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  1. Detroit Connect, Daimler Trucks North America’s suite of connected vehicle services has announced that third party telematics service providers can now be integrated into the Detroit Connect platform. The proprietary Detroit Connect platform, exclusive to the Freightliner® new Cascadia®, was designed to allow the services of third party providers to be supported via the platform, providing customers the flexibility to work with the partner of their choice as well as eliminating the need to install additional hardware. The integrated services will also be factory installed to help reduce the time it takes customers to in-service their vehicles. “Integrating the services of third party providers onto our Detroit Connect platform is a real game-changer,” said Jason Krajewski, director of connectivity for Daimler Trucks North America. “It provides us the ability to expand our capabilities and push the bounds of the connected vehicle experience.” Detroit Connect has collaborated with Zonar to deepen the connectivity services offered on the Detroit Connect platform. Zonar will be the first telematics service provider integrated onto the Detroit Connect platform. Starting in April, Zonar offerings will be available on the Detroit Connect Platform allowing customers to access Zonar’s patented telematics technologies, including Ground Traffic Control® (GTC), Zonar’s web-based fleet management solution without having to install additional hardware on the vehicle. DTNA and Zonar’s partnership began in 2011, when the companies collaborated to bring Detroit® Connect Virtual TechnicianSM to market. In 2015, DTNA became a minority investor in Zonar to continue its industry leadership in telematics services. For more information on Detroit Connect, go to www.DemandDetroit.com. For more information on Zonar, go to www.zonarsystems.com. View the full article and more on TowTimes.com
  2. In today's video Trent Jr takes the Blue Peterbilt to go get a Caterpillar 320F Excavator that needs to be transported to another job site Thanks for watching as ...
  3. The Iowa State Patrol conducted an enforcement campaign of the state’s move over law along Highway 218 and I-80 in Johnson County on May 29. According to a KWWL.com news report, tow trucks were staged on the roadside as part of the enforcement, and police vehicles also parked on the roadside pulled over motorists who failed to slow down and move over. Sixty-six motorists were issued citations and 16 received warnings. The report noted that in 2018, the Iowa State Patrol issued 308 citations for violating the law. View the full article and more on TowTimes.com
  4. Tow companies from across Michigan gathered to honor Nader Chehadi, 42, who died May 29, 2018, when he was struck by an SUV as he assisted a disabled school bus on the shoulder of I-94 in Pittsfield Township, Mich. Chehadi’s co-workers at Ypsilanti’s Budget and Stadium Towing were among the tow operators and responders who honored him with a “Light Up the Night” procession on Wednesday May 29. Those who attended the events hope for more awareness and enforcement of the state’s move over law. See a report on the event from MLive here. View the full article and more on TowTimes.com
  5. In today's VLOG Trent Jr does some custom upgrades to the rotator and then washes it with Alex. We also take a look at one of the F150 battery trucks that just ...
  6. Scot Holloway, CEO of Bartec USA, talks about the challenges fleets face when it comes to monitoring tire pressure and measuring tread life, and trends in tools and technology for monitoring commercial vehicle tires. View the full article on vehicleservicepros.com
  7. In today's video Bill goes to the desert to retrieve a pickup truck that gets stuck in our soft desert blow sand. Come along for the ride! Thanks for watching as ...
  8. In today's video Trent Jr and crew do some maintenance on cables which includes rewrapping and cables that need rewraps and replacing a cable on the white ...
  9. A driver pulled into a storage place to attempt to turn around when he found himself sunk into this lady's lawn he attempted to disconnect from his trailer and ...
  10. A driver had pulled off the road and the passenger side of the truck had sank into the soft shoulder and caused the driver to be stuck so he had to call for a tow ...
  11. In today's video Darl responds to a broken down John Deere 8520T that needs to be towed back to the John Deere Dealer for repairs. upon arrival, Darl ...
  12. Junk trailer abandoned on Sandridge road . I posted pictures of the trailer on Facebook and the original owner from 6 years ago just called me . He is making ...
  13. In todays VLOG we start off by greasing the rotator only to be interrupted and have to do an easy call. once we do this call we head back home to do some mail ...
