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I Want to Tell You My Fish Story Ron Riediger tells his improbable fish story in this folksy recovery tale. by Ron Riediger

Departments 6 The Walkaround 8 News Share 10 Zoom In 12 Work Horse

18 Chassis Chalkboard 26 Safety

A Ford F450 wrecker with a Vulcan 882 twin line bed was used to recover a 1998 Toyota Camry from a pond.

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Ditched Dump

It may have ditched simply enough, but recovering it was more nuanced. by Jim “Buck” Sorrenti

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The Walkaround Leave No Stone Unturned We have a jam-packed issue this month with informative articles along with our “Annual Supplier Directory.” The most comprehensive supplier directory in the industry extensively lists vendors offering products and services from everything A-Z, from Accident Clean-up Dennie Ortiz to Zero Traction Robot. Use this issue as a Publisher supplier reference guide all year long. Bigger is not always better, contends Brian Riker in his article Light vs. Medium Duty. Brian walks you through the pros and cons to examine when considering your next vehicle purchase. The most important factor as you deliberate your purchase, Brian suggests, is the vital importance of assessing your book of business – what needs you have based on the work you provide and what you plan on offering in the future. Another take-away from this helpful report is the author’s claim that class 7 medium-duty is perhaps the most versatile and preferable truck on the market today. David Kolman, chassis editor, moves you along to the chassis section of the tow truck in your considerations while planning your next equipment investment. David reiterates Riker’s conjecture that the chief focus you should have is what type of business will the wrecker be handling. He touches on the varied options from cab vs. conventional, gas or diesel, transmission type to choosing between a new or used vehicle. With his unwavering focus on safety, Randall Resch discusses why J hooks should never be used in any type of recovery scenario. Never one to simply skim the surface, Resch dives deep into the dangers of using J hooks with real-world examples of what can go terribly awry. Resch asserts that only snatch blocks and rated chains be used for recovery applications. He states that there’s always “the right tool for the job” so use the proper one and don’t jeopardize your safety. Special thanks to Allstate Roadside for their support of our Safety department. Want to put a smile on your face? If so, then read the light-hearted fishing adventure by Ron Riediger, Riediger’s Towing out of Diamond, Missouri. Ron spins his yarn of two water recoveries he performed in the space of a day. This humorous tale may just get you laughing out loud. Another recovery we have in this issue features a challenging job of a loaded dump truck which had taken out 200 feet of guard rail. This well-done recovery was accomplished by Ohio’s own Rosenberry Towing. Terry “leave no stone unturned” Abejuela digs deep into the ins and outs of equipping your new truck. Terry covers an aggregate of items including; booms, winches, lighting, remote controls, camera systems to equipment placement (he shares his love of dolly bunkers). Terry’s sage advise recommends keeping in mind that equipment on the truck can add significantly to the overall weight, so be sure to select items wisely. Rounding out this issue is our monthly My Baby department featuring Carter & Sons “Workhorse #8”. Be sure to check out this Arkansas’ towing company’s pride and joy. Be safe out there!

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News Share Proposed Legislation for Advanced Driver Assistance Systems

Families of truck crash victims with the Truck Safety Coalition  today applauded U.S. Senators Dick Durbin (D-IL), Tammy Duckworth (D-IL), and Rep. Cheri Bustos (D-IL) for introducing legislation, the Protecting Roadside First Responders Act (S.1386, H.R. 2867) to require advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS) on all new cars, trucks and buses. These innovative technologies include automatic emergency braking (AEB) and forward collision warnings (FCW) systems, which could prevent more than 2 out of 5 crashes in which a large truck rear-ends another vehicle.   Last year alone, more than 5,000 people were killed in truck crashes in the U.S., representing a 46 percent increase since 2009. Additionally, nearly 150,000 were injured in fatal crashes involving a large truck and passenger vehicle; 96 percent of fatalities were car occupants, according to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.  The annual cost of truck crashes exceeds $143 billion. “These crashes impose both a steep emotional and economic cost on our society,” the families stated in their letter to the Senate and House bill sponsors.

Towman Gets Short End of Stick

In August, an 18 wheeler belonging to Walmart destroyed a towing fleet owned by Watts’ Towing of Crewe, Va., when the driver suffered a medical emergency and lost control of the vehicle. Eight months later, the owner of Watts’ Towing, Harold Ray Watts, Sr. said that Walmart hasn’t paid them a penny. “That’s what we make our living with. There is no reason they shouldn’t pay us.” To add fuel to the fire, they hauled the trailer that slammed into their fleet to Walmart’s distribution center and haven’t been paid for that either, according to Watts. Walmart came out with a statement that they continue to negotiate. and recently sent an apology letter. Meanwhile, Watts has taken out a loan to purchase a new wrecker. Source: ATTV

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Tower Hit and Injured in Modesto, Cal.

In Modesto, Cal., a tower sustained major injuries when an alleged drunk driver crossed into his lane. Gabrial Fernandez, 34, of Modesto, was driving a Nissan, heading south, while the tower, Sammie Franks was eastbound. Apparently Fernandez went through the stop sign, colliding into the tow truck. After the impact, the tow truck struck a couple of other vehicles, as well as a support structure

in front of a market. Franks was taken by helicopter to Doctors Medical Center in Modesto. Fernandez was flown to Memorial Medical Center with moderate injuries. Upon his release from the hospital, Fernandez was booked into the Calaveras County Jail on suspicion of DUI causing injury. Source: modbee.com

Tower Dodges Bullets

Tow truck driver Frank Tedesco needed 10 stiches after dodging a bullet to the head on a street in Queen’s, NY. He was preparing to boot the parked car of a scofflaw owner who owed fines, cops said. He was fired upon 3 times, the 2nd shot grazing his head. Police are still searching for the shooter. Tedesco, with two decades on the job, said he and an accompanying city marshal were spared only by a moment of hesitation by their would-be assassin. “He gave me enough seconds where me and the marshal ducked,” he recounted while recovering at his Long Island home. “He didn’t say a word — just started shooting, and walked away like it never happened.” Tedesco acknowledged he was worried about returning to the job. “It makes me nervous to go back to work,”

Frank Tedesco

he said. “But we have to make a living, so there’s nothing you can do.” Source: nydailynews.com


News Share

Tower Removes

Blazing Dumpster Towman Designs on Merchandise

Dean Mathisen, a 35 year old tower for PLC Towing & Recovery in Minneapolis/St.Paul quickly responded to a dumpster that was set ablaze by hooking it up and removing it from a nearby business to the middle of a parking lot. The St. Paul Police Department says the 35-year-old tow truck driver reported the fire behind a tobacco store in a shopping center, which he also posted on TikTok. He told police he saw a man light the dumpster on fire and run away. The suspect was

later arrested. “People are saying I’m a hero, but I wasn’t even expecting the amount of attention that this has been getting — I was just doing what I thought was best at the time and trying to help out,” Mathisen said. The burning dumpster was extinguished by fire fighters. No one was hurt and no property was damaged. The tower was deemed a “hero” by police. Source: minnesota.cbslocal.com

Parade Honors Indiana Tower Approximately 100 tow trucks participated in a remembrance parade on May 7 to honor 69 year old tower Joe Meyer, who died on April 29 when he was reportedly crushed by a vehicle that fell off a tow truck. The long line of tow trucks, led by a tractor-trailer and tow trucks carrying several antique John Deere tractors, started in Olathe and ended in Overland Park at Overland Tow’s shop, which he owned and operated with his wife, Lori. “Joe was a race car builder and drag racing enthusiast. He enjoyed racing the cars he built, and passed his love of the sport along to their children by building cars for each of them to race,” his obituary read. “Joe was a friend to American Towman and myself, and the long procession of tow trucks in his honor attests to his character,” said

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American Towman is known for its rich graphic creativity that appears in articles, show promotions, and comic serials. Now AT is turning many of those creations onto merchandise such as shirts, hats, posters and mugs. “Our artists have drawn up imagery in many styles, from comic art to art deco,” said AT Editor In Chief Steve Calitri. “Don Lomax drew and colored all the Adventures of the American Towman by hand, something unheard of today. Fans of his illustrative art will enjoy looking through the items.” The items are offered at TowmanOriginals.com. American Towman is also creating new original images and themes for its tee shirts, mugs and posters. The new Tow Pro series of designs, debuting this summer, will portray a super professional towman illustrated by Rodolfo Reyes, who has created many of AT’s art deco images. AT is also designing safety posters to help tow bosses keep their operators educated and alert to the dangers of towing.

Recovery Mishap Takes Life of Tower

Joe Meyer

American Towman’s Steve Calitri. “The circumstance of the accident that took his life underscores the dangers all towmen face each and every day. Joe was a true American towman.” Source: shawneemissionpost.com

In El Paso, Texas, tower Carlos “Flaco” Olague of AD Towing & Recovery, was killed while trying to assist a semi-truck stuck on a sidewalk. The tragedy happened when the driver of a big rig, Joel Ramirez, failed to lift the trailer’s support wheels before exiting. The wheels got stuck on the sidewalk. Olague attempted to remove the trailer but due to a miscommunication, Ramirez rolled the big-rig forward while Olague was between the rear axles that he was helping to move out of traffic. Olague’s right leg was run over by the rear tires of the trailer. Source: kvia.com

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Zoom In

Forward-Collision-Avoidance Tech for Towing

For towers, there are the growing number of distractions in the cab from cellphones, digital dispatch systems, reacting to other distracted and/or aggressive drivers on the road and so much more. According to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, 71 percent of large truck crashes occur when the driver is doing something besides driving the truck. AAA data showing that drivers remain distracted for up to 27 seconds after using a device correlates those distractions to the large percentage of crashes. Using some type of collision avoidance technology can improve the tow operators’ chances of maintaining a good safety record on the road. The National Transportation Safety Board has found that more than 80 percent of rear-end crashes could be prevented with forward collision avoidance systems. Mobile Video Computing Solutions has announced its cooperation with Mobileye, an Intel Company, to provide towers that technology to be safer and better aware on the road. The Mobileye® 8 Connect™ collision avoidance system is now featured through MVCSOL as a standalone or integrated system for video and collision avoidance as a solution for the towing industry. D. Scott Watkins CEO, Mobile Video Computing Solutions

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The Mobileye 8 Connect system is an AI-powered vision-based aftermarket collision avoidance system that can be retrofitted onto almost any vehicle. On the road, drivers receive real-time alerts, day and night, of potential hazards and dangerous situations, providing them time to react and avert those dangerous situations or mitigate their impact. Fleet managers gain crucial insights via these warnings and learn more about which drivers engage in unsafe habits and might benefit from extra training, as well as seeing which drivers should be rewarded for safe driving. The vision-based system continually scans the road ahead for obstacles and potential dangers, without getting tired or distracted, and evaluates them via the AI-powered EyeQ™ chip to mimic how people understand the roadscape. The AI system is validated to the highest level of safety and accuracy over millions of miles and more than 20 years of experience. On the road, drivers receive real-time alerts of potential hazards with audio and visual warnings with time to react and mitigate a collision. A windshield-mounted camera unit includes the EyeQ chip and a speaker for audio alerts. Using an EyeWatch™ display, mounted in the lower windshield area of a driver’s peripheral vision, provides visual alerts that include: • Pedestrian and cyclist warning. Alerts drivers of an imminent collision with a pedestrian or cyclist. • Headway monitoring and warning. Helps drivers keep a safe following distance from the vehicle ahead. • Forward collision warning. Alerts drivers of an imminent collision with a vehicle or motorcycle ahead. • Lane departure warning. Alerts drivers when there is an unintentional deviation from the driving lane. • Speed limit indicator. Recognizes speed limit signs and notifies the driver, both of the new speed limit and if they exceed it. • These features Meet NHTSA guidelines. When Mobileye’s sensors detect a dangerous situation ahead, they generate both audio and visual cues, pulling the driver’s attention back to the road and warning the driver in time to prevent or mitigate a collision. Fleets are seeing vast improvements through installation of Mobileye 8 Connect, including Dish USA (cut in-scope collision costs 73 percent), Ambu-Trans Ambulette (reduced collisionrelated costs by 91 percent), and P&B Transport (insurance claims dropped from $800,000 to $20,000). “Mobileye has helped us to reduce incidents on the road and maintain a high safety rating with our insurance,” said Jimmy Pardo, VP/founder of P&B Transport.

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Workhorse

Light vs. Medium Duty

Deliberate Your Next Purchase 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 brian.riker@fleetcompliancesolutions.net

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llow me to dive into the topic with a comparison between light and medium duty trucks for your next purchase. In this article I will assume you can only purchase one or the other. Bigger is better, right? Not always! While I dislike turning down calls, as do most of the towers I know, we can’t be everything for everybody. At least most towers can’t, their areas just don’t support the revenue required to have a completely diverse fleet at their disposal. So how do you balance the right most of the time truck against the truck that could do it all? Perhaps the most important question to start: what mix of work do you have, or intend to have, in your service area? This is critical to selecting not only the right size truck but also the correct type of body. If you deal with mostly cars and light trucks that breakdown on the highway or in tight spaces then perhaps a self-loading light duty wheel lift wrecker is the best fit. If you are in an area where dually pickup trucks out number basic sedans then maybe a 12ton body with traditional L-arms on a class 6 chassis is the better choice. Or maybe a carrier is the right fit for your mix of work, especially if you do very little winching, recovery or police work. Equally as critical are specifications or equipment requirements that may be imposed upon your company by law enforcement contracts, existing customer commitments or planned growth. Be sure to review the details of any contracts you have, or plan to have, before deciding on your next truck purchase so that you buy the right spec’d truck the first time. Once the workload mix has been determined the next question is who is going to drive the truck? It doesn’t do you any good to have a true medium duty wrecker (gross weight rating over

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26,000 pounds) if you don’t have any CDL-A drivers available. True, even a light duty truck can accidentally wander into CDL-A territory although it is rare and can be avoided unlike with a truck that is a CDL required vehicle even unloaded. Another consideration is the skill level of the available driver pool. Can you find the right driver that can be trained to operate a larger truck, or do you need to stay with smaller trucks for the comfort level of the available workforce?

Keep in mind that every truck and tow body has a design limit and

safe working load rating for a reason. Keep in mind that every truck and tow body has a design limit and safe working load rating for a reason. A great example of this is a typical light duty tow truck with a gross vehicle weight rating of 19,500 pounds. This is the perhaps the most common tow truck in the industry today, yet it is also the most often overloaded truck in the industry. Why? Simple, empty this truck is going to weigh in around 15,000 pounds (more if it is a 4x4, extended cab or long wheel base) leaving about 4,500 pounds of payload. Sounds good given the average car is about 4,000 pounds, right?


STANDARD

Commercial Vehicle Classification GVWR = Gross Vehicle Weight Rating

CLASS 1 GVWR of up to 6,000 pounds

CLASS 2 GVWR between 6,001 up to 10,000 pounds

CLASS 3 GVWR between 10,001 up to 14,000 pounds

CLASS 4 GVWR between 14,001 up to 16,000 pounds

CLASS 5 GVWR between 16,001 up to 19,500 pounds

CLASS 6 GVWR between 19,501 up to 26,000 pounds

CLASS 7 GVWR between 26,001 up to 33,000 pounds

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What is not being considered is the weight transfer to the rear axle or the many times this truck will be called upon to tow a van, suv or pickup truck. Remember, the total weight of your tow truck, it’s tools/supplies and the casualty vehicle can not exceed the manufacturer’s declared gross weight rating if the towed vehicle does not have operable brakes nor can you exceed the individual component ratings of the axles or tires. Now, I am not saying do not buy a class 5 chassis as a light duty tow truck, just be aware of it’s intended use and working load limits. If you were to jump up to a class 6 truck (19,501-26,000 GVWR) you would not only increase the total combined weight capacity before auxiliary brakes were required but also likely increase the rear axle capacity as well. This jump does change the availability of chassis manufacturers, although there are many great options available in this range of chassis, including offerings from brands that are well respected in the class 4 and 5 truck market. Many class 6 trucks are also available with air brakes, and contrary to popular belief, these air brake trucks do not require a CDL to operate unless you exceed the limits in your state for requiring a commercial driver license. Typically, in most states, this happens when you have a combined weight of 26,001 pounds with a towed vehicle in excess of 10,000 pounds gross weight rating (making the combination a CDL-A vehicle). Remember, air brakes are not an endorsement on a license but rather a restriction placed on commercial driver licenses. Regular non-commercial driver licenses, including “chauffeurs”

in most states, do not restrict air brakes. This is how recreational vehicles and household rental trucks can be equipped with air brakes yet driven by anyone in the country with a regular license. If class 6 is good then class 7 (26,001-33,000 GVWR) is even better, yes? Perhaps, although this class of truck will require a CDL driver at all times and may not be as economical to operate as it’s lighter duty counterpart may be. A class 7 chassis makes a true medium duty wrecker that has many possible uses and is perhaps the most versatile unit on the market. In my personal experience with the fleets that I have managed throughout my career the 16 ton medium duty was always the most profitable truck in the fleet when measured in terms of return on investment. A true medium duty tow truck will be equipped to tow everything from a small car using wheel grids to a road tractor, or even small motorhomes and everything in between. Again, ratings and intended use as built must be kept in mind but there is no doubt in my mind that a medium duty is a very versatile unit, especially for winching and recovery of passenger vehicles and vocational trucks. Other considerations that may help you decide on both chassis class (5-7) and tow body manufacturer include the need for regular, extended or crew cab configurations, desired creature comforts and accessibility for disabled passengers. Some areas of the country tend to have a greater demand for passenger transportation, including special needs passengers, while other regions may dictate short wheel base trucks with regular cabs for visibility and maneuverability.


Powertrain is also an important consideration. This comes into play when determining the availability of competent dealer service networks. Not all franchised dealers are qualified or certified to service and repair commercial versions of popular chassis, diesel engines or specialty transmissions. Fuel availability is also an issue to consider, do you have multiple options for quality diesel fuel in your area or are you limited to gasoline? While unlikely, there are still some parts of the country where diesel fuel is difficult to source. Lastly, what is the pump price in your area and the difference in fuel economy as it affects overall operational costs when deciding between gasoline and diesel powered trucks? Only after the physical requirements of the equipment and available operators have been thoroughly considered can you begin to decide on the exact chassis and body manufacturer you want to go with. Downtime is going to happen, even brand new trucks

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breakdown, so it is imperative that you have an excellent service network close by. This holds true for both the chassis and the tow body, dealer service and support is key to your success. Bottom line, each business is unique and so should their choice in equipment be. It is always best to remove emotion from these decisions, resting the temptation to impulse buy because everyone else has one or it is pretty and shiny, rather purchasing the right tool for the task at hand. Don’t rush out and jump up to a medium duty tow truck just because you had to turn down a few calls or your competition just bought one. The business case must be presented and evaluated before the purchase is made, paying particular attention to the availability of steady work flow and qualified operators.

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STANDARD

Tow Truck Classifications Standard tow truck classifications vary by region, even by jurisdiction in many states. These are the TRAA recognized guidelines.

LIGHT DUTY Tow truck servicing wrecked/disabled single rear wheel vehicles up to 10,000 pounds

MEDIUM DUTY Tow truck servicing vehicles between 10,001 up to 26,000 pounds

HEAVY DUTY Tow truck servicing any vehicle over 26,001 pounds


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Chassis Chalkboard

The Front End

Light duty versus medium duty considerations on your next purchase By David A. Kolman

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AT Chassis Editor David Kolman has been a longhaul truck driver over the years and is a multi-faceted trucking trade journalist with experience in print, online and broadcasting. He has hosted trucker television and radio programs and helped write trucking industry documentaries and video programs.

s with any vehicle purchase, there are many factors to consider when deciding upon a light duty or medium duty wrecker. A chief consideration is what kind of hauling/ towing the wrecker will be doing and what other capabilities will be needed. Another is gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR). This is how vehicle manufacturers label trucks based on U.S. government guidelines. GVWR indicates the maximum truck weight after it is fully loaded with cargo, fuel and passengers. In addition to satisfying the payload requirements, the gross combined weight rating (GCWR) needs to be adequate if the truck will be towing a trailer or vehicle. The government classifies light and medium duty vehicles into six classes. Light duty trucks: • Class 1: GVWR of 0 to 6,000 lbs. • Class 2: GVWR of 6,001 to 10,000 lbs. • Class 3: GVWR of 10,001 to 14,000 lbs. Medium duty trucks: • Class 4: GVWR of 14,001 to 16,000 lbs. • Class 5: GVWR of 16,001 to 19,500 lbs. • Class 6: GVWR of 19,501 to 26,000 lbs. Not to be overlooked in the decision making is the importance of ensuring that the wrecker can reliably perform the job it will be required to do with minimal issues over the life of the vehicle. The wrecker needs to be spec’d with enough power and payload capacity, plus be built to withstand the application it will be in for many years.

CABOVER OR CONVENTIONAL

On a conventional truck, the cab is situated behind the engine and steering axle and has a hood. This configuration adds to the vehicle’s overall length and weight which decreases payload potential, maneuverability and visibility. However, the positioning of the cab behind the 18 • June 2021 | Towman.com

engine makes for a more comfortable ride and easy ingress and egress. The cabover design has a flat front face, the engine is housed beneath the cab, above the vehicle’s front axle.

Cabovers have superior

maneuverability,

even in tight, confined spaces like narrow streets and alleys due to their tighter turning radius. Cabover trucks offer some advantages over conventional truck designs. With the driver sitting over the engine and closer to the windshield, no hood to block the view ahead and a “wraparound” windshield, there is greater visibility. Cabovers have superior maneuverability, even in tight, confined spaces like narrow streets and alleys due to their tighter turning radius. On average, cabover trucks have a 30 to 40 percent tighter turning radius than that of a conventional truck. The turning radius of a vehicle is the diameter of the narrowest circle it is capable of maneuvering. This is dependent on many design factors, including wheelbase length, axle width and the steering mechanism design. A disadvantage of a cabover truck


is that sitting over the engine and front axle can make the ride more uncomfortable. Another shortcoming is the challenge of getting into and out of the cab. In addition, a cabover truck can be more susceptible to debris – such as rocks – causing chips in the windshield due to the increased size of the windshield and no hood in front to possibly keep debris from hitting the windshield.

GASOLINE OR DIESEL POWER?

Another major consideration is fuel type. Factor into that decision budget, annual mileage, operating environment and maintenance schedules. Typically, diesel engines cost more than gas engines but diesels hold their value better. Because diesel engines are built very robust, they have a lengthier

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lifecycle than gasoline-powered engines and they usually go much longer before they require major repairs. Gasoline engines usually have the edge in horsepower. Diesel engines characteristically offer lower rpm but high torque. Diesel engines are more fuel efficient than similarly performing gasoline engines for two main reasons. One, per gallon of fuel, there is more energy in diesel than there is in gasoline. Two, diesel engines have a higher thermal efficiency than gasoline engines. Basically, thermal efficiency is a measure of how much of the total energy potential of a fuel an engine can convert into energy to move a vehicle down the road. When it comes to maintenance costs, it is cheaper to maintain a gasoline-powered truck than

a diesel-powered truck. This is due to routine maintenance costs and frequency. Diesel truck parts like starters, alternators, water pumps and batteries all cost more than parts for gasoline trucks. There is selective catalytic reduction (SCR) emission system maintenance and repair and turbocharger maintenance, components that are not present on gasoline engines.

TRANSMISSION TYPE

Both automatic and manual transmissions are available for light duty and medium duty wreckers. Manual transmission offers more control overall because the driver has full control over gears and when to shift. By downshifting, manual transmissions can slow a vehicle without utilizing brakes as often

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CHOOSING A TRUCK DEALER Just as important as determining the most appropriate light or medium duty wrecker is selecting a truck dealership to deal with.

THINGS TO LOOK FOR IN A DEALERSHIP: • A good reputation and a lot of experience. The dealership’s website can provide information on how long it has been in business. Ask others in your business for referrals. • Check a dealership’s business doings through verifiable online reviews. Check with the Better Business Bureau to get general ratings about a dealer, look up reviews and find resolved and unresolved claims. • Pick a dealer that offers a range of post-sale services. Does the dealership offer 24/7 support? If not, what is its response time after hours? • Does the dealer have adequate service facilities? • Are the dealer’s technicians manufacturertrained and ASE (short for the National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence) certified and do they receive regular training?

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as automatic transmissions, thus reducing wear and tear on the vehicle’s brakes. Automatic transmissions shift quicker and smoother. Moreover, they are easier to drive in stop-and-go traffic and hilly areas. Automatics also help reduce driver distraction by allowing drivers to focus on the road and driving and not having to worry about shifting. Automatics tend to be more expensive to purchase than manuals. Because automatics are more complex and have more moving parts than a manual transmission, there are greater repair costs.

NEW OR USED

The price of a wrecker is a chief consideration as well. That begs the question: should you buy a new wrecker or a used one? For some companies, purchase price is not only the foremost consideration, but it is often the only consideration. When making the new versus used decision, it is important to look at the initial price and the cost of operation. New wreckers come with manufacturers warranties that cover faulty parts or workmanship. This can provide peace of mind and save money on repairs. Used wreckers are less expensive but their condition is a key element to help determine the cost-effectiveness of a used purchase. Verify how well the wrecker has been maintained. Check to see if manufacturers warranties are transferable and whether they have expired.


RESALE VALUE

One other purchase consideration when deciding upon a light duty or medium duty wrecker is resale value. Whether purchasing a new or used one, it is advisable to determine the vehicle’s current and future worth. The market and auction statistics show that dieselpowered light and medium trucks tend to have a better resale value than light and medium gasolinepowered trucks.

Residual value, along with the current condition of the vehicle, engine, transmission, drivetrain, equipment, special features and mileage all combine to determine a wrecker’s resale value. When a wrecker is built to perform its intended job function at optimal performance and is spec’d for reliability, fuel economy and driving experience, there will always be a demand and a market for resale. Use the Internet to search for

reputable truck purchasing and selling guide websites. Visit wrecker advertising websites to determine how other individuals or companies are pricing comparable trucks.

When a wrecker is

built to perform

its intended job function at optimal performance and is spec’d for reliability,

fuel economy and driving experience, there will always be a demand and a

market for resale. There are two things to do to increase the resale value of a wrecker: 1.Maintain the interior and exterior. As the saying goes: eye appeal is buy appeal. First impressions matter. Before putting the wrecker up for sale, take care of any scratches, dings, dents and any other exterior deficiencies that could reduce resale value. Give the wrecker a good wash and wax. 2. Have the wrecker’s past service and repair records available. This documentation serves as proof that the truck was properly maintained, plus it will give the buyer peace of mind. Well-maintained vehicles hold their value on the resale market better than ones that have spotty or no maintenance history. 24 • June 2021 | Towman.com


Safety

J-Hooks & Mini Js NOT for Recovery By Randall C. Resch

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Operations Editor Randall C. Resch is a retired California police officer and veteran tow business owner, manager, consultant and trainer. He writes for TowIndustryWeek. com and American Towman, is a member of the International Towing &  Recovery Hall of Fame and recipient of the Dave Jones Leadership Award. Email Randy at rreschran@gmail.com.

Note: Special thanks to Allstate Roadside and their commitment to tow operator safety.

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recent tow-operator’s safety class proved that towers have creative ways to work rollovers, but not necessarily in a manner I’d agree was safe and appropriate. When operators choose to use J-Hooks and Mini-Js for recovery, I find it important to tackle the technique and question its safety and approach to industry’s standard of care. The recovery photo on page 28 depicts a recognizable technique that challenges best practices. Assessing risk management, vicarious liability, and operator safety, can J-Hooks used in this manner complete the job? Perhaps, but, is it safe and proper? Without saying too much, the opening recovery shows a J-Hook in action. In evaluating the recovery scene, it appears this casualty vehicle was well off-the-roadway and not one requiring quick-clear. I consider this recovery example as having three possibilities; one, the operator was grossly ill-trained, two, the tower was complacent and uncaring for his safety and three, they’ve done it (this way) many times before. This narrative focuses on the dangerous practice of using J-Hooks versus a snatchblock for recovery. While you’d think that towers know better, this unsafe practice happens far too often. Early generation towers used slings before wheel lift equipment where J-Hooks were part of the sling’s set-up. J-Hooks were attached to the towed car’s suspension and then to the sling as a means to “marry” the car to the wrecker. Sling (attachment) training was necessary to learn how to keep the towed car attached to the wrecker, noting, J-Hooks were never intended for recovery. Some of us remember how those early, coldrolled hooks would straighten.

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INTO THE FUTURE

Tow trucks and carriers came outfitted with J-Hooks, and then Mini-Js as common equipment packages. In carrier work transporting vehicles and equipment, J-Hooks were the norm for securing vehicles and items to a carrier’s deck as intended by carrier manufacturers. Modern advancements in transport equipment included design upgrades for J-Hook equipment for the industry’s betterment. Before, a selection of equipment (then) was limited where some towers used any single product regardless that the application was questionable and dangerous. It wasn’t until the past twenty something years did scene-liability demand that tower’s carefully evaluate what equipment they used and question whether or not it was used as intended. In an industry where lawsuits quickly stack, towers are now accountable in choosing and using proper tools and equipment items for the job, but, at what risk to operator safety and vicarious liability?

THE RIGHT TOOL

FACT: There’s always the right tool for the job. While that statement has undefined boundaries, towers oftentimes dismiss necessary safety. Although there are different items (of equipment and accessories) to be used for towing, transport and recovery, there are tow truck items specific to tasks that should not be used for others. In my opinion, J-Hooks and Mini-Js should never be used for recovery in fear of detaching, shredding cable, ripping non T-slot/holes, or slipping off under-frame components. Without sounding demeaning, do you know what purpose J-Hooks and


Mini-Js serve? If a plaintiff’s attorney were grilling you (on-the-stand), how would you explain what a J-Hook does, what it’s Safe Working Load Limit (SWLL) is and what applications describe best practices? Because J-Hook use differs by experience and application, towers claim that; • “If a car is stuck in the mud, I reach back and grab the frame to keep from getting muddy.” • “I haul scrap and hook through the rim.” • “They’re way faster than snatchblocks.” •  “I slip the hook’s tip into a container’s eyes for repositioning.” • “I use em’ during rollovers.” • “I toss Js under car tires to slide em’ off

NOT FOR RECOVERY

I researched product advertisements and catalogs specific to, “J-Hooks

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J-Hooks should never take place of a snatch block during recovery.

A selection of Js damaged during recovery.

for recoveries.” While there are many sources to purchase from, there’s little verbiage that recommends, “Not for Recovery.” And, due to the lack of proper training to this new generation of towers, “Not for Recovery”, is lost in translation suggesting “quicker

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and easier” are operational components versus safety and proper selection. Towers should fully understand what SWLL chain and hooks are rated and designed with specific purpose. The operative word here is, “should”, but maybe two of twenty-five tow operators can (by memory) identify correct safe working load-limits of standard shanked J-Hooks and Mini-Js. J-Hooks and their assemblies aren’t and shouldn’t be a “one size fits all” item where misapplication, slippage or breakage can result in deadly consequences. At one time, catalogs were a great training tool, educating towers as to what products do, their


ratings, and what applications are proper. But, even product catalogs have drifted away from statements regarding an item’s usability.

retention clip creates dangerous conditions where wire-rope and/ or chain, employed in an improper manner, could slip and lose

The ideal “perfect recovery” ends with total success, no damaged or broken equipment, and no injuries or fatalities. By not using J-Hooks for recovery, that’s one less danger eliminated from the recovery equation. Catalogs show J-Hooks and Mini-Js not having safety-clips to retain wire-rope, chain, even car frames. Danger: Hooks with no

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mechanical advantage, or, create violent recoil to the operator’s location. There’s nothing between the Js tip and its throat to keep it

from side-slipping. Considerations like these identify dangerous and potentially lethal conditions. Consider two scenarios: Scenario One: In 2006, a Florida tow operator was relocating SeaCan containers using a carrier. From OSHA’s investigation, the operator was relocating a large metal roll-off container estimated at 10,100-pounds empty. During close-quarter work on a waterfront’s pier, the operator positioned his carrier to angle-pull a container. A J-Hook assembly was allegedly used with rated capacity of 5,400-pounds, linkedchain rated at 2,650-pounds, and its clevis hook rated at approximately 10,000-pounds. OSHA alleged the assembly was attached to the carrier by its winch-cable threaded through the tie-down assembly then hooked to the container.


As the operator repositioned himself at the opposite side controls, he began winching the container. Without warning, the assembly over-loaded causing the J-Hook to violently recoil to the tower’s position. He was struck on the head requiring emergency transport where he passed away days later at an area hospital. Scenario Two: A west coast tower worked to upright a rolled-over Ford Expedition resting on its top. Using J-Hook and chain, the tower attached the “J” into the SUV’s open window frame. As winch-in began, the SUV “spun”, causing the J-Hook to jamb sideways and then break (laterally) against the window’s frame. Although the J-Hook was rated at 5,400 pounds, the J-Hooks shank snapped (laterally) launching the broken-shank towards the operator. Luckily, his injuries weren’t debilitating or fatal.

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TRAINING AND ACCOUNTABILITY

J-Hooks for recovery have been debated forever and remain a hot topic. Knowing not all operators believe in the safety concern that, using J-Hooks for recovery is “an accident waiting to happen”, I assume the industry’s premier trainers agree with me on this dangerous practice. As in all things towing, a company’s, “Vicarious Liability”, is always exposed. With J-Hooks being an improperly used item for recovery scenarios, companies are reminded that safety training is necessary. It’s a common occurrence to see towers using J-Hooks on recovery scenarios where they shouldn’t. Snatch blocks and rated chain are considered proper equipment for recovery purposes; not J-Hooks and Mini-Js to replace the

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snatch block. Although towers cite hooking cable with a J-Hook is faster during recovery, is it the proper tool for recovery based on manufacturer instructions? Bottom-Line? Will a single J-Hook or Mini-J work in recovery situations? Sure, but at what risk to the operator when the “J” detaches from its placement, snaps when tip-loaded, or shreds cable when used as a snatch block. Note: When 3/8-inch cable (under load) is run atop the squarish shank of a J-Hook, there’s possibility in damaging cable strands and inner-core of the cable. But, when run though the snatch block’s sheave wheel as designed, cable is not damaged. When cable longevity should be practiced, grabbing cable with the J-Hook isn’t recommended. The ideal “perfect recovery” ends with total success, no damaged or broken equipment, and no injuries or fatalities. By not using J-Hooks for recovery, that’s one less danger eliminated from the recovery equation. Perhaps I’m over-cautious in saying that J-Hooks and Mini-Js for recovery are a dangerous practice, but there’s plenty of evidence of them breaking, especially when towers used them during the wrong application. And, when it comes to working within the industry’s standard of care, it’s my opinion that J-Hooks and Mini-Js for anything other than slingattachment or carrier hold-down is improper and potentially dangerous. For proper attachment and rigging, choose products designed for recovery, i.e., recovery chain, straps, loops, snatch blocks, etc. To that point, training should not include “speed techniques”, which can only result in loss of mechanical advantage, proper positioning, and potential injury to the operator. Accordingly, while I agree that grabbing cable with a J-Hook is faster, I believe a trained and experienced operator can properly rig a snatch block, cable and chain within a couple of minutes. And, since you’re being paid for the recovery, take time to do it right. Because unwanted disconnect or violent (cable) recoil is always danger close, employing J-Hooks versus a snatch block is an extremely questionable proposition. Using a J-Hook like the opening photo depicts is a gamble with on-scene safety and one to be considered. Remember, “When speed goes up … safety goes down.” My varsity operators are taught to do it right and not take shortcuts.

