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    TowZone got a reaction from mooresbp in Thought's from the Latest Tow Operator Struck Incident.   
    Randall, it's not the "we don't want to hurt anyone's feelings" attitude. It's the "it's never going to happen to me" attitude.
     
    If you can tell me what miracle it will take to wake these individuals in the industry up, then I will gladly help promote it.
     
    You do realize less the .5 percent of the industry can tell you how many tow operators have loss their lives roadside this year.
     
    I estimate that Less than 4% know there was a Tow Op killed this past Friday and as long as it doesn't effect them.
     
    They're Good...
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    TowZone got a reaction from brian991219 in Thought's from the Latest Tow Operator Struck Incident.   
    Randall, it's not the "we don't want to hurt anyone's feelings" attitude. It's the "it's never going to happen to me" attitude.
     
    If you can tell me what miracle it will take to wake these individuals in the industry up, then I will gladly help promote it.
     
    You do realize less the .5 percent of the industry can tell you how many tow operators have loss their lives roadside this year.
     
    I estimate that Less than 4% know there was a Tow Op killed this past Friday and as long as it doesn't effect them.
     
    They're Good...
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    TowZone got a reaction from mooresbp in Thought's from the Latest Tow Operator Struck Incident.   
    Once again a Tow Operator has been struck and killed working along side the very dangerous roadways.
     
    I have taken the comments from the Headlines News Story posted earlier in an effort to keep that report devoted to condolences for the loss. We can debate the issue further and yes we should debate this issue while it is fresh. Keep in mind we awaiting further details surrounding this incident.
     
    Here is what we have gathered from the initial reports. This was the drivers second day on the job. It was a Friday evening and the incident occurred on southbound 5 Freeway around 8:15 p.m.
     
    Questions needing answers and not speculation:
    At this time of evening was the sun setting?
    Where was the Tow Operator standing when struck?
    One report was the tow truck operator was struck
    another does not reference the truck being struck.
    Add your questions show they may be researched.
     
    Some lines of thought from the Tower Down Topic
    in the Headlines and Towlines forum.
     
    "We as an industry need to stop working in unprotected work zones. Without signage and lane closures we do not have a chance out here. "
     
    "The tow truck driver was in the process of towing a broken down vehicle when his truck was struck by the big rig, logs show."
     
    "The move over law is just not out there enough, people don't care ."
     
    "This section of California’s I-5, towards Gorman and Lebec, is extremely rural, wide, winding and fast traveled."
     
    "at 8:30 in the PM, it’s totally pitch-black with no streetlights."
     
    "it possible that this operator may have been working/standing near the white-line side when struck by the semi"
     
    "I'll suggest that, all the cones, flares, signs, blockers, cops and whatever ... doesn’t negate the fact that working on or near the white-line side is a dangerous place to be."
     
    "when there isn’t available assistance in a rural location, it demands that towers be that much more diligent in their actions when working shoulder events."
     
    "I am an advocate for OSHA getting belly deep into this industry and mandating that safe operating procedures be initiated."
     
    "We are responsible for our own safety. Even then, sometimes we fail. Plan the safest procedures and then abort the plan of it gets too dangerous "
     
     
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    TowZone got a reaction from 41Fletchers in Thought's from the Latest Tow Operator Struck Incident.   
    Once again a Tow Operator has been struck and killed working along side the very dangerous roadways.
     
    I have taken the comments from the Headlines News Story posted earlier in an effort to keep that report devoted to condolences for the loss. We can debate the issue further and yes we should debate this issue while it is fresh. Keep in mind we awaiting further details surrounding this incident.
     
    Here is what we have gathered from the initial reports. This was the drivers second day on the job. It was a Friday evening and the incident occurred on southbound 5 Freeway around 8:15 p.m.
     
    Questions needing answers and not speculation:
    At this time of evening was the sun setting?
    Where was the Tow Operator standing when struck?
    One report was the tow truck operator was struck
    another does not reference the truck being struck.
    Add your questions show they may be researched.
     
    Some lines of thought from the Tower Down Topic
    in the Headlines and Towlines forum.
     
    "We as an industry need to stop working in unprotected work zones. Without signage and lane closures we do not have a chance out here. "
     
    "The tow truck driver was in the process of towing a broken down vehicle when his truck was struck by the big rig, logs show."
     
    "The move over law is just not out there enough, people don't care ."
     
    "This section of California’s I-5, towards Gorman and Lebec, is extremely rural, wide, winding and fast traveled."
     
    "at 8:30 in the PM, it’s totally pitch-black with no streetlights."
     
    "it possible that this operator may have been working/standing near the white-line side when struck by the semi"
     
    "I'll suggest that, all the cones, flares, signs, blockers, cops and whatever ... doesn’t negate the fact that working on or near the white-line side is a dangerous place to be."
     
    "when there isn’t available assistance in a rural location, it demands that towers be that much more diligent in their actions when working shoulder events."
     
    "I am an advocate for OSHA getting belly deep into this industry and mandating that safe operating procedures be initiated."
     
    "We are responsible for our own safety. Even then, sometimes we fail. Plan the safest procedures and then abort the plan of it gets too dangerous "
     
     
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    TowZone reacted to rreschran in Why is TowForce so Great?   
    Networking with tow professionals is my greatest value received as well as the friendships I've built over the years.
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    TowZone reacted to mooresbp in Why is TowForce so Great?   
    I think it might relate to most people here that are active members. I could not put a price on what I have learned on this sight over the years. The knowledge available here on what ever subject you might need at the touch of a key is without exception the best!
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    TowZone reacted to rreschran in From TowTimes.com - AAA Offer Tow-to-Go Program for Memorial Day Weekend   
    I recall a young tow operator (back east) who was beaten within an inch of his life during one those freebie tows when the drunk motorist went ballistic .. no thanks
     
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    TowZone reacted to Njsss in Off to Body Shop   
    Gettin’ there
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    TowZone reacted to RodVT in News from Autocar   
    LIKE!