  14. Possibly swerved to miss a deer . Fire Department had to put a ladder on the roof to help driver and passenger get back across the ditch . The water in ditch is ...
  15. Tanya Moutzalias | MLive.com Mike Wood, of Budget-Stadium Towing, adds a memorial decal to a tow truck for his colleague Nader Chehadi, of Ypsilanti, who was killed after an SUV crashed into a disabled bus he was assisting on the shoulder of I-94 in Pittsfield Township. Tanya Moutzalias, MLive.com Tanya Moutzalias | MLive.com ANN ARBOR, MI – Nader Chehadi will not be forgotten if his colleagues can help it. One year after his death while servicing a disabled school bus on the side of I-94, Chehadi’s coworkers at Ypsilanti’s Budget and Stadium Towing are honoring him with a “Light up the Night” memorial procession. It’s set to roll through the streets of Washtenaw County Wednesday, May 29, to remind motorists to watch out for disabled vehicles. The procession is expected to be attended by towing companies throughout southeast Michigan, organizers said. Accompanied by a police escort, the procession will leave the company’s lot at 876 Railroad St. around 6 p.m. and make its way to the stretch of I-94 near State Street where Chehadi was struck and killed a year ago on May 29. “We’re hoping to use this sad occasion to memorialize (Chehadi) and remind people to slow down and move over when they see a vehicle on the side of the road,” Amanda Foster, a Budget and Stadium Towing employee, said. Chehadi, 42, of Ypsilanti, was killed when an SUV crashed into a disabled school bus on the shoulder of eastbound I-94 near State Street in Pittsfield Township. The driver charged for killing Chehadi, Andre-A Edwards, 26, of Ann Arbor, was bound over for trial following an emotional preliminary examination this week on Thursday, May 23. She faces 19 felony charges, including murder, associated with the fatal crash. Original Tower Down Topic Link RESOURCE LINK
  16. From Geri Roskopf's Blog: Understanding the concept of what it takes to run a 24/7/365 towing and recovery business is not easy for many people. The normal day-to-day business aspect is similar to other businesses — employees, payroll, accounts payable and receivable, etc., — but the difference is what else it takes to be in this industry. Towing companies are on call all the time and our services are needed most often in trying and difficult situations. I had an employee who told me he was going to start his own towing business. He believed he would contract with a motor club and get “X” amount of calls a day and that would bring in “X” amount of money. When I asked him who was going to answer the phone when he was out on a call, he said he would. Hmmm … okay. Then I asked him what he thought his profit would be after he paid the truck loan, insurance, fuel and maintenance? After that, I asked him if he was sick or wanted to go on vacation, who was gong to run the calls? Then came the question: Did you talk this over with your wife? Letting her know you wouldn’t have time to do much of anything as far as family time? I really didn’t want to discourage him, I just wanted to point that there’s more than just going on calls and collecting payment. Over the years, I have gotten this attitude from some customers as well. When you advise them of the cost of a service they say, “Wow, I should start a towing company.” My response is: “Sold!” View the full article and more on TowTimes.com
  17. The right towing attachment can make a heavy-duty towing job go smooth. This short video demonstrates a few of our Miller Industries™ towing attachments and how they can be applied in a rear-tow application. View the full article on Millerind.com
  18. AAA will again be offering its Tow-to-Go safe ride program for the Memorial Day weekend as motorists prepare to hit the road. AAA says this long holiday weekend will see the second-highest travel volume on record since AAA began tracking holiday travel volumes dating back to 2000, trailing only the bar set in 2005. Overall, an additional 1.5 million more people will take to the nation’s roads, rails and runways compared with last year, a 3.6 percent increase. AAA notes that this service is not available everywhere and is subject to change without notice. For the following states, the Memorial Day Tow-to-Go Program is statewide and begins Friday, 5/24 and ends Tuesday, 5/28 at 6 a.m. unless otherwise indicated. In these states, motorists can call (855) 2-TOW-2-GO or (855) 286-9246. Florida Georgia Indiana (Fort Wayne and South Bend ONLY) Iowa Michigan Nebraska North Dakota Tennessee Wisconsin View the full article and more on TowTimes.com
  19. In this video Darl arrives on scene to a semi that has slammed into the guardrail. Before Darl can hook it up he must lift it out and away from the guardrail.
