Posted on May 21st, 2017
The video, which you can find at the bottom of the page, reveals a pair of G Wagons performing towing tests - both vehicles spied here were consciously handling their trailer duties.
The towing capacity of the next G is obviously an important detail and while we're talking weight, we'll remind you the Mercedes-Benz is expected to go on a serious diet. The new platform should allow the rugged terrain machine to become up to 400 kilos (880 lbs) lighter, all while growing in width, which will seriously boost cabin space.
Speaking of the interior, we've already shown you various bits of the dashboard, such as the instrument cluster or the rounded air vents - forget the digital craze taking over the car world, the Gelandewagen will stay true to its roots, maintaining analog dials.
Infotainment fans shouldn't fret, though, as the vehicle will pack the large 12.3-inch central display seen on the S-Class and E-Class, all without the add-on positioning of the current G-Class. In case you missed the leaked dashboard, you can find it here.
While the wild side of the rumor mill expects the G-Class to receive the 48V electric system that will allow the upcoming S-Class facelift to offer mild hybrid assistance, the rugged focus of the model could mean engineers will skip this feature for the once-military offroader, but it's still too early to tell.
And to end this story on a high horse(power) note, we'll mention that the automaker's 4.0-liter twin-turbo V8, in multiple stages of tune, will serve an important part of the new G-Class line-up, namely the G550/G500 and G63. So we''re not exactly dealing with a gentle giant here.
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Posted on May 17th, 2017
Proper loading and size of your tow vehicle is critical to staying safe while traveling no matter the weather you may come across during your journeys. Russ Tice, For the Press Dispatch
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Posted on May 5th, 2017
A man who stole a flatbed tow truck in New Jersey Monday morning led police on a two-state chase that ended in Ramapo, authorities said.
Two New York State troopers were injured when their patrol cars were sideswiped by the fleeing flatbed, said State Trooper Dermont Summers.
The driver of the stolen vehicle, identified by East Rutherford police as Paul Gudanowski, 51, of Hackensack, New Jersey, is facing charges in both states.
The chase began in East Rutherford after 8 a.m. when police spotted the man driving the flatbed in an erratic manner on Route 120, close to MetLife Stadium. Another tow truck near it had tried to stop the stolen truck.
When Gudanowski sped off, police from several New Jersey towns joined in a chase that went up Route 17 North into New York, where New York State troopers joined the pursuit.
The truck entered I-87 northbound and left the highway at Exit 16 in Orange County by the Woodbury Common Outlet stores. It then made a U-turn, exiting the highway at 15A with more than a dozen police cars surrounding the truck.
The truck came to a stop on Route 59 in Ramapo, near the border with Suffern, after an East Rutherford patrol car accidentally hooked onto the flatbed’s rear bumper.
It is unclear whether other officers were also injured.
Gudanowski was charged by state police with operating a stolen vehicle, assault on a police officer and numerous driving violations, Summers said. He is being held in New York until he is extradited to New Jersey, where East Rutherford police will charge him with aggravated assault and possession of stolen property.
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Posted on May 4th, 2017
Posted on May 4th, 2017
MINNEAPOLIS, Minnesota (KRON) — Black ice likely contributed to a crash that was caught on camera.
A tow truck in Minneapolis was working to pull a wrecked SUV out of a ditch when an oncoming car crashed into the back of the truck.
The two people standing next to the truck slowly walked on the icy road to the car after the accident. You can see them sliding around on the ice.
Black ice made the commute so dangerous Tuesday morning that transportation officials asked people to stay off part of a major interstate there.
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Posted on May 4th, 2017
They come out to rescue stranded drivers rain or shine, start our vehicle, unlock our doors and we count on them to open our roads when major incidents happen.
A regular set of amber light beacons. Photo Courtesy of Brandon J Seager.
So, do tow trucks, as a classified emergency response vehicle, deserve the same attention and protection first responder vehicles, such as fire trucks, ambulances, or police vehicles get?
Many local tow operators are joining together and calling for new safety legislation.
They would like to see some tow trucks allowed an alternate colour of light on their beacons and better enforcement of the slow-down and move-over law.
Brad MacMillan a local deck operator with City Wide Towing in the Foothills says he and his co-workers have had too many incidents and close calls last year, something needs to change.
"We've had several incidents just in Calgary and the area, we had one tow truck hit out by Chestermere which resulted in a fatality." MacMillan adds "There was an A.M.A driver that got hit on Deerfoot and Memorial Dr. That same night there was a collision with a BMW and another A.M.A truck."
This coming after the most recent incident a tow operator in Leduc was doing a recovery on the side of a highway where he was hit twice, thrown up into the air and thankfully he survived, but he broke both of his femurs in the incident. The company he worked for - Vintage Towing - says if he was standing on the other side of his tow truck, the outcome would have been devastating.
MacMillan says most tow operators are only looking for a change in the colour of the lights that sit in their beacons. He thinks that drivers have become desensitized by the current amber lights due to high usage in other road industries.
"Right now we have lots of plows on the road. They have amber and red lights, however you also have the landscapers that are plowing and removing snow from parking lots they have amber lights, and they're on all the time. Then you have wide loads and the construction crews on the side of the roads, they're all amber lights."
MacMillan feels that the difference between tow operators and other road industries is that tow operators have little to no protection while they work, unlike other industries.
"In industries like construction, they typically have a lot more safeguards in place. They have their barriers set up, usually concrete ones, and they're allowed to block off however many lanes to keep their workers safe."
Many operators and companies try to avidly promote the "slow down move over" law but it's just not getting through to drivers with an increased number of incidents and close calls like the one on Highway 1 for MacMillan. "I was working in the shoulder recovering a broken down vehicle, and a car came so close to me, that I had no choice but to jump on my deck and while doing that the vehicle actually scuffed my foot." MacMillan says "If I hadn't have seen the car coming, I would have been hit and pinned between my truck and his car."
