Orange Barrels and Tow Shows

May 31st, 2013 | By | Category: Geri Roskopf's Blog

Although we have four seasons in the year, this is the time of the year that reminds me of another season: orange barrels, road work and the start of tow shows.

A rep from the department of public works stopped by my office to drop off a letter informing us a local street would be closed from now until the end of August with absolutely no truck traffic. I commented that I would have to tell customers a different route to get to our shop, and I would have to let my drivers know they too would have to find another route off the freeway. The DPW rep said, “This will be strictly enforced by the police.” I was taken aback by his comment, which felt almost like a threat.

The fact is, those orange barrels are a pain in the you-know-what. It’s frustrating to find an alternate route, it takes extra time to get anywhere and it slows down traffic, so you find yourself sitting in a traffic jam in 90-degree heat. It also messes with ETAs and trying to figure out mileage. And motor clubs can be fussy about those two things.

The tow show season, however, is a good thing. The Wisconsin Tow Show is only a couple of weeks away and I am getting excited about attending. I don’t care how many orange barrels I have to detour through to get there — I’m going!

That weekend has always been our mini-vacation time. At our tow show there’s a little bit for everyone in the family: kid’s activities, wrecker contest, new equipment, educational seminars, certification testing and a few beverages shared with our tow friends. It’s time away from the stress of work, and a time for much needed R & R.

Take my word for it, even if you have to go through a few detour barrels to get to a tow show, do it. Tis’ the season to celebrate the towing industry — even if it is decorated in orange.