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In this issue, DJ Harrington in this installment of “Fuel for Thought,” gives us some great knowledge to make the best from the trade show season. Dan Messina, in this issue talks about coping with stress as an owner in the industry. Michelle Sukow brings another fantastic look inside our industry as a woman of towing.

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How One Woman Found Her Dream Job in Asset Recovery

When Brittany Packard pulls up in her Ford F-450 fitted with a Jerr-Dan MPL-NGS integrated wrecker and jumps down from the cab, she knows that she is not what bystanders expected to see. In her own words, she is a “little bitty 5-foot 4-inch single mom of two that weighs maybe 125 pounds soaking wet.” But when it comes to recoveries, none of those things matter. She’s more than capable of doing the job.

Packard works for National Asset

Recovery of Denver, North Carolina. Her story, by itself, is fascinating and inspirational. But more importantly for the industry, her story opens a window into the next generation of towing and recovery operators. It is safe to say that if one is not part of that new generation, one needs to understand that generation better—and this is especially true of owners and managers.

Brittany’s Story

Packard has worked in the asset recovery business for about four years

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now, but her desire to be in the cab goes back a lot further.

“My childhood dream was to be a repossession agent,” she said. “At least as far back as I can remember, I’ve been around people in this line of work. First it was my brother and his friends, and then later on, some of my own friends were in the recovery and towing business. I rode along with them. I got to see the job up close, and I knew that I wanted to do it myself.”

She finally got the chance to work for a recovery company, starting her career in a spotter car, also known as a camera car. Cameras in the car linked to a License Plate Recognition (LPR) system scan every plate they pass, searching for plates of vehicles that are scheduled for recovery. If such a plate is recognized by the LPR, it sends a notification to the recovery company, and the company then dispatches a truck to make the retrieval.

Packard knew that her job in the camera car was an important step in her training, but she wanted to repossess

vehicles, not just locate them. As she says, “I wanted to pick them up put them down.”

However, she was told that a career behind the wheel of an actual recovery truck was out of the question. The job was just too physically demanding and too dangerous for a woman.

After a break for COVID, Packard applied for the position of recovery agent at every repossession company she could think of, but no one seemed to be interested. Finally, she went to work for National Asset Recovery in March of 2021. Again, she started in a camera car. She still wanted to drive the repossession truck, but she

admits that all the earlier rejection had discouraged her.

She recalls her feelings at the time. “I just kind of shut down my desire to do the job I’d always wanted to do. I felt like, hey, nobody’s gonna give me that opportunity because I’m a female. As bad as it sounds, I would just have to get used to it. I just gave up that hope. I’m a single mom with two kids, I have to take whatever job is available.”

But when she began to make friends at NAR, and they heard about her dream to drive the truck, they asked if she’d ever broached the subject with management. She told them she didn’t want to get her hopes up and then be

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rejected. Again. But her new friends informed her that NAR had had a female in a truck a few years previously, and she had turned out to be a top performer.

“I told them—shut up! For real?”

Yes, for real.

“So, I went to the manager and told him that driving a snatch truck was my dream job. He wasn’t sure at first that I was serious, but on the other hand, he didn’t take that much convincing. For him, the question wasn’t whether I was male or female, it was, can I do the job?”

Marcus Potter, the owner of NAR, remembers it this way: “Frankly, I’m of the opinion that if you can do the job, you can do the job. If you can’t, you can’t. There are some physical challenges around the job of driving a tow truck, picking up dollies, crawling under vehicles and so on. So, we ran her through a battery of tests, and she was physically able to do those jobs. There were some skills she needed to improve, like any person new to a position, but I couldn’t see one reason why we shouldn’t give her a chance to prove herself. I think I can say that philosophy has worked for me. Right now, we have a fleet of 16 repossession trucks and four rollbacks, and three of the trucks used for recoveries have female drivers.”

Packard herself remembers a few very interesting practical details of that process.

“He told me, okay let’s see what you can do. Let’s go out here and get the dollies off the truck. He showed me how to get them off the truck, which for the most part I already knew how to do, just not at a professional level. And so, I took them off the truck and I struggled a

little bit because like I say, I’m not what you’d call a big person.”

After she proved to her boss that she could physically do the job, he gave her some advice. “Go home,” he said, “but on your way home I want you to go to Walmart and pick up some 25-pound dumbbells. I want you to do curls every night until we start training.”

Packard wanted to increase her strength, as she knew it would be an asset in her new role, so she did as Potter suggested. She started her new strength-training regimen that same night. “That was in March,” she remembers, “and I think I was on the camera car for two months. After that I trained for a month and then by the end of June, I was in a truck on my own.”

Packard was not only in a truck doing the job she loved, but she also found herself in a truck that significantly enhanced her job satisfaction. “That Jerr-Dan MPL-NGS, that’s my baby. She came to me brand new,” Packard said. “I will not drive anything else. The job is hard enough and the equipment can make it easier or harder. My truck is easy for an operator of any size to use. That obviously means a lot to me. The smooth operation and great design of the Jerr-Dan bed is something else I really like. And the remote is very easy to use and handle, it’s not clumsy like

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some I’ve had to use.”

Potter buys his trucks from Atlanta Wrecker Sales of Chesnee, South Carolina. Packard sings the praises of the distributor for their response time when she needs parts or components. She also likes to accessorize her wrecker with pink whenever she can. Atlanta Wrecker Sales has responded with pink straps and other accessories whenever possible. “They are just a pleasure to work with,” Packard says.

Packard couldn’t be happier with her dream job. She works in an industry that provides the flexibility she craved as a single mom. She is provided with stateof-the-art equipment that she uses each day. In her private life, she had always driven cars and SUVs for personal transportation, even though she’d always wanted a pick-up truck of her own. Her new job made it possible for her to buy her first truck, a 2015 Nissan Titan. To top it all off, she was able to buy a new house for her family of three in December of 2022.

She is frank in her assessment of her employer. “Literally, if it wasn’t for Marcus none of this would have been possible at all. He wasn’t scared to give me the opportunity to succeed.”

Potter has his own thoughts about Packard’s progress and success.

“Brittany was a sponge, just trying to absorb everything. And she was smart enough to see the potential of the industry from a monetary standpoint. She really wanted to learn and had a

great work ethic—still does. She had the ability to do the job and she is just such a go-getter. Once she got her feet wet, got some training under her belt and started doing the job, she became a top producer.”

“I admit that I am ecstatic about her

success and that I was able to give her an opportunity but make no mistake about it. She is the one who did the work. So, she’s the one who gets all the credit.”

No Two Days the Same

Like many of her peers, Packard loves the variety and challenges of every workday. No two days are the same. And there are some people, like Packard, who struggle when faced with monotony.

“I might be at an apartment complex looking for a 2014 Chevy Malibu, and while I’m there my camera may get a hit on a 2017 F-150 that’s also on the list,” she said, describing a typical day. “And then I look at my map and see that my next pick-up is a jet ski a few miles away, and then a little bitty 50 cc dirt bike way out in the boonies. And when I get out to repo the little dirt bike, the woman in the house has to wheel it out of the kitchen.”

