Second in National Tow Truck Photo Contest

Michael's Towing 2015 Ford F450

Michael’s Towing 2015 Ford F450

By Susan Larson. Photo provided by Michael’s Towing & Recovery

Fredericksburg, Virginia — Michael’s Towing & Recovery won second place for Light-Duty Tow Truck in the national Shine ‘n Star Tow Truck Photo Beauty Contest, hosted by Tow Times magazine and Ford Trucks.

The winning photo features a 2015 Ford F450 with Jerr-Dan MPL 40 eight-ton recovery boom towing equipment. It sports a custom green and white vinyl wrap, with hand-applied door jam striping. The Ford F450 winning tow truck also boasts a bumper extension for a Warn 12,000-lb. winch, aluminum wheels, visor, and stainless steel on the rear deck.

The photo was chosen from 550 entries submitted in five categories.

“The annual Shine ‘n Star Tow Truck Photo Beauty Contest taps into towing operators’ pride in their fleet, providing an opportunity to show off the beauty and brawn of their equipment,” said Tow Times’ Publisher Clarissa Powell.

Michael’s Towing was the Grand Prize winner in the 2014 Shine ‘n Star Tow Truck Photo Beauty Contest for a Kenworth T800 twin steer with a Century 1140 rotator.

Michael Powell is owner of Michael’s Towing & Recovery, which is located at 10934 Houser Dr. in Fredericksburg.

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Welcome to Australia! Foolish backpackers get their soft roader stuck trying to drive on a beach then SMASH into 4×4 trying to rescue them

 

  • Tourists got their car stuck on the beach after driving a Subaru onto the sand 
  • The driver then reversed into a four-wheel drive that was towing them out 
  • Car was badly damaged and most of the rear of the vehicle had caved in 

A group of backpackers who got their car stuck on a beach thought they were in luck when a 4×4 owner offered to tow them out of the sand.

But the travellers were left with an even bigger headache after they failed to apply the brakes – and ended up smashing into the back of the Land Rover.

A series of hilarious videos show the Good Samaritans slowly dragging the Subaru out of the sand after it got bogged down at Inskip Point on Rainbow Beach in south east Queensland.

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A group of backpackers who got their car stuck on a beach thought they were in luck when a 4x4 owner offered to tow them out of the sand

A group of backpackers who got their car stuck on a beach thought they were in luck when a 4×4 owner offered to tow them out of the sand

But the travellers were left with an even bigger headache after they failed to apply the brakes - and ended up smashing into the back of the Land Rover

But the travellers were left with an even bigger headache after they failed to apply the brakes – and ended up smashing into the back of the Land Rover

But as the Land Rover comes to a gentle stop after pulling the Subaru for a few metres, the car driver fails to notice and continues to reverse.

‘Brake, brake’, a woman shouts as the car plows into the back of the four-wheel drive with an almighty crunch.

Two people in the rear of the shot can be seen with their heads in their hands, but others seem to see the funny side.

‘No one’s hurt guys, it happens,’ one man is heard saying.

No serious damage appears to have been done to the 4X4, but the same cannot be said for the car.

The rear of the Subaru has caved in, while the bumper and rear window look damaged.

As the Land Rover comes to a gentle stop after pulling the Subaru for a few metres, the car driver fails to notice and continues to reverse into it

As the Land Rover comes to a gentle stop after pulling the Subaru for a few metres, the car driver fails to notice and continues to reverse into it

The driver of the car (right) looks distinctly glum as he clambers out of the wrecked car

The driver of the car (right) looks distinctly glum as he clambers out of the wrecked car

‘Landy hasn’t got a mark on her,’ one man remarks.

‘Landy’s good to go,’ another replies.

While they seem in high spirits, the driver of the car looks distinctly glum as he clambers out of the wrecked car.

The man, who says he does not have an Australian driving license, appears to be a tourist and was travelling with surfboards on the top of his car.

Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-4036478/Backpackers-got-car-stuck-sand-smash-4×4-towing-Queensland.html#ixzz4Sw5lpz8A

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2017 Honda Ridgeline Towing Review

Towing 5,000 pounds isn’t what it used to be. The weight of steel and wood hasn’t changed but the towing capabilities and capacities of the vehicles responsible for moving them sure have.

