Water Tanker in a Tight Spot
By JIM "BUCK" SORRENTI - AT Field Editor
Andy Long owns and operates A. Long Recovery in Rushlake Green, located in the heart of East Sussex, England. He has one of the most unusual, unique and diverse fleets to be found anywhere.
The flagship of Long's fleet is his Peterbilt 379/Vulcan V-60 integrated towing and recovery unit. The V-60 has a two-stage 30-ton recovery boom with two 30,000-lbs. planetary winches and a 35,000-lbs. underlift.
"It's a timeless American classic capable of towing and recovering the heaviest vehicles on the road today," Long said.
In March 2014, Long received a call to recover a stuck water tanker. He responded with his Peterbilt 379/Vulcan V-60. They found the tanker was stuck in soft ground on a very narrow trail in the woods and leaning up against a tree on the passenger's (left) side.
"The water tanker was trying to deliver water to a house whose well had stopped pumping," Long said.
The big Pete had a tough time trying to turn around on the narrow trail to get in position to pull the tanker out.
"I ended up winching myself sideways," Long said. "A chainsaw was required to make a bit more room."
Then, using a snatch block attached to a wide strap wrapped around a tree, he ran a line from the V-60 through the snatch block to the front of the tanker. Applying a steady pull with the wheels of the tanker turned towards the narrow trail, Andy was able to winch it away from the tree and back onto the trail.
"Had a bit of fun with this one," jested Long.
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