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  1. This Topic was started on Tow411 by Eds Towing back in 2012: Got a call this afternoon from the County Dispatch to respond to a scene where a man was trapped & pinned under a vehicle. I expedited with the 12 ton and found a guy pinned on his chest & head when he was changing the oil in a van using a scissor jack. There were ambulances & cruisers in the way to get to the front so we felt it was quicker to just get my jack and lift the car off the person. Once free, he was removed & transported to a ball field to be air lifted to a trauma center. The guy was laying on the cardboard and the front had to lifted since his arm was pinched under the tire. It was tight to get the front but I could of reached it with access. Regardless we had him out in a minute or so. I haven't heard how he made out but hopefully he will be ok. I'll tell ya your heart goes 300 BPM when you get a call like this. I have lifted vehicles off of a dead person before but this was a first where we had an opportunity to do some good! https://www.poconorecord.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20120308/NEWS/120309719/-1/NEWS miracle 1 said: Pretty awesome feeling I know...Had one several years ago where I had to assist fire and rescue lift a truck up a embankment secure on it's side(as it was at the bottom) and help perform a dash roll using a tree as a dead man cause the cab and frame where partially seperated...In the end a 13 year old boy was saved from certain death and his father was DOA...I never really gave it much thought until some time later when the kid and his mom approached my wife and I at the grocery store and thanked me for helping him...Until that point, I was met with all kinds of resistance from my wife about being involved with the Towing and Recovery industry..I've not heard a peep since...Congrats on your save,It does the heart good when you can use your skills and common sense to assist others preserve a life... wreckerman05 said: Good job Mr Ed--its funny how we react so quick when in a situation like this--good training and skills show up and we dont even have a second thought about putting ourselfs at risk sometimes during a recovery like this----Hope the guy is OK-- mooresbp said: You are the man Ed!! Kelly Neal said: I know what you mean Ed. I recieved a call for a dog trapped under a car. The people didn't call the police but called us and I drove over and lifted the car off the dog. Kelly Randy1 said: Congrat's on being in the right place at the right time ,as well as having the know how of what to do . As far as the 13 year old , I could not imagine what that child went through as well as how it has changed his life forever .When they came up to you and thanked you it would make a person feel like a king EdsTowing said: Thanks for the comments. I was glad I could help. I noticed today the paper updated the incident and stated how the police, fire fighters & ambulance personnel were able to lift the van and free the man....Like Bob from BWR always says - we don't get any recognition! https://www.poconorecord.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20120309/NEWS/203090367 mushspeed said: Ed ...........You are a Diamond !!!! Commonsense and logic prevailed when the chips were down for the guy and you got it done..... Over the Years..... just like you, I have done numerous extracations including several life saving lifts, but the fire and rescue service always get the recognition !! The media seem to always forget about the Recovery Man. But We Know Better !!!! Wade200 said: Good job. I was about to say before you posted that other link...don't expect any form of compliment, we usually don't. Of course in a situation like that, who cares. Rodney P said: Thanks Ed, job well done.
  2. This topic was originally created on Tow411 by Lake Erie Lenny back in 2012: Been Towing Now For 25Yrs.,Received A Phone Call From A Vetrenarian Requesting If I Could Transport A Dead Horse To Cornell University In Ithaca New York,I Paused For a Moment,Replied I Guess,She Told Me That It Was No Joke, That A Owner Of This Race Horse Wanted To Have An Autopsy Done To See The Cause Of Death, She Offered Me A Great Payment For This Service So I Flatbeded It To The College. I Guess I'll Do Just About Anything To Make a $$$$! HAMBURG, NEW YORK JustAnotherHooker said: Guess you can't beat a dead horse ! miracle 1 said: Dispatched to one several years ago, a sheriffs office rotation pulled up in the Century 612 and there was no car at that point I see the dead horse...Until arriving no one mentioned it being a horse...I jokingly asked the deputy if he'd like it at their impound lot for investigation....I had no back up to call so, I transported it with the boom and strapped off to the wheel lift for the tow to the landfill for burial.....Got the strangest looks when I zip tied the tow lights to it....Out here your likely to be called to anything at any given point....... EMETOW said: One of the first loads carried by a car carrier in the state of Rhode Island, by the only one in existence at that time, was a buffalo that had escaped from the zoo and died from exhaustion from being run across Rt. 95 through traffic. (early 70's) DodgeTowGuy134 said: JustAnotherHooker beat me to that joke....hahaha doingitall said: I too do a few of those a year, not always horses but larger farm animals. Sometimes after an escapee gets hit, and sometimes someone just needs the animal moved to another location for burial and has no other way to get moved. The ones that are hit are sometimes a real mess, but usually get it done