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    TowZone reacted to EdsTowing in A Little Much....MD Tow on Box Truck   
    Eddie had this one the other day. Using their "sling" attachment so it was manageable...
     


     
    looks heavy but actually a 4200 w/ a VT365 & it was empty....felt like a typical 1 ton pick up on the back....
     

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    TowZone got a reaction from Lee Aldridge in 2018 Motor Club Ranking "Official List"   
    2018 TOP TEN LIST
    1. NATION SAFE DRIVERS (NSD)
    2. GEICO
    3. ALLSTATE
    4. TESLA
    5. HONK
    6. AAA
    7. PINNACLE
    8. AGERO
    9. SWOOP
    10. NATIONAL AUTO CLUB (NAC)
    OTHER MOTOR CLUBS THAT WERE RANKED
    11. ROAD AMERICA
    12. AUTO HELP LINE (AHL)
    13. URGENTLY
    14. United States Motor Club (USAC)
    15. QUEST
    16. NETCOST
    17. ALLIED
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    TowZone got a reaction from mushspeed in Check this out, light duty with a heavy!   
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    TowZone got a reaction from mushspeed in Review of the 2019 Vegas Tow Show   
    OK, finally made it back to a Western States Tow Show by American Towman along with CTTA. While it is not an East Coast Show like Baltimore it is the place to meet Towers on the west coast. However, there were plenty of towers from the Midwest and surprising many from the east that normally attend the Baltimore Show. I know I missed quite a few members, just never crossed paths with them for some reason. I would list every member I met but I would surely leave a few out.
     
    So, instead I am asking that you respond within this topic with your thoughts on the show. I understand the venue is changing next year and we will be posting that information as it becomes available. Also, I am giving much thought to a Thursday Night Meet & Greet at a Great Venue nearby. I want to know if there is interest in say an 8:30pm to 10:30pm Social. Again, yes this will be close to a popular nightspot so you can walk there easily. We have a few months to plan so please chime in with your thoughts on this year as well as next.
     
    At the End of the year we rate the 2019 Tow Shows something we have neglected during the change to TowForce.
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    TowZone reacted to Bob Berry in Review of the 2019 Vegas Tow Show   
    I enjoyed talking with you in the registration line but didn’t cross paths after that encounter. The tow show was very well done . I found every vendor I wanted to talk to and saw many people I haven’t seen for years. Well worth the time. Bob Berry
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    TowZone reacted to Mike Hernandez in Review of the 2019 Vegas Tow Show   
    It was a great show we loved it thanks from Rivera Towing  So California 
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    TowZone reacted to Bar M in AT ShowPlace Las Vegas Roll Call   
    I will be there! 
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    TowZone got a reaction from mushspeed in News from Autocar   
    Introducing the Autocar DC-64R conventional truck.
     

     
    Introducing the Autocar DC-64R conventional truck. We reached deep into our roots to bring back the DC to be everything a modern Autocar truck should be. The strongest frame, the best power/weight engine (Cummins X12 up to 500 HP/1,700 Lb-Ft), an all-new Autocar US-built steel cab with a steel & aluminum dash.
     
    Autocar will be sharing more details about this amazing truck over the next few weeks.
     
    They say you'll be as proud of it. What'd the interest level within the Towing Industry?
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    TowZone reacted to FTI Groups in AT ShowPlace Las Vegas Roll Call   
    See you there.
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    TowZone got a reaction from mushspeed in hand cranked reliable tow unit   
    Posted by an unknown member on Tow411 in August of 2007:
     
    i was digging around in my backyard and came across it. my grandfather and i took it off a ford AA about 10 years ago. we have a 28 international stuck in the bard that i would like to stick it on someday.
     




     
    aussiehooker said:
    good stuff would love to get lost in amongst all that old iron looks like you have a bit of work in front of you i spoke to a kiwi a couple of years ago he told me about an old motor bike all rusted and siezed that he found in a well he soaked it in molassis for about 18 months some bits longer apparently molasses reverses the rust process i rode the old indian nice bike just thought it might help with the old wrecker winch and bits rather than blasting and sanding i havent tried it do a little research might help happy hooking
     
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    TowZone got a reaction from mushspeed in Mount Vernon Window gone wrong in 1955 (OH)   
    Related Story: http://www.knoxpages.com/history/mount-vernon-window-shopping-gone-wrong-in/article_45b33246-6db8-11e9-8d25-778362c7dc9f.html
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    TowZone reacted to towpartsnick in AT ShowPlace Las Vegas Roll Call   
    I will be there.
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    TowZone reacted to ECTTS in AT ShowPlace Las Vegas Roll Call   
    You'll be seeing East Coast Truck & Trailers Sales. Stop by and introduce yourself to our crew and say hello!!
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    TowZone reacted to rnunnari in AT ShowPlace Las Vegas Roll Call   
    Tracker will be there at booth 1404. Stop by and see the all new Tracker!
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    TowZone reacted to Tow Truck Exchange in AT ShowPlace Las Vegas Roll Call   
    Wally T will be there, cruising the floor, saying hello to all..........Give me a call to say hi 951-575-6393
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    TowZone reacted to CRASHFILM in AT ShowPlace Las Vegas Roll Call   
    Crashfilm will be in Vegas! Come see us booth #1008.
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