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    TowZone reacted to BlackAutoload in National Move Over Day   
    ...Most of us don't know what we are doing tomorrow much less 5 months out.
    Will write it down on the calendar.
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    TowZone got a reaction from Lightdutykid in Breen Bros Towing Heavy Roll Over Recovery   
    As seen on youtube:
    Heavy Duty Operator Rob Long recovering a truck that rolled onto its side.
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    TowZone reacted to jrtowman in Big changes in a year!   
    Top picture was a year ago today and the bottom is what it looks like now.

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    TowZone reacted to EdsTowing in Annnnd Another Rollover...   
    Jeez 3 rollovers this weekend...all with clean ups too! This one tumble rolled in a private community w/ 25 mph speed limits...

    She said she swerved because a Goffer ran across the road...

    They cleaned up the roadway and told the Officer we would be back in the daylight to do a proper clean up....

    Destroyed a new Journey...Customer called me to ask if it was driveable? I asked weren't you in it & she said yes....No...No it's not driveable...


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    TowZone reacted to EdsTowing in Lets Lower The Statistics...   
    We are sending our Crash Van out on interstate calls where there is a danger factor. Adverse weather, fog & what not...in an attempt to slow people down & move them over.

    As you can see, it works for the most part...

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    TowZone got a reaction from David Duff in Rollover Recovery In South Boston   
    This doesn't look like other Air Cushion Recoveries I have seen.
    While the recovery was successful, I would like to hear some opinions.
    Professional discussions have always been what sets the message board apart from other forms of social media. Let's hear it...
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    TowZone got a reaction from mushspeed in Breen Bros Towing Heavy Roll Over Recovery   
    As seen on youtube:
    Heavy Duty Operator Rob Long recovering a truck that rolled onto its side.
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    TowZone reacted to Njsss in Close 1 W/Dollies   
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    TowZone reacted to rreschran in Our Most Influentual Industry Leaders   
    Ron ... I wholeheartedly nominate Steve and Doc Calitri of American Towman Magazine, and, Clarissa Powell, Tow Times Magazine, for their career participation to the towing and recovery industry. Their publications and tow show presentations have provided towing and recovery professionals the platform in which to share everything having to do with the industry. They've created environments that bring tow professionals to together throughout the world. Thank you for your contributions to the industry. You are true leaders and this recognition is due. Steve, Doc and Clarissa have undoubtedly influenced myself and millions of readers on an international scale ... no small task. I believe this award is befitting to their leadership and committment to the towing and recovery industry.     R.
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    TowZone reacted to EdsTowing in Our Most Influentual Industry Leaders   
    I would nominate Bob Fouquette from Big Wheel / RBU in Massachusetts. Besides the fact that he has helped thousands of towing companies across the country, he also possesses quality character traits like Integrity, compassion & the genuine concern and desire to help people. His wealth of knowledge of our industry is second to none and he runs his life & business with strong moral principles. I am proud to call him my friend and look to his "model" when I judge my own decisions. 
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    TowZone reacted to Battelini Towing in My Grandfather's Notebook   
    This is from when he went to Sweeney Automobile School in Kansas City Missouri in 1918 and the note he wrote on the back cover.