Packard is based out of a garage pretty much on the NC/SC state line and

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does recoveries in both Carolinas. She has city and rural territory to cover, and some of the rural areas are very remote.

“We have some places in remote areas where people meet you in their driveway with a shotgun regardless of your reason for being there. There are definitely areas that I won’t visit after dark, for safety reasons—no repo is worth your life. But sure, I’ve had a gun pulled on me. I’ve had a debtor put their hands on me.”

One important tool that helps Packard feel safer is the network of cameras she has in and on her truck, some pointed in the cab, others pointing out at various angles. And she is looking forward to the addition of body cameras soon. It is true that people act differently when they know that their actions and words are being recorded and are available for law enforcement review at any time.

But she will be the first to say that de-escalation is always her best tool for dealing with the high emotions that her very presence can cause. She is grateful to her trainer for his patience and advice in this area.

“He’s not working with us now, but he was my mentor in the field when I was in training,” Packard says. “I’m sure he’s why I’m still alive. He taught me that it’s all in how you de-escalate the situation. You have got to be able to use your words effectively and not lose your own cool. But there’s more to it than just staying calm yourself. You need to try to say the right thing for a

me for my patience with them, and for helping to calm them down.”

certain situation. Sometimes you’ll say, ‘it’s okay, calm down,’ and that’s going to be the worst thing you can say to that person. They may be the type that shoots right back with ‘don’t tell me to calm down!’’

“I try to just talk with them in a mild, soothing voice. You know, ‘let’s discuss this. Let’s talk about it.’ I might say ‘the vehicle’s not going to be gone forever. There are options to get the vehicle back once you make a plan with the lienholder. Let’s talk about it. I’m not gonna rush off, you know? Go ahead and get some clothes on, it’s cold out here. We’ll talk about it.’ And once they see that you’re not some horrible, evil person and that you’re just there to do your job, most of the time, people cool down.”

“There is that 10% of humanity who will never be reasonable, of course. I had an elderly gentleman start yelling at me that he was a retired police officer who knew his rights and said that what I was doing was completely illegal. I just told him, ‘No, sir, everything that I’m doing is legal.’ In those situations, I have to apply a lesson that I’ve learned from my own life experience. And that is that you must have some steel and firmness underneath whatever you say, so they know they can’t just bulldoze over you.”

“But most of the time, even the feisty ones will cool down at the end, and a lot of times I have people apologize for getting so mad. They will even thank

Packard also credits the extra training she and her co-workers have received, thanks to NAR and Potter’s focus on training and professionalism, from RecoveryMasters in Memphis, Tennessee. The training includes analysis of standard practices and safety, as well as legal guidelines particular to their own states.

What’s Next?

Albert Schweitzer, who won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1952, once said “Success is not the key to happiness. Happiness is the key to success. If you love what you are doing, you will be successful.” For her part, Packard certainly achieved happiness first—once she was given the opportunity to work in her chosen field. Hard work in that field led to the professional success she enjoys now.

Given that Packard is only 33 years old, she has a wide-open window to continue working hard, surprising bystanders every time she jumps down out of her pink trimmed Jerr-Dan wrecker. If the recent past is any guide, she will continue to reap the rewards of success and happiness.

Matthew C. Fueston is a writer and editor in the B2B space and has been writing for almost 15 years about “big iron” equipment and the men and women who rely on it. From towing and recovery, to construction, mining, and oil and water drill rigs, he puts the story of the real people in the field first and foremost. He may be reached at

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Hiring the Right Employees for the Job!

Job opportunities seem to be available at every turn, at least that’s what we see in Ohio. Being able to employ the right people, who will stay with the company can be challenging. Custer Products has been blessed to be able to accomplish both. We have a committed crew of adults who perform manufacturing tasks that help us meet our customers’ needs. We value all our employees and what they contribute to Custer Products. Each one has a gift or talent that they are willing to share, and they all work together as a team.

Since the early days of the business, owner Brad Custer, has offered employment to adults with disabilities. While working with all the state and county requirements, Custer invited several agencies to be a part of the work environment at his warehouse. These partnerships have continued for 30 plus years. These wonderful folks are such an important part of our “family”.

Throughout the years, the job responsibilities have varied with different products and our “Custer Crew” embraces every one of these changes and challenges. They learn about the new part and what it takes to make that item complete and ready to ship. They always make sure the work they produce is quality work, which is something to be proud of every day.

We have a saying at Custer Products, “If you aren’t proud of it, don’t ship it”. There are 3 banners located throughout the warehouse that reinforce this policy. One employee, told me, “I read that banner all the time and follow it.”

Sometimes, the crew manufactures part of our LED tow lights, and sometimes they are packaging other lighting products. Did you know that the HF18-PHD lights have been ranked in the top 5 products sold by Custer Products for over 15 years?

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(Left to Right) Jessica and Eddy

led-magnetic-safety-flasher/. These safety flashers are exclusively a “Lite It” product and are received at the warehouse with no magnets. Our Crew attaches the strong magnets and then packages the light into a clam shell. Then, they label and box up the lights into cases which are ready for shipping. These heavy-duty packaged lights are sold by the pallets at Custer and the Crew produces each and every one of them. They are, by far, better than anything on the market that is similar because of the extra effort it takes to make them.

No matter what day of the week it is, or the time of year it is, you can depend on this group to be here! They travel together every day back and forth to work. They have a job coach, from Weaver Industries, who instructs them and helps determine their work load for the day or week. She oversees the product packaging, manufacturing, and the assembling of kits. She is an important part of the team. She ultimately keeps our crew safe and working. We wouldn’t be able to do it without her. Thanks Jessica! By the way, Jessica has 21 grandchildren.

The member of the Custer Crew who has worked for Custer Products the longest is Ed G. He joined us in 2005. We call him Eddy around here since there are 2 men named Ed. He assembles tow lights and is a key part of that product line. His job performance is outstanding! We appreciate him and all he does! One of Eddy’s favorite hobbies outside of work is fishing. He has caught some pretty big catfish over the years, and we love to hear his fishing stories.

Another gentleman named Ed S., has been a part of our team since we moved to our location in Massillon, OH. He does so many extra duties around the warehouse, like emptying the trash, moving heavy boxes, and he makes sure there is fresh coffee made for everyone. He will do anything you ask and learns very quickly. He loves wearing Star Wars shirts and collecting anything Star Wars. We are glad Ed joined our company. Thanks for all the extra things you do!

One of the sweetest ladies you will ever meet is Robin. She works very hard for Custer as a part of the Custer

Crew. She makes kits, packages, and also manages everyone’s birthdays. She makes sure each employee has a handsigned personal birthday card. She may have been here the shortest amount of time, but she fits in as if she has been here for decades. We appreciate all her hard work and for taking on extra duties.

Robin likes to read vampire books. She has many nieces and nephews and enjoys spending time with the kids. There have been dozens of “Custer Crew” members in 30 years of business. All of them have brought something special to Custer Products. Many have moved on to other job opportunities but | Volume 13 • Issue 4 | TOW PROFESSIONAL 17
(Left to Right) Robin, Eddy and Ed
Custer Products donates to many charities and is involved in several community events like the “Massillon Fun Fest”, where we provide safety information and safety products for the community.

leave us with great memories of their time here.

