Sunday we spent in Gila Bend, Arizona at the hotel. I didn’t realize how boring it is to have absolutely nothing to do. I did take advantage of the down time to read some of Tony Robbin’s “Unleash The Giant Within”.
We watched the Emmy’s last night and I was thoroughly disappointed none of the shows we watch were even mentioned :-(.
This morning around 11 am, our time 9 local, the wrecker truck arrived.
A honkin’ big monster of a truck!
Barnett’s Towing out of Phoenix came to get us.
Joe used a garden hose from the hotel to add water to the radiator so he could drive across the street to a dirt lot.
This tow truck is amazing! There is a “Stinger” on the backside that will lower down to ground level.
And a massive winch system to lift and move tons of weight.
Joe got safely across the street where the tow truck waited for him. The driver’s name is Mark and he knows his business. Very professional and he respects his equipment, which made Joe and I feel good about entrusting our equipment to him.
When I arrived to the lot, after clearing out the hotel room and getting checked out, the stinger was already positioned beneath Joe’s front truck.
This stinger will be securely attached to the front axle of Joe’s truck and, when fully attached, will raise the front of the truck off the ground.
There are hydraulics that move the stinger up and down or in and out. For the convenience of the operator there is a handy dandy remote control device that works the hydraulics while Mark is under the truck and needs to position things.
Once the attaching is done, and secure, the stinger pulls Joe’s truck closer to the tow truck then lifts the front end off the ground. Snazzy bit of work that is.
While the guys were doing their thing I went to the opposite side so you could see what this whole thing would look like when fully mounted.
Amazing the types of equipment created to fill a need 🙂
Next thing to happen is the driveline gets disconnected. Poor Mark has to scrabble around under the truck to do this job. There are some trucks that have very little space to work in and on hot pavement, this job would be a major chore not to mention greasy and filthy.
Safety is a big concern in this business. It is really good to know there are people that believe in “redundancy”. The driveline is secured to the under frame with a ratchet strap, rope, and chain. If one fails there will be two safeguards to fall back on.
It is now time to leave Gila Bend and head for Phoenix and the repair shop.
Once on Arizona Route 85 we passed saguaro and other desert plant life. Wending our way to I-10 we passed cotton fields that will have bowls soon with defoliation to follow and harvesting later.
I had to play the bully on the roads to keep the little cars and pickups clear so Mark could make right turns safely.
Joe’s truck has been safely delivered to the FedEx shop, we are in an air conditioned hotel room. Later we will go have dinner with Carissa and Jaime.
We stopped at a truck stop for water and cold drinks. We need a little something to eat and these look right up my alley.
I know I really ought to go for this.
We left instead with this 🙂
Now don’t tell on me because I had to sneak this in. Hey, it is a compromise 🙂
Enjoy your day everyone.