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  1. 05-29-05: Trucker Jeff Wrote, Found this today thought it might be an interesting topic. TALLAHASSEE - When an industry in Florida wants to clean up its tawdry image, it asks the Legislature for something most businesses oppose: stricter government regulation. Dance studios did it. So did moving and storage firms. Now it's the towing industry's turn. Amid the clamor of consumer complaints about tow truck ripoffs, some operators see closer state supervision as a way to improve their reputations. At the same time, they hope the new burdens will drive out their fly-by-night, uninsured competitors. "They either need to compete legally and have the insurance that they're supposed to, or yes, they need to be out of business," said Mike Seamon, executive vice president of the Professional Wrecker Operators of Florida, the group pushing for new regulations. The organization wants annual registration fees of $515, mandatory 16 hours of driver training, a $23 fingerprinting of all owners, and third-degree felonies for violations. The group claims 345 operators statewide. A driver convicted of a felony or motor vehicle crime could not tow vehicles for seven years, and drivers would be required to take at least two forms of payment from motorists. Cash-only transactions would be illegal. Enforcement would be assigned to 10 new employees in the state Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services. Opposition to the regulations is being led by AAA Auto Club South, which claims to represent more than 3-million motorists in Florida. AAA says the regulations are unnecessary and warns that the public will end up paying "for this needless regulation. The result? A tax on a motorist's misfortune," says AAA, which contracts with nearly 500 towing firms statewide to answer AAA members' calls for help. Also opposed: a new group of tow truck operators called the Florida Independent Towers and Recovery Association. Its lobbyist, Ed DuPuy, said that having 10 people regulate the Florida towing industry would be "a joke" to give people "a false sense of security." Within the next week, Gov. Jeb Bush must decide whether to sign the towing bill, which went through more than a dozen legislative committees and passed by overwhelming margins. Bush, a conservative who has advocated freeing private enterprise from the shackles of big government, says he hasn't made up his mind. "My instincts are that we don't have to create a regulatory system around industries, unless there's a need," Bush said. "On the other hand, if there's enough consumer complaints about tow truck companies, if there's enough bad actors, then regulation's appropriate. So I'll be looking at the bill from that perspective." The legislation was motivated in part by the changing nature of the tow truck industry. Operators who want more regulation say "gypsy" operators cruise highways like vultures, looking for accidents or breakdowns. A motorist who flags down a passing tow truck agrees to a "consent tow," and a competitor who's on the local police department's rotation list loses a customer. Pamela Leverock, who runs Leverock's Towing and Transport in St. Petersburg, wrote to Bush and urged him to sign the bill. Leverock told Bush she loses business to rivals who undercut her prices because they have little overhead: They work from home, drive old equipment and don't pay insurance or workers' compensation, she claimed. "In what way could fingerprinting, training and continuing to educate the individual entrusted with a motorist's vehicle and safety not be in the motorist's best interest?" Leverock asked Bush. If plumbers must be licensed and take continuing education courses, Leverock asked Bush, why shouldn't tow truck operators, who handle $40,000 SUVs on a daily basis at a time when their owners are stranded or vulnerable? Pinellas County Commission Chairman John Morroni also urged Bush to sign the bill. Morroni said in an e-mail to Bush that "the business owners themselves are okay with it, and that it is very important to them that their industry weed out the bad apples by being regulated." In urging a Bush veto, Thomas O'Brien of Tampa-based AAA Auto Club South told Bush the regulations would be a burden to hundreds of "mom-and-pop" companies struggling with rising gas and insurance costs, especially in rural areas. O'Brien told Bush that towing company abuses can be enforced by existing laws and that the bill was a way for the organization to profit by offering to run training courses for its members. Seamon denied that, but said his group already offers training classes to members at reduced prices, as most trade groups would. "We're not making money off the training," Seamon said. The bill in question (Senate Bill 276) was pushed by the Professional Wrecker Operators of Florida, guided through both houses by its lobbyist, Bob Levy, and sponsored by one of Levy's closest political allies, Sen. Victor Crist, R-Tampa. "We're going after the Joe Bob, who throws a harness on the back of his pickup truck and calls himself a tower," Crist said. "We're saying, "Look, buddy. You better have the right equipment. You better have insurance. And you better not be a convicted felon.' " www.sptimes.com/2005/05/29/State/Tow_tr ... eks_.shtml Unknown Member said: Maybe instead of the PWOF worrying about cleaning up images, they should try getting the state to start enforcing "the move over law" if they really want to help. It's just another example of an organization trying to line their own pockets, and more laws that won't be enforced but will cost legitimate towers more money...... The truth is the laws are already on the books(and the PWOF does't make any money on them) but just are'nt enforced. P.S. I could show you many pictures of their so called "trained members" running down the roads in extremely unsafe ways! Jerrys Garage said: Could be good for the industry the way I see it. Also I have seen, Lucanio, Sargoa, Wilburn, and WreckMaster trained operators doing unsafe things also. One guy here in town has a C-10 Chev pickup, no bed, and angle iron bolted to the rear of it towing cars everyday, he tows to the junk yard, but the junk car still has no respect for life or linb if it was to come loose, using a come-a-long and chain for a winch line, and one chain to secure the vehicle to his truck, he does the slingshot and bump thing when he takes off and stops I am all for the Trained and Certified operator laws. Unknown Member said: Sorry Jerry nothing good can come from an owner having to shell out more money to operate....The PWOF is full of crap! also it is impossible to get insured in this state for towing without being in business for 3 yrs. The only Gypsy's are the Illegal aliens down south who don't even have green cards, licenses or anything so do you really think that they will shell out the money and become legit I DON'T THINK SO!. It will only hurt the legit company owner more and line the pockets of the PWOF and raise their membership. This is their way of a membership drive. As long as people will pay a cheaper price there will always be scabs, it's in every form of business and it will always be there. The answer is not to TAX the legitimate business owner more, but enforcement of laws already on the books. I've personally seen organization's like this literally ruin industry's with their self promoting interest's. In the long run this will drive the cost's up the prices down and the only ones to gain(for a little while) will be the PWOF. Jerrys Garage said: PWOF Officer's that lurk but do not say anything COME FORTH, tell us more about this. Twin Bulls said: Here's my thoughts on this. It has passed and on the desk of Gov.Bush.. So how are we going to deal with this??? I joined the PWOF before I owned a truck (recommended to do from this board) To see what was going on. I took the training course and got certified, I went to a few meetings, went to the tow show. I looked and listened from a view of a outsider. As I see it there is alot of abuse in this industry,No real rules and just don't give a dam attitude. If there are rules I would like to see them, Beside the rules on IP or PPI...That are a county rule.. I worked for a towing company for over a year before I started my own company. Randy its not impossible to get insurance if your new I got mine in 2 days and didn't lie...I am sure I paid a premium.But I am fully covered... Lets look at the PWOF and training its a 2 day course and I think it cost $140 if your a member... I don't think thats a lot of money.... If I recall membership is only $250 and that covers all in your company.. OH yeah I am not a huge supporter of the PWOF if thats what your thinking I have not renewed this years membership yet and I am still thinking about it. Let see who was fighting this aaa And some new group that I never herd of till I read this post,I would like to hear there story, So if