Unlocking an Abandoned Semi & Towing It Away For CHP

In today's video Trent jr is called out by CHP to tow away a truck that has been abandoned. The owner of the truck was contacted and e said he doesn't want it anymore. Trent Jr has to unlock the vehicle using lockout tools to allow the CHP officer to get information off of the truck such as VIN. Enjoy!
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  • The reason we did not hook it from the rear is there is debris directly behind the truck that would inhibit us from getting perfectly straight with the unit. Yes we can hook from different angles but sometimes it’s just not worth the hassle. Additionally the combination of it being abandoned and it being 50 miles from our shop leave us to believe it is safer to tow from the front, with 8 tires on the ground rather than from the rear with only 2 tires on the ground. This and the taken apart steering Column lead us to believe-front towing was the best option. We appreciate you watching!

    Plaza TowingPlaza TowingPřed měsícem
    • BeachFun how many have you bought?? We used to have to only pull the left rear years ago. If your willing to risk a 10k- 15k trans for the 10 min. It takes to pull a driveshaft or all 4 that’s just dumb. Even if you don’t do the damage.Some O/O or company is gonna see your not going by book and theyre gonna sue you.Your gonna replace his half a million mile broke down junk trans with a shiny new one.Hope you don’t take this as citicism. I retired 45 years in big trucks and big wreckers.Read the magazines,tech sheets,Talk to mech and service mgrs.Listen to all the hokey crap people try to pull.You don’t want that phone call from a dealership or worse a lawyer.

      Fuzzy ButkusFuzzy ButkusPřed 24 dny
    • @Harry Gooch Power take off. On his truck it is most likely used to give power straight from the engine to the hydraulic pump. Farm tractors use a PTO to power their trailers

      Iain WalkerIain WalkerPřed 27 dny
    • A.O.W.media same here. There are ceartain things I tow from the front but for the most part grab ass as much as possible.

      t corleyt corleyPřed 27 dny
    • I wasn’t trying to bust your balls. Just here we rear tow nearly everything we can only gets sketchy when it’s a box truck and you have to start chaining rear ends to stay under height.

      t corleyt corleyPřed 27 dny
    • Got any jobs. ?? I do the same job in uk London.

      slim595921slim595921Před měsícem
  • I have lots of repect for tow truck drivers when you Brake down they show up

    Howard CorbeauHoward CorbeauPřed 22 hodinami
  • Iooks like the owner ran his truck on a shoe string budget. Make money and dont put money back in the truck thats why you have escrow when things go wrong the money to fix it and lots owner operators fale you have to think like busness man when you make money you have to put it back in to your business plain and simple

    Howard CorbeauHoward CorbeauPřed 23 hodinami
  • Everyone saying they want to do this. Trust me it’s not always easy like this. Been driving heavy for 5yrs. Your run into some crazy situations. It’s great pay but sometimes I’d rather sit in a tri axle and call it a day 😂

    FPS killerFPS killerPřed 2 dny
  • You should get some jiggler keys they work great on most semis

    joseph marinojoseph marinoPřed 2 dny
  • Hello from colleagues!)) Smart work.

    Михаил ГоворовМихаил ГоворовPřed 3 dny
  • Should’ve found a better company to haul for so he could afford the maintenance. Do not get any type of PeterBilt if your not making enough money! They are just like taking care of a baby it needs its funds to stay moving.....

    TT 4TT 4Před 4 dny
  • Interesting video. Thanks for the upload.

    Jimbob JimbobJimbob JimbobPřed 5 dny
  • It's not often a police officer watches a man break into a vehicle and does nothing, what an interesting video

    MrcabooseVGMrcabooseVGPřed 5 dny
  • Cool. Thanks for the class!

    Gary MillerGary MillerPřed 6 dny
  • such a hero

    KevinxDollKevinxDollPřed 6 dny
  • Great job

    Jody KavalakJody KavalakPřed 6 dny
  • Thanks for the school.

    terry bradyterry bradyPřed 7 dny
  • alot more to your job than just hooking up and driving off sir good work to

    totalltotallPřed 8 dny
  • That terrain is like Afghanistan with better roads. I did the same shit with full kit, bullets flying over head sometimes, and 120 degrees. Good job man...

