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    Thread: This is how your car gets towed in Paris

    1. 10-26-2011 01:33 PM #1
      http://hooniverse.com/2011/10/26/thi...owed-in-paris/



      Park illegally in Paris, which if you lived there you would have to do often, and this is how your tiny Euro-spec crapcan will get towed. No messing around with fork under the wheels or dramatic flatbed roping. The tow truck just pulled up next to the veedub, erected the crane (Beavis voice – “hehe, he said erected” – w00t, Beavis and Butthead are coming back!), one guy rolled the straps under, secured, and lifted. Bam. The whole process took about three minutes.

    2. 10-26-2011 01:37 PM #2
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      10-26-2011 01:37 PM #3
      Immediately after the second photo was taken, the operator said "le forget about ittt-uh," put the car back down and drove away.
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      10-26-2011 01:41 PM #4
      Those are neat, Why aren't they used in the US? Or are they?
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      10-26-2011 01:41 PM #5
      In the second photo of the audi being towed it really looks like the crane is holding it just over the hood of that 911..
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    6. 10-26-2011 01:44 PM #6
      Quote Originally Posted by sicksappeal View Post
      In the second photo of the audi being towed it really looks like the crane is holding it just over the hood of that 911..
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      10-26-2011 01:47 PM #7
      Quote Originally Posted by don5504 View Post
      Depth Perception. You need it.
      Yeah I'm not seeing it either. Maybe because I'm actually looking at the picture.

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      10-26-2011 01:48 PM #8
      This truck is called "The Spider" because the hoist resembles the legs of a spider. Anyway, this far more convenient and safe than the average tow truck you see here in USA. Why: because there is no dragging the car if it is parked in an awkward place, no strain on the drivetrain and the tow truck does not need to be infront of the car. This system is very efficient for removing cars and SUVs in the tightly packed streets in Europe.

      I honestly I wish we had those same trucks here in USA. Every time my car gets towed I am very concerned that the drunk idiot tow truck operator might have damaged something (bumber, underbody panel, axle, transmission, ebrake)

    9. 10-26-2011 01:48 PM #9
      Quote Originally Posted by 16v_43v3r View Post
      Those are neat, Why aren't they used in the US? Or are they?
      That would be harder to do with a 5000lbs SUV.

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      10-26-2011 02:03 PM #10
      Quote Originally Posted by marc123 View Post
      That would be harder to do with a 5000lbs SUV.
      pretty sure this could handle it



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      10-26-2011 02:04 PM #11
      Quote Originally Posted by sicksappeal View Post
      In the second photo of the audi being towed it really looks like the crane is holding it just over the hood of that 911..
      Umm...not even close.

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      10-26-2011 02:05 PM #12
      Quote Originally Posted by vasillalov View Post
      bumber
      I still don't understand how anyone in an English speaking country can think this is a word. It doesn't even sound like this when you say it! Unless perhaps you are one of those people who's car has windurs and needs to be filled up with awl.

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      10-26-2011 02:12 PM #13
      Quote Originally Posted by AZGolf View Post
      I still don't understand how anyone in an English speaking country can think this is a word. It doesn't even sound like this when you say it! Unless perhaps you are one of those people who's car has windurs and needs to be filled up with awl.
      Drives me INSANE.

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    14. 10-26-2011 02:12 PM #14
      that's insane!!! hahaha, at least it leaves less room for error of phuking up the car being towed.
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      10-26-2011 02:12 PM #15
      Quote Originally Posted by VadGTI View Post
      Drives me INSANE.

      bumPer = for bumping

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      For bumbing. Duh.
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      10-26-2011 02:14 PM #16
      Quote Originally Posted by VadGTI View Post
      bumBer = ???
      bumber = for bumbling.

    17. 10-26-2011 02:24 PM #17
      Quote Originally Posted by sirswank View Post
      pretty sure this could handle it



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      Sure it can handle picking up a 5000lb suv. But look at it… first, there is no room in the bed to fit a 5000lb suv, second the crane has half the articulation/reach of the European truck and third US truck is twice the size of the European unit.

      Something the US was never good at… efficiency!

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      10-26-2011 02:26 PM #18
      Seems awfully inefficient, time consuming and would cause even more congestion by blocking the road.
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      10-26-2011 02:28 PM #19
      Quote Originally Posted by Kuatro View Post
      Sure it can handle picking up a 5000lb suv. But look at it… first, there is no room in the bed to fit a 5000lb suv, second the crane has half the articulation/reach of the European truck and third US truck is twice the size of the European unit.

