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  1. Nice work on tricky situation. He probably had the trailer loaded too heavy on the nose and like Grumps said, that hitch looks a little light to be doing what he's doing with it. I'd probably put that on all one bill since his insurance is likely to pick it all up.
  2. The one here the renter got into a fight and he took the keys and wouldn't give them back to him. It was certainly a weird situation. I did 2 more that same week that they lost the keys on, both rented by nursing staff services to shuttle nurses around to different care facilities that needed more staff at the height of the pandemic. I'm guessing having multiple people share a car while being overworked contributed to the lost keys. I had them on my last set and I took them off after a couple months. I never had a problem with water getting in the bearings until I put the grease buddies on, then once a month I was having to repack the bearings because they were getting water in them. I'm not sure if I got a bad set or what, but after a few times of pulling them all apart I gave up and they are always dry when I pull them apart.
  3. Lost keys in a tight driveway Electric parking brake stuck on, wouldn't release even with the car running. Towed to the dealer because the check engine light came on, still ran and drove. I was right around the corner and didn't feel like switching trucks. Steering rack failure, would only turn right but the bypass valve wouldn't let it come back left. Came in as a Toyota Camry, found a lowered Saab. No power even with a jump box on it and no release, the rollback we sent out didn't want to tear up the rocks. Ppi, parked at a local quarry to go swimming and ended up going for a long walk after. Rental, guys brother stole the keys so I towed it 45 miles to the Philly airport. I guess not a dolly job, but this bike got a van head on at 70mph.
  4. We received this call from the local state police barracks for a single vehicle crash. My dad showed up in a rollback and immediately called me for some assistance. It seems they left out the part where the car smacked a parked tractor trailer and went screaming into the woods backwards. The owner of the tractor was adamant about leaving his tractor there until his agent came and refused to let us tow it, so we had to winch the car around it. Both front control arms were ripped off in the crash so both front wheels were only hanging on by the strut, making steering the car out fun. Once out of the woods the car was loaded on the bed and brought back to our yard. According to the expiration date on the temp tag, the owner had the car for just under a week.
  5. Strong work sir, one of those that separates the pros from the posers. How was the owner during the process? Most of the time they are harder to deal with them the car itself.
  6. We were called by the NJSP for a single vehicle accident about 20 miles away. Knowing the area it was in I was fairly confident it was going to be in the woods. I started out to the scene in my wrecker and called one of the guys to bring a flat bed. Once I arrived I found a Chevy pick up had left the road, waffled a pole and went into the woods, hitting a tree and stopping about 40 feet off the road. Shortly after I arrived the supervisor of the phone company arrived and gave us the bad news that the crew to get the wires out of the way was over an hour away. He gave us the go ahead to work around the wires, so we went to work. I first ran a low line to spin the front seat from the tree and towards the road. Once lined up I moved forward to a spot where the wires were about 10 feet off the ground and started pulling the truck out. Since the trooper took off when he heard the phone companies eta, I grabbed the truck and brought it across the street to a parking lot to load it in comfort.
  7. Being I usually drive a wheel lift, 9 times out of 10 this isn't an issue for me as the cars stay in park for the duration of my time with it. On the rare case I take a bed, I still prefer to put them in neutral myself. My first action when approaching a customer is and always has been to take the keys from them, this way I know I won't get run over by them putting the vehicle in neutral prematurely, like when I'm underneath it. Too many times they've tried to neutral it while it's facing down hill before I get it secure. I'd rather deal with the 1000 to 1 chance I get covid then be run over, the survival rate is in my favor that way.
  8. A serious question, based on my overactive imagination. I've noticed a majority of companies send beds to accidents, and many stopped running wheel lifts with booms. For those companies, how do you handle pulling up to something like this? As we usually send one and one to a 2 car accident, and if I get a single car accident I'm taking my wrecker. This was a simple job for me, I just lifted the Chevy a little offset with the boom and swung it away from the Durango, dropped it and my other driver loaded it on a bed while I loaded the Dodge on dollies. I'm curious to see what the bed only guys would do. You couldn't (I'm assuming because we never really use the bed for recovery work) slide the bed under the front tires of the Chevy because the Dodge is blocking one side and the curb the other. You couldn't winch the Chevy forward off the Dodge onto the bed (again, assuming) because the back tire was barely on the curb and the other side the wheel broke off the truck completely. To add to the obstacles, the bed was wrapped around the pole, making it difficult to get the truck to roll forward, especially straight enough to go up a bed and not climb over the other car even more. Like I said, 90% of our accidents get at least 1 wrecker sent to it do we are far from the authority on bed recoveries. I'm not saying it can't be done, just curious as to how. Jobs like this are why I love my little wrecker, as this was a half hour away from our shop and they left this detail about the balancing act out of the initial dispatch.
  9. Was the excavator on a rescue mission or did they both get stuck separately?
  10. It would get billed as one vehicle, but our recovery rate is billed hourly. If it takes 4 hours to get it loaded they get billed 4 hours. Also, if I had to bring a truck to load the other piece or help load both pieces on the one truck, that second truck gets bigger the same hourly rate as the first for as long as it's active in the recovery. Along the same lines, if it was loaded on 2 different trucks there would be 2 separate tow fees. Clean up gets billed hourly as well, plus materials involved, ie. floor dry, trash bags, barrels etc. Again, if I have to bring in extra helpers they get billed hourly, plus if I need a truck to haul away debris. Storage and admin fees would be charged once, as it's still one vehicle. Obviously the bill would be accompanied by many pictures and a detailed narrative as to the services needed and delivered.
  11. I would argue that a vehicle being loaded to transport it to another location is a different animal then a vehicle being loaded due to a mechanical breakdown. A vehicle being transported usually is in good working order, where as the breakdown vehicle is only being towed because of said breakdown. Aside from the vehicles problems, on a transport you usually have more time to go through the vehicle versus trying to load a breakdown on the side of the road. Other than those issues I agree with you though. I will add, though, that sometimes the winch is there more to hold the vehicle up then get it up. One night when I was working the fire department we were dispatched to an accident. The rotation company showed up, driver was wearing basketball shorts and flip flops and I knew we were in for a show lol. It had been raining just about all day and everything was soaked. The car ran, just had no bumper, so the "driver" decided to drive the car up the bed. After a few attempts to get enough traction, he made it up the bed and put the brake on. When he hoped out, the car beat him to the ground. The deck was so slippery the car slid right down, even in park with the brake on. After trying to drive it up 3 more times, he finally gave up and used the winch.
  12. I'd say a good 75% of my rollovers are reverse. The only real exceptions are when they're far off the road in the woods, in which case I roll them whichever way I have access. I'm my eyes you can't beat the reverse roll, I have yet to have one fight me to come over.
  13. I don't trust any parking brake in my area. Between people never using them and the salt rusting out the components, I have found very few that work properly and will hold the vehicle. My go to is to chock the tires, no mechanical parts to fail.
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