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American Towman Magazine Presents the Week in TowingSeptember 28 - October 04, 2016

Class 8 Orders Up: ACT

Class 8 net orders rose to a three-month high of 14,200 in August, aided in part by cancellations, which fell to a 33-month low, according to ACT Research Co. Seasonally adjusted, Class 8 orders were the best since March at 16,000 units. Kenny Vieth, ACT president and senior analyst, said, "Mexico remains the bright spot in the market as freight generation continues to benefit from peso weakness;" he believes a proposed emissions mandate in 2018 is "likely adding to market strength as truckers think strategically." Source:
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'Fleet Owner' Salutes Industry

Fleet Owner magazine's website currently has a photo gallery, titled "A Salute to Tow Truck Operators," featuring 22 images, mostly of tow trucks, doing what towers do best: assist others. "Often underappreciated for the job they do," a statement in the tribute reads, "tow truck operators, in many cases, serve as a lifeline for stranded motorists and truckers. They work in all weather conditions, under duress, and in dangerous situations on a daily basis. It's time to offer a big thank you to the tow truck operator. This gallery is a look at some of the hard-working men and women—and their rigs—who rescue us." Source:

New Series from International

International Truck launched its LT Series, a new line of Class 8 trucks developed through "driver-centric design" and featuring advanced technologies designed to deliver fuel efficiency, improved uptime and driver appeal. "The new International LT Series reflects our vision for the future of the trucking industry, with a host of advancements that support improved driver safety and productivity, as well as fuel efficiency and uptime," said Bill Kozek, president, Navistar Truck and Parts. Source:
‘Fleet Owner’ Salutes Industry
Pictorial tribute shows tow industry hard at work
Class 8 Orders Up: ACT
Seasonally adjusted, orders hit highest mark since March
New LT Series from International
Class 8 LT Series features advanced technologies, more

Seven Conferences [b]at AT Expo

The American Towman Exposition in Baltimore, Md., once again will feature a stellar seminar program led by industry stalwarts. Tow business owners will benefit from the information provided at this year's AT Academy, taking place Nov. 18-20.

The Academy features more than 30 seminars to choose from in seven conferences: Towing & Recovery, Operations, Tow Management, Police Towing, Survival, Getting Paid by the Motor Clubs, and Diversification. A passport to attend all of the seminars is $75. Register today at

NRC's 50/65CSR

cover 50 65 3cee8The 367" boom reach combined with NRC Industries' Slider System is designed to allow you to safely reach the unreachable, every time. With a 65-ton capacity and standard winch capacity of 50,000-lbs., NRC's 50/65CSR allows you to target big jobs with greater profit potential. See all that NRC Industries has to offer at the American Towman Exposition, Nov. 18-20, Baltimore Convention Center in Baltimore, Md.
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Winching a Car Down a Hill

Winchingdownhill b75d5By Don Archer

I was out of breath and running to help my little brother when my wife's hand slapped me in the face, waking me from my dream. The phone was ringing and she was telling me to GET UP!

I was on-call and it was the Highway Patrol needing a wrecker.

I jumped up, put on my uniform and boots, and headed out the door on a cold December night.

When I arrived, the Trooper pointed me in the direction of the crumpled Ford Focus. It was up an embankment about 30 feet, lodged between some trees.

My job that night was to winch a car—down a hill. Unless the plan was to just cut her loose and let her roll, it wasn't going to be easy. I first needed to dislodge it from the trees; then, without losing control, bring it down the hill and land it safely on the shoulder. The trick was keeping it from running me over or rolling out into traffic.

As I surveyed the casualty, I stepped back for a minute just out of sight of the patrolman and scratched my head ... I couldn't have him thinking I was stumped. As I stood there scheming for a solution, I was reminded of the dream I was having only moments earlier of a somewhat similar dilemma I'd been up against years ago.

I was 10 and my little brother Troy was in trouble with the neighborhood boys. He'd retreated to as high a spot as he could get up an old oak tree. I ran to the sound of his yelling and found Kevin, Marty and Darrel gathering wood and placing it at the base of the tree. Their plan was to smoke him out.

Being a year older than the oldest of the boys, my first inclination was to run up yelling and threatening to "Kill them all," but since Marty had his BB rifle I decided against it.

I suppose I could have just let them do what they were gonna do; but I was responsible for my little brother. Since I'd already seen and heard the commotion, I had a stake in whatever happened next.

I assessed my options. I could try and take the BB gun from Marty and scare them all away but where would that leave us tomorrow? I looked for another solution.

I tried reasoning with the kids; that didn't work. I tried bargaining, "We'll rebuild your club house." But each solution offered was just dismissed with a wave of their hands.

And just when they were convinced I was out of options, I lunged at Marty and knocked the BB gun out of his hands.

All eyes on me, the gun fell at our feet. I kicked it and jumped on it. Marty jumped on me and we scrambled for control. Right when I was about to wrench his prized Red Rider free, twisting it from his grimy little hands, they made a move I didn't expect.

One would pull on my arm while the other would yank on the gun. When nothing seemed to work, Kevin stood up, reared his foot back like he was going for a homerun in kickball and kicked me in the face.

That's the bad news.

The good news is all that blood and hollering scared the living daylights out of 'em, and they ran off. Troy didn't get smoked out and we didn't have to fight again the next day. Of course I had a bloody nose and a sore upper lip for a couple of days but sometimes going backwards works.

Back to the present. I noticed a sturdy oak tree almost 20 feet up from the wrecked Focus.

Could this be the solution I was looking for?

I walked it out, did a little math, added in a splash of geometry and decided it'd work. All that was left was the implementation. I snatch-blocked off the tree and used two winch lines, one pulling against the other. I first pulled the car backwards toward the tree and maneuvered it so that I had the control to not only dislodge the car, but also swing it free and slowly lower it to the shoulder, avoiding additional problems.

I thought I'd been stymied, but everything worked as planned and I walked away victoriously and gained a little something from the whole ordeal: a new perspective.

I couldn't immediately see the solution when I arrived. But the reason wasn't because it was too dark, or too cold or I was too tired. It was because I was stuck—I didn't want to see the bigger picture. I wanted to recover a vehicle that was wrecked down an embankment not up one.

Just like that day and this casualty, sometimes the best solution to a problem is something you can't plan for. You get lucky, and it simply appears.

Don G. Archer and his wife, Brenda, own and operate Broadway Wrecker in Jefferson City, MO. Don is also multi-published author, educator and speaker helping others to build and start successful towing businesses around the country at Want to learn more email him direct at

Find Your Place [b]of Peace

Nothing relaxes me more than music. Be it letting my iPod roll through the 20,000 tracks it holds, experiencing a live jazz performance or even playing my congas in church service, music allows me to "take it down" after a busy work day or week.

It's important that we find those places of peace, where the batteries re-charge and the mind unwinds.

Tow Business Editor Don Archer wrote a somewhat humorous column this week for the Tow Business & Operations page you'll want to read. It tells the true-to-life tale of a towman who has a hard time getting away from the business—mentally and emotionally.

I got a kick out of it, and I'm sure you will too.
--Charles Duke
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