Custer Products donates to many charities and is involved in several community events like the “Massillon Fun Fest”, where we provide safety information and safety products for the community. We also collect items for “A Community Christmas in Stark County”, which could include monetary

donations, personal items and hygiene, or Toys for Tots. Brad Custer is also a member of the Massillon Lions Club and is helping to provide eye exams for children plus many other projects that help the community. It is this selfless attitude of giving to others that makes Custer Products a unique and great place to work. It is the ability to reach out to others, to offer employment to

adults with disabilities, and to provide a safe environment with a “part of the family” attitude that sets Brad Custer and his employees apart from others.

Maybe your company can find a group of employees, like we have, that can become an integral part of your success. It is most rewarding to open your heart to others, and watch your company grow.

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This will be a new event for us this year on Thursday evening of the show. (September 12, 2024)

Join us at 5:30 pm at an event to celebrate the lives of Towers who have passed on before us. (Anyone that has passed of natural causes or in the line of



Is your company / organization in need of consistent, standardized training, contact our team at to inquire about our Train-the-Trainer program lead by Shane Coleman, National Director of Training

Safety through Training & Advocacy

The Emergency Road Service Coalition of America (ERSCA) was formed in 2012, originally titled the United Coalition for Motor Club Safety (“The Coalition”), created by a group of tow company owners.

Schedule of Programs

August 8-11

Train-the-Trainer for the Essentials of Standard Duty courses

Hosted by Interstate Delaware & South Towing – Indianapolis, IN Email – for more information

August 9-10

Essentials of Standard Duty Towing & Recovery class

Hosted by Interstate Delaware & South Towing – Indianapolis, IN Register –

September 12-16

Train-the-Trainer for the Essentials of Heavy Duty courses

Hosted by Interstate Towing – Chicopee, MA Email – for more information

September 13-15

Essentials of Heavy Duty Towing & Recovery class

Hosted by Interstate Towing – Chicopee, MA Register –

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duty.) We will have a parade, food, and games to celebrate their lives and the time they invested in our great Industry. We encourage you to participate in this parade with tow trucks leading the way and personal vehicles to follow. Please make up poster boards or banners with the names of those that you want to remember, and we will parade those names from Robert’s Centre, through the town of

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Wilmington and back.

I will reach out to the Police, Fire and EMS as well as news media to gain support. Once we get back to the Robert’s Centre, we will have pork, sides, drinks, and games, such as cornhole, etc.... Let’s celebrate these lives with honor!!

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NATIONAL SAFETY MONTH: Raising Measures and Laws Awareness

For towers and roadside assistance professionals, safety isn’t just something they think about for one month out of the year. It’s a state of mind that they should have all year long. At the end of the day, every day, they just want to make it home to see their families. And many of their decisions revolve around safety.

Despite their essential services, tow operators face significant risks while working on busy roadsides. To mitigate these dangers, a combination of safety measures and enforced laws has been established, of which many may not be aware. These provisions aim to protect towing and roadside assistance professionals, increasing the probability they can perform their duties without undue risk, 24/7/365.

Safety Measures

1. High-Visibility Apparel: One of the fundamental safety measures is the requirement for towers and roadside assistance professionals to wear highvisibility clothing. These garments, typically bright orange or yellow with reflective strips, make workers easily noticeable to oncoming traffic, even in low-light conditions. This simple yet effective measure significantly reduces the risk of accidents.

2. Proper Training: Comprehensive training programs are crucial. These programs educate workers on safe practices, such as the correct placement of safety cones, flares, and warning triangles. Training also covers the use of personal protective equipment (PPE) and proper procedures for working in various weather conditions and at different times of day.

3. Vehicle Lighting and Signage: Assistance vehicles are often equipped with bright, flashing lights to alert drivers to their presence. Additionally, these vehicles usually have clear signage indicating a roadside service is in progress. These visual alerts are crucial in prompting drivers to slow down and proceed with caution.

“In terms of safety, it depends on states’ regulations. Some states allow red and blue lights for towers; for others, only amber,” said Devon Banks, Director of Emergency Roadside Services and Private Fleets for HAAS Alert. “But overall, there is definitely always a focus on the safety of the people working on the roadways, all the way from DOT down to private

fleets like tow operators.”

4. Communication Tools: Modern technology has introduced advanced communication tools that significantly enhance safety. GPS devices, two-way radios, and mobile apps allow for constant communication between the roadside professional and their dispatch center. This connectivity ensures that help can be quickly dispatched in case of an emergency.

Enforced Laws

1. Move Over Laws: Many jurisdictions have enacted “Move Over” laws. These laws require drivers to change lanes or slow down when approaching a stationary emergency vehicle, including tow trucks and roadside assistance vehicles. The rationale behind these laws is to create a safer space for workers operating on the roadside. Violations of Move Over laws can result in hefty fines and points on the driver’s license.

“The Slow Down and Move Over Law is enforced in all 50 states with different variations on the rules. For example, how much you need to slow

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down and when exactly you need to move over creates confusion among drivers,” said Banks. “Specifically for the towing industry, people don’t see the work that they do on the side of the road. They don’t really realize how they’re keeping the economy moving, so it’s a really good time just to be appreciative of the work they do and remind your friends and family who are in the motoring public to slow down, move over, and pay attention.”

2. Speed Limits In Work Zones: Sometimes tow operators have to report to work zones in the incidence of a cleanup job. In areas where roadside assistance is being provided, temporary speed limits are often enforced. These reduced speed limits are clearly posted and aim to protect both the workers and drivers by minimizing the risk of high-speed collisions.

“In terms of calling attention to National Safety Awareness Month, we’d like to take this as an opportunity to help promote safety within the general motoring public, because they often have a lot on their mind and they’re driving around distracted without even realizing it, and can sometimes just forget the basics,” Banks explained.

3. Work Zone Safety Regulations: Specific regulations govern the

setup of work zones where roadside assistance is provided. These regulations dictate the placement of cones, signs, and barriers to ensure the area is safe for both the workers and passing motorists. Compliance with these regulations is mandatory and is enforced by local and state authorities.

4. Liability Laws: To further protect towers and roadside assistance professionals, liability laws have been put in place. These laws hold drivers accountable for any harm caused to workers due to negligence or failure to adhere to safety protocols. This legal framework ensures that there are consequences for reckless behavior, thereby encouraging safer driving practices around towing and roadside assistance operations.

In Closing

For owners and operators in the towing industry, it’s of utmost importance to stay diligent and encourage their staff to adopt and learn about new safety measures, products, and technologies. This way, tow companies ensure they equip all their vehicles with the latest and greatest safety gadgets.

“In terms of safety in the towing industry, it’s always going to be changing and evolving and growing,”

said Banks. “What worked 10 and 20 years ago isn’t going to work today, and what works today might not work 10 or 20 years from now. So, we need to also evolve as an industry to cater to the motoring public who’s using the roads.”

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Our reliable support team also responds quickly and is always here to help you get set up and partner with you to answer any questions about how it all works going forward. You never have to go it alone.