  20. Kenworth is adding the TruckTech+® Remote Diagnostics system as an option for its medium duty conventional trucks. Fleets and truck operators buying new Kenworth T270, T370, T440 and T470 models equipped with the 6.7-liter PACCAR PX-7 engine, 8.9-liter PACCAR PX-9 engine, or Cummins Westport L9N natural gas engine will be able to order Kenworth TruckTech+® Remote Diagnostics. The system enhances vehicle diagnostics by providing real-time engine health information to fleet managers and Kenworth dealers to help optimize truck uptime and productivity and allows fleets to track the location of the Kenworth trucks. Kenworth TruckTech+ notifications include continue driving with no action required, keep driving and address the service code during the next service interval, head to a dealer for service, or pull over to prevent possible damage. If the customer needs to take the truck in for service, the system maps out the locations of the three closest repair facilities. The data is sent to a secure web portal where the fleet manager can review the truck’s location, status, identified issue and recommended solution. If a repair is needed quickly, the data can be sent to the servicing dealer in advance so they can be prepared to work on the truck – saving customers time and money in initial diagnostics. When the truck arrives, the dealer’s service team can move quickly to remedy the problem.” The Kenworth TruckTech+ option includes a free two-year subscription to the service. Longer term subscription options also are available at a cost. A Kenworth TruckTech+ video is available on the Kenworth YouTube site and on the TruckTech+ section of Kenworth’s website. View the full article and more on TowTimes.com
  21. Kenworth is adding the TruckTech+® Remote Diagnostics system as an option for its medium duty conventional trucks. Fleets and truck operators buying new Kenworth T270, T370, T440 and T470 models equipped with the 6.7-liter PACCAR PX-7 engine, 8.9-liter PACCAR PX-9 engine, or Cummins Westport L9N natural gas engine will be able to order Kenworth TruckTech+® Remote Diagnostics. The system enhances vehicle diagnostics by providing real-time engine health information to fleet managers and Kenworth dealers to help optimize truck uptime and productivity and allows fleets to track the location of the Kenworth trucks. Kenworth TruckTech+ notifications include continue driving with no action required, keep driving and address the service code during the next service interval, head to a dealer for service, or pull over to prevent possible damage. If the customer needs to take the truck in for service, the system maps out the locations of the three closest repair facilities. The data is sent to a secure web portal where the fleet manager can review the truck’s location, status, identified issue and recommended solution. If a repair is needed quickly, the data can be sent to the servicing dealer in advance so they can be prepared to work on the truck – saving customers time and money in initial diagnostics. When the truck arrives, the dealer’s service team can move quickly to remedy the problem.” The Kenworth TruckTech+ option includes a free two-year subscription to the service. Longer term subscription options also are available at a cost. A Kenworth TruckTech+ video is available on the Kenworth YouTube site and on the TruckTech+ section of Kenworth’s website. View the full article and more on TowTimes.com
  22. The following is a press release from the International Towing and Recovery Hall of Fame and Museum: The International Towing and Recovery Hall of Fame and Museum (ITRHFM) proudly announces it is now designated a Blue Star Museum, offering free admission to military members and their families from Memorial Day, May 27, through Labor Day, September 2, 2019. According to themilitarywallet.com, more than 2,000 museums participate in this program with museums located in all 50 states, Washington, D.C., Puerto Rico and on the American Samoa. Participating museums address a wide variety of interests including fine arts, science, history, nature centers, and children. You can find participating museums at the following link: www.arts.gov/national/blue-star-museums Free admission* is open to anyone carrying a valid military ID card (CAC Card), or a DD Form 1173 ID Card (Dependent ID Card). This includes members of active-duty military, National Guard, Reserves, U.S. Public Health Service Commissioned Corps and the NOAA Commissioned Corps. Free admission is valid for the service member and up to five dependents. View the full article and more on TowTimes.com
  23. Had a semi barely stuck in deep grass up at Ocean Shores Casino . No one with a big truck in the area they called around and after 10 companies refused to go ...
  24. In today's VLOG we receive 2 brand new Ford f-150's so we tour the new trucks and then do some misc. stuff around the shop Thanks for watching as always ...
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