anybody has info about how to contact them please get it to me.. Now aaa from all I know and read are NOT a towers best friend are they?? Why would they NOT want there drivers to be trained?? may have to pay them more than$8 hr Why would they want felons driving for them?? If your a rotation tower you already have that rule. I went to a call that was doubled dispatched from a MC that I work with and aaa I got there first after I finished aaa showed up we talked he asked how much I was getting paid I told him and he was WOW I am only getting $18 He had a new and nicer truck than mine I asked how can you do that he said I don't know boss handles it... So I am thinking the aaa only wants to pay less than $20 to respond to a call on the highway in rush hour with untrained drivers.. Sorry for the rant I do agree that 10 people to do the checks is NOT enough 100 would be a slim staff to do the entire state. Lets look at Plumbers,Builders,Electricians,Other pros, they all are state licensed and deal with it. I was a contractor for over 20 years and had to jump through more hoops that you can imagine.. I had to get 20 to 40 hrs of continuing education every year, I had to pull a permit on every job and get it inspected and passed before I could move on... Now that was a pain but I passed the cost on and the customers understood for the most part. And I made money... I really don't see how the PWOF will ruining the towing industry Please show me... In other states that are Regulated by the state is it that bad?? are there only large companies??I lived in NY for most of my life I can tell you stories about regulation and tax in all industries.. What makes a business legitimate ?? If i have a truck, a phone, a couple j hooks does that make me legitimate ?? I know there is a huge gray area but how do we make it black and white?? I have had run inns with the Gypsy's stealing my calls just driving around and stopping and hooking up. I have had words with a few but they just F*** me and drive off.. So whats one to do??? Tim Joe Driscoll said: Jerry theres not much here to say. Tim answered better than I could and not being directly involved they will probably listen more to him than me. The only thing i will say is that all my drivers go to training. I know they take short cuts every chance they get BUT when something does happen and I have to answer to lawyers or judges I know I can say i did everything I could to teach them to do things right. Ill still pay but not as much. As far as PWOF not doing anything but lining their pockets what can i say. I can tell you that because of PWOF im able to stop people from renewing thier tags on any vehicle they own until they pay the tow fees and 7 days storage. Im sure PWOF members arent the only towers in the state to benefit from OUR membership dues. We also stop other bills that would effect all towers in the state by having a paid lobbyist. Im not trying to change anyones mind im only writing cause Jerry asked. And Tim we are trying to get Broward going again but it seems to be taking more time than i figured. Joe TowZone said: Having a background in civic organizations I can tell you that YOU can make a difference. As against towing associations as I was a few years back those who don't belong can't complain. Oh you can but it'll do no good, the only way to invoke change is to find like minded individuals and organize. If you can't find but a handful of those who share your opinion then you need to take a step back and reevaluate before Stepping to the Plate. But then the majority that complain never Step to the Plate. They are content BITCHIN' BOUT IT! If this is what makes you happy I don't want to hear it..... I say that those that do not belong to their yes their state towing association are lucky that they benefit from that association. You say, well they did this to me. I ask where were you when this happened, checkin' under Da Sand? If the association was a union you would be out in the cold. Right or Wrong there is strength in numbers and while the towing industry has numbers it is not united. There are many who BANK on the industry being in a flux....... If your not part of the solution you are part of the problem. Join Your State Association, can't afford to join your state association get out of the biz your part of the problem! Oh. like civic organizations I can tell you a secret about towing associations. But you have to call me between the hours of 9pm and 6am EST. I can't tell ya in the daylight. That includes Association Board Members I'd like to hear from you as well. Unknown Member said: Tim while I whole heartily agree with you about "the evil empire" Here is my problem with all of this 1) What are the registration fee's for and who will they go to? 2) 16 hrs of training OK I'm for that.... 3) $ 23.00 fingerprint of owners(that doesn't bother me cause I'm already a ccw license holder) but why just the owners their not the one's riding in the truck with the public 9 times out of 10 4) third degree felonies? who will enforce this? members of the PWOF? what the Gustavo? sheriff's deputy's? hell they don't even have the manpower to enforce the move over law! In my opinion this is the most dangerous thing facing towers today.(hell I don't think a gypsy will ever keep me from coming home @ night and hugging my daughter?) 5) Isn't it already a felony to operate in FLA. without an occupational license? why are gypsy's stealing your work,how come no-one is enforcing this? You want to make a law to change things? how about a 3rd degree felony for anyone caught without proper securement on a towed vehicle,or even a reckless endangerment ticket.. the gypsy's couldn't survive too much of that and if every AAA tower had to take the time to do things right surely things would change.... My point is if the PWOF really cared about me or my industry they would push enforcement of local laws that are already on the books God Knows we have enough of them. One more point I have nothing against the PWOF, I personally considered joining them many times and I would be the first guy in line to support a national towers union (God that would be a dream come true) but in my own opinion until all of the towers associations(drop their personal agenda's) join hands and become one unified group under one name they will never be anything more to the professional tower than sticker on your truck and a patch on your sleeve to the large company's like the "evil empire" that are controlling this industry's prices. P.S. If anyone out there in dream world actually thinks that this bill will pass with the "evil empire" against it.....well put it this way I will eat my words and send a check to the PWOF. Jerrys Garage said: Now do not take this wrong PWOF or non PWOF. But as I understand the state is divided into districts or regeions what ever you want to call it. So why not ask how to start a LOCAL association which could also show support for the other two associations that is now in Fla. (not takeing sides here as I know men in both associations). I am pretty sure that Joe or Sam Brewer would be more than glad to help you get started with a local effort. I will say you have safe operators that are certified and you have lazy sorry towers that are certified. (By all training companies) What 90 percent of towers do not know or think about, here in Tennessee we have about 120 people working to set laws for 800 or so in the state, now my question is where is the other 600 or so that bitch every day. We have this problem in every state, Tenn, Fla, Ga does not matter 10% does the work, 90% reap the beniefits. CarStoreTowing said: PWOF works hard to help towers in Florida. I collect those wrecker liens all the time. If the Pwof had not worked for the legislation we would still be scraping those burnt cares with no chance of collecting. As for bill 276 and the AAA motor club opposition. AAA is just cheap!!!!!!!!! All they worry about is the bottom line. I did the AAA thing for one year and then told my field rep how much it was going to cost him to keep good service. He laughed and said he would give me a $1.00 raise per call.WOW talk about making the big bucks. when I quit taking their calls (while my field rep was still in my office) life became so much easier. AAA brought in a tower into my area that works from the drivers house with little or no insurance. Now guess who is calling on all my commercial accounts quoting AAA rates. I say let Gov. Bush sign the law and get everyone on the same playing field. As a note we opperate 18 trucks and paying a per truck fee is OK and I think it will work if the towers in the state of Florida that are above board complain about the gypsy towers!!!! garrett paquette www.carstoretowing.com Mark Trueblood said: Actually Randy, the information concerning the $23.00 is a misprint accoirding to the draft and copy of the bill that we looked at approx 2 weeks ago at our local PWOF meeting. The $23.00 is what