Slow Down Move Over TruckJul 5th, 2012 | By Editorial Staff | Category: From our latest issue
Editor’s Note: The “Slow Down Move Over” truck is featured in the July issue of Tow Times magazine.
This is our “Slow Down Move Over” truck, built by Idaho Wrecker Sales of Mountain Home, Idaho. Facebook friends of Idaho Wrecker Sales were asked to help design a 2011 show tow truck. The first thing was to design a theme for the truck. Many great ideas submitted, from the “John Wayne” themed truck to the “Transformer” truck.
Ultimately, the winning theme was the “Slow Down Move Over” truck: a 2011 International 4300 with a Chevron Series 12 LCG carrier and an SP8000 side puller. The truck has many custom items such as the “no lightbar lightbar,” hydro-dipped interior panels, custom LED lighting, custom-made IWS hood ornament and one-of-a-kind paint and graphics by Doug Batchelor of Doug’s Designs, Mountain Home, Idaho. A full photo spread of the build and the 2011 Western States Show can be viewed at Idaho Wrecker Sales’ Facebook page.
Joe Eldam, owner of Save Tow out of Livermore, Calif., attended the show and bought the truck to add to his growing fleet. Save Tow is a AAA contract station servicing Tracy, Livermore, Pleasanton and Dublin. The fleet consists of service trucks, battery service, flatbeds, wreckers, medium-dutys, two heavy-dutys (one 50-ton rotator and one 60-ton), and a lowboy.
While it may be a show truck, it is used daily. It helps spread the word of the Slow Down Move Over Law and draws attention to the dangers towers face daily. As an owner, Joe is aware of the dangers his drivers deal with and is not a stranger to having to deal with losing a driver. On January 11, 2003, 26-year-old, father of three Justen Purcell had just arrived at a CHP call, and as he was exiting his tow truck was struck and killed by a 19-year-old drunk driver. As with all our fallen brothers and sisters, Justen will forever be in our thoughts.
“Please Slow Down and Move Over. My Life is at Stake.”