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    TowZone reacted to brian991219 in Re: Seminar - Defensive Driving - Dallas Tow Show   
    Thank you for the kind words Randy, well said and on point about drivers injured in single vehicle crashes. Fact is, rear end collisions are the most common, at 28% of all crashes, and also the easiest to prevent.
     
    I will also be doing a mini-clinic version on the show floor, Friday the 16th at 12:45. This is open and free for all attendees, think of it as a primer for what you will learn on Saturday morning.
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    TowZone reacted to rreschran in Re: Seminar - Defensive Driving - Dallas Tow Show   
    Based on the climbing number of tow truck and flatbed carrier accidents, I invite you to attend, American Towman's Brian Riker and his seminar on, "Defensive Driving and Driving Professionalism". Fact: Tow trucks and solo crashes and incidents are oftentimes the fault of the tow truck driver. Come and learn how tow trucks respond to panic stops, conditions while loaded, why the use of wearing a seat-belt is important, including other driver caused behaviors that result in tow operator fatality. Brian's seminar is must see information and something you should present at your company's next safety meeting. See you there in a couple of days at the American Towman Dallas Tow Exposition, August 17th, 2019 at 0800 Room Appaloosa 2.     R.
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    TowZone got a reaction from ESC in Win A Towmate TM-FLUX Wireless Tow Light   
    Keep em coming, our goal is to giveaway this TowMate Light Bar on or around October 1st. However, we need to get close to the 100 qualifying recovery topics. Sounds like a steep hill to climb, but we never know till we try.
     
    Thanks to @Orcas Tow @dperone @ESC @mooresbp for your participation. A decade there would have been numerous members creating posts for a giveaway and the prizes were smaller back then. We're going to get this back on track.
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    TowZone reacted to goodmichael in Responder Training Program   
    We lose people to roadside struck by incidents due to the industry not making safety their number one priority. Safety is an attitude. And safety costs money to perpetuate. We have a poor attitude on safety. We as an industry accept the sixty deaths as a cost of doing business for the year. We then cross our fingers that they will not happen to anyone we know. On the same front, people whine, cry, piss and moan about the cost of their insurance premiums. But nobody, but a select few, has ever raised the fact that if this industry adds protocols to make the industry safe at the cost of the end user, the premiums people pay will be considerably lower, and the sixty deaths might possible be cut to fifteen for the year. 
     
    We have some outstanding business people in this industry that strive to provide a great, safe workplace for their people. We have a great deal of clueless people who have the assets and ability to acquire equipment but do not have the vision that safety is paramount in this field to survive for the long term. They are concerned, but not concerned enough to take the required steps to ensure a safe workplace. They are more concerned about the loss of business they will encounter if they charge accordingly, and their charges are reflective of a safe workplace. They do not want to hurt their customers feelings, and or are too worried about someone else getting sub par clientele. Then there are the meat grinder people, the bottom of the barrel companies. They could care less about their staff. Fire one hire one is their motto. You all are a piece of work. 
     
    We also have poor industry leadership that is afraid to step up and call people out for lack of safety. I consider myself fairly informed despite not having a television in my home for four years. I read about fifty books a year on various subjects. Nobody from the manufacturing end , Miller, Jerr Dan, or any of the other CEO's of equipment manufacturers have called for any type of urgency in discussing this issue. Motor clubs have not done so either. Law enforcement has failed as well. I am speaking of at large discussions to address the issues of safety. I hope I made somebody mad. I really do.
     
    We as an industry perpetuate an unsafe working environment for our staff by not doing everything we can to ensure that we do all we can do. So to answer your question, so many die because so many more do not care enough to take affirmative action to prevent the deaths. 
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    TowZone got a reaction from mushspeed in Does anyone use their rotator for towing?   
    I recently posted this question to a FB Group dedicated to "Rotators Only"
     
    Here are some of the responses I received and I will use initials though some may be identified by the images they included.
     
