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American Towman Magazine Presents the Week in TowingNovember 22 - November 28, 2017
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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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