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  1. 06BIGRIG

    HONK & Industry Perceptions

    I have to commend you for coming on here is you will most likely hear many negative thoughts. We have run some Honk calls paid by CC. Your comment about people not wanting to talk on the phone anymore.....I am 68 years old, I do not text, do not email, do not use apps - I use the telephone and fax only. People (mostly younger) today give me the impression that talking on the phone is somehow confrontational. They don't want to hear the "tone" in someone's voice - that might hurt their feelings. You say using apps is easier - not for me. I can get through a conversation on the phone a lot quicker than one can test back and forth. Don't get me wrong - these ways of communicating have their place, but I don't think towing is one. Just my comments. Steve.
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    Correct me if I'm wrong, but I believe GVW ratings are relative to a load being placed over or in front of the rear axle. When you extend your underlift, you are transferring weight OFF your front axle depending on how much extension you have. With that being said, I have owned quite a few WL trucks over the years and I prefer 161" WB on LD and ALWAYS beef up the rear springs. On one 1-ton I built, I added 3 leaves to the main and 3 leaves to the overload - I think I had a total of 14 leaves on each side. I could tow box trucks from the front with no problem with plenty of steer axle weight - the W/L of course was mostly sucked in. I now have an 02 F550 12 ton 161" WB and I also have no issue with it as far as steer axle weight goes. All the responses to your issue have indicated that it is a given to beef the rear springs on a wrecker. As previously said, this will due little to offset front axle weight relative to W/L extension. Hope this helps - thanks, Steve.
  3. Well that was interesting. The job was done with no apparent damage. There's obviously more than one way to skin a cat and I, however would have done it differently. Good job, Steve.
  4. We live in a small town (5000 people including those just outside the city limits) in eastern Iowa. We have the 2nd largest county fair in the state and they book in high end concerts. On Friday and Saturday nights, there may be an influx of 50,000 to 60,000 people and it is chaos before and after the main event. One of our issues was cell phone communication - there were so many that the towers would literally shut down. In the past few years (as cell phones / texting / etc. increased and after a very bad communication year, they actually bring in additional towers now which has helped. You may want to have your own way of communicating among yourselves and with the various law enforcement agencies. On the other hand, traffic is so bad that by the time we get there, they may be gone and have decided to do something else. I have not gone out and bought a new Vette on the income generated - LOL. Thanks, Steve.
  5. 06BIGRIG

    Pampering the old KW.

    Beautiful and very capable truck! Thanks for posting - Steve.
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    Truck on its side in a garage !

    Gee, you mean you didn't need a rotator and 2 heavies to do this?? LOL! Fun recoveries - good job guys! Steve.
  7. 06BIGRIG

    Level B Road recovery

    We bought a small tracked unit (Bombadier) with stiff legs and a 15K winch with 300' of 3/8" cable. Got tired of getting 4x4 wreckers stuck - LOL! People generally miss a turn and their GPS redirects them onto a level "B" road. Gotta wonder what they're thinking.....Steve.