Jerr-Dan’s Touchlink™ system features in-cab electronic controls that come standard with overhead switch panel.
Remote Controls, Not Just for Toys Anymore
By Brian J. Riker
Brian J. Riker is a third-generation towman, with 26 years of experience in the ditch as a tow operator, and president of Fleet Compliance Solutions. He specializes in helping navigate the complex world of federal and state transportation regulatory compliance. He can be reached at email@example.com
here is no doubt that technology has changed how we do almost everything in our world and operating a wrecker or carrier is no different. As a young kid I remember how cool I thought it was when my dad put a remote winch control lever inside the cab of his wrecker to allow him to raise the tow bar up and down without getting out of the cab when needing to put some weight back on his steer axle to make corners. Ahh, short wheelbase single axle wreckers towing loaded tractor trailers brings back memories of the good old days! Fast forward to today and we have the option to remotely monitor and control nearly every function on our equipment. From in-cab telematics that allow dispatch to monitor speed, PTO usage and even diagnostic trouble codes for maintenance
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We have the option to
remotely monitor and control nearly every function on our equipment.
to wireless controls that allow operators to stand in the safest possible position while working complex recoveries. These options not only increase efficiency, which is very important with the slim profit margins towers face, but more importantly they increase safety.