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Danger

Dangers of Lithium-ion Batteries for the Towing Industry By David Boyd

Illustration of Tesla model S showing location of battery pack and details of module and battery cell, with size comparison to standard AA battery. (NTSB drawing)

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David Boyd is a freelance writer from Madison, WI

s the number of Electric Vehicles (EVs) on the road increase, the more likely a service provider will be to encounter one in all states of damage or disrepair. Working with Battery operated Electric Vehicles (BEVs) will become a big part of our daily lives in the very near future. The vast majority of new BEVs are powered by lithium-ion batteries. Why Lithium-ion? Because they have: • A high energy density (BEVs store a large amount of energy for a given volume) • A low self-discharge rate (BEVs retain a charge longer) •  An excellent electrochemical potential (allowing high-power discharge)

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One-page emergency response guide (“quick reference sheet”) for fire suppression in electric vehicles. SOPs/SOGs = standard operating procedures/ standard operating guidelines. HV = high voltage. (Source: NFPA)


Still image from video taken by sheriff’s department officer showing SUV reignited on flatbed of tow truck. (Source: Orange County Sheriff’s Department)

What you need to know whenever you encounter a Lithium-ion battery in EVs: • The battery packs on these vehicles are comprised of modules packed full of individual battery cells. For perspective, a typical Tesla has the equivalent of 10,000 cell phone batteries under the floor. That’s a lot of voltage! • These battery cells contain hazardous chemicals. Fire fighters approach a damaged vehicle wearing full PPE and self-contained breathing apparatus. If you suspect a vehicle’s energy pack is damaged, you are advised to avoid contact (including smoke or fumes) unless you are protected.

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CUSTER PRODUCTS

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•  Recognize that a vehicle with a damaged battery pack will still have stranded energy. This means that if a battery is damaged, energy still remains in the undamaged cells. Cutting the emergency cut loop, a low-voltage circuit interrupter, can isolate the vehicle body from the battery, but it does NOT discharge the cells. That can only be done using special tools and techniques or by submerging the vehicle in a saltwater bath to discharge the energy. Always assume the entire vehicle could be electrified until you are assured otherwise. • Be aware that if the cut loop isn’t severed due to damage or fire, the safety systems or air bags may still be active and pose a danger to operators. • Battery fires are not extinguished easily and the extinguisher on the side of your truck will not be enough to extinguish one. Fire fighters use a large, sustained volume of water, 2,600 gallons or more, depending on the battery’s size and location. Using less water may allow the battery to release toxic gasses. • A fire in a lithium-ion battery could reignite within minutes, several hours or even days after the fire is extinguished. Do not store a vehicle with a damaged lithium-ion battery within 50 feet of a structure or another vehicle until the battery is completely discharged. Recognize the warning sounds. Reignition is accompanied by a whooshing or popping sound, followed by white smoke or electrical arcs or sparks that reignite with visible flames or fire. The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) recently issued a report titled Safety Risks to Emergency Responders from Lithium-ion Battery Fires in Electric Vehicles that highlights:


High-speed, high-impact and/or undercarriage damaging events can be assumed to cause fire. • Stranded electricity should be assumed EVEN IF THE LOOP CONNECTORS ARE CUT!

•  Fires can’t be extinguished easily. Once thermal runaway starts, it is difficult to stop. •  Fires can re-start hours, or sometimes even days later. Isolate the vehicle.

Other Resources to Consider View Allstate Roadside’s safety video – Insights into Electric Vehicles, at vimeo.com/475455372/8e5d2aa9b2 To learn more about Lithium-ion battery fires in EVs, or to access a collection of vehicle-specific safety sheets, visit the National Fire Protection Association’s website: nfpa.org/Training-and-Events/By-topic/Alternative-FuelVehicle-Safety-Training/Tow-operator-training NTSB report, Safety Risks to Emergency Responders from Lithium-Ion Battery Fires in Electric Vehicles is a comprehensive report largely targeted at First Responders (fire, police, EMT), Second Responders (tow operators – sorry, their term, not ours!), OEMs and others.The entire report be can downloaded at ntsb.gov/safety/safety-studies/Documents/SR2001.pdf

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News Flash Not All Lithium-Ion Batteries Are Created Equal

It’s no secret that lithium-ion batteries are great for power tools. They can be recharged hundreds of times with greater energy output compared to other rechargeables. This is, in part, how they have earned their reputation for stability and efficiency. However, not all lithium-ion batteries are the same. The Power Tool Institute (PTI) always recommends using only a lithium-ion battery made for that specific tool, by the tool’s manufacturer. There are simply too many unknowns about third-party batteries, some of which can create great danger. Reputable original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) have their products listed with an independent certification lab such as UL or Canadian Standards Association (CSA) to evaluate products for compliance with internationally accepted safety standards. This listing process is mandatory for power tools used in work environments governed by OSHA. The introduction of a third-party

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battery to the tool system negates this effort to document performance and safety compliance because cordless power tools and their batteries are tested as complete systems. This total testing protocol — comprising a dedicated combination of tools, battery, and charger — helps ensure each component part communicates properly with the other in order to monitor and control critical functions. Only the tool manufacturer is able to obtain this “system” certification. Each manufacturer uses its own, proprietary control circuity, which is not available to third-party component suppliers. Some knock-off batteries may be listed to a general battery safety standard, but many are not tested or listed to any safety standard at all. A lithium-ion battery that is not intentionally designed to work properly with a specific tool and charger system can result in poor performance and shorter life, damage to the tool and charger, or, even worse, a battery bursting that may cause a fire or explosion. For these reasons, PTI and power tool manufacturers recommend that only OEM lithium-ion batteries be used. For more information on safe use of lithium-ion batteries, visit www.powertoolinstitute.com/pti-pages/battery-safety.asp.

ABOUT PTI

With the vision to unify and educate others about power tools, since its founding in 1968, the Power Tool Institute (PTI) has established itself as the leading organization for building global understanding of power tools and for maintaining high standards of safety in the industry. Its members, a list of whom can be found here, represent market-leading brands in the areas of portable and stationary power tools. PTI’s members are committed to improving the industry and to being the premier resource for power tool education. Work the non-traffic side - Stay Safe!

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By Ron Riediger

“This is the fish I caught using a 1998 Toyota Camry for bait.” 42 • June 2021 | Towman.com

Note: Ron Riediger is the owner of Riediger Antique Auto & Riediger Towing


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n January 19, 2020, I was called out of church by Missouri State Highway Patrol. They needed a 4x4 wrecker to recover a black 2010 Chevrolet Impala that had gone off road about 1/8 mile into a pond near Newtonia, MO. After searching for a driver, they determined that it had been abandoned overnight.

I responded in my 2019 Ford F450 4x4 wrecker with a Vulcan 882 twin line bed.

I responded in my 2019 Ford F450 4x4 wrecker with a Vulcan 882 twin line bed. Fortunately, a state trooper who does water recoveries was the requesting officer. He had a wet suit with him, so he hooked up the car for me and I did not even have to get wet! When I pulled the car up onto dry land, a small fish fell out of the rear bumper cover area onto the ground. I picked it up and since it was still alive, I put it back into the pond. I normally don’t get that many water recovery calls, but as I was Work the non-traffic side - Stay Safe!

returning to my storage lot with the Impala, a customer of mine called me to see if I could recover a vehicle that had washed off the road when a young lady drove through rushing water during a heavy rainstorm near Sarcoxie, MO. I told him I would respond after unhooking and securing the first car. I drove to the scene of the 2nd water recovery to find that the car had washed off the road 250 feet downstream and into a pond. Only a few inches of the roof of the car was visible. The only good

access to the car was through a flooded very soft muddy pasture that made it impossible to drive to the pond. I was not told that the car had been in the pond for over a week already. The property owner had cattle and a couple of horses in the pasture and was anxious to get the car out of the pond. After assessing the situation, I decided to return on Tuesday, January 21, 2020 to try to recover the car from the other side of the pond. This was an area that was slightly higher in elevation and

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Riediger chose higher ground to position his Vulcan to winch out the Camry that was submerged for over a week.

more solid. The only access to that corner of the pasture was by cutting a row of saplings in a long unused makeshift gate in the barbwire fencing. The land owner had an old flat bottom canoe that we used to approach the car and hook up a strap around the roof and hook up the winch cable. I slowly reeled the cable in to bring the car to shore and up a 6 foot embankment between some trees. When I got the car onto dry land, a fish fell out from beneath the rear bumper cover area of this car too! I told the property owner and a neighbor the story of the other fish and they thought I should take a photo with this one. I did and then returned the fish to the pond. When I show pictures of the recovery and the fish to people, I tell them “This is the fish I caught using a 1998 Toyota Camry for bait.” I also used a 3/8 inch x 100 foot, 4250 pound test line to catch this fish. My two grown sons (an electrical engineer and a computer programmer/security expert) are not involved in our towing business both have teased me about “fishing without a license.” A few weeks after these recoveries, I started getting the 44 • June 2021 | Towman.com

Bassmaster magazine in the mail and I have no idea who sent the subscription. (Although I suspect that one of them had something to do with it because I am not a fisherman, but no one has admitted it yet.) I realize these recoveries are not worthy of a “Donnie Award” but I found them humorous and thought you might too. My wife and I started Riediger Antique Auto in 1977 (44 years ago) and have been buying and selling antique autos and parts since that

time. We are located in Diamond, Missouri. For 34 years, I pulled cars and trucks onto a trailer with a hand winch and floor jacks, if needed. About 40 of those years, I have owned and used a factory built 1951 Ford F4 wrecker that was used only in my salvage yard. I hope to restore this truck in the next few years. (It was bought new by Baird Ford in Carthage Mo and I am the third owner.) I eventually bought a Case rough terrain forklift, but we never had a road worthy tow truck until after I finished cancer treatment in 2011. In 2011 when I started towing for hire, we started Riediger Towing. I have had several used wreckers and bought my first new one in 2019. It is the Ford F-450 twin line Vulcan 882 wrecker that I used for these recoveries above. On April 1, 2021, I ordered a new 2022 Freightliner rollback with a Vulcan 22 ft by 102 in bed and an In The Ditch SP 9000 side puller. Both trucks were ordered from Meyers Truck Center in Olathe, KS. The new Freightliner should be ready for pickup in late August or September.

Trooper had a wet suit and hooked up the Impala for Riediger.


Camry Was the Bigger Challenge The recovery of the 2010 Impala, was simple because it was not fully submerged. I was fortunate to have a State Trooper on scene who checked the car and pond for occupants before my arrival. Since he was already in a wetsuit, he offered to hook my wrecker line to the car for me. I gave him a 2”x45” Webmaster strap to put through the steel spokes in the right rear wheel. He then attached a winch cable to the strap and I winched it onto the pond bank. The recovery of the 1998 Toyota Camry took a bit more rigging. I positioned my wrecker in the most logical spot on the creek bank then used a wheel lift spade to anchor it in position. The landowner and a neighbor were there to observe and help. I put one cable into freewheel position and the landowner and I boarded an older canoe with a 14’x3” strap and a J hook chain to attach to the roof, or at least to a windshield pillar. We paddled the canoe to the far side of the car. As the water had gone down slightly since I first saw it two days earlier, I could see the drivers window was down a few inches, and since the car had been in the water over a week, I broke out the passenger window and put the strap through the front two windows. I then hooked the cable into the end loops on the strap, then returned to shore. The strap is rated for 2.55 tons or 5100 lbs.  The steel core wire ropes on my Vulcan twin line wrecker have a working load limit of 4250 lbs. From scrapping many cars in the past, I knew the Camry weighed about 3000 pounds. I also know from experience that a car full of water is much heavier (8 lbs per gallon!) I engaged the winch and slowly brought the car towards the shore. As it started coming out of the water, I paused occasionally to let water drain out. The pond bank had a 6 foot drop to the waterline, so I attached a second winch cable with a J hook and chain between the trunk lid and the plastic bumper cover to the bumper reinforcement below. Then used this line to lift the rear of the car to start pulling it onto the bank. I allowed the vehicle to drain out as much water as possible and alternated the rear bumper and roof winch lines to bring it onto dry land.   Both vehicles were towed with the 2019 Ford F-450 Vulcan wheel lift wrecker.

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1-800 EveryRim-OEM Wheels Santa Fe Springs, CA, 562-692-0109, Chase 1-800-Rescue-911 St. Petersburg, FL, 800-500-6008, Dane 3M Scotchlite St. Paul, MN, 800-328-7098, ext. 2 4 State Trucks Joplin, MO, 888-875-7787, Bill Harrison A.T.I.G Insurance Littleton, CO, 407-472-9600, Paul Samms A1 Infrared Technologies East Port, NY, 631-325-5555, Bill AAA (Ad Page 25) Heathrow, FL, 800-592-5198, Dawn AAA Club Alliance Wilmington, DE, 443-309-1911, Jim AAA Commercial Insurance Casa Grande, AZ, 520-490-8602, John Gluffre AASP/PA Harrisburg, PA, 717-564-8400 x109, Amanda Able Weldbuilt Industries Deer Park, NY, 631-643-9700, Chris Access Commercial Capital Lake Success, NY, 516-444-3621, Edward Access Roadside Assistance Langley, BC, 866-224-9861, Dan *Access Tools Miami, FL, 800-323-8324, Sales Department Agero Medford, MA, 866-219-8136, Hilary *Air Tow Trailers La Verne, CA, 800-479-7975, Danny Gavins AIS: Automotive & Industrial Solutions Conyers, GA, 770-760-8779, Sidnet Bobbitt Akins Ford (Ad Page 55) Winder, GA, 770-867-9136, Jeff McKinney Alcoa Forged Specialty Wheels Cleveland, OH, 216-641-4643, Brian All American Jerr-Dan in Old Bridge Old Bridge, NJ, 732-591-1111, Randy All Colorado Semi Trailers Denver, CO, 303-494-6472, Rob Daniel all-Grip Vehicle Recovery System Sedalia, CO, 800-748-2651, Bob Alliance Funding Group Tusin, CA, 603-422-6608, Jeremy Alliance of Automotive Service Providers Harrisburg, PA, 717-564-8400, Ken Allison Transmission Indianapolis, IN, 800-252-5283 Allstate Roadside (Ad Page 95) Northbrook, IL, 469-734-6632, Jeremy Alpha Innovations Las Vegas, NV, 702-576-2371, Alan Aluminium Wheels Mfg. Ontario, CA, 855-833-8899, David Amdor Burlington, Ontario, Canada, 514-554-1084, Bruce Amell Agency, The The Woodlands, TX, 346-224-8427, Leonard American Alliance Drug Testing Upland, CA, 800-820-9314, Diana

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ALPHABETICAL LISTINGS American Eagle Accessories Group Garner, IA, 800-392-3015, Ivan *American Legacy Firearms Fort Collins, CO, 877-887-4867, Sales *American Safety & Supply Springfield, MA, 800-472-3892, Chris American Towman Expositions Warwick, NY, 800-732-3869, Dennie Ortiz American Towman Magazine Warwick, NY, 800-READ TOW, Dennie Ortiz American Wrecker Sales Albany, NY, 800-433-4210, Paul *AmeriDeck™ (Ad Page 95) Saegertown, PA, 866-890-2311, Joshua Oertly AMSOIL Warrington, PA, 215-834-8720, Andrly *Anchor Graphics Pilot Point, TX, 972-422-4300, Haley Newkirk *Ari-Herta Cincinnatti, OH, 800-562-3250, Ashleigh Arizona Prof. Towing & Recovery Association Phoenix, AZ, 602-863-3373, Angela *Arkon Mounts Arcadia, CA, 626-400-6767, Ben Arana Arrowhead Automotive Insurance Overland Park, KS, 913-312-2815, Maria Ascentium Capital Kingwood, TX, 281-882-0112, Todd Chase Associated Equipment Corp. St Louis, MO, 800-949-1472, Linda Association of Professional Towers - Ohio Columbus, OH, 330-519-9224, Joe Hollabaugh AssuredPartners of GA dba Fleet Risk Management St. Simons Island, GA, 912-484-7011, Ann Mugford Astralease Assoc. Hauppauge, NY, 800-390-5251, Michael Atlanta Wrecker Sales (Ad Page 40) Chesnee, SC, 800-313-2040, Martin Atlantic Emergency Solutions Manassas, VA, 800-442-9700, Marcus *Atomic LED Smithfield, RI, 401-232-9900, Kyle Aumsville Equipment Sales Aumsville, OR, 866-994 3473, Skip Austin Hinds Motors Arab, AL, 256-586-8161, Greg *Austin Insurance (Ad Page M 110) Paducah, KY, 270-444-6818, Rob Auto Data Direct Tallahassee, FL, 850-877-8804 Auto Equipment Statesville, NC, 800-737-4116, Dick Auto Salvage & Parts Co. Hagerstown, MD, 301-733-6696, Sales Auto Shop Solutions Apex, NC, 919-342-6024 ext.102, Margaret Automobile Club of Southern California Costa Mesa, CA, 714-885-1333, Rob Automotive Equipment Co. North Ridgeville, OH, 440-327-3131, Sales Automotive Industrial Solutions (A.I.S.) Conyers, GA, 770-760-8779, Lisa Automotive Training Institue (ATI) Linthicum, MD, 301-575-9102, Karen AutoReturn (Ad Page 13) San Franciso, CA, 888-501-5385, John

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B & B Industries Big Lake, MN, 877-80-TATOR, Sales B & Z Sales Brandon, MS, 800-530-7941, Mike B/A Products (Ad Page 91) Columbia, MD, 800-327-3301 *Bad Dog Tools Bristol, RI, 800-252-1330, Ann Strong *Bailey’s Towing Accessories Wake Forest, NC, 919-562-2984, Susan Baremotion New York, NY, 914-792-8360, Sam Base Engineering Saint John, Canada, 800-924-1010 Battelini Wrecker Sales Landisville, NJ, 856-697-9595, Anthony Beacon Funding Corp. Northbrook, IL, 800-866-6396 *Beacon Software Brecksville, OH, 866-437-6653, Todd Althouse *Best Tools Gravette, AR, 479-427-9370, Todd Wiles Blust Sales and Service Cincinnati, OH, 513-385-6050, Gary *Boniface Engineering Norfolk, England, 011-44-1842-754232, Michael Bressler’s Morgantown, PA, 610-286-6013, Morgan Brute Technologies Escanaba, MI, 906-786-0585, Christina Budget GPS Chattanooga, TN, 866-799-0261, Jeff *Bulldog Towing Products Co. Geneva, IL, 630-301-0553, Don *Burgess Ent. Concord, NC, 704-795-9839, Bonnie

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C3LS Boca Raton, FL, 56-995-9004, Chris California Lien Sales Yucalpoa, CA, 562-822-4119, Pam California Tow Truck Association (CTTA) Sacramento, CA, 916-617-2882, Amber Calvin Berkey Enterprises (Ad Page M 109) Columbus, OH, 614-928-3814, sales Canadian Towing Equipment Ayr, Ontario, Canada, 519-622-5522, Harold Capital One Services Richmond, VA, 804-284-1000, Matthew CapX Funding Alamo, CA, 925-837-2279, Dan Car-Part.com Fort Wright, KY, 859-344-1295, Roger Casanova Towing Equipment Compton, CA, 800-476-8802, Victor Centerpointe Insurance Services Camarillo, CA, 800-451-8766 ext.107, Robert Central California Truck & Trailer Cherry Valley, CA, 909-810-3210, Ed Marx Channel Islands Leasing & Loan Ojai, CA, 800-879-9987, Vincent

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2021 American Towman Supplier Directory Chase Insurance Agency Plantation, FL, 800-940-4301, Rick *Chelsea Products Div. of Parker Olive Branch, MS, 662-895-1011, Stephen Uszak Chergey Insurance Thousand Oaks, CA, 805-497-1290, Dan Chergey Chesapeake Automotive Equipment Chesapeake, MO, 800-604-9653, Pat Chester Point Insurance Chester, NJ, 732-320-7032, Steve Chevrolet Warren, MI, 800-TO-CHEVY Chevron Mercer, PA, 800-886-6400 Chevron Commercial (Ad Page 31) Highland, IL, 800-443-5778 Chevron West Rancho Cordova, CA, 800-869-8757, Jim Christopher’s Emergency Equipment Chelmsford, MA, 978-452-7433, Chris *Chrysler Group Fleet Auburn Hills, MI, 800-999-Fleet, Denise Cirrus Response Thousand Oaks, CA, 818-821-0399, Darren Clean Diesel Specialists Anaheim, CA, 714-461-9834, April Clean Seal South Bend, IN, 574-299-1888, Mitch Clore Automotive Lenexa, KS, 800-328-2921, Jim O’Hara Cohen Business Services Moorpark, CA, 800-656-9491, Sheldon Cohen *Collins Dollies Medford, OR, 800-332-9220, Jeremy Cullen Collision Management USA Cypress, TX, 281-373-3072, Nigel ComeUp USA Clackamas, OR, 503-783-6142, Rod Commercial Best Insurance Services Burbank, CA, 818-841-4111, Ali *Computer & Comm. Science Stratford, NJ, 800-379-1865, William Hindman Concorde Communications Los Angeles, CA, 310-854-4411, Sylviane *Condor Products Cortland, IL, 800-461-1344, Teffy Copart Auto Auctions Fairfield, CA, 214-551-1022, Jeff CRASHFILM Plano, TX, 972-516-0002, Richard Crawford Truck Sales Lancaster, MA, 800-427-7404, John Crouch’s Wrecker & Equip. Sales (Ad Page 89) Kingston Springs, TN, 800-628-5212, Celeste LaRue Crouch’s Wrecker & Equip. Sales of FL Orlando, FL, 407-628-4160, Scott *CTech Mfg. Weston, WI, 315-355-8842, D. Cowan Cummins Columbus, IN, 800-DIESELS Cummins Power Systems Bristol, PA, 215-785-6005, E. Riley *Custer Products Ltd (Ad Page 38) Massillon, OH, 800-490-3158, Erica Myers Custom Radio Corp. Fort Wayne, IN, 800-659-8093, Sales CW Mill Equipment Co. Sabetha, KS, 785-284-3454, John

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*Dakota Mfg./Trail-Eze Mitchell, SD, 800-232-5682, Jeff *Dalton Bearing & Hydraulic Blaine, TN, 888-898-5031, Don *Dan-Am/Sata Spring Valley, MN, 800-533-8016, K.Huse *Danco Products Greencastle, PA, 800-453-2626 *Dangelo’s Custom Built Kane, PA, 800-540-515, Derrick Daniel’s Wrecker Sales Nesconset, NY, 631-361-3542, Dan Danzi Bros. Selbyville, DE, 302-436-2000, R. Danzi *Datow Software Long Beach, CA, 800-866-8086, Pam DerManouel Insur. Grp. A Hub Company Fresno, CA, 559-447-4600 ext. 326, Ron *Detroit Wrecker Sales Detroit, MI., 313-835-8700, Mike *DewEze Mfg. Co. Harper, KS, 800-835-1042, Dennis DFW Truck Canton, TX, 972-278-0066, Kelly *Dicke Safety Products Downers Grove, IL, 630-969-0050, Todd *Dieselsite Homosassa, FL, 888-414-3457, Dan Shoda Digital Ally Safety & Video Systems Lenexa, KS, 913-814-7774, T. Phelpr Dirt Cheap Wrecker St. Charles, MO, 636-255-3001, Russ Discovery Bay Insurance Discovery Bay, CA, 925-516-4700, Glen *Diversified Products Mfg. Jacksonville, FL, 800-874-4172, Daniel DK2 Warrior Winches Burlington, Ontario, Canada, 905-335-2152 Ext.702, Graham *Dodge Truck Auburn Hills, MI, 248-576-1731, M. Seguin Dom’s Protective Film Mountainside, NJ, 908-313-8630, Dom DomTex Marketing Toronto, Ontario, Canada, 416-821-1521, Sales Don Jackson Commercial & Fleet Sales Atlanta, GA, 678-961-2940, Rodney DOT Tie Down Easley, SC, 800-459-4798, Willie *DP Winch (Ad Page 19) Jenks, OK, 918-298-8300, Jeremy Robinson *Dri-Dek / Kendall Products (Ad Page 17) Naples, FL, 800-348-2398, Lee Dees, CEO Driver Locate Phoenix, AZ, 888-801-9529, Victor *Dual-Tech (Ad Page 27) Bean Station, TN, 800-852-0345 *Durabilt by Durbin (Ad Page 99) Broadview, IL, 708-223-0258, Mark or Martin *Dynamic Towing Equipment & Mfg. (Ad Page 33) Norfolk, VA, 800-831-9299, Anthony

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Eakins Equipment Co. Philadelphia, PA, 800-869-2857 *Eartec Co. Narragansett, RI, 800-399-5994, John Hooper

East Coast Truck & Trailer Sales (Ad Page N,S107) Portsmouth, VA, 757-465-2200, Tim *East Penn Truck Equip. Bethlehem/Mercer, PA, 610-694-9234, John Eastern Wrecker Sales Clayton, NC, 919-553-4038, Mike EasTract North America (Ad Page 45) Atlanta, GA, 833-869-8722 *Eaton Transmissions Galesburg, MI, 269-342-3533, Tony EC Marketing El Cajun, CA, 619-417-7379, Scott Webster *ECCO Boise, ID, 800-635-5900, Mike ECM Performance Fort Lauderdale, FL, 954-748-1840, Jim eComply Round Rock, TX, 512-244-3631, Michael EdgeTec (Ad Page W 109) Dallas, TX, 214-742-5221, Randy Olson Edinburg Truck Sales Edinburg, VA, 540-984-9418, Matt Effective Web Solutions Washougal, WA, 888-400-4002, Deborah eimpound.com Las Vegas, NV, 678-230-2796, John Elizabeth Truck Center (Ad Page 99) Elizabeth, NJ, 908-355-8800, Jim Powers Empire State Towing & Recovery Association NY, 518-320-8440, Kelly Black Employer’s Guardian Rancho Cordova, CA, 916-635-2543, John *Environmental Chemical Solutions/ECS Gig Harbor, WA, 253-263-8039, Steve Bockhorn Epplers Truck Sales Firebaugh, GA, 800-800-7997, R. Ormonde Equipment Gateway Maple, Ontario, Canada, 866-588-7599, Errol Cowan Equipment Sales & Service Bloomfield, NJ, 973-743-7516, Dan *Erkin World Power Turkey, +90 541 371 2932, Erkan Gunduzalp ERSCA CTTA Sacramento, CA, 916-617-2882 ext.114, Amber Evolution Insurance Brokers Chicago, IL, 877-678-7342 *Excel Sportswear Trafford, PA, 800-697-8882, Steve EZ Spare Wheel (Ad Page W 120) Roswell, GA, 404-277-8160, Virginia Nye

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Fallsway Equipment Co. Akron, OH, 800-458-7941, J. S. Rainey Farmers Insurance / Khasim Insurance Escondido, CA, 760-781-1555, Richard Fayetteville Ford (Ad Page 94) Fayetteville, GA, 404-569-4723, Chris Chitwood FCA Fleet / RAM Trucks Clawson, MI, 248-288-9700, Kimberly *FCAR Tech USA Rosedale, MD, 443-380-0088, Elbert Chen *Federal Signal University Park, IL, 708-534-3400, Jennifer *Felling Trailers Sauk Centre, MN, 800-245-2809, Sales Ferguson Corp. Baltimore, MD, 410-467-8980, Andrew Find Truck Service Schaumburg, IL, 847-586-9110, Amer


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*Manufacturer Finex Group San Jose, CA, 877-443-4639, Paul *Firestone Ind. Products Co. Carmel, IN, 317-818-8600 Firmhorn The Woodlands, TX, 77380, 805-874-2242, Tony Fitzgerald Wrecker Sales Crossville, TN, 888-589-9773, Gene Five Star Registration Canyon Country, CA, 661-255-0264, Nanci Fleet Complete Atlanta, GA, 615-457-0020, Tim Fleet Sales West Sherwood, OR, 800-724-8766, Jim FleetDown.Net Anniston, AL, 256-241-9280, Jeff FleetNet America Cherryville, NC, 800-438-8961 x532, Don Flitz International Waterford, WI, 262-534-5898, Kathi Florida Independent Towing & Recovery Association FL, 239-693-4872, Kevin Fox Florida State Title Search Miami, FL, 305-279-9110 Florida Wrecker Sales Tampa, FL, 813-626-2144, Ryan *FlowStop Denver, NC, 877-356-9767, Perry Force America Burnsville, MN, 864-895-2965, Mike *Ford Commercial Vehicles Dearborn, MI, 313-322-3000, Kevin *Ford Motor Company Dearborn, MI, 800-343-5338 Fred Beans Ford of West Chester West Chester, PA, 610-696-4700, Sam *Freightliner Trucks Fort Mill, SC, 803-578-3263, Michael Frontier Truck Parts Grand Rapids, MI, 866-241-2110, Sales Futura Trailers Auckland, New Zealand, 432-258-6940, Glen Future Wrecker Sales Amsterdam, NY, 518-842-2988

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G & K Services Minnetonka, MN, 800-GK-CARES, Sales G. Stone Commercial (Ad Page N 108) Middlebury, VT, 802-388-9599, Andy Doaner *Gaither Tool Co. Jacksonville, IL, 217-245-0545, Larry Gantt Insurance Agency Farmville, VA, 934-392-7200, Don Garmat USA Englewood, CO, 303-781-6802, Debbie Tetor *Garwood/Feller St. Mary’s, GA, 912-882-4151, Sandy GE Capital Fleet Services Eden Prairie, MN, 800-933-8473, P. Dvorak or J. Devoe GEICO (Ad Inside Back Cover) Macon, GA, 800-522-7775, Kay *General Motors Corp. Detroit, MI, 800-353-3867 Ginn Carrier & Wrecker Sales (Ad Page 39) Covington, GA, 678-625-4000, Joe Anninos Globe Trailers Bradenton, FL, 941-753-2199, Don *GM Consultants Salt Lake City, UT, 801-440-3176, George

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Golden West Tow Equipment Fullerton, CA, 310-764-0900, Jim *Goodall Mfg. Eden Prairie, MN, 952-941-6666, S. Anderson or J. Stear *Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company Akron, OH, 330-796-2121 *Goodyear Wrecker Sales Enterprise, AL, 334-347-3297, K. Goodyear Got Tow Truck Parts.com Phoenix, AZ, 602-431-2227, Dave *Got Towing Uniforms South Gate, CA, 323-357-0133, Yansi or Alfredo GPS Pro Las Vegas, NV, 888-404-5910, S. McFarland Gray’s Vehicle Clinic Bellefonte, PA, 800-355-7102, S. Gray *Grote Industries Madison, IN, 812-273-1296, Ron GSI Tow Insurance (Ad Page M 109) Brookfield, WI, 262-501-7244, Skip Bargielski Gulf Atlantic Supply Burmingham, AL, 888-662-1716, Glenn Guniwheel (Ad Page W 108) Alpharetta, GA, 888-554-6464, Sergio or Mike *Gunnebo Industries Tulsa, OK, 800-331-5460, Sales

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Hub International San Antonio, TX, 800-369-9010, Leslie *Hy-Tech Recovery Equipment Ft. Worth, TX, 800-969-8246, Tom

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H.A.R / West Valley Wrecker Sales Reseda, CA, 818-705-5625, Mike Hale Trailer Brake & Wheel Voorhees, NJ, 888-501-5984, Joe Frankenfield Hamman Engineering Newbern, TN, 731-627-2231, Kevin Hanks Insurance Group Corsicana, TX, 903-872-6661, Sales Hawkeye Truck & Wrecker Sales (Ad Page W 116) Bono, AR, 870-336-3900, Travis Mears Health Insurance Specialist Richardson, TX, 214-348-8016, Bernie Heartland Payment Solutions Sonora, CA, 209-743-0451, Don Smith Hella Peachtree City, GA, 770-601-7500 Hendrickson Aux. Axle Syst. Hebron, OH, 740-929-5600 Hendrickson Trailer Susp. Canton, OH, 330-456-7288 *Hide-A-Lift Doon, IA, 800-634-9340, Roy Hino of Central Texas Bryan, TX, 979-778-0700, A. Wethington *Hino Trucks (Ad Back Cover) Novi, MI, 284-699-9300, Derek Kline Holly’s Towing Dispatch Farmington, CT, 800-730-3909, Kathleen *Holmes Ooltewah, TN, 800-292-0330, Kipp Honk Technologies Los Angeles, CA, (800) 979-3162, Emily Nelson Hooks Towing & Equipment Wynne, AR, 870-238-4148, Butch Hot Shot’s Secret Mount Gilead, OH, 800-341-6516, Mike House of Wreckers San Carlos, CA, 800-594-0005, Galvin *Howes North Kingstown, RI, 800-438-4639, Jeff Enos