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Hino Trucks Announces Exclusive Distribution Agreement for Tern Trucks

Recently at the Advanced Clean Transportation (ACT) Expo, Hino Trucks proudly announced they are the exclusive distributor for Tern, a dedicated zero-emission truck brand along with their inaugural truck model, the RC8, a groundbreaking battery electric Class 8 tractor tailored for the U.S. market.

The Tern RC8 is built on Hino’s proven XL Series 4x2 chassis and integrates Hexagon Purus’ cutting-edge zero-emission technology. The RC8 boasts innovative features including proprietary battery systems, auxiliary modules, and power modules. The vehicle leverages a U.S.-assembled Hino chassis, Dana’s Zero-8 e-Axle for optimum efficiency, and battery cells supplied and manufactured by Panasonic Energy initially in Japan, before transitioning to De Soto, Kansas from 2026 onwards, ensuring reliability, American sourcing and top-tier performance.

Tern trucks will be exclusively available through select qualifying dealers comprising the Tern dealer network, leveraging Hino Trucks’ infrastructure ensuring total support. Serial production for the Tern RC8 is scheduled for late 2024.

This launch aligns with California’s Advanced Clean Fleets regulation, offering fleets a compelling option to decarbonize their fleet, particularly in target applications like metro-regional routes, food & beverage logistics and similar routes where the tight turning radius and popular 4x2 chassis provide practical benefits.

Glenn Ellis, President and CEO of Hino Trucks, expressed enthusiasm about the partnership: “Our

collaboration with Hexagon Purus introduces a highly reliable Class 8, 4x2 tractor option into the electric truck market, catering to a wide range of applications. We are excited to be the exclusive distributor for Tern with an initial distribution focus in California, where fleet electrification is imperative.”

Rodney Shaffer, Vice President of National Accounts and Zero Emission Vehicles of Hino Trucks added: “We are eager to work with Tern dealers to build a strong sales distribution and service support network for customers of this exciting and innovative new product.”

Key features of the Tern RC8 include:

• A 100% battery-electric platform with an industry-leading short wheelbase of 165 inches

• A gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR) of 68,000 lbs.

• Dual Hexagon Purus Gen3 269 kWh battery packs in a 750-volt, 538kWh configuration, providing substantial power and range for most duty cycles

• Recharge rate of 241 kW, allowing 80 percent charge in a little under 2 hours

• Peak/continuous horsepower of 680hp/494hp

Morten Holum, CEO of Hexagon Purus highlighted the practicality and performance of the Tern RC8: “Tern RC8 delivers the comfort, reliability and safety that drivers and fleets want, and it’s purpose-built to be a practical truck for operators integrating zeroemission trucks into their fleets.” The introduction of the Tern brand signifies a transformative step for both companies and the commercial trucking industry, driving towards a zero-emission future without compromising on power or performance.

About Hino Trucks

Hino Trucks, a Toyota Group Company, manufactures, distributes, and services a lineup of Class 4-8 commercial trucks in the United States. Hino Trucks has a product lineup that offers fully connected vehicles with a low total cost of ownership, unmatched reliability, maneuverability, and the most comprehensive bundle of standard features in the market. Hino continues to lead the industry toward a more sustainable future with its evolving electric vehicle lineup. Headquartered in


Novi, Michigan, Hino has a nationwide network of dealers committed to achieving excellence in the ultimate ownership experience. Learn more about Hino Trucks at http://www. or follow us on Facebook, Linkedin, X, and YouTube.

About Tern

Tern is a new zero-emission Class 8 truck nameplate born in collaboration between Hexagon Purus, a world leading manufacturer of zero-emission mobility and infrastructure solutions,

and Hino Trucks, a Toyota Group Company. Tern is specifically focused on electrifying practical commercial vehicle applications that yield the most significant benefits to drivers while minimizing or eliminating operational adaptations required by our fleet customers. Learn more at www. and follow @terntrucks on LinkedIn, Instagram and Facebook.

About Hexagon Purus ASA Hexagon Purus enables zero emission mobility for a cleaner energy future.

The company is a world leading provider of hydrogen Type 4 highpressure cylinders and systems, battery systems and vehicle integration solutions for fuel cell electric and battery electric vehicles. Hexagon Purus’ products are used in a variety of applications including light, medium and heavy-duty vehicles, buses, ground storage, distribution, refueling, maritime, rail and aerospace. Learn more at and follow @HexagonPurus on LinkedIn and X. | Volume 13 • Issue 4 | TOW PROFESSIONAL 27

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Tow Community Pays Tribute To Keagan Spencer

Family and friends of 25-year-old Keagan Spencer honored his life, filling a parking lot with tow trucks in Hastings, Michigan.

Spencer was killed after he was hit by a car while trying to help a dog running loose on the highway. His vehicle was parked in the median.

Matthew Spencer said his son Keagan was at work and driving his tow truck when he pulled over.

“All he was doing was going to work today, and he’s not going home to his family,” Spencer said.

Family and loved ones said Spencer was a great friend, someone they could always count on.

“It didn’t matter what you needed,” said Blake Garver, a close friend. “What the circumstances were, what the situation was, if you called him. He

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would drop anything to help anybody.”

Spencer’s father, who owns Legacy Automotive and Towing, said becoming a tow truck driver was always in his son’s future.

“Keagan was a third-generation tower,” Spencer said. “My dad was a tower, myself, and Keagan were in a tow truck from the moment he was born… he just got this in his blood.”

That afternoon, Spencer brought along his one-and-a-half-year-old daughter, Nora, along for a ride.

“Keagan packed her bag, got her bottles around, had her all set up through that car seat in the tow truck and they headed out,” his mother said.

Matt added, “He would always honk his horns. He was big into air horns, you know? I shot him a text. I go, ‘Was that you that just honked?’” | Volume 13 • Issue 4 | TOW PROFESSIONAL 29


Balancing Multiple Hats and Raising a Family

In the towing industry, women often find themselves wearing multiple hats, juggling the demands of their profession with the responsibilities of raising a family. This balancing act becomes even more challenging during the summer months when school is out, and children are home full-time. Yet, these women rise to the occasion, redefining priorities and meeting the expectations of employees, customers, and peers.

The Many Hats Women Wear in Towing

Women in the towing industry often play multifaceted roles. They might own/manage the business operations, handle customer service, coordinate logistics, and oversee financials, all while providing leadership and support to their teams. This is in addition to their roles as mothers, wives, and community members. The ability to switch between these roles seamlessly is a testament to their resilience and adaptability.

Summer Challenges:

No School, No Problem

During the summer months, the absence of school routines can disrupt the delicate balance women maintain throughout the year. With children at home, the demands on their time and attention increase significantly. Finding ways to keep children engaged and cared for while managing a towing business requires creativity and meticulous planning.

Many women rely on a network of support, including family members, friends, and professional childcare services. It takes a village! They might also involve their children in the business, teaching them the ropes and

instilling a sense of responsibility and work ethic. This not only helps manage the workload but also provides valuable life lessons for the next generation. Involving children in the towing business can provide numerous benefits for both the family and the business. It offers children lessons in responsibility, work ethic, and problem-solving, fostering a sense of pride and ownership in the family enterprise. For business, it means cultivating a future generation of knowledgeable and skilled individuals who understand the industry from a young age. This involvement also strengthens family bonds, as children feel included in their parents’ professional lives, creating a shared sense of purpose and teamwork.