without incident. If I know the call is for an animal, I usually load up my smaller tractor/loader and take it along, makes the job a lot easier to unload. annettemcd said: Does TowSpecs.com have tie-down points for horses and cows? When we run our conventional boom truck, since many of our collisions are vehicle vs. moose, we sometimes had to clear the moose off the highway and occasionally considered using the boom to hang the carcass while doing the butchering. KirbysTowing said: A few times a year we get a horse or a cow struck by a vehicle that has to be taken back to the farm. It's usually a messy situation that I don't much care to do, but it pays just as good as an accident with a car does. interstow said: I once had a request to move a dead whale for the state museum system. They wanted to move it to a farm and bury it so they could come back to reclaim the skeleton. They said it was approximately 25 ft. long. I told them my bed was only 21 ft. long and they replied, No Problem...we just cut the tail off and strap it on seperately... No Thanks... I think one of the local city depts took care of it. sheridan said: We have hauled dead horses to from the city corals to the landfill. Did it with our heavy duty with cables around its feet. Even had a AAA card pulled out for doing this once. Someplace I have a picture about this one. rlc4523 said: we've gotten a couple to get horses out of the mud but unfortunatley they were to far off the beaten path for us to get to them. njChuck said: Sad, but as long as the CHECK clears, then off you go. rlc4523 said: exactly what njChuck said.........you load it, tarp it, strap it down, and only you and the customer know what your hauling. Catfish4206 said: I used to manage a restaurant and one day a wrecker with a dead horse on it stopped in to get a bite to eat! Funniest looking thing I have ever seen. I told them to immediatly leave. I know they were hungry, but I didnt need people thinking I sold horsemeat. I laughed about that one for a long time. dragonwaganII said: theres a number of cattle farms around here but only had maybe 3 or 4 over many years picking up live stock . Worst was an amish farm , 7 work horse got out on a main road , they were between guardrails when a medium duty truck hit them . Killed all 7 , 1 went through the windshield of the truck . Roof went up , doors out , looked like a bomb had went off in the truck . Driver survived . When i pulled up i was thinking WTH happened here , there was blood washing down the road like a small river . I dealt with the truck , county rd commision sent out a loader and dump truck plus the fire dept washed down the road . Trying to hook up that truck made a garbage truck seem like a bed of roses . Hvywreckerw900 said: We hauled one years a go for a friend. I didnt go. I would if I had to but if I have a choice it is umm no thanks. Jr In Memory of Towing Grandfather who said: Years ago one of our drivers had put a large black bear on the flatbed after it caused a accident on the NYS Thruway Both car and bear came in on the flatbed. FMS Mike said: 1st Company CT Governors Horse Guard had one die on them one day and we hauled it back to their barn. Odd but it pays!
  3. Topic Originally Created by Brian Riker in December of 2006: I am not a Texas expert by any means, but maybe since they are only transporting vehicles on behalf of their own dealership group they are not subject to Texas tow truck rules. I know here in New York and New Jersey they have tow truck rules that do not apply to my 2 and 4 car carriers because I do not do any non-consent towing only transport work (I am in the car haul industry). I use tow truck type equipment since I get a mix of running/driving cars as well as non-running cars, but NY and NJ look at them just like the Feds do, they are only freight unless and until I try to tow one off the side of the highway. Once I do that I need the NJ tow truck insurance decal and NY DMV numbers. Funny thing, in my home state of Pennsylvania I need to register my tow trucks with the Public Utility Commission because I don't "tow" with them but rather only transport. Do the car haulers that use tractor trailers to transport used and new units to/from dealers need TDLR numbers in Texas? I would think unless Caravana is also towing cars back to their service department for repair they would be covered under the same rules as the companies that haul new cars into dealers and wholesale cars to/from auctions. Tomtexan said: t has always been my understanding that any and all tow trucks must have a permit to operate on the roads of this state. https://www.tdlr.texas.gov/towing/towinglaw.htm#2308101 Someotherplace said: Now try getting TDLR interested. They already won't go after pirate operations because they have no teeth to enforce with. If you're already not trying to play by the rules, then they can't deny you TDLR registration for your business, trucks, or operators. Almost makes you wonder why anybody else pays... (heavy sarcasm) Richard goodmichael said: And I am still waiting! For someone to tell me a benefit of TDLR being involved in this industry in this state. (I should stop as I am about to update my stature to IM.) saw one of their trucks today in San Antonio delivering a car. Yes they should be TDLR compliant. But........., TDLR, the People's Republic of Austin tick, is too busy sucking the blood, and marrow out of the souls of those working class dogs who work for a living. It was a pretty cool looking truck. I am not waiting any longer, because I have known the answer all along. tomtexan said: I can assure you there has been no benefit for me. I