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  1. A group of South Florida towing operators are conducting a donation drive for disaster relief in the Bahamas, and are providing drop-off locations for fellow South Florida towing companies that would like to join in the effort. Two United Road Towing South Florida locations are accepting donations such as canned and dry foods, toiletries, paper towels, diapers, bottled water, paper plates, cups and utensils, cleaning supplies and other non-perishable items. The locations are: United Road Towing, 5901 SW 205 Ave., Pembroke Pines, FL 33332. United Road Towing, (Insurance Auto Auctions building) 12700 NW 42nd Ave., Opa-Locka, FL 33054. For towing companies and body shops that cannot bring items to the drop-off points. United Road Towing operators can collect donations from their locations when they pick up total loss vehicles. For more information contact Steve Cox at 954-252-7302, email scox@unitedroadtowing.com or Dayne Brennen at 954-931-9085, email island.boy61@hotmail.com. View the full article and more on TowTimes.com
  2. A benefit car show will be held Sunday, September 22 for tow operator Joe Altenhofen. “Joe is a long-time employee of Ray’s Towing,” states an event press release. “He was tragically hit on the job Monday, August 26 on Highways 43/94 by a semi-truck while towing away an accident vehicle. Joe suffered numerous broken bones and will be out of work while recovering. Please bring your family and friends to show your support.” The show will be held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Herman’s Auto Clinic, 6100 S. Howell, Milwaukee, WI 53207. The show will include: • Raffles • Donation jar • $10 donation per vehicle • Music and more All proceeds will go directly to Joe Altenhofen. The event is being sponsored by Ray’s Towing Inc., Brew City Auto Repair and Towing, Hermans Auto Clinic, Auto Motion Transport & Recovery LLC and On the Limiter Productions. For more information contact Ray’s Towing Inc. at 414-481-4355. View the full article and more on TowTimes.com
  3. “Bad mood” doesn’t really describe how I’ve been feeling lately. I don’t even like myself right now. I should warn people by putting a DO NOT DISTURB note on my office door. You know when you’re in a bad mood and people try to get you to smile with a bad joke or corny statement? You end up smiling — and then want to say, “Go, and leave me alone.” I spoke to a tow lady friend yesterday. I told her about how crabby I’ve been and she said something must be going around because she felt the same way. We decided stress didn’t have anything to do with it — yeah right. We also decided the full harvest moon was really the problem. When I go home from the shop I drive west and see the most beautiful sunsets — full of magnificent oranges, pinks and purples. It’s hard to stay in a bad mood when the sky is like a big, beautiful painting. Experiencing this gift is not only witnessing something wonderful, it’s a reality check telling me to let it go. View the full article and more on TowTimes.com
  4. In today's video Darl deals with a trailer that became disconnected from the truck, dropping it on the ground. Darl must use the rotator to lift it back up Thanks for ...
  5. A 2019 Peterbilt with a Jerr-Dan HDR 1000 50/60 rotator, JFB body from Marc’s Auto Service LLC of Warhead, Mass., was the Grand Prize winner of the 2018 Shine ‘n Star contest and was featured in the Tow Times November 2018 issue. Along with the vinyl wrap by DF Wraps of Cheshire, Conn., and Jerr-Dan chrome and lighting packages, the truck features custom brackets holding dual spreader bars mounted on the tunnel toolbox. View the full article and more on TowTimes.com
  6. Alec Stan, president of Stan Design Inc. discussed the challenges and safety concerns that technicians face in today’s shops when it comes to lifting vehicles, and what his company is working on to help address these concerns. View the full article on vehicleservicepros.com
  7. Pritchard Companies, parent company of Worldwide Equipment Sales, LLC has announced Jeffrey Irr as the company’s chief executive officer. Irr has been in the transportation industry for 31 years. Prior to his new role with Worldwide Equipment Sales, LLC, Irr spent five years with Jerr-Dan Corporation, a Division of Oshkosh, where he managed sales, marketing and day-to-day operations. “We are fortunate to have someone of Jeff Irr’s caliber and experience leading us into the next era of growth,” said Pat Winer, founder of Worldwide Equipment Sales LLC. Irr graduated from Eastern Nazarene College in 2003 with an MSM and B.S. in business management. He lives in Greencastle, Pa., with his wife, Amy and sons, Ben, Sam and Zach. His family enjoys being involved in their community and youth sports. Source: Worldwide Equipment Sales LLC View the full article and more on TowTimes.com
  8. In today's episode of Rim Sling 101, we demonstrate how RimSlings allow for easy lifting of the front end of trucks with low bumpers and no pull pins. Watch just ...
  9. In today's Rim Sling 101 episode, we learn how you can use RimSlings to side pull a semi. Enjoy! Thanks for watching as always LIKE, COMMENT, SUBSCRIBE ...
  10. In today's video Trent Jr plays truck driver and picks a load of Cat Entertainment products at Del Mar, California at the kaboo festival and takes it back to Indio!
