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American Towman Magazine Presents the Week in TowingSeptember 13 - September 19, 2017

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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Wrapped in Chains

0 b6e81By George L. Nitti

Although images of tow chains are commonly found on tow trucks, it is unique to find them covering an entire unit from top to bottom.

Dowhy Towing and Recovery of Kearney, Neb., prides itself on the look of their chain-themed trucks that span light- to heavy-duty.

Owner Logan Dowhy opened his fast growing business in 2010.

"I've been obsessed with chains," Dowhy said. "I even have a tattoo of one on my arm. I wanted something to symbolize what I do."

Their 1989 Peterbilt 377 backed with a Century 1055 grabs attention with its large chains and arresting black and orange scheme.

"We want to stand out over the competition," Dowhy said. "Often when others are requesting a truck, they ask for the 'black and orange one with the chains.' They don't refer to us by our name."

Dowhy added that the chains are printed on 8' strips of vinyl and then cut by hand and applied to the trucks randomly.

"Technically, it is not a wrap. They are reflective decals," he said.

"At first we were going to put the company name, which is written in a chrome diamond tread, on the black background," Dowhy said. "But then we added the orange directly around it, and that made the difference."

This unit has special history: it was originally purchased by Tom John's Towing and Transport in California, who used it, in part, to move cars around movie sets in Hollywood. It was even spotlighted in the movie "Gone in 60 Seconds."

"The company has contacted me a couple of times since we purchased it, wanting to buy it back for sentimental reasons," Dowhy said.

The boom is also larger, with a hydraulic system that Dowhy believes is capable of lifting 80 tons.

He said, "We state 60 tons, which is written on the hydraulic; but I know it can lift more than that. We have it listed as a 50-ton rotator."

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