Jack Schrock’s Blog

Gin Pole

Dec 20th, 2013 | By | Category: Jack Schrock's Blog

Just a few words to offer some background information on the sometimes-tawdry reputation of T & R: As the automobile industry emerged early in the 20th century, there were no salvage yards standing by to process wrecked vehicles. Neither were there suitable vehicles for recovery […]

Saving Lives

Dec 6th, 2013 | By | Category: Jack Schrock's Blog

Every month one or more towers are killed in the line of duty. The most familiar scenario is working alongside a freeway or busy highway to retrieve or load a casualty. Having been caught in this situation I can appreciate the need to keep one […]

Teach and Preach

Nov 29th, 2013 | By | Category: Jack Schrock's Blog

As we all know, T & R is, for the most part, a self-regulated industry. Unlike our British cousins, a young driver only needs a worn-out 440 and the will to go into business and it’s done. And with that accomplished, he can even get […]

Wreckers Revisited

Nov 22nd, 2013 | By | Category: Jack Schrock's Blog

There is a misconception that all you have to do is buy and wrecker and you will somehow become successful. To put that another way, some seem to believe that wreckers alone make more money than you can spend. Going back to the early days, […]


Nov 15th, 2013 | By | Category: Jack Schrock's Blog

The other night my attention was drawn to a nearby residence that was surrounded by 14 emergency vehicles — all with flashing red, blue and white strobes. I am not suggesting that they were not all necessary, though it did seem excessive. I am suggesting […]

Chicken and Feathers

Nov 8th, 2013 | By | Category: Jack Schrock's Blog

Last July I spent a good part of a night with two hospitalized friends. One had a stroke and the other a heart “event.” Both were awaiting further tests and therefore confined to the hospital overnight. And, this particular hospital is actually a health care […]

National Breakdown

Nov 1st, 2013 | By | Category: Jack Schrock's Blog

Recognizing a successful T & R program in England, some years back a serious attempt was made to organize select HD T & R operators throughout the U. S. and Canada to provide uniform services to distressed truckers. The promoters wanted to establish standardized rates, […]

Factory Warranties

Oct 25th, 2013 | By | Category: Jack Schrock's Blog

Please take note of the Over-The-Road truck lines, which seem to be running new equipment that looks good and runs good (most of the time). To do that, many opt for three-year, full-maintenance leases that take the misery out of engine failures and major repairs […]


Oct 18th, 2013 | By | Category: Jack Schrock's Blog

There are two ways to look at maintenance: ”fix it when it breaks” is probably the most popular and “fix it before it breaks” is probably unknown to many towers. In the first scenario, drivers are often expected to work their wreckers as if they […]

Bolts & Nuts

Oct 11th, 2013 | By | Category: Jack Schrock's Blog

There is a lot of truth to the notion that the weakest link determines the strength of the chain. And so it goes with wrecker hardware, especially mounting hardware because there really is the good, bad and ugly to choose from. To explain further, attachment […]