  11. The word “trust” came up in a conversation the other day. The person I was talking to said everything in life is held together with trust. While I agree, I would also add “love.” What comes to your mind when you think of trust? For me, it would mean that I have faith and confidence that someone is dependable and I firmly believe they are reliable. Trust, I believe, is the cornerstone in any relationship. My daughter took my 16-month-old granddaughter up the giant slide at the state fair this summer. My daughter put my granddaughter down while she put the burlap bag on the slide. She then sat down on the bag and I could see my granddaughter watching her and probably thinking, “What you doing momma?” Then my daughter held out her arms to my granddaughter, my granddaughter trustingly put her arms out and sat on my daughter’s lap, and down they went. I was a little concerned. I thought my granddaughter would be afraid, and was probably crying as she went down. But to my amazement, at the end of the ride, she got up with a big smile and said, “more, more.” To me, that was a sure sign of trust. Think about the many people and things you put your trust in every day. For example, you trust the towing equipment you use is reliable, and will do whatever job you’re on. Trust is knowing things will get done, and when trust is broken or challenged it’s hard to get it back. Start with trusting in yourself — have faith in your abilities, be dependable and reliable, be the person where there is no doubt that someone can depend on you no matter what. View the full article and more on TowTimes.com
  12. A driver blew his water pump and needed a tow service so they called us to go out and tow the unit the driver had arranged for a ride well that's what we where ...
  13. A driver had broke her shaft between the tandems and attempted to drive it not fully knowing what will happen and unfortunately it tore up a brake valve it also ...
  14. Big Dawg is a 2018 Kenworth T88 with a Century 1075 rotator on the road for Brett’s Towing and Roadside of Ogden, Utah. The truck was purchased from Wasatch Truck Equipment of Sandy, Utah. In business since 1993, Brett’s Towing and Roadside offers light- to heavy-duty towing and recovery with a fleet of over 20 trucks servicing northern Utah. View the full article and more on TowTimes.com
  15. The Tennessee Tow Show will feature a weekend filled with seminars and training, exhibits, live demos, a Friday night street party, Museum fundraising auction, Wall of the Fallen NameUnveiling Ceremony, Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony, Saturday Casino Night and much more. Book your hotel reservation now and use the discount reservation link at TennesseeTowShow.com. Hurry — discounts expire in mid-September. Discounts are available at the Chattanooga Marriott and Staybridge Suites. Admission to the exhibit area is free, but a name badge is required. Pre-register for your name badge at TennesseeTowShow.com. Don’t miss this exciting show and museum weekend October 10-13 in Chattanooga, Tennessee. Visit TennesseeTowShow.com for all the details. View the full article and more on TowTimes.com
  16. On August 21, 2019, Hino Motors, Ltd. executives and dignitaries held a grand opening ceremony for the company’s new plant in Mineral Wells, West Virginia. Guests present included state governor Jim Justice, West Virginia senators Joseph Manchin and Shelley Moore Capito, West Virginia congressman David McKinley, representatives from dealerships and suppliers, as well as Hino CEO Yoshio Shimo, US Hino Sales president Shigehiro Matsuoka and US Hino Manufacturing president Takashi Ono. The Hino group has been working to bolster its business structure to provide ongoing value to customers under its “Challenge2025” initiative. The company has continued to expand its product line-up in the US and moved forward with production localization. As part of these efforts, Hino has relocated and consolidated their existing production processes at the new West Virginia plant to achieve greater efficiency. The company plans to transfer the production of truck cabs for the North American market — currently being done in Japan — to this plant. They have also shortened product delivery lead times, established organizational setups with a view of increasing sales and are taking actions to further improve competitiveness. The plant began operations in June. Hino CEO Yoshio Shimo announced, “Hino is committed to building its trucks and products in the market it operates in. We have committed 100 million dollars in our US operations —which includes the construction of our new West Virginia plant — and create 250 jobs. I am excited to announce an additional commitment of 40 million dollars in investment to meet increased demand and product configurations and 250 additional jobs, as part of our effort to enhance the foundations that will underlie our further growth in the US. Hino remains committed to taking active actions that will enable us to contribute to the growth of the US and the state of West Virginia.” “Hino has been a tremendous partner to the state of West Virginia since 2007,” said West Virginia governor Jim Justice. “With this additional investment and hiring, they continue to be one of the West Virginia’s biggest employers. We thank Hino for their continued investment in the great state of West Virginia.” View the full article and more on TowTimes.com
  17. The Tow Times September issue contains the industry’s best buyer’s guide to products, services, distributors, accessories and everything towing and recovery. Use it throughout the year as a handy reference. This issue also features a Q&A with industry leaders on the top concerns in facing the towing industry, a federal mandate requiring a review of the nation’s move over laws, the importance of regular tow truck inspections, how the Professional Wrecker Operators of Florida transported over 30 antique buggies for renovation — and the recovery of a 95,000-lb., 155-foot long bridge beam in Missouri. Find this and more in the Tow Times September issue View the full article and more on TowTimes.com
