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  1. Question: I am reviewing your Top Motor Club classifications. I want to know based on what criteria you base your rankings off of? Is it response time, customer service, number of providers, ect.? Thanks Answer: Using the same system for more than a decade. It is based on numerous factors gathered over the previous year. These are converted into numbers and combined with rankings submitted by members. Once those submissions have been added a list is presented to the membership for review. Should a number of members disagree, then the process is reviewed. We do not obtain a list of providers so that is not a factor. We do not factor in reviews from customers/members as those are not our focus. Our focus is how the providers rank the clubs. As for Customer Service that would be a ranking of Providers and the Clubs. This is not our focus of these rankings. Of course as with any poll or ranking there will be a margin of error. However, we have conducted this ranking of the Motor Clubs and have only changed the criteria of the rankings by adding different factors. Does this alter the outcome year to year. That is not conclusive, what is know is the industry participation in regards to the management and representatives of the club are a factor. The more expressible the two are effects the outcome. Volume, Method and Rate of Payments our major factors. These are not determined by the organizers of the rankings. These are submitted by the participating providers. Some of these providers currently provide service to the club and some do not. These are factors that are considered as well. In the end every effort is made to present a list which is accepted by the membership. Follow up questions: Will be answered within this topic.
  2. Wow, I have never seen the extended version.
  3. I just realized the Challenge Deadline passed at midnight and there were no new Patrons or even a Bronze Sponsor. I will try to send a check anyway within the next week. Patton's was once an active supporter and contributor to Tow411 topics. It would not be to support one of their drivers during a donation period. Wonder if he qualifies for the Ohio Injured Drivers Fund. Does anyone reading this know?
  4. Daytona Turkey Run Images Source: Chuck's Towing & Recovery LLC
  5. How many are out there in service? Images from a Tow411 Topic back in 2009.
  6. This is a really shape looking Vulcan they just added to their fleet.
  7. This was the last topic DodgeTowGuy134 started on the old system. I am breaking back because I am curious to hear if he came to a conclusion. --------- start ---------- Is there anyone in the forum that is running the MICHELIN XZL 335/80R-20 tires on their trucks? We are looking to outfit one of our trucks with these "military" type of off-road mud/snow/sand tread tires for use on a custom recovery vehicle. We are curious if anyone else has any experience with these tires or a similar tire in the "military" radial tread design & size. Thanks! startow said: ive never used that size but i use michelins on all my trucks and they get about twice as many miles as any others goodmichael said: 2nd the motion on Michelin. I will NEVER, EVER, EVER, NEVER again buy a Goodyear tire. Michelin tires are the best. DodgeTowGuy134 said: Clarification: I'm not looking for brand recommendations, but instead about the specific tire type/size......It's an "off-road" military tire! I'm looking for feedback from those who already run this or similar tread tire on any of the tow trucks in their fleet. The tire is used in the off-road & "serious" go-anywhere RV camping communities. We are looking at putting these on a custom build tow truck that will be used for going on off-road recoveries, as well as the typical "on-road" everyday towing. We're curious of how they handle the daily driving on the roads for longevity and just how well they handle in the mud/snow/sand off-road environments. silverhawk said: But they were Goodyear C181. DOT approved for highway use but recommended for off road construction. Studded tire with excellent pulling in soft ground. No spin and no clogging of tread. Not available as C181 now. Had a speed rating of 60 mph though. 16 ply as I remember. Never got stuck with them, as I had flotation tires on the front of the LN9000 Ford truck. Bad noise problems. Couldn't hear good times radio at 60 mph. Kept from having to hand pull cables. Back up to stuck mixer, pull forward, then engage winch for winch-outs. DodgeTowGuy134 said: Yeah, i'm seeing that most of these radial tires of this tread type and size have a limited highway speed rating of up to 55 or 60 MPH
  8. Thank you Doreen & Integrated for you support. We are going to miss you in Florida this year. Scheduling around the Ky Derby Events just did not work out for the second year in a row.
  9. I'll be there on Friday for sure, maybe even Thursday. Do know, though I do know I stay away on Saturday as it is crowded. Call Me, maybe a few of us can get together like we have in past years.
  10. Nearing the end of the the month, is this all the members participating in this Roll Call?
  11. This is an informal Roll Call for the Mid America Truck Show in Louisville, Ky. https://www.truckingshow.com/
  12. So many reading and this new system only registers logged in member views. If you're a regular lurker registering has never been easier. Do It Now! Please Doing so will get TowForce closer to a A New Platinum Sponsor that will participate. However, if we cannot reach the 6000 members by June 11th, we prove them right. The Towing & Recovery Industry is just too small of a market for them to expand into. This potential new sponsor wants to get you to their website as they introduce new products. The have also agreed to post in the General Equipment forum with the goal of having a dedicated forum. The traffic is here, we just need to get the numbers up. That means both membership and topic participation. The message board had good traffic even after it broke. However, it became like "Read Only". Do not let this community go in that direction. Thanks, Now Reply to the Roll Call.