    B. ACTSB. ACTSPřed 8 dny
  • Dude I drove tow trucks for 12 years and your a moron. Who puts the tow lights on first?

    Steven KimballSteven KimballPřed 8 dny
    • Shoot! How dare the driver have a routine that is different from yours! At our company lights are the very first thing added to the casualty to alert oncoming motorists of a roadside hazard. Thank you for watching!

      Plaza TowingPlaza TowingPřed 7 dny
  • Why am I watching this?

    Herbie SchwartzHerbie SchwartzPřed 9 dny
  • Use Heavy Duty Magnets. attach them to the lights and then you can place them right onto the frame of the truck a rear mounted camera would be good too

    Steve TSteve TPřed 10 dny
  • What happens to the truck? Does it get sold to recover recovery costs and storage or does the owner pay all that?

    Fields on YoutubeFields on YoutubePřed 10 dny
  • Silly question and I don't see that it's been asked before....but when chaining it down, why did you hook the chains to the leaf springs instead of the crossmember?

    spec4f150spec4f150Před 10 dny
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    Video WatchingVideo WatchingPřed 10 dny
  • looks like a hard job ;-)

    Roman FRoman FPřed 11 dny
  • we use those exact kits at Chrysler when we have a lock out

    Lindsey YahLindsey YahPřed 11 dny
  • Good job 🔝💪👍👍

    luca martiniluca martiniPřed 11 dny
  • Dude!!!! I sat at that same spot at end of April this year waiting for roadside assistance!!!!! So freakishly weird

    DDTX760DDTX760Před 11 dny
  • I just watched this whole video. Im 46 years old and when i grow up in want to be a big rig tow truck driver

    william rullmanwilliam rullmanPřed 11 dny
  • Back in the days, men would repair things that are broken. People these days 🙄

    D90GirlD90GirlPřed 12 dny
  • Hey man! Respect from Russia!!! With best regards!!

    Oleg UsepovOleg UsepovPřed 12 dny
  • I stopped at a little truck stop once and saw a cop breaking the window of a running truck. I thought I gotta watch this. The driver was inside and had not answered any phone call or knocking in a long time. So they found him dead. When the cop opened the passenger side door, all kinds of food wrapper garbage fell out onto the ground. Obviously the driver did not take care of himself.

    watutmanwatutmanPřed 12 dny
  • very interesting

    John SebrightJohn SebrightPřed 13 dny
  • Keys are probably in the hood , lol

    itsRHINOTIMEitsRHINOTIMEPřed 13 dny
  • Going west on I-10 I know exactly where you are. be safe out there.

    NishraRamaNishraRamaPřed 13 dny
  • Can't blame the guy for abandoning an aero truck I wouldn't want it either...

    Tall MikeTall MikePřed 13 dny
  • im surprised u have to loosen the drive shaft screws since there is no special gear switch for that like normal cars have...

    MattMattPřed 14 dny
  • Very good job,Arent this truck is peterbilt?

    PatatOSPatatOSPřed 14 dny
  • Once I started watching the vid I had to finish it, good job. After you got on the freeway I was expecting some fool in a Kia to pull in front and brake check you because you had the audacity to be on the freeway in front of him. :)

    Bob EtzlerBob EtzlerPřed 14 dny
  • Very professional ! 🏁🏆 thanks for all you do !👍

    raybeecoolraybeecoolPřed 15 dny
  • SO satisfying to watch

    TSBBTSBBPřed 15 dny
  • usually the trucks are completly nasty disgusting inside.. lucky for u and mr. policeman it was not

    gijoe696gijoe696Před 15 dny
  • We should ALL respect heavy haulage vehicles good job sir.

    Alan GowerAlan GowerPřed 17 dny
  • I know that parking spot well. Parked there many times over the last 19 years driving a regular route to Phoenix. I thought it was privet property there. Why would the CHP get involved? I use to park in the same spot for days too.

    Frank BaroneFrank BaronePřed 17 dny
  • This is the first time in I saw the procedure of towing a truck. Awesome video! God bless you!

