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New design makes down-driveway hookups easier
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Checkered Fleet Shines with Professionalism

0 f1c46By GEORGE L. NITTI

When it comes to operating a beautiful fleet of trucks, LW's Towing, based out of Frisco, Texas, offers a stellar lineup of checker-patterned, vibrantly colored diversified trucks.

"I started in this business when I was 17 years old, over 33 years ago, and wanted to put professionalism in the towing industry," said owner Larry Haynie.

Haynie compares his company's professionalism to a Niemann-Marcus rather than a Walmart.

"We're not the cheapest; but we are the most professional, providing top-shelf service," he said.

Haynie's impeccably clean trucks are part of the basic ingredient.

"Having a 'one-truck, one-driver' policy gives each tower in the company responsibility over their trucks," he said. "I do not slip-seat my trucks. I give each driver a nice piece of equipment and expect that they will take care of it. This keeps damages down and trucks well-maintained."

To ensure that his towers live up to company standards, Haynie goes through every truck twice a week.

The meticulous fleet is mostly a mix of Kenworths and Peterbilts, purchased through Ted and Conway Kerico of Texas Wrecker Sales; the unique graphic designs are by David Moon. These trucks, many of which have won awards at various tow shows, are distinguished by their signature brand consisting of a large wave and a two-color checker pattern. Each have their own unique colors with the company name diagonally tilted across the top of their doors and in large letters across the boom.

Haynie's personal truck is a checkered yellow and silver heavy-duty '05 Peterbilt with a Century 35-ton.

"Have you ever seen 'Trick My Truck'? In the TV show, they steal the rigs of lucky truck drivers and customize them," Haynie said. "Well that's what it was like when I received this truck from Texas Wrecker Services. It was a total surprise. They did everything."

Their pink-checkered tribute truck was also a surprise. An '07 Kenworth T3 with a Vulcan right approach won Best of Show in the International Tow Expo in San Antonio, Texas, in part for an idea that came to fruition when Haynie was asked to put one name of a breast cancer victim on their truck.

"We ended up with a list of names of over 200 friends of family members that we ghost-faded over the checkered patterns. The money we raise goes to benefit the Susan G. Komen Foundation."

Recently, Haynie purchased their first light-duty vehicle, an award-winning blue-and-gold-checkered 2014 Dodge 4500 with a Vulcan 810.

"Since all of my trucks are medium- to heavy-duty, we couldn't get into parking garages. Now we use this one everyday. We should have bought it five years ago."

Other vibrant colors in their fleet include a green-and-yellow heavy-duty flatbed, an orange-and-yellow medium-duty wrecker, a red-and-yellow medium-duty flatbed and their military tribute truck, a camouflage-checkered '07 Kenworth T300 with a Vulcan 1500 series.

"The '07 model was the first truck I ever wrapped," said Haynie. "The rest are custom-painted."

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The Repeating Move-Over Message

0 8ac14By George L. Nitti

As awareness of the Move Over laws continues to take hold, many towing companies are playing their part to ensure the message gets out ... through their lettering, decals and graphics found on their tow trucks.

Ronald Jones, owner of Southside Towing of Winston-Salem, North Carolina, was intent on getting the "Move Over—It's the Law" word out, pushing the issue and promoting the cause by coming up with unique graphics on its 2017 Dodge Ram 5500/Jerr Dan MPL 40 Self-loader.

The graphics are co-created with the expertise of Fireblade Graphics and Signs, also out of North Carolina.

"I wanted to do my share to get the word out on the Slow Down-Move Over laws. I figured I could get a truck to promote the cause and be safe," said Jones, whose grandfather started the company in 1938.

This design is done in reflective lettering, mainly found along the sides of the unit, where strips of dark yellow tape are running diagonally against a black background. The words "Move Over" and "It's the Law" are visibly written inside each strip of tape as the message repeats.

"A black truck with dark yellow really pops," Jones said. "It catches a lot of eyes. I watch kids moving their lips, reading the lettering."

"I always hear stories about towers getting run over. I tried to think how I could make a safer vehicle for Southside," said Terry Frye, owner of Fireblade Graphics and Signs.

As Frye was working on the back of the truck adding the reflective hash marks, it gave him the idea of doing similar reflective striping on the unit's sides.

"I thought it was a design that was neat and that nobody had. Then I thought it would be cool to put the Move Over law on the tape," said Frye.

Other graphics on the truck include Southside's company name/logo on the side doors, where an elongated "S" sprawls out over the rest of the lettering, giving it a creative flourish while the phone number sits underneath.

"Even though we are no longer on the Southside of Winston-Salem (they are now on the Northside), we have kept our name the same," Jones said. "We didn't see any sense in changing it. And we've had the same phone number since 1938."

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