could certainly live without them. They have done nothing but cost me more money than ever just with the ridiculous yearly licensing fees and the totally unnecessary drug tests. goodmichael said: TDLR does nothing to enhance public safety or to make anything safer for the industry. In fact, they assist in giving those in this industry who want to be mean spirited and spiteful a venue to turn on others in the industry. There sole purpose is to inflict another needless tax on the law abiding, overtaxed, overburdened souls that already support parasitic politicians as well as the deadbeat population as well. For those who have drunk the Kool Aid, who believe that they accomplish anything productive, all I can say is you let the government screw you again. I want the government to fill pot holes, pick up trash, and keep the roads clean. I do not have any desire for the government to protect me. I am perfectly willing, capable and able to complete that mission on my own. https://www.tdlr.texas.gov/towing/towinglaw.htm#2308101 dwh824 said: This subject came up the other day in the office about picking cars up in our VSF because one driver didn't have a TDLR card or TDLR # on the truck. I was advised that it was in fact a prearanged transport and didn't qualify as a tow truck (were talking about a rollback with a winch and wheel lift and amber over heads which were on when he left). I was trying to find the rules but haven't as yet, but I did find this... https://www.legis.state.tx.us/tlodocs/84R/analysis/pdf/SB01820I.pdf I figure it is somehow related. And yes, I agree, TDLR is a waste of money. Every time I have to renew my license, and the lack of support from TDLR on various situations we have come across. But if you slip up, they are all over you. dwh824 said: Maybe this is it.... 202.001, Property Code, to use a parking space. (14)AA"Peace officer" means an individual described in Article 2.12, Code of Criminal Procedure. (15)AA[(8-a)]AA"Private property tow" means any tow of a vehicle authorized by a parking facility owner without the consent of the owner or operator of the vehicle. (9)AA"Property owners ’ association" has the meaning assigned by Section 202.001, Property Code. (16)A[(10)]AA"Public roadway" means a public street, alley, road, right-of-way, or other public way, including paved and unpaved portions of the right-of-way. (17)A[(11)]AA"Tow truck" means a motor vehicle, including a wrecker, equipped with a mechanical device used to tow, winch, or otherwise move another motor vehicle. The term does not include: (A)AAa motor vehicle owned and operated by a governmental entity, including a public school district; (B)AAa motor vehicle towing: (i)AAa race car; (ii)AAa motor vehicle for exhibition; or (iii)AAan antique motor vehicle; (C)AAa recreational vehicle towing another vehicle; (D)AAa motor vehicle used in combination with a tow bar, tow dolly, or other mechanical device if the vehicle is not operated in the furtherance of a commercial enterprise; 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 H.B.ANo.A3265 4 (E)AAa motor vehicle that is controlled or operated by a farmer or rancher and used for towing a farm vehicle; or (F)AAa motor vehicle that: (i)AAis owned or operated by an entity the primary business of which is the rental of motor vehicles; and (ii)AAonly tows vehicles rented by the entity. (G)AAa motor vehicle that is owned or operated by a person licensed under Chapter 2301 and transports vehicles during the normal course of a transaction in which the entity is a party and ownership or right of possession of the transported vehicle is conveyed or transferred. (H)AAa truck-tractor as defined in Section 621.001(8)(B), Transportation Code, and used solely to transport motor vehicles as cargo in the course of a pre-arranged shipping transaction, or for use in mining, drilling, or construction operations. This exception does not apply to truck-tractors used for the transportation of one or more motor vehicles under circumstances that would otherwise constitute a nonconsent tow. I guess IAA and Copart are gonna save lot's of money in permit fees, not to mention the drivers. Someotherplace said: What happened to the old TXDOT rule about no unlicensed tow trucks or operators inside a licensed storage facility? Surely TDLR did not do away with that. Richard tomtexan said: It is still the rule, found here Vehicle Storage Facility Administrative Rules https://www.tdlr.texas.gov/towing/vsfrules.htm#t85709 Vinny 8660 said: Copart is doing it right now with the blessing of TDLR. The trucks are registred in Illinois and have US DOT numbers on them. No TDLR cab card or numbers. 1 of the drivers I've seen had a TDLR license. tomtexan said: The very few Copart pick ups I have, because I am in a very rural area, are contracted wrecker services that have all the cab cards, licenses and TDLR truck numbers. I haven't seen actual Copart trucks in a long time. goodmichael said: I just got my parasite renewal letter today. Thanks, whomever bestowed this yearly extra tax upon the backs and souls of those who work for a living. I hope you are very proud of yourself. Because I am REALLY angry at you whomever you are, be it individually or your whole little merry band.
  4. SOLD on Tow411 within a few days by Austin Hinds Motors in 2012: 1991 Pete 377 Series 60 Detroit 350hp 10-spd All New Virgin Rubber Paint about a year old 25 Ton Aatac 2- 25000ib Tulsa Winches Wheel Lift Hydraulic Stiff Legs Ready to Work!!
  5. Topic originally created by Danny Cassello in June of 2010 from a Utah Auction: 1952 international with a detroit 6v53 diesel and 23,000 original miles.