      Something the US was never good at… efficiency!
      Oh for the love of god.... Piss off.
      Now go get your shinebox

    20. 10-26-2011 02:28 PM #20
      Couldn't that f-ck up the underbody/doors if the straps sit a certain way? It just doesn't seem like a car is designed to put all it's weight on whatever the area under the doors is.

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      10-26-2011 02:29 PM #21
      Quote Originally Posted by B3passatBMX View Post
      Seems awfully inefficient, time consuming and would cause even more congestion by blocking the road.
      Did you miss the 3 minutes it took to get the car on the bed without having any potential of harming the drivetrain?

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      10-26-2011 02:36 PM #23
      ^came in expecting this, left happy

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      10-26-2011 02:37 PM #24
      I was just bumbing around and thought I'd say hello.

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      10-26-2011 02:47 PM #25
      Quote Originally Posted by Kuatro View Post
      Sure it can handle picking up a 5000lb suv. But look at it… first, there is no room in the bed to fit a 5000lb suv, second the crane has half the articulation/reach of the European truck and third US truck is twice the size of the European unit.

      Something the US was never good at… efficiency!
      Considering it's not made for that I wouldn't expect it to be as efficient as a vehicle built to do that specific job.

      We have plenty of good efficient tools for different jobs, but this simply is using a sledgehammer to drive a nail (and the poster didn't intend for this to be serious, he knew it was overkill). When you need the sledgehammer you can't use a framing hammer, can you?
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      10-26-2011 02:55 PM #26
      Quote Originally Posted by AZGolf View Post
      Unless perhaps you are one of those people who's car has windurs and needs to be filled up with awl.

      Ahem good sir...it is earl 'round heer.


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      10-26-2011 02:55 PM #27
      Quote Originally Posted by 2004turbo View Post
      Did you miss the 3 minutes it took to get the car on the bed without having any potential of harming the drivetrain?
      I did actually. Didn't notice the link
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    28. 10-26-2011 03:02 PM #28
      Quote Originally Posted by B3passatBMX View Post
      Seems awfully inefficient, time consuming and would cause even more congestion by blocking the road.
      Compared to a flying tow truck with a flux capacitor? This is no slower than any other type of real-world tow truck. Ever seen how people park in Paris? With the super tight margins it'd be difficult to maneuver a NA style truck into position at all.

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      10-26-2011 03:07 PM #29
      A Jerr Dan MPL can pull a front or rear wheel drive car out of a parallel spot with ease as well - and on a standard wrecker chassis, not a carrier:

      http://www.jerrdan.com/wreckers/pdfs/MPL.pdf

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      10-26-2011 03:20 PM #30
      Quote Originally Posted by VadGTI View Post
      Drives me INSANE.

      bumPer = for bumping

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      Quote Originally Posted by 16v_43v3r View Post
      For bumbing. Duh.
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      10-26-2011 03:28 PM #31
      "Bumber" reminds me of "Turrents" on gaming websites. The word is like a cockroach. impossible to kill.
      Last edited by Robstr; 10-26-2011 at 03:29 PM. Reason: misspelled the misspelling

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      10-26-2011 03:40 PM #32
      Haha, I just took a bunch of photos of this happening right outside of my window. Its impressive to watch and really doesnt take that long. A person gets out and records the plate, then pulls out the camera and takes photos of every panel of the car and then the flatbed comes around. They put the seats under the tire and then lower the arm over the center. Attach the tire seats to the arm and up it goes. It only took about 5 minutes, after the photos were taken. Very quick and easy.





    33. 10-26-2011 03:47 PM #33
      Wow. A thief using one of those would make quick work of any vehicle security system save for GPS or Lojack.

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      10-26-2011 03:47 PM #34
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      10-26-2011 03:53 PM #35
      Quote Originally Posted by vasillalov View Post
      Every time my car gets towed I am very concerned that the drunk idiot tow truck operator might have damaged something (bumber, underbody panel, axle, transmission, ebrake)
      you must be the drunk idiot if your car gets towed that often, let alone your usage of the word bumber.

      cell phones have cameras - use them. when you decide your car needs to be towed, take pictures. if anything looks damaged when you go to retrieve your car, compare them to the photos you took before. in my few experiences with tow truck drivers with my lowered vw and current bmw, i never had issues with damage, and they were always respectful of the car. they even carried vw/audi/bmw spec tow hooks in case the car owner didn't have one.
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