    Rodolfo BandeiraRodolfo BandeiraPřed 17 dny
  • 0:59 thought that was a handgun 😂

    Caj 02Caj 02Před 18 dny
  • I started on wheel lift , went to a rollback , then to a 60 , what. A lot of work , when the weather is the nastiness, that’s when yu wok .. don’t miss it at all .. be safe .. good hook .

    TdogTdogPřed 18 dny
  • Too bad it could not make it to a place such as a Walmart; because at a majority of such Walmart locations - it would most likely not get noticed for many weeks

    Ronald C Krause JrRonald C Krause JrPřed 18 dny
  • Man, I loved watching your video. You’re obviously a very pragmatic person. Thanks for a great watch.

    H BikerH BikerPřed 19 dny
  • why i`ve been seeing that at 1 a.m. )) CH-visions: psss, bro, would you like to watch a professional towing a truck? Me: hmmm..................ok.

    Chake JChake JPřed 19 dny
  • Whats the air for

    Maximilian Jordan VogelMaximilian Jordan VogelPřed 19 dny
  • Also what is chp?

    ayden kayden kPřed 19 dny
  • Now THAT is a truck pullin' a truck!

    ayden kayden kPřed 19 dny
  • Cool video

    shane phelpsshane phelpsPřed 20 dny
  • I just watched a video of a semi getting towed.......ok

    Litivious SpartusLitivious SpartusPřed 21 dnem
  • I've done some Heavy Duty towing before but nothing like this... my Q is why did you have to pull the drive shaft?

    alexalex939alexalex939Před 21 dnem
    • Transmission may have engine operated oil pump. If oil pump is not running and propeller shaft rotates transmission, it may be damaged.

      Janne KarppanenJanne KarppanenPřed 19 dny
  • The amount of care you put into the tow, you could be working for NASA

    ACDCACDCPřed 21 dnem
  • For some reason now I'm interested in watching more towing video

    greenkillers TMgreenkillers TMPřed 21 dnem
  • I love your toys!!

    B4its2L8guyB4its2L8guyPřed 21 dnem
  • I have overnighted there a few time in my day. Nice and quiet.

    Brian BeardBrian BeardPřed 22 dny
  • Stay safe,its a big truck for towing,

    Rowena JuarezRowena JuarezPřed 22 dny
  • A local Walmart store has a deal with a tow company all they do is pull tractor trailers out of there parking lot, it has a Big sign no truck Parking.

    Joe KlejkoJoe KlejkoPřed 23 dny
  • Great Job. Great Video

    DLR Express, LLCDLR Express, LLCPřed 23 dny
  • So how do I get a job like that

    Lawrence BessetteLawrence BessettePřed 23 dny
  • Soon it will be no such thing as forgetting stuff like that technology is coming up fast

    David BrickeyDavid BrickeyPřed 24 dny
  • Quick tip on those petes of that year, to open the hood you have to release the cable latches inside the wheel well directly above...

    MrRick1303MrRick1303Před 24 dny
  • You know what i like about this guy? It just goes to show that you can do any kind of work and have fun , honestly i think his having way more fun than all those high tech jobs

    Yahel PessiYahel PessiPřed 24 dny
  • 6:21 Forgot to say "That's not going anywhere." But atleast gave it a tug.

    Mrkva The EpicMrkva The EpicPřed 25 dny
  • well done very professional

    vorden25vorden25Před 25 dny
  • Thank you for showing this. I was always wondering how you go about towing a truck and why it takes so long get it hooked up. Well, you have answerd my question. Thanks again :)

    Brenten SmithBrenten SmithPřed 25 dny
  • Three of my favorite things.. heavy tow trucks, trucks, and desert.

    ChrisChrisPřed 26 dny
  • I did that work for 30 yrs miss it like hell wish i was younger. Great job hooking up becareful its always the nut coming at you , you got to look out for grt home safe to your family.

    Rick MerinoRick MerinoPřed 26 dny
  • Looks like Vidal Junction. Nice video.

    ToXiCToXiCPřed 26 dny
Unlocking an Abandoned Semi & Towing It Away For CHP