    HB said:
    50 ton all day everyday

     
    BB said:
    Every day
     
    GCS said:
    Yup
     
    MS said:
    Only if we are extremely busy or it’s something heavy ie overweight dump truck or garbage truck
     
    PS said:
    50 ton with a knee boom all day everyday
     
    JD said:
    50 and 60 ... everyday
     
    RP said:
    Won’t pay bills just sitting waiting for a wreck
     
    MM said:
    A 1075 all day everyday don't think I was ever legal once with the weight
     
    MG said:
    50 ton all day long
     
    TP said:
    Both of ours are towing all the time
     
    MW said:
    Isn't normally not first but yes sir all the time
     
    Jay Trgo said:
    60 ton Jerrdan, 1135 , 2 -1150's and a NRC 6080 when needed
     
    AV said:
    4 out of 5 of ours roll all day. The 75 ton twin steer sits for the "big one".......
     
    BW said:
    JD 60 all day everyday!!
     
    FH added:

     
    BA said:
    Everyday
     
    CH said:
    1150 every day
     
    JB said:
    Everyday
     
    JP said:
    1075 Twin-steer, all-day every day but it stays local and focused on the larger stuff when possible.
     
    JD said:
    When needed. Out at least Twice a week rowing
     
    CG said:
    Our 1075 usually once or twice a week
     
    ByA said:
    50 ton every day, 70 ton never
     
    Warren Driscoll said:
    Our 1075 will go out only for cranes, pumpers, diesal pushers etc unless the others are busy. We see the rotator as a specialty unit and if its needed its going to be more$
     
    SouthernStar1 said:
    All the time with my 1060

     
    DD said:
    Theres an under lift for a reason

     
    WL said:
    If needed
     
    CS said:
    All day, everyday
     
    Mat Bartlett said:
    Every day
     
    ZB said:
    Every day here

     
    NB added:


     
    IE said:
    Yessir

     
    SR said:
    Yes we do
     
    RM added:

     
    CJSE said:
    All 3 every day!
     
    CC said:
    All the time
     
    LC added:

     
    LN said:

     
    AF added:

     
    SC said:

     
    KL said:
    Nah. That's what the DTU's are for. Big Bitches stay inside unless there's work to do
     
    JK said:
    Yep
     
    TCR added:

     
    JM said & added:
    Only big stuff or unless we are really busy.

     
    RH added:

     
    DD added:

     
    FG said:
    Every day
     
    TR said & added:
    Only when it’s something super heavy or needs a lot of wheelift reach other than that we use it for recovery only

     
    BMP said:
    It was in my travels so figured why not lmao

     
    Brian Bell said & added:
    Most tows are done with the B&B or the 5130 but if it’s bigger or if n I feel like it I’ll take the rotator and tow with it.

     
    CW added:

     
    WH said:
    Two here sometimes three
     
    ML said:
    DID ALL THE TIME
     
    BT said:
    Everyday
     
    JWF said:
    Use mine everyday for all kinds of things
     
    WD said:
    As long as its close enough to still cover if a rotator call comes in, nothing long distance
     
    Ron Pratt added:


     
    JS said:
    Every day.

     
    MC added:

     
    MC added:

     
    JTP added:

     
    MS said:
    Every day!
     
    JTS said & added:
    Ten years now but been letting it rest while I use our DTU

     
    KWK said:
    Every tow I do is in my rotator
     
    VA added:

     
    BW added:

     
    TW added:

     
    KM said & added:
    1075 towing a bobtail

     
    JD added:

     
    VC said:
    Everyday everyway
     
    sweiljr said:
    We do with two of the the other one is primarily for recovery just a back on towing
     
    JL said & added:
    Nope, we take the UL off them as soon as we get them

     
    TowZone said:
    Wow, more than 100 replies. That's amazing, it's also odd considering I have been trying for more than two months to give away a 36" TowMate Light Bar valued at over $1100.00
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    TowZone reacted to Orcas Tow in Scooby Doo almost into house.   
    I had a call for a Subaru into a house. I arrived on scene to find a Subaru had gone beyond the parking blocks & was resting on the house with the transmission pan on top of a large cinder block.
     
    Probably could have used the flatbed but thought it may drag trans pan across cinder block & create a mess, needed lift on both front wheels but that would take 2 wreckers. I'm a small operation on a remote island, so if possible I always try & use what I have on scene.
     
