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Jerr-Dan Corp. Donates Carrier for Auction Benefitting Survivor Fund

Jul 6th, 2018 | By | Category: Spotlight

Jerr-Dan Corp. has donated a tow truck carrier to the International Towing & Recovery Hall of Fame and Museum to benefit the Survivor Fund. The 2019 Freightliner M2 with a Jerr-Dan 22-foot XLP flatbed has a retail value upwards of $95,000. The tow truck that […]

Are Autonomous Vehicles the Answer?

Jul 6th, 2018 | By | Category: Geri Roskopf's Blog

Along with the trucking industry, the towing and recovery industry is well aware of the shortage of qualified drivers. At the Wisconsin Towing Association’s annual meeting in June, the subject of autonomous vehicles was a hot topic.  Are driverless trucks the answer to the shortage? […]

Santa Fe Rotator

Jul 2nd, 2018 | By | Category: Truck of the Month

Owner Jonathan Kupchin of Santa Fe Tow Service Inc. in Lenexa, Kan., sent Tow Times stunning photos of their new twin-steer 2018 Peterbilt with Century 1075 rotator. The company was started in 1963 by Stanley Kupchin and featured in the December 2017 issue. Santa Fe […]

Ro Tator

Jul 2nd, 2018 | By | Category: Tow Dogs

Ro Tator, a 5-year-old Border Collie mix, is the mascot and official office greeter at Buddy’s Wrecker Service in Union City, Tenn. He belongs to company president Steve Sedberry and rides along with him on towing calls. Sedberry has always had a dog around the […]

Loose Mounting Bolts

Jul 2nd, 2018 | By | Category: Tow Tip

When performing a visual maintenance check of towing equipment, carefully check along weld lines, brackets and mounting bolts for signs of movement such as cracks, galling or “broken” paint around bolts and brackets. Check for loose mounting bolts. Many towing operators replace loose bolts. However, […]

Working on Another Holiday

Jun 29th, 2018 | By | Category: Geri Roskopf's Blog

Like many professions, the towing and recovery industry doesn’t get a day off for celebrating a holiday. When you’re on call you miss a lot of events. It is almost a given that when you just sit down for dinner or are heading out the […]

Daimler Trucks North America Unveils Freightliner Electric Vehicles

Jun 29th, 2018 | By | Category: New Products

Freightliner Trucks premiered two fully electrified commercial vehicles, a Freightliner eCascadia™ heavy-duty truck and a Freightliner eM2 106 medium-duty truck, during the Daimler Trucks Capital Market and Technology Day on June 6. Freightliner plans to deliver an Electric Innovation Fleet of 30 vehicles to customers […]

HONK Technologies Raises $18M to Expand Coverage and Service Offerings

Jun 29th, 2018 | By | Category: Industry News

Los Angeles-based HONK Technologies, on-demand roadside assistance app has announced an $18 million round of funding led by Altpoint Ventures with participation from existing investors Venture 51 and Structure Capital. HONK will use the new funds to accelerate its technology leadership; expand its network of more than75,000 towing and roadside […]

AAA: Nearly 47 Million Americans Will Set New Independence Day Holiday Travel Record

Jun 29th, 2018 | By | Category: Spotlight

 AAA press release: A record-breaking 46.9 million Americans will travel 50 miles or more away from home this Independence Day holiday, an increase of more than 5 percent compared with last year and the highest number since AAA started tracking 18 years ago. For the […]

Hino Trucks 10th Annual Master Elite Service Skills Competition

Jun 22nd, 2018 | By | Category: Industry News

Hino Trucks announced the winner of their Service Skills Competition during an awards ceremony at the University of Michigan celebrating the tenth annual event. The competition highlights the hard work and dedication of Hino’s Master Elite Technicians from across the country. After a national qualification round […]