will be charged per driver for a background check through your local sheriff's agency via FDLE. The $515 registration fee goes to the State of Florida agency assigned to enforcement and administration of the industry, (Dept of Agriculture). Also, I believe that in most cases, an individual gets out of an association top which they put-in. It's easy for someone to sit back and judge and remain nuetral. But very little credit goes to those who do whatever they can, most of which is on their own time (if not all), for their organization or association. So many times you hear someone say, "they should've done it this way" . . . "or that way". Yet, when ideas for a plan are solicited from membership, very few come forward, then wonder why some projects fail, or don't quite "hit-the-mark". The PWOF is trying to do its level best to place our industry in a position of recognition as professionals. At least, that is how I see it. Problem is, there are alot of people in this industry who have no idea what that word actually means and the responsibility that comes with such. It's one thing to say you're a professional, it's another to show it . . . everyday. like it, or not, the general public, like this industry, needs something like this to move to the next level of respectibility. And anyone who doesn't realize this is NOT in-touch with the overall perception of the towing industry. As indicated previously, who is AAA kidding??? They're definitely no friends of the towing industry. Just ask some tow companies in various regions around the country that have had their contracts with AAA suddenly ended as they (AAA) decided to start their own tow truck fleet. Loyalty? Best interest of the tower??? Best interest of the public??? Same question applies to the "fly-by-night" Florida Independent Towing & Recovery Association. What's their agenda??? What's their association history??? Who's interest do they really have in mind here??? Truth is, no bill or program is "perfect"...but this is a start. Then again, if the Governor decides not to sign it, then it's back to the drawing board. However, it won't be a victory by the AAA or FITRA, rather a loss for the industry in Florida and the general public we serve. Nothing good remains from a "status quo" scenario. Sometimes change is needed. And in most cases, change is good. There's still room for those that would like to jump on the band wagon now. No sense in being left behind! ALLLLLLLLL AHHBOOOOARD!!!!! Joe Driscoll said: Just to try and answer the training issue PWOF will NOT be the only training. The law tells who can be approved and how to get approval. Trucker Jeff said: I think I opened up a can of worms with this sorry.Just thought it was something to be addressed.I would hope that my state would follow with something similar here as well.I would be lead to believe that with this type of requirements it would make it a more safer environment for all involved.I only tow for the city police here at the current time and it is just like the old west.No training no standards guys running around with unsafe hook ups, equipment that would fail the easiest of road side inspections and the old my-ob attitude when approached about there unsafeness.Then you have that ever present good old boy network making it imposable for a new company with the equipment needed to put on the list.In a sad way I am starting to see why the Sen. Moran is pushing for more regulations.Always on my tows, Jeff Unknown Member said: All that is really needed is a couple of troopers a wrecker and a news channel....the sad part is most people don't even know there is a law on the books...... Unknown Member said: Here in Texas the police will sit on the side of the highway and turn their lights on. When they see people starting to move over they turn them back off. Last night I was returning home from Arkansas where I took my family camping and this happened three times. The only way to get the public to pull over for towers is for towers to also have red and blue lights. No one will ever pull over for amber lights because everyone has them and those that have them can’t enforce the law. THTDon said: I really like the idea of the "Move Over" law. But I don't see how it can ever be enforced. Unless there is a cop stopped and staring right at the violator, no one will ever be charged with violating that law. Law abiding citizens will obey that law. But it is the drunks that will ignore it and hit one of us. Here in MA, there is a lot of traffic all over the state, especially during commuting drive times. There is no place to move over to. Also, don't be misled that AAA is advocating for the poor motorist. All of these new regulations will make it harder for them to get slave labor to do their work. They are looking out for their bottom line. I personally love what the Florida Association is trying to do. We are talking about the same thing here. Legislate the gypsy right out of business. If all of the one-man show clowns running around my city had to have the proper insurance, they would all be GONE! Yahzoom said: Law or no law, does it really matter?? Right here in Tallahassee we have had those background/inspection laws for three years. The only people who follow them are the honest companies. Three years later and an Officier on the wreck site will still ask me WHY we has an ID badge and WHY we took 2 seconds to show it to them!! The problem here is the laws that are already in place don't get inforced.. So add all they want, I'll bet my laptop the cops on the street will be the last to know! EX: Pointed out to the officier that the driver of the 'other' unit was a child molester of a boy under 12.. Answer, well I don't have time to wait on another wrecker... It's a joke around here. Until the wrecker rules & regs, become a part of the law enforcment training, who is going to enforce the laws? For the record: This is for our area only, my brother is the head of the traffic Div. in Orlando and speaks very highly of PWOF. Sadly, there is no organized wrecker group around here. TowZone said: Sadly enough a large number of officers do not care who is driving the tow truck. All they care about is getting a wrecker there, not that the wrecker driver was convicted of rape on a 17 year old 2 or 3 years prior and today he is allowing someones 17 year old daughter to ride alone with him 20 miles to her parents house. Now, I'm not going to say the person is going to re offend but would you want you daughter placed in that position? Check out this post after responding here Are Regulations Really the Answer? Tiggor said: It seems to me that someone has a personal problem with either the less than $ from a law suite to the more than dollars of a LAWYER, Im very active in the PWOF for several years, Im also on the training committee and education board. It seems that u may have a personal problem with the PWOF as well OUR organization was founded by tow truck owners concerned with the way the industry was heading i cant quote the date but i know that i went to the meetings back in the seventy's. So if our pockets are so lined and rich with wealth from the POOR TOW OWNERS, WHY is it so successful, More members than ever, THE LARGEST TOW SHOW in the united states A full time lobbyist who has passed several new laws benefiting the towing industry as a whole NOT its members, AND by the way i think you should research your "move over law" and see who helped support it and push it threw legislation with out your help or KNOWLEDGE. So lets stick to the new law . No matter who helped push the law threw the book ,It seems from the tone of your post that you are very upset that you have to payout more of your HARD earned dollars to help support and enforce the law to BENEFIT yourself. Yes you the owner, It also seems from your quote that ALL associations are for themselves, I don't know about TRAA but ANY tower can come to our meeting and Participate, you just cant vote on our local matters unless u r a member. Our Training division will train ANYBODY regardless of where your from state or county. We've even trained drivers from other states as well as CANADA,Who don't need our certification in their state nor if so will there state recognize it. They tell me at the classes that they are here to learn new procedures:unless your one of those tower who "KNOWS EVERYTHING" and from they way it sounds that might fit the tow And further more Mike Seamon is a FULL time employee of the PWOF working everyday and some really long nights for the "TOWING INDUSTRY" not just us. So in closing i think what i9m trying to say is that your MOM told you if you don't have anything nice to say KEEP IT TO YOURSELF" unless you are DIRECTLY connected. Joe Driscoll said: Well I wrote a big long thing about this but eraserd it. I decided it just wasnt worth getting into other than to say the govenor vetoed the bill this afternoon. I know what im going to do with all the money im saving!