It's actions like this that cause unease in the towing community. Leading to members writing their M.L.As and M.Ps of their area, but are frustrated with their concerns falling on deaf ears.
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Posted on May 4th, 2017
A man was arrested on suspicion of stealing a tow truck and leading police on a chase across the Bay Bridge early Tuesday, after he was interrupted while trying to get his impounded car out from a San Leandro tow yard, officials said.
The suspect, Moses Miller, 24, of San Leandro, also crashed into a number of patrol cars before his arrest, said Officer Vu Williams, a spokesman for the California Highway Patrol.
Miller drove the diesel flatbed tow truck through the fence of a San Leandro tow yard at about 3:20 a.m. after he was unable to snatch his own car, said Lt. Ron Clark of the San Leandro Police Department.
He said Miller was apparently going to use the tow truck to break through the fence to get to his car.
“An on-site employee was alerted to the presence of someone when he heard the diesel start up and went outside,” Clark said. “He tried to intervene and the suspect jumped back into the tow truck and fled in the tow truck without getting his car out.”
Photo: CHP Golden Gate Division / Facebook / CHP Golden Gate Division / Facebook
San Leandro police began pursuing the stolen vehicle when they saw it heading north on Interstate 880.
Within 10 minutes, officers from the California Highway Patrol joined the pursuit, following the tow truck across multiple freeways and city streets, continuing onto Interstate 580 westbound, police said.
Miller stayed ahead of CHP cars and ended up on Interstate 80 westbound, blowing through the toll plaza and crossing the Bay Bridge, police said.
CHP officers continued their pursuit after they exited the freeway in San Francisco and deployed a spike strip, causing the tires of the tow truck to deflate.
But the flat tires didn’t stop the driver.
Miller drove onto the South Van Ness Avenue on-ramp toward Highway 101 southbound at 50 mph before suddenly stopping, officials said. He then reversed the truck, ramming it into a patrol car, causing moderate damage, before continuing south on the freeway, police said.
The driver stopped on the Sierra Point Parkway in Brisbane, jumped out of the stolen truck and ran across the northbound lanes of Highway 101 before hiding out in a parking lot, police said.
Highway 101 southbound was closed for about 20 minutes during the pursuit.
Miller was found quickly and apprehended, police said.
He was taken to San Francisco General Hospital to be “medically cleared,” Williams said.
Miller was booked into San Mateo county jail in Redwood City and was being held on $150,000 bail.
He was arrested on suspicion of four felonies, including stealing a vehicle, recklessly evading police, damaging a police officer’s vehicle and taking a vehicle without consent. He is also being charged with three misdemeanors, including obstructing and resisting a police officer, driving under the influence, and driving with a suspended license.
Miller is scheduled to appear in court on Wednesday.
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Posted on May 4th, 2017
Posted on May 4th, 2017
The tow truck was invented in Chattanooga, The International Towing & Recovery Hall of Fame and Museum is here and Ooltewah is home to Miller Industries, the world's largest manufacturer of towing and recovery equipment.
So, yeah, there will be a celebration in Chattanooga on Saturday, Sept. 10, to mark the tow truck's 100th birthday.
Miller Industries will sponsor the festivities, which include a parade of tow trucks rolling through downtown that will stop around 7 p.m. Saturday at Ross's Landing near the Tennessee River riverfront. The public is invited to Ross's Landing for live music, free refreshments, food truck fare, games for kids — and a fireworks display once it gets dark.
Lots of people are expected for the once-in-a-century event.
"Since I've come to work here, I have been amazed at how many people are actually into tow trucks. It is mind-boggling," said Kathy Brown, who worked at a bank downtown before she was hired in mid-August as co-assistant director at the International Towing & Recovery Hall of Fame and Museum. "I did not realize tow trucks had such a following."
The museum's events will include a ceremony at 10 a.m. on Sept. 10 that's open to the public, to add names to the museum's Wall of the Fallen, a memorial to tow truck operators who've lost their lives on the job. The museum also has a survivor's fund that helps drivers' families, Brown said.
TV shows about the towing and recovery industry are popular, including "Highway Thru Hell," a reality TV show set in Canada, "Wrecked," set in Chicago, and "Ice Road Truckers." Jamie Davis, a real-life tow truck operator who's the star of "Highway Thru Hell," will take part in Saturday's parade.
The 100th birthday celebration coincides with the Tennessee Tow Show, which runs from Thursday to Saturday at the Chattanooga Convention Center.
"There'll probably be over 2,000 people this year, because it's the 100th anniversary," said Jimmy Collins, president of the Tennessee Tow Truck Association and owner of Casper's Bodyshop and Wrecker in Greeneville, Tenn. "For the industry [the anniversary's] a big milestone. For the city of Chattanooga, it's a big milestone."
Ernest Holmes in 1916 built the first tow truck in Chattanooga by attaching a rigging system to a 1913 Cadillac, marking the birth of the towing and recovery industry, according to Miller Industries. Holmes filed for a patent — the first of about a dozen — for his idea in 1917 and subsequently built the Ernest Holmes Co. here to make and market his tow truck.
The Holmes brand lives on as part of Miller Industries' family of tow truck equipment manufacturers that also includes the brands Century, Chevron, Vulcan, Boniface and Jige.
"Miller Industries' roots run deep in Chattanooga, and we are honored to share the centennial celebration of our Holmes brand with our friends and neighbors in the local communities," Miller Industries' President and Co-CEO Will Miller said in a statement.
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Posted on May 1st, 2017