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    TowZone reacted to luigi in 2 accidents, closing 2 major highways, in less than 12 hours   
    Monday 3-12-18 @540pm The first accident came in via PSP requesting 3 trucks for 3 vehicles that were "pretty smashed up". We dispatched 2 rollbacks and 1 wrecker. After having to run the shoulder for about a mile, we arrive to find a tractor trailer had used 5 vehicles to come to a stop. I'm not going to post pictures since a lawsuit has been started. We ended up getting all 5 cars, while the tractor trailer was towed by another company. 
     
    Tuesday 3-13-18 @550am I receive a call form the night dispatcher requesting help for a 3 car accident that is closing all lanes of the highway. Psp to her that since the highway was closed we needed to enter the highway and the exit after the accident and come up the wrong way. I got to the shop, got a rollback (I wasn't on call) and got to the scene to find 1 car on the left lane jersey wall, the s10 in the middle lane, and the 3rd car against the right lane jersey wall. I loaded up the s10 and the left lane car, and my second guy got the right lane car.




     
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    TowZone reacted to EdsTowing in Another Gas Truck Recovery...   
    Yea we've bonded now...not ready for warm showers in the candle light yet but...you know....I'm his "Guy" when he's in the ditch...LoL The truck got dropped off tonight to fix some of these issues...we are thinking of holding up on the tool box & new step brackets. Got some 4" exhaust pipe in stock...don't think that will around long. 
     
    These were from 3 weeks ago...
     


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    TowZone reacted to EdsTowing in Another Gas Truck Recovery...   
    Got a call this morning from my new favorite delivery driver....You guys think I'm joking about the frequent flyer comment....LoL Today he tried to go up a hill and 1/2 way up he stopped at a sign. Then when he went to proceed, the ass slid sideways in to the snow bank. Somehow from that position, he decided to take a different method and ended up sliding down a steep hill in to a deep ditch.
     

     
    Pic doesn't do the hill justice...when I stopped the first time & set the brakes, the wrecker started to take off down the hill. I was a little pissed that he told me to come this way since it wasn't sensible & the only thing to come of it would be him running in to the back of me! So we went back down the hill & got stuck at the bottom. Got out and made our way around the back side...
     


     
    Told him good thing we didn't put the box back on because this would of smashed it again. Loaded w/ 50%...
     




     
    Got him up & out with a little help. Then after he set his brakes, they wouldn't hold it on the hill (badly out of adjustment). So I held the truck & Ronnie adjusted all the brakes up...
     


     
    On to the next....
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    TowZone reacted to EdsTowing in Honorary Member Of Our Frequent Flyer Program....   
    This poor guy has had a rough start of it...he's new here and this is his 6th recovery in 4 weeks. I told him I was going to get him a gift certificate for Outback or something because I appreciate his support! LoL
     



     
    Loaded to 72 %...
     

     
    Ran 2 Rim Slings under the chassis, 1 mid height pull off my tailboard & another off a block on a tree to pull him away from the rocks & address pole. He already ripped off the tool box & messed up all the brackets so I didn't have to worry about that...
     



     
    After the last time, he told his boss it was because his tires were no good...they were fine... Now they put new aggressive rubber on the back so when he's stuck he can really dig some holes!
     


     
    Loaded up the carnage for the ride home...
     

     
    They are going to need to do some landscaping before the customer comes home...
     

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    TowZone reacted to EdsTowing in Building Our New Emergency Response Truck   
    Radio installed...

     
    Stock up on absorbent supplies...


     
    New Stihl gas chain saw, electric chain saw & K2 cut saw...


     
    Drawer assortments filled with hardware, fittings & misc. small parts. We added a collapsible latter & made a rack system for the hand tools... 
     

     
    We have a power inverter to install & the chargers for the Milwaukee tools that are going in the locked cabinet in an organizer.
     