  18. On Aug. 26, 2019, Daimler Trucks North America LLC (DTNA) commemorated the production of the 750,000th vehicle built at its Cleveland, North Carolina truck manufacturing plant. Keys to the milestone vehicle — a Freightliner new Cascadia — were presented to representatives from United Parcel Service (UPS) during a ceremony at the facility. “Over the past 30 years, our Cleveland plant has served as the foundation for our North American manufacturing operations and has been an integral part of our growth, innovation and leadership,” said Roger Nielsen, president and CEO, Daimler Trucks North America. “This production landmark demonstrates both customer acceptance of our solutions and the strength of our team. As we continue to evolve our product offerings and technologies, the Cleveland facility will remain a critical part of our strategy and success.” “UPS celebrates this landmark achievement alongside DTNA as we accept the 750,000th truck produced by the Cleveland truck manufacturing plant,” says Carlton Rose, president of global fleet maintenance and engineering at UPS. “We applaud the efforts made by thousands of employees across UPS, DTNA, and Peach State Trucks Centers to bring this milestone to fruition. This accomplishment signifies our companies’ continued success as collaboration transforms technology and service defines the customer experience.” Freightliner Trucks acquired the plant in 1989 and started producing the Freightliner Medium Conventional, a day cab truck model based on a Mercedes-Benz cabin mounted on an American chassis. Over the years, the product line-up at Cleveland has evolved as DTNA’s newest innovations entered the marketplace. Today, in addition to the marketing-leading Class 8 new Cascadia, the Cleveland plant also produces the Western Star 4700, 4900 and 5700XE truck models, and the Freightliner Coronado and Columbia for the right-hand drive Australian and New Zealand markets. Since the first truck rolled off the line in Cleveland, DTNA has invested more than $350 million in the facility, including a recent $27 million investment to add a new logistics center with state-of-the-art technologies to support the company’s lean supply chain practices. More than 2,200 people are employed at the Cleveland facility, DTNA’s largest manufacturing plant in the U.S. View the full article and more on TowTimes.com
  19. Kenworth has expanded its online Body Builder Academy video library for its Kenworth T880 vocational leader with four new videos now available on the Kenworth Truck Co. YouTube channel (https://www.youtube.com/KenworthTruckCo). The new additions to the Kenworth Body Builder Academy focus on remote PTO features and functionality overview, remote throttle and hardwired PTO controls, remote presets and interlocks, and programming remote PTO features. The instructional Kenworth Body Builder Academy videos also offers six other videos focused on connectivity with Kenworth chassis systems, PTO functions, integration of electronics between body and truck, and optimization of the driver interface for body functions through switches and dash messaging. The videos are also available on the Kenworth Essentials App, which can be downloaded to smartphones and tablets from the Apple Store or Google Play Store by searching on “Kenworth”. “Kenworth continues to produce more videos to assist body builders in their equipment integration with the Kenworth T880’s electronic and chassis systems, and PTO functions. These videos are an excellent resource that are can be quickly accessed by body builders during that process,” said Kurt Swihart, Kenworth marketing director. View the full article and more on TowTimes.com
  20. There was a horrific incident in Milwaukee this past Monday involving a tractor–trailer and a flatbed tow truck. It was caught on a police squad’s dash cam. I felt physically sick as I watched the tow operator start to open his door, and then close it as he saw in his mirror, the tractor–trailer coming at him. My heart just about stopped and I prayed everyone would be okay. That easily could have been my husband or one of my employees in that truck. It was not easy watching the video and then seeing how mangled the flatbed was. Thankfully, the tow operator — while sustaining injuries — will be able to recover. It will take time to recover from his bodily injuries, but I’m not so sure about the affect it could have on him mentally, let alone his family, coworkers and the towing industry. The crash shows the clear and brutal reality of the dangers tow operators and first responders face each day. The police officer on scene could have been a victim as well. The truck driver, I believe, received a ticket for going too fast for conditions and inattentive driving. He and the passenger in his truck were okay. It totally could have had a different outcome for all involved. A benefit is being planned for the tow operator. This reminded me of lyrics to the song, “We Are Family,” by the group Sister Sledge: “All of the people around us say, can they be that close? Just let me state for the record, we’re giving love in a family dose.” My hope in all of this is that the motoring public will be more aware that these are real people working on the roadways who want to just safely do their job and go home at night to their families. Our plea is: Be attentive and just slow down. Safe travels. View the full article and more on TowTimes.com
  21. This video shows some few very helpful tricks using the Collins Hi-Speed® Dollies with your Miller Industries light-duty wrecker or autoloader.
  22. This video demonstrates how to use the heavy-duty king pin towing attachment to tow disabled road tractors. This king attachment is designed for use with Miller ...
  23. This video from Miller Industries, and co-hosted by Cummins Engine Company, demonstrates some tips for changing the filters on your class-8 heavy-duty truck ...
  24. This video showcases the Collins® Dollies, provides a quick overview, and covers some basic tips for using the dollies with your Miller Industries wrecker.
  25. This video from Miller Industries, and co-hosted by Cummins Engine Company, demonstrates some tips for changing the filters on your class-6 medium-duty ...
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