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Instructor Insight: Michael Severson

Posted by Team WreckMaster on October 25, 2019
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Topics: WreckMaster Blog, Instructor Insights, Tow Truck Blog

WreckMaster Challenge: september

Posted by Team WreckMaster on September 27, 2019

You have been dispatched to use your winches to lower a 40-yard roll-off dumpster into driveway that has a tree line down both sides creating a canopy over it preventing the roll-off truck from unloading it at the bottom without damaging the trees. The truck you are in is a 16 ton wrecker equipped with dual 15,000 lbs winches that has 150 feet of 1/2 steel core wire rope.

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Topics: WreckMaster Blog, WreckMaster Challenge, Tow Truck Blog

5 Tips for Towing in the Fall

Posted by Team WreckMaster on September 13, 2019

Keep a light jacket with your gear

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

WreckMaster Challenge

Posted by Team WreckMaster on August 12, 2019

While traveling down the interstate a driver of a full size dually 4x4 pick up pulling an enclosed 24-foot cargo trailer hit a piece of debris in the road, causing their right front steer tire to blow out and pull the pickup and trailer into the right-side ditch.

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Topics: Tow truck safety, WreckMaster Blog, WreckMaster Challenge, Tow Truck 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

TAKE CARE OF THE CUSTOMER FIRST

Posted by Team WreckMaster on June 14, 2019

As towers, it can sometimes be hard to remember that the casualty isn’t the most important thing on scene. Yes, what you are there to do is tow a vehicle. But why you are there is to help someone in need.

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Topics: Useful towing tips, Tow truck safety, WreckMaster Blog, customer service

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

6 Reasons you need towing training

Posted by Justin Cruse on May 6, 2019

In our almost three decades, we’ve been told repeatedly by operators that they don’t training or that they are too experienced for our courses.

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Topics: WreckMaster Blog

3 reasons why we cross our chains

Posted by Team WreckMaster on April 8, 2019

Whenever something is being towed, additional securements should always be attached. This doesn’t just apply to wreckers - secondary attachment chains should be attached even hauling a trailer, boat trailer or camper. These chains are there for an obvious reason: to prevent an accident in the event of an attachment failure while towing. But why does WreckMaster insist that the secondary attachments are always crossed?

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

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

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