    Using my 2001 F550 4x4 with a Chevron 408, twin 9,000 winches with swaged 3/8 wire rope I found a Holmes Tree placed about perfectly on the passenger side of the car for my needs. Using a ladder I choked a 3/8"grade 80- recovery chain/4 ton snatchblock up high on the tree for a high/rearward pull on the passenger side of the Subaru with my drivers side wire rope terminating to a WreckMaster K strap to the passenger front wheel, rigged my passenger side line directly to the Subarus drivers front wheel again terminating with a WreckMaster K strap/4x4 wood block creating clearance for strap to body. Boom up/out high for lift, blocks behind wheels for safety I  engaged winches & brought the car back up onto level ground without any further damage to the house or car. Replaced blocks & confirmed no undercarriage damage, happy customer.  
     















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    TowZone got a reaction from mushspeed in Actor Danny Trejo Rescues Child   
    Some live it, but many don't... Either way this interview is moving and I am glad to have had it brought to may attention through this series of events. So, if you have time to sit and watch an hour long show, I recommend this interview. I believe a the Lord placed this man in that intersection at that precise time for a reason. Those of faith can relate to what I am saying.
     
    Just as I believe the Lord has guided us to this new network message board.
     
    The Towing & Recovery Industry lost it's center and it will take a Force to bring it back.
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    TowZone got a reaction from Lauren in Tow truck driver critically injured in hit-and-run on I-285 "UPDATED" (GA)   
    Thought's & Prayer for this Tow Operator listed in Critical Condition. I have searched for any updates as the is now been more then 12 hours. Do we have any members in Georgia that can provide further details and the current status of the Tow Operator?
     
    UPDATE:
    One of the Georgia HERO Drivers Posted this on a FB Group>
     
    TOW OPERATOR HIT last night - I-285 in Atlanta.
    Operator taken to the hospital in critical condition
    No Company Name on Truck -
    UPDATE: per police on scene he’s expected to be okay.
    He was taken from the scene to surgery.
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    TowZone reacted to Njsss in F450   
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    TowZone got a reaction from Mayestruck in New Patron/Sponsor Promotion thru July 31, 2019   
    Aw shit, I thought I fixed that. Must have been two errors in there and I missed the second one. Sleep is a rare commodity in my world, I get enough only once or twice a week. I'll get those Shirts with an R out on Monday. Thanks anyone else wants a T-shirt this under cost as I need to move them out to make room for the next order. Researching a design now, and yes the poem as well as the prayer shirts will return. Only difference will be they may not have the Tow411 .net in the Wings.
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    TowZone reacted to ECTTS in 2018 Ford F-550 Supercab Jerr Dan HPL-60 in Red - Stock#9645N   
    This unit is available on our lot. Check out it and other wreckers at https://ectts.com/wreckers-tow-trucks-repo-recovery-trucks-for-sale/
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    TowZone reacted to Bruce Bender in Ohio Tow Show Roll Call - Sept. 26-29, 2019   
    Can't wait to see your "Smiling Face" Doreen!! Always so uplifting!!
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    TowZone reacted to rreschran in Re: Ford versus Ferrari Movie - Coming Soon   
    I've been a huge Cobra fan forever. In November, the movie, "Ford Versus Ferrari" is coming out. If you are a fan of Carroll Shelby and the paath he created in American musclecars, I think you too will really enjoy this account of Shelby's life.    R.
     
    Movie Trailer:    https://www.google.com/search?q=movie+ford+vs+ferrari&oq=movie+ford+versus&aqs=chrome.1.69i57j0l2.10791j0j4&sourceid=chrome&ie=UTF-8
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    TowZone got a reaction from TowProfessional in Tow Professional President/ Owner celebrating 11 year anniversary!   
    Happy Anniversary! Looking Good in Center Stage...
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    TowZone reacted to Orcas Tow in Bring the small truck he said.   
    Yeah, No, my hourly rate has always been calculated of the weight of the casualty not what I bring to do the job:)
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    TowZone got a reaction from Hdtowing in TowForce Semi-Annual Roll Call "July 2019"   
    Hdtowing aka John Hessman member since August of 2002. His father "Jack Hessman" known as "JACKSTOWING" is what can be considered one of our Tow411 founding members  Jack left us in August of 2005 as the result of a tragic motorcycle accident. I continue to miss Jack along with many others who were very enthusiastic about communicating with other towers. It is unknown how many Jack touched in our early days. It's hard to fight back the tears, but the stories must be told. The list below of the Top Ten WreckMasters in 2005 includes John Hessman. Honored just a few months following his fathers passing. I am positive I am just one of few that miss Jack and we are proud that John has become the man his father would be proud of... And look forward to his passing on the knowledge to our younger members. Thank you for being there John aka Hdtowing.
     
