Wreckmaster Blog

Boosting with a portable jump starter

Posted by Team WreckMaster on August 7, 2019

You'd be hard pressed to find a towing operator that doesn't know how to jump a dead battery or has never jumped on for a job. 

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Topics: Light duty towing, Useful towing tips, Tow truck safety, Inside Wreckmaster, WreckMaster Blog

May WreckMaster Challenge

Posted by Team WreckMaster on May 21, 2019

A loaded tractor trailer with a gross vehicle weight of 74,952 lbs has become stuck in a rest area after parking on the off-ramp shoulder. The left side of the unit is on the concrete shoulder.

Upon your arrival, you park your wrecker out of the way. Once, you locate the driver, you introduce yourself advising them you will perform a walk around then come back to talk about the recovery process. You ask them if they have a scale ticket for the unit with the current load in it. The driver hands you the scale ticket advising you that the load is a sealed load which will prevent the trailer doors from being opened. The load is a mixed load of general freight.

The front axle weighs 10,972 lbs with the right side on gravel. When the driver parked, they had to make sure the whole unit was on the other side of the white painted line. Both of the drive axles on the trailer weigh 15,870 lbs. While performing your walk around you noticed the right side of the drive axles there is mud to the center of the tire. The trailer axles weigh 16,120 lbs which you noted had mud covering to just below the center of the hub.

When you complete your survey, you ask the driver if the unit still runs? does the tractor still have air pressure? will the tractor and trailer brakes release?

The driver informs you that the unit does run which allows it to build up air pressure which will allow the brakes to be released on the semi and trailer.

Launch the test below to fill out your answers!

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Topics: Inside Wreckmaster, WreckMaster Blog, WreckMaster Challenge

Instructor Insights - Showing Empathy

Posted by Team WreckMaster on April 2, 2019

In your opinion, what is it that tow operators aren’t understanding when dealing with customers while on Scene?

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Topics: Inside Wreckmaster, Wreckperts Insight, WreckMaster Blog, customer service

WreckMaster: state of the industry

Posted by Justin Cruse on January 2, 2019
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Topics: Inside Wreckmaster

Be safe out there Part 5: What about Murphy's Law?

Posted by Justin Cruse on July 18, 2018

It's show time. Before you give the green light on your recovery, transport, tow, repositioning or relocation, remember that once things are in motion, it's wise to expect the unexpected. Known the world over as Murphy's Law, a tow operator who has followed the previous four steps of the Wreckmaster Discipline is as prepared as possible. Here are our last pieces of advice.

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Topics: Useful towing tips, Tow truck safety, Inside Wreckmaster

What's with the new logo? 5 of your questions answered

Posted by Justin Cruse on March 23, 2018

WreckMaster has looked and sounded the same for more than 25 years, so it’s no wonder that when I revealed our new logo and website to our instructors, there was some grumbling. Change is hard, but “because we’ve always done it that way” has never been a good reason to do something. If it was, my dad and uncle wouldn’t have started WreckMaster in 1991! Here’s why I'm excited about WreckMaster’s new look, and why I think it will help to change the way the world looks at the towing industry.

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Topics: Inside Wreckmaster

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