ICW Grp. Ins. Co./Autocomp Ins. (Ad Page 38) Woodland Hills, CA, 800-877-1111, Leo Carlino Idaho Wrecker Sales Mountain Home, ID, 208-587-2888, Marty iFleet GPS North Hollywood, CA, 888-767-8471, Sales Illusions Wraps Fredericksburg, VA, 540-710-9727 *In The Ditch Towing Products Mountain Home, ID, 208-587-7960, Sales INA Towing Network Florence, KY, 704-873-4338, Gaynell Indiana Towing & Wrecker Association, Inc. IN, 765-288-6041, Bert Giesler Indiana Truck Sales & Service Indianapolis, IN, 317-787-0200 Insta-Chain Springville, UT, 801-489-9000, S. Urie or John Insurance Auto Auctions Westchester, IL, 262-325-1701 Insurancehub Lawrenceville, GA, 877-341-5728, Sales Int’l Towing & Recovery Hall of Fame Chattanooga, TN, 432-267-3132 Integrated Vehicle Equip. Leasing (Ad Page 27) Melville, NY, 631-439-1266 ext.20, Doreen Aragona Intek Truck & Equipment Leasing (Ad Page 30) Roseland, NJ, 973-403-7788, Sales *InterMotive Vehicle Controls Auburn, CA, 530-823-1248, Marc *International Truck & Engine Corp. Warrenville, IL, 800-448-7825 Iowa Motor Truck Association IA, 515-244-5193, Brenda Neville ISC Coverage West Palm Beach, FL, 888-457-5618, Rob IST Solution Palmdale, CA, 661-857-0254, Fred *Isuzu Commercial Trucks of America (Ad Page 7) Anaheim, CA, 714-935-9300, Brian *ITI Sales (Ad Page 37) New Hampton, IA

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Jacobs Vehicle Systems Bloomfield, CT, 860-769-7887, Maria *Jerr-Dan (Ad Page 2) Hagerstown, MD, 800-926-9666, Sally Hooper *Jiffy Jump Eastport, NY, 631-325-5555, Bill Johnson Truck Center Landover, MO, 301-832-9100, Paul Joyride (Ad Page 67) San Franciso, CA, 800-405-2199, Wahid Malek

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*Kalyn-Siebert Gatesville, TX, 254-865-7235, John Kanister Industries Cheektowaga, NY, 716-671-8340, Joe Asciutto *Kaper II Kelso, WA, 800-336-2011 ext.206, Donald

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2021 American Towman Supplier Directory KBK Insurance Group Hanrahan, LA, 800-229-5927, Ken *Keen Utility Milwaukee, WI, 866-676-KEEN (5336), Lauren Kenworth of South Florida Ft. Pierce, FL, 321-652-6710, Todd Hayes *Kenworth Truck Co. Kirkland, WA, 425-828-5000, Ryan Breezee Keris Industries Bethpage, NY, 516-931-3535 *Kickass Work Wipes Milwaukee, WI, 888-765-3691, Tom *Kilar Manufacturing Hubbard, OH, 330-534-8961, Tom

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L & T Services Rockford, IL, 815-397-6260 *Lanair Waste Oil Heaters Janesville, WI, 855-577-7342, Randy Salem *Landoll (Ad Page 67) Marysville, KS, 800-428-5655, Jim Ladner LED Lights Rockledge, FL, 321-690-2462, Christina Len Zermenos (Ad Page 73) Dalton, OH, 330-323-5165, Len Lien Enforcement San Jose, CA, 877-757-229, Keith *Lift and Tow Orrstown, PA, 866-494-6500, Eugene Lift Marketing Group Asheville, NC, 888-834-1123, Dennis Localis Las Vegas, NV, 702-530-3644, Owen Lockmasters Nicholasville, KY, 800-654-0637, Steve *Lodar USA (Ad Page 38) Henrietta, TX, 888-685-6327, Steven Chavez Lube-A-Boom Indianapolis, IN, 317-578-3961, Jonathan Roberts Lubnau Gonzalez Insurance Agency Irvine, CA, 714-263-2573, Rob Lucky’s Peterbilt of Vermont South Royalton, VT, 800-877-5854, Tim Mills *Lujan USA Camillus, NY, 315-468-4140, Sales Lynch Towing & Recovery Equipment Waterford, WI, 262-514-4000, Michael Lynch Truck Center (Ad Page 35) Alsip, IL, 708-233-1112, Mike

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M & B Distributing Hollywood, FL, 954-920-5869 *Mach1 (Ad Page 41) San Antonio, TX, 844-511-0002, Laura *Magna Tech Chanute, KS, 620-431-3490 Magnolia Wrecker Sales Brandon, MS, 601-825-6400, Sales *Manufacturer Express (ME) Wood-Ridge, NJ, 201-754-1010, Anthony DaSilva MarkingPenDepot Maurrieta, CA, 888-396-3848, Larry *Marlow Ropes Plymouth, MA, 508- 830 0444, Travis Martens Johnson InsuranceTechnology Rockville, MD, 301-231-5447 x230, Christian

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Maryland Carrier & Wrecker Sales Baltimore, MD, 800-TOW-GEAR, Danny Matheny Towing Equipment (Ad Page 51) Woodbridge, VA, 855-494-4353, Jeff *Matjack Jumbo SafeLift (Ad Page 81) Indianapolis, IN, 800-827-3755, John Jr. Matthews Garage Cartersville, GA, 770-382-0900, Jeremy Mayflower Publishing Cranston, RI, 401-275-0254, Paul McCandless International Trucks North Las Vegas, NV, 702-633-7181, Matt McMahon Truck Centers (Ad Page M 107) London, OH, 740-206-2121, Paul Blackston *Menzel Technologies Sun Prairie, WI, 608-422-4844, Support MercurySend.com (Ad Page N 109, S, M 108) Wilmington, DE, 800-442-2721, Adam *Metro Tow Trucks Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, 866-924-1675, Nicholas Metrocom (Ad Page 31) New York, NY, 212-532-7400, Bob Colton or Kyla Maxwell Meyer Truck Center Olathe, KS, 913-764-2000, Randy *Microtronics Lola, KS, 620-365-8264, Steve Midco Sales (Ad Page W 117) Chandler, AZ, 480-999-0607, Mark Otto Midwest Keyless Spring Grove, IL, 815-675-3744, Fidel Midwest Wrecker Pataskala, OH, 740-739-6034, Tyler Frey *Mile Marker Pompano Beach, FL, 954-782-0604 *Miller Industries (Ad Page 11) Ooltewah, TN, 800-292-0330, Kipp Millner-Haufen Tool Co. Nashville, TN, 888-365-3301, Garren Minnesota Professional Towing Assoc. Little Canada, MN, 651-487-1983 Minute Man Wheel Lifts. Jenison, MI, 877-593-6959, Quinn Mission Valley Truck Center San Jose, CA, 408-933-2395 Mississippi Towing and Recovery Professionals Inc. MS, 662-456-0199, Patrick Linton Mitsubishi Fuso Logan Township, NJ, 877-829-3876, Sales *Mobile Control Systems (Ad Page 41) Rogers, AR, 800-680-4455, Chris *Mobile Create USA (Ad Page 45) Laguna Hilla, CA, 408-933-9588, Jonathan Filbeck Mobile Relay Associates Paramount, CA, 800-822-3500, J. Peters Mobile Video Computing Solutions (Ad Page 23) Troy, MI, 248-817-6720, “J” Harvey *Mohawk Lifts Amersterdam, NY, 800-833-2006 Montana Tow Truck Association MT, 406-587-3831, Terry Morrison Montgomery Sales Montgomery City, MO, 573-564-2489 Motor Guardian Cam Arlington Heights, IL, 855-410-4400, Steve Motorcycle Towing Services Denver, IA, 800-999-7064, Jeff Riley MPH Industries Owensboro, KY, 270-685-6302 Mr. Key Tags Alberta, Canada, 902-222-7322, Gerry

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*Manufacturer *Muncie Power Products Muncie, IN, 800-367-7867 Murphy Bank Fresno, CA, 559-225-0318, Rob Mytee Product Aurora, OH, 888-705-8277, Prab

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NAPA-AAA Heathrow, FL, 800-LET NAPA Nation Safe Drivers Boca Raton, FL, 888-362-7805, Andrew National Automobile Club Foster City, CA, 650-294-7015, JC National Towing & Recovery Assoc. Granby, MA, 413-467-2006, Bill National Traffic Signs Clearwater, FL, 727-446-7983, Kevin NationWide Towing & Recovery Group Nixa, MO, 417-380-4088, Tim New England Truckmaster (Ad Page N 111) North Haven, CT, 800-481-0501, Chris Lambiase New England Wrecker Sales Exeter, NH, 603-658-7171, Danielle Royer *Next Generation Tool Co. Middleburg, FL, 800-874-5625, Kathy *Nissan Diesel America Irving, TX, 972-756-5548, D. Trussell OR L. Bryant Nite Beam Kalamazoo, MI, 248-705-8784, Mike Nitro Motor Sports Wellsboro, PA, 855-278-0469, Larry North American BanCard (Ad Page 29) 866-481-4604, Brian Roth North Dakota Towing Association ND, 701-663-6491, Jessica Kuntz North East Enterprises North East, MD, 410-287-5277, Penny Northeast Custom Flatbed & Trailer Glen Falls, NY, 518-623-0073, Dom Northeast Wrecker Sales Albany, NY, 518-573-8232, Paul Krufchinski Northern Truck Equipment, Corp. Sioux Falls, SD, 605-543-5206 Nottingham Insurance (Ad Page N 109, S 111) Yardley, PA, 610-283-2614, Andrew Meinster *NRC Industries Abbotsford, QE, Canada, 450-379-5796, Stephan Null’s Sales & Service Cochranville, PA, 610-235-6657, Latta *Nunzi’s Advertising Scranton, PA, 570-504-5757, Nunzi Nussbaum Equipment Columbia, PA, 717-684-0189, Barry

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O’Hare Truck Service Northlake, IL, 847-455-7750, Patrick *Oasis Laguna Hills, CA, 949-768-4311, Dan Oklahoma Wreckers Owner’s Association OK, 405-319-1724, Chris Puckett *Olson and Company Chance, MD, 4107847029, Wayne Omadi Provo, UT, 801-836-2292, Scott Omega Comp HR Sacramento, CA, 888-540-0752, Denny


2021 American Towman Supplier Directory OMG Tow Marketing (Ad Page 96) Plantation, FL, 800-789-4619, Jared Fischgrund *One Form Certified Mailers Miami, FL, 305-279-9110, Bruce OnlineParkingPass.com Derwood, MD, 301-685-6200, Rick *Onspot of North America Stratford, CT, 203-377-0777, Sales OPS Carey, OH, 419-396-4041, Dan Orange County Freeway Service Patrol Orange, CA, 714-560-5425, Patrick Sampson Orange County Transportation Authority Orange, CA, 714-560-5425, Patrick Oregon Tow Truck Association OR, 541-342-3344, Al Elkins *OTC/SPX Owatonna, MN, 800-533-6127

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Pacbrake Co. Surrey, BC, Canada, 800-663-0096, Sales Pacific General Insurance an affiliate of Robertson Ryan & Associates (Ad Page M 108) Westmont, IL, 800-888-0545, Pat Palfinger North America Niagara Falls, Ontario, Canada, 800-567-1554 *Paratech Frankfort, IL, 800-435-9358, Peter Pardo’s Sales & Service Richmond, IN, 765-966-2669, Paul Patriot Sales & Service Plainsville, MA, 508-643-9201, Jon Casali Payroc/NXGEN Des Plaines, IL, 866-863-9977, John Barrett PDQ Performance Warehouse Sanford, FL, 407-321-5644, A. Nikolic PDSI, Professional Dispatch Services Sherwood, OR, 503-849-9385, David PDV Wireless Woodland Park, NJ, 973-337-1995, Charlene Peak Auto Auctions (Ad Page 93) Englewood, CO, 720-548-3970 Peak Wrecker Sales (Ad Page W 114) San Antonio, TX, 817-372-9767, Jeremy Morgan *PeakPTT (Ad Page 39) Valencia, CA, 855-600-6161, George Karonis Peddle Austin, TX, 855-997-4556, Derek Christie Pennsylvania Towing Association PA, 877-736-6869, Dan Spies *Penny Pockets Swansea, MA, 508-679-5536, Larry Penske Truck Leasing Service Redding, PA, 844-780-9996, Steve *Performance Advantage Company (Ad Page 28) Lancaster, NY, 888-514-0083, Tom Trzepacz Permco Hydraulics Streetsboro, OH, 330-626-2801, Bob *Peterbilt Denton, TX, 817-591-4000 *Peterson Mfg. Co. Grandview, MO, 816-765-2000 PGM Recovery Systems Murrieta, CA, 619-427-8540, Rich *Phoenix USA (Ad Page 40) Cookeville, TN, 931-526-6128, Customer Service *Photo Card Specialists (Ad Page 95) Eau Claire, WI, 715-839-9102, Linda Biddle *Pierce Sales Henrietta, TX, 940-538-5643, Sales

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Pillow Protection Corp. Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, 780-908-6560, Allan Pinnacle/Coach-Net Hickory Creek, TX, 800-285-4977 #3, Rod Planet Halo San Carlos, CA, 650-832-1057, Ted Police Towers of America 234-254-0076, Ron Pop - A - Lock Lafayette, LA, 337-233-6211 x 230, Angel *PowerBilt Wreckers St. Claire, MO, 636-629-7311, Mark *Powerhouse Industries Eastport, NY, 631-325-5555, Bill *PowerUp Products Sparks, NV, 800-769-3749, Gary Precise Financial Solutions Baltimore, MD, 443-352-3652 Prime Industries Virginia Beach, VA, 757-631-8899 Pro Tools Menasha, WI, 920-486-2746, Ken Banks *PRO-LOK® Orange, CA, 757-631-8899 *Pro-Vision Video Systems Byron Center, MI, 800-576-1126, Sam Professional Exchange Service Fresno, CA, 559-228-6148, Matthew Haas Professional Towers Association of Nebraska NE, 402-362-4145, Jo Anne Hitz Prof. Towing & Recovery Operators of Illinois IL, 800-423-3249, Ed Forsythe Professional Wrecker Oper. of Fl. Orlando, FL, 407-296-3316, Mike Professional Wrecker Operators of Florida FL, 407-296-3316, Mike Seamon Progressive Comm. Auto Insur. Highland Hgts., OH, 888-806-9598, Melissa Public Vehicle Safety Equipment Owensboro, KY, 270-685-6302, Red Purpose Wrecker Sales Wentzville, MO, 636-639-9700, Tyler Robbins

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Q&A Insurance Marketing Danville, CA, 925-743-4008, Caryn QuakeLED Englewood, CO, 714-981-4000, Kelly Quest Towing Services St. Johns, MI, 888-295-2584, Larry *Quick Draw Tarpaulin Systems (Ad Page 93) Dearborn, MI, 877-945-8277, Sales Dept. Quick Tricks Auto Miami, FL, 305-328-8778, Vivian QuiKleen Concord, NC, 800-650-2067, Bonnie

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R & A Insurance Hunt Valley, MD, 401-833-7666, Brad Rosenkilde *R-O-M, a Safe Fleet Brand Belton, MO, 800-827-3692, Steve R. A. Storelee Insurance Agency Benicia, CA, 707-745-3321, Rob R.P.M Equipment Co. Houston, TX, 281-590-1494, Ryan Ram Trucks Auburn, MI, 248-576-1731 Ramos Oil Company West Sacramento, CA, 888-347-1729, Chris Anderson

*Ramsey Winch Tulsa, OK, 800-777-2760, Sales Randall Resch Training Hemet, CA, 619-807-3177, Randall Ranger SST Cleveland, OH, 440-498-1495, Jim Shellhaas *Ratler.com Scarborough, Ontario, Canada, 416-285-1876, Mark *RC Industries Elkhart, IN, 574-295-6641 x103, Ronald *RealWheels Corp. Gurnee, IL, 847-662-7722, Bjorn *Rear View Safety Brooklyn, NY, 800-764-1028, James Recovery Billing Unlimited (Ad Page 32) East Freetown, MA, 508-763-5474, Eric Fouquette Recovery Specialist Insur. Gp. Manassas, VA, 703-365-0199 Red Peak Camera Systems Henderson, NY, 702-332-2509, Brennan *Reelcraft Industries Columbia City, IN, 260-248-8188 Regional International Henrietta, NY, 585-202-8210, Eric *Renew Truck Body Hudson, NH, 844-736-3982, Rob RepoTimes.com Warwick, NY, 800-732-3869, Dennie Ortiz Rick’s Truck & Equipment Kenton, OH, 419-673-1717, Rick Ricky’s Sales & Service Leominster, MA, 978-534-0120, Ricky *RimSling (Ad Page 32) New Hampton, IA Roadside Pro Scottsdale, AZ, 602-920-2851, Jeff Roadside Protect Itasca, IL, 888-929-2918, Vince Sommer Robert Bell Insurance Brokers Fallbrook, CA, 760-451-8556, Michael Robert Young’s NRC Sales & Service Roanoke, VA, 800-246-4785, Chris Davis Robertson Ryan & Associate/RRA (Ad Page W113) Las Vegas, NV, 725-206-2990, Robertson Ryan Robinson Oil Corp. Santa Clara, CA, 916-626-2210, Debi Rochester Truck Rochester, NH, 603-335-2084, Greg Rocky Mountain Wrecker Sales Salt Lake City, UT, 801-268-8850, Chris ROI Protective Tape Northampton, PA, 610-564-7135, Tom *Rose Ledge Co. Erving, MA, 413-423-3563, Tim Tierney Rotary Lift Madison, IN, 800-445-5438, Dave Royal Truck Body Paramount, CA, 800-834-7692, S. Wagner RP Recovery Consulting Warners, NY, 315-413-0911, Ron Rush Towing Systems Converse, TX, 877-578-7486, Shana Russ Automotive Fulton, MO, 573-592-0208, Russ RV Cams Baton Rouge, LA, 225-261-7812, Tim RVWheel.com Phelan, CA, 800-215-8007, Pat *Rydin Streamwood, IL, 800-448-1991, Erica


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Sabil & Son White River Jct., VT, 802-295-4325, Larry *Safe Reflections St. Paul, MN, 800-773-8199, Joanne *SafeAll Products (Ad Page 17) New Hampton, IA *Safety Track Belleville, MI, 734-699-7633, Jeffrey *Safety Vision Houston, TX, 800-544-6714 *Sagness Tow Truck Builder Markham, Ontario, Canada, 905-856-1200, Carmine Santander Bank (Ad Page 46) Melville, NY, 800-238-4009, Michael Santiam Enterprises Lyons, OR, 800-282-2793, Mike Sea Crest Insurance Agency (Ad Page W 108) Laguna Hills, CA, 800-337-5900, Mark Select Truck & Equipment Columbia, MO, 800-896-2120, Karl *Sepson USA Pittsburgh, PA, 412-444-5409, Taylor Grapes ServiCase Colleyville, TX ,877-401-2345, Jeff Services & Materials Fenton, MO, 800-428-8185, Customer Service Shield Solutions Oconomowoc, WI, 920-474-7502, Brad Sierra Pacific Insurance Services (Ad Page W 115) Mountain View, CA, 800-520-1641, JC Bautista *Signal Vehicle Products E. Syracuse, NY, 315-656-5222, Jeff Sirens & Emergency Beacons Fairchance, PA, 800-837-4736, Pete SLEC Baltimore, MD, 800-826-3486, Jamie *Slide Lock Tool Co. Denham Springs, LA, 865-577-8470, Bonnie Smyrna Truck & Cargo (Ad Page 37) Milledgeville, GA, 844-444-1905, Nate Sonetics Corp. Portland, OR, 800-833-4558, Julie *Sound Off Signal Hudsonville, MI, 800-338-7337, Lynda South Dakota Towing Association SD, 605-332-2173, Randy Hofer South West Tow Operators Richardson, TX, 972-247-9454, Tommy Southern California Tow Equipment Anaheim, CA, 800-400-8085, Kamy Southwest Communications Lancaster, OH, 740-277-1751, Natalie or Rob Specialty Vehic. Equip. & Funding Grp. (Ad Pg 15) Melville, NY, 631-753-6611, Pete Jr. Spectrum Truck Painting Lewisville, TX, 469-337-3253, Todd *Speed Binders Canal Fulton, OH, 330-495-2409, Steve *SpeedTech Lights Buda, TX, 800-757-2581, A. Knoy *Spill Tackle Long Beach, MS, 228-206-1449, Jacob Spirit Ride Warwick, NY, 800-732-3869 ext.201, Steve SSCS Salinas, CA, 800-972-7727, Al *Stamp Works Waco, TX, 800-758-2743, Sholom

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*Star Headlight Avon, NY, 585-226-9500, Jeff Statewide Towing Association MA, 508-303-6699, Kim Lowell *Steck Manufacturing (Ad Page 22) Dayton, OH, 937-222-0062, Charlie Rothburn Stephens Truck Center OKlahoma City, OK, 405-602-3200, Grant *Sterling Truck Corp. Redford Twp., MI, 313-592-4200 *Stertil-Koni/Omer USA Baltimore, MD, 410-643-9001, Jean *Stratosphere Studio Bel Air, MD, 41-459-7022, Tom Sun Country Trailers Phoenix, AZ, 866-887-2453, Brian Sunshine State Towing Association FL, 888-575-4145, Jim Jennings *Superior Signals Olathe, KS, 913-780-1440, Karen *Superwinch Tualatin, OK, 800-323-2031, Steve Synergy Truck Equipment Phoenix, AZ, 602-431-2227, D. Payne

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T & L Lift Equipment Mobile, AL, 251-490-5693, Wesley T.R.A.O. (Towing & Rec. Assoc. of OH) Cincinnati, OH, 877-341-3400, Bruce *Talbert Manufacturing Rensselaer, IN, 219-866-7141, Troy Gesler TCF Equipment Finance Minnetonka, MN, 844-656-1405, Sales TEC Equipment (Ad Page 16) Portland, OR, 877-832-8789, Mark Zimak *Tech International Johnstown, OH, 740-967-9015 *Teletrac Garden Grove, CA, 800-500-6009, Sales Tennessee Tow Truck Association TN, 423-300-2095, Rebecca Bowlin Terrco Wrecker Sales Philadelphia, PA, 215-288-0334, Glenn Texas Towing & Storage Association TX, 866-924-2088, Dana Gardiner *The Crosby Group Tulsa, OK, 918-834-4611, M. Wheeler or E. Richter The Exchange (Ad Page 34) Fresno, CA, 559-228-6148, Matthew Haas The Wireless Experience / AT&T Retailer Toms River, NJ, 732-552-0050, Bryan *Tiger Tool International Sumas, WA, 800-661-4661, Melissa Tim Halpin Equipment Corp. Miami, FL, 800-842-5746, Tim Timo International San Antonio, TX, 210-224-8930, Timo Tipton Sales & Parts Hebron, KY, 859-689-4888, Joe Tire Auditor Chanhassen, MN, 952-934-8427, Mr. Walsh Tire Hotline (Dacotah-Walsh Tire) Chanhassen, MN, 800-783-8473, David *TJR Equipment & Controls Downers Grove, IL, 630-241-9595, Tom Cleaves TLC Truck & Equipment Pompano Beach, FL, 954-961-4276, Howard Davis Todd Equipment Phoenix, AZ, 480-557-8633 Ext 11, Todd

Tom Luciano (Trainer) Gansevoort, NY, 518-584-1444, Tom *Tomar Electronics Gilbert, AZ, 800-338-3133, Sales Tow Brokers Insurance Svc (Ad Page S109, W107) Southlake, TX, 817-251-0541, Logan Battle Tow Club Palo Alto, CA, 800-611-1390 Tow Dispatch Service Frisco, TX, 972-567-7299, Sal Tow Expo Dallas Houston, TX, 800-832-3869, Tommy Tow Industries (Ad Page W 112) West Covina, CA, 323-660-4866, Jessica Tow Life Largo, FL, 727-224-3245, Kevin *Tow Program Naperville, IL, 888-834-1123, Dennis *Tow Ramps (By Brute Industries) Escanaba, MI, 866-464-2788, Christina Kwan Tow Recruiter York, PA, 717-668-3033, Kent Tow Truck Country Dubuque, IA, 563-542-9149, D. Trower Tow Truck Printing C0-Op Chino, CA, 1-800-583-3515, K. Guzman Tow World Hawthorne, CA, 310-263-1200, Brad Tow-Buddy Monroeville, AL, 251-714-0096, Joey Castillow Towbook Management Software (Ad Page 3) St. Clair, MI, 810-320-5063, Kendall Smith TowIndustryWeek.com Warwick, NY, 800-732-3869, Dennie Ortiz Towing & Recovery Assoc. of America Washingon, DC, 888.392.9300, Cindy Towing & Recovery Association of Georgia GA, 866-456-8449, Phil Howard Towing & Recovery Association of Kentucky KY, 502-348-5722, Junior Ellis Towing & Recovery Association of Ohio OH, 513-791-3555, Bruce Bender Towing & Recovery Association of South Carolina SC, 803-640-6682, Jeff Corbett Towing & Recovery Professionals of Colorado CO, 303-789-2593, Rob Mooney Towing & Recovery Professionals of Connecticut CT, 860-677-9074, Lee Telke Towing & Recovery Professionals of Maryland MD, 410-414-5406, Betty Cornwell Towing & Recovery Professionals of North Carolina NC, 919-876-0687, Elaine Christian Towing Dispatch Services Sandy, OR, 888-399-7069, Robert Towing Operators Protector Plan Tampa, FL, 800-338-1935, Haley Towing Payment Solutions Holyoke, MA, 413-575-3104, Jason Towing.com Cincinnati, OH, 877-444-6339, Drew TowingWebsites.com Winter Garden, FL, 855-385-3338, Sam Lombardi TowLot.com Overland, KS, 913-262-3300, Joe *TowMate (Ad Page 73) Rogers, AR, 800-680-4455, Chris TowPartners Keller, TX, 877-401-2345, Jeff TowPartsNow Portland, OR, 866-869-9680, Gary *TowToolz Naples, FL, 206-799-7880, Johnny

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2021 American Towman Supplier Directory TowTrack Port Salerno, FL, 772-223-5351, Steve TowTrax Dallas, TX, 469-774-0340, Dan Messina *TowTruckads.com Bellaire, TX, 832-429-7727, Kevin Newman TowTruckLocator.com N. Las Vegas, NV, 702-205-2411, K. Roberts TowXchange Chattanooga, TN, 866-800-8677, Nathan *Tracker Management Systems Independence, OH, 800-445-2438, Rocco Nunnari *Trade of AMTA / Boxer Tools Santa Fe, CA, 562-946-6568, Fabiola *Trail King Industries (Ad Page 92) Mitchell, SD, 800-843-3324, Sales *Trail-Eze / Dakota Mfg Mitchell, SD, 800-232-5682, Jeff *TrailMax Trailers/Gem State Mfg. Caldwell, ID Transfer Flow Chico, CA, 530-893-5209, Warren Transit Pros Lee’s Summit, MO, 816-220-7100, Mellisa Transportation Info. Systems (TIS) N. Hollywood, CA, 818-563-2839, Sales Travis Barlow Insurance Pooler, GA, 912-748-6046, Amy Traxxis GPS Solutions Miami, FL, 888-447-7059, Andres TreadWright Edgemont, SD, 877-439-0759, J. Hawkins Tri-State Towing Equipment Westbury, NY, 516-338-9333, Tom Tri-State Trailer Sales Pittsburgh, PA, 412-747-777, Steve Amsdell *Triple K Industries Sioux Falls, SD, 800-624-2892, Joe *Tru-Hitch Torrington, CT, 800-450-8659, Marty Truck Body Sales Sacramento, CA, 916-395-8641, Brandon Neal *Truck Covers USA San Diego, CA, 858-622-9135, Kim Tremelling Truck Crane International Baltimore, MD, 443-392-5927, Paul Frailey Truck Source (Ad Page W 115) Perry, OK, 580-307-7600, Eldon Harding *TruckMax Miami, FL, 305-777-9000 *Trux Accessories Laval, QC, 450-622-1475, Ian TTN Fleet Solutions Grapevine, TX, 817-993-6002, Bruce Tulsa Winch Jenks, OK, 918-298-8300, Jeremy *TW Products Jessup, MD, 410-674-3913, Maria Twin Cities Wrecker Sales St. Paul, MN, 888-488-4210, J. Pearson

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UIS Agency Thiels, NY, 914-347-6660, Lorie UIS Insurance Services Rancho Cordova, CA, 916-589-8000, Brad UniFirst Corp. Wilmington, MA, 978-527-4320, Jamie *United Plastic Fabricating North Andover, MA, 800-638-8265 ext. 272, Karen

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*Unity Manufacturing Co. Chicago, IL, 312-943-5200, Bill Universal Underwriters Ins. Overland Pk., KS, 800-821-7803 *UR International Sugar Land, TX, 291-989-4411, Upendra Sahu Urgently Roadside Assistance (Ad Page 21) Vienna, VA, 888-461-4621, Bill Maddox US Bank, Corp. Walnut Creek, CA, 510-691-2215, Jack *US Fleet Tracking Edmond, OK, 405-726-9900, Sales US Rider Equestrian Motor Plan Lexington, KY, 859-543-8585, Mark *USA Flap Aurora, IN, 888-872-3527, John USA Towing & Equipment Tampa, FL, 813-443-4511, Leah Utility Pro High-Visibility NYC, NY, 212-221-9800, Don Utility Trailer Sales S.E. TX (Ad Page W 117) Houston, TX, 713-821-6300, Leslea Loring/Doris Cozart

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Verdant Commercial Capital Cincinnati, OH, 513-394-7717, Craig Verizon Connect Atlanta, GA, 844-690-5100, Lucy Vermont Towing Association VT, 802-885-5400, Michael Kollman Versatran Watertown, WI, 920-262-1800 VF Workwear Nashville, TN, 800-733-5271 *VIAIR Corp. Irvine, CA, 949-585-0011, Tim VieVu Seattle, WA, 406-880-8293, Chris Virginia Association of Towing & Recovery Operators VA, 800-541-2432, Jim Dowell Virgo Fleet Supplies Brooklyn, NY, 800-270-6003, Dave Caprio *Volvo Heavy Truck Greensboro, NC, 910-393-2960, Sales *VTS Systems Software Magnolia, TX, 877-374-7225 ext. 2, Nigel Pestell *Vulcan Equipment Co. Ooltewah, TN, 800-489-2401, Barney

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W Star USA Simi Valley, CA, 302-444-6688, Li Huang *Warn Industries (Ad Page 5) Clackamas, OR, 800-543-9276, David Wasatch Truck Equipment Sandy, UT, 801-571-8761, Jeff We Buy Key Fobs Omaha, NE, 402-671-5100 ext. 405, Chris Webfleet Solutions Burlington, MA, 866-224-9451, Joan *Weego Portable Power Westhampton, NJ, 609-265-9200, Brian *WeldBuilt Wreckers & Carriers Deer Park, NY, 631-643-9700, Chris West Coast Towing Equipment Sacramento, CA, 916-731-8233, Sales West End Service (Ad Page 90) Ellicott City, MD, 800-425-4455, Kevin Bloom West Virginia Towing & Recovery Association WV, 304-984-1869, Darrell Summers

*Western Sling and Supply Sedalia, CO, 800-748-2651, Bob *Western Star Trucks Portland, OR, 503-745-9055 Western Truck Insurance Encino, CA, 310-215-2920 *Wheel Collision Center Bath, PA, 800-292-7467, Daryl *Whelen Engineering Co. Chester, CT, 860-526-9504, Sales Whiterail Reviews Portland, OR, 503-997-4422, Daniel Wichert Insurance Lancaster, OH, 888-455-5131, Mindy Brabham Wilkes Barre Truck Center Wilkes Barre, PA, 570-823-0144, Sales *Will-Burt Company (Ad Page 92) Orrville, OH, 330-684-4000, Drew Newman Willamette Financial Portland, OR, 503-639-6171, T. Spelman Wilson Electronics Salt Lake City, UT, 435-673-5021, Terri Titas *Winches (Ad Page W 109) Broken Arrow, OK, 361-564-3439, M. Mundis Winn Street Sales Burlington, MA, 617-273-1180, Ed *Wired Rite Systems Santa Rosa, CA, 707-545-7474 Wisconsin Towing Association WI, 608-833-8200, Dan Johnson *Witzco Trailers Sarasota, FL, 941-922-5301, Josh Weinstein *Woody’s Accessories Kelso, WA, 800-336-2011, Matt WorldClass Insurance Services Granite Bay, CA, 877-789-1523, Steve Priddle Worldwide Equip. Sales of CA Santa Fe Springs, CA, 562-287-5200, Barry Wilson / Pat Winer Worldwide Equipment Sales Rockdale, IL, 815-725-4400, Pat Winer Wrecker Rentals McDonough, GA, 770-898-1200, Cole Wrecker Warehouse (Ad Page W 116) Rockwall, TX, 214-814-1982, Brent Lemmond *WreckerWear.com Palm City, FL, 877-599-7257, Warren *WreckMaster Niagara Falls, NY, 800-267-2266, Justin

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XINSURANCE Powered by EIB (Ad Page W 114) Sandy, UT, 877-585-2853, Logan Fitzgerald *XL Specialized Trailers Manchester, LA, 563-927-4900 Xpress Pay Cortland, NY, 607-753-6156, Gary *Xtreme Air Wedge Jacksonville, FL, 904-731-8100, Bruce

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*Zacklift Cle Elum, WA, 509-674-4426, Matt *Zendex Tool Corporation Danbury, CT, 800-446-5257, Al *ZF Industries Vernon Hills, IL, 847-478-6868 Zip’s Truck Equipment (Ad Page 20, 24) New Hampton, IA, 800-222-6047


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Q&A Insurance Marketing; CA RepoTimes.com; NY *Stamp Works; TX *Stratosphere Studio; MD *Tow Program; IL

TowIndustryWeek.com Warwick, NY dortiz@towman.com

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Serving the Tow Industry since 2011. An effective and affordable internet medium for advertisers seeking to reach towing business owners. Direct link to advertiser’s website, Mobile friendly.

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OMG Tow Marketing Plantation, FL jfischgrund@ omgtowmarketing.com

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Grow your towing business with more cash calls from OMG Tow Marketing’s proven marketing programs. With over 1,400 active tow clients, we know what works!

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715-839-9102

Your source for 35 years producing photographic business cards, post cards, greeting cards, calendars, clocks, mouse pads, photo blankets and so much more.