  6. Phillips Towing 202 Created the topic in August or 2006: This is the second time in less then a week Andrew has had to tow this thing. First time was for a very minor problem but this time it's cause the turbo is gone!! As Andrew said "Just another day at the Fayetteville office". Truck2 said: Just curious, and not meaning to put s**t on your job, but has anyone done a scale comparison of front axle weights with the crane in the front and rear positions? Phillips Towing 202 said: Mark, I spoke with Andrew the driver of our 60 ton. He said that by swinging the boom to the front not only does it add around 2000lbs to the front axle but it also moves the boom out of the way of the nozzle on the end of the ladder!! Truck2 said: good-o thanks for the answer, was just curious as we don't see rotators down here. Dallas Horton said: easy money and nice photos!_______________________ Dallas Horton
  7. Topic Originally Created by Timjohn in August of 2006: This was an older bus that I towed the other day. It had been sitting for ahwhile. The owner tried to shift it out of park and the handle broke off in the column. The owner of the bus was proud to let me know it "starred" in an adult film or two a couple of years ago. But after seeing the plush interior, I thought I recognized it from somewhere... BLKWILL said: Tim, You rear end grabber' Nice tow Will Cain Silverhawk said: My mind wasn't thinking what ya'lls was. I thought it was X rated because it caused a lot of cussing during the job. LOL dudewhereismy50ton said: the title is a good hook nice tow what movie did it star in it must be a weird fetish Darryl Burrell said: Good Job.
  8. In 2008 Foxtow asked for next generation tow ops to respond and these members replied. Are you on the list and are you a next generation that should be on a new list? Foxtow82 Capptow Myerstowing Wade200 Dallas Horton Recovery Inc. aka Chris Fontaine timjohn CustomCruzr45 Checkerwrk2 ExpressTowAaron nullstowing PaulsTowing DodgeMotorsports DixieTowgirl 88 DHook488 BobjrV60 Andys08Towing deperone DavidV
  9. Topic Originally Created by Brian991219 in June of 2011: Hi. I do not usually post much as I have been working in the background for the last few years but not actively towing anymore. I have seen a lot of talk about gypsy towers stealing away work with low prices, cutting corners and so on. My question is, what makes a small service a fly by night service? I understand the guys running out of their house, who lied to their insurance company about their truck, pretending it is a pickup not a commercial vehicle and such. How about a trained professional who is a one man show, running an older, well maintained and paid for truck? He can run for much less, so should he charge higher prices just to keep from infringing on someone elses business model, or should he charge what his operational costs plus a reasonable margin dictate? The reason I ask this is simple. I have one older truck left from when I had my fleet, nothing special at all it is a 94 Super Duty with a 19 foot WeldBilt bed on it. The truck has been kept very well, fully equipped and ready to work, I held on to it as a toy hauler but have been kicking around moonlighting or taking only the calls I feel like doing. My phone still rings weekly with calls for towing, I don't even have my business line anymore but enough people have my cell they still call. I would be operating out of a piece of commercial property that happens to also have my house on it, no real overhead, just insurance, my wages, and other minor costs associated with running the truck professionally. One of the local law enforcement agencies has asked if I would run non-preference calls after 8 pm since non of the other companies in my area like to answer phones after dark and the officers usually end up waiting 45 to 60 minutes for a truck from a neighboring town to respond. I just want to feel out public opinion on this, don't want to step on anybody's toes or set the world on fire, I just miss running a truck and none of the local guys want to hire me to run for them, they're afraid I will try and take their customers. Also, I do not want to be seen as a scab or fly by night operation just because I have a older truck and run out of a paid for piece of property that doubles as my home. Let me have your thoughts, and be honesty, I am a big boy and if I am on the wrong track I would appreciate it if everyone spoke up before I go ahead an do this. Thanks and Cya in the Ditch! Brian Miracle1 said: It really depends on what fits your plan,Meaning if you plan to stay a one man with a old truck show or if you plan to grow and add a newer truck...as far as being able to run for much less?I doubt it possible.Your older truck will eventually die and will need to be replaced..Therefore I'd charge what my market will bare...If you are planning to cut others throat just cause you can then, I'd have to classify you as a gypsy or lowballer...However, from some of your post I believe you to be a smart business man who will do whats best for himself and the industry and low price tows is not it!!!! You'll do the right thing Good luck!!!! Kenny Wrecker44 said: As far as i'm concerned, If your running in compliance with laws and regulations regarding a commercial towing business in your area, i'm not gonna throw mud at you. What you charge for your services is nobody's business but your customers and yourself. All company owners and independent contractors have different operating costs, which effect the cost of the services provided. With that said, I would recommend keeping your prices at least somewhat comparable to your local standard, mainly to avoid lowering the public's image of the VALUE (not cost) of the services you can provide. By VALUE i mean the ability of your customer to pick a phone 24hrs a day and you bring an arsenal of knowlege and tools to their rescue. What I define as a "Gypsy" or "Fly-By-Night" outfit has NOTHING to do with the cost of their services. Those who fall into that catagory are easy to spot. They are either unable or