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  1. Wow, I have never heard of this before but it does not surprise me what some people will do to make a fast buck. I am sure Brian can answer this, isn't this broker supposed to have his own authority and brokers bond to be brokering this type of service? I only broker parts, major components and equipment to my customers. The only services I sell my customers are performed by me and only me. I would never broker towing as the risks of something going side ways and coming back to bite me in the a$$ are too high. I have helped arrange transport for my customers in the past, but only for equipment that I have sold them. I do this as a level of customer service and I do not mark up the transport costs. This is to keep me from having any problems as I am not a licensed and bonded broker and because I make nice margins on the items I sell my customers.
  2. You folks may be on to something. I have been working on some ideas to expand my services to fill in the gaps in between the big jobs I work on for the mining and oil and gas companies. Maybe something on this website or a different website. I hate to say similar to Uship, but without all the nonsense that make that site a joke such as serious companies to have cars, trucks, equipment, ect... moved and will not take forever to commit to the load because some one might offer to do it cheaper and no non compliant carriers ( aka Bob the red neck with his 1987 Chevy 1 ton pick up and a U Haul trailer ) driving the prices down. I am not sure if it is against the rules to post all my contact information, but you can feel free to pm me if you would like to discuss it further. I would be more than happy to share my thoughts on this topic to help make the industry better and more profitable.
  3. I see this is an old post. This will require special equipment as Prevost buses are 12' high. Prevost motor homes have a/c units and sat t.v. equipment on the roofs which make then 13' high. These sort of buses can be towed with a under lift, but only from the front. I would hope the engine fire did not damage any air lines, so the bus can build air for the suspension. You can not tow these buses from the rear, unless they are going to the scrap yard as the body will flex and bend. It may also cause some of the windows to pop out. This is from my experience working as a heavy truck and equipment mechanic for over 25 years. I worked at a shop for 5 years that serviced Prevost and MCI buses for 2 tour bus companies. You could try some of the load boards, but that is a mixed bag. I have used Meadowlark in Billings, MT to move equipment for me. My contact there is Kim Starr, she is quick to get me a quote and then quick to dispatch the truck. They are not the cheapest, but they will get the job done. Freight Quote.com was ok, until they have been bought out by C.H. Robinson and their rates are expensive. These type of buses usually require a special trailer specifically for towing buses and nothing else, so the rates will probably be around $6 a mile +/-.
  4. Being that the car is more than likely a total loss and not a high end vehicle, I would just lift and pull from the rear. I would not want to be too elaborate recovering the car as the insurance company would not want to pay for it. However I have always believed that this does not give me the right to cause more damage to it while recovering it.
  5. Nice and professional. I like seeing the dollies being used. Too many unprofessional drivers would prefer to just drag it up on to the rollback and possibly cause more damage.
  6. Hi everyone, I realize that this is an old post, but I would like to share my thoughts on this topic. I think that there are so many variables that it is impossible to have a one size fits all answer. If you are just doing a short tow across town at low speeds ( max 45 mph ), I think it could be done safely even if it has a fiberglass roof. However if you need to go a longer distance especially on the highway, I would try to avoid towing from the rear with an aluminum roof and I would never rear tow on the highway with a fiberglass roof. The rear roll up doors on a box truck are not wind and water tight like a sea container. The doors are just to keep the load from falling into the road when the truck is driving and or to keep thieves from stealing the cargo when the truck is stopped. Also the trucks were not designed to go down the highway backwards at highway speeds. This is just like towing a road tractor with fairings from the rear. It will act like a parachute and the wind will get past the door and put a lot of stress on the roof which is the weakest link, causing it to fail and break
  7. Like many others have posted above, I like to see the price as to not bother anyone. Also I usually assume that the reason you are not listing the price is because you are asking more than what it is worth. Clean the truck up and make it presentable and most importantly fix all the little faults. If I can see that you are too lazy or too cheap to fix a broken or burned out marker light, a torn mudflap, ect.... I am going to wonder how well the truck was maintained. That is a huge red flag for me.
  8. Hello, I first learned the light duty side of towing when I probably could not reach the pedals of my father's and uncles' wreckers. My father had a 1977 F 350 with a No Mar single line sling and pan dollys and my uncle had a 1971 F 350 with a PJ Ortiz, this one had the towbar and he would use an old tire and 4x4's. I ran some light duty trucks in Florida during the 90's. My formal training is with the school of hard knocks. David B.Smith President Iron Brokers International Sarasota, Florida Louisville, Kentucky Quito, Ecuador
  9. Hi Everyone! It has been a long time and I am happy to be back. I am looking forward to learning more about the current towing industry as I have been out of the industry for many years. I mainly sell parts, components and equipment to the mining and oil field companies, along with consulting and traveling to work as a mechanic for them when their guys can not solve the problems. I am contemplating going into doing some salvage auction hauling, but mostly medium and heavy duty as filler work. I know it sounds crazy as that type of work does not pay a lot, but I figure since I would already have one or two old Holmes wreckers for my primary business operations, why not put them to some good use as I do have a lot of slow times in between jobs with my primary customers. Best regards, David B.Smith President Iron Brokers International
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