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Back-up Cameras B & Z Sales; MS *Bailey’s Towing Accessories; NC *Best Tools; AR Car-Part.com; KY Chevron Commercial; IL Crouch’s Wrecker & Equip. Sales; TN Crouch’s Wrkr. & Equip. Sales of FL; FL Daniel’s Wrecker Sales; NY East Coast Truck & Trailer Sales; VA EdgeTec; TX Fayetteville Ford; GA Matheny Towing Equipment; VA McMahon Truck Centers; OH *Menzel Technologies; WI Mobile Video Computing Solutions; MI Motor Guardian Cam; IL New England Wrecker Sales; NH Northern Truck Equipment, Corp.; SD Patriot Sales & Service; MA Prime Industries; VA *Pro-Vision Video Systems; MI Quick Tricks Auto; FL *Rear View Safety; NY Red Peak Camera Systems; NY Sanderson Truck Equipment; AZ Select Truck & Equipment; MO Smyrna Truck & Cargo; GA Synergy Truck Equipment; AZ TEC Equipment; OR *TruckMax; FL Utility Trailer Sales S.E. TX; TX Virgo Fleet Supplies; NY West End Service; MD


BY CATEGORY *Manufacturer Wrecker Warehouse; TX Zip’s Truck Equipment; IA

Battery Equipment AAA Club Alliance; DE Automotive Equipment Co.; OH *Bailey’s Towing Accessories; NC Casanova Towing Equipment; CA Clore Automotive; KS Crouch’s Wrecker & Equip. Sales; TN Equipment Sales & Service; NJ Ferguson Corp.; MD Fleet Sales West; OR *Goodall Mfg.; MN *Jerr-Dan; MD Lynch Towing & Recovery Equip.; WI Matheny Towing Equipment; VA McMahon Truck Centers; OH *Metro Tow Trucks; Ontario New England Wrecker Sales; NH *Powerhouse Industries; NY Quick Tricks Auto; FL Regional International; NY Rush Towing Systems; TX Sabil & Son; VT *Superior Signals; KS Synergy Truck Equipment; AZ TEC Equipment; OR Tim Halpin Equipment Corp.; FL *TowMate; AR TowPartsNow; OR Transportation Info. Systems (TIS); CA Tri-State Towing Equipment; NY *TruckMax; FL Twin Cities Wrecker Sales; MN USA Towing & Equipment; FL Utility Trailer Sales S.E. TX; TX Virgo Fleet Supplies; NY West End Service; MD Worldwide Equipment Sales; IL Wrecker Warehouse; TX

Brakes & Brake Equip. Automotive Equipment Co.; OH Automotive Industrial Solutions; GA Daniel’s Wrecker Sales; NY Equipment Sales & Service; NJ Ferguson Corp.; MD Frontier Truck Parts; MI G. Stone Commercial; VT Jacobs Vehicle Systems; CT *Jerr-Dan; MD Johnson Truck Center; MO Lynch Towing & Recovery Equip.; WI Matheny Towing Equipment; VA McMahon Truck Centers; OH New England Wrecker Sales; NH O’Hare Truck Service; IL Pacbrake Co.; BC Pardo’s Sales & Service; IN *Powerhouse Industries; NY Quick Tricks Auto; FL Regional International; NY Rush Towing Systems; TX Sabil & Son; VT Sanderson Truck Equipment; AZ *Superior Signals; KS TEC Equipment; OR Tim Halpin Equipment Corp.; FL Tri-State Towing Equipment; NY

Tri-State Trailer Sales; PA *TruckMax; FL USA Towing & Equipment; FL Utility Trailer Sales S.E. TX; TX *Weego Portable Power; NJ West End Service; MD Worldwide Equipment Sales; IL

Cables, Chains, Hooks & Slings AAA Club Alliance; DE *Access Tools; FL Akins Ford; GA all-Grip Vehicle Recovery System; CO American Wrecker Sales; NY Austin Hinds Motors; AL Auto Salvage & Parts Co.; MD Automotive Equipment Co.; OH Automotive Industrial Solutions ; GA B & Z Sales; MS

B/A Products

Columbia, MD sales@baprod.com

800-327-3301

With over 40+ years in the industry, B/A Products manufactures the most complete line of chain, wire rope & web sling products. We have everything you need to get the job done right.

baprod.com *Bailey’s Towing Accessories; NC Baremotion; NY Battelini Wrecker Sales; NJ *Best Tools; AR Bressler’s; PA Casanova Towing Equipment; CA Chevron; PA Chevron Commercial; IL Chevron West; CA Crawford Truck Sales; MA Crouch’s Wrecker & Equip. Sales; TN Crouch’s Wrkr. & Equip. Sales of FL; FL Daniel’s Wrecker Sales; NY *Diversified Products Mfg.; FL *Dual-Tech; TN *Durabilt by Durbin; IL *Dynamic Towing Equipment & Mfg.; VA Eakins Equipment Co.; PA East Coast Truck & Trailer Sales; VA *East Penn Truck Equip.; PA Eastern Wrecker Sales; NC EdgeTec; TX Elizabeth Truck Center; NJ Equipment Sales & Service; NJ Fallsway Equipment Co.; OH Fayetteville Ford; GA Ferguson Corp.; MD Fleet Sales West; OR Future Wrecker Sales; NY G. Stone Commercial; VT Got Tow Truck Parts.com; AZ *Gunnebo Industries; OK Hamman Engineering; TN House of Wreckers; CA Insta-Chain; UT *Jerr-Dan; MD Lynch Towing & Recovery Equip.; WI

Work the non-traffic side - Stay Safe!

*Magna Tech; KS *Manufacturer Express (ME); NJ *Marlow Ropes; MA Matheny Towing Equipment; VA *Matjack Jumbo SafeLift; IN McMahon Truck Centers; OH *Metro Tow Trucks; Ontario Meyer Truck Center; KS Midwest Wrecker; OH *Mile Marker; FL New England Wrecker Sales; NH Northeast Wrecker Sales; NY Northern Truck Equipment, Corp.; SD Null’s Sales & Service; PA Nussbaum Equipment; PA O’Hare Truck Service; IL *Onspot of North America; CT Pardo’s Sales & Service; IN Patriot Sales & Service; MA Peak Wrecker Sales; TX *Pierce Sales; TX Prime Industries; VA *R-O-M, a Safe Fleet Brand; MO R.P.M Equipment Co.; TX Red Peak Camera Systems; NY Regional International; NY Rick’s Truck & Equipment; OH

*RimSling

New Hampton, IA sales@rimsling.com Lightweight and durable, RimSling synthetic slings prove their strength in lifting, rigging and recovery applications for manufacturing, material handling and towing and recovery industries.

rimsling.com Robert Young’s NRC Sales & Service; VA Rocky Mountain Wrecker Sales; UT Sabil & Son; VT Sanderson Truck Equipment; AZ Select Truck & Equipment; MO Smyrna Truck & Cargo; GA *Speed Binders; OH Synergy Truck Equipment; AZ TEC Equipment; OR Terrco Wrecker Sales; PA Tim Halpin Equipment Corp.; FL Timo International; TX TLC Truck & Equipment; FL TowPartsNow; OR Tri-State Towing Equipment; NY Truck Body Sales; CA *TruckMax; FL *TW Products; MD Twin Cities Wrecker Sales; MN USA Towing & Equipment; FL Utility Trailer Sales S.E. TX; TX Virgo Fleet Supplies; NY Wasatch Truck Equipment; UT *WeldBuilt Wreckers & Carriers; NY West Coast Towing Equipment; CA West End Service; MD *Western Sling and Supply; CO Worldwide Equip. Sales of CA; CA Worldwide Equipment Sales; IL Wrecker Warehouse; TX *WreckMaster; NY Zip’s Truck Equipment; IA

Car Carriers Mfg. All American Jerr-Dan in Old Bridge; NJ *Danco Products; PA *Detroit Wrecker Sales; MI.

*Dual-Tech

Bean Station, TN john@dual-techinc.com

800-852-0345

A family owned & operated manufacturer of the original quad-rail subframe & lowpro bed since 1990. A quality product with factory customer service sets us apart.

dual-techinc.com

*Dynamic Towing Equipment & Mfg.

Norfolk, VA anthonydynamic@mac.com

800-831-9299

Original developer of the Self Loading Wheel Lift. Offering a complete line of Self Loading wreckers and carriers. Best warranty in the business.

dynamictow.com East Coast Truck & Trailer Sales; VA

*Jerr-Dan

Hagerstown, MD marketing@jerrdan.com

800-926-9666

Jerr-Dan has redefined the towing & recovery industry by setting new standards for performance, quality, innovative technology & service. Our entire product line is backed with service & support through our nationwide distributor network. Find your Jerr-Dan distributor by visiting

jerrdan.com *Kilar Manufacturing; OH McMahon Truck Centers; OH Midco Sales; AZ

*Miller Industries Ooltewah, TN sales@millerind.com

800-292-0330

At the forefront of the towing and recovery industry are Century, Vulcan, and Chevron car carriers. Each brand offers a variety of products ranging from 10,000 - 40,000 lbs. Patented low center-of-gravity (LCG) option is also available. Steel or aluminum deck material is available on most conventional and LCG carrier products.

news.millerind.com; facebook.com/millerind

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2021 American Towman Supplier Directory Car Carriers Mfg. con’t... *NRC Industries; QE *Quick Draw Tarpaulin Systems; MI *Rose Ledge Co.; MA Sanderson Truck Equipment; AZ *TruckMax; FL *Vulcan Equipment Co.; TN *WeldBuilt Wreckers & Carriers; NY

Car Carriers Distributors Akins Ford; GA American Wrecker Sales; NY Atlantic Emergency Solutions; VA Austin Hinds Motors; AL Auto Equipment; NC Automotive Equipment Co.; OH B & Z Sales; MS *Bailey’s Towing Accessories; NC Battelini Wrecker Sales; NJ Bressler’s; PA Casanova Towing Equipment; CA Chevron West; CA Crouch’s Wrecker & Equip. Sales; TN Crouch’s Wrkr. & Equip. Sales of FL; FL Daniel’s Wrecker Sales; NY Danzi Bros.; DE *Detroit Wrecker Sales; MI. DFW Truck; TX Don Jackson Commercial & Fleet Sales; GA Driver Locate; AZ East Coast Truck & Trailer Sales; VA *East Penn Truck Equip.; PA Eastern Wrecker Sales; NC EdgeTec; TX Elizabeth Truck Center; NJ Equipment Sales & Service; NJ Fallsway Equipment Co.; OH Fayetteville Ford; GA Fitzgerald Wrecker Sales; TN Fleet Sales West; OR Future Wrecker Sales; NY G. Stone Commercial; VT Ginn Carrier & Wrecker Sales; GA Hamman Engineering; TN House of Wreckers; CA Idaho Wrecker Sales; ID Kenworth of South Florida; FL

Len Zermenos

Dalton, OH lenzermenos@gmail.com

330-323-5165

Specializing in new Ford & Chevy rollbacks with Kilar rollback beds made to our specs. Over 40 trucks in stock! Mercedes quality and strength at a KIA price!

lenzermenos.com Lynch Truck Center; IL & WI Matheny Towing Equipment; VA Matthews Garage; GA McMahon Truck Centers; OH Meyer Truck Center; KS Midco Sales; AZ Mission Valley Truck Center; CA New England Truckmaster; CT New England Wrecker Sales; NH Northern Truck Equipment, Corp.; SD

Null’s Sales & Service; PA Nussbaum Equipment; PA Pardo’s Sales & Service; IN Patriot Sales & Service; MA

Peak Wrecker Sales

San Antonio, TX jeremy.morgan@peakwrecker.com

817-372-9767

Providing Century, Vulcan and Holmes Towing equipment plus Trail-Eze trailers. Full Stock of parts with in-house installation, paint and repair.

peakwrecker.com *Quick Draw Tarpaulin Systems; MI R.P.M Equipment Co.; TX Red Peak Camera Systems; NY Regional International; NY Rick’s Truck & Equipment; OH Robert Young’s NRC Sales & Service; VA Rochester Truck; NH Rocky Mountain Wrecker Sales; UT *Rose Ledge Co.; MA Royal Truck Body; CA Rush Towing Systems; TX Sabil & Son; VT Sanderson Truck Equipment; AZ Santiam Enterprises; OR Select Truck & Equipment; MO Smyrna Truck & Cargo; GA Southern California Tow Equipment; CA Synergy Truck Equipment; AZ

TEC Equipment

Portland, OR tow@tecequipment.com

877-832-8789

We carry & finance Jerr-Dan, BWS, Sun Country, Kentucky, Cottrell. The West’s largest fullservice dealership for trucks, trailers, tow & recovery, parts, service & collision.

tecequipment.com Terrco Wrecker Sales; PA Timo International; TX TLC Truck & Equipment; FL Todd Equipment; AZ Tow Industries; CA Tow Truck Country; IA Tow World; CA Tri-State Towing Equipment; NY Truck Body Sales; CA Truck Source; OK *TruckMax; FL Twin Cities Wrecker Sales; MN USA Towing & Equipment; FL Wasatch Truck Equipment; UT *WeldBuilt Wreckers & Carriers; NY West End Service; MD Worldwide Equip. Sales of CA; CA Worldwide Equipment Sales; IL Wrecker Warehouse; TX Zip’s Truck Equipment; IA

Chrome Accessories 4 State Trucks; MO *Access Tools; FL

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Auto Salvage & Parts Co.; MD Automotive Equipment Co.; OH B & Z Sales; MS *Bailey’s Towing Accessories; NC Casanova Towing Equipment; CA Chevron West; CA Crouch’s Wrecker & Equip. Sales; TN Crouch’s Wrkr. & Equip. Sales of FL; FL Daniel’s Wrecker Sales; NY DFW Truck; TX *Dual-Tech; TN Eakins Equipment Co.; PA East Coast Truck & Trailer Sales; VA *East Penn Truck Equip.; PA *ECCO; ID EdgeTec; TX Elizabeth Truck Center; NJ Equipment Sales & Service; NJ Fallsway Equipment Co.; OH *Federal Signal; IL Fitzgerald Wrecker Sales; TN Future Wrecker Sales; NY G. Stone Commercial; VT Got Tow Truck Parts.com; AZ *Grote Industries; IN Hamman Engineering; TN House of Wreckers; CA *Jerr-Dan; MD *Kaper II; WA *Kenworth Truck Co.; WA L & T Services; IL Lynch Towing & Recovery Equip.; WI Matheny Towing Equipment; VA McMahon Truck Centers; OH *Metro Tow Trucks; Ontario Midwest Wrecker; OH New England Truckmaster; CT New England Wrecker Sales; NH Nussbaum Equipment; PA O’Hare Truck Service; IL Pardo’s Sales & Service; IN *Phoenix USA; TN *Pierce Sales; TX Prime Industries; VA R.P.M Equipment Co.; TX *RealWheels Corp.; IL Regional International; NY Rick’s Truck & Equipment; OH Robert Young’s NRC Sales & Service; VA Rocky Mountain Wrecker Sales; UT Rush Towing Systems; TX Sabil & Son; VT Sanderson Truck Equipment; AZ Santiam Enterprises; OR Select Truck & Equipment; MO Sirens & Emergency Beacons; PA Synergy Truck Equipment; AZ TEC Equipment; OR Tim Halpin Equipment Corp.; FL TLC Truck & Equipment; FL *TowMate; AR TowPartsNow; OR Tri-State Towing Equipment; NY Truck Body Sales; CA *Trux Accessories; QC USA Towing & Equipment; FL Utility Trailer Sales S.E. TX; TX Virgo Fleet Supplies; NY *WeldBuilt Wreckers & Carriers; NY West End Service; MD *Whelen Engineering Co.; CT *Woody’s Accessories; WA Worldwide Equip. Sales of CA; CA Wrecker Warehouse; TX

Collection Agency Cohen Business Services; CA Finex Group; CA Florida State Title Search; FL Lien Enforcement; CA

Collision Film CRASHFILM; TX Dom’s Protective Film; NJ East Coast Truck & Trailer Sales; VA ROI Protective Tape; PA Sanderson Truck Equipment; AZ TLC Truck & Equipment; FL Wrecker Warehouse; TX Zip’s Truck Equipment; IA

Communication/Intercom Cirrus Response; CA Custom Radio Corp.; IN Driver Locate; AZ *Eartec Co.; RI Effective Web Solutions; WA MercurySend.com; DE

Metrocom

New York, NY sales@metrocomradio.com

212-532-7400

Metrocom has been in business for over forty years. We are an authorized Motorola Solutions partner and Kenwood dealer.

metrocomradio.com

*Mobile Create USA Laguna Hilla, CA contact@mcusainc.com

408-933-9588

Our product is a modern, 2-way Radio that uses the LTE/3G cellular network to provide nationwide communication for our customers and has built-in GPS.

mcusainc.com

*PeakPTT

Valencia, CA info@peakptt.com

855-600-6161

PeakPTT is a manufacturer of LTE Push To Talk radios that provide your business with Nationwide 2-Way radio communication. Affordable, Easy To Use, No Contracts.

peakptt.com RP Recovery Consulting; NY Southwest Communications; OH Wilson Electronics; UT


BY CATEGORY *Manufacturer

Computer Software AAA Club Alliance; DE

*Beacon Software

Brecksville, OH sales@beaconsoftco.com

866-437-6653

Our products work together to give the most comprehensive towing solution providing digital dispatch, impound, accounting, custom pricing, easy lien processing, imported motor club calls & automated motor club billing. Dispatch Anywhere, Tow Magic, & TowLien and driver/ dispatcher phone apps.

beaconsoftco.com C3LS; FL Car-Part.com; KY Collision Management USA; TX *Computer & Comm. Science; NJ *Datow Software; CA Digital Ally Safety & Video Systems; KS eimpound.com; NV *FCAR Tech USA; MD Florida State Title Search; FL GPS Pro; NV *Mach 1; TX *Menzel Technologies; WI

MercurySend.com

Wilmington, DE support@team.mercurysend.com

800-442-2721

An industry leader in time critical two-way text message communications software with feature rich tools that provide 24/7 reliability from any dispatch office to customers or team members.

mercurysend.com/towman Mobile Video Computing Solutions; MI NationWide Towing & Rec. Group; MO Omadi; UT *One Form Certified Mailers; FL Pardo’s Sales & Service; IN PDV Wireless; NJ *PeakPTT; CA Ranger SST; OH SSCS; CA Swoop; CA Tow Club; CA

Towbook Management Software St. Clair, MI support@towbook.com

810-320-5063

Towbook is the towing/roadside industry’s leading and most innovative solution for software! Unlimited users, no contracts, and complimentary 24/7/365 support! Try it for 30-days, FREE!

TowTrack; FL TowXchange; TN *Tracker Management Systems; OH Transportation Info. Systems (TIS); CA TT Telematics US Inc.; MA *UR International; TX *US Fleet Tracking; OK *VTS Systems Software; TX

Credit Card Processing AAA Club Alliance; DE Heartland Payment Solutions; CA

North American BanCard

broth@nabancard.com

866-481-4604

Towing Industry Exclusive: Wholesale rates starting at .05%. Free terminals (wireless, iPhone / Android swipe, wired). 0 setup/annual fee.

nynab.com Nussbaum Equipment; PA Payroc/NXGEN; IL Sanderson Truck Equipment; AZ Towing Payment Solutions; MA Xpress Pay; NY

Dispatch Services AAA Club Alliance; DE C3LS; FL Concorde Communications; CA ECM Performance; FL Find Truck Service; IL Five Star Registration; CA GPS Pro; NV Holly’s Towing Dispatch; CT MercurySend.com; DE *Metro Tow Trucks; Ontario Mobile Relay Associates; CA New England Wrecker Sales; NH PDSI, Professional Dispatch Services; OR PDV Wireless; NJ Pop - A - Lock; LA Roadside Protect; IL

The Exchange Fresno, CA info@pesc.com

559-228-6148

Our towing dispatchers are available 24/7/365 to answer your calls and are experts in handling the various types of calls received in the tow industry.

pesc.com/towing Tow Dispatch Service; TX Towing Dispatch Services; OR Transit Pros; MO Transportation Info. Systems (TIS); CA *TruckMax; FL *UR International; TX Urgently Roadside Assistance; VA *US Fleet Tracking; OK

towbook.com Work the non-traffic side - Stay Safe!

ECM Programming *FCAR Tech USA; MD *Menzel Technologies; WI New England Wrecker Sales; NH

Electronics AAA Club Alliance; DE Automotive Equipment Co.; OH B/A Products; MD *Bailey’s Towing Accessories; NC Base Engineering; Casanova Towing Equipment; CA Daniel’s Wrecker Sales; NY Digital Ally Safety & Video Systems; KS *ECCO; ID ECM Performance; FL eimpound.com; NV Equipment Sales & Service; NJ Got Tow Truck Parts.com; AZ

*Lodar USA

Henrietta, TX sales@lodarusa.com

888-685-6327

Wireless operation is more affordable than you think. Lodar can operate winches up to 40 functions. Control your wheel lift with a 10 function air system.

lodar.com *Lujan USA; NY McMahon Truck Centers; OH *Menzel Technologies; WI *Metro Tow Trucks; Ontario *Microtronics; KS

*Mobile Control Systems

Rogers, AR GVinson@towmate.com

800-680-4455

Our wireless hydraulic control systems bolt-on with ease, requiring no welding or custom fabrication. Visit us online at

mobilecontrolsystems.com Mobile Video Computing Solutions; MI Motor Guardian Cam; IL Mytee Product; OH New England Wrecker Sales; NH OPS; OH PDQ Performance Warehouse; FL PDV Wireless; NJ *PeakPTT; CA *Peterson Mfg. Co.; MO Planet Halo; CA *PowerUp Products; NV Prime Industries; VA Quick Tricks Auto; FL *Rear View Safety; NY RV Cams; LA *Sound Off Signal; MI The Wireless Experience / AT&T Retailer; NJ Tim Halpin Equipment Corp.; FL *TJR Equipment & Controls; IL

*TowMate; AR TowPartsNow; OR Transportation Info. Systems (TIS); CA Truck Body Sales; CA *TruckMax; FL Twin Cities Wrecker Sales; MN USA Towing & Equipment; FL Utility Trailer Sales S.E. TX; TX VieVu; WA Wilson Electronics; UT *Wired Rite Systems; CA Worldwide Equipment Sales; IL Wrecker Warehouse; TX

Emergency Lighting & Lightbars *Access Tools; FL Akins Ford; GA American Wrecker Sales; NY *Atomic LED; RI Austin Hinds Motors; AL Auto Salvage & Parts Co.; MD Automotive Equipment Co.; OH B & Z Sales; MS B/A Products; MD *Bailey’s Towing Accessories; NC Baremotion; NY Battelini Wrecker Sales; NJ *Best Tools; AR Bressler’s; PA Calvin Berkey Enterprises; OH Casanova Towing Equipment; CA Chevron Commercial; IL Chevron West; CA Crouch’s Wrecker & Equip. Sales; TN Crouch’s Wrkr. & Equip. Sales of FL; FL

*Custer Products Ltd Massillon, OH info@custerproducts.com

800-490-3158

Custer Products manufactures and distributes LED lights, wireless tow lights and related lighting products to the towing, trucking, farm, off-road, RV, marine and safety industries.

custerproducts.com Daniel’s Wrecker Sales; NY DFW Truck; TX *Dual-Tech; TN Eakins Equipment Co.; PA East Coast Truck & Trailer Sales; VA *East Penn Truck Equip.; PA Eastern Wrecker Sales; NC *ECCO; ID EdgeTec; TX Elizabeth Truck Center; NJ Equipment Sales & Service; NJ Fallsway Equipment Co.; OH Fayetteville Ford; GA *Federal Signal; IL Fitzgerald Wrecker Sales; TN Fleet Sales West; OR Future Wrecker Sales; NY *Grote Industries; IN Hamman Engineering; TN Hella; GA House of Wreckers; CA Idaho Wrecker Sales; ID

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2021 American Towman Supplier Directory Emergency Lighting con’t... *Jerr-Dan; MD *Kaper II; WA L & T Services; IL LED Lights; FL Lynch Towing & Recovery Equip.; WI Matheny Towing Equipment; VA McMahon Truck Centers; OH *Metro Tow Trucks; Ontario Midco Sales; AZ *Mobile Control Systems; AR MPH Industries; KY Mytee Product; OH New England Wrecker Sales; NH Nite Beam; MI Northern Truck Equipment, Corp.; SD Null’s Sales & Service; PA Nussbaum Equipment; PA O’Hare Truck Service; IL Pardo’s Sales & Service; IN Patriot Sales & Service; MA Peak Wrecker Sales; TX *Phoenix USA; TN *Pierce Sales; TX Prime Industries; VA Public Vehicle Safety Equipment; KY QuakeLED; CO *R-O-M, a Safe Fleet Brand; MO R.P.M Equipment Co.; TX Red Peak Camera Systems; NY Regional International; NY Robert Young’s NRC Sales & Service; VA Rocky Mountain Wrecker Sales; UT Rush Towing Systems; TX Sabil & Son; VT Sanderson Truck Equipment; AZ Santiam Enterprises; OR Select Truck & Equipment; MO *Signal Vehicle Products; NY Sirens & Emergency Beacons; PA Smyrna Truck & Cargo; GA *Sound Off Signal; MI *SpeedTech Lights; TX *Star Headlight; NY Synergy Truck Equipment; AZ TEC Equipment; OR *Tech International; OH Terrco Wrecker Sales; PA TLC Truck & Equipment; FL *Tomar Electronics; AZ Tow Truck Country; IA

*TowMate

Rogers, AR info@towmate.com

800-680-4455

TowMate is the industry leader in wireless towing lights! We have been keeping Towing operators safe since 1985 with our USA made products!

towmate.com TowPartsNow; OR Tri-State Towing Equipment; NY Truck Source; OK *TruckMax; FL *Trux Accessories; QC Twin Cities Wrecker Sales; MN *Unity Manufacturing Co.; IL USA Towing & Equipment; FL Utility Trailer Sales S.E. TX; TX

Virgo Fleet Supplies; NY W Star USA; CA *Warn Industries; OR Wasatch Truck Equipment; UT *Weego Portable Power; NJ *WeldBuilt Wreckers & Carriers; NY West Coast Towing Equipment; CA West End Service; MD *Whelen Engineering Co.; CT

*Will-Burt Company Orrville, OH info@willburt.com

330-684-4000

Night Scan turns night into day, improves safety, saves time and makes money. LED lights illuminate the entire scene and do not require a generator.

nightscan.com *Woody’s Accessories; WA Worldwide Equip. Sales of CA; CA Worldwide Equipment Sales; IL Wrecker Warehouse; TX Zip’s Truck Equipment; IA

Emergency Starters Automotive Equipment Co.; OH Chevron West; CA East Coast Truck & Trailer Sales; VA Equipment Sales & Service; NJ Ferguson Corp.; MD Lynch Towing & Recovery Equip.; WI Matheny Towing Equipment; VA *Metro Tow Trucks; Ontario New England Wrecker Sales; NH Select Truck & Equipment; MO Synergy Truck Equipment; AZ *TruckMax; FL Utility Trailer Sales S.E. TX; TX *Weego Portable Power; NJ Worldwide Equipment Sales; IL

Engines/Sales & Service Car-Part.com; KY Clean Diesel Specialists; CA Clean Seal; IN Crawford Truck Sales; MA Cummins; IN Cummins Power Systems; PA Daniel’s Wrecker Sales; NY *DewEze Mfg. Co.; KS *Dieselsite; FL *East Penn Truck Equip.; PA Frontier Truck Parts; MI Johnson Truck Center; MO *Kenworth Truck Co.; WA Lynch Towing & Recovery Equip.; WI Matheny Towing Equipment; VA McMahon Truck Centers; OH New England Wrecker Sales; NH Pacbrake Co.; BC PDQ Performance Warehouse; FL Regional International; NY Rochester Truck; NH Rush Towing Systems; TX Sabil & Son; VT Sanderson Truck Equipment; AZ TEC Equipment; OR

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Tow Truck Country; IA *TruckMax; FL USA Towing & Equipment; FL Utility Trailer Sales S.E. TX; TX Worldwide Equipment Sales; IL *ZF Industries; IL

Equipment Financing/ Leasing AAA Club Alliance; DE Access Commercial Capital; NY Automotive & Industrial Solutions; GA Akins Ford; GA Alliance Funding Group; CA Ascentium Capital; TX Astralease Assoc.; NY Automotive Equipment Co.; OH Automotive Industrial Solutions ; GA *Bailey’s Towing Accessories; NC Beacon Funding Corp.; IL Capital One Services; VA CapX Funding; CA Channel Islands Leasing & Loan; CA Chevron West; CA Crouch’s Wrecker & Equip. Sales; TN Crouch’s Wrkr. & Equip. Sales of FL; FL Daniel’s Wrecker Sales; NY East Coast Truck & Trailer Sales; VA EasTract North America; GA Fayetteville Ford; GA Fitzgerald Wrecker Sales; TN GE Capital Fleet Services; MN Ginn Carrier & Wrecker Sales; GA

Integrated Vehicle Equip. Leasing

Melville, NY doreen@integratedleasing.com

631-439-1266 ext.20

A direct lender in the tow truck industry we offer leasing & finance programs for new, used, light, medium & heavy-duty. We are here to help you help others.

integratedleasing.com

Intek Truck & Equipment Leasing Roseland, NJ sales@intekleasing.com

973-403-7788

A leading source of finance since 1986 for the towing and recovery industry. We offer customized & flexible financing and lease options for all new and used towing equipment.

intekleasing.com *Jerr-Dan; MD *Kenworth Truck Co.; WA Lynch Towing & Recovery Equip.; WI McMahon Truck Centers; OH Murphy Bank; CA Northeast Wrecker Sales; NY Nussbaum Equipment; PA Pardo’s Sales & Service; IN *Powerhouse Industries; NY

Precise Financial Solutions; MD R.P.M Equipment Co.; TX Red Peak Camera Systems; NY Rick’s Truck & Equipment; OH *Sagness Tow Truck Builder; Ontario Sanderson Truck Equipment; AZ

Santander Bank Melville, NY cevf@santander.us

800-238-4009

Secure, flexible vehicle and equipment finance programs. Knowledgeable representatives you can trust. Simple, customized payment schedules. Low fee credit card acceptance programs. Visit us online at

santanderbank.com/cevf Select Truck & Equipment; MO

Specialty Vehicle Equip. & Funding Group Melville, NY marketing@ specialtyvehiclefunding.com

631-753-6611

Specialty is a direct commercial lender offering financing for tow trucks, other specialty vehicles & equipment, including trailers. We know financing & we know towing.

specialtyvehiclefunding.com TCF Equipment Finance; MN TEC Equipment; OR Terrco Wrecker Sales; PA TLC Truck & Equipment; FL Tri-State Towing Equipment; NY *TruckMax; FL US Bank, Corp.; CA Utility Trailer Sales S.E. TX; TX Verdant Commercial Capital; OH Willamette Financial; OR Worldwide Equipment Sales; IL Wrecker Warehouse; TX

GPS AAA Club Alliance; DE Budget GPS; TN C3LS; FL Digital Ally Safety & Video Systems; KS Driver Locate; AZ Fleet Complete; GA GPS Pro; NV iFleet GPS; CA Lynch Towing & Recovery Equip.; WI *Menzel Technologies; WI Mobile Relay Associates; CA New England Wrecker Sales; NH PDV Wireless; NJ *PeakPTT; CA *Pro-Vision Video Systems; MI Ranger SST; OH *Safety Track; MI Sanderson Truck Equipment; AZ *Teletrac; CA TowTrax; TX


BY CATEGORY *Manufacturer Transportation Info. Systems (TIS); CA Traxxis GPS Solutions; FL *TruckMax; FL *US Fleet Tracking; OK Utility Trailer Sales S.E. TX; TX Verizon Connect; GA *VTS Systems Software; TX Webfleet Solutions; MA Wrecker Warehouse; TX

Heaters A1 Infrared Technologies; NY Automotive Industrial Solutions ; GA *Jerr-Dan; MD *Lanair Waste Oil Heaters; WI New England Wrecker Sales; NH TEC Equipment; OR *TruckMax; FL Utility Trailer Sales S.E. TX; TX

Heavy Duty Rigging Baremotion; NY *Best Tools; AR East Coast Truck & Trailer Sales; VA New England Wrecker Sales; NH Purpose Wrecker Sales; MO *TowToolz; FL

Insurance A.T.I.G Insurance; CO AAA Commercial Insurance; AZ Amell Agency, The; TX Arrowhead Automotive Insurance; KS AssuredPartners of GA dba Fleet Risk Management; GA

*Austin Insurance

Paducah, KY austin_ins@wreckerins.com

270-444-6818

We have specialized in towing and recovery insurance since 1991 and we are dedicated to quality service.

wreckerins.com Centerpointe Insurance Services; CA Chase Insurance Agency; FL Chergey Insurance; CA Chester Point Insurance; NJ Commercial Best Ins. Services; CA DerManouel Insur. Grp. A Hub Co.; CA Discovery Bay Insurance; CA EC Marketing; CA Evolution Insurance Brokers; IL Farmers Insurance / Khasim Ins.; CA Gantt Insurance Agency; VA

GSI Tow Insurance Brookfield, WI teambarg@hotmail.com

262-501-7244

New ventures with perfect rates. No finance agreement. WI, MN, IA, IL, SD, ND, WA, OR, ID, UT. 24/7 customer service nights and weekends.

Hanks Insurance Group; TX Health Insurance Specialist; TX Hub International; TX

ICW Grp. Ins. Co./ Autocomp Ins. Woodland Hills, CA

800-877-1111

Workers’ Compensation carrier with an exclusive program for the towing industry. We provide risk management, HR services, flexible payment options, & premier claims handling.

ICWGROUP.COM Insurancehub; ISC Coverage; FL KBK Insurance Group; LA Legacy Plus; Lubnau Gonzalez Insurance Agency; CA Martens Johnson Ins.Technology; MD

Nottingham Insurance Yardley, PA ameinster@nottins.com

610-283-2614

Available 24/7 Just Like You. Join Team Nottingham Insurance and let us get you the best price, coverage, and service on your Tow Truck Insurance!

NottinghamInsurance.com

Pacific General Insurance an affiliate of

Robertson Ryan & Associates Westmont, IL pgia13@aol.com

800-888-0545

Writing insurance for towing, repossession, & auto transport.

towtruckinsuranceusa.com Progressive Comm. Auto Insur.; OH R & A Insurance; MD R. A. Storelee Insurance Agency; CA Recovery Specialist Insur. Gp.; VA Robert Bell Insurance Brokers; CA

Robertson Ryan & Associate / RRA

Las Vegas, NV SWService@robertsonryan.com

725-206-2990

We have all the “A” rated carriers and an exclusive carrier your current agent doesn’t have. Free safety tools and excellent service.

robertsonryan.com/feriance

towagents.com Work the non-traffic side - Stay Safe!

Sea Crest Insurance Agency Laguna Hills, CA mark@seacrestins.com

800-337-5900

A leader in the towing & recovery field with over 30 years of experience. We offer several A rated programs that exceed Automobile Club of Southern California Highway Patrol, & other municipalities.

seacrestinsurance.com

Sierra Pacific Insurance Services Mountain View, CA ops@sierrapacificagency.com

800-520-1641

Sierra Pacific has access to 98% of all newly written tow insurance policies in California for 2020. Backed by 13 years experience writing tow risks.

