I am not sure if this should go here or rants and raves, but I have never seen a tow truck get stuck, ,so if it needs to be be moved, I guess a mod can do it if they need to.
So on thursday I get a call from my mother-in-law at 8 in the morning informing me that she and her 10 children were standed out by Chugwater, Wy and she needed me to come help them as they had lost control of thier 15 passenger Ram Van 3500 and went into the center median.
So being the nice guy that I am, I headed out from Cheyenne to try to find them. The only thing that they could tell me was that they were north bound on I-25 just south of Chugwater. Nothing else. In a attempt to get some kind of idea of were they were, I used my CB to figure out where they were. A truker kindly informed me that they were turing around in the median and were now going to be on the south bound sholder. When I got there, I could see where they had been on the center median so I followed thier lead and drove across it with no problems.
When I looked the van over I could tell that the front drivers side was siezed. So I used my AAA card to get a tow truck who had to make the 90 minute drive from Lermie to Chugwater. After about ninety minutes, we saw a standard wrecker, we had asked for a flatbed truck, turn his emegancy lights on and turn into the center median and stop moving. (I took this on the way back to his tow truck after getting a trucker to stop, no easy task)
When I took that picture I was about half way to his truck from my truck.
I saw This when I got up to his truck
This drive, who I nicknamed Billy-Bob, how no idea how to drive, get himself unstuck, or tow a vehicle. At one point a Ram 3500 stoped and aske Billy-Bob if he could help. After Billy-Bob pulled the Ram about 10 feet I decided that I had to go back to my truck and grab my camera phone.
When I got back Mr. Billy-Bob was trying to flag down another truck. I asked him what he was going to do, it was now 2 full hours since I called AAA. He told me that we was going to try to get another truck to stop. I told him that I had a truck, but it wasn't going to do him any good, he was too stuck and too big. He was just going to pull everything down the hill and he needed another tow truck or a 18 wheeler to pull him out. He then proceeded to try to flag down a big rig. I then trotted back to my truck and proceded to try to convince a truck to stop. After 45 minutes and numerous cracks about a tow truck being stuck on stoped.
This is the truck that agreed to stop and help.
The next fun thing was when Billy-Bob hooked his winch up and started to pull himself out, he had it in park and the brake on. He then asked me to jump in his truck and take the brake off and drop it in neutral (can you say DOT violation?)
Then his front wheels start turning and he doesn't do anything about it so after they are fully turned and he hasn't even thought about it, I say excuse me mister Billy-Bob, but you may want to lock your steering so you don't mess your steering up. He then looks and says oh shoot, will you jump up there and hold them striaght?
So being the nice guy that I am, I take these while holding his steering straight
After another 10 minutes on winching he was free. And I could snap a few of where he was stuck
This is what the back of his stinger looked like
He then lifted up the Van and was going to leave, he didn't even think to take the drive line off. After 84 minutes, Yes I timed it, I was getting very upset about all of this crap, he got the drive shaft off at the rear axle and put it back on at the tranny. He had soaked it with WD40 and liquid wrench and thought that it would be okay to just take it apart at the trany.
Here is the only picture of where he sprayed the WD40 to take the drive line off.