  2. Fremont police arrested a man who allegedly stole a tow truck as revenge for having his own vehicle towed, but not until after he led authorities on a low-speed chase that ended with roadway spikes disabling the truck. The drama began around 8:35 a.m. Friday, when police received a report from a Berkeley tow-truck company owner saying that one of his trucks had been stolen from a secure yard. A GPS tracker showed the truck in Fremont, police said, and officers were able to track the vehicle and attempt a stop near the intersection of Northport Loop and Cushing Parkway. Initially the driver obeyed officer commands, police said, but then he decided to flee at speeds between 30 and 40 mph — close to this particular tow truck’s reported peak speed. CHP took over the pursuit when the vehicle headed onto the freeway from Durham Road, police said, and continued over about 15 miles. Highway patrolmen stopped traffic behind the chase, and a spike-strip was laid across the lanes to stop the tow truck, police said. Sean O’Neal, a 55-year-old Albany resident, was arrested shortly thereafter and booked into Santa Rita Jail. He told CHP officers that he was trying to avenge his own car’s towing by a particular Berkeley tow company. “Apparently he went to go get his car which they had towed, and it was being impounded so they wouldn’t give it back,” CHP Officer Tyler Hahn said. “So he went back in the middle of the night and hopped the fence. He tried to break into his own car but couldn’t start it, and he found the keys to a tow truck and just stole it.” RESOURCE LINK
  3. 02-27-17: Edwards Towing Wrote, Just looking for pros and cons I have only run a century 312 has anyone ran both and which one do you prefer I seem to see more Mpl 40 then century 312 or valcon 807R Thanks ESC said: We used to have a Vulcan 807R.... had no issues... but didnt like the exposed cylinders on the wheel lift to close the claws... i broke one at $500 each... not fun. My fault, but they are in a bad spot. Great unit though. We now have sold that truck and no longer have a Vulcan dealer nearby as we did. So we now have 2 MPL40s. Ours are on Dodge 5500 4x4 chassis with 84ca. Perfect combo. It will do anything I need, and its a winching animal. As long as you can keep the truck sitting still, it will move whatever you hook the lines too. Had a situation where i was called to a majore wreck involvine a few cars and an F150 with heavy damage- got to the scene and found the f150 was actually a F550 quad cab stake body... put it on the sling and got the job done. Its a solid unit. Very happy with them both. Toms1952 said: we use MPL 40s . I have never had to send the rollback because it couldn't complete a job. But i have had to send the Mpl40 because the rollback couldn't complete the job. get up the hill. go off road. Motorcycles anything, it will do it. Melville said: love the mpl 40
  4. 11-08-06: jrtowman Wrote, Kyle Hodges - 14 yrs Old, I KNOW I AM YOUNG Towing4u said: that thing loaded? i haven't seen one like that before..on that small of a chassis. Towbiz (jrtowman dad) said: Yep loaded with about 4500lbs of trash. This company is realy small and I have just got the owner hooked on some 4700 int with a little more gvws. Jerrys Road Service said: thats a heavy looking small truck.your truck is Squating a tad but holding up ok.nice truck btw
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  6. butch,todd,gary and i worked this wreck this morning will post photos asap in tanker recoveries. Latest: Intersection where fuel tanker overturned spilling diesel fuel reopens New Tampa — Saturday morning just before 8:30 Tampa Fire Rescue units responded to an overturned fuel tanker at Morris Bridge Rd and Cross Creek Blvd. On scene fire crews found a tanker truck on its side. The driver, 43-year-old David Vega of Riverview, told authorities he was northbound on Morris Bridge turning left onto Cross Creek when the truck went on its side. Vega managed to exit the cab of the truck with only minor injuries. He was treated on scene by paramedics and was transported to University Community Hospital. Deputies with the Hillsborough County Sheriff's are investigating the cause of the single vehicle wreck. No charges have been filed at this time. The tanker owned by Bulk Liquid Transportation of Tampa was delivering fuel to local gas stations. The truck has 7,500 gallons of gasoline and 1,000 gallons of Diesel on board. The wreck caused the truck to loose about 200 gallons of diesel into a ditch. Tampa firefighters coordinated efforts with Hillsborough County Sheriff's deputies to close the intersection in all directions. There was a nearby strip mall containing several small businesses and a Publix store. The Publix remained open. The smaller businesses were too close to the incident and had to close. it was butches day off, normally this upright is done with one wrecker but since i was going to tow it in i just rigged the front as a catch and set it on the underlift.butch drilled while todd kept a hose on the bit.after this they swapped turns on top of the tank transferring the fuel.it was really hot and humid one firefighter was transported due to heat exhaustion. wstowing11 said: Didn't you guys have a tanker go over on a holiday not long ago ? Who gets to post pics Mike or Butch ? I hope Butch let you do your first recovery with your tator ! Awood said: Nice work men, looks like a nice controlled upright to me! Keep up the good work! Looks like Butch just woke up...shirt still untucked! WM010544 said: Another great job by the Stepps crew! Butch is really getting some good work out of that tator!Ant Scooby said: looks to be a professionally done job JRhd34 Very Nice job guys.. Keep up the good work J.R. MTA415: what!?!? they would'nt let you offload the diesel into your wrecker?? Scoundrels!! sweet, tks for posting the job mike
  7. Columbus police working to determine what happened in moments before fatal crash COLUMBUS, Ind.-- Crash scene investigators are still working to figure out why a tow truck driver failed to stop in time to avoid a weekend crash that took the life of a 35-year-old man. The Bartholomew County Coroners office says Patrick Bowman died from trauma to the chest as a result of the crash, which happened just after 7:30 p.m. Saturday at the intersection of State Road 46 and Johnson Boulevard. Bowman’s 25-year-old fiancée Sarah Fliehman, who was a passenger in Bowman’s car, was hospitalized with head injuries. Investigators say a tow truck driver who was hauling a minivan on his flatbed truck rear-ended Bowman’s car, which was stopped at a red light. That caused a chain reaction crash with four other vehicles that were stopped at the intersection. “The tow truck driver indicated that he was eastbound into Columbus and was unable to stop his truck in time to prevent the crash,” said Columbus Police Lt. Matt Harris. It is currently unclear how fast the tow truck was traveling or whether the driver made an attempt to stop before the collision. Officers on the scene said the tow truck driver showed no signs of impairment, Harris said. Investigators noted the pavement was wet at the time of the crash, but they do not believe fog was a factor. The tow truck driver was working for KLM Car & Truck, which is a used car lot in Columbus. FOX59 is not naming the truck driver at this time because he has not been arrested or charged with wrongdoing in the crash. However, his online court records reveal multiple traffic violations, mostly speeding, dating back to the early 1990s. The most recent speeding accusation was in October last year. An employee at KLM Car & Truck said their hearts go out to the victims and everyone involved in Saturday night’s crash, but the company declined to comment further. Harris said accident investigators continue to piece together information related to speed, stopping distance and other factors. Follow-up interviews with the truck driver and witnesses are also possible. “One thing we’re looking at also is possible video footage from surrounding businesses that may have captured the crash,” Harris said. RESOURCE LINK
  8. 08-31-17: Silverhawk Wrote, Boss sent me texts with photos of a new type rear drive assy that requires all four axles removed prior to towing. This is to protect rear drivers, not transmissions. Anyone hear about this or have more info? Supposed to be in 18 year models? Just learned that Freightliners also have this type rears. canadiantowman said: I had read this on Facebook, yes it's true. Need to keep an eye out for the purple air line running to the axle. If I can find what I had read I will post a link for you. Towman1001 said: just call Daimler they said if it is a Detroit rear pull the axles all 4. if it is any other just pull the drive line TowJohns said: i just got off the phone with Detroit, they have nothing on a towing procedure of the new ALM rears, if you have any thing on the proper towing procedure please post it Silverhawk said: Anyone laid their eyes on this new type rear end? Same axle caps or special sizes??? glnstowing said: I just watched a video on the Detroit website, the ALM is an air operated valve and splash shield. It says in the video that in the event of air loss it goes into a default position allowing full oil flow. I'm no engineer but I would think with the key off it would be fine, or pull the air line so it's forced into default. Of course still pull the driveshaft. Just my thoughts, wish someone would do a towing manual for big trucks like they do for cars, it would be worth every penny. TowJohns said: that is what i thought, but the engineer could not dammit to that stmac said: Anyone else hear anything about this? I thought the air in the axle was used to limit the oil on the gearing to a certain extent to increase fuel economy. So losing air pressure or disconnecting the air line would not really cause a mechanical concern.