     
    We are making a seperate battery box & circuit protection system for the rear of the van to keep all of the lighting & power center separate from the chassis. I'll update when we get a little more done...
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    TowZone got a reaction from Jimmy in Ole Rig - 96 GMC 6500 w/Vulcan   
    MORE FLEET IAMGES
    16 Oct 2006 18:10

    A good Sunday Morning start after I cleared and towed the 2 vehicle accident and towed my neighbour's dodge I had to recover my partner's rig. I had to take some " Rub it in " pictures

      ExpressTowAaron said: It happens to everyone, at least you didn't have to hire someone else! Nothing is more embarrassing than seeing your truck behind a competitors truck, that's why I bought a light B class lol.
        FMS Mike said: Express what happened to your M2??
    Michael   ExpressTowAaron said: This pic it ran out of fuel .... Been hooked up to both of them more than once unfortunately. Nothing but problems with them until they hit 50,000 miles and haven't had any problems since?
    Trk3 05 M2 w/MB: 3 clutches, new harness, new tranny (I think they messed up on purpose after the 3rd clutch).
    Trk4 05 M2 w/ MB: New tranny, new rear end, 2 weeks of downtime chasing electrical gremlins.

    Heres the pic of the punishment for running out of fuel.
         
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    TowZone got a reaction from Jimmy in Ole Rig - 96 GMC 6500 w/Vulcan   
    25 Sep 2006 12:54
    Yawakze wrote,
    Here's some pics of my ole rig, a 96 GMC 6500 with a vulcan wrecker. She's gone now the owner scrapped her and mounted the wrecker on a f-650 chassis.

        mballor said: Looks like a nice truck, our trucks look about the same in the winter we will have four of them snow covered then switch them out in the shop and pull the others out. Its not really the snow coming down, its all the salt and slush on the road that makes it hard.    
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    TowZone got a reaction from Towmanjc in Too BIG!   
    17 Dec 2006 07:07
    WADE200 said: We were playing around in the yard the other day and well...

    I didn't go anywhere with this, I just wanted to show it can be lifted and quite easily to be honest. It's really not even that much over weight. I was grossing around 35-36,000 on a 33,000 chassis. Daniel Wade   slimsanta said: Interesting, very interesting.Dakota Service & Repair, Brookings, SD
      danielswt said: "too big" i don't think i have ever heard you say that before?? hopefully you didn't open up too big of a can of worms with this one.   Bigjer229 said: now that is different   tommytows said: dont tempt him, he might just do that LOL , how many miles is on that "show truck" now ?   Wade200 said: Only 130,000. After doing the show seen for a few years I finally had to start working it hard. Daniel Wade   Da Wash Boss said: dealer sees picture,,,,,, warranty now void,,,, lol lol. nice looking truck both of them are nice.
    Danny Cassello - TRPC - East Hartford, CT   Wade200 said: That truck is 4 years old so warranty is not an issue...of course, I think most warranty cards would serve a better purpose as toliet paper.
    At least with every truck we have purchased this has been true.

    Why would putting 1,000 lbs over it's rated limit void the warranty? Daniel Wade   hookin29 said: Now that is a n awsome pic!!!!!!!  
    Stapleytowin said:
    Yeah, that's awesome. Finally somebody to take the heat off my "big ice cream truck" post that raised so much dispute LOL
    Looks cool   SUPERIOR35 said: Only a little over gross. But I bet the rear axle weight is really out there.   Wade200 said: Actually my steer axle was heavy. Most of the weight was on the front of my bed, you could tell the front tires were loaded. Daniel Wade    
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    TowZone got a reaction from Towmanjc in Dump Tow from 2006   
    Quick little tow after this unit went over.
     

     

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    TowZone got a reaction from Towmanjc in We Were In the Dumps LOL   
    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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    TowZone reacted to Canadiantowman in "Toronto Tow Truck" Real or Fake?   
    Sounds fake to me , address comes back to a store. I'm thinking this is one of those places that sub everything out to brokers.

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    TowZone got a reaction from mushspeed in 2 600's Working HARD   
    03 Mar 2009 18:01
    Larry Lange Added Images,




      Da Wash Boss Said: Those are awesome photos!!!!!!! The classic Mighty Holmes 600,,,,
    A true workhorse looking great!!!!!!!!
    Danny Cassello - TRPC "EST 1963"
     
    Larry Lange said:
    I knew youd like these pics Danny
     
    underdog said:
    I love the GMC tied off to the yard horse to straighten it out......nice.
    Stay Safe, Rich.
     