unwilling to adhere to regulations and acceptable standards in the industry that are in place for the protection of the public and ourselves. Things like insurance, licensing, zoneing, equipment safety requirements, working load limits, hazmat awareness, proper securement/rigging, pathologens.......the list goes on for pages. Don't be that guy Brian. Good luck and stay safe. TOMJR said: Having one truck and your own customer base doesnt make you a gypsy. I think patro;ing the hiway for people to take advantage of does. You have a truck, and customer base set up. You dont need to lower your price because you dont have alot of overhead. Brian991219 said: Thanks for the honest answers. You are thinking along the same lines as I am as to what is bad for our industry and what the public perceives. Market rate is a very acceptable way of pricing, someone is going to be the highest and someone is going to be the lowest and if in the middle you can make a reasonable rate of return then you are most likely correct in your pricing structure. I have never been one to compete on rate alone, I firmly believe you get what you pay for. I will keep everyone posted as to my decision and thought process along the way. Stay Safe! RodVT said: I'd just add that you really need to base your charges on being able to afford your next truck, not solely on your current expenses. Also, if you are towing as a sideline, why not be on the high side of local pricing? Work less, make more, don't step on any toes, and avoid the customers who solely care about price. Brian991219 said: I agree with you Rod. I don't intend to be on the low side of things, just wanted to put that out there to get a feel for how others in the industry feel about competing on price. I plan on charging enough to make it worth my time, I don't have to do this, I want to, but also want to profit enough to justify doing it. Of course I know the older truck will not last and I do not borrow so I will need to have enough reserve capital to cover replacement without taping into my emergency fund or personal savings. Since I have been out of the business for a while I want to try this out before I take another chance on a full scale company here or anywhere else to see if I still have the love for towing I used to. I do love the industry and have made some very dear friends over the last 20 years. I did get out for a reason but circumstances have changed and I feel like I want to try this again. Towing is also something my youngest daughter is very interested in, she used to ride along with me whenever she could, heck she was born on the front seat of my tow truck in 1996. If I could build up something in the next few years she is right at the age where she can work the office to learn the business and then start driving in two or three years. Right now this is all hypothetical, I have not decided if I want to run with it or not. I do know I am tired of doing part time work for some of the locals here that refuse to have the proper equipment and safe environment to work in. If that is the only way I can tow then I would rather not tow, so that is what is leading me to try my own truck again. At least that way I can do what I believe is right and do it how I have been trained. With my background in safety and compliance I run a very tight and legitimate ship, something a lot of people overlook. It would look bad for me as a safety consultant to get caught running under the radar so that is out of the question. Lastly, there is enough work to go around and I do not intend on impeding on anyone else's business however, if they can't keep their customers happy and they come my way so be it. I do know I do not want to be a large company again, once you get more than two or three trucks it becomes hard to keep the dedication and professionalism consistent among the hired help. Notice I said hard, not impossible. I give a lot of credit to the owners that can do this, I had a very hard time when I had multiple trucks. Today I manage fleet and driver safety and compliance for a construction fleet with 90+ trucks and operators and that is a very tough job. I do not want to do that again in my own business, so yes I will be staying a small operation. TOMJR said: I have found that the cheapskates that priceshop are not worth the agravation. They create the most drama and have no respect for anybody and the calls take the longest and are the most complicated by the fact that they are never ready, the keys are not there, they dont show up on time, they want something done at some weird hours. They are not worth the hassle. twinbulls said: Fly by night means to me someone running totally illegal and will change his phone number when he forgets to pay his bill... gypsy is someone running on the edge of legal might have had insurance once.. might have had a tow license once.. but because of there low rates they can NOT afford to run legal now... And of course the Pirate someone who runs calls to just rip off the public... No real care for our industry ...Scamming at every call... low balling and or high price rip off.... anyway you sound like your NOT any of those...... Run your truck legal and be a pro... and charge what your worth.... I just had a conversation with a buddy (1 truck) and we where talking prices... He is amazed at what I charge.... My point was I feel I am worth more $$$ and thus charge more... he feels he is worth $$ and thats what he charges. and is about $30 less than me.... I told him to put more value on what he does.. and see how it works out.??? goodmicheal said: First off, I believe in a free market economy. I believe that the government has no business regulating businesses to the degree that government influences business within this nation. We as a nation have regulated industries right out of the country, and regulated ourselves out of thousands of jobs. It is the right as well as the responsibility of the consumer to become educated as well as be responsible for the consequences of their actions as well as their decisions. When the consumer makes a bad