Shifting Priorities and Meeting Expectations

Balancing multiple roles necessitates a constant re-evaluation of priorities. During the summer, the focus might shift more towards family activities, flexible work schedules, and finding innovative solutions to keep the business running smoothly. This could mean delegating tasks more frequently, adopting new technologies for better efficiency, or even adjusting business hours to accommodate family needs. Despite these adjustments, meeting the expectations of employees, customers, and peers remains a top priority. Clear communication and transparency become crucial. By setting realistic expectations and maintaining open lines of communication, women

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can manage both their professional and personal responsibilities effectively.

Strategies for Success

1. Time Management: Efficient time management is key. Prioritizing tasks, setting clear goals, and maintaining a structured schedule can help in balancing the demands of the business and family.

2. Support Systems: Building a strong support system, both at work and at home, is essential. This includes relying on trusted employees, seeking help from family and friends, and leveraging community resources.

3. Self-Care: Taking time for selfcare is crucial to avoid burnout. This might include regular exercise, hobbies, or simply taking a break to recharge.

4. Flexibility: Being adaptable and flexible in approach help in navigating the unpredictability that comes with both the towing business and parenting.

5. Delegation: Trusting employees and delegating responsibilities can alleviate the pressure and allow for better focus on critical areas.

Women in the towing industry exemplify strength and versatility. Their ability to balance multiple roles, especially during the challenging summer months, is inspiring. By shifting priorities and employing strategic planning, they continue to meet and exceed the expectations of their employees, customers, and peers. These women are not just towing industry professionals; they are role models for resilience, dedication, and the art of balancing life’s many hats. | Volume 13 • Issue 4 | TOW PROFESSIONAL 31


was thinking the other day, I’m currently in a business that I started just after I sold my tow company. I’m 76 years old and I wondered what kind of shape would I be in health wise if I sold all my businesses and retired. My wife and I have owned our own businesses for over 30 years. We had our ups and downs, but there were rewards that came with it. As a business owner here are a few things that can create stress for you:

1. Financial Pressures – Managing your cash flow so you can cover all your expenses and show a profit,

2. Time Management – As the owner you wear many hats, some of which you may not have a lot of experience in. You have to find time for your customers, your employees and most of all your wife.

3. Employee Management –When I ran my business I always worried about my employees. Your

employees run your business, so you have to find good employees, and believe me in today’s world that can be difficult. Once you have them you have to train them. There are many positions you will have that need training to cover that responsibilities of the job they will be doing.

4. Customer Satisfaction – Your business needs to make sure they are meeting the customer expectations, and handling

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complaints when there are problems.

5. Your Competition – As you know towing is a tough business, and you need to be ready for change when your competition makes changes to meet the customer’s needs.

6. Compliance – There are always regulatory changes taking place in our industry. You state association tries to stay on top of the changes, but you can bet there will always be regulatory changes that you will have to address.

7. Decision Making – There are many issues you will have to address and decide on how to handle the issue. It could be employee issues, Customer issues, or truck issues all of which will require different ways to address the issues.

8. The Unknown – There will always be the unexpected problem that hits

you at the worse time and will need your attention.

I often wondered as I faced these problems what effect this had on my health. I knew I needed an outlet to get away from the day-to-day problems, so I took up golf. I was never very good at it but it got me out of the office and


away from all the stress. I was fortunate that I had a good manager that took care of the business when I was gone. After 30 years in the business, I have to take pills that address blood pressure and any heart issues. They are a part of getting old and I’m sure a lot of people take the same pills that are not in towing. When you have stress from the business it can sneak up on you and create issues you are not ready for. There are ways to offload some of the stress by using your employees. As I mentioned I had a good manager and when he was in charge he would tell our 35 employees that the were not to call me for anything. I’m sure he took care of some problems I was unaware of and to this day I still don’t know some of the major issues he took care of.

When I was on the training circuit at trade shows I talked about a tow companies number one asset, “Their

Employees.” I told them they could go out on the floor and buy trucks, software, and other stuff that supported their business, but the only thing that made them different than their competitor was their employees.

When I got into towing, I knew nothing about the towing business or the industry. Using the business my business 101 principle, I surrounded myself with people smarter than me. If I did not have the right person I would go out and find them. I was lucky and only needed one additional person. I used dispatchers, drivers, and other employees as needed.

If you think about it, your employees were a direct line to your customer. I educated them on how I wanted them to deal with our customers. They loved their new roles because it made them feel needed and a part of the company. Why are good employees important:

1. Productivity and Efficiency –

When you have skilled employees, they will perform their job more effectively leading to an increase in productivity.

2. Quality – Skilled employees will produce a high quality of work which helps maintain the company’s reputation, which provides customer satisfaction.

3. Innovation – Trained employees bring fresh new ideas and perspectives and better ways to perform their job. This allowed my company to stay competitive in the industry.

4. Customer Satisfaction –

Employees who provide excellent service will enhance the customer experience. Good customer service leads to customer loyalty and tell others about your service.

5. Team Environment – Good

“Skilled employees will produce a high quality of work which helps maintain the company’s reputation, which provides customer satisfaction.”

employees create a good work environment, and everyone will contribute more to you success.

6. Reduce Turnover – I ran my company for 7 years with 35 employees and only lost one employee. All my competitors’ employees want to come and work for me. This was attributed to a good working environment created by my employees. As you know a lot of stress is created by your employees. With a good working environment, you have less stress.

7. Company Growth – When I started the business, I had no customers and

1 truck. Seven years later I had over 1,000 customers, 17 trucks and 35 employees. This again was because of my employees’ contributions and dedication.

I was teaching a class in Baltimore and after the class a owner came up to me and told me that his drivers hated him and he hated his drivers. I told him to sell his trucks and open up a pizza joint. I told him the value of his employees and he should work to build a relationship with all his employees. I also told him he has to take the first step because he is the owner.

Creating a good working environment can relieve 50% of your stress in the business. I wrote a book that can help you address your problems. It sells for $25 dollars, so please end me an e-mail to and I will get you a copy. | Volume 13 • Issue 4 | TOW PROFESSIONAL 35

Want to Have a Successful Trade Show Booth?

Ihave witnessed some very successful trade show booths but have also seen some unsuccessful ones too. Certainly, there are differences between them, so let’s discuss what those are so you can be better prepared for your next trade show booth. Recently, I went to a trade show and the show manager admitted, “We should give a class on how to be successful at a

trade show.” His statement was browraising, but I followed with, “Why?” He had a person take a booth that did nothing to attract people to his booth but then complained it was useless to go. So, being the fixer that I am, I took it upon myself to go by that booth. Yes, he had two people in that booth. That’s a good sign. So, take 1st base. Both had sunglasses on while

they were indoors, and they weren’t wearing any company signage on their shirts. It’s a foul ball, and they’ve committed Strike 1. They sat behind their table without looking people in the face after approaching their booth. They had meniscal handouts. Strike 2. The lady was talking on her cellphone and wasn’t wearing comfortable shoes. High heels look great in certain

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settings, but at trade shows? Always wear the most comfortable shoes. Doesn’t matter if they’re tennis shoes, because you are on your feet constantly at a trade show. To make matters worse, this booth didn’t speak to me first. I had to start the conversation myself. Strike 3 and you’re out! It’s so hard to come back from a strike out at a trade show. You’ve got to WOW

each person you see after that.

