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American Towman Magazine Presents the Week in TowingNovember 25 - December 01, 2015

Baltimore Draws [b]Historic Crowd

Buoyed by a 15% increase in pre-registration numbers, the 27th annual American Towman Exposition once again drew a record crowd to Baltimore, Md., this past weekend.

Thousands of tow business owners packed the trade show floor all three days to talk with the 220-plus vendors on the show floor. Many attendees also took part in the 41 seminars over the weekend event, which included the "Getting Paid by the Motor Clubs" Conference and the Disaster Response Conference. American Towman's legendary hospitality was felt throughout the weekend, starting with the Bull & Pig Roast (Miller Rocks) and culminating with Sunday Pie, a lavish assortment of pies and coffee for all attendees and exhibitors on the third show day.

More information on the 2015 American Towman Exposition will be forthcoming in the February 2016 issue of American Towman Magazine.

Study on Tow Industry Released

A report has been released that sheds light on the tow truck industry.

The North America Tow Truck Body Industry 2015 Market Research Report is an in-depth study on the industry's current state.

The report focuses on North America industry companies, providing information such as company profiles, product picture and specification, capacity, production, price, cost, revenue and contact information. Industry development trends and marketing channels are also analyzed. The report also assesses the feasibility of new investment projects and gives overall research conclusions.

The report provides a basic overview of the industry including definitions, classifications, applications and industry chain structure. The market analysis is provided for the North America markets including development trends, competitive landscape analysis, and key regions development status.

Featuring 145 tables and figures, the report provides key statistics on the state of the industry and is designed to be a source of guidance and direction for companies and individuals interested in the market.

By Don Lomax

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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

It's That Time Again

It's the eve before my favorite holiday of the year, Thanksgiving. Family, food and football—what a combination! To top it off, there's a marathon of a TV show that covers rhythm and blues music that will be airing all weekend.

Consider me a happy camper!

But, consider me thankful as well. Thankful to "The Man Upstairs" that I've gotten through yet another year in good health and with loved ones around to celebrate. Thankful that I have great friends and colleagues that I work with.

And thankful that I work in a wonderful industry in which I've been fortunate to meet and work with great people. With the show season closing last weekend, I won't see many of you until the spring; so with that, allow me to wish all a Happy Thanksgiving ... and let's work to close out the year on a good note!
--Charles Duke
Editor: Charles Duke
Managing Editor: Brendan Dooley
ATTV Editor & Anchor: Emily Oz
Advertising Sales: William Burwell
Content Management: Henri Calitri
Site Progr., Graphics & Video: Ryan Oser
ATTV Technical Production: OMG National
Wrecks + Recovery Editor: Jim "Buck" Sorrenti
Operations Editor: Randall C. Resch
Tow Business Editor: Don Archer
Tow Illustrated Editor: George L. Nitti
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Record crowds packed the trade show at the American Towman Exposition this past weekend. Thousands of tow business owners packed the trade show floor all three days to talk with the 220-plus vendors on the show floor.
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