  9. COLUMBUS — A Brown County man died as a result of injuries suffered in a multi-vehicle accident on the city’s west side. Patrick Neal Bowman, 35, died at the scene of Saturday night’s accident on Jonathan Moore Pike at Johnson Boulevard, Bartholomew County Coroner Clayton Nolting said Sunday in a news release. He ruled the cause of death as blunt force trauma to the chest. A 911 call reported the accident at 7:40 p.m. at 2355 West Jonathan Moore Pike, the address for Starbucks, but the accident actually occurred in front of Circle K, 2415 W. Jonathan Moore Pike, said Lt. Matt Harris, spokesman for the Columbus Police Department. The accident involved a tow truck and five passenger vehicles and closed the eastbound lane of Jonathan Moore Pike/State Road 46 West for about 3½ hours, Harris said. A tow truck that was carrying another vehicle struck a Mazda passenger car driven by Bowman and caused a chain reaction of accidents with the other vehicles, Harris said. Emergency personnel had to work to free Bowman, Harris said. Bowman’s fiancée, Sarah Fliehman, 25, of Brown County, was a passenger in the Mazda and suffered a head injury. She was transported initially to Columbus Regional Hospital and then to Methodist Hospital in Indianapolis for treatment, Harris said. While police and emergency responders were working at the crash scene, an intoxicated driver ran into the police car of Officer Ben Quesenbery at about 9:50 p.m., causing serious damage to the vehicle, Harris said. However, Quesenbery was not in his vehicle when it was struck and was not injured, Harris added. The crash site was cleared at 11:10 p.m. Saturday, allowing the eastbound lane to reopen for traffic. Accident reconstructionists were at the scene Saturday and additional work was completed Sunday morning, Harris said. Arrangements for Bowman are pending at Jewell-Rittman Family Funeral Home. RESOURCE LINK
  10. Awoman was seriously injured when her car slammed into the back of a stopped tow truck early Monday in Berlin, police said. Her 2-month-old — safely strapped in a car seat — is OK. The crash happened shortly after 12:30 a.m. at the intersection of Mill Street, Frontage Road and Worthington Ridge, where the tow truck was stopped at a red light, Deputy Chief Chris Ciuci said. It left Tyneka Jones in critical condition. “We’re still trying to determine what caused it,” Ciuci said. Officers from a regional accident reconstruction team are investigating, he said. Anyone who saw the crash is asked to call 860-828-7080 and ask for Berlin Traffic Officer John Flynn. RESOURCE LINK
  11. Khammam: North Zone Inspector General of Police (IGP) Y Nagi Reddy inaugurated tow truck in Khammam on Monday. To maintain the ever-increasing traffic in Khammam city and to keep a check on vehicle owners, who were violating traffic rules, the traffic police had taken several steps like locking vehicles parked in no parking zones and capturing the vehicle photos that violate rules and imposing penalty. They also established parking lines and auto bylines and single line parking at shopping malls. Keeping the traffic snags in the city, District Collector D S Lokesh Kumar and Commissioner of Police Tafseer Iqbal took initiation for introducing tow truck to clear the traffic problems for the convenience of the commuters. With the funds released by the Collector and VVC Motors, the truck was purchased and the IGP had launched it here under the Commissionerate limits on Monday. Speaking on the occasion, the Commissioner of Police Tafseer Iqbal warned that those vehicles, which are parked in no parking zones for several hours and violate traffic rules creating problems to commuters in the city, will be removed from that place by the tow truck and necessary actions would be taken against the vehicle owners. Additional DCP K Suresh Kumar, Traffic ACP J Sada Niranjan and VVC Motors owner V Rajendra Prasad were present along with other police personnel. RESOURCE LINK
  12. 01-01-07: DWCarter Wrote, Here's a picture from the early 90s of a end roll using a 750 and a 25 ton ATTAC. This was playing in the yard. You have to rig outside the box instead of over the box. Over the years we have rolled a lot of things using this method with short or fixed booms. We were repairing a frame-less dump one time that I used to endroll with a 8 ton Chevron on one end and the 750 on the other end. Hpgtowing said: Dennis.. Nice work! Ya just can't ever sell a 750 short... They are true work aholics! They can do anything with the right man at the controls... You always show that... Nice job.. Love that old iron..... Stay well.. Steve Excessiveforce52 said: looks good.... just goes to show ,not all the time is the size of the unit so important.....but the knowledge of the operator at the controls that can make it work. Da Wash Boss said: CORRECT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! its the knowledge of the operator. One can have a brand new state of the art truck, this does not make him a professional, but yet someone else can have that 750 in the photo above and can do anything with it. great picture!!!!!!! Danny Cassello - TRPC - East Hartford, CT Towing4u said: dennis thanks for the walk down memory lane....i miss our two 750s all the time....then you had to be an operator, not a man with a ton of power, but a knowledge of physics too Paulie 417 said: Had a 72 K/W with a 750 sure wish I still had it today. I like to see old pic,s. Gale25yrs said: Nice picture but no details. The box must be empty since the 750 is rigged only to the bottom and the legs appear to be holding thier own. I've righted a reefer with 10,000 lbs of truck parts in it with two one ton hydraulics before. DW Carter said: Gale, it was empty. I posted it because of a recent post where the person said they ran out of height trying to end roll one. Thought maybe this picture would stir a little discussion about different ways and techniques. TC said: DW,the first discussion it will stir is the one that says you can't do that with a cable machine,hehe.Hydraulics have spoiled us.I've got a half and half.Cable machine with all hydraulic winches.I've got days when the all mechanical looks good.Like when the Zack electrics decide today ain't your day and tomorrow isn't looking much better.NEVER buy a Zack without the manual override.They don't mess up often but when they do it's at the worst possible moment. Max King said: Dennis, can't really see how it is rigged, but looks like the drivers side rope is going out to a dead man then back to the suspension? So you lifted with the low side and turned it with the drivers side rope? Nice job. Bruce DW Carter said: Bruce, on this one we picked the rear at one point with the 750 and used the AATAC to roll. The AATAC had one line hooked in th 5th wheel plate coming out the front for the lift and the other line was hooked toward the rear of the plate coming up on the side before coming out the front, this was the roll line. Most times the boom is up over top the load but when you can't get up that high you have to rig outside the box. Hanson MA said: Great photo Dennis, keep em' coming. Kevin MTA14 said: that's whats referred to "kickin it old school".I hear and I forget, I see and I remember, I do and I understand. dudewheremy50ton said: ok lets just say im new school. will 2 750's do that i cant really tell how its rigged. like i said im new schoo Berts112 said: I would never have done it that way, would haveNever wanted to do it that way I wouldn't even wan't to be aroud it. THAT TRAILER HAS AIDS!!! anyways nice way to think your way through a situation using the equipment at hand and good to see people practicing in their spare time. It would be cool to see your hook ups though DW Carter said: Jeremy, yes, you could do this with two 750s. Even with rotators or big sticks if overhead height is limited, ie. under bridge or power lines this is another option. Garry, the AIDS name may have put that company out of business. lol In the photo we used the 750 to just pick at one point and the AATAC rolled and controlled, kinda like a wheelbarrow, 750 being the wheel and the AATAC being the handles. I don't have any good hook up pictures and am not a artist but maybe this will help. The drawings are supposed to show using both trucks to roll and control. You have to keep a little room between the trucks and the load. The lift and control line is hooked to the fifth wheel plate above the pin on the front, on the rear hook around the slide rail on the high side and come out inside the ICC bar. The lift and roll line is hooked back on the fifth wheel plate or at the landing gear and routed out the side and around the nose, on the rear hook forward on the bottom slide rail and route out the side and up around the rear. Just a few feet up on the bottom side is all that you need on a empty, if the center of gravity is higher then roll lines would need to be higher. When you pick up and the load is suspended it will center up behind the trucks, as you lift with the roll lines let out on the control lines to keep the tires close to the ground, but make sure to keep them off of the ground. It should sit down inline with the wreckers. Hope this makes sense. A good way to practice this is on a older full size pass. van, something that you can hook to the frame out close to the ends, with two small wreckers to play and get a feel for it. Over the years this has been my favorite trick learned at WreckMaster. We have endrolled trailers, box trucks, dump trucks, just about anything that can be hooked securely at the ends. HDTowman said: Nice you mentioned practicing with the old van, I used a Dodge window van that I accquired froma rollover wreck. I end rolled it with a '88 Century 442 on a F-350. left one end on the ground and end rolled the other, front and rear. it stayed centered behind the truck, and gave no tilting pressure at all. Figured it was good practice, any other tips? Johnny Max King said: Thanks for the drawings, it makes perfect sense now. We did something like this in Wreckmasters with a bus. Used a med duty wrecker on the nose with on hook like you are doing and used two 12" straps on the rear. One under the bus on up onto the roof and the other over the top to control the roll. That one you need some room for a stick to be over the top rear of the bus. Bruce