  13. Birmingham tow truck driver hit by car, seriously injured while helping stranded motorist BIRMINGHAM, Ala. — A tow truck operator is in the hospital with serious injuries after a crash on Highway 280 Thursday morning. The operator, who works for Weil Wrecker Service, was patrolling the roads for the state to help keep traffic flowing through the I-59/20 bridge project in downtown Birmingham when he stopped to help someone with a flat tire. Moments later, a vehicle plowed into him. The operator's boss, Steven Weil Sr., said his employee has already undergone one surgery and will need several more. "My drivers, myself, just like they want to go home, we all want to go home at the end of the day without being hurt," Weil said. "And too many people are hitting people working on the side of the road." Weil Wrecker Service shared this message for the public on social media: "This morning one of our drivers was struck by a vehicle on the side of the road while assisting a stranded motorist. It's a serious injury, and we ask you to join us in praying for him and his family. Pray for all our drivers today as they also deal with this accident and continue to face danger every time they work on the side of the road. "We take every opportunity to remind the public to slow down and move over. It's a state law, and today, failure to follow that law resulted in the injury of one of our own. The truth is it's always one of our own - no matter what company, state, or country - when a tow operator is struck by traffic just trying to do their job. Today's accident is close to home, and we're all struggling with the shock. "Help us keep our operators safe: Slow Down - Move Over. Be alert and free of distractions while you drive. We can train our drivers to be as safe as possible, but we can't protect them from accidents like this without your help." RESOURCE LINK with video
  14. Source: Alabama Towing & Recovery Association Facebook Page
  15. A couple of members have recently inquired about where the sponsorship funds go. Updating or replacing a desktop or laptop computer is part of those funds generated through the Patron/Sponsor Levels. As System Costs, Marketing, Promotions, Travel and what remains goes towards a salary for maintaining the message board. Yes, I have been compensated for my time. That compensation has been cut in the past couple of years, but like the towing industry we all keep moving forward because we cannot go back. The Tow411 message board was well know for it's time. But times change and as a New Generation enters the industry it is up to us industry veterans to not make way for that New Force. But, to offer them a TowForce of knowledge not found in such abundance any place else. Now I must apologize after months of searching I may have found a new laptop. I just need the funds to purchase it and return this borrowed Macbook. Check it out, I will be adding some reviews. But, as much as I like a Mac they are falling behind the technology. Review: The Huawei Matebook X Pro (2019) is the best laptop I’ve ever used… ever Huawei knocked this one out of the park https://thenextweb.com/plugged/2019/03/19/review-the-huawei-matebook-x-pro-2019-is-the-best-laptop-ive-ever-used-ever/
  16. What is your oldest complete wrecker unit? Note: Working or not working it must be mounted on a complete chassis with drive train to be counted. Complete means it hasn't been cannibalized, other then obviously sitting for some time it looks like it's ready to go. If your oldest is older than the 50's add reply telling us what it is, if it's newer we've probably heard about it. Don't fudge on this one!
  17. Here's a Rat Rod Tow Truck from the same guys.
  18. Watch this Dash Cam Video to the End as it takes your breath away. Our Thoughts will be with the Driver as we have a Candle lit for a speedy recovery.
  19. Deville, I have been involved in social media for more than 20 years. I hear what you are saying and the part that is missing here are the percentage of our members that do not use other forms of social media. These are the Forgotten that were at a lose when the old Tow411 Message Board broke. While many members when to the other venues, some are not a fan of the amount of time they are spending keeping up with the topic, posts, threads many of which lack the discussion found on a message board. This is the reason message board are seeing a resurgence. Here are just a few popular high traffic message boards that have not been effected or are seeing an increased level of activity. https://www.thedieselstop.com/ https://niketalk.com/ http://pipesmagazine.com/forums/forum/general-pipe-smoking-discussion https://forum.officer.com/ https://www.jeepforum.com/forum/ (I will add more links as the time permits) As for our participation on other forms of social media. We are out there spreading the word about the New Force in the Industry. If you have not seen those interactions and links to current topics then that proves those forms of social media do not reach as many viewers as one would think. But, I will not knock the venues or those who use them. Information is power, getting the information out is not any easier than it was more than a decade ago. We have done contests and promotions in the past and we will continue to do in time. Time has been an issue, in fact we still have to finish a Christmas Drawing. I take full responsibility for the delay, watch for the new drawing videos to be posted soon. Savannah starts spring break mid week. Membership will grow, it just takes time. In fact It took Tow411 more than 3 years to break 1000 members in 2004. I stated that it would take TowForce 3 years to break 6000 members and here we are attempting to reach that mark by June 11, 2019 instead of December 2020. Half the projected time span. Thanks for the luck, we got it back...
  20. Connecticut Towing At Untouchable Towing & Auto Repair
  21. Topic Originally Created on Tow411 in September of 2016: Eds Towing said: It's great seeing the manufactures donating to the museum. Uniting to help a common goal in our industry and putting the competitiveness aside for the betterment of everybody! Thank you for your support. In Memory of NationalAutow who said: That picture does not do the trailer justice. That thing has more options on it than I can count. We will be going to Landoll school for the next few weeks. mooresbp said: Very nice. goodmichael said: I really admire companies that dig deep and donate for a worthy cause. I have been to the museum twice, and it has been a very historical experience. Also thanks for those who placed bids. The economy is really tight at this time for a great deal of people. Builder 2 said: Congrats
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