    Another piece of history we are fortunate to have.
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    TowZone reacted to ECTTS in 2018 Ford F-550 Supercab Jerr Dan HPL-60 in Red - Stock#9645N   
    2018 Jerr-Dan HPL-60
    Contact Sales 1-800-849-2178
    Ask about this truck by stock number: (9645N)
    This vehicle is located at: 2906 Elmhurst Ln. Portsmouth, VA 23701
    For sale now at East Coast Truck and Trailer Sales! This new 2018 Ford F-550 XLT 2WD Supercab Wrecker with attached Jerr-Dan HPL-60 is Red with a Gray Cloth Interior and comes with a Ford V8 6.7L Power Stroke Diesel Engine, TorqShift 6-speed Automatic transmission, 192″ wheelbase, power steering and AC. Jerr Dan’s HPL-60 series standard-duty independent wrecker is the perfect vehicle to tackle even some of the trickiest jobs. Engineered for strength and unmatched mobility. The underlift has 5,000 lb. capacity at L-arms, 6,000 lb. using frame forks.  Recovery booms range from 8,000 – 24,000 lb. ratings with (2) 10,000 lb. Ramsey winches. The Aluminum Modular Construction Wrecker Body is designed to provide years of trouble-free and corrosion-free service.
    East Coast Truck and Trailer Sales has been a competitive Car Hauler and Tow Truck supplier in the U.S. since 1995. Offering sales, service, parts, detailing, lettering, vehicle wraps, and the East Coast Advantage to every customer. Visit us now at https://ectts.com for more great offers on Western Star Car Haulers and other towing and hauling trucks and supplies!
    2018 Ford F-550 XLT 2WD
    Color: Red
    Ford V8 6.7L Power Stroke Diesel Engine
    18,000 GVWR
    CA: 84”
    Tank: 26.5 gal Midship
    Rear Ratio: 4 .10
    Transmission: TorqShift 6-speed auto
    Wheelbase: 192”
    Tires: 255/70R 19.5
    Grey Cloth Interior
    Quad Dual-Beam Halogen Headlamps
    LED Roof Clearance Lights
    Jerr-Dan HPL-60 Standard-Duty Independent Wrecker
    HPL-60 Sub frame with Low Base 5,000 lb. Underlift
    5,000 lb. Manual L-Arms
    Fork Holders
    Frame Forks
    Spring Hanger Forks
    Set of Spring Shackle 12-Ton Wrecker Boom with Dual 10K Winches & West Coast Package
    Cable 7/16″ x 150′ 3-Ton EIPS (Qty 2 Required f/Dual Winches)
    Cable Tensioners for Dual 10K Boom Winches
    Remote Free Spool Handles (Pair) for Dual 10K Winches
    7-Bank Valve for Dual Boom Winches
    60” Alum Body with Both Side Tool Boxes & LED Body Lighting
    24” Aluminum Tunnel Toolbox with Mounted Aluminum Light Pylon
    Aluminum Stone Guard Kit for Tunnel Toolbox
    TowMate LED Amber 60″ Light Bar
    2018 Ford F-350/450/550 Diesel 4×4 Smart PTO Installed
    Light-duty Tow Sling for Dual Line Boom
    DISCLAIMER: Please note that all information, photos, mileage, & prices are subject to change or correction without notice. Units listed for sale may already be sold or otherwise unavailable. Information on units listed is believed to be accurate, although errors can & do occur.

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    TowZone reacted to JustinCruse in WreckMaster Blog - 3 reasons why we cross our chains   
    Whenever something is being towed, additional securements should always be attached. This doesn’t just apply to wreckers - secondary attachment chains should be attached even hauling a trailer, boat trailer or camper. These chains are there for an obvious reason: to prevent an accident in the event of an attachment failure while towing. But why does WreckMaster insist that the secondary attachments are always crossed?
    It prevents casualty from veering into traffic
    Probably the most important information on this list, crossing your chains ensures that the casualty will stay behind your truck in the event of a disconnect from the wheel lift/underrearch.
    If the chains were parallel and went straight back to the casualty, they would be able to veer and swing freely in both directions and potentially into other vehicles.

    When the chains are crossed, the casualty is prevented from veering too far in either direction and will instead stay behind the wrecker.

    NOTE: in the event of a disconnect, be sure to slowly change lanes and reduce speed to avoid the casualty from slamming into the back of the wrecker.
    It affects turning
    Secondary attachments can be affected by turning in two ways: You can use the shortest amount of chain and it will make less contact with the ground.
    If the chains were to be connected parallel and go straight back to the casualty, one of the chains would become too tight whenever turning. For example, when a wrecker turns right, the distance between the left side of the wrecker and the left side of the casualty increases. On the opposite side the chain continues to slack thereby making contact with the ground. By crossing the chains, the amount of chain required is reduced and therefore you will minimize the likelihood of your chains contacting the ground.
    They Can go above or under the under reach
    When the chains are crossed, whether they go above or below the wheel lift does not matter. Why is this important? It means that securing to the most logical attachment point becomes easier. Cross the chains over the under reach also helps keep the chains from making contact with the ground while turning.

