. We're glad your with us... 4 year Member Brucer - 6-23-01 Lisom - 6-25-01 Towie - 6-27-01 3 year Members Midrivers 6-4-02 Maria Orem (Tow Times) 6-5-02 Towscropio - Bronze Sponsor - 6-8-02 Jweaver - Tracker Managment - Gold Sponsor - 6-10-02 metow2 - 6-14-02 Jet - 6-15-02 WM010544 - 6-15-02 eddtows - 6-16-02 Ken Cruse - WreckMaster - Platinum Sponsor - 6-24-02 WM97891 - 6-30-02 2 year members Connolly Towing - Gold Sponsor - 6-3-03 Jimh - 6-4-03 ian411 - 6-6-03 Redwolf1357 - 6-8-03 Joe Driscoll - 6-10-03 Towxchange - Platinum Sponsor - 6-11-03 jandjwreckerservice - 6-13-03 Newtotow - 6-14-03 Rudy Smith - Beacon Software - Platnum Sponsor - 6-15-03 Anthonystowing - 6-19-03 Toyo03 - 6-20-03 Jimstowing - 6-21-03 Buddytow - 6-24-03 njhook - 6-30-04 1 year members rdsalesales - Patron I - 6-4-04 Tominos - 6-4-04 Jtomino - 6-5-04 cfd204 - 6-6-04 ve7toy - 6-6-04 grifsdad - 6-7-04 Retriever - 6-7-04 Hotrodhauler - 6-9-04 imfixin2win - 6-11-04 Yahzoom - 6-11-04 Towman81 - 6-13-04 Towsalot - 6-15-04 Iowatower - 6-16-04 iketower - 6-16-04 jokergn - 6-17-04 mrwailaechevron - Silver Sponsor - 6-17-04 Yahzooms Pita/Yahzoom2 - 6-21-04 Kriv61 - 6-22-04 shtowing - 6-17-04 pattows - 6-19-04 WEDOTOWS - Sponsor - 6-17-04 Toes4me - 6-23-04 Towingwriter - 6-24-04 dt466rollback - 6-25-04 Boosh - 6-27-04 OK, it's been long enough. Now it's time we start the Member Anniversaries back up. That and I got a little time on my hands with the current condition of the board. If your info is incorrect or missing, please advise as I am in the process of restoring some basic data lost as well
  17. Searching for more details to add to this topic. Thanks
  18. I found this one in an old post, one of the only surviving images found in that post. Image taken in 2007/08 at the William e Durr branch library Without a description I posted it to the Vintage Holmes Wreckers Group and tagged Kevin Kallmeyer. Kevin responded with "This truck is named dad's dream.." 1993 pete 379 3406 b cat 15 spd trans 2 speed rears Holmes 1801 with a zacklift On October 6, 2012 Kevin made the final post under his fathers screen name. This will be the final post under this screen name... Dad has been called to heaven to be with my mother his wife who preceded him in 1992.. The towing world has had a major hole torn into it today... a wealth of knowledge lost... only part of which was conveyed to me... (Kevin) May you all travel the road safely... In Memory of Ken Kallmeyer June 1941 - October 2012 (joined Tow411 in 2004). A Condolence post in Tribute to Ken Kallmeyer will be transfer to TowForce in the coming months. Thanks
  19. In 2012 mballer SOLD this unit and created this post. military rotator .... the beast..... (SOLD, going to texas) I have decided to throw this one up for sale... 1968 kaiser m543a2 I have had this truck for about five years. The entire body was stripped down to bare steel and redone when i first purchase the truck. It has the 45k drag winch, 20k front winch, and the 20k winch on the boom The stiff legs all work Has aggressive tires multifuel engine comes with torch tanks Has orignal spades that you put on it also comes with scotch blocks so you don't have to use the spades has the boom stands also Comces with 2 huge snatch blocks and 2 medium snatch blocks we replaced the grease sleave on the fronts 2yrs ago Comes with an extra trans still in the military box (nothing is wrong with the one thats in it..... i asked the same question when i bought the truck) Has a holmes 750 towbar on it. The seats were all redone last year in camo vinyl chrome stack is about a yr old It runs down the road really good and its a blast to drive. I have even got a couple of trophies at the car shows from it. I am probably going to hate to see it go but i want to open myself up for a couple of more projects. This truck here isn't one of those that is missing this and that, rust all over it, or you have to replace things to get it running. miracle1 said: Beautiful piece of equipment...Just too far away and wrong colors......Good luck with it's sale....Kenny moremph asked: how much reach do those units have and what kind of lift ratings? dragonwagonII said: If that is the original winch on the front they are rated