     
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    TowZone got a reaction from Orcas Tow in Runaway Boat   
    Fantastic Images, think I would have to blow one up and frame it or make a poster out of it.
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    TowZone reacted to Orcas Tow in Runaway Boat   
    Wheel chock slipped after disconnecting from truck & boat went down a pretty steep grade stopping against tree with the outdrive. 2 trucks for maneuverability, first thing was securing a line from the lower wrecker to the trailer to keep it from going further over the bank while we were rigging, then strapping boat to trailer to make it a package deal. Rigged to the tree above on the bank with a snatchblock for a forward pull off the tongue & a line from reach wrecker to the trailer sides for steer ability while coming up. Once we had the tongue as high as we could we ran a second line to the trailer tongue to turn it towards the truck on the high side, winch to ball on wheel lift & we are on our way. 
     
     


     
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    TowZone reacted to BlackAutoload in Truck on its side in a garage !   
    Fun one.
    That style lift works good on cars for brake jobs... full size truck maxed out in height... he was asking for this to happen.
    I have the same lift and is currently sitting in my scrap pile. HA.
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    TowZone got a reaction from brenz34 in Low car on flatbed   
    I have been looking through the archives. When and if I find a good representation of ramps I will post them. Depends on how much you would use them would determine if general treated lumber or manufactured race ramps would be best.
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    TowZone got a reaction from beaucecarnavalman in couple excavators from last summer   
    04 Mar 2006 01:53 Keith Bell Wrote,
    first one - the bank behind them was working in on them and they couldn't keep up


    second one - coal mine employee borrowed the excavator to clean out his pond and do some landscaping. then his boss comes over to help and gets it stuck in the pond.

    Hoss - Mohney's Towing - Kittanning & Indiana, PA
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    TowZone got a reaction from beaucecarnavalman in making a new road in the pasture by "Jackmaster"   
    10 Mar 2006 01:28 Jackmaster Wrote,






    and now I get help getting out!
      NHTower said: Am I missing something or is all that winching being done with one line? What is the resistance involved?   Jackmaster replied: - - - - do ya see both lines now?   David said: Pics 3 & 4 show only 1 line to casualty. Alot of pull for single line.
    It came out so nice job.   Jackmaster replied: I was using 1 line to move my truck around as I was stuck, I needed to get straight with the dozer so I could lift and pull at the same time. Yes I was steering my truck with the line.
    They had tried to pull the dozer out with a tractor and had dug up the mud and sand and then smothed it over with a loader, so I had no way of getting a straight shot at it . got as close as I could then pulled myself in line so that I was pulling straight.
    glen   NHTower said: That was god thinking, I was just wondering, your new photos obviously show the two lines to the load.........   David said: Got it now.
    Thanks for the clarification.        
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    TowZone got a reaction from beaucecarnavalman in Double decker bus, vs, low bridge = single decker bus   
    Wonder if they'll clean it up and leave it that way. Crazy
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    TowZone got a reaction from beaucecarnavalman in Brian bell "now i'm a logger" from 2007   
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    TowZone got a reaction from beaucecarnavalman in We Were In the Dumps LOL   
    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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    TowZone got a reaction from beaucecarnavalman in Dump Tow from 2006   
    Quick little tow after this unit went over.
     

     

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    TowZone reacted to Orcas Tow in Standard Northwest recovery   
    Ha, new truck is in the heated shop all shiny & warm away from the salted roads. This is the 2001 550 4x4. Love the new truck but not ready to have it get all dirty yet:).
     
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    TowZone got a reaction from Midway Towing in Chargeback   
    Eagleone said:
     
    We had the same thing happened but... our driver waited 4 hours 100 miles away from home for payment. Got a card over the phone and a signature from owners brother who was driving truck. they disputed, we countered then we were credited, then they disputed again then countered again. We were eventually paid but lost $150 in fees for the charge backs
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    TowZone got a reaction from Singh in Towing an AWD on wheel lift?   
    As I see it, it's not worth the taking a chance as there may already be an issue.
    Also, the bearings in the dollies will likely heat up and fail on such a long trip.
     
    I suggest you confirm this is an AWD model, it's about 50/50 chance it is only FWD. Been There Done That...
     
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