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Old 10-20-2006, 12:08 AM
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Anybody else drive a tow truck?

Well well well... tonight, actually this whole week has been a comedy of errors and fun filled evenings. Last Monday, a van was involved in a homicide, ran from the police, dodged off 95 4b in DE and took a dirt road into the woods and the police lost him. Fortunately he hit a raised manhole cover doing about 60 and completely destroyed the front suspension/cradle and transmission. We had to back the 40+ foot International 4300 rollback down a muddy gravel road and hook it about 100 yards in the middle of the woods.

2 nights ago, a ford explorer was towing a 21 foot boat and at the bottom of a big hill on rt 40 between elkton and northeast started fishtaling and he lost it... boat ended up in a tree and the exploder on its side. We got the explorer, collettes got the boat.

TONIGHT... we go for a routine owners request around 12:30 and I back up on the side of Delaware ave with my step dad guiding me back. Well, we load the veh with our F650 Wrecker and we go to take it to the shop and the motor revs and we go no where. Backup, pull forward, back up pull forward, back up you know the drill. Anyways we buried the axle, in what we THOUGHT was gravel but turned out to be built up mud from the last time it flooded. We tried using the wheellift to push ourselves out, didn't work, tried using blocks, didn't work. The more we worked it, the further down into the 3 foot deep ditch we went. There was NOTHING to winch ourself out with for about 200 yards. I then run, in my steel toe boots, 1am in the rain about 38 degree's out from one side of town to the other (roughly 2 miles in 15 minutes)... get in the gate, and get the roll back out. Arrived, hooked, pulled and 2 seconds it was done. Gotta love that diesel power! haha....
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Old 10-20-2006, 12:23 AM
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SOUNDS LIKE A FUN FILLED WEEK. earned your money this week huh
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Old 12-13-2007, 02:57 PM
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i was wondering if anyone else on here plays with wreckers. i've been towing most of my life if you count the time in the military, an dbeen running heavy duty commercial wreckers for the last 10.
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Old 12-13-2007, 08:56 PM
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I have been in the business for 13 years running all powerstroke diesels F450 wreckers and F550 roll offs.

Today was a bad day for us too I wish I had my camera today I had to tow our F550 roll off 19.6' bed with our F450... the rear end shifted almost 3" backwards on the passengerside in the F550 roll off, we just had some spring work done a couple months back. It looks like the ubolts stretched or they didnt tighten them properly.... what a site to see a F450 wrecker slinging a F550 flatbed from the rear... real wide turns ,, gotta love the psd

btw the F550 roll off weighs in at 12,400lbs and the F450 wrecker at 10,300lbs... I guess you can say I was a tad over the weight I should have been towing
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Old 05-22-2008, 05:49 PM
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i drove for 10 years light duty GMs, one Isuzu cab over and medium duty international car carrier even drove for AAA little over a year their trucks were fords and thats why i drive a ford today
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Old 05-22-2008, 05:53 PM
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I dont drive a tow truck but I would like to thank all of you that do, I know I have needed the help of a tow truck driver multiple times including tonight when my PSD wouldnt start after I fueled up. So I would just like to say I appreciate the jobs you do, it helps a lot of people with frustrating situations where they would otherwise be stranded on the road like me
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Old 05-22-2008, 05:57 PM
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Never towed for a living. I had a wrecker to haul my race car tho..

I miss that old 6.9idi
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Old 05-22-2008, 06:07 PM
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I drove wrecker some 3 decades ago for about 5 years. Wheel lift trucks were just coming in, hardly anybody had a slider. I mostly drove an F600 with a Holmes 500 twin boom sling. Great for off road recovery.

That's pretty much when I pledged my allegience to Ford trucks. It always seemed the Fords were out making money, and the Chevys were in the shop getting fixed.

Funniest thing that ever happened to me? We got a highway patrol call to a two car accident on a bridge. The bridge was completely blocked, and I was directed to hook up to the rear of an old Chrysler wagon. I set the j-hooks and lifted the rear. I straightened up the front wheels and tied off the steering wheel. As I was pulling forward to get off the road and wait for my paperwork, the steering box shaft snapped. the front end of the wagon swung to the right, taking out the entire side of a California Highway Patrol car.

I hung the trim that was peeled off the troopers car on my wall.
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Old 05-22-2008, 06:27 PM
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Its funny when I started out we had a 1985 F350 short wheel base truck with a 6.9 diesel and a 4 speed had a Holmes 480 twin line wrecker unit with a sling.. man that was a fun truck I'm siting here smiling right now thinking about all the fun I had in that truck I use to get stuff that was soooo stuck in snow or cars full of water, and the front of the tow truck would lift off the ground a good 3 or 4 feet.. id sit back and watch it bob until the front tires were back on the ground then do it again...lol thank god for the scotch blocks with teeth to anchor the truck...

then they moved me into a 1989 FSuperduty with a 7.3 and a 5 speed with a long wheel base truck fitted with a Century 411 street runner wrecker unit (hydraulic telescopic boom and wheel lift wooohoooo) lol

then a 1997 F450 7.3 5 speed with Century 411 street runner wrecker unit, then onto

1999 F550 7.3 6 speed with Century 19 1/2 foot aluminum carrier and wheel lift best truck of all of them with the exception of my ol 86 then onto




(not proud of this truck except for its looks)

2003 F550 6.0 6 speed with Century 19 1/2 foot aluminum carrier and wheel lift.. that's what I'm still in

we still have all these truck except for the 1986 and 1989
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