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Troubleshooting During Bed Swaps

Nov 9th, 2018 | By | Category: Tow Tip

There are certain troubleshooting areas recommended when removing a wrecker bed from a chassis to install it on another chassis, says Jon Wickham in the November Tow Times issue Troubleshooting department. “For example, it’s the best time to check the condition of the sheet-metal pans under the […]

The Eight-Point Rollback Tie-Down Kit

Sep 10th, 2018 | By | Category: Tow Tip

The 8-point kit works best on car carriers with: Lots of side chain slots. More slots = geometric options to negotiate wider bumper covers and rocker panel covers at the bottom of the wheel opening. Allows shorter strap run from the intermediate strap to connection […]

Pre- and Post-Trip Inspections

Aug 6th, 2018 | By | Category: Tow Tip

“Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations (FMCSR) describe several types of inspections required for every commercial truck (GVWR over 10,001 lbs.) and some of the most important and often confused are pre-trip and post-trip inspections. To put it simply, a pre-trip inspection is required before every […]

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, […]

Lifting With a Jack

Jun 15th, 2018 | By | Category: Tow Tip

Jacks are wonderful tools that come in a wide variety of designs. Smaller, light-weight scissor jacks are generally provided by the manufacturer of most cars and light trucks and are useful in changing the specific vehicle’s tire, but come with some limitations which is why […]

Bicycle Tail or Warning Light for Safety

Feb 12th, 2018 | By | Category: Tow Tip

A bicycle tail or warning light on your belt adds extra illumination, along with your ANSI Level 3 vest or jacket, when working alongside the road day or night. Bike lights have up to five LEDs and run on a couple of AAA batteries. They […]

Cracks or Bent Components on Wheel-lifts

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

“If you find cracks or bent components when inspecting welded areas and stress points on a wheel lift, L-arms and forks, check with your local equipment distributor before you attempt to weld or “beat it back into shape” with a large hammer, or, as one […]

Roadside Safety When Arriving On-Scene

Nov 10th, 2017 | By | Category: Tow Tip

Many roadside incidents involve loading a vehicle onto a car carrier as the operator stands on the fog line or on the roadway using the driver’s-side controls. Stay away from the traffic side. Plan your hook-up to minimize the time you’re on the truck’s traffic […]

Storm Safety Tips

Oct 16th, 2017 | By | Category: Tow Tip

In the aftermath of storms, towing operators should take special precautions, according to Patrick Gratzianna in his October issue Safety Meeting column. Here are some storm safety reminders he includes: Watch out for wires knocked down during the storm. Treat every wire as if it’s […]

Backing Safely

Jun 21st, 2017 | By | Category: Tow Tip

When backing up a tow truck, loaded or empty, using a spotter when possible to assist you is a real asset. If a spotter isn’t available, employ the acronym GOAL, Get Out And Look. Get out of your truck and walk around the vehicle to […]