    There are benefits to both:
    Crossing the chains beneath requires more chain but they will not interfere with any other equipment such as towing lights or scratch the under reach.
    Crossing above can scratch the under reach but requires less chain.
    Just be sure that whether you cross them above or below the under reach that they will not interfere with any other pieces of equipment, such as the towing lights.
    View the full article on WreckMaster.com...
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    TowZone reacted to myerstowing in AT ShowPlace Las Vegas Roll Call   
    I will be there!
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    TowZone reacted to Njsss in 1 Of Our Spring Time Regulars   
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    TowZone reacted to Scooby in I've taught with allot of folks thru my career.   
    As of recent, i think both of us thought the days where over, but here we are.

    Nothing has been more enjoyable than teaching with this guy, Jeff Martin
    We at times argue like brothers over class logistics and stuff, but you folks see the end result.
    Add the other folks and we have a great time. Nobody, I'd rather have by my side. Love ya brother
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    TowZone reacted to TowNews in Joanne Blyton Billings, MT "Elected TRAA President"   
    Joanne Blyton of Billings Towing & Recovery, Montana, has been elected 2019 TRAA President. Joanne is the first woman to hold this position in 40 years. A long time member of Tow411 and now TowForce, member name "speedracer". Join us as we send our congratulations on a rise to the top, for a woman who truly earned it.

    TRAA "Towing & Recovery Association of America
     Tow411 - "Towing Information Network"
    Her Candidate Bio is available online at http://traaonline.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/02/Joanne-Blyton.pdf
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    TowZone got a reaction from Orcas Tow in F650 Allison trans   
    I recall your topic on Tow411 regarding that wiring issue and searching for the cause. Then again you may have experienced with another truck as well. If I find the topic I'll bring it over to TowForce. Thanks
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    TowZone got a reaction from Kat in AT ShowPlace Las Vegas Roll Call   
    Alright, with Florida a recent memory for some.
    Let's get this started for those going to Vegas Baby!
    Be sure to visit these valued TowForce sponsors at the show.
    If you need to set up a dedicated time post it here and as an
    appreciation once the sponsor has confirmed we will reserve
    a Tow411 T-shirt in your name. A PM will be sent prior to the
    show. All requests must be made two weeks prior to the show.
    There is a Limit of One T-Shirt per member and the
    Sponsor must confirm the dedicated meeting time.
    Watch for other ways to receive a Free or reduced cost T-Shirt.
    Beacon Funding, Crash Film, Dynamic, East Coast Truck & Trailer, Excel Sportswear,
    GEICO, Idaho Wrecker Sales, In The Ditch, Landoll, Nation Safe Drivers, Santiam,
    Spill Tackle, Tow Times and TowXchange. Watch for New Sponsors to be added.
    Member Attending: rreschran, Littletow, BigBlonde
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    TowZone reacted to Sheridan in AT ShowPlace Las Vegas Roll Call   
    I will be there.
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    TowZone reacted to BigBlonde in AT ShowPlace Las Vegas Roll Call   
    Glenn and myself will be there
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    TowZone reacted to ouij67 in Tow411/TowForce Login & Member Roll Call   
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    TowZone reacted to CheckerWrk2 in Tow411/TowForce Login & Member Roll Call   
    Checker Wrecker & Auto Salvage Lawton, OK 
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    TowZone reacted to Cooter64 in Tow411/TowForce Login & Member Roll Call   
    Still Here been doing this for over 30 years. Light to heavy  Took Wreckmaster 2/3 with Donnie Cruse and  other courses as well. Jeff with Cooter's  Transportation in AB Canada
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    TowZone reacted to Knighthawk Towing in Tow411/TowForce Login & Member Roll Call   
    Knighthawk Towing
    Cheyenne, Wyoming
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