    A List of 2005 Top Ten WreckMasters:
    Interstate Towing Matt Farrell 91212
    Ace Towing & Recovery Barry Derbyshire 97645
    Automotive Support Services John Hessman III 971205
    Engel Towing Sean Koonz 001772
    Buehler Automotive Ken Buehler 020110
    Gene's Towing & Transportation Michael Myers 020905
    Country Repair Michael Rutherford 030160
    Bussanmas Towing & Recovery Jeff Bussanmas 030968
    Tony's Wrecker Service Inc. Nick Schade 040123
    US Tow Service Michael Meade 98780

    And the WreckMaster of the Year for 2005 is "John Weaver" from Mauldin Body Shop in Canton, GA
     

     
    From the list above you will recognize at least half of the Towman as members of Tow411 now TowForce.
    Together everyone of our members are a strong Force in the Towing & Recovery Industry.
     
    I know I am missing some member stories along the way, so if other could help me along I would appreciate it.
     
    This is more than a roll call, since we have changed systems this is more like a reunion. Thank you!
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    TowZone reacted to Turbo4whl in Fourth of July and Flying the American Flag   
    I added two flag holders to my hobby wrecker:
     

     
    American Flag always on the right. Two small Bonnie Blue flags on the wheel lift and a Scouting anniversary flag on the mast. Sorry, no wind to move the flags when parked.
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    TowZone reacted to WildwoodJack in TowForce Semi-Annual Roll Call "July 2019"   
    Thanks for the kind words. The die cast collection was my brother Wally's. He passed away 2 months after we got that KW. Mike and I started working on the Miller race recovery team in 2005 at Chicagoland Speedway. He was not able to work at the track last year do to him being sick. Since Miller quit supplying trucks Lynch Towing Equipment has supplied the trucks. This year, to honor Mikes work on the recovery team Lynch along with Miller Industries had a limited number of t shirts made with a picture of his 50s rat rad tow truck on the back. At the race track for a $20.00 donation a person got a shirt. There was 131 shirts made, and 127 went to donors. There were many people who donated money, from towers to track service people, such as fire fighters, clean up, ems, and even some people from NASCAR that did not want shirts. Total proceeds were $3190.00 that were donated to Mikes wife and kids. If I knew how to post pictures, I would post one of the shirt. This old dog is not that advanced. LOL.  A huge thank you to Fred Grueber from Miller Industries, Miller, and Lynch Towing Equipment for taking the time and effort to honor Mike. To all who donated, Thank you. 
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    TowZone got a reaction from mushspeed in malachi mckay: Rotator work ep#187 bad spot on i88   
    I so want the names of these company vehicles in violation of Slow Down Move Over. I want to send their companies a copy of this video. In hopes they have a safety director that could review the danger with their drivers. It's bad enough that a 4 wheeler does not respect the emergency vehicle. But when a commercial driver does it, that uncalled for and call needs to be made to there company.
     
    How can we as an industry get this word out to trucking companies so they are fully aware of our dangers and their drivers are a contributing factor?
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    TowZone reacted to dperone in Fourth of July and Flying the American Flag   
    We're never too far from an American flag, in fact the first picture here is our t shirt design but I had them add a bigger flag. We participate in both the Memorial Day and 4th of July parades each year with our flags flying high and proud.
     
    *Edited to add this year's 4th of July parade photo 
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    TowZone reacted to Melville in Win A Towmate TM-FLUX Wireless Tow Light   
    good idea, open dialogue would be nice again.
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    TowZone reacted to TowNews in Jillian Elizabeth Trgo - Born June 26 - 5lbs 11oz 19in   
    TowForce Congratulations to Jesse Trgo (Interstate Towing and Transport Specialists Inc.)
     

     

     

     

     
    @J TRGO
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    TowZone got a reaction from mooresbp in Tower Down: 06.10.19 (AZ) UPDATED 06.28.19   
    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
     

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