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American Towman Magazine Presents the Week in TowingApril 18 - April 24, 2018

New Rotator Hits the Road

00 b5ab9By GEORGE L. NITTI

Fresh off the floor from the American Towman Expo in Baltimore, Dawson's Body Shop & Towing's 2015 Kenworth W900B with a NRC 50/65 CSR finally hit the road last month.

"We started the purchase in April of 2014, and took delivery of the truck two weeks before the Baltimore show," said Ron Dawson Jr., the son of owner Ron Dawson Sr., a member of the Towman Order. The company, in business since 1982, comprises a fleet of 28 trucks that span light- to heavy-duty and several Landolls and lowboy trailers.

This composite sliding rotator was purchased from Battelini Wrecker Sales in New Jersey and was customized, most notably with the addition of a redesigned boom by NRC, Simard twin-steer, optional drag winches, two extra compartments and a quick-release underlift.

The graphics, with primary colors red and blue serving as the backdrop, were the creation of Mark Long from Razor Graphics, a company based out of Fredericksburg, Va. The lettering on the truck was completed a week after the show.

The design process began with a computer rendering. After previewing and tweaking the design with Dawson's input, a digital wrap was created.

"I was looking for a tribal-themed look," said Dawson. "All of our trucks have checkered patterns on them, which this one has as well. [Long] came up with a pattern, and we went with it."

The checkered pattern has looping blue streaks that blend in; the truck has custom pinstriping and an eye-catching logo.

"So far we haven't had any problems. It's a great truck," said Dawson.

A new truck to start the New Year.

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No Pictures, Just All Decals

0 7210aBy George L. Nitti

With tornados slicing through South Carolina this past week, SDR Towing in West Columbia and its newly acquired 2018 Kenworth W900 Twin Steer/Century 1075S rotator has been busy in the recovery effort.

David McGee, who founded the company in 2009, said the truck recently arrived from Zip's in Iowa.

SDR stands for Southern Diesel Repair, and was a service that McGee specialized in until he entered the towing business. Seeing an opportunity, McGee and his wife started a towing business that has grown significantly to some two dozen trucks.

"Often I would provide road service to diesel trucks that had broken down and found that there were tow trucks not available to come out. ... I don't like customers sitting on the side of the road," McGee said.

For about a month and a half, McGee worked with Dendy Hill Graphics of Tennessee until he was satisfied with the design. It's strikingly bold for its original colors. The design is done in all decals and is set atop a black background.

"I wanted it where people could memorize the name," McGee said. "I wanted it to stand out. Everybody talks about our trucks."

The SDR logo stands out clearly on the side of the unit. It's written in a chrome color against a deep blue background, with a metal cut-out design accentuating the perimeter of the graphic.

The vibrant Kawasaki green and deep blue striping are especially appealing, and a couple of eye-popping yellow stripes add further contrast.

The chromeplating found on the boom, with the company name embossed, is also a special touch.

"I didn't want a lot of pictures on it," McGee said. "I wanted people to be able to read our letters and phone number. The truck really stands out at night, as it is all reflective. People are always videoing our truck when we're driving down the road."

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