choice then it is time for the government to step in and impose consequences based on the severity of the act. I do believe that government has the responsibility/right to impose tariffs on goods that are brought to this nation after being produced by eight year old where labor is not a factor in the overall price, which results in the harm to the USA, where labor is a factor. I also believe that if law enforcement observes a person towing a car with a rope made from round bale hay twine they should step in and impose consequences and not turn a blind eye to the hazard to the general public. That being said, I believe it is your right to charge whatever rates are profitable and beneficial to you and your family. If you are in a situation where you are profitable and content, so be it. It is your business, and your business alone. It is the responsibility of the general public to make the final decision as to where they will spend their money. It is stunning that so many people root, root, root for the home team, yet when they go to Wal- Mart they sell out the country by buying a cheaper product that is made in China when there is a perfectly good product that is made in the USA that may cost a few dollars more that is readily available. Why is it wrong for someone to save a few bucks on a tow, but perfectly acceptable to sell out the nation by purchasing inferior crap, made by child labor in third world countries, that puts money in the coffers of an elite few? What have you bought made in your country, the USA, lately? Santiam01 said: Our country & economic system has always been based upon "building a better mousetrap" Hopefully they both survive the current leaders. Anyway, a one truck operation that isn't heavily dependent on auto clubs & salvage pools, is usually based upon relationships & loyal customers who appreciate you & what you offer to them & in turn their customers (auto shops, body shops, etc) So generally, your survival is not based on being the cheapest, the lower overhead model just allows for you to operate at a more cost effective level. Most of the smaller operations I work with tend to work together to take care of each others customer base. As long as you are meeting the legal needs-proper insurance & D.O.T. compliance, there is nothing wrong with a one truck operation. twinbulls said: I just bought 5 coils(COP) for my Ford V10 all American made..... Yep I was surprised to ...LOL They did have a cheaper one.... I passed.... I agree. it should be an open market but when You have big brother looking down with laws and penalties you get upset by those who skirt the system and break the laws only to take your work at a lower substandard rate.... Stay safe
  10. Topic Originally Created by Larry Searles in April of 2011: As I was reading the latest of seemingly endless notices of yet another downed towing professional, I was reminded of a reoccuring question that I ask my self from time to time. What attracts us to towing ? I think a lot of us are just men who just never got over playing with trucks. But, besides being able to drive on the wrong side of the street and block the intersections at rush hour, isn't part of the attraction the danger involved? Maybe I'm just speaking for myself, but I cant deny that I get a rush when I'm loading a car in the fast lane shoulder and the cars are flying by two feet away causing my pant legs to rustle from the wind. And when I'm under a truck disconnecting a drive shaft, seeing the traffic coming towards me at what looks like a hundred miles an hour! Just like race car drivers, is there something about flirting with danger that gives this profession appeal? Anyone else share these thoughts? miracle1 said: Nope!!! The appeal to me is that I can do what many can't.... The danger aspect I could care less about...I take every safety measure, I can take to assure me of going home safely at the end of the day. Kenny twinbulls said: I like to help others ... I like trucks...I like flashing lights,, I like to get dirty, I like to take cars that dont belong to me (repo), I like what we do.. all of it.... And yes some things are dangerous just do your best .and be safe... brostow13 said: I'm with Kenny I could care less about the danger aspect .If I could hook up all vehicles in a parking lot I would be perfectly content.I also agree with Tim ,I like trucks ,flashing lights and I like what I do ...Towing and Recovery. Mark towgodess14 said: It's not about the danger. I love that I can do what a lot of men can't/won't do. I enjoy the look on their faces when they see the Tow Truck Driver is a GIRL. LOL I enjoy the fact that every day, every tow is different. I get bored really easy. I love rolling up on a recovery and wondering how the he** they managed to do that, and how am I going to undo it. There are risks involved in the job, but it's a part of me now and I have a hard time thinking of anything else I would want to do. Charlie Rittenhouse said: for one hate working the highway with trucks flying by. it even makes me made at times how fast they go passed with out as much as a brake check. As far as your orignal post you may have a death wish. DragNTow said: If I didn't like danger, I wouldn't have gotten married 3 times!!!!!!!!! Then again maybe I am just a slow learner. Happy Haulin....................DragNTow Kyresqtow said: Why do I stay in it..... because so many times I have done what "everyone else" said couldn't be done... so many times I showed up in my 1 ton to bring a car out to have the police tell me that 2 other companies said it couldn't be done with that size truck... and yet there I was at the end... with the car.... I could care less about the every day towing... it's the recoveries I like. Graciesdad said: We got a suv out one time that everyone on the scene said would take a HD to get, we did it with a little 12 ton. They remember that, and are not afraid to call you for the next odd, difficult job. For some odd reason I love camper / travel trailer wrecks. They are always a challenge to get up-righted without falling apart. I