  13. Thought I would bring this topic back around as we are gearing up for our annual Motor Club Rankings. Since there is no longer a General Motor Club forum I have placed it in 411 main Street a General Topic forum. 08-10-13: EKYtow55 Wrote, I'm just amazed how different the rankings are between Tow Co.'s, while some rank a particular club at the top and another Co. will place it at the bottom, I just wonder why some service providers are treated well by certain Motor Clubs and others not, speaking for myself only I look and see other local Tow co.'s towing for certain Motor Clubs that only offered me substandard rates and I can't see how they do it, or just maybe they're not being paid rates they offered me, who knows! West Body Shop, Inc. - Axalta Coatings Systems Miracle 1 Said: Because a club is only as good as their Representative.....If you have a good rep clubs are okay,if not they stink! The real issue is good zone reps, vendor reps are few and far between and spread out among several motor clubs...Personally, I want rate any club higher then the other because deep down I feel they all stink, They all share the same ideal of making as much as they possibly can off the backs of the people actually doing the work and making the investment,The true definition of a parasite! Kenny Miracle ''Miracles Do Happen Here'' Occupant272 said: I've had very good experiences and very bad experiences with all the clubs we service in the past couple of weeks. I totally agree, no one is any better than the others. I've had days I've made a week's worth of pay in one day. I had a day yesterday when I was the King of Dry Runs and GOAs. It's all relative and over time I'm sure it aggregates out to a cardboard sandwich. Alan Moore - Westerville, OH TOAD Towing & Roadside Assistance
  14. 10-08-02: Unknown Member, How do you determine when a customer you are dealing with is a danger or not? I don't mean just a danger to others,but also to themselves.It seems I have been dealing with more and more people that have definite personality disorders and other mental problems lately,(no offense meant Moose) and I am having trouble on where to draw the line as far as calling the authorities or not. Yesterday I had to go tow a van for Geico Insurance,the owner of the camper told me "I heard people with power tools under my van as I slept last night,and now this morning my reverse doesn't work" I repaired her broken transmission cooler line and took her to nearby service station where she could get more fluid. She burst into tears at one point and said she didn't know why people were following her and sucking the transmission fluid and coolant out of her van,(she also had a leaking waterpump).She had South dakota plates and I really had to wonder if she wasn't possibly a missing person. What do you do in these cases? Lee Fredstowingnj said: I had one of them customers with Mental problems this morning.Police called at 3am for a disabled car out on the highway.I get on scene customer is requesting i tow the car 55 miles to his home.I tell him its going be $xx.00 hook up and $x.00 per mile and we don't accept checks.customer says no problem.I load car he gets in truck we go do the road a little ways and he turns my radio up and starts singing.So we get to his house i tell him its going to be $xxx.00 he aid ok write up the paperwork.I write up the bill and hand it too him he says thank you and have a nice night leave the keys in my car.I said excuse me sir but you have to pay me he says well i'll just send the bill into my insurance company and they will pay you.He said i have no money.I say no sir it doesn't work that way i have to be paid before i unload your vehicle.He says ok let me go get ym check book.I said no i don't accept checks.he goes in the house and comes back out with a check.And starts yelling at me calling me all kind of curse words.Goes back in the house his wife comes out and asks me why the tow is so much.I said it was 55 miles.She said well where was my husband broke down at.I told her and she had no clue where it was.Her husband told me he was on his way home from work.The wife said he doesn't work.I was all confused.This guy was about 12 cans short of a 6 pack.Anyone i got my money in cash.and got home at 5 30 am wow am i tired.Fred Koch,Jr. jackmaster said: We have this problem here. One of my drivers got stopped by a nude man on the interstate, walking down the fast lane at 2 am. My driver called st patrol and then tried to keep this guy from hurting himself or any body else. When asked his name he said it was Jesus.
  15. ESC said: No way.... I would use my 2011 Dodge 5500 84" CA MPL40. Wheel lift from rear, in a real jam or for the PD I would use the wheel lift shown... again grab it from the rear. Prefer a car on the deck, but would grab it empty for emergency tow. NationalAutow said: I will be anxious to hear what others see and say. Assuming weight on the wheel lift is OK, I do not see a problem at first glance. Wheel straps and tow lights look like good. I am a little confused about the chains that run from the bed to the wheel lift. TowZone said: This image was sent to me. But I would say the chains keep the wheel lift straight otherwise the vehicle could slide to one side on the other on the bed. MidwestTowing 1985 said: Reminds me of a story a driver for a council bluffs iowa tow company told me one day when he was picking up a vehicle at our shop. It starts with him spotting a trailer hitch adapter for a wheel lift,he then says, we need some of those for our flat beds, he then proceeds to tell me that a few weeks ago he was sent 25 miles down I-29 to pick up a jeep, he said he was told nothing about a trailer, but when he gets to the jeep it has a trailer with it, when he calls back to his dispatcher, he is told to bring it if he can, and to charge extra for it.So being a percentage driver he loads the jeep, and when he can not find any way to hook the trailer to the crossbar, he slides the bed back and down enough to hook the trailer back up to the jeep again and down the interstate he went, he said .he made it about half the way back when he got pulled over by the DOT . He said the officer was mad as heck, he did not understand, it was working good, also said he got a stack of tickets. aztecatowingllc said: It looks like nothing would keep the wood from moving one way or the other. I would also think unless it's a crew cab, true medium duty chassis the faw would be way off with the right dip or bump. I will say whomever that is definitely put some effort into what's shown. Wouldn't be my preferred way to do it but may have not been theirs either. Thanks for posting Moores BP said: Not the way I would have done it. That being said it would appear that this driver was trying to do the best that they knew how with what they had to work with. Looks like a lot of effort and thought went into it. Sirknucklehead said: At first glance I thought it was pretty secure, not the way I would prefer to haul it, but secure........then I saw the 2x6 boards under the tires and I believe they would walk out on you, no way to get them tight enough not to move. I wonder about the underside of the vehicle as well hitting the bed. Don't know, I suppose it worked for him. I don't think it's that unsafe though, aside from the 2x6's. At least he had the safety lights on the back. Oldtower said: Personaly I would load with drive axle on wheel lift. the way i see that i would be afraid of flexing car body to much.get it to safety and get appropriate truck to complet job. NationalAutow said: I totally missed the boards. We do not know the length of the limo or the bed length of the truck. I don't know but I don't think most limos are about 20' wheelbase. I base that assumption on the fact that I hauled a 1956 8 door Cadillac limo once on a 21' Vulcan. I put the front tires in chain wells and rear tires had 2 or 3 inches left over at the end of the bed. Before I get slammed for it, bed was not in bed locks but limo frame was chained to truck chassis and tow lights were used. 1956 Cadillacs had enough clearance below the radiator to ride over the winch. I think I posted pictures here about 5 years ago. It was the Horseshoe Casino limo they have used in ads. It is parked in front of their Tunica casino. Regarding the one in the picture, I would wonder if there was any way possible to do what I did? I felt it was safe. It did make the front end light but we went slow and careful. If the one in the picture is a 19 foot bed, the wheelbase of the chassis is likely shorter also. That would make it even lighter on the steers, in my opinion. Carl4tow said: I would not do it looks like rear wheel drive linlcon drive shaft would hit the bed and you'd have too watch the swing when turning RandyR said: Have to be pretty hungry to do that. I would just say "No". Landoll would work good. Fetch said: Looks like a wheel lift job to me. If there's no counterweight on the bed, throw a chain over it and load bind to assist the bed locks. I don't see any compression on the boards, or springs, so it looks like the frame is resting on the bed (to me anyways). BlackAutoload said; Salvage haul only if the front end was messed up BAD. Shuman Services said: The wheel lift is being used essentially as a tie down point, it doesn't appear to have any weight on it at all. NOT the proper way to tow a limo! PlanBtransport said: I would have done it without the boards under the rear tires, let the rear tires ride in the wheel lift, strap it down and go. If the angle was too steep I would have blocked the front wheels to raise the nose and get rid of some of the angle, and tied it down appropriately. Or just wheel lift it from the rear and call it a day. melville said: not the proper way to tow but aside from the probable damage to the undercarriage I have seen this done out of my yard before. Lantz70 said: eh,made it work.looks secure,towlights.