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XINSURANCE Powered by EIB

Sandy, UT info@xinsurance.com

877-585-2853

XINSURANCE Powered by EIB provides custom insurance solutions for towing & repo companies. Contact us for a free quote.

XINSURANCE.com

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Lifts & Hoists Akins Ford; GA

*AmeriDeck™

Saegertown, PA info@amerideck.com

866-890-2311

The AmeriDeck™ In-Bed Lift System is the smart, bolton solution to increase the versatility and utilization of your full-size pickup truck for towing and recovery.

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2021 American Towman Supplier Directory Lifts & Hoists con’t... T & L Lift Equipment; AL TEC Equipment; OR Tim Halpin Equipment Corp.; FL Tow Truck Country; IA Tri-State Towing Equipment; NY *TruckMax; FL Utility Trailer Sales S.E. TX; TX *Warn Industries; OR *Zendex Tool Corporation; CT

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*Steck Manufacturing

Allstate Roadside

Dayton, OH Sales@steckmfg.com

Northbrook, IL jeremy.klein@allstate.com

The “BIG EASY” unlocks cars fast without damaging car doors with quick access. Also check web site for information on other towing tools like 4th wheel loader.

Allstate Roadside is fueling your business with industry-leading tools, resources and awardwinning technology. Join the network that supports you.

937-222-0062

steckmfg.com Synergy Truck Equipment; AZ TEC Equipment; OR Timo International; TX TLC Truck & Equipment; FL Tow Industries; CA TowPartsNow; OR Transportation Info. Systems (TIS); CA Tri-State Towing Equipment; NY Truck Body Sales; CA Truck Source; OK *TruckMax; FL Twin Cities Wrecker Sales; MN USA Towing & Equipment; FL Utility Trailer Sales S.E. TX; TX Virgo Fleet Supplies; NY Wasatch Truck Equipment; UT West End Service; MD *Western Sling and Supply; CO Worldwide Equip. Sales of CA; CA Worldwide Equipment Sales; IL Wrecker Warehouse; TX *WreckMaster; NY *Xtreme Air Wedge; FL Zip’s Truck Equipment; IA

Log Books *Anchor Graphics; TX Utility Trailer Sales S.E. TX; TX Virgo Fleet Supplies; NY West End Service; MD Zip’s Truck Equipment; IA

Motor Clubs/ Call Providers 1-800-Rescue-911; FL

AAA

Heathrow, FL aaaserviceproviderbenefits@ aaanational.com

800-592-5198

AAA has assembled a network of industry-leading organizations, offering exclusive benefits for products and services, to the best roadside assistance network in North America.

networkofsavings.aaa.biz AAA Club Alliance; DE Access Roadside Assistance; BC Agero; MA Alliance of Auto Service Providers; PA

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469-734-6632

allstateroadsideservices.com Automobile Club of Southern Cal.; CA EasTract North America; GA FleetNet America; NC

GEICO

Macon, GA ERSPS@geico.com

800-522-7775

Second largest automobile insurance carrier in the U.S. providing outstanding emergency road service for over 17 million GEICO customers with the best providers across the nation.

geico.com GPS Pro; NV Honk Technologies; CA

*Mach1

San Antonio, TX provider@mach1services.com

844-511-0002

Mach1 is the on-demand, fully automated app that works for you! Join our network and connect directly with customers at your rate. Veteran-owned & supported.

mach1services.com Motorcycle Towing Services; IA

Nation Safe Drivers

Boca Raton, FL afreire@nationsafedrivers.com

888-362-7805

For over 54 years NSD has been committed to working with service providers to create mutually beneficial partnerships. Providing service to millions of customers & over 8000 clients. Join our network today.

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Urgently Roadside Assistance

Vienna, VA towsupport@geturgently.com

888-461-4621

Urgently’s connects you with more nearby jobs to grow your business efficiently. Join the Urgently network today.

geturgently.com/towman US Rider Equestrian Motor Plan; KY USAC/MD; TX

Motorcycle Recovery Products AAA Club Alliance; DE *AmeriDeck™; PA

Aumsville Eq. Sales Aumsville, OR skip@truckdecks.pro

866-994 3473

AmeriDeck™’s largest dealer. Fast, safe loading, low cost of opertaion, 2500 lbs. load capacity on a HD-pick up, the largest AmeriDeck dealer, AES stocks AmeriDecks at all our locations.

truckdecks.pro Austin Hinds Motors; AL Automotive Equipment Co.; OH B & Z Sales; MS B/A Products; MD *Bailey’s Towing Accessories; NC Bressler’s; PA *Bulldog Towing Products Co.; IL Casanova Towing Equipment; CA *Collins Dollies; OR *Condor Products; IL Crouch’s Wrecker & Equip. Sales; TN, FL EasTract North America; GA EdgeTec; TX G. Stone Commercial; VT House of Wreckers; CA *In The Ditch Towing Products; ID *Jerr-Dan; MD McMahon Truck Centers; OH *Metro Tow Trucks; Ontario New England Wrecker Sales; NH Patriot Sales & Service; MA Sabil & Son; VT Sanderson Truck Equipment; AZ Santiam Enterprises; OR Smyrna Truck & Cargo; GA Synergy Truck Equipment; AZ TEC Equipment; OR TLC Truck & Equipment; FL Truck Body Sales; CA Truck Source; OK Twin Cities Wrecker Sales; MN *Weego Portable Power; NJ *Western Sling and Supply; CO Wrecker Warehouse; TX Zip’s Truck Equipment; IA


BY CATEGORY *Manufacturer

Municipal Towing Management *AmeriDeck™; PA

AutoReturn

San Franciso, CA info@autoreturn.com

888-501-5385

The leading towing municipal management company worldwide is delivering the dispatch for the future. See the future happening here every day.

autoreturn.com New England Wrecker Sales; NH PDV Wireless; NJ *Quick Draw Tarpaulin Systems; MI Randall Resch Training; CA Roadside Protect; IL

Oils & Lubricants AMSOIL; PA Austin Hinds Motors; AL Flitz International; WI G. Stone Commercial; VT Hot Shot’s Secret; OH *Howes; RI *Jerr-Dan; MD Johnson Truck Center; MO *Kickass Work Wipes; WI Lube-A-Boom; IN Matheny Towing Equipment; VA McMahon Truck Centers; OH Quick Tricks Auto; FL QuiKleen; NC Ramos Oil Company; CA Red Peak Camera Systems; NY Robinson Oil Corp.; CA Sanderson Truck Equipment; AZ TEC Equipment; OR *TruckMax; FL Utility Trailer Sales S.E. TX; TX Virgo Fleet Supplies; NY West End Service; MD Wrecker Warehouse; TX

Parking Enforcement *Anchor Graphics; TX OnlineParkingPass.com; MD

PTO’s/Clutch Pumps Akins Ford; GA Auto Salvage & Parts Co.; MD Automotive Equipment Co.; OH B & Z Sales; MS *Bailey’s Towing Accessories; NC Bressler’s; PA Casanova Towing Equipment; CA *Chelsea Products Div. of Parker; MS Chevron Commercial; IL Chevron West; CA Crawford Truck Sales; MA Crouch’s Wrecker & Equip. Sales; TN Crouch’s Wrkr. & Equip. Sales of FL; FL CW Mill Equipment Co.; KS

Daniel’s Wrecker Sales; NY *DewEze Mfg. Co.; KS DFW Truck; TX *Dual-Tech; TN *Dynamic Towing Equipment & Mfg.; VA Eakins Equipment Co.; PA East Coast Truck & Trailer Sales; VA *East Penn Truck Equip.; PA Equipment Sales & Service; NJ Fallsway Equipment Co.; OH Fayetteville Ford; GA Fitzgerald Wrecker Sales; TN Fleet Sales West; OR Force America; MN G. Stone Commercial; VT Got Tow Truck Parts.com; AZ Hamman Engineering; TN House of Wreckers; CA Idaho Wrecker Sales; ID *Jerr-Dan; MD *Jerr-Dan; MD Johnson Truck Center; MO Lynch Towing & Recovery Equip.; WI Matheny Towing Equipment; VA McMahon Truck Centers; OH *Menzel Technologies; WI *Metro Tow Trucks; Ontario Midco Sales; AZ *Muncie Power Products; IN New England Wrecker Sales; NH Northeast Wrecker Sales; NY Northern Truck Equipment, Corp.; SD O’Hare Truck Service; IL Orange County Trans. Authority; CA Pardo’s Sales & Service; IN Patriot Sales & Service; MA Peak Wrecker Sales; TX Permco Hydraulics; OH *Pierce Sales; TX R.P.M Equipment Co.; TX Red Peak Camera Systems; NY Rick’s Truck & Equipment; OH Rochester Truck; NH Rocky Mountain Wrecker Sales; UT Rush Towing Systems; TX *Sagness Tow Truck Builder; Ontario Sanderson Truck Equipment; AZ Select Truck & Equipment; MO Smyrna Truck & Cargo; GA Southern California Tow Equipment; CA Synergy Truck Equipment; AZ TEC Equipment; OR Terrco Wrecker Sales; PA Tim Halpin Equipment Corp.; FL Timo International; TX TLC Truck & Equipment; FL Tow Industries; CA Tow Truck Country; IA Tri-State Towing Equipment; NY Truck Body Sales; CA *TruckMax; FL Twin Cities Wrecker Sales; MN USA Towing & Equipment; FL Utility Trailer Sales S.E. TX; TX *Vulcan Equipment Co.; TN Wasatch Truck Equipment; UT *WeldBuilt Wreckers & Carriers; NY *Winches; OK Worldwide Equip. Sales of CA; CA Worldwide Equipment Sales; IL Wrecker Warehouse; TX Zip’s Truck Equipment; IA

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Rolling Tarpaulin System *Quick Draw Tarpaulin Systems Dearborn, MI

Cory.Valire@quickdrawtarps.com

877-945-8277

Quality rolling tarp systems for the towing industry and custom car market on all roll offs, tilts, all makes and models. In-house printed graphics of your logo and design on the tarps to market and promote your business. Also serving the transportation industry, governments, military and aerospace.

quickdrawtarps.com

Safety Products 3M Scotchlite; MN AAA Club Alliance; DE AASP/PA; PA Akins Ford; GA Automotive Equipment Co.; OH Automotive Industrial Solutions; GA B/A Products; MD *Bailey’s Towing Accessories; NC Battelini Wrecker Sales; NJ Bressler’s; PA

Calvin Berkey Enterprises Columbus, OH

614-928-3814

Custom traffic control arrow lightbar. All aluminum, custom built for most pylons, LED lighting, sequential turn signals, great for accident scenes, high visibility, models fit 1-50 ton. Casanova Towing Equipment; CA Chevron Commercial; IL Crouch’s Wrecker & Equip. Sales; TN Crouch’s Wrkr. & Equip. Sales of FL; FL *Custer Products Ltd; OH Daniel’s Wrecker Sales; NY *Dicke Safety Products; IL Digital Ally Safety & Video Systems; KS DomTex Marketing; Ontario *Driveline Buddy; CA *Durabilt by Durbin; IL *East Penn Truck Equip.; PA *ECCO; ID Equipment Sales & Service; NJ Fallsway Equipment Co.; OH *Federal Signal; IL Ferguson Corp.; MD Fleet Sales West; OR G. Stone Commercial; VT Got Tow Truck Parts.com; AZ Gulf Atlantic Supply; AL Hamman Engineering; TN House of Wreckers; CA Insta-Chain; UT

*InterMotive Vehicle Controls; CA *Jerr-Dan; MD LED Lights; FL Lynch Towing & Recovery Equip.; WI Matheny Towing Equipment; VA McMahon Truck Centers; OH *Menzel Technologies; WI *Metro Tow Trucks; Ontario

Mobile Video Computing Solutions Troy, MI j.harvey@mvcsol.com

248-817-6720

HD video recording systems including live feed transmission via 4g plus forward collision avoidance driver and vehicle equipment monitors providing accident and incidence reports.

MVCSOL.com Mytee Product; OH New England Wrecker Sales; NH Pardo’s Sales & Service; IN Patriot Sales & Service; MA PDV Wireless; NJ *PeakPTT; CA *Penny Pockets; MA *Peterson Mfg. Co.; MO Prime Industries; VA *Pro-Vision Video Systems; MI *R-O-M, a Safe Fleet Brand; MO Robert Young’s NRC Sales & Service; VA Rocky Mountain Wrecker Sales; UT

*SafeAll Products

New Hampton, IA info@safeallproducts.com SafeAll Products has developed an innovative line of products to keep tow operators efficient and safe on the job. We are safety minded and forward thinking.

safeallproducts.com *Safety Track; MI *Safety Vision; TX Sanderson Truck Equipment; AZ Select Truck & Equipment; MO Services & Materials; MO Sonetics Corp.; OR *Spill Tackle; MS Spirit Ride; NY *Superior Signals; KS Synergy Truck Equipment; AZ TEC Equipment; OR Timo International; TX *TowMate; AR TowPartsNow; OR *Trade of AMTA / Boxer Tools; CA Truck Body Sales; CA Truck Source; OK *TruckMax; FL Twin Cities Wrecker Sales; MN *USA Flap; IN USA Towing & Equipment; FL Utility Trailer Sales S.E. TX; TX Virgo Fleet Supplies; NY Wasatch Truck Equipment; UT *Weego Portable Power; NJ

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2021 American Towman Supplier Directory Safety Products con’t... *WeldBuilt Wreckers & Carriers; NY West End Service; MD *Western Sling and Supply; CO *Whelen Engineering Co.; CT Wilson Electronics; UT Worldwide Equipment Sales; IL Wrecker Warehouse; TX *WreckMaster; NY Zip’s Truck Equipment; IA

Scotch/Snatch Blocks *Access Tools; FL American Wrecker Sales; NY Atlanta Wrecker Sales; SC Austin Hinds Motors; AL Auto Salvage & Parts Co.; MD B & Z Sales; MS B/A Products; MD *Bailey’s Towing Accessories; NC Battelini Wrecker Sales; NJ *Best Tools; AR Bressler’s; PA Casanova Towing Equipment; CA Chevron Commercial; IL Chevron West; CA Crawford Truck Sales; MA Crouch’s Wrecker & Equip. Sales; TN Crouch’s Wrkr. & Equip. Sales of FL; FL Daniel’s Wrecker Sales; NY DFW Truck; TX *Diversified Products Mfg.; FL Eakins Equipment Co.; PA *East Penn Truck Equip.; PA Elizabeth Truck Center; NJ Equipment Sales & Service; NJ Fallsway Equipment Co.; OH Fleet Sales West; OR G. Stone Commercial; VT Got Tow Truck Parts.com; AZ *Gunnebo Industries; OK Hamman Engineering; TN House of Wreckers; CA Idaho Wrecker Sales; ID *In The Ditch Towing Products; ID *Jerr-Dan; MD Lynch Towing & Recovery Equip.; WI Matheny Towing Equipment; VA *Metro Tow Trucks; Ontario New England Wrecker Sales; NH Null’s Sales & Service; PA O’Hare Truck Service; IL Pardo’s Sales & Service; IN Patriot Sales & Service; MA Peak Wrecker Sales; TX *PeakPTT; CA *Pierce Sales; TX Prime Industries; VA R.P.M Equipment Co.; TX Red Peak Camera Systems; NY Regional International; NY Robert Young’s NRC Sales & Service; VA Rocky Mountain Wrecker Sales; UT *Rose Ledge Co.; MA Sanderson Truck Equipment; AZ Santiam Enterprises; OR Select Truck & Equipment; MO Smyrna Truck & Cargo; GA Synergy Truck Equipment; AZ TEC Equipment; OR Terrco Wrecker Sales; PA Tim Halpin Equipment Corp.; FL

Timo International; TX TLC Truck & Equipment; FL Tow Truck Country; IA TowPartsNow; OR Tri-State Towing Equipment; NY Truck Body Sales; CA Truck Source; OK *TW Products; MD Twin Cities Wrecker Sales; MN USA Towing & Equipment; FL Utility Trailer Sales S.E. TX; TX Virgo Fleet Supplies; NY *Vulcan Equipment Co.; TN Wasatch Truck Equipment; UT *WeldBuilt Wreckers & Carriers; NY West End Service; MD *Western Sling and Supply; CO Worldwide Equip. Sales of CA; CA Worldwide Equipment Sales; IL Wrecker Warehouse; TX *WreckMaster; NY Zip’s Truck Equipment; IA

Service Equipment *Ari-Herta; OH Austin Hinds Motors; AL Automotive Equipment Co.; OH Automotive Industrial Solutions; GA Bressler’s; PA Casanova Towing Equipment; CA Chesapeake Auto Equipment; MO Chevron West; CA Christopher’s Emergency Equip.; MA Crouch’s Wrecker & Equip. Sales; TN Crouch’s Wrkr. & Equip. Sales of FL; FL *Dalton Bearing & Hydraulic; TN *Dan-Am/Sata; MN Daniel’s Wrecker Sales; NY *Dynamic Towing Equipment & Mfg.; VA *East Penn Truck Equip.; PA Equipment Sales & Service; NJ Fallsway Equipment Co.; OH Ferguson Corp.; MD Frontier Truck Parts; MI *Goodall Mfg.; MN Got Tow Truck Parts.com; AZ GPS Pro; NV *Hide-A-Lift; IA Hooks Towing & Equipment; AR House of Wreckers; CA *In The Ditch Towing Products; ID Johnson Truck Center; MO *Kenworth Truck Co.; WA Lucky’s Peterbilt of Vermont; VT Lynch Towing & Recovery Equip.; WI Magnolia Wrecker Sales; MS Matheny Towing Equipment; VA McMahon Truck Centers; OH *Metro Tow Trucks; Ontario NAPA-AAA; FL New England Truckmaster; CT New England Wrecker Sales; NH Northeast Wrecker Sales; NY Pacbrake Co.; BC Pardo’s Sales & Service; IN Patriot Sales & Service; MA *Powerhouse Industries; NY Prime Industries; VA *Reelcraft Industries; IN Regional International; NY Rocky Mountain Wrecker Sales; UT Rush Towing Systems; TX

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Sabil & Son; VT Sanderson Truck Equipment; AZ Select Truck & Equipment; MO Synergy Truck Equipment; AZ TEC Equipment; OR Truck Source; OK *TruckMax; FL USA Towing & Equipment; FL Utility Trailer Sales S.E. TX; TX *VIAIR Corp.; CA Wasatch Truck Equipment; UT Worldwide Equipment Sales; IL Wrecker Warehouse; TX

Signs, Promo & Digital Medial AASP/PA; PA *Anchor Graphics; TX *Bailey’s Towing Accessories; NC DomTex Marketing; Ontario East Coast Truck & Trailer Sales; VA *Excel Sportswear; PA Got Tow Truck Parts.com; AZ Keris Industries; NY MarkingPenDepot; CA Mytee Product; OH National Traffic Signs; FL Pardo’s Sales & Service; IN Tow Truck Printing C0-Op; CA TowIndustryWeek.com; NY Utility Trailer Sales S.E. TX; TX Virgo Fleet Supplies; NY

Simulator Accessories Akins Ford; GA Austin Hinds Motors; AL B & Z Sales; MS *Bailey’s Towing Accessories; NC Casanova Towing Equipment; CA Crouch’s Wrecker & Equip. Sales; TN Crouch’s Wrkr. & Equip. Sales of FL; FL Daniel’s Wrecker Sales; NY G. Stone Commercial; VT Got Tow Truck Parts.com; AZ Matheny Towing Equipment; VA McMahon Truck Centers; OH New England Wrecker Sales; NH Prime Industries; VA Regional International; NY Rocky Mountain Wrecker Sales; UT Sabil & Son; VT Santiam Enterprises; OR Select Truck & Equipment; MO Synergy Truck Equipment; AZ TLC Truck & Equipment; FL Truck Source; OK Twin Cities Wrecker Sales; MN USA Towing & Equipment; FL Utility Trailer Sales S.E. TX; TX Virgo Fleet Supplies; NY Wasatch Truck Equipment; UT *Woody’s Accessories; WA Wrecker Warehouse; TX Zip’s Truck Equipment; IA

Technology 1-800-Rescue-911; FL AAA Club Alliance; DE Auto Data Direct; FL C3LS; FL

Daniel’s Wrecker Sales; NY Digital Ally Safety & Video Systems; KS Driver Locate; AZ *Eartec Co.; RI EasTract North America; GA eimpound.com; NV *FCAR Tech USA; MD GPS Pro; NV *InterMotive Vehicle Controls; CA *Mach 1; TX *Menzel Technologies; WI *Microtronics; KS Mobile Relay Associates; CA Motor Guardian Cam; IL OnlineParkingPass.com; MD PDV Wireless; NJ *PeakPTT; CA Ranger SST; OH *Rear View Safety; NY Roadside Protect; IL *Safety Track; MI Sonetics Corp.; OR Towbook Management Software; MI *TowMate; AR TowTrax; TX TowXchange; TN *Tracker Management Systems; OH Transportation Info. Systems (TIS); CA *UR International; TX Urgently Roadside Assistance; VA *US Fleet Tracking; OK USA Towing & Equipment; FL *VTS Systems Software; TX Wilson Electronics; UT Wrecker Warehouse; TX

Tire Repair Equipment Automotive Equipment Co.; OH Automotive Industrial Solutions; GA *Bailey’s Towing Accessories; NC Equipment Sales & Service; NJ Ferguson Corp.; MD *Gaither Tool Co.; IL

Guniwheel

Alpharetta, GA sales@guniwheel.com

888-554-6464

Original and only patented universal lug pattern shop wheels and road spares for flats, stolen, or damaged wheets. No fitting adapters needed. Easy safe solution.

guniwheel.com/towpro Lynch Towing & Recovery Equip.; WI *Matjack Jumbo SafeLift; IN McMahon Truck Centers; OH *Oasis; CA Pardo’s Sales & Service; IN Patriot Sales & Service; MA *Reelcraft Industries; IN Sanderson Truck Equipment; AZ *Tech International; OH Tri-State Towing Equipment; NY *TruckMax; FL Twin Cities Wrecker Sales; MN USA Towing & Equipment; FL Utility Trailer Sales S.E. TX; TX Worldwide Equipment Sales; IL


BY CATEGORY *Manufacturer

Tires AAA Club Alliance; DE Automotive Equipment Co.; OH Car-Part.com; KY Casanova Towing Equipment; CA East Coast Truck & Trailer Sales; VA Equipment Sales & Service; NJ EZ Spare Wheel; GA G. Stone Commercial; VT *Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company; OH *Goodyear Wrecker Sales; AL M & B Distributing; FL *Magna Tech; KS *Metro Tow Trucks; Ontario Mytee Product; OH New England Wrecker Sales; NH Northeast Wrecker Sales; NY Pardo’s Sales & Service; IN Sabil & Son; VT Sanderson Truck Equipment; AZ *Tech International; OH Tire Auditor; MN Tire Hotline (Dacotah-Walsh Tire); MN TowPartsNow; OR TreadWright; SD *TruckMax; FL USA Towing & Equipment; FL Utility Trailer Sales S.E. TX; TX Worldwide Equipment Sales; IL

Tool Mounting Automotive Industrial Solutions; GA EZ Spare Wheel; GA Guniwheel; GA *In The Ditch Towing Products; ID Matheny Towing Equipment; VA *Metro Tow Trucks; Ontario Midco Sales; AZ New England Wrecker Sales; NH

*Performance Advantage Company Lancaster, NY tom@pactoolmounts.com

888-514-0083

Performance Advantage Company (PAC) manufactures & markets high quality tool mounting brackets that safety and securely mounts tools. Versatile, flexible, and custom mounting options available.

pactoolmounts.com Purpose Wrecker Sales; MO Sanderson Truck Equipment; AZ Truck Body Sales; CA *TruckMax; FL Utility Trailer Sales S.E. TX; TX Wrecker Warehouse; TX

Tools/Toolboxes 4 State Trucks; MO *Access Tools; FL American Eagle Accessories Group; IA Automotive Equipment Co.; OH B & Z Sales; MS B/A Products; MD *Bad Dog Tools; RI

*Bailey’s Towing Accessories; NC Casanova Towing Equipment; CA Chesapeake Auto Equipment; MO Chevron Commercial; IL Chevron West; CA Crouch’s Wrecker & Equip. Sales; TN Crouch’s Wrkr. & Equip. Sales of FL; FL *CTech Mfg.; WI DFW Truck; TX *Diversified Products Mfg.; FL

*Dri-Dek / Kendall Products Naples, FL info@Dri-Kek.com

800-348-2398

Dri-Dek is the self-draining truck compartment liner. With Dri-Dek, tools and equipment stay high, dry and cushioned from impact. Made in USA.

Dri-Dek.com *Driveline Buddy; CA *Durabilt by Durbin; IL East Coast Truck & Trailer Sales; VA EdgeTec; TX Elizabeth Truck Center; NJ Equipment Sales & Service; NJ Fallsway Equipment Co.; OH Fayetteville Ford; GA Ferguson Corp.; MD G. Stone Commercial; VT Got Tow Truck Parts.com; AZ Hawkeye Truck & Wrecker Sales; AR House of Wreckers; CA *In The Ditch Towing Products; ID *Jerr-Dan; MD Lucky’s Peterbilt of Vermont; VT *Lujan USA; NY Lynch Towing & Recovery Equip.; WI Matheny Towing Equipment; VA McMahon Truck Centers; OH *Metro Tow Trucks; Ontario Midco Sales; AZ Midwest Wrecker; OH Millner-Haufen Tool Co.; TN Mytee Product; OH New England Wrecker Sales; NH Northeast Wrecker Sales; NY *OTC/SPX; MN Pardo’s Sales & Service; IN Patriot Sales & Service; MA *Phoenix USA; TN *Powerhouse Industries; NY Prime Industries; VA Pro Tools; WI *PRO-LOK¬Æ; CA Purpose Wrecker Sales; MO *RC Industries; IN Red Peak Camera Systems; NY Rochester Truck; NH Rocky Mountain Wrecker Sales; UT Sanderson Truck Equipment; AZ Select Truck & Equipment; MO *Slide Lock Tool Co.; LA Smyrna Truck & Cargo; GA Southern California Tow Equipment; CA TEC Equipment; OR *Tiger Tool International; WA TLC Truck & Equipment; FL Tow Industries; CA Transfer Flow; CA

Work the non-traffic side - Stay Safe!

Tri-State Towing Equipment; NY Truck Body Sales; CA *Truck Covers USA; CA Truck Source; OK *TruckMax; FL USA Towing & Equipment; FL Utility Trailer Sales S.E. TX; TX Virgo Fleet Supplies; NY Wasatch Truck Equipment; UT West End Service; MD Worldwide Equip. Sales of CA; CA Worldwide Equipment Sales; IL Wrecker Warehouse; TX *WreckMaster; NY *Zendex Tool Corporation; CT

Tow Dollies AAA Club Alliance; DE *Access Tools; FL Akins Ford; GA Austin Hinds Motors; AL Auto Salvage & Parts Co.; MD Automotive Equipment Co.; OH B & Z Sales; MS B/A Products; MD *Bailey’s Towing Accessories; NC Casanova Towing Equipment; CA Chevron Commercial; IL Chevron West; CA *Collins Dollies; OR Crouch’s Wrecker & Equip. Sales; TN Crouch’s Wrkr. & Equip. Sales of FL; FL Daniel’s Wrecker Sales; NY DFW Truck; TX *Diversified Products Mfg.; FL *Dual-Tech; TN *Dynamic Towing Equipment & Mfg.; VA Eakins Equipment Co.; PA East Coast Truck & Trailer Sales; VA Eastern Wrecker Sales; NC EdgeTec; TX Elizabeth Truck Center; NJ Equipment Sales & Service; NJ Fayetteville Ford; GA Fleet Sales West; OR G. Stone Commercial; VT Hamman Engineering; TN *Hide-A-Lift; IA House of Wreckers; CA Idaho Wrecker Sales; ID *In The Ditch Towing Products; ID *Jerr-Dan; MD Lynch Towing & Recovery Equip.; WI *Magna Tech; KS Matheny Towing Equipment; VA McMahon Truck Centers; OH *Metro Tow Trucks; Ontario Midco Sales; AZ Minute Man Wheel Lifts.; MI New England Wrecker Sales; NH Northeast Wrecker Sales; NY Nussbaum Equipment; PA O’Hare Truck Service; IL Pardo’s Sales & Service; IN Patriot Sales & Service; MA Peak Wrecker Sales; TX *Pierce Sales; TX Prime Industries; VA Purpose Wrecker Sales; MO R.P.M Equipment Co.; TX Red Peak Camera Systems; NY Rocky Mountain Wrecker Sales; UT Sabil & Son; VT

*Sagness Tow Truck Builder; Ontario Sanderson Truck Equipment; AZ Santiam Enterprises; OR Select Truck & Equipment; MO Smyrna Truck & Cargo; GA Southern California Tow Equipment; CA Synergy Truck Equipment; AZ TEC Equipment; OR Terrco Wrecker Sales; PA Tim Halpin Equipment Corp.; FL Timo International; TX TLC Truck & Equipment; FL Tow Industries; CA Tow Truck Country; IA TowPartsNow; OR Tri-State Towing Equipment; NY Truck Body Sales; CA Truck Source; OK *TruckMax; FL Twin Cities Wrecker Sales; MN Utility Trailer Sales S.E. TX; TX Virgo Fleet Supplies; NY *Vulcan Equipment Co.; TN Wasatch Truck Equipment; UT West End Service; MD Worldwide Equip. Sales of CA; CA Worldwide Equipment Sales; IL Wrecker Warehouse; TX *Zendex Tool Corporation; CT Zip’s Truck Equipment; IA

Towing Accessories Akins Ford; GA All American Jerr-Dan in Old Bridge; NJ American Wrecker Sales; NY *AmeriDeck™; PA Associated Equipment Corp.; MO Austin Hinds Motors; AL B & Z Sales; MS B/A Products; MD *Bailey’s Towing Accessories; NC Baremotion; NY Battelini Wrecker Sales; NJ *Best Tools; AR Brute Technologies; MI Calvin Berkey Enterprises; OH Casanova Towing Equipment; CA Chevron Commercial; IL *Collins Dollies; OR Crouch’s Wrecker & Equip. Sales; TN Crouch’s Wrkr. & Equip. Sales of FL; FL Daniel’s Wrecker Sales; NY Danzi Bros.; DE *Detroit Wrecker Sales; MI. DFW Truck; TX DomTex Marketing; Ontario DOT Tie Down; SC *Dri-Dek / Kendall Products; FL *Driveline Buddy; CA

*Durabilt by Durbin Broadview, IL info@durabiltusa.com

708-223-0258

Qualified tow and recovery accessories: j-hooks, v-chains, straight chains, snatch blocks, transport tie-downs, rig and winch hooks, tow straps, slings, and load securement chain and binders.

durabiltusa.com

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2021 American Towman Supplier Directory Towing Accessories con’t... East Coast Truck & Trailer Sales; VA *East Penn Truck Equip.; PA Eastern Wrecker Sales; NC EasTract North America; GA EdgeTec; TX Elizabeth Truck Center; NJ

EZ Spare Wheel

Roswell, GA sales@EZSpareWheel.com

404-277-8160

EZ Spare Wheel distributes universal wheels used in towing and theft recovery and in roadside flat tire-no spare service calls. Our wheels are unique to the industry, there is no comparison to any other product on the market. Our rental and referral program will add profit to your bottom line & differentiate you from your competitors.

ezsparewheel.com Fayetteville Ford; GA Ferguson Corp.; MD Fitzgerald Wrecker Sales; TN G. Stone Commercial; VT Ginn Carrier & Wrecker Sales; GA Guniwheel; GA *In The Ditch Towing Products; ID

*ITI Sales

New Hampton, IA info@skatesiti.com ITI’s line of automotive skates, container skates and other skids rely on extruded recycled plastic to reduce friction while sliding heavy objects across concrete, asphalt and gravel.

skatesiti.com *Jerr-Dan; MD Kenworth of South Florida; FL Len Zermenos; OH Matheny Towing Equipment; VA McMahon Truck Centers; OH *Metro Tow Trucks; Ontario *Microtronics; KS Midco Sales; AZ Midwest Wrecker; OH Minute Man Wheel Lifts.; MI Mytee Product; OH NAPA-AAA; FL New England Wrecker Sales; NH Northeast Wrecker Sales; NY Null’s Sales & Service; PA Pardo’s Sales & Service; IN Patriot Sales & Service; MA Peak Wrecker Sales; TX *Phoenix USA; TN Pillow Protection Corp.; Alberta Prime Industries; VA Purpose Wrecker Sales; MO Red Peak Camera Systems; NY Regional International; NY *RimSling; IA Rocky Mountain Wrecker Sales; UT

*Rose Ledge Co.; MA *Rydin; IL Sabil & Son; VT *SafeAll Products; IA Sanderson Truck Equipment; AZ Santiam Enterprises; OR Select Truck & Equipment; MO Smyrna Truck & Cargo; GA Southern California Tow Equipment; CA *Speed Binders; OH *Steck Manufacturing; OH Synergy Truck Equipment; AZ TEC Equipment; OR *The Crosby Group; OK TLC Truck & Equipment; FL Tow Industries; CA *Tow Ramps (By Brute Industries); MI Tow-Buddy; AL *TowMate; AR TowPartners; TX *Trade of AMTA / Boxer Tools; CA Truck Body Sales; CA Truck Source; OK *TruckMax; FL *TW Products; MD Twin Cities Wrecker Sales; MN Utility Trailer Sales S.E. TX; TX Virgo Fleet Supplies; NY W Star USA; CA *WeldBuilt Wreckers & Carriers; NY West End Service; MD Worldwide Equip. Sales of CA; CA Wrecker Warehouse; TX *Zendex Tool Corporation; CT

Zip’s Truck Equipment New Hampton, IA zips@zips.com

800-222-6047

Products, parts and accessories carrying the Zip’s brand benefit professionals in a wide variety of industries, including towing and transportation, construction trades and public municipalities.

zips.com

Towing Associations Arizona Prof. Towing & Rec. Assoc.; AZ Association of Prof. Towers - Ohio; OH Cal. Tow Truck Association (CTTA); CA Empire State Towing & Rec. Assoc.; NY ERSCA CTTA; CA Florida Ind. Towing & Rec.Assoc.; FL Indiana Towing & Wrkr. Assoc., Inc.; IN Int’l Towing & Rec. Hall of Fame; TN Iowa Motor Truck Association; IA Minnesota Prof. Towing Assoc.; MN Mississippi Towing and Rec.Prof.; MS Montana Tow Truck Association; MT National Towing & Recovery Assoc.; MA North Dakota Towing Association; ND Oklahoma Wreckers Owner’s Assoc; OK Oregon Tow Truck Association; OR Pennsylvania Towing Association; PA Police Towers of America Prof.Towers Assoc. of Nebraska; NE Prof.Towing & Rec. Operators of Illinois; IL Professional Wrecker Oper. of Fl.; FL Prof. Wrecker Operators of Florida; FL

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BY CATEGORY *Manufacturer South Dakota Towing Association; SD South West Tow Operators; TX Statewide Towing Association; MA Sunshine State Towing Association; FL T.R.A.O. (Towing & Rec. Assoc. of OH); OH Tennessee Tow Truck Association; TN Texas Towing & Storage Association; TX Towing & Rec. Assoc. of America; DC Towing & Rec. Assoc. of Georgia; GA Towing & Rec. Assoc. of Kentucky; KY Towing & Rec. Assoc. of Ohio; OH Towing & Rec. Assoc. of South Carolina; SC Towing & Rec. Prof. of Colorado; CO Towing & Rec. Prof. of Connecticut; CT Towing & Rec. Prof. of Maryland; MD Towing & Rec. Prof. of North Carolina; NC Vermont Towing Association; VT Virginia Assoc. of Tow & Rec.Operators; VA West Virginia Towing & Rec.Assoc.; WV Wisconsin Towing Association; WI

Trailers Able Weldbuilt Industries; NY *Air Tow Trailers; CA All Colorado Semi Trailers; CO *AmeriDeck™; PA Auto Equipment; NC Automotive Equipment Co.; OH Central California Truck & Trailer; CA Crouch’s Wrecker & Equip. Sales; TN Crouch’s Wrkr. & Equip. Sales of FL; FL *Dakota Mfg./Trail-Eze; SD Daniel’s Wrecker Sales; NY East Coast Truck & Trailer Sales; VA *East Penn Truck Equip.; PA Eastern Wrecker Sales; NC Equipment Sales & Service; NJ *Felling Trailers; MN Futura Trailers; G. Stone Commercial; VT Globe Trailers; FL Hale Trailer Brake & Wheel; NJ *Kalyn-Siebert; TX

*Landoll

Marysville, KS trailersales@landoll.com

800-428-5655

Landoll is the world leader in design and manufacturing specialized equipment transport trailers. Landoll offers high quality trailers ranging from 5 to 60-ton capacity.

landoll.com/trailers Lucky’s Peterbilt of Vermont; VT Lynch Towing & Recovery Equip.; WI *Magna Tech; KS Matheny Towing Equipment; VA McMahon Truck Centers; OH Meyer Truck Center; KS Midco Sales; AZ New England Wrecker Sales; NH North East Enterprises; MD Northeast Custom Flatbed & Trailer; NY Northeast Wrecker Sales; NY Northern Truck Equipment, Corp.; SD Peak Wrecker Sales; TX *Pierce Sales; TX

*Quick Draw Tarpaulin Systems; MI Red Peak Camera Systems; NY Rochester Truck; NH Southern California Tow Equipment; CA *Speed Binders; OH Sun Country Trailers; AZ Synergy Truck Equipment; AZ *Talbert Manufacturing; IN TEC Equipment; OR *Tow Ramps (By Brute Industries); MI

*Trail King Industries Mitchell, SD sales@trailking.com

800-843-3324

Trail Kind is the leading manufacturer of a complete line of trailers ranging in load capacities from 12,000 to 1,000,000 pounds. Find a rep at trailking.com/find-a-rep

trailking.com *Trail-Eze / Dakota Mfg; SD *TrailMax Trailers/Gem State Mfg.; ID Tri-State Towing Equipment; NY Tri-State Trailer Sales; PA *TruckMax; FL

Utility Trailer Sales S.E. TX

Houston, TX unlimited@utilitytrailers.com

713-821-6300

New and used trailer sales, finance and lease available, heavy-duty parts, service department, paint and body shop. 10 locations to serve you.

utilitytrailers.com Versatran; WI *Vulcan Equipment Co.; TN *WeldBuilt Wreckers & Carriers; NY *Witzco Trailers; FL Worldwide Equipment Sales; IL *XL Specialized Trailers; LA Zip’s Truck Equipment; IA

Training AAA Club Alliance; DE AASP/PA; PA

American Towman Expositions Warwick, NY info@towman.com

800-732-3869

Largest and most comprehensive education & training program, attended by tens of thousands of Tow Bosses/operators for over 32 years. Produced by the American Towman Academy. 4 premier tow shows in 4 premier locations.