only have a MD truck so its a lot of outside the box thinking involved. Lots to clean up too. Lot of guys whine about clean up, I love it....all the way to the bank. As for the danger aspect.....I hate it, for my crew and myself. That's why I'm a safety nut and get on the guys often about safety issues. I have fired guys before because I didn't want to have to call their family and tell them something bad. They just were scary lazy with safety. Some people don't need to work in this business....... Jay Indiana durrstowing.com quigma1 said: Your always going to have the danger factor. Working the job site, if its not the danger of hooking the vehicle or the recovery it the moving traffic. Move over laws are a joke unless the law is being enforced by your police departments. I've been brushed and bumped by mirrors several times by moving traffic over the years. It's second nature to me to keep an eye on traffic. In all honesty, It's the biggest fear to me, being taken out working a job on the highway. But I don't let it stop me from doing my job. I got into this profession doing police towing, then branched out into the other side of it. Commercial, and private towing. Working side by side with law enforcement was the line that hooked me. Being real close to the action, not only involved in the towing part, but involved in other stuff with them as well. Like sitting in on stakeouts, waiting for the bad guys to show up, so you can hook the vehicle and go, hauling stolen goods that they can't fit into the patrol cars, and more. It's better than watching it on TV. The challenges of the accident-recovery and then hearing through the grapevine, that so and so said thank goodness Steve is here. Do you ever hear the stories from your friends in law enforcement about your fellow towers and how l o n g it takes them to do the same job you just did and how you make it look soooo easy? Isn't that a good feeling that they know the difference between you and the other guys? GregTowzIt said: Interesting topic for sure!!! I'm in my 20th year in this industry still at the same place I started. I love this job!! It is challenging, ever-changing and I love changing the way people percieve towpersons. Being professional with even the most menial job and treating the customers respectfully helps to change the way they view our industry and helps our company grow as well. There is always the exception to the rule, but I have found that most customers are glad we are there and appreciate not being made to feel stupid because of the situation they are in. The dangers of the job are a part of it and I think that most people should not be on the side of the road attempting to change a tire, etc., without safety training. Not many people carry safety vests to protect themselves anyways. Where I live I would like to see signs informing motorists about the slow down/move over law. Most people do not know about it because it is not widely publicized. To all my fellow operators, stay safe out there and take care!! nvtowing said: you should try skydiving instead. Its safer! nbacdon said: I guess the whole flirting with danger is a part of this job that I like. But come on people how cool is it that we get to go to work every day and play with trucks. I used to (like 9 years ago) work in a garage installing plows and and truck accessory's but I dont think I could ever go back to working inside. Donny Swenbeck Bills Auto Clinic Salem MA (978)-745-2087 wm050915 said: I used to get a small adrenaline rush when working on the side of a busy highway. Now ever since my accident that could have just as easily taken my life I have constant nightmares. I am still sidelined with my injuries, but each time my better half has to go do a call on the highway, I feel sick untill she clears the call. The move over laws are definately under advertised, and under enforced. The attending L.E.O.'s on my accident did not even know about the law. I had to look it up for them in the HTSA, for them to tell me it would be too hard to convict and too much paper work. Advertising the laws in drivers ed, and in the registration offices would be a good start. More signage on the roads too. But for the most part it is all pointless unless Law enforcement agancies are willing to enforce the laws. As for why do we do it if it is so dangerous? I enjoy helping people. I enjoy the look on a little kids face as you pull his parents car out of the ditch, or unlock a cherished pet from a vehicle. When you pull up in a clearly too small truck and perform a magic act cause the guy didn't think you could do it that way. The challange, the opportunity to make a bad situaton better for someone in need, the chance to be a big kid playing with even bigger toys. The opportunity to keep learning new things each and every day with out fail. That is what keeps me doing this. It is a lifestyle not a job. If you do this only as a job, you should be pumping gas or scrubbing porta potties or something. Both of which tend to pay better, and have better hours, and working conditions. Towing is a way of life. In Memory of PlanBTransort who said: I love begin outdoors, in all types of weather, stopping and trying new places for lunch, meeting new people, going to different places, being challenged everyday, its never boring, seeing new and classic cars, seeing others in the industry, body shops, dealerships, mom and pop repair shops,the conversations while under tow, peoples houses and boats and properties when you arrive, defineately not your 9-5 M-F job. HeavyD said: The whole flirting with danger is a part of this job that I like. I got hit 5 years ago by a honda doing about 70 the a$$hole didn't even stop . I was ready to get back in the truck the next day even though I could not sit or lie on my back. Who knows the next time could be the last .Now I get a littel nervous hooking up on the freeways hear in LA but I always keep an eye on traffic . HEAVYD WWW.BOBSTOWCA.COM "The Views Expressed Are My Own and Do Not Necessarily Represent Those Of The Staff, Management, or My Employer."