  16. 01-31-07: 60tonner Wrote, Tator Envy said: I think you are getting it...thats a nice looking 60t! MTA415 said: Wow! how did you do the side to side pic thing!?!? Mr Waialae Chevron said: Looks like a WIDE job.. Is that a real recovery or are you guys practicing? Looks like a helluva truck . Rotator60 said: You might be new to posting pics..but..not to recoveries..How about some details on this one...Was it loaded??..Nice air bag recovery. BigWheelRecovery said: Tony nice job, but can I give you a few pointers to help save you some time an money? We have done quite a few bag jobs so I will advise you same as I show my guys, no sence in trying to reinvent the wheel the info is all ready out there an most of the experence guys on this forum will give it up.First as far as the air bags, get your self a bunch of heavy duty used or new truck mud flaps ,rubber ones only to place on top of your very expensive air bags, I dont advise you doing another job with out them.When you cut a bag its a paine in the butt to fix or ship out to get them fixed, they are never right after that.I also didnt see any heavy blocking,that means that your guys were under the trailer with out solid support as they slid in the bags,to dangerous.I didnt see your starter bags at work? Im sure that is how you did the first part of the lift using Mat jacks then starters.An last you should use the eye on your stiff leg for your snatch block, that way you will be pulling down setting that front lower wheel, it will come over with out sliding an the wire wont be working against you.Im not critisizing just dont want to see any one get hurt physically or financially . thanks BOB Heavytowman12 said: Some handy pointers from bigwheel that we all should follow while doing a recovery.I also at times take mud flaps and put them on top of my cushions.My luck though any cushion I might a cut was on the side wall of the cushion from some unforeseen object.I never cut one on the top or close to edge luckily. Patches do hold well on the side wall.Cribbing is something we always do although it might not meet all saftey standards.Lowering the block to the stiff leg ok but I don't think is was a critical factor on this recovery.But a good tool in your tool box for the next one maybe.The job in general to me looked very well handled.Even if any of the few pointers that were pointed out were done but maybe not seen in the photos. Keep up the hard work LIN MAR & CREW! Faoxtow82 said: Nice tator. Very nice job. Thanks for sharing with us. JARED BigWheelRecovery said: Martin I guess that I didnt properly explain my self as far as the placement of mud flaps,I suggest that you place the mud flaps as you said on top of the bags, an most of the time we put 4 or 5 on each bag an more if needed taking special attention that the flaps extend 6 or 7 inches past the top rail.That way when the bags start to expand they always rap around that top an thats where they are usaully cut.Also I might ad an just trying to spread the knowledge so the newer responders dont have to find out the hard way ,you have to work in a safe enviroment,that means make your work area clear of ALL debris such as sheet metal, ROCKS an anything that your crew could trip an fall on, or get hung up on as you slide the bags around.Also the tractor usaully comes over first,in the 6th picture the wire will catch the hood,again I can only help if I tell it like I see it,thanks again BOB Rotator60 said: All those are good points Bob...Sounds like you have learned from any mistakes you might have made doing air cushion jobs...Those suggestions are tools for the tool box...
  17. The Township of Hamilton, New Jersey posted a video on its Facebook page that showed an officer almost getting hit by a car. According to the post, the video shows the Officer jumping out of the way of a passing motorist. The post went on to say that situations like this one are the reason the "Move Over Law" was created. The law requires passing motorists to change lanes or slow down when passing a stopped vehicle.
  18. 01-24-07: allenstowing Wrote, looking for some sp 8000 pics mounted on an existing rollback not a new one. and any info on how to move the bed back to allow for it. i just bought one and any info on installing would be great. WM010544 said: I don't know if you have to move the bed back. It will probably only work if you have the stationary pylon option, then just remove the existing pylon and install the SP8000, I think it has a built in light rack for the light bar? Someone else may know better that's just my 2 cents.Ant Santiam01 said: Depends on the bed. Some of the beds will allow for it without to much modification, while others require major work. So, what kind of bed are you putting the unit on? Allenstowing said: its going on a 2000 century 21 foot steel with removable rails. truck is a 2000 freightliner fl60 ex-cab. the sp 8000 is the model with hydralic out riggers. my head board is not stationary Santiam01 said: I think you are in for alot of work. Can somebody answer this question. Can a Century bed be adjusted once it is mounted? I know on a Jerr-Dan, the cylinder, & the hold-down can be moved after the bed is installed, can you do the same thing to a Century? allenstowing said: the cylinder on my bed can be moved to the third slot and that is suppose to give me 8 inches but ive never had a rollback bed off before. so i'm looking for some guidance on this TOWAHOLIC said: i installed a permenant headboard on a century bed we had by moveing cylinder back and moveing locks back there would have been enough room on thistruck for a sidepuller like they say measure twice cut once Reliable Towing: i removed my stationary bulkhead and had just enough room. Jerr dan bed on IHC chassis. love the hydraulic outriggers they say 8" and they mean it I had 9" with bulkhead removed. the only thing I would have done different would be to update the lightbar Steven
  19. 01-16-07: Towman26 Wrote, Does anybody have a SP8000 or SP20000 on a wrecker. Post a pics if ya got one, I have seen the one on Big Reds 25 ton. I am putting together a 16 ton & am not sure what I want to install on a Int 33k gvw.Got any suggestions Geartow said: go with the sp 20000, it will be like using "old school" for a side pule , don,t think the 8000 is large enough for a 16 ton, but that's my thinking. Santiam01 said: Here is a truck we finished in November. We haven't put any SP8000's on any of the Jerr-Dan HPL35's or Cougar units, mostly because of the flexability of a Jerr-Dan boom. I have talked to the people that own this truck, & they have used a few times in the nasty weather here in the Northwest, & they are very happy with its performance. The hydraulic legs also make putting on chains extremely easy. Towman26 said: Ya that looks good. We are going to go with the sp20 on the 16 ton we are building right now. We are going to make the body a little closer to the sp unit. Santiam01 said: Unless you cut into the body, that was as close as we could get. Wreckerman05 said: i saw a new truck yesteday at auto equipment-statesville,nc--new int 4300 with looked like 16 ton unit with a sp mounted-looked good solid white sitting on front line for sell---they had chassis setting everywhere waiting on mounting units-he said the were so far behind-i guess the towing industry is doing good then.....