Ask yourself these questions. What process does your company use to attract trade show attendees to your booth? What’s your lead in question to have conversation with them? What’s your final comment when they’re leaving your booth?

Now back to that trade show booth. This ill-prepared guy in the booth

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started in on his memorized sales pitch without asking me one question. He never took off his sunglasses. He sat there while I was standing and wasn’t looking up. I know because I was looking down at him. At that moment, the lady got off her phone and said, “What state are you from?” Oh, a

question. There weren’t any handouts to give me and certainly not any trade show giveaways, like pens or pads. They did not tie into the theme of the trade show either. So, this leads me to believe that they had no clue as to their business’ theme. They weren’t prepared.

I wanted to tell these two, clueless people to “get out into the hallway in front of your table.” Meet the attendee up front. Listen intently to them first and see what your firm has that could help them. When they say what their problem is, don’t stop them in the middle of their sentence. Listen, be

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approachable but be a diagnostician.

One trade show had a treasure hunt theme. I came dressed as Captain Hook. I have given out candy bars and Reese’s Peanut Butter cups just to tie into the theme created by the show. Be prepared to answer questions and give helpful tips to anyone that comes by the booth.

At another trade show, a booth mailed out 4 thousand keys ahead of time. Attendees were told to come by the booth to see if their key unlocked the treasure chest of rewards. Then, at another one, people came to try their luck at winning their giveaway by using any four-digit code. The line was 5 to 10 minutes long throughout the day because everyone hoped their combination would work. They used birthdates and anniversary dates continuously. They would try 3 or 4 times, hoping it would work. By the time they finished, we had time to talk to them about sales training back at their dealership. The giveaway was unlocked at the end of the show in front of 700 people. The opening code was 7654.

Other helpful tips: Dress right, smile and act like you are having fun. Be there early each morning and be the last to leave at night. Give away food or drinks, like at the Florida Tow Show. That booth was always packed.

As I stated before, always have two people in your booth. Here’s why. When I first started with Uniroyal, my wife and I worked at the booth together. I have had neighbors help

me too when she couldn’t help. Thank God, my neighbor wore my size, because I already had a shirt for him to wear. He would make small talk until I could jump into the conversation and

introduce myself as the Uniroyal rep. I rented a tiger costume and always brought it to the trade show. I used it in my booth to help explain the “Tiger Paw” Tires promotion. People loved it. Today, I’m the Tow Doctor. I wear my doctor outfit, sign books, and pass out bookmarks. But when you come by to say hi, I too have a smile on my face and am always glad to see you. When they leave my booth, I say, “It is better to be seen than to be viewed.” Let that sink in a little. It’s catchy, but true.

Come by the Tow Professional booth anytime, at any show, whether in Florida, North Carolina, or Midwest Tow Show. Darian Weaver the Publisher, and CEO of the Podcast will be happy to give you a free copy of the most recent magazine published by Tow Professional magazine. You will hear us talk about this great industry because we are passionate about it.

See you at the next Tow Show, and I will see you on our next podcast. | Volume 13 • Issue 4 | TOW PROFESSIONAL 39
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Switching from Wire Rope to Synthetic

5 Things You Need to Know

Synthetic rope has come a long way and is fast becoming the preferred choice for many operators in the heavy duty world because of its lightweight and easy handling characteristics. This doesn’t mean it is perfect, nothing is perfect for the harsh environments that most tow trucks operate in, but it is a viable solution to some common problems faced with traditional steel wire rope used on all types of tow trucks and carriers today.


Never mix synthetic rope with components also used with steel rope. If you are using synthetic rope you should have dedicated snatch blocks that have never had steel rope run through them and have replaced, or at least filed down any burrs, blemishes and rough spots on your sheave wheels (boom heads) and winch drums. Even the tiniest of blemish will slice through the synthetic rope with ease, risking failure at a critical time that may result in injury or death.

#2Synthetic rope will not spool up neatly like wire rope does, and it doesn’t have to! Say goodbye to the headaches of birds

nested cable, damaging flat spots and hard to undo tangles from improper wire rope tension and handling. Synthetic rope is not prone to crushing damage nor does it hold a “memory” like steel rope, so it doesn’t have to spool up in perfectly flat layers on the winch drum. No more damaged tensioners or worrying about keeping the rope tight every second it is deployed.

#3Synthetic rope is every bit as strong as its steel counterpart when used correctly. Where failures with synthetic rope happen there usually are signs of misuse or abuse, same as with wire rope. Synthetic is very

unforgiving when exposed to sharp edges, including being pulled into the sheave heads or rope guides at the boom head, or drug across debris/allowed to touch the casualty vehicle’s body or frame. Chemical exposure is also a concern with synthetic rope, so due caution must be taken to avoid exposure


to battery acids, oils and other potential contaminants that could cause the fibers to break down.


Synthetic rope floats, which is a good thing if you do a lot of water recoveries. Working in water or wet environments has long been detrimental to steel wire rope due to the increased corrosion from water getting trapped between the individual wires that make up the rope. While synthetic still has individual fibers, they are not nearly as vulnerable to water intrusion damage. Synthetic rope also does not require periodic lubrication like steel rope does, saving on the headache and mess of applying wire rope lube.


When synthetic rope fails it usually falls to the ground without as much of the dangerous recoil that is found in steel rope. While we all strive to avoid cable failures, they still happen on occasion, especially

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So, is synthetic rope right for your company? If you do a lot of complicated winching and are tired of lugging around heavy steel cable, then you might want to give it a try. Same with your light duty carriers, if you are tired of replacing winch lines every few weeks because they keep getting birds nested or crushed, give synthetic a try. Just remember to clean all the burrs and blemishes off the winch drum and replace your snatch block with a brand new one before installing the synthetic rope to avoid premature failure.


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Maintaining Your Winch

Winches pull a lot of weight in the towing industry. They’re essential to a lot of our operations, so we should do what we can to maintain them. With proper care, a good winch can offer you years of use. Below is a step-by-step guide on how to properly maintain a winch.

The first step in maintaining your winch is simple: know how to use it. Winches differ from brand-to-brand and model-to-model, so knowing what it’s capable of, the proper procedure to use

it and the care your specific winch needs will extend its lifespan. By reading your owner’s manual, you can learn the ins and outs of your specific winch. This understanding lets you use it the way it was intended to be used.

Next, you need to check the fasteners to make sure they are tight and have the proper torque. By ensuring they are tight and ready to use, you can significantly lower the chances of a significant failure while the winch is in use. While you’re at it, be sure to check your mounting bolts to ensure they stay secure. Making

sure the winch base is secured is just as important. Be sure to replace any damaged bolts or fasteners before using the winch.