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2021 American Towman Supplier Directory Training con’t... Automotive Training Institue (ATI); MD *Bailey’s Towing Accessories; NC BTR Training & Consulting (Big Truck Rescue); NY *East Penn Truck Equip.; PA *Environmental Chemical Solutions/ ECS; WA Equipment Sales & Service; NJ ERSCA CTTA; CA *Jerr-Dan; MD *Matjack Jumbo SafeLift; IN Professional Wrecker Oper. of Fl.; FL Randall Resch Training; CA

Recovery Billing Unlimited East Freetown, MA

info@recoverybillingunlimited.com

508-763-5474

Course teaching fellow towers how to get paid what is rightfully owed to them. Teaching proper writing of recovery invoices, billing on property damage liability insurance, and MUCH MORE!

Fallsway Equipment Co.; OH Fayetteville Ford; GA FCA Fleet / RAM Trucks; MI Fitzgerald Wrecker Sales; TN Fleet Sales West; OR *Ford Commercial Vehicles; MI *Ford Motor Company; MI Fred Beans Ford of West Chester; PA *Freightliner Trucks; SC G. Stone Commercial; VT *General Motors Corp.; MI Hawkeye Truck & Wrecker Sales; AR Hino of Central Texas; TX

*Hino Trucks Novi, MI kline@hino.com

284-699-9300

Hino Trucks, a Toyota Group Company, manufactures, sells and services a lineup of Class 4-8 commercial trucks in the United States.

hino.com House of Wreckers; CA Idaho Wrecker Sales; ID *International Truck & Engine Corp.; IL

recoverybillingunlimited.com Robertson Ryan & Associate / RRA; NV *Slide Lock Tool Co.; LA Tom Luciano (Trainer); NY Tow Expo Dallas; TX USA Towing & Equipment; FL Worldwide Equip. Sales of CA; CA *WreckMaster; NY

Transmissions Allison Transmission; IN Car-Part.com; KY *Dieselsite; FL East Coast Truck & Trailer Sales; VA *Eaton Transmissions; MI Johnson Truck Center; MO Matheny Towing Equipment; VA McMahon Truck Centers; OH *Metro Tow Trucks; Ontario New England Wrecker Sales; NH Sanderson Truck Equipment; AZ Utility Trailer Sales S.E. TX; TX

Truck Chassis Akins Ford; GA Auto Salvage & Parts Co.; MD Automotive Equipment Co.; OH B & Z Sales; MS Chevrolet; MI Chevron; PA *Chrysler Group Fleet; MI Crouch’s Wrecker & Equip. Sales; TN Crouch’s Wrkr. & Equip. Sales of FL; FL Danzi Bros.; DE *Dodge Truck; MI *Dual-Tech; TN East Coast Truck & Trailer Sales; VA *East Penn Truck Equip.; PA Eastern Wrecker Sales; NC Equipment Sales & Service; NJ

*Isuzu Commercial Trucks of America Anaheim, CA brian.tabel@icta-us.com

714-935-9300

At every turn we are there to support our owners with robust warranties, quality parts, and excellent maintenance at more than 300 Isuzu dealerships.

lsuzucv.com Johnson Truck Center; MO Kenworth of South Florida; FL *Kenworth Truck Co.; WA Lucky’s Peterbilt of Vermont; VT Lynch Towing & Recovery Equip.; WI Matheny Towing Equipment; VA McMahon Truck Centers; OH *Metro Tow Trucks; Ontario Midco Sales; AZ Midwest Wrecker; OH Mitsubishi Fuso; NJ Montgomery Sales; MO New England Wrecker Sales; NH *Nissan Diesel America; TX Northeast Custom Flatbed & Trailer; NY Northeast Wrecker Sales; NY Palfinger North America; Ontario Pardo’s Sales & Service; IN Patriot Sales & Service; MA *Peterbilt; TX *Quick Draw Tarpaulin Systems; MI Ram Trucks; MI Regional International; NY *Renew Truck Body; NH Rochester Truck; NH Rush Towing Systems; TX Sabil & Son; VT Sanderson Truck Equipment; AZ Select Truck & Equipment; MO

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*Sterling Truck Corp.; MI TEC Equipment; OR Terrco Wrecker Sales; PA Tow Truck Country; IA Tri-State Towing Equipment; NY Truck Body Sales; CA Truck Source; OK *TruckMax; FL Twin Cities Wrecker Sales; MN USA Towing & Equipment; FL Utility Trailer Sales S.E. TX; TX *Volvo Heavy Truck; NC *Vulcan Equipment Co.; TN Wasatch Truck Equipment; UT West End Service; MD *Western Star Trucks; OR Wilkes Barre Truck Center; PA Worldwide Equipment Sales; IL

Truck Suspensions Auto Salvage & Parts Co.; MD Automotive Equipment Co.; OH *Bailey’s Towing Accessories; NC Casanova Towing Equipment; CA Crouch’s Wrecker & Equip. Sales; TN Crouch’s Wrkr. & Equip. Sales of FL; FL Daniel’s Wrecker Sales; NY East Coast Truck & Trailer Sales; VA *East Penn Truck Equip.; PA Equipment Sales & Service; NJ Fallsway Equipment Co.; OH *Firestone Ind. Products Co.; IN Future Wrecker Sales; NY Hendrickson Aux. Axle Syst.; OH Hendrickson Trailer Susp.; OH Lynch Towing & Recovery Equip.; WI Matheny Towing Equipment; VA *Matjack Jumbo SafeLift; IN McMahon Truck Centers; OH *Metro Tow Trucks; Ontario New England Wrecker Sales; NH Northern Truck Equipment, Corp.; SD *Paratech; IL Sabil & Son; VT Sanderson Truck Equipment; AZ TEC Equipment; OR Tri-State Towing Equipment; NY *TruckMax; FL USA Towing & Equipment; FL Utility Trailer Sales S.E. TX; TX Wrecker Warehouse; TX Zip’s Truck Equipment; IA

Wheel Lifts AAA Club Alliance; DE Akins Ford; GA Austin Hinds Motors; AL Auto Salvage & Parts Co.; MD Automotive Equipment Co.; OH Automotive Industrial Solutions ; GA B & Z Sales; MS *Bailey’s Towing Accessories; NC Battelini Wrecker Sales; NJ *Best Tools; AR *Boniface Engineering; England Bressler’s; PA Canadian Towing Equipment; Ontario Casanova Towing Equipment; CA Chevron; PA Chevron Commercial; IL Chevron West; CA

*Condor Products; IL Crawford Truck Sales; MA Crouch’s Wrecker & Equip. Sales; TN Crouch’s Wrkr. & Equip. Sales of FL; FL Daniel’s Wrecker Sales; NY *Diversified Products Mfg.; FL *Dynamic Towing Equipment & Mfg.; VA East Coast Truck & Trailer Sales; VA *East Penn Truck Equip.; PA Eastern Wrecker Sales; NC EdgeTec; TX Edinburg Truck Sales; VA Elizabeth Truck Center; NJ Equipment Sales & Service; NJ Fallsway Equipment Co.; OH Fayetteville Ford; GA Ferguson Corp.; MD Fitzgerald Wrecker Sales; TN Fleet Sales West; OR Fred Beans Ford of West Chester; PA Future Wrecker Sales; NY G. Stone Commercial; VT Got Tow Truck Parts.com; AZ Hamman Engineering; TN *Hide-A-Lift; IA *Holmes; TN House of Wreckers; CA *Hy-Tech Recovery Equipment; TX Idaho Wrecker Sales; ID *Jerr-Dan; MD Len Zermenos; OH *Lift and Tow; PA Lynch Towing & Recovery Equip.; WI *Magna Tech; KS Matheny Towing Equipment; VA Matthews Garage; GA McMahon Truck Centers; OH *Metro Tow Trucks; Ontario Meyer Truck Center; KS Midco Sales; AZ Midwest Wrecker; OH Minute Man Wheel Lifts.; MI New England Truckmaster; CT New England Wrecker Sales; NH Northeast Wrecker Sales; NY Northern Truck Equipment, Corp.; SD *NRC Industries; QE Nussbaum Equipment; PA O’Hare Truck Service; IL Pardo’s Sales & Service; IN Patriot Sales & Service; MA Peak Wrecker Sales; TX *Pierce Sales; TX Prime Industries; VA Purpose Wrecker Sales; MO R.P.M Equipment Co.; TX Red Peak Camera Systems; NY Regional International; NY Rocky Mountain Wrecker Sales; UT *Rose Ledge Co.; MA Sabil & Son; VT *Sagness Tow Truck Builder; Ontario Sanderson Truck Equipment; AZ Santiam Enterprises; OR Select Truck & Equipment; MO Smyrna Truck & Cargo; GA Synergy Truck Equipment; AZ T & L Lift Equipment; AL TEC Equipment; OR Terrco Wrecker Sales; PA Tim Halpin Equipment Corp.; FL TLC Truck & Equipment; FL Tow Industries; CA


BY CATEGORY *Manufacturer Tow Truck Country; IA Tri-State Towing Equipment; NY *Triple K Industries; SD *Tru-Hitch; CT Truck Body Sales; CA Truck Source; OK *TruckMax; FL Twin Cities Wrecker Sales; MN USA Towing & Equipment; FL Utility Trailer Sales S.E. TX; TX Virgo Fleet Supplies; NY *Vulcan Equipment Co.; TN Wasatch Truck Equipment; UT *WeldBuilt Wreckers & Carriers; NY West End Service; MD Wilkes Barre Truck Center; PA Winn Street Sales; MA Worldwide Equip. Sales of CA; CA Worldwide Equipment Sales; IL Wrecker Warehouse; TX *Zacklift; WA Zip’s Truck Equipment; IA

Wheel Lift Attachments *Access Tools; FL Austin Hinds Motors; AL Auto Salvage & Parts Co.; MD Automotive Equipment Co.; OH Automotive Industrial Solutions; GA B & Z Sales; MS *Bailey’s Towing Accessories; NC Battelini Wrecker Sales; NJ *Best Tools; AR Bressler’s; PA Casanova Towing Equipment; CA Chevron West; CA Crouch’s Wrecker & Equip. Sales; TN Crouch’s Wrkr. & Equip. Sales of FL; FL Daniel’s Wrecker Sales; NY *Dynamic Towing Equipment & Mfg.; VA Eakins Equipment Co.; PA East Coast Truck & Trailer Sales; VA *East Penn Truck Equip.; PA Eastern Wrecker Sales; NC EdgeTec; TX Elizabeth Truck Center; NJ Equipment Sales & Service; NJ Fallsway Equipment Co.; OH Fayetteville Ford; GA Ferguson Corp.; MD Fitzgerald Wrecker Sales; TN Fleet Sales West; OR G. Stone Commercial; VT *Garwood/Feller; GA Got Tow Truck Parts.com; AZ Hamman Engineering; TN *Hide-A-Lift; IA House of Wreckers; CA *Jerr-Dan; MD Len Zermenos; OH *Lift and Tow; PA Lynch Towing & Recovery Equip.; WI *Magna Tech; KS Matheny Towing Equipment; VA Matthews Garage; GA McMahon Truck Centers; OH *Metro Tow Trucks; Ontario Midco Sales; AZ Midwest Wrecker; OH Minute Man Wheel Lifts.; MI New England Truckmaster; CT

New England Wrecker Sales; NH Northeast Wrecker Sales; NY *NRC Industries; QE Null’s Sales & Service; PA Nussbaum Equipment; PA O’Hare Truck Service; IL Pardo’s Sales & Service; IN Patriot Sales & Service; MA Peak Wrecker Sales; TX *Pierce Sales; TX Prime Industries; VA Purpose Wrecker Sales; MO Red Peak Camera Systems; NY Regional International; NY Robert Young’s NRC Sales & Service; VA Rocky Mountain Wrecker Sales; UT Sabil & Son; VT Sanderson Truck Equipment; AZ Santiam Enterprises; OR Select Truck & Equipment; MO Smyrna Truck & Cargo; GA Synergy Truck Equipment; AZ TEC Equipment; OR Terrco Wrecker Sales; PA TLC Truck & Equipment; FL Tow Industries; CA Tow Truck Country; IA Tow-Buddy; AL TowPartsNow; OR Tri-State Towing Equipment; NY *Triple K Industries; SD *Tru-Hitch; CT Truck Body Sales; CA Truck Source; OK *TruckMax; FL Twin Cities Wrecker Sales; MN USA Towing & Equipment; FL Utility Trailer Sales S.E. TX; TX Virgo Fleet Supplies; NY *Vulcan Equipment Co.; TN Wasatch Truck Equipment; UT *WeldBuilt Wreckers & Carriers; NY West End Service; MD Worldwide Equip. Sales of CA; CA Worldwide Equipment Sales; IL Wrecker Warehouse; TX *Zacklift; WA Zip’s Truck Equipment; IA

Wheel Simulators 4 State Trucks; MO Akins Ford; GA Aluminium Wheels Mfg.; CA American Wrecker Sales; NY B & Z Sales; MS Casanova Towing Equipment; CA Crouch’s Wrecker & Equip. Sales; TN *East Penn Truck Equip.; PA EdgeTec; TX Elizabeth Truck Center; NJ Fayetteville Ford; GA G. Stone Commercial; VT *Kaper II; WA Matheny Towing Equipment; VA McMahon Truck Centers; OH *Metro Tow Trucks; Ontario Midwest Wrecker; OH New England Wrecker Sales; NH Nussbaum Equipment; PA Peak Wrecker Sales; TX

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*Phoenix USA

Cookeville, TN CS2@phoenixusa.com

931-526-6128

Largest provider of durable chrome and stainless steel wheel simulators, hub and lugnut covers, wheel accessories & parts in a variety of mounting options.

phoenixusa.com Prime Industries; VA Purpose Wrecker Sales; MO Red Peak Camera Systems; NY Regional International; NY RVWheel.com; CA Sabil & Son; VT Sanderson Truck Equipment; AZ Select Truck & Equipment; MO Smyrna Truck & Cargo; GA Synergy Truck Equipment; AZ TLC Truck & Equipment; FL Truck Source; OK *TruckMax; FL Utility Trailer Sales S.E. TX; TX Virgo Fleet Supplies; NY West End Service; MD *Woody’s Accessories; WA Worldwide Equip. Sales of CA; CA Wrecker Warehouse; TX Zip’s Truck Equipment; IA

Wheels 1-800 EveryRim-OEM Wheels; CA Alcoa Forged Specialty Wheels; OH Auto Equipment; NC Auto Salvage & Parts Co.; MD *Boniface Engineering; England Car-Part.com; KY Chevron West; CA Crouch’s Wrecker & Equip. Sales; TN *Dual-Tech; TN *Dynamic Towing Equipment & Mfg.; VA Eakins Equipment Co.; PA East Coast Truck & Trailer Sales; VA *East Penn Truck Equip.; PA Equipment Sales & Service; NJ EZ Spare Wheel; GA Fallsway Equipment Co.; OH Fleet Sales West; OR Future Wrecker Sales; NY G. Stone Commercial; VT Guniwheel; GA Hamman Engineering; TN House of Wreckers; CA Idaho Wrecker Sales; ID Illusions Wraps; VA *In The Ditch Towing Products; ID *Jerr-Dan; MD Lynch Towing & Recovery Equip.; WI *Magna Tech; KS Matheny Towing Equipment; VA McMahon Truck Centers; OH *Metro Tow Trucks; Ontario Meyer Truck Center; KS Minute Man Wheel Lifts.; MI New England Wrecker Sales; NH *NRC Industries; QE O’Hare Truck Service; IL *Pierce Sales; TX

Prime Industries; VA R.P.M Equipment Co.; TX *RealWheels Corp.; IL Red Peak Camera Systems; NY Regional International; NY Robert Young’s NRC Sales & Service; VA Rush Towing Systems; TX Sabil & Son; VT *Sagness Tow Truck Builder; Ontario Sanderson Truck Equipment; AZ TEC Equipment; OR Terrco Wrecker Sales; PA Tim Halpin Equipment Corp.; FL Tow Truck Country; IA TowPartsNow; OR Tri-State Towing Equipment; NY *TruckMax; FL Utility Trailer Sales S.E. TX; TX Virgo Fleet Supplies; NY *WeldBuilt Wreckers & Carriers; NY *Wheel Collision Center; PA Worldwide Equipment Sales; IL Wrecker Warehouse; TX

Winches AAA Club Alliance; DE *Access Tools; FL Austin Hinds Motors; AL Auto Salvage & Parts Co.; MD Automotive Equipment Co.; OH Automotive Industrial Solutions; GA B & Z Sales; MS B/A Products; MD *Bailey’s Towing Accessories; NC *Best Tools; AR Bressler’s; PA Casanova Towing Equipment; CA Chevron Commercial; IL Chevron West; CA ComeUp USA; OR Crawford Truck Sales; MA Crouch’s Wrecker & Equip. Sales; TN Crouch’s Wrkr. & Equip. Sales of FL; FL Daniel’s Wrecker Sales; NY DK2 Warrior Winches; Ontario

*DP Winch

Jenks, OK salesinfo@dovertwg.com

918-298-8300

For 50 years dp Winch has been proven in heavy-duty recovery. Now we have packed the same technology into our new lightduty recovery winches.

dovertwg.com *Dual-Tech; TN *Dynamic Towing Equipment & Mfg.; VA Eakins Equipment Co.; PA East Coast Truck & Trailer Sales; VA *East Penn Truck Equip.; PA Eastern Wrecker Sales; NC EdgeTec; TX Elizabeth Truck Center; NJ Equipment Sales & Service; NJ Fallsway Equipment Co.; OH Fayetteville Ford; GA Ferguson Corp.; MD Fleet Sales West; OR G. Stone Commercial; VT Got Tow Truck Parts.com; AZ

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2021 American Towman Supplier Directory Winches con’t... Hamman Engineering; TN House of Wreckers; CA Idaho Wrecker Sales; ID *In The Ditch Towing Products; ID *Jerr-Dan; MD *Kenworth Truck Co.; WA Lynch Towing & Recovery Equip.; WI Matheny Towing Equipment; VA McMahon Truck Centers; OH *Metro Tow Trucks; Ontario Meyer Truck Center; KS Midco Sales; AZ Midwest Wrecker; OH *Mile Marker; FL Mytee Product; OH New England Truckmaster; CT New England Wrecker Sales; NH Northeast Wrecker Sales; NY Northern Truck Equipment, Corp.; SD Nussbaum Equipment; PA Patriot Sales & Service; MA Peak Wrecker Sales; TX *Pierce Sales; TX Prime Industries; VA R.P.M Equipment Co.; TX *Ramsey Winch; OK Red Peak Camera Systems; NY Regional International; NY Rick’s Truck & Equipment; OH Rocky Mountain Wrecker Sales; UT *Rose Ledge Co.; MA Sabil & Son; VT Sanderson Truck Equipment; AZ Santiam Enterprises; OR Select Truck & Equipment; MO *Sepson USA; PA Smyrna Truck & Cargo; GA *Speed Binders; OH *Superwinch; OK Synergy Truck Equipment; AZ TEC Equipment; OR Terrco Wrecker Sales; PA Tim Halpin Equipment Corp.; FL Timo International; TX TLC Truck & Equipment; FL Tow Truck Country; IA TowPartsNow; OR *Trade of AMTA / Boxer Tools; CA Tri-State Towing Equipment; NY Truck Body Sales; CA Truck Source; OK *TruckMax; FL Tulsa Winch; OK Twin Cities Wrecker Sales; MN USA Towing & Equipment; FL Utility Trailer Sales S.E. TX; TX Virgo Fleet Supplies; NY

*Warn Industries Clackamas, OR brassd@warn.com

800-543-9276

Premium winches and industrial products suited to the towing industry. An array of capacities, accessories, and more to let you go prepared for any job.

warn.com Wasatch Truck Equipment; UT *WeldBuilt Wreckers & Carriers; NY West End Service; MD

*Winches

Broken Arrow, OK sales@winchesinc.com

361-564-3439

Winches Inc. is committed to providing you solutions and services that save time, money and resources. We believe in standing behind every product we sell, service and design.

winchesinc.com. Worldwide Equip. Sales of CA; CA Wrecker Warehouse; TX Zip’s Truck Equipment; IA

Winch Repair Austin Hinds Motors; AL Auto Salvage & Parts Co.; MD Automotive Equipment Co.; OH B & Z Sales; MS Bressler’s; PA Casanova Towing Equipment; CA Chevron West; CA Crawford Truck Sales; MA Crouch’s Wrecker & Equip. Sales; TN Crouch’s Wrkr. & Equip. Sales of FL; FL Daniel’s Wrecker Sales; NY Eakins Equipment Co.; PA East Coast Truck & Trailer Sales; VA *East Penn Truck Equip.; PA EdgeTec; TX Equipment Sales & Service; NJ Fallsway Equipment Co.; OH G. Stone Commercial; VT Got Tow Truck Parts.com; AZ Hamman Engineering; TN House of Wreckers; CA Idaho Wrecker Sales; ID Lynch Towing & Recovery Equip.; WI Matheny Towing Equipment; VA Midwest Wrecker; OH New England Wrecker Sales; NH Northern Truck Equipment, Corp.; SD Nussbaum Equipment; PA Pardo’s Sales & Service; IN Patriot Sales & Service; MA Peak Wrecker Sales; TX *Pierce Sales; TX Purpose Wrecker Sales; MO R.P.M Equipment Co.; TX Red Peak Camera Systems; NY Regional International; NY Robert Young’s NRC Sales & Service; VA Rocky Mountain Wrecker Sales; UT *Rose Ledge Co.; MA Sanderson Truck Equipment; AZ Santiam Enterprises; OR Select Truck & Equipment; MO Smyrna Truck & Cargo; GA Southern California Tow Equipment; CA Synergy Truck Equipment; AZ Terrco Wrecker Sales; PA Tim Halpin Equipment Corp.; FL Timo International; TX Tow Truck Country; IA Tri-State Towing Equipment; NY *TruckMax; FL Twin Cities Wrecker Sales; MN USA Towing & Equipment; FL Utility Trailer Sales S.E. TX; TX *Warn Industries; OR

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Wasatch Truck Equipment; UT *WeldBuilt Wreckers & Carriers; NY West End Service; MD *Winches; OK Winn Street Sales; MA Worldwide Equip. Sales of CA; CA Worldwide Equipment Sales; IL Wrecker Warehouse; TX

Wrecker Bodies (Mfg.) Automotive Industrial Solutions ; GA B & B Industries; MN *Boniface Engineering; England Chevron; PA *Danco Products; PA *Dangelo’s Custom Built; PA *Detroit Wrecker Sales; MI. *Dual-Tech; TN

*Dynamic Towing Equipment & Mfg.

Norfolk, VA anthonydynamic@mac.com

800-831-9299

Continously innovating and manufacturing the highest quality, easiest to use equipment in the towing industry.

dynamictow.com East Coast Truck & Trailer Sales; VA *Holmes; TN

*Jerr-Dan

Hagerstown, MD marketing@jerrdan.com

800-926-9666

Jerr-Dan has redefined the towing & recovery industry by setting new standards for performance, quality, innovative technology & service. Our entire product line is backed with service & support through our nationwide distributor network. Find your Jerr-Dan distributor by visiting

jerrdan.com McMahon Truck Centers; OH Midco Sales; AZ

Minute Man Wheel Lifts.; MI *NRC Industries; QE *PowerBilt Wreckers; MO *Quick Draw Tarpaulin Systems; MI *Ratler.com; Ontario *Renew Truck Body; NH *Rose Ledge Co.; MA Sanderson Truck Equipment; AZ *TruckMax; FL *United Plastic Fabrcating; MA *WeldBuilt Wreckers & Carriers; NY

Wrecker Bodies (Dist.) Akins Ford

Winder, GA jmkinney@akinsonline.com

770-867-9136

Century, Vulcan, Holmes, & Chevron distributor. We stock Ford, Dodge, Peterbilt, KW, Hino & Freightliner units.

akinsford.com Alpha Innovations; NV American Wrecker Sales; NY

Atlanta Wrecker Sales Chesnee, SC wreckersales@gmail.com

800-313-2040

We carry a large selection of mounted Jerr-Dan wreckers and carriers at great prices. Peterbilt, Kenworth, International, Freightliner, Dodge, Ford, Hino, and Chevrolet.

atlantawrecker.com Atlantic Emergency Solutions; VA Auto Equipment; NC Auto Salvage & Parts Co.; MD Automotive Equipment Co.; OH B & Z Sales; MS *Bailey’s Towing Accessories; NC Battelini Wrecker Sales; NJ Blust Sales and Service; OH Bressler’s; PA Canadian Towing Equipment; Ontario Casanova Towing Equipment; CA

Chevron Commercial

*Miller Industries

Highland, IL sales@chevroncommercial.com

800-292-0330

We offer new and used wreckers & carriers - the best eye candy in the industry. Contact us for all your towing accessory needs.

Ooltewah, TN sales@millerind.com

The iconic brands of Century, Vulcan, and Chevron bring you the most diverse range of wreckers in the industry. Century, Vulcan, and Chevron brands lead the industry with a diverse light-duty lineup of products while Century and Vulcan maintain dominance as the global leaders in heavy-duty integrated units and rotators. All of which are backed by the industry’s best network of top-level distributors.

news.millerind.com

800-443-5778

chevroncommercial.com Crawford Truck Sales; MA


BY CATEGORY *Manufacturer

Crouch’s Wrecker & Equip. Sales

Kingston Springs, TN sales@crouchtowtrucks.com

800-628-5212

Full line Miller distributor offering wide selections of industry leading products from light duty and carriers to rotators. We have you covered!

crouchtowtrucks.com Danzi Bros.; DE *Detroit Wrecker Sales; MI. DFW Truck; TX Dirt Cheap Wrecker; MO

East Coast Truck & Trailer Sales Portsmouth, VA Info@ECTTS.com

757-465-2200

Serving Towing & Auto Transport professionals for 25 years. Shop the largest inventory of Jerr-Dan heavy wreckers, MPLs, rollbacks and Cottrell haulers.

ECTTS.com *East Penn Truck Equip.; PA Eastern Wrecker Sales; NC

EdgeTec

Dallas, TX rolson@EdgeTecTX.com

214-742-5221

Leading distributor for Century, Chevron and Holmes Wreckers & Carriers. Providing Sales & Service for both new & used equipment along with large inventory of parts and accessories.

EdgeTecTX.com

Elizabeth Truck Center Elizabeth, NJ

Fayetteville Ford

Fayetteville, GA chitwood72@gmail.com

404-569-4723

The South’s largest wrecker supplier. The greatest brands built on any chassis. Industry leader in obtaining best financing: 2 Hr. credit decision in most cases.

deepsouthwreckersales.com Fitzgerald Wrecker Sales; TN Fleet Sales West; OR Florida Wrecker Sales; FL Fred Beans Ford of West Chester; PA

G. Stone Commercial

Middlebury, VT andy@gstonecommercial.com

802-388-9599

Versed with product knowledge, we are able to sell and take anything in trade. From dump trucks, wreckers, rollbacks, trailers. We sell and trade them all.

gstonecommercial.com

Ginn Carrier & Wrecker Sales Covington, GA joea@getginn.com

678-625-4000

RAM BusinessLink dealer offering Kilar rollback carriers. Delivery anywhere in the U.S. Financing available. Always treating customers the right way.

ginncommercial.com Golden West Tow Equipment; CA *Goodyear Wrecker Sales; AL H.A.R / West Valley Wrecker Sales; CA

Hawkeye Truck & Wrecker Sales

Len Zermenos; OH Lucky’s Peterbilt of Vermont; VT

*Lynch Chicago

North Haven, CT lambiaset@aol.com

708-233-1112

Quality, custom built, towing equipment. Sales • Parts • Service • Financing • Installation. Full line Miller distributor.

Alsip, IL mmariner@lynchchicago.com Proud distributor of all Miller Industries products & Talbert trailers. Parts & Service on all makes and models. View our large new & used inventory at

lynchchicago.com Magnolia Wrecker Sales; MS Maryland Carrier & Wrecker Sales; MD

*Matheny Motor Truck Company

Woodbridge, VA ccindrich@mathenymotors.com

855-494-4353

Full-line Miller Industries Distributor. Ohio, Virginia, West Virginia, Kentucky, & Pittsburgh. Vulcan, Century, Chevron, Holmes.

mathenymotors.com Matthews Garage; GA McCandless International Trucks; NV

McMahon Truck Centers London, OH

pblackston@MmcMahonTrucks.com

740-206-2121

Turnkey chassis & equipment solutions & experience staff w/ specialized front & backend knowledge. Fair & timely equipment disposal. In-house fabrication, body & paint shop.

McMahonTrucks.com/Towing *Metro Tow Trucks; Ontario

Midco Sales

jpowers@elizabethtruckcenter.com

Bono, AR hawkeye_72112@yahoo.com

Chandler, AZ mark@midcosales.com

New Jersey’s only authorized Miller Industries distributor carrying all lines. We also carry B/A Products, Maxxima, ECCO, Federal Signal, In-The-Ditch & more! Find us on FB, IG & LinkedIn!

We offer a large selection of mounted Jerr-Dan wreckers and carriers at great prices. We specialize in Peterbilt, Kenworth, Freightliner, Dodge, Ford, Hino and Chevrolet.

Jerr-Dan dealer in AZ - Rotators, Wreckers, Rollback in stock. Full service repair shop. Authorized warranty repairs. Retail parts and accessories store.