  20. CLAREMORE, Okla. (KTUL) — The Oklahoma Highway Patrol says a man is dead after being hit by a vehicle on the Will Rogers Turnpike Friday afternoon. The crash happened just before 1:30 p.m. in the westbound lanes of I-44 near Claremore. Officials say Jesse Jones, 70, was on the shoulder of Will Rogers Turnpike westbound because his car was not working. Jonathan Taylor, 43, was trying to tow Jones's car with his wrecker truck, so both men were out of their vehicles. OHP says 55-year-old Harry Welker was driving westbound in the outside lane, and for some unknown reason, left the roadway to the right and hit Taylor. Taylor was pronounced dead at the scene. Officials are still investigating to determine the cause of the collision. RESOURCE LINK Person Dies After Being Struck By Vehicle On Will Rogers Turnpike OGERS COUNTY, Oklahoma - A person has died after being struck by a vehicle on the Will Rogers Turnpike near Claremore as a vehicle was being loaded onto a tow truck Friday afternoon, the Oklahoma Highway Patrol says. An Allied Towing of Tulsa employee was assisting a disabled semi when another semi traveling westbound and hit the worker. The Allied employee was killed, troopers say. The driver of that semi did stop about a half-mile down the road and is talking with investigators. The collision happened in the westbound lanes near mile marker 263 on the Will Rogers Turnpike in Rogers County. The scene won't be cleared for a while as troopers wait for wreckers to arrive to tow the vehicles. RESOURCE LINK Towing Company Releases Statement Regarding Highway Death Of Employee CLAREMORE, Oklahoma - We are hearing from Allied Towing in Tulsa after one of its tow truck drivers was killed on the job in Claremore. 1/26/2018 Related Story: Person Dies After Being Struck By Vehicle On Will Rogers Turnpike The driver was helping a disabled semi Friday afternoon when another semi hit him along the Will Rogers Turnpike. Allied released a statement saying, "This is a terrible tragedy. Our hearts go out to the Taylor family. We are anxious to learn the results of the official investigation. Until then, we can only help a member of the Allied family deal with the loss of a loved one.” It’s a tragedy that is certainly being felt in the towing community. "You're gonna know them as soon as you find out who it was. You seen him before, you know him and it hurts," said Randy Post. Post has been in the towing business since 1984. As the owner of Claremore's Dunlap Wrecker, he knows firsthand how close the community is. "It's a small town and it happened close to our town but it's like anybody in any business and they lose someone close it hurts," Post said. Friday afternoon, a semi-truck hit and killed the Allied driver as he helped load a vehicle onto the back of a tow truck. The accident blocked traffic in the westbound lanes for hours. The Oklahoma Highway Patrol said the semi driver who hit the worker stopped about a half mile down the road. According to Randy Post, on average, 50 tow truck drivers are killed each year, proving just how dangerous the job is. "We've got the move over law but you still have to be aware that people aren't moving over. Move over and slow down that's what they're supposed to do," Post said. The workers at Dunlap left work Friday evening visually upset to know what happened easily could have happened to one of them. "All we can do is pray for 'em and pray for their family. It's just a really bad situation," said Post. A spokesperson for Allied said Mr. Taylor was 44-years-old and the father of three kids. The family is asking for privacy tonight, so much so they're asking us not to release his first name at this time. RESOURCE LINK Byran Hull Shared on FB: Just sent out from Oklahoma Wrecker Owners Association: Jonathan Taylor’s funeral will be Thursday at 2:00 at New Beginnings Church 4104 E 151st St S. Bixby, OK 74008. Allied Towing will have a place available to meet with everyone to visit with friends, eat, begin staging around 11:00 until we caravan to the church at 1:00. We will meet at the Freeway Cafe 5849 S. 49th West Ave., Tulsa, OK 74107. There is plenty of space available for wreckers. We will take I-44 to Hwy 75 South to Hwy 67 east. That is 151st, where the church is located. We will stage on the shoulder, in front of the church. After the services, we will have a procession to the Bixby Cemetery, less than a mile down on the same side of the road. The Taylor family is so pleased and humbled that so many wrecker families have reached out to be a part of honoring JT. Of course, Allied is also thankful for the friendship and support that has been extended as well. A Go fund me has been set up for JT’s wife, Melissa, and their children, Christopher, Nathaniel, and Summer. https://www.gofundme.com/the-taylor-family-support-fund PayPal is also available for those who have asked. Btrue2selfalways@yahoo.com Everyone is welcome to join us to honor JT. George and I appreciate the prayers that have been extended for our family at Allied. Please share with our community as you see fit. Thank you, Tara Bashaw Allied Towing of Tulsa Tara@TowTulsa.com
  21. 06-10-06: Wreckeruk Wrote, done with eurogrids! Unknown Member asked: Are you in a stadium? Wreckeruk replied: No its the bus garage, was taking it to Volvo main dealer Underdog said: Looks good Keith, do you leave the grids on or just use them on buses? Stay safe, Rich - Underdog Truck Service Wreckeruk said: Hi Rich, tend to just use them with coaches and buses , but have lifted trucks before with them. A lot of the newer buses over here dont have a front axle beams, they r independent wishbone suspension and so should only be lifted with grids. Keith MNPOOL said: The chain is just for safety? wmjohn991095 said: Keith, do you have a pic of the Eurogrids with nothing on them? Would like to see what they look like compared to our grids. www.UnderdogTruckService.com Wreckeruk said: Hi John. i believe u have a NRC so as my old NRC9320 had grids i assume urs r the same , the ones i got now on my truck are very similar to urs, but i'll get some pics next time i use them. Always Bet on the Underdog!
  22. 12-21-05: Part Timer Wrote, This was part of my morning, received a call from the local contractor looking after the main and back (logging) roads for Snow clearing and Ice control. There was a vehicle blocking the road so the sand/salt truck could not get through. They dispatched a second truck to ensure I could get to their location. I was warned of the road conditions before I left (sheer ice). Here is what I found on arrival. As you can see the contractor had a good bed of sand down for me when I arrived. It was a challenge to walk pass the RV. Sorry the pictures don't show it,but the passenger front wheel is hanging in mid air. Where the RV stoped, it is a 30 foot drop to the river below. Decided to go for a two point pull using a holmes tree to steady the front end as I winched the vehicle straight back. Set one snatch block at the tree and set the second one low on the wrecker. Would liked to have the tree closer to road level but it was the only option I had.... At the end though the customer drove his RV away happy that it was not floating in the river. Rob The foam insulation you see on the road was something the owner had attempted for traction before I arrived. Doug Fitzgerald said: Very good work !!! Rigged just like I would if I had did it. Ed Barker said: Thanks for sharing Rob,that road looked like a skating rink. Curt Sharp said: very good job. It is nice to see some creative rigging once in awhile. That was one close ride for the rv!! Part Timer said: Believe or not the owner spent the night in it fetched on the parcular angle....... Also forgot to mention that this area is a cellular dead zone, so no source of communications to the outside world. Bigger parts than mine obviously....... He was able to get out the rear window though. Rob Dlock13 said: How was climbing up that enbankment to hook to that tree in the ice? Nothing like the only tree that is suitable is straight up a steep bank. Looks like a fun job though.
  23. Modzelewski's Recovery & Heavy Hauling, It is a with a heavy heart that we share this touching tribute to Mark Modzelewski. Thank you to all our family, friends, tow brothers and sisters, and all the Police Depts involved for showing such massive amounts of love, respect and support.
  24. Mark Salentine of Ray's Towing, Inc. job is beyond dangerous
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    Location: Town of Algoma Fire Department 2622 Omro Rd, Oshkosh, Wisconsin 54904 Hosted by: Nolte's Towing 2850 Jackson St. Oshkosh, Wisconsin
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