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"Our guys do work together quite well and
know what our capabilities are together," says
Mike Lamphier, towing service advisor for Blaine
Brothers. "If you are working with another service
provider, it's just a little bit more work to make sure
that you're coordinating your efforts. We certainly
like to have our own guys working together out
there [whenever possible]."
Blaine Brothers operates 10 facilities throughout the Midwest to provide 24/7 towing and recovery services, on-site and mobile maintenance and
repair service, and parts sales.
"The benefits are a reduced number of service
provider relationships required in serviced markets
and the ability to shift from a roadside breakdown to a tow without having to contact another
provider," advises Jeffrey Godwin, vice president,
software solutions for FleetNet America. FleetNet
America provides vehicle repair and emergency
road services throughout North America.
One consideration is that a full-service provider offering both maintenance and towing may be
better suited or trained in one over the other.
"Those towing companies who dip their toe ...
in the pool and add a service vehicle may not
have adequate inventories or highly trained
mechanics who might prefer to work in a more
mechanically intensive environment," Godwin
suggests. "For mobile mechanical providers
who simply add a tow truck, they are generally
also the operator of the repair shop. This can be
good, but the towing operator may be more of
a mechanic tasked with towing rather than a
trained professional tow operator."
Brian Riker suggests dedicated mobile maintenance providers may specialize in certain vehicles

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		┬╗Recovery air cushions are needed to upright a reefer loaded with
produce to help maintain the structural integrity of the trailer.
Photo courtesy of Day & Nite Towing

		┬╗The recovery cushions do not lift the compromised trailer alone but
assist the heavy duty wrecker (or wreckers) on-scene with a safer lift.
Photo courtesy of Day & Nite Towing

or systems, while dedicated towing service providers who also provide some mobile maintenance
services may likely offer more general services.
Riker is president and chief compliance specialist
for Fleet Compliance Solutions, a transportation
compliance consulting company for the commercial vehicle market.
Additionally, "they may be more inclined to tow
the breakdown into their shop rather than repair
it roadside," Riker advises.

He adds that service providers will also take
into consideration how quickly their tower can
get off the side of the road.
"On average, a tower or mobile mechanic is
struck by a passing vehicle once every six days
in the U.S.," Riker says.
"For those [fleets] who do not use a full-service solution such as FleetNet America, having a
network of service providers and a relationship
with those providers who serve the areas where



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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Fleet Maintenance

Uptime: The responsibilities of being an essential business
How fleets can benefit from today's 6x2 axle configurations
With greater voltage comes greater responsibility
How to manage unanticipated roadside events
Amping up the voltage
Getting the most out of fuel injection systems
Management: Do you sabotage success?
Economic Outlook: Dealing with a natural disaster
Fleet Parts & Components
Tools & Equipment
Classifieds
Guest Editorial: NASTF steps into the world of heavy duty
Tools & Shop Equipment Supplement: Diagnostic Tools
Tools & Shop Equipment Supplement: Power Tools
Tools & Shop Equipment Supplement: Specialty & Hand Tools
Tools & Shop Equipment Supplement: Shop Equipment
Tools & Shop Equipment Supplement: Tool Storage
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