at 10,000 . Its the largest 10,000 lb winch if ever seen . They come with 200 ' of 5/8 wire too . mballor said: they reach out at 18ft off the side.... we also own a body shop so paint is always an option. The boom capacity is rated at 10,000 at full extension with the legs down. As everyone will tell you they are extremely under rated. But with that said i personally bought this truck myself... and i also put all the work into the truck buying things for it over the years. This truck has been my baby since i bought it and i have been the only one operating it, I hate to get the damn thing dirty because i am out there the next couple of days getting it back to the way it was before...I actually still have the operating manuals somewhere... if i find them then those will also go with the truck. front winch is 20,000lb has tag..... I have winched trees out of the woods with just the front winch. Have also rotated 10,000 from side to side with the stiff legs down. The truck has gone through clay and has been through mud past the center of the axles just trucking through. Also all the flood lights and beacons work. It has the brake lock on it for hard pulls. Heater also works, and it has a big ass vise on the front. DaddyRay said: Can't wait to get it, thanks again Matt, , Texas will be it's new home soon. It'll be our mud recovery unit.... Dieseltek said: How do these units pull with the boom winch? Can you pull with them or are they just for lifting? mballor said: I am sure you can pull with them, the one on the boom goes through a three part block, and its pretty heavy. With the boom reaching out to 18ft its usually just easier to lift them up... mballor said: We are starting to paint the truck before it makes it trip out to texas Should be able to start adding some red on her today...... updated 4-4 just finishing up the little things on it... have to put on the roof lights and paint a couple of the attachments.... then its all set I found the camera...... 4-9 Coming in for detailing in the morning got the frame all painted up... just have to remove the rest of the tape and make those tire shine... Deck is also painted up... tow bar is done just have to get up there and spray a couple more spots on the boom that i noticed outside by the sheave. loaded up the extra trans. and those heavy boom stands one word of advise... if you ever have to remove that tank use a wrecker... The wife said you can even keep the picture of her on the door...... I will post some more pics after we detail it up.... should be all set and done tomorrow DaddyRay said: Looking REAL good, and on a personal/business note, I must say that Matt has made this entire purchase worry free, and is a great person to do business with. dragginwagon said: very nice quality paint work DaddyRay said: Brother Matt's work is outstanding!!!! Mballor said: Thanks for the kind words ray.... we got some of the red done yesterday. Going to finish up on the white on the rims Starting to come together. Going to get more pics in the morning. Going in for the final detail tomorrow then it's all set... @Mballor
  20. Well unsure if one of these guys is an industry legend, they are memorable and to me legends. Maybe you have a picture of yourself with an industry legend you can share. I'm going to search for one myself. All Images added need to have been taken more than 20 years ago. just add them in reply to this topic, if we get enough responses it will certainly be interesting. John Beauman and Jimmy Allison (image stolen from John Beauman Jr FB page)
  21. Of everyone knows that we feel so far behind in our efforts to reach 6000 members. Appears we have added just over 100 members in the last 45 days. A couple of new members average a day isn't the 8 to 10 a day in the first year. If your lurking then we need you to join. While this Major Chassis Manufacturer did not see the numbers they needed. There are those companies that have an good understanding in regards to the size of the Towing Industry. Join Today, Easier than Ever...
  22. More than 2 Days and I have not be able to update this incident. Does anyone know the company and/or the driver involved?
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