908-355-8800

elizabethtruckcenter.com/ tow-sales Epplers Truck Sales; GA Equipment Sales & Service; NJ Fallsway Equipment Co.; OH

870-336-3900

hawkeyetrucksales.com Hooks Towing & Equipment; AR House of Wreckers; CA Idaho Wrecker Sales; ID Indiana Truck Sales & Service; IN

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New England Truckmaster

480-999-0607

midcosales.com Midwest Wrecker; OH Mission Valley Truck Center; CA

800-481-0501

netruckmaster.com New England Wrecker Sales; NH Northeast Wrecker Sales; NY Northern Truck Equipment, Corp.; SD Null’s Sales & Service; PA Nussbaum Equipment; PA Pardo’s Sales & Service; IN Patriot Sales & Service; MA Peak Wrecker Sales; TX Purpose Wrecker Sales; MO *Quick Draw Tarpaulin Systems; MI R.P.M Equipment Co.; TX Red Peak Camera Systems; NY Regional International; NY *Renew Truck Body; NH Rick’s Truck & Equipment; OH Ricky’s Sales & Service; MA Rochester Truck; NH Rocky Mountain Wrecker Sales; UT *Rose Ledge Co.; MA Rush Towing Systems; TX Sabil & Son; VT Sanderson Truck Equipment; AZ Santiam Enterprises; OR Select Truck & Equipment; MO

Smyrna Truck & Cargo Milledgeville, GA ngriffin@smyrnatruck.com

844-444-1905

Provides you with quality new and used tow trucks, parts, and an outstanding service department.

smyrnatruck.com Southern California Tow Equipment; CA Stephens Truck Center; OK TEC Equipment; OR Tipton Sales & Parts; KY TLC Truck & Equipment; FL Todd Equipment; AZ

Tow Industries

West Covina, CA jessica@towindustries.com

323-660-4866

Southern California’s most reputable distributor of new and used recovery trucks, with a great full service center and repair center.

towindustries.com

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Truck Source

Perry, OK eldon@trucksourceok.com

580-307-7600

Truck Source offers new and used towing equipment. Truck Source is a proud dealer for Jerr-Dan, Best Tools, Warner, and Crownline Beds. Contact Truck Source for your next truck body.

trucksourceok.com *TruckMax; FL *WeldBuilt Wreckers & Carriers; NY

West End Service

Ellicott City, MD kbloom@westendservice.com

800-425-4455

West End Service is family owned Miller Distributor & International Truck Dealer. Our Parts Department is fully stocked & offers convenient delivery service.

westendservice.com Worldwide Equip. Sales of CA; CA

Wrecker Warehouse

Rockwall, TX brent@wreckerwarehouse.com

214-814-1982

Wrecker Warehouse is a wrecker distributor since 2016. We offer used & new wreckers. Our distributing company expertise are in sales, parts, services/ repairs, financing & installation. We are a one-stop shop for all your wrecker needs.

wreckerwarehouse.com Zip’s Truck Equipment; IA

Wrecker Rental *East Penn Truck Equip.; PA Elizabeth Truck Center; NJ Tow Industries; CA *Triple K Industries; SD Wrecker Rentals; GA

Wrecker Repair *Access Tools; FL Akins Ford; GA American Wrecker Sales; NY Austin Hinds Motors; AL Auto Equipment; NC Auto Salvage & Parts Co.; MD Automotive Equipment Co.; OH Automotive Industrial Solutions ; GA B & B Industries; MN B & Z Sales; MS *Bailey’s Towing Accessories; NC Bressler’s; PA Canadian Towing Equipment; Ontario Casanova Towing Equipment; CA Chevron West; CA Crawford Truck Sales; MA Crouch’s Wrecker & Equip. Sales; TN Crouch’s Wrkr. & Equip. Sales of FL; FL Daniel’s Wrecker Sales; NY *Detroit Wrecker Sales; MI. DFW Truck; TX *Dynamic Towing Equipment & Mfg.; VA East Coast Truck & Trailer Sales; VA *East Penn Truck Equip.; PA EdgeTec; TX Elizabeth Truck Center; NJ Equipment Sales & Service; NJ Fallsway Equipment Co.; OH Fayetteville Ford; GA Fleet Sales West; OR G. Stone Commercial; VT Hamman Engineering; TN House of Wreckers; CA Idaho Wrecker Sales; ID Len Zermenos; OH Lynch Towing & Recovery Equip.; WI Matheny Towing Equipment; VA McMahon Truck Centers; OH Meyer Truck Center; KS Midco Sales; AZ Midwest Wrecker; OH Mission Valley Truck Center; CA New England Truckmaster; CT New England Wrecker Sales; NH Northeast Wrecker Sales; NY Northern Truck Equipment, Corp.; SD Null’s Sales & Service; PA Nussbaum Equipment; PA O’Hare Truck Service; IL Pardo’s Sales & Service; IN Patriot Sales & Service; MA Peak Wrecker Sales; TX *Pierce Sales; TX Purpose Wrecker Sales; MO R.P.M Equipment Co.; TX Red Peak Camera Systems; NY Regional International; NY Robert Young’s NRC Sales & Service; VA Rocky Mountain Wrecker Sales; UT *Rose Ledge Co.; MA Royal Truck Body; CA

BY CATEGORY *Manufacturer Sabil & Son; VT Sanderson Truck Equipment; AZ Santiam Enterprises; OR Select Truck & Equipment; MO Smyrna Truck & Cargo; GA Southern California Tow Equipment; CA Spectrum Truck Painting; TX Synergy Truck Equipment; AZ Terrco Wrecker Sales; PA Tim Halpin Equipment Corp.; FL TLC Truck & Equipment; FL Tow Truck Country; IA Tri-State Towing Equipment; NY Truck Body Sales; CA Truck Source; OK *TruckMax; FL USA Towing & Equipment; FL Utility Trailer Sales S.E. TX; TX Wasatch Truck Equipment; UT *WeldBuilt Wreckers & Carriers; NY West End Service; MD Winn Street Sales; MA Worldwide Equip. Sales of CA; CA Worldwide Equipment Sales; IL Wrecker Warehouse; TX Zip’s Truck Equipment; IA

Zero Traction Robot EasTract North America

Atlanta, GA info@EasTractNA.com

833-869-8722

The most advanced solutions for vehicle recovery handling and towing.

EasTractNA.com

Other Business Consultant GM Consultants; UT Business Consultant INA Towing Network; KY Catalytic Converter Recycling PGM Recovery Systems; CA Certified Mailers One Form Certified Mailers; FL Cleaning Supplies Shield Solutions; WI Contact Center Solutions; Customer Engagement Tech Cirrus Response; CA Cranes Erkin World Power; Aydin Dash Cameras Pro-Vision Video Systems; MI

Diagnostic Scanner FCAR Tech USA; MD Drug Testing American Alliance Drug Testing; CA Employee Services Employer’s Guardian; CA Employee Services IST Solution; CA Employee Services Omega Comp HR; CA Engraved firearms American Legacy Firearms; CO Freeway Service Patrol Orange County Freeway Svc Patrol; CA Fuel Ramos Oil Company; CA Fuel Tank System Transfer Flow; CA Hose Reels Reelcraft Industries; IN Key Fobs We Buy Key Fobs; NE Light Towers Will-Burt Company; OH Mobile surveillance system (MVSS) Menzel Technologies; WI Paint Boths & Refinish Equipment Garmat USA; CO Push-to-Talk (PTT), POC Phones & Radios Southwest Communications; OH Ratchet Binders Speed Binders; OH Risk Management XINSURANCE Powered by EIB; UT Roll Up Doors Amdor; Ontario Shop Heaters Lanair Waste Oil Heaters; WI Storage App UR International; TX Tablet/Phone Mounting Solutions Arkon Mounts; CA Toll Free Vanity Phone Number 1-800-Rescue-911; FL Tonneau Covers Truck Covers USA; CA Tow Signs Rydin; IL Trailer Repair Tri-State Trailer Sales; PA Uniforms Got Towing Uniforms; CA Vehicle Wraps Illusions Wraps; VA Video Systems, Fleet Monitoring Mobile Video Computing Solutions; MI Website Design TowTruckads.com; TX

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2021 American Towman Supplier Directory Advertising / Marketing

OMG Tow Marketing

OMG Tow Marketing is the industry-leading digital marketing company with over 1,400 active tow clients. From Google Ads, to websites and SEO, we have the tools to help you grow your towing company with more cash calls. To learn more, visit omgtowmarketing. com or call 954-283-3745. Let us hook you up!

*Photo Card Specialists

Now is the time to be photographing for this years calendars. Your company’s business card size info permanently adhered to the top of the calendar pad. Calendar pads have a low-tack adhesive on the backside for easy and clean removal. 13 tear-off months. 12 other calendar styles to choose from. Visit PhotoCardSpecialists.com or call 715839-9102

Auctions

Joyride

Joyride is impound auctions the smart way. No set up costs – No obligation – No seller fees User-friendly interface. Compliance with local lien sale rules. Customized auction terms. Seller defined payment terms. High pick-up rates. Comprehensive post-auction reporting. Regional marketing campaigns to buyers. Seller support team. Take Joyride for a test drive today! 800.936.7074

*Peak Auto Auctions

Make more money selling abandoned vehicles. Our company’s focus is on one thing only – getting the highest return for sellers on abandoned and surplus vehicles. When you are ready to put your vehicles in a competitive environment where we negotiate prices up not down, give us a call for a free consultation at 720-548-3970 or visit peakautoauctions.com/sell-with-us.

Air Cushions

TowIndustryWeek.com

*Matjack Jumbo SafeLift

Serving the tow industry since 2011. An effective and affordable internet medium for advertisers seeking to reach towing business owners. Direct link to advertiser’s websites, mobile friendly. Visit us at TowIndustryWeek.com or call 800-732-3869.

The only manufacturer and major innovator in the U.S. since 1981, available 24/7/365 without fail to fill your airbag and jumbo cushion needs. Call 800827-3755 or visit us online matjack. com.

Cables, Chains, Hooks, Slings

Car Carriers (manufacturer)

*RimSling

Lightweight, compact and flexible, RimSling synthetic slings have proven themselves superior to traditional lifting and rigging methods. Their high-quality synthetic fibers ensure strength and durability, and a special braided guard and cordura sleeve add extra layers of protection. Container slings and soft shackles also available. Learn more at RimSling.com.

*Dual-Tech

Units available w/ 10k, 12k, 16k & 20k capacities w/ lengths from 19’6 to 28’. Standard features include: low load angle, low deck height, solid deck sheet, quad rail sub-frame, 1,152 sq. inches of nylatron wear pads & planetary winch, 2 yr. mfg. warranty on all lo-pro series. Dual-Tech is family owned & operated, priding themselves on building a quality product & providing personalized customer service. Visit us at dual-techinc. com or call 800-852-0345 to have a unit customized for you. Now that you have tried the rest, try the best!

Car Carriers (manufacturer)

*Dynamic Towing Equip. & Mfg.

Our car carrier features a steel deck with 1 piece 3/16 deck plate, 5,000 lb. wheel lift, 8,000 lb. planetary winch, 3 x 2 channel crossmembers with 9” spacing, lock valves on tilting cylinders, tool box & a four year warranty. Specifications include 19 ft. & 21 ft. steel body, usable deck space, steel body width 96 O.D., 10,000 lb. body rating, 5,000 lb. wheel lift rating (extended). Optional features -102” wide deck, wireless remote, removable side rails, frame mounted pylon. Call us for more info 800-831-9299 or Dynamictow.com.

*Dynamic Towing Equip. & Mfg.

The Dynamic Radius 240 Degree Rotation Flatbed is a regular rollback & recovery vehicle in one. No need to block interstate lanes when loading & recovering. Able to go over guard rails. Great for loading from tight spaces in parking lots & city streets. Standard features include side rails w/ stake type pockets, Lodar Wireless Remote System, hardwired backup system for remote, two rear lighting control systems, roller guide, winch release, safety chains, steps & ratchets. 4 yr. warranty. Call for info 800-831-9299 or Dynamictow.com.

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*Jerr-Dan

For nearly 50 years, Jerr-Dan has redefined the towing industry by setting new standards for performance, quality, innovative technology, and service. Every product, from standard, medium, and heavy duty carriers and wreckers to our heavy duty rotators & side recovery systems, is backed w/ service & support through our nationwide distributor network. Call 800-926-9666 or visit us online at jerrdan.com.

*Miller Industries

At the forefront of the towing and recovery industry are Century, Vulcan, and Chevron car carriers. Each brand offers a variety of products ranging from 10,000 - 40,000 lbs. Patented low center-of-gravity (LCG) option is also available. Steel or aluminum deck material is available on most conventional and LCG carrier products. Learn more at millerind.com


PORTFOLIO *Manufacturer

Car Carriers (distributor)

Len Zermenos

Len Zermenos is a tow industry only family run business. We love what we do and it shows. We believe in quality not quantity. That’s why we only use Kilar beds modified to our specifications, providing strength and great looks. New Ford & Chevy Rollbacks in stock! Visit us online at lenzermenos.com, or call us at 330-323-5165 or 330-8280377

Peak Wrecker Sales

Peak Wrecker is your one stop shop for all your towing and recovery needs in the southwest. For current inventory go to www.peakwrecker.com or follow Peak Wrecker on Facebook for specials. We stock Century, Vulcan, Holmes Wreckers and carriers along with TrailEze Sliding Axle, bus trailers and side pullers (new chassis sold by franchise dealer). 210-661-4549.

*PeakPTT

MercurySend.com

When communications and time matters! MercurySend saves dispatch time on repeated phone calls with quick 2-way text message tools and helps free your phone lines for new incoming jobs. Our simple text message tools you can accurately locate customers and generate only 5 star reviews on your social media. Learn more: mercurysend.com/towman.

Electronics

*Lodar USA

Lodar USA keeps your team and equipment safe. Wirelessly operate your rig 200 to 1,000 ft. away. Backed by a 5 year pro-rated warranty, full-line tailored to the tow industry - it’s no wonder Lodar is the industry standard wireless solution. Visit our new website and build your Lodar today. Visit us online at lodar.com.

Metrocom

Combining the broad coverage of a nationwide cellular network with the ease of two-way radio communications, the WAVE two-way radio gets your team connected fast. Call 212532-7400 or visit us online at metrocomradio.com.

Computer Software

Communication / Intercoms

We provide affordable and easy to use handheld and mobile 4G LTE 2-way radios with GPS tracking for your business. Instant Always On Communication. Unlimited Channels, SOS notification, Lone-Worker monitoring, 60 second gps tracking, PC dispatch software, rugged devices. No contracts. Call us at 855-600-6161 or visit peakptt.com.

Communication / Intercoms

*Mobile Control Systems

Our wireless hydraulic control systems bolt-on with ease, requiring no welding or custom fabrication. Control up to 18 channels wirelessly up to 1000ft away. Standard remote and proportional control available. Made in the USA and lifetime warranty on electronics. Visit us online at mobilecontrolsystems.com or call 800-680-4455.

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*Mobile Create USA

Our product is a modern, 2-way Radio that uses the LTE/3G cellular network to provide nationwide communication for our customers. Our radios have built-in GPS which allows dispatch to see the real time movements of their fleet. We provide rental options for our equipment. Call 408-933-9588 or visit us at mcusainc.com.

Credit Card Processing

Towbook Management Software

The Towing management software everyone is talking about! Whether you work with motor clubs, private properties, transport, police, or cash calls - we can manage them all! Towbook offers an extensive range of features to help simplify the day-to-day operations within your company; sign up for your 30-day free trial today! Visit us online at towbook.com.

North American BanCard

Towing Industry Exclusive: Wholesale rates starting at .05%. Free terminals (wireless, iPhone, Android swipe, wired). 0 setup/annual fee. Visit our website NYNAB.com or you may call 866-481-4604.

Emergency Lightings & Lightbars

*Custer Products Ltd

Custer Products manufactures and distributes LED lights, wireless tow lights and related lighting products to the trucking, towing, agricultural, offroad, and safety industries through a network of distributors in the United States, Canada, Mexico, South America and Europe. Visit us at custerproducts. com or call 800-490-3158.

*TowMate

Our wireless towing lights are quick to install, easy to operate and the most reliable on the market. Find out why thousands of towing companies trust TowMate lights to keep their operators safe and the load they are hauling visible. Made in the USA and lifetime warranty on electronics and LEDs. Visit us online at towmate.com or call 800-680-4455.

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2021 American Towman Supplier Directory Emergency Lightings & Lightbars

*Will-Burt Company

Night Scan HDT light towers by WillBurt deliver - safety, speed and more revenue. Installed directly onto your heavy wrecker, rotator, rollback or tow truck - we have a product for every vehicle. Night Scan HDT can be installed during the truck build process or as an after-market item. Call us at 330-6844000 or visit nightscan.com.

Equipment Financing / Leasing

Intek Truck & Equipment Leasing

A leading source of finance since 1986 for the towing & recovery industry. Intek Leasing offers customized and flexible financing and lease options for all new & used towing equipment, includes light & heavy-duty. Celebrating our 33rd year in business! Call 973403-7788 or intekleasing.com.

Santander Bank

Secure, flexible vehicle and equipment finance programs. Knowledgeable representatives you can trust. Simple, customized payment schedules. Low fee credit card acceptance programs. Call 800-238-4009 or visit us online at santanderbank.com/cevf.

Forklift Attachment

*Dynamic Towing Equip. & Mfg.

The Dynamic Forklift Attachment gives your company the ability to relocate automobiles at your auto auction, dealership, repair shop, salvage yard, & impound yard. This Forklift Attachment offers greater visibility & mobility for relocating vehicles into tight areas. Capacity of 5,000 lb., strong, stable, & built to Last. Call for more info 800831-9299 or Dynamictow.com.

Specialty Vehicle Equip. & Funding Group

Specialty Vehicle Funding offers direct financing for new and used tow trucks, other specialty purpose vehicles and equipment, including trailers. Whether you are purchasing a light-duty truck or heavy duty units, our financing solutions are designed to fit the needs of growing companies like yours. Apply online at specialtyvehiclefunding.com or call 631-753-6611

Insurance

*Austin Insurance

Here at Austin Insurance “we’ll come see you” isn’t just a catch phrase. We want to provide you with not only insurance but a full understanding of your coverages and we will do all that we can to make that happen including coming to see you! Call 270-444-6818 or visit wreckersins.com.

GSI Insurance

New ventured with perfect rates. No finance agreement. WI, MN, IA, IL, SD, ND, WA, OR, ID, UT. 24/7 customer service nights and weekends. Call us at 262501-7244 or visit towagents.com.

ICW Grp. Ins. Co./Autocomp Ins.

ICW Group has partnered with Autocomp Insurance for over a decade to bring tow operators across the country a comprehensive solution to their Workers’ Compensation needs. Coverage is available in over 20 states and we offer flexible payment options, HR/ Safety service and more! Contact us today for more information. Call 800-8771111 or visit ICWGROUP.com.

Insurance

Nottingham Insurance

Established in 1917 Nottingham Insurance has established a National Insurance Program in the Automotive & Towing Industry. Led by Andrew Meinster & Team (recently Top 1 percent Business Insurance Agent - Yahoo Finance). We Specialize in Towing (Light, Medium, Heavy), Auto Haulers, and Salvage Yards. We Are Available 24/7 just like YOU! Call 610-283-2614 or visit NottinghamInsurance.com.

Pacific General Insurance an affiliate of Robertson Ryan & Associates

Since 1977, providing insurance coverages to professional tow operators; auto repossession; auto transporters; salvage yards; repair shops in the midwest. Call 800-888-0545 or visit towtruckinsuranceusa.com.

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Robertson Ryan & Associate/RRA

We have all the “A” rated carries in the US. Plus an exclusive carrier that your current agent does not have in CA, AZ, and NV. We provide certs and MVR’s same day, free safety tools and we fight for you on bogus claims. Let us partner with you. Call 725-206-2990 or visit us online at robertsonryan.com/feriance.

Sea Crest Insurance Agency

A leader in the towing and recovery field with over 30 years of experience. We offer several A-rated programs that exceed Automobile Club of Southern California Highway Patrol, & other municipalities. Call 800-337-5900 or visit seacrestinsurance.com online.


PORTFOLIO *Manufacturer

Insurance

Sierra Pacific Insurance Services

Lockout Tools

XINSURANCE Powered by EIB

*Steck Manufacturing

Motor Clubs/Call Providers

*Mach1

Concierge service Sierra Pacific is new insurance. Let go of your old insurance. Our Broker team is exceptionally responsive to the needs of our clients and prospects. The Ops team uses Smartsheets to quickly process your cert and endorsement requests. Utilizing DocuSign, we make signing documents a breeze. You deserve a team who works for you. Call 800-520-1641 or visit us at sierrapacificagency.com.

XINSURANCE provides custom insurance solutions for towing and repo companies. The XINSURANCE team has decades of experience in underwriting, risk management and claims management. XINSURANCE is a dba of Evolution Insurance Brokers, LLC, an excess and surplus lines brokerage. Contact us at 1-877-585-2853 or info@xinsurance. com for a free quote.

The “BigEasy” unlocks cars fast without damaging car doors & provides quick access for all your lockout needs. Also available is our BigEasy Night light. Call 937-222-0062 or visit steckmfg.com.

Mach1 is the on-demand, fully automated app that works for you! Join our network and connect directly with customers. No price haggling, no flat rate, you choose within our price range. Automated dispatch/no call centers. GPS and turn-by-turn navigation in-app. Inapp communication, talk & text. Veteran-owned & supported. Call us at 844511-0002 or visit mach1services.com.

Motor Clubs/Call Providers

Municipal Towing Management

Rolling Tarpaulin System

Safety Products

Urgently Roadside Assistance

Urgently’s Global Mobility and Roadside Assistance Platform sits at the center of expanding transportation options and is trusted by leading automotive, insurance, and telematics brands. Urgently connects you with more nearby jobs to grow your business efficiently. Join the Urgently network today at geturgently. com/towman or call 888-461-3621

AutoReturn

When people think 3rd party dispatch, the only things towers relate to is motor clubs. At AutoReturn nothing is similar to club work. Clubs mean discounted rates, improper info on all facets of the disablement, slow pay/lower fees, disregard for the tow company. AR treats towers as true “Partners.” With 400+ tow companies and 4,200+ operators, AR must be doing a lot right. Visit autoreturn.com or call 888-501-5385.

Safety Products

Mobile Video Computing Solutions

Best in class for over 24 years providing direct customer support through Mobile Connect (IoT.MC)tm. Platform provides vehicle video metadata advanced recordings reports through real-time 4g access on desktop, smart phone, tablets and cloud based software solutions. Communications tailored to each towing company’s needs for municipal roadside and recovery. Call 248-8176720 or visiti us online at MVCSOL.com.

*SafeAll Products

With a twist of the wrist, SafeAll’s Proportional Remote Control system delivers precise and feathered action for your car carrier controls. No more herky-jerky motion like the competition. SafeAll’s revolutionary technology provides smooth and safe carrier operation to prevent unnecessary damage and unwanted injury. Learn more at SafeAllProducts.com

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*Quick Draw Tarpaulin Systems

Calvin Berkey Enterprises

The industry leader in retractable tarp covers. Requiring only a few minutes to open and close, from small platforms to the largest trailers. You can equip your unit to protect and conceal your customer’s vehicles from the elements and prying eyes. Custom graphics set you apart. Call us at 877-945-8277 or visit quickdrawtarps.com.

Custom traffic control arrow lightbar great for accident scenes. A high visibility lightbar that is wide enough to be seen while loading & hauling a truck or SUV. Easy to install, all aluminum (no rust), w/ professional raptor finish. Email us at calstowing@sbcglobal.net or call 614-928-3814.

Service Truck

Side-Puller

*Dynamic Towing Equip. & Mfg.

Service Truck SV100 offers a four year warranty. Specifications - 4 large rollup door compartments w/ shelving to hold approximately 36 batteries, 2 additional side compartments, extra large top compartment, open deck space to store Go-Jacks, dollies, fuel & water tanks, emergency cones, etc. All steel, 1 piece construction. Or optional poly fenders, available w/ an under reach for low clearance garages. Wheel lift w/ or w/o extendable recovery boom: info 800-831-9299 or Dynamictow.com.

*Dual-Tech

Side-Puller, dual wireless remote winches w/ air release, wire ropes, hydraulic stiff legs, chain pockets, adjustable pylon & tie back points, 2 yr. manufacturer’s warranty. Available in 9K, 12K, and 15K cap. on carrier or wrecker w/ chassis’ 24K GVW or more. Design allows the operator to perform recovery work from either side w/o having to climb on & off the unit to constantly adjust the direction of the pull. Visit dual-techinc.com or call 800- 852-0345.

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2021 American Towman Supplier Directory Slide-In

Tire Repair Equipment

*Dynamic Towing Equip. & Mfg.

Slide-In 4000 or 5000 lb. & 7500 lb. Tow Rating. Comes complete with electric over hydraulic pump (engine mounted clutch pump kit optional), in cab controls, 74” reach, 36” tow height. Perfect for dual rear wheel pick up. Class 3 Receiver Tow Hitch, built in saddle & chain boxes. Easy bolt in installation. Bumper removal not necessary. Featuring 73” long subframe, bronze bushings, straps & ratchets, safety chains, 200 amp inline fuse system, complete mounting kit, or optional clutch pump kit tire spacer blocks, trailer hitch & 2 year warranty. Info: 800-831-9299 or Dynamictow.com.

Guniwheel

Our original and patented universal lug pattern shop wheels and road spares provide safe and damage-free towing solutions for vehicles with flat, heavily damaged, or stolen tires and wheels. Easily load vehicles on to flat beds or wreckers. No special beds or wreckers. No special fitting adapters needed. Just mount and move. Made of steel. Call 888-554-6464 or visiti us online at guniwheel.com/towpro.

Tool Mounting

*Performance Advantage Co.

PAC’s Hoodlelok provides an adjustable positive locking method to secure axes, hammers, bars, and many other tools and equipment. The stretchblok stop allows instant release of tools. Two pivot points allow for added grip range. The soft textured pad allows for extra grip and can be mounted horizontally or vertically. Call us at 888-514-0083 or visit us online at pactoolmounts.com.

Towing Accessories

EZ Spare Wheel

The Wheel Jack is the ideal solution to move vehicles with missing wheels & tires onto a flat bed or around a shop. The Jack wheel is a must have to make theft recovery and towing easier. The EZ spare alloy wheel product line comes in multiple sizes and fits hundreds of thousands of vehicles. Used by roadside light operators to service flat tire-no spare calls and by towing companies to save time. Call 404-277-8160 or visit ezsparewheel.com.

*ITI Sales

Turn to ITI’s Control Arm Skates and Extenders the next time you need to move a disabled vehicle with a missing wheel or broken suspension component. Both the Standard and Low-Profile design can be paired with stackable Height Extenders for additional clearance, and an Axle Tube Extender works great for moving trailers. Learn more at SkatesITI.com.

Trailers

*Trail King Industries

The NEW Trail King Sliding Axle trailer offers the FASTEST slide pan in the industry! Low load angle, corrosion protection and a smoother, more precise operation. Time is money and this trailer will save you both! Find your nearest rep at: trailking.com/find-a-rep. Call 800-843-3324 or visit trailking.com.

Utility Trailer Sales S.E. TX

Utility Trailers is your 1 stop shop for all your truck, trailer & tanker needs. We have new & used trailer sales, finance & lease are available. Parts showroom at all ten locations. We have a full service department, & paint & body shop. Call 713-821-6300 or visit utilitytrailers.com.

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Towing Accessories

*Durabilt by Durbin

The Durbin name delivers qualified tow and recovery accessories which include: J-Hooks, V-Chains, Straight Chains, Snatch Blocks, Transport TieDowns, Rig and Winch Hooks, Tow Straps, Slings, and Load securement Chain and Binders. Call 708-223-0258 or visit us at durabiltusa.com

Trailers

Zip’s Truck Equipment

*Landoll

Discover quality and value with Zip’s products at Zip’s AW Direct. Whether you work in towing and recovery, transportation and car cauling or construction and municipality trades, we’ve created this broad linup to make your job easier. Shop By Brand at Zips.com/ shop-by-brand/zips.

Landoll paver ramp opton features an 8.5 degree load angle to easily load scissorlifts, boomlifts, forklifts, pavers, rollers and brooms on the lower deck. The power ramp is an operator-friendly design with two button operation and is equipped with a chain drive motor and battery. Call 800-428-5655 or visit us online at landoll.com/trailers.

Training

Winches

Recovery Billing Unlimited

Course teaching fellow towers how to get paid what is rightfully owed to them. Teaching remediation of accident scene, proper writing of recovery invoices, billing on property damage liability insurance, obtaining payment from insurance companies, guest speakers, and much more! Call 508763-5474 or visit us online at recoverybillingunlimited.com for more info!

*Warn Industries

Warn Industries makes a host of winches and accessories ideal for the towing industry. The rugged hydraulic winches and ultra-efficient electric winches and hoists are rigorously and relentlessly tested to meet and exceed the highest quality and safety standards. Warn’s products help you do your job safely, quickly, and efficiently. Visit warn.com or call 800-543-9276.


PORTFOLIO *Manufacturer

Winches

*Winches

Winches Inc. is one of the largest distributors of winches and winch related components. We operate 3 facilities in Odessa, Texas; Houston, Texas; and Broken Arrow, Oklahoma. Major winch brands including BRADEN, TULSA, DP, WARN, Ramsey, Pullmaster, Gearmatic and Superwinch. Featured is the new DP recovery planetary winch series for the tow industry. Winches Inc. employs highly trained and experienced professionals. Call us at 361-564-3439 or visit our website at winchesinc.com.

Wrecker Bodies (manufacturer)

*Dual-Tech

*Dual-Tech proudly presents the newest edition to the wrecker line up the SL4A. This unit is designed with a 3/16 aluminum body accommodating two 24” toolboxes. Standard units are equipped with DUAL-TECH’s self loading wheel lift & a wireless remote. Options include a drag winch and a backup camera. Visit dual-techinc.com or call 800-852-0345.

Wrecker Bodies (mfg.)

*Miller Industries

The iconic brands of Century, Vulcan, and Chevron bring you the most diverse range of wreckers in the industry. Century, Vulcan, and Chevron brands continue to lead the industry with a diverse light-duty lineup of products while Century and Vulcan maintain dominance as the global leaders in heavy-duty integrated units and rotators. All of which are backed by the industry’s best network of top-level distributors. Learn more at millerind.com

*Dynamic Towing Equip. & Mfg.

Wrote the book on autoloaders. For almost 3 decades, Dynamic produced the very best autoloader. This Python unit is a must for towers looking to get the job done quicker & safer. Standard equipment includes aluminum rock guards, tire spacer blocks & inside controls. Many options available. Choose the Lightning or Classicbody. Offers a robust 5000-lbs. wheellift. Need a full 90 degree hook up, here’s your best in class autoloader. Industry’s only standard 3-year warranty. Call 800- 8319299 or visit dynamictow.com.

*Jerr-Dan

For nearly 50 years, Jerr-Dan has redefined the towing industry by setting new standards for performance, quality, innovative technology, and service. Every product, from standard, medium, and heavy duty carriers and wreckers to our heavy duty rotators & side recovery systems, is backed w/ service & support through our nationwide distributor network. Call 800-926-9666 or visit us online at jerrdan.com.

Wrecker Bodies (distributor)

Akins Ford

#1 Atlanta Ford and Dodge Commercial Dealer. Century, Vulcan, Holmes & Chevron distributor. We stock Ford, Dodge, Peterbuilt, KW, Hino & Freightliner units. Visit us at Akinsford.com or call 866-389-4173.

Atlanta Wrecker Sales

#1 Jerr-Dan sales distributor in the country for over 15 consecutive years. We sell tow trucks at affordable prices. We carry a large selection of inventory: Peterbilt, Kenworth, International, Freightliner, Hino, Ford, Dodge, Chevrolet. We have them in-stock, ready to work. To see our inventory, visit us online at atlantawrecker.com

Chevron Commercial

We offer new & used wreckers & carriers - the best eye candy in the industry. Also contact us for all your towing accessory needs. Call 800-443-5778 or visit us online at Chevroncommercial. com.

Wrecker Bodies (distributor)

Crouch’s Wrecker & Equip. Sales

With over 30 years of sales experience Crouch’s is proud to be a full line distributor for Miller Industries. We take great pride in offering the best equipment our industry has to offer, & even greater pride in serving our customers. Let us know how we can serve you! Call 800-628-5212, 407-438-4160, or visit us online at crouchtowtrucks.com.

East Coast Truck & Trailer Sales

Serving Towing, Auto Transport and Waste Collection professionals from two locations. We offer a large selection of standard to heavy wreckers, financing, insurance, wrecker leasing and rental, a parts and equipment storefront, 18 service bays, custom vehicle wraps, wash detail, and the friendliest staff. Get to know us at ECTTS.COM!

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EdgeTec

EdgeTec - one-stop source for all your towing & recovery equipment needs. Large selection of new & used wreckers & carriers. We provide a large service & installation department with a machine & fabrication shop to get you back on the street quickly! Providing parts & accessories for all make & models. Distributors for Century, Chevron & Holmes. Contact us at 214-7425221. Visit EdgeTecTX.com or email rolson@EdgeTecTX.com

Elizabeth Truck Center

We are a Miller Industries distributor and your one stop for all your towing needs. New and used trucks are in stock. Call Jim, 908-355-8800 ext. 424 to build the truck of your dreams. For tow parts call Orlando, 908-355-8800 ext. 422. We work hard for you! Call today! elizabethtruckcenter.com/towsales.

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2021 American Towman Supplier Directory

PORTFOLIO *Manufacturer

Wrecker Bodies (distributor)

Fayetteville Ford

The South’s largest wrecker supplier. We offer the greatest brands built on chassis of choice! We are the industry leader in obtaining the best financing for your needs! Delivery available. Inquire today for quote. Visit us online at deepsouthwreckersales.com or call 404-569-4723.

G. Stone Commercial

Specializing in all types of trucks, trailers & equipment. From racing to recovery we have been here for 43 years taking care of our customers every step of the way. We take anything in trade! Call 802-388-9599 or visit gstonecommercial.com.

Hawkeye Truck & Wrecker Sales

Hawkeye Truck & Wrecker Sales, Inc. specializes in custom built orders wreckers and carriers, both light and heavy duty. We are a full-line Jerr-Dan distributor, and our areas of expertise are sales, parts, service, financing & installation. Call 870-336-3900 for parts or visit hawkeyetrucksales.com and checkout our inventory.

McMahon Truck Centers

Operates heavy-duty & medium-duty commercial truck businesses at 8 locations throughout 5 states. We pair leading edge support solutions together with strong, premium vehicles from Mack, Volvo & Hino including product offerings of premium truck bodies & attachments from Jerr-Dan. Call 614252-3111 or visit mcmahontrucks.com/ towing.

Wrecker Bodies (distributor)

Midco Sales

Jerr-Dan dealer in AZ with full inventory of rotators, wreckers, rollbacks and car carriers. Full 20,000 sq. foot service facility to perform all types of repairs including warranty servicing. Our parts and accessories store offer all Jerr-Dan replacement parts and the latest accessories for your tow vehicle. Call us at 480-999-0607 or visit us online at midcosales.com.