  11. Art of Dispatching - Advisor Article - Part 2 of 4 by FTI Groups (from 2006) Just wanted to share Part 2 of this article from the Advisor that is currently arriign in member mailboxes. THE ART OF DISPATCHING - Part 2 of 4 MOTIVATION Compliment your driver staff. It will motivate them to perform. Yes, I wrote “your” driver staff. The old adage “if you live by the sword, you will die by the sword” could be rewritten for the dispatcher. The dispatcher’s version would read “if you live by the driver, you will die by the driver”, and believe me, a dispatcher lives by his drivers. In other words, the dispatcher is so dependent on the driver staff for the success of his job, that he will only be as good as the drivers to whom he assigns calls. A well-timed “good job” on the radio goes a long way toward motivating a driver to a repeat performance in the future. A note in a driver’s office mailbox is not just a way of saying “thanks for handling that mad customer”, but it provides something for him to take home and show his family. A quick message over the mobile data terminal or his Nextel to say “thanks for the way you handled that last call” will encourage the driver in his 10 hour day of fighting traffic and rude drivers. A while back, Campbell’s Soup ran a series of television commercials warning viewers –“Never underestimate the power of soup.” While you scoff at the idea that soup has some power, I bet you remember the commercial, which is the whole idea isn’t it? Likewise, never underestimate the power of a sincere compliment, a thoughtful thank you for a job well done, a simple word of encouragement that someone’s effort is appreciated. It will not only brighten the driver’s day, but it will foster loyalty, build trust, and strengthen work habits. It will make everyone more productive. Be moved to motivate. A dispatcher does not assign calls to drivers…he sends people to serve other people. CONFRONTATION Do it quickly. Do it correctly. Do it consistently. The need for the confrontation of a driver performing his job poorly, being insubordinate or acting rudely is absolutely critical. As a dispatcher, you are a supervisor. As a supervisor, you have the authority and responsibility to confront your fellow employees. The key to the confrontation lies in the goal. If the goal of the confrontation is for the company to provide better service to its customers, or for the company to provide a pleasant working environment for all employees, the encounter is well founded. However, a power hungry dispatcher with the authority and responsibility to confront, who is having a bad day, is a dangerous animal indeed. The necessity of confrontation cannot be over emphasized; however your ability to confront will determine the success, as well as that of the one whom you are confronting. It can be painful, but it should always be kept positive. Confrontation is a means to an end. The end is to aid in making the driver successful, thus making the dispatcher successful. So be careful to measure personal involvement and emotions in any confrontational situation. Do it quickly… Nothing can be more effective than a well-timed word of confrontation. Asking a driver about a situation while it is fresh on their mind is essential to a meaningful resolution. It will enhance the drivers’ ability to provide an accurate reason for their action, which will enable the dispatcher to make sure that he has the big picture and all of the facts. Conversely, waiting too long to confront a driver about a situation may result in forgetfulness, resentfulness, and may work to de-motivate that individual. Do it correctly… Trying to hit a Nolan Ryan fast ball with a toothpick would be a futile at best. Even if you were fortunate enough to hit the ball, the toothpick would burst into pieces, or even more likely, flames! Likewise, confronting someone without knowing how to do it is usually detrimental to the productivity of both parties at best, and more likely, grounds for a fist fight! Know your company policies regarding employee counseling. Always confront a person’s behavior, and never the person! It is a serious matter, so if you do not know how to do it, ask for help from your supervisor or from someone with personnel counseling experience. Winging it will probably leave you frustrated and angry, as well as leaving the one whom you confronted bewildered and mad. While many tout their enjoyment of confrontation, few know how to do it correctly. When I was a child, suppositories were a common prescription for someone suffering from nausea. While it was necessary to cure the ailment, the means of treatment was most unpleasant. So it is with confrontation. Do it consistently… Nothing is more demoralizing for a driver than to be corrected for doing something, and than to hear someone else commit the same mistake and escape with no punishment. Failure to provide statuses, inaccurate or incomplete radio responses, inappropriate comments about customers, dispatchers, or fellow employees must all be confronted…no matter who makes them! Many times, the biggest abusers of policy and decorum are those people who have been exposed to them the longest. In the old west, these people were the gunfighters and bank robbers. They were unwilling to submit to the laws of the land, and rather than abide by the established rules, lived a life of confrontation. Many times, their life ended early because the one whom they confronted, was better at confrontation than they were! Remember, confrontation is only a tool. Used correctly, it is a constructive instrument. Used incorrectly, it will inflict harm and resentment. To see Part One, it is on TowForce at The Art of Dispatch - Part One Hope you enjoy the article... More to come. -Jeffrey Godwin
  12. Topic Originally created by Topless383 in February of 2010: Thanks so much for all of the great service of Bill and all of the guys at B & B Wrecker!!! Excellent work! Energizer Bear said: Wow, what a great looking truck! Jerrys Road Service said: Wow its awesome.best of luck you cant beat a B&B Topless383 said: thanks guys 1st b&b i will be looking to b&b for my next truck. great service. FredsTowingnj said: Is that a 14 ton? TOWJOHNS said: we have 2 b&b 14 ton units there like everyone elses 20 ton units they make great units and stand behind there units. Chuck Topless383 said: yes its a 14 ton very little time in it great unit. TOWAHOLIC SAID: Nice truck. you will love it! REICHERTANDKNEPP said: looks like the perfect, light to heavy duty unit, i like, any idea, or will you tell how much that bed runs BradenA1Towing said: Man I want this truck. Just looked at a B&B that Nicks bought and I like these bodies Topless383 added these images:
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