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Towing and Hauling

Providing motivation for the Ridgeline is a transversely-mounted 3.5-liter V6 that makes 280 horsepower and 262 lb-ft of torque. Power is sent to the front wheels as standard, while all-wheel drive can be had for $1,800 (Canadian Ridgelines get all-wheel drive as standard equipment). GM manages to squeeze 305 hp and 269 lb-ft from its 3.6-liter V6, while Toyota gets slightly less hp and a little more torque from its 3.5-liter.

Spec for spec, Honda’s small pickup is about on par with the competition on most fronts, though it is the tow rating that falls short. Even if you’re not pulling the limit every time you tow, having that extra capacity means that you’re not stressing your truck as much when you pull.

So can the Ridgeline actually pull at its 5,000-pound limit with confidence? Seeing as towing confidence is never really a yes or no answer, let’s explore. We hitched up a large four-place snowmobile trailer that weighs in just shy of 5,000 pounds to dig deep into the truck’s capability and see how the little Honda handled being truly stressed.

Easily the best part of the towing experience with the Ridgeline is the way the suspension soaks up all the weight with little issue. Despite the rear end squatting, the front wheels didn’t feel light and the nose wasn’t pointing straight up into the air. Side-to-side movement felt controlled, and the even the trailer’s weight couldn’t push the truck around.

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This translates into the cabin with nice, planted steering feel and little to no torque steer thanks in part to the all-wheel drive.

If the towing experience ended there, the Ridgeline would leave with a stellar report card. Unfortunately there are other parts of the package that are important as well, namely the brakes and the engine.

Not Quite Enough Engine

The V6 needs to be constantly revved to keep it in the power band, and even at full tilt, it felt small with the big trailer behind it. Part of the problem is the lack of a proper tow/haul mode. Honda offers a ‘D4’ button on the gear shift, which will lock out the top gear and also slightly adjust the shift points, but you cannot manually choose which gear you’d like your truck to be in. For engine braking there is also an ‘L’ (low) gear which keep the truck first through third only and tries to stay in the lowest gear possible. This setting does help when descending, but it cannot replace the ability to shift your own gears, an especially important feature when towing.

However, the biggest weak point in our test was the brakes, but there is a caveat here. Our trailer was equipped with trailer brakes, but the Ridgeline does not include an integrated brake controller.

An aftermarket brake controller would be the answer for anyone towing big weight with the truck and would go a long way to making towing safer. Because without trailer brakes, which is how we tested it, this rig takes some serious time to stop.

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If you’re towing this kind of weight, a trailer brake controller is absolutely essential, and it’s actually the law in many states and Canadian provinces.

So what’s the takeaway from all of that? If you plan to tow 5,000 pounds every day the Ridgeline will do it, but you’re better off getting a half-ton or a more capable midsize pickup to keep things comfortable. I would say the comfortable max limit for the Ridgeline is around 3,500 pounds. Any more, and this little Honda starts to feel undersized.

So it may not be the heavy lifter among its peers, but there is one aspect of the Ridgeline that is second to none: unladen driving dynamics. Thanks to a combination of factors including its unibody construction and independent suspension, the Ridgeline drives like a big Honda Accord on the road, offering absolutely none of the stiff, choppy ride most body-on-frame trucks have.

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Pricing

Those shopping for a Ridgeline will have to spend at least $30,375 for a basic front-wheel drive Ridgeline, while the top-trim all-wheel drive Black Edition tops out at $43,770. The Ridgeline is only offered as a crew cab with a single bed length, but even when you look at comparable trucks from Toyota and Chevy, the Honda is at least a few thousand dollars more expensive.

In Canada, the Ridgeline starts at $36,590, which includes all-wheel drive as standard. At the top end, customers will spend $48,590 for the Black Edition, once again starting at more than the competition and ending with a higher price tag, too.

The Verdict: 2017 Honda Ridgeline Towing Review

The Honda Ridgeline is a quandary to truck buyers because it offers the ride and handling of a car, with some pickup truck capability. If you’re willing to live in the middle between those things, where the Ridgeline spends most of its time as a car and is occasionally needed to move a very heavy load, the truck will work wonders. But buying the Ridgeline in anticipation of a life filled with big trailers and heavy loads, you’ll wish you bought a bigger truck.

Read more: http://www.autoguide.com/manufacturer/2017-honda-ridgeline-towing-review

 

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