New England Truckmaster

New England Truckmaster specializes in custom built orders - wreckers and carriers both light and heavy duty. We are a full line Miller distributor and our area of expertise are sales, parts, service, financing & installation. Call Chris @ 800-481-0501 / 203-233-8700 cell or visit netruckmaster.com and check out our new and used inventory.

Smyrna Truck & Cargo

Smyrna Truck & Cargo is a proud distributor of Miller Industries products. We are a family owned business located in Smyrna, GA and have been serving our community with quality truck equipment since 1952. We offer new and used towing equipment, parts, & service. Call 844-444-1905 or visit smyrnatruck.com.

Wrecker Bodies (distributor)

Truck Source

Truck Source, Jerr-Dan’s newest distributor in the Midwest. We offer Sales, Parts, and Service. Truck Source also carries Service Bodies, Hay Beds, and Pickup Beds. Contact us 580-307-7600 or trucksourceok.com. We are a full line Best Tools dealer and much more.

West End Service

An authorized distributor for Miller Industries offering Century, Challenger, Champion, Chevron, Holmes & Vulcan carrier & wrecker bodies. Authorized dealer for International, offering medium-duty truck chassis in sales, parts & service. Visit us at westendservice.com or call 800-425-4455.

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Tow Industries

Southern California’s largest Miller distributor of Vulcan, Century, Eagle, Champion and Holmes wreckers and carriers from light to heavy duty. We carry parts and service Miller lines. Visit our website for new and used inventory. Call 888-675-0364 or visit us online at towindustries.com.

Zero Traction Robot

Wrecker Warehouse

Wrecker Warehouse is a wrecker distributor since 2016. We offer used & new wreckers. Our distributing company expertise are in sales, parts, services/repairs, financing & installation. We are a one-stop shop for all your wrecker needs. Call us at 214-8141982 or visit us online at wreckerwarehouse.com.

EasTract North America

TowTract, a patented innovation, is an original automobile tow truck at ease everywhere and especially where usual recovery trucks cannot access. No trolleys to add. It is able to take a vehicle if it’s locked, damaged or burned; underground parking, small courtyard, field, mud or snow, etc., - where a tow truck cannot go because of its size. Call 833869-8722.


Ditched by Jim “Buck” Sorrenti

Rosenberry called on his 50 ton Jerr-Dan wrecker.

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osenberry Towing, located in New Philadelphia, Ohio, is Tuscarawas county’s largest towing and recovery provider. They offer light-, medium-, and heavy-duty towing services. Established in 1969 they have over 50-years of towing and recovery experience. All employees are WreckMaster trained as well as having Traffic Incident Management training. The Rosenberry Towing team is certified and trained to handle any situation that is thrown at them. Alex Rosenberry is the dynamic owner and lead heavy operator for the company. He does any and everything that needs to be done.

Editor’s Note: We’d like to send congratulations to Alex and his lady Jeanette on the birth of their Princess Raelynn in March 2021.

This accident happened on State Route 800 near Mineral City, Ohio at approximately 4pm on Monday, April 12th 2021. Alex informed, “The call came in as a semi vs. a car. The semi was actually a 2017 KW T800 dump hauling 18-ton of stone in the bed and was said to be in a ditch. We were requested to respond by the trucking company owner.” Alex and his dad Thad Rosenberry responded with their 2017 Peterbilt 389

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with a 50-ton Jerr-Dan Integrated wrecker. Once on scene they found that the dump truck had taken out approximately 200feet of guardrail. Alex explained, “It was leaning very hard against the torn-out guardrail on a steep, muddy embankment approximately 75-100-feet down deep. The guardrail was holding quite a bit of tension. The casualty however was only about 10-feet off the edge of the road.” Once Alex assessed the situation he


Jim “Buck” Sorrenti, a longtime editor of American Towman, has been our field editor for the past 10 years. He is a freelance writer and photographer with more than 40 years of experience covering motorcycle, hot rod, truck and towing culture. He writes weekly for TowIndustryWeek.com.

A loaded dump truck goes off the road and Rosenberry Towing is called into action.

called for long time heavy operator Craig to bring their 2000 International 9400 with a 25-ton Jerr-Dan wrecker. “Our 2021 GMC 2500 Service truck was also brought out to help with the removal of some flat tires and escort us back to the yard since it was dark for added safety,” he said. Once given control of the scene by Ohio State Highway Patrol and ODOT, Alex ran a two part line from his JerrDan 50-ton to the driver-side frame to hold the unit for safety as he went to the low side to rig another two part line to the passenger side frame in order to lift the unit up the embankment. Simultaneously a two-part line was rigged to the front spring hangers to the Jerr-Dan 25-ton wrecker to provide the necessary side pull on the truck to get it off the guardrail. “It came up nice and easy the way I did it,” said Alex. Once the casualty was up on the roadway they began shoveling away at the mud that was packed into the unit and then chain-slung the front of the casualty. Alex informed, “We then caged the brakes and moved the unit down the road to a pull off where it was safer to remove the flat drive tires in order to slowly transport the loaded dump truck back to our storage facility.”

The guardrail was holding a lot of tension.

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Tow Engineer

Equipping Your New Truck By Terry Abejuela

Field Editor Terry Abejuela has 40-plus years of light-duty towing and recovery experience. He is also a light-duty Level 1 instructor for the California Tow Truck Association.

Rear wrecker body dolly mount.

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urchasing a new truck is a big financial investment that requires a significant investment of your time to research, plan and make decisions that determine how effectively it will contribute to meeting your business goals. Car carrier or wrecker, independent or integrated what cab and chassis, what brand and model of towing equipment, and conventional wheel lift or auto-loader are just a few of the decisions to make. In addition to these decisions you will need to decide how to equip your new truck. Considering the mix of your current fleet and working with your local towing equipment distributor to put some thought into how you will equip your new truck. Equipment on the truck that is not used can significantly add to the weight of the truck reducing fuel economy and payload. Make sure that you meet all legal requirements in your state for tow truck

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equipment as well as equipment required by any contracts such as law enforcement and motor clubs.

RECOVERY BOOMS AND WINCHES

Do you need a recovery boom and winch? Do you need dual winches? How often are you performing recovery or rollover work? If you operate in a metropolitan area and most of your work is towing you may not need a recovery boom or winch. If you have trucks in your current fleet that have recovery booms and winches already do you really need all of your trucks to have them? Do you need an independent boom? An integrated recovery boom will reduce weight. Do you need an extendable boom? A non-extendable integrated boom will reduce weight a little more. When placing the order for your new


truck consider what equipment you need that is standard equipment as well as optional equipment available. Work with your local towing equipment distributor to help you make these decisions.

EQUIPMENT PLACEMENT

When making decisions on where to place equipment on your new truck take into consideration traffic safety. Whenever possible, place equipment so it can be retrieved from either side of the truck. When this is not possible place commonly used equipment on the passenger side of the truck. Try to be consistent with equipment placement on each of your trucks. It saves time during pre-trip inspections and when retrieving equipment at the roadside call when the tow truck operator knows exactly where each piece of equipment is located regardless of which truck they are operating. Having brackets for each piece of equipment keeps toolboxes organized and neat as well as reduces damages to the equipment. Keep in mind ergonomics when deciding where to store towing dollies. Towing dolly components can be fairly heavy so you want to make it as easy as possible for the tow truck operator to remove them safely. Avoid placing dollies in a position that requires the operator to climb on the truck. Dolly bunkers under the wrecker bed are a great option.

Rear view cameras.

Work lights.

MOTORCYCLE ATTACHMENTS

If you tow or transport a significant number of motorcycles it may be worth the investment to properly equip your wrecker or car carrier with equipment specifically designed for this type of work. Damaging a motorcycle or having an employee or customer

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Under bed dolly bunker.

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Car carrier motorcycle dolly.

Conventional wheel lift motorcycle attachment.

injured will cost much more than the proper equipment. There are many options for motorcycle towing equipment available for wreckers and car carriers.

LIGHTING EQUIPMENT

Make sure you meet the legal requirements in your state for the color and type of lighting equipment on a tow truck. Ensure

Illuminated hand rail.

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that you provide your tow truck operators with the lighting equipment required to perform their job duties safely including emergency lighting, work lights, and spot lights. I like to have a directional type light bar so you can direct motorists in a specific direction. I believe that flashing lights that do not indicate a direction are not as effective. If you operate in an area with a lot of low clearance garages you may want to invest in a fold-down light bar.

Illuminated fold down step.

TRAILER TOWING

If you do a significant amount of trailer towing you may want to consider trailer towing equipment. Tow ball, pintle hook and fifth wheel towing equipment is available from many towing equipment manufacturers. You will also need a electric brake controller for the electric brakes on the trailer and seven way plug. I recommend that you purchase the cab and chassis manufacturer electric brake controller. I think it looks cleaner to have the brake controller in the

Fold down step ladder.


Fold down light bar bracket.

dash as opposed to an under the dash after market installation.

SERVICE EQUIPMENT

If you perform a significant number of service calls then you will want to ensure your tow truck operators have all of the equipment necessary to perform this work effectively, efficiently and safely. Tire service,

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battery service, and fuel service equipment as well as lockout tools and an assortment of hand tools to perform minor mechanical first aid at the roadside. If you perform a lot of tire service calls it may be worth the investment to equip your tow truck with an air compressor to operate an air impact gun and/or be able to fill more than one tire with air.

Toolbox storage.

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Toolbox storage brackets.

CAR CARRIERS

If you perform a lot of recovery or rollover work I recommend you equip your car carrier with a side puller. If you do not perform enough recovery work to justify the cost of a side puller you may want to invest in an approach plate winch rope roller guide. Emergency lighting on a car carrier can be less effective during the loading and unloading process due to the angle of the deck and the disabled vehicle blocking the lights. There are lights available that are mounted on the outside

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Air compressor and hose reel.

of the side rails and angled in such a way as to be visible even with the deck at an angle. A few other items I recommend for wreckers and car carriers include back-up alarms, conspicuity tape, lighted hand rails, lighted folding steps, wireless remotes and camera systems. These are items that I think improve safety and are well worth the investment.

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Enclosed under bed fold down dolly bunker.

Under reach trailer towing attachment.

When you are making a major investment in a new truck it is well worth your time to do the research and make the effort to equip your truck to ensure it can be operated effectively, efficiently and safely. Under car carrier deck dolly bunker.

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Supplier Scoop

Trail King Promotes Kara Kayser to Marketing Manager

North American Trailer Manufacturer Trail King Industries, Inc, is pleased to announce the promotion of Kara Kayser to Marketing Manager. In her new role, Kayser will be responsible for conceiving and executing marketing strategies and programs that drive growth and expansion of company products and services. In addition, she will support overall brand development and messaging in the marketplace. Kayser replaces Don Lura who retired after over 17 years with Trail King. Kayser started with Trail King in 2017 as a Marketing Specialist. Over the last four years, Kayser has had a major impact on marketing department. She has worked to build Trail King’s digital marketing presence, positioning products to top of mind for potential customers. Her team launched a new website

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Prior to coming to Trail King, Kayser worked in various Public Relations and Marketing roles in both agency and private settings. She has worked with major brands to include Fortune 500 companies, high-growth start-ups and local government. Kayser is a graduate of Augustana University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration.

Jerr-Dan Parent, Oshkosh, Earns Top Honors Kara Kayser

and actively engages customers and influencers through social media channels. “Kara has been instrumental in supporting our company’s objectives and goals. She brings a wealth of knowledge to the sales and marketing team that will further our vision as we continue to grow,” said Rick Farris, VP of Sales & Marketing.

Oshkosh Corporation, the parent company of Jerr-Dan, has recently received several prestigious industry awards for the company’s ongoing ethical business practices, sustainability efforts and use of emerging and advancing digital technologies. Oshkosh was named one of Barron’s “100 Most Sustainable Companies” and has been included in the S&P Global Sustain-


Supplier Scoop ability Yearbook 2021, both for the fourth consecutive year. Steadfast in sustainability initiatives, Oshkosh Corporation has pledged to reduce

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greenhouse gas emissions and energy consumption and continues to make investments in technology including the development of bat-

tery-powered products. The company was also a recipient of the IDG CIO 100 Award for information technology excellence. Oshkosh Corporation’s Digital Technology team is powered by team members around the world, all focused on solving business challenges. This is the third consecutive year that Oshkosh Corporation has received this award. The company also received the IDG FutureEdge 50 Award for its innovative use of emerging technology. This is the first time that Oshkosh Corporation has received this global award. In addition to these awards, Oshkosh Corporation has also been named one of the World’s Most Ethical Companies by Ethisphere, one of FORTUNE’s World’s Most Admired Companies, one of America’s Most Responsible Companies by Newsweek, as well as one of America’s Top 250 Best-Managed Companies by the Wall Street Journal.

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My Baby

Workhorse #18 Arkansas family pride is expressed in their dedication to their community and their purpose built workhorse heavy. By Jim “Buck” Sorrenti

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arter and Sons Service Center, LLC is a family owned and operated company based in Mountain Home, Arkansas. Donnie Carter, a veteran born and raised in Arkansas, originally founded the company in February of 1991 when he opened Plaza Citgo Service. He then purchased his first tow truck and opened “Donnie’s Plaza Wrecker.” Within the next year he was towing for the Mountain Home Police Department, Baxter County S.O., and the Arkansas State Police. Over the years Donnie continued to grow his business buying properties and adding locations and equipment. His sons Jason and

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Daniel joined their dad and in 2001 the company became “Carter and Sons Service Center.” Jason received his WreckMaster level 4/5 in October of 2009, making him the area’s only 4/5 certified operator. In July of 2010, he attended a two day class by Tom Luciano and received the Advanced HeavyDuty Recovery certificate, making him one of the area’s

most certified operators. Jason’s son Kegan came on board as an operator in 2013, making for three generations in the ever-growing family business. They now have ten employees and 11 vehicles in their fleet. The fleet includes one service truck, two lightduty, two mediumd u t y and two heavies. The one featured here is their #18 workhorse heavy, a 2017


The business end of the #18 workhorse heavy, is a 2017 Century 5130 25-ton.

Century 5130 25-ton mounted on a 2017 Peterbilt 389. Powered by a Cummins ISX mated to an Eaton 18-Speed trans. It has Dual two-speed planetary 25,000-pound winches with an underlift with a tow rating of 80,000-pounds. It’s loaded with all straps, chains, recovery shackles and endless loops and is equipped with all Snap On hand tools and cordless impacts. Jason said, “18 has a heavy-duty tire lift for all the

The attention grabbing wrap was done by A2Z Signs and Graphics from Paragould, Arkansas.

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Tech Highlights motorhome/RV traffic in the area.” Miller Industries originally built this unit. It was purchased from Tony with Purpose Wrecker Sales of Wentzille, Missouri. The graphics were done by A2Z Signs and Graphics from Paragould, Arkansas. “Its a wrap so it only took them about 5 days,” advised Jason. “What inspired the design was that we wanted it to stand out and get motorists attention, but still display the American Flag.” Jason said, “During a recent February freeze across the US we had a loaded propane tanker that was at the tipping point when the trailer dropped off into a very deep ditch. Using #18 with proper rigging and setup allowed it to be recovered and the roadway opened back up for the snow plows in less than 15 minutes.” “The most important attribute this unit brings to our business are its ability to handle the newer

Chassis: 2017 Peterbilt 389 Wrecker body: 2017 Century 5130 25-ton

Engine: Cummins ISX

Trans: Eaton 18-speed

Winches: Dual two-speed planetary 25,000-lb Built by: Miller Industries & Purpose Wrecker Sales

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Graphics: Wrap by A2Z Signs and Graphics Owner: Jason Carter

motorhomes, as we live in a large retirement/vacation area due to having two large lakes and three rivers in our area,” stated Jason. Carter and Sons has always given back to their local community in work as well as play. They have sponsored a youth baseball team in Norfork that Jason has coached and have helped with many local charities.

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Lowdown

Parlaying Your Experience

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Steve Calitri Editor-in-Chief scalitri@towman.com

hen you come right down to it, each of us is a book of experiences. As a tow boss, and, or, as a towing and recovery specialist, it’s a rich book, maybe thousands of pages, maybe big colorful illustrations as well portraying the myriad of incidents and challenges you have engaged. The Adventures of the American Towman is also rich in experiences, sixteen years worth, comprising almost 200 episodes, 400 pages, two thousand illustrations. Could be a book, indeed American Towman has decided to collect all the Adventures into four books. Adventures fans will be able to

The Adventures has portrayed myriad recoveries

buy the Book I at TowXpo in San Antonio August 5th. Another release will make Book I available online in print and digital editions for current and future fans. I suspect the Adventures will play a role in grooming young men and women to become brave towers years down the road. There were plenty of recoveries illustrated in the Adventures, unusual ones too, from clotheslining a car across a body of water to recovering a tractor trailer dangling over a bridge and rescuing the driver. The books of the Adventures will reflect many of the experiences in your book. It begs the question, how can the tow boss, and, or recovery operator, parlay his experiences? If we are talking about parlaying your book of towing experiences into a new revenue stream, the possibilities can be interesting to contemplate. The obvious examples are the reality tv shows that towing has spawned, the latest being Hustle & Tow. On YouTube 106 • June 2021 | Towman.com

there are towers working overtime capturing their experiences in real-time video trying to generate cash from views. Then there is the site, FansOnly.com that allows you to sell your video experiences to subscribers. Towers have parlayed their experiences in more traditional ways. Some have become mayors of their towns. Many have parlayed their work with motorists into a logical diversification, body or mechanical repair. Others have parlayed their familiarity among townsfolk to open restaurants or ice cream shops. Some have become towing and recovery trainers. Some have branched out or spring-

boarded into different ventures altogether. The book of experiences inside each of is valuable, indeed so valuable one cannot put a price tag on it. Nor can one measure the level of self-confidence towing and recovery work has instilled in us. Self-confidence is the greatest trait one can have in negotiating one’s life through this world. Towing is a stressful trade. The work that this industry performs is not valued or compensated enough. You may be one of those tow bosses reading this, thinking you can’t escape this industry quick enough. Still there are those who love the work so much that it’s truly coursing through their veins. The world needs towmen. At least until the robots take their place. But until they do maybe the first parlay for every tow boss should be to parlay into a sound rate card. You’ve invested a lot into your business, maybe it’s time for you to make it a lucrative enterprise. Hey, you’re a great book. Sell it at a good price.


In Memoriam Charles (Charlie) Bosco 10/12/1964-3/24/2021

Charlies was the co-owner of Bosco’s Automotive, Enfield, CT. He loved his wreckers and muscle cars.

He leaves his wife of twenty-five years, Lori (Silvia) Bosco, his children, Samantha Lynn Bosco, Angelo Bosco both of Enfield, CT, Chief Petty Officer 2nd Class Abigail Sarah Bosco of San Diego, CA. three brothers and their wives, Joseph and Jacquelyn Bosco, Angelo and Christie Bosco, John and Alison Bosco, a sister and her husband, Rori and Nelson Correia all of Enfield, CT. many nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles and cousins. In 1977, Charlie’s parents, Angelo and Mary Bosco opened Bosco’s Autobody with one small wrecker. This launched Charlie in the towing and recovery business. Along with his three brothers, Bosco’s Automotive has been a wellknown, well respected business in the industry. With his Holmes 750’s, Charlie’s role was primarily heavy duty towing,

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Charlie was my best friend personally and professionally. For over 20 years, we worked together on many truck wrecks. Each time we did a job together, the experience was more enjoyable than strictly work, even in the worst weather conditions. To illustrate how well-liked Charles was by everyone, there was a total of 229 trucks in his funeral procession and 80% of the trucks were wreckers from Connecticut and neighboring states. Charlie, thank you for being my best friend and a true friend to all those whose lives you touched over the years. You were special and will be missed by everyone.

Mike Markesich

Mike’s Auto and Towing Windsor, CT


News Flash

Ashenden, Wilburn Rally Donations for Survivor Fund

Peter Ashenden, Jr, on behalf of the American Towing and Recovery Institute with Wes Wilburn raised $14,500 to be split between the International Towing Museum and the Survivor Fund. While helping Wes instruct a heavy duty class in Washington, NC at Woolard’s Towing, Peter explained that it had been a tough year for the towing museum and he saw it firsthand on a recent trip to Chattanooga. He took the lead on “the $$$ game” (which is a game we will play at a class to raise money for museum and Survivor Fund) there was a $2000.00 pot to be split. Scott Tomlin (J & J Towing) donated half of his winnings, Mike Woolard (Woolards Towing), Andrew H Pittman (Pittman Towing), American Towing & Recovery Institute all donated. On the way home, Wes talked to his good friend Fred Scheler (Henry’s Wrecker Service) and he donated so we ended up at the class donating

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News Flash $5000 to the museum. Since then, we have spoken to many other friends in the industry and in particular Texas Towing & Storage Assoc. to bring in several donators for a total of $3525 from donators Todd Johnston (Apple Towing), Danny Potts (Chubs Towing & Recovery), Andy Chesney (B & B Wrecker), Mike Poole (Neal Poole Reckers), Don Ward (Wards Towing), Albert Delgado (Delgados Wrecker Service), Tye Smith (Hwy 290 Wrecker Service) & Ford Wagner (Texas Auto Carriers). Matthew Porter of 24 Hour Towing & Recovery from Washington State made a personal donation and also from his state association Towing & Recovery Association of WA donated, Andy Malpocker (Purpose Wrecker) and Puryear Towing donated. With all that hard work and support from our friends we want to thank Pete once again for allowing us at ATRI to present a check for $14,000

to the Museum at the Florida Tow Show after the year they have had like many others, it is a blessing to give to them.

Revelations in Tow Classes

Academy Seminars are heating up for the Comeback of American Towman shows as industry educators get ready for the four shows that run August through November in cities across the nation. AT’s Academy has a legacy of helping tow business owners of all ages and levels of experience rise to the top of their game. “No tow boss knows everything,” said Steve Calitri, originator of the Academy. “It’s the nature of a small business owner always scrapping to stay on top of things. He thinks, no one could know the ins and outs of running the business like himself, totally immersed in the operation.

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But it’s for that very reason one needs fresh perspectives and new ideas. Most bosses are in the rut of doing things as they’ve been doing them for years.” The Academy is known for presenting seminars on the specifics of operational areas, from management issues to recovery techniques. For example, Bobby Tuttle of CIRT, is presenting a seminar in San Antonio August 7th on Recovery from Median Cable Barriers Systems. With a session devoted to just that, tow bosses and recovery specialists in the audience will take away details that stick with them when back home. Another example of specificity in the Academy is the session on Preserving Forensic Evidence that show towers how to serve law enforcement with related incidents. In Las Vegas at the American Towman ShowPlace (ATShowPlace.com) in September, Bob


Fouquette will present his famous eighthour course on Recovery Billing. Fouquette brings in a lawyer and accountant, among others, to present a class known for helping towers value recovery work and collect on their invoices. Fouquette also owns and operates Big Wheels Towing in Massachusetts and has a reputation for utilizing his rotators to the max and successfully collecting on the work. Another presentation in the same area is Recovery Success, a three-hour session presented by John Borowski and Ron Meyers, both veteran towers who’ve had a good deal of experience invoicing and collecting on recovery jobs. Both courses address the issue of collecting from insurance companies and how to successfully do so. Towing and Recovery training is a staple at our shows with Rotator training featured in Las Vegas, Cleveland (Towman Games) and Baltimore with WreckMaster instructors. For show dates go to towshow.com. From there go to each show’s website to learn more about each show’s educational venue.

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Ashenden, Wilburn Rally Donations for Survivor Fund Peter Ashenden, Jr, on behalf of the American Towing and Recovery Institute with Wes Wilburn raised $14,500 to be split between the International Towing Museum and the Survivor Fund. While helping Wes instruct a heavy duty class in Washington, NC at Woolard’s Towing, Peter explained that it had been a tough year for the towing museum and he saw it firsthand on a recent trip to Chattanooga. He took the lead on “the $$$ game” (which is a game we will play at a class to raise money for museum and Survivor Fund) there was a $2000.00 pot to be split. Scott Tomlin (J & J Towing) donated half of his winnings, Mike Woolard (Woolards Towing), Andrew H Pittman (Pittman Towing), American Towing & Recovery Institute all donated. On the way home, Wes talked to his good friend Fred Scheler (Henry’s Wrecker Service)

Pictured: Left to Right 1st Row: Mike Woolard, Janet Woolard, April Wilburn, Wes Wilburn, J, Cathy Brumgard, Peter Ashenden, Jr. Left to Right 2nd Row: Brooke Zueger, Andrew Pittman, Bill Gratzianna, Jon Kupchin, Mike Porter

and he donated so we ended up at the class donating $5000 to the museum. Since then, we have spoken to many other friends in the industry and in particular Texas Towing & Storage Assoc. to bring in several

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donators for a total of $3525 from donators Todd Johnston (Apple Towing), Danny Potts (Chubs Towing & Recovery), Andy Chesney (B & B Wrecker), Mike Poole (Neal Poole Reckers), Don Ward (Wards Towing), Albert Delgado (Delgados


News Flash Wrecker Service), Tye Smith (Hwy 290 Wrecker Service) & Ford Wagner (Texas Auto Carriers). Matthew Porter of 24 Hour Towing & Recovery from Washington State made a personal donation and also from his state association Towing & Recovery Association of WA donated, Andy Malpocker (Purpose Wrecker) and Puryear Towing donated. With all that hard work and support from our friends we want to thank Pete once again for allowing us at ATRI to present a check for $14,000 to the Museum at the Florida Tow Show after the year they have had like many others, it is a blessing to give to them.

Revelations in Tow Classes

Academy Seminars are heating up for the Comeback of American Towman shows as industry educators get ready for the four shows that run August through Novem-

ber in cities across the nation. AT’s Academy has a legacy of helping tow business owners of all ages and levels of experience rise to the top of their game. “No tow boss knows everything,” said Steve Calitri, originator of the Academy. “It’s the nature of a small business owner always scrapping to stay on top of things. He thinks, no one could know the ins and outs of running the business like himself, totally immersed in the operation. But it’s for that very reason one needs fresh perspectives and new ideas. Most bosses are in the rut of doing things as they’ve been doing them for years.” The Academy is known for presenting seminars on the specifics of operational areas, from management issues to recovery techniques. For example, Bobby Tuttle of CIRT, is presenting a seminar in San Antonio August 7th on Recovery from Median Cable Barriers Systems.

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Bob Fouquette

With a session devoted to just that, tow bosses and recovery specialists in the audience will take away details that stick with them when back home. Another example of specificity in the Academy is the session on Preserving Forensic Evidence that show towers how to serve law enforcement with related incidents. In Las Vegas at the American Towman ShowPlace (ATShowPlace.com) in September, Bob


Fouquette will present his famous eighthour course on Recovery Billing. Fouquette brings in a lawyer and accountant, among others, to present a class known for helping towers value recovery work and collect on their invoices. Fouquette also owns and operates Big Wheels Towing in Massachusetts and has a reputation for utilizing his rotators to the max and successfully collecting on the work. Another presentation in the same area is Recovery Success, a three-hour session presented by John Borowski and Ron Meyers, both veteran towers who’ve had a good deal of experience invoicing and collecting on recovery jobs. Both courses address the issue of collecting from insurance companies and how to successfully do so. Towing and Recovery training is a staple at our shows with Rotator training featured in Las Vegas, Cleveland (Towman Games) and Baltimore with WreckMaster instructors. For show dates go to towshow.com. From there go to each show’s website to learn more about each show’s educational venue.

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News Flash

Revelations in Tow Classes

Academy Seminars are heating up for the Comeback of American Towman shows as industry educators get ready for the four shows that run August through November in cities across the nation. AT’s Academy has a legacy of helping tow business owners of all ages and levels of experience rise to the top of their game. “No tow boss knows everything,” said Steve Calitri, originator of the Academy. “It’s the nature of a small business owner always scrapping to stay on top of things. He thinks, no one could know the ins and outs of running the business like himself, totally immersed in the operation. But it’s for that very reason one needs fresh perspectives and new ideas. Most bosses are in the rut of doing things as they’ve been doing them for years.” The Academy is known for presenting seminars on the specifics of operational areas, from management issues to recovery techniques. For example, Bobby Tuttle of CIRT, is presenting a seminar in

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Bob Fouquette

San Antonio August 7th on Recovery from Median Cable Barriers Systems. With a session devoted to just that, tow bosses and recovery specialists in the audience will take away details that stick with them when back home. Another example of specificity in the Academy is the session on Preserving Forensic Evidence that show towers how to serve law enforcement with related incidents. In Las Vegas at the American Towman ShowPlace (ATShowPlace.com) in September, Bob Fouquette will present his famous eight-hour course on

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Recovery Billing. Fouquette brings in a lawyer and accountant, among others, to present a class known for helping towers value recovery work and collect on their invoices. Fouquette also owns and operates Big Wheels Towing in Massachusetts and has a reputation for utilizing his rotators to the max and successfully collecting on the work. Another presentation in the same area is Recovery Success, a three-hour session presented by John Borowski and Ron Meyers, both veteran towers who’ve had a good deal of experience invoicing and collecting on recovery jobs. Both courses address the issue of collecting from insurance companies and how to successfully do so. Towing and Recovery training is a staple at our shows with Rotator training featured in Las Vegas, Cleveland (Towman Games) and Baltimore with WreckMaster instructors. For show dates go to towshow.com. From there go to each show’s website to learn more about each show’s educational venue.

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Trail King Sliding Axle Now the FASTEST in the Industry! Find your local dealer.

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Bob Fouquette

Revelations in Tow Classes

Academy Seminars are heating up for the Comeback of American Towman shows as industry educators get ready for the four shows that run August through November in cities across the nation. AT’s Academy has a legacy of helping tow business owners of all ages and levels of experience rise to the top of their game. “No tow boss knows everything,” said Steve Calitri, originator of the

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News Flash Academy. “It’s the nature of a small business owner always scrapping to stay on top of things. He thinks, no one could know the ins and outs of running the business like himself, totally immersed in the operation. But it’s for that very reason one needs fresh perspectives and new ideas. Most bosses are in the rut of doing things as they’ve been doing them for years.” The Academy is known for presenting seminars on the specifics of operational areas, from management issues to recovery techniques. For example, Bobby Tuttle of CIRT, is presenting a seminar in San Antonio August 7th on Recovery from Median Cable Barriers Systems. With a session devoted to just that, tow bosses and recovery specialists in the audience will take away details that stick with them when back home. Another example of specificity in the Academy is the session on Preserving Forensic Evidence that show towers how to serve law enforcement with related incidents. In Las Vegas at the American Towman ShowPlace (ATShowPlace.com) in September, Bob Fouquette will present his famous eight-hour course on Recovery Billing. Fouquette brings in a lawyer and accountant, among others, to present a class known for helping towers value recovery work and collect on their invoices. Fouquette also owns and operates Big Wheels Towing in Massachusetts and has a reputation for utilizing his rotators to the max and successfully collecting on the work. Another presentation in the same area is Recovery Success, a three-hour session presented by John Borowski and Ron Meyers, both veteran towers who’ve had a good deal of experience invoicing and collecting on recovery jobs. Both courses address the issue of collecting from insurance companies and how to successfully do so. Towing and Recovery training is a staple at our shows with Rotator training featured in Las Vegas, Cleveland (Towman Games) and Baltimore with WreckMaster instructors. For show dates go to towshow.com. From there go to each show’s website to learn more about each show’s educational West 112 • June 2021 | Towman.com


News Flash

Ashenden, Wilburn Rally Donations for Survivor Fund

venue. Peter Ashenden, Jr, on behalf of the American Towing and Recovery Institute with Wes Wilburn raised $14,500 to be split between the International Towing Museum and the Survivor Fund. While helping Wes instruct a heavy duty class in Washington, NC at Woolard’s Towing, Peter explained that it had been a tough year for the towing museum and he saw it firsthand on a recent trip to Chattanooga. He took the lead on “the $$$ game” (which is a game we will play at a class

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to raise money for museum and Survivor Fund) there was a $2000.00 pot to be split. Scott Tomlin (J & J Towing) donated half of his winnings, Mike Woolard (Woolards Towing), Andrew H Pittman (Pittman Towing), American Towing & Recovery Institute all donated. On the way home, Wes talked to his good friend Fred Scheler (Henry’s Wrecker Service) and he donated so we ended up at the class donating

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$5000 to the museum. Since then, we have spoken to many other friends in the industry and in particular Texas Towing & Storage Assoc. to bring in several donators for a total of $3525 from donators Todd Johnston (Apple Towing), Danny Potts (Chubs Towing & Recovery), Andy Chesney (B & B Wrecker), Mike Poole (Neal Poole Reckers), Don Ward (Wards Towing), Albert Delgado (Delgados Wrecker Service), Tye Smith (Hwy 290 Wrecker Service) & Ford Wagner (Texas Auto Carriers). Matthew Porter of 24 Hour Towing & Recovery from Washington State made a personal donation and also from his state association Towing & Recovery Association of WA donated, Andy Malpocker (Purpose Wrecker) and Puryear Towing donated. With all that hard work and support from our friends we want to thank Pete once again for allowing us at ATRI to present a check for $14,000 to the Museum at the Florida Tow Show after the year they have had like many others, it is a blessing to give to them.

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Miller Spec, Twin Steer Tri-Axle, X-15, 605HP, 18Spd, Century 1075, 75-Ton Rotator, Raptor Controls, 5Winch, Dual H-Beam, HHU Coach Wheel Lift, 50Drag. Center Section Painted Red Loaded with many options.

Trail King Sliding Axle Now the FASTEST in the Industry! Find your local dealer.

800-843-3324 SEE AD Page W 93

2020 Mack Granite GR64F 505 HP Mack, M-Drive ATM 13 Speed, Jerr-Dan 35 Ton w/ 2 Stage Boom, 30,000 lb Coach Underlift Stock #M016211

2021 Landoll Trailers We have New 2021 Landoll Trailers both in the 440 Models and 455 Models. Please call for more information.

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800-425-4455

888-432-0097

740-215-9012

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2022 Kenworths In Stock with 22ft Carriers AB/AR/AW 22.5LP Tires, 300HP. Many Colors to Choose From. Great Low Pricing.

SEE AD Page M 91

33K GVW, ISL Engine, 350HP, Allison Auto Trans, Air Brake, Air Ride, Polished Aluminum Wheels Chevron 30’ Aluminum Car Carrier, and Tool boxes.

800-425-4455

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800-425-4455 SEE AD Page 77

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