Third, check your connections. Be sure to verify that all wiring is correct and that the connections are tight. Check for exposed or bare wires or terminals while also checking for cable insulation damage. If you find any, make sure to cover exposures with terminal boots and repair or replace all damaged electrical cables. This helps prevent electrical issues from faulty wiring. If the winch

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is hydraulic, check the hoses and connections for cracks and leaks. Ensure that both your hydraulic and electrical connections are secure.

Fourth, be sure to check the winch line for damage. While winch line maintenance could be its own editorial, you should be sure that your winch ropes are not creased, worn down, or damaged in any way. Replace them if they are. Additionally, you want to lubricate your wire ropes with winch lubricant to help prevent wear and corrosion. Be sure to store them in the

proper condition to prevent damage to them. You should also power wrap your winch line periodically to keep the rope tight to the drum.

Finally, you want to ensure that the gears fully re-engage when taking the winch from the free spool. It is best once the free spool locks in to run it out and then back in to ensure proper engagement. If they don’t fully reengage, there is a risk that they could let go, causing whatever load you have on the wire rope to be released. This leads to more damage and danger that

can easily be avoided.

Performing basic maintenance is an easy way to keep your equipment in top shape. This helps it stay working for as long as possible while also preventing unnecessary damage and costs. You can find a new winch, winch lines or the parts to fix issues with your existing winch at | Volume 13 • Issue 4 | TOW PROFESSIONAL 45


Are you currently relying on an answering service to dispatch your after-hour and weekend calls? Are you answering and dispatching yourself? How is that working for you? Do the operators understand the importance of never missing a police call, immediately

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48 TOW PROFESSIONAL | Volume 13 • Issue 4 | | Volume 13 • Issue 4 | TOW PROFESSIONAL 49 The change in our business finances was unbelievable and what was more amazing was the passion that I had lost for the business had returned. It was fun again to go to work because we were seeing the fruit of all our hard labor. If you haven’t been to the class, just go it will be some of the best money you have spent for your business. — Joe’s Towing & Recovery Upcoming Seminars | 508-763-5474 | Visit Us on Facebook Tennessee Tow Show: Sept 26 Baltimore Tow Show: Nov 22 & 23 Register Now!
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paying an in-house dispatcher to sit and wait for the phone to ring will forward all calls to their cell phones or directly to their drivers working the overnight. When the owner grows tired of never getting a full night’s sleep, missing

another holiday with their family, or missing a call, that is when they call us! When a driver is picking and choosing what calls to take, losing the owner revenue, completing cash calls with no documentation, or just too busy

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towing to do the job of two people, that is when they call us!

Many of our customers wrestled with the idea of hiring an outside source to dispatch their calls well before they began using our services. Whether they were seeking relief for one night a week, 7 days a week, or just on Sundays, the idea of “giving up their phones” was a real struggle. Prior to beginning service with Holly’s Towing Dispatch, we ask you to provide as much information as you can about how you run your business. We are in Connecticut but dispatch for companies across the country. Knowing your coverage area and providing a list of zip codes or town names, especially for motor clubs, allows us to only accept calls that you want! We pride ourselves on customizing each of our customers’ accounts. You run your business the way that suits you best, and Holly’s Towing Dispatch aims to assist you in keeping it running at the times when you aren’t available.

Making the decision to seek an “offsite” dispatch service can be difficult. You’ve worked hard to build your business. Whether it is has been one year or forty years, giving up your phones can be terrifying. I encourage

you to call and talk about it. You’re not alone and there is a way to get relief all while your drivers are out working for you, your PD calls are getting immediate response and your motor club ratings are not suffering.

Don’t go another day of missing out on sleep or being with those you love. Let Holly’s Towing Dispatch

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Drilling with Accuracy Works 100% of the Time.

Nowadays, many modern tow services maintain and repair their own fleet vehicles in addition to offering general vehicle repair services to their customers.

They deal with the consequences of heavy loads on tow and commercial vehicles repeatedly running over long distances, making engines cherry-red hot. This causes exhaust manifold bolts and other studs on engines like the Ford 6.7L Power Stroke, the GM 6.6L Duramax, and the Dodge 6.4L HEMI to break and become almost impossible to remove. The same is true with wreckers and larger tow vehicles with Class 8 diesel engines.


Of course, there are several methods to remove stubborn broken exhaust manifold bolts. But only one method, if done correctly, works every time.

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Using a precision guide plate to position a bushing for drilling dead-center over the broken bolt hole saves tow providers time and money by eliminating the need to remove the cylinder head and send it to machine out the broken bolt.

With an experienced tech, this onthe-truck repair may take as little as 15 minutes per broken bolt. And, if the worst-case scenario of a broken extractor inside the bolt appears, there are solutions from a company like ProMAXX Tool that make the nightmare job manageable.


Chas Grimpe started wrenching more than 20 years ago as a self-described “country-boy, backyard mechanic.” Now, thanks to years of experience turning tough broken bolt repairs into quick fixes, his fellow technicians at ABC Transit, an auto repair shop in Cheswick, Pennsylvania, refer to him as “The Extractor King.”

“I’m really good at looking at a fractured fastener and figuring out how long it’ll take me to get it out and make the repair,” Grimpe said. “And, thanks to the right tool kits and my time-tested techniques, I’ve never been beaten by a broken bolt.”

explained how he rescued a botched exhaust manifold repair job on a salt truck/snowplow for a local school district during the worst part of a Northern winter. The district only has two trucks and there were school bus parking lots that needed plowed and salted to clear the ice and slush.

His work began on a 2011 Ford F-550 Triton engine with every exhaust manifold bolt broken except one. Grimpe completed the job using the ProMAXX Tool Exhaust Manifold Repair Kit for Ford 4.6L/5.4L V8 and 6.8L V10 engines. The kit includes a low-profile, machine-grade jig. Its precision design delivers 100 percent, dead-center drilling accuracy. | Volume 13 • Issue 4 | TOW PROFESSIONAL 53
Grimpe The Bullit has adjustable carriages that configure to just about any linear bolt pattern.


Because there was one unbroken bolt that came out cleanly, it allowed the ProMAXX ProPlate to precisely fasten to the cylinder head. Moving one by one to each bolt hole, he drilled out the remnants of each wrecked stud. Then, he used the ProMAXX Tool Thread Repair Kit to complete the job and return the threads to factory new specifications.


According to Grimpe, it only took him an hour and a half to drill out and repair every one of the broken bolts. Without the ProMAXX Tool kit, it would have taken him at least a couple of days. He said it probably saved 15 hours of work or more.

“Sometimes, other technicians kid me about using a kit to drill out broken studs,” Grimpe said. “Sure, you could try using a MIG welder on some jobs But, if you mess up and it doesn’t work, you’ve just made your job a lot harder. I know from experience that the kit always works. There is no guesswork, I’ll get it done right every single time.”


What happens when there is a broken bolt on a heavy-duty vehicle with Mac, Cummins, Detroit Diesel or other Class

8 engines? These heavy-duty trucks are used to tow broken down big-rigs and other equipment. The longer the vehicle is in the service bay, the less it is out on the road where it belongs.

Thanks to the Bullit—ProMAXX Tool’s adaptable broken bolt repair kit, an experienced diesel tech quickly fixed a broken exhaust manifold bolt on a commercial dump truck and got it back on the road making money for his customer.

“I was working on a Peterbilt 386

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3-axle dump truck with a Cummins ISX-15 engine with a busted exhaust manifold bolt on cylinder six. It was causing a significant exhaust leak and impaired the engine’s performance,” said veteran diesel tech Basil Frew.


For the Cummins repair, Frew turned to ProMAXX Tool’s adaptable Bullit broken bolt repair kit. It has adjustable carriages that allow the tool to configure to just about any linear bolt pattern, eliminating machine tolerances. It comes with fasteners which lock the sliding carriages down, replicating the bolt pattern precisely.

“This was my first time using a specific tool for bolt extraction, so it took a bit longer to set up and get the hang of it,” he said. “But the whole job was done in about 30 minutes. I’m sure with more experience, it could be even quicker…maybe around 20 minutes.”

Basil used the Bullit and reduced his repair time. He boasts “This tool saved at a minimum 15 minutes and possibly up to 25 minutes to repair one bolt. Keep in mind, that’s cutting the repair time in half while delivering a better and more accurate end result.”


There are several variations of the Bullit that allow the tool to work on a variety of bolt sizes including the popular 10 mm x 150 mm, 12 mm x 125 mm and a 3/8-inch version for classic engines. There is even a Cummins ISX 10 mm x 150 mm version with special carriages that lift the ProPlate clear of obstructions.

“This tool seems like it works with about the same accuracy as if you

brought the part to a machine shop and had it machined out and re-tapped,” Frew said. “Once again this is one of the best quality tools I have, and it shows!

ProMAXX Tool has a wide selection of kits that allow technicians to quickly remove a variety of broken bolts on Power Stroke EGR Tubes and Fuel Injector Hold Down Bolts as well

as exhaust manifold bolts and more on many makes and models. Visit to see a collection of tools that represent quality, precision, and increased productivity. ProMAXX Tool is part of the Milton Industries Specialty Tool Group along with LTI Tools and Steck Manufacturing, a solution provider to Tow Professionals.

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A Real Success Story

How one woman used technology and a complete focus on the customer experience to build a wildly successful operation in record time.

It has been said that in America if you are willing to take a risk, work hard and do the right thing you can be successful. Roadside Services Inc. is owned by Jessica and Ryan Ward, and they are the perfect example of this dynamic.

Jessica Ward is the epitome of a successful, woman business owner. Being the owner and president of a towing company operating 82 vehicles is hard enough but try doing it as a female in a male dominated industry. Now, balance all that with being a loving wife and the attentive mother of two cool,

young boys, Bentley and Maverick. Where does she find the time?

Let me tell you about their business. Roadside services LLC was founded by Jessica and Ryan Ward on April 9th, 2018. Jessica had come from a teaching career where she did technical training and taught IT (Information Technology) for 12 years. Ryan Ward had a single repo truck he purchased in 2010 and worked in the repossession field for a few years. He ended up going to work for another towing company in Northwest Arkansas (NWA) and in 2016 did his first AAA call. He was hooked.

After doing the sometimes-thankless work of repossession, going on a call where the customer is happy to see you is awesome. Of course, you also get the satisfaction of helping them from a tough situation. It’s a totally different experience. In 2017, they joined with a different towing company there in NWA started specializing in AAA call, and it didn’t take long to realize that this was their calling. So, in 2018, they took the plunge and Roadside Services was born. Jessica and Ryan, started with a couple of truck, and 6 years later they are 82 trucks strong, doing business in

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not only NWA but also, Kansas City and St. Louis markets. They now do AAA, police, heavy services, Agero, Allstate and many other types of calls but still focus on giving the AAA type of service every time.

I went to their corporate office and sat down with Jessica & Ryan to learn more about them and how they do it. I was welcomed into an office covered with Trans-AM miniatures all over the walls and asked the first thing that hit my mind. How did you do this? Jessica’s answer was simple, “Ryan’s knowledge and hardworking attitude, my understanding of business and technology and our joint vision of giving every customer that AAA, gold standard type of experience.” So, I asked, “How does that experience look to the customer?” Jessica said, “We show up quickly in clean, well-organized trucks with a smile. Our drivers are in neat matching uniforms with name tags and are tasked by us to deliver outstanding service on each call.”

My next hard-hitting question? What is up with all these Trans-Ams all over the walls? I immediately saw Ryan’s eyes light up, and I knew a story and field trip was in order. Luckily, the field trip was only out to the shop, and the story was simple. When he was young, Camaro’s were very popular, and it felt like everybody had one. He saw someone drive in a good looking TransAm, and he was in love. He felt like he would be a success if he had one of them, so he started collecting matchbox cars, models and other stuff related to them. And now? He has a few of them!

Now that my curiosity was satisfied, Jess took me over to the dedicated call center where the “magic happens.” Here they set member expectations, focus on meeting ETA’s and providing driver support. This is where Jessica explained the technology nerd in her and gets to come out and play. Operating a business that does so much motor club work, it is essential that they are efficient as

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She said, “We use a combination of Towbook for our operational software and Azuga for telematics and camera systems. These systems talk and work well together which allows us to have

consistent locations, accurate ETA times, knowledge of when the trucks are on scene, finished and available, as well as video that allows us to quickly and easily see the entire service process to

ensure the quality we demand.”

“Our call center uses Towbook, which is pulling in the Azuga location. Because the systems are linked, our Towbook map and all the notifications come in 4 times faster than normal. Specifically, every 30 seconds rather than 2 minutes.”

According to the team, that is what allows them to get the accurate ETA times to set the expectation and to make sure they dispatch the correct truck to the correct job. In Towbook, they can provide a consistent service experience for the client. “Uber-like experience, so the customer is expecting that specific truck and driver, the driver can take photos, update the status and even do the payment.”

Azuga’s system allows me to see all the data I could ever want on the backend. Driving behavior, PTO engagements and it even integrates with our fuel card. Their maintenance program also allows us to keep up with all preventative and one-off

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maintenance activities, as well as parts lists and all the associated costs. It alerts us when an oil change or tire rotation is in order and anytime one of our trucks is throwing a code by knowing our exact fuel expenses, when our drivers are the issue and every penny we put into maintenance. I always know what each truck is costing us to operate. Then the cameras allow us to view in real-time what is going on, retrieve any event video and even fight bumper claims with their rearfacing cameras if needed.

We strolled around a little more, and I got to see some of Ryan’s other toys and meet some of the great people there at the office. Trey is the NWA driver manager and James is over all fleet maintenance. Brian manages the call center and specializes in the motor club side of the business, and Jermey is a GM at one of their other sites. Ryan showed me the beaten, side by side that Jessica decided to try herself. She took

“Evil Knievel” over a jump at full speed and took it airborne like 40 feet, which just closed the loop for me. However, the lady doesn’t do anything halfway!

I loved my visit to Northwest Arkansas to visit the Wards. I came away thoroughly impressed with

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