Industry News & New Products

  • Make the switch to synthetics with Zip's

    by Brittany Stange | Jan 09, 2018

    The use of this recovery rope will drastically cut down on the overall weight of any truck.

    AmSteel-Blue Synthetic Rope
    AmSteel-Blue Synthetic Rope is an excellent alternative to steel winch cables! These synthetic winch lines and rope extensions are very durable with extremely low stretch, have superior flex fatigue and are wear resistant. Size-for-size, it is the same strength as steel - yet it floats in water! Learn more about AmSteel-Blue Synthetic Rope now! 
  • Zip's creates "Slow Down for a Cause" decals

    by Brittany Stange | Aug 18, 2017

    Support the "Slow Down, Move Over" Movement that is spanning across the US.


    Zip’s has created a “Slow Down, Move Over” vinyl vehicle decal for you to bring awareness to the movement. A portion of the proceeds from these decals will be donated to the Survivor Fund which provides immediate financial support to families of towing operators who lose their lives in the line of service in our industry. View our full inventory of decals!
  • Introducing our LCG Industrial Carriers

    by Brittany Stange | Aug 03, 2017

    Our Low Center of Gravity Industrial Carriers are ready to roll!

    LCG Industrial Carriers

    LCG carriers cater perfectly to a very broad market. They are excellent for hauling equipment such as Ag equipment, construction equipment, rental equipment and much more. These beds are available with a 20,000 lb., 30,000 lb. or 40,000 lb. weight capacity. Learn more about our LCG Industrial Carriers now! 
  • Easy to apply Car Carrier Tie-Downs

    by Brittany Stange | Jul 07, 2017


    Zip’s wants you to feel safe when hauling equipment - big or small with our extensive product offering which includes tie-downs from B/A Products and All-Grip. We offer a wide selection of dependable car carrier straps and chains for load securement when transporting cars, vans or pick-up trucks. Our variety of ratchet straps and chains are easily applied to your vehicle making for a smooth, responsible trip. Whether you are hauling high-end vehicles or wrecked cars Zip’s has all the straps and chains to get the job done. Click here to learn about Car Carrier Tie-Downs.

  • Tycan Synthetic Chains with Dyneema

    by Amara Thein | Jun 13, 2017
    Tycan Synthetic Chains
    Safety is always the number one priority in any industry—followed closely by quality products you can count on to get the job done. Zip’s is introducing the Tycan synthetic chain made with Dyneema, the world's strongest fiber. What does that mean for your crew, company and cargo? Performance that doesn’t compromise safety. Tycan synthetic chain has incredible working load limits and is a fraction of the weight of a steel chain—light and safe enough for one person to handle confidently. With a chain that makes the the job safer, better and faster, the uses for this chain in any industry are nearly limitless. Click here to learn about Tycan Synthetic Chains made with Dyneema.
  • YOU are a 24/7 Problem Solver!

    by Karen McDonald | May 24, 2017
    24-7Problem Solver
    The term “24/7 Problem Solver” describes YOU—those of you in the towing industry who are dedicated and passionate about what you do! The 24/7 Problem Solver Spotlight is a new movement from Zip’s that we’re launching on Facebook. It is our way to say thank you, give the world a chance to learn a little bit about you and your towing experiences as 24/7 Problem Solvers. Zip’s will regularly showcase an experienced tower and a fun interview about them on our Facebook page STARTING TOMORROW! Look for the first of many 24/7 Problem Solvers in your Facebook news feed! Learn more about the 24/7 Spotlight here!
  • Whelen M and M V-Series

    by Amara Thein | Apr 27, 2017
    Whelen M Series and M V-Series
    Emergency and warning lights are essential for keeping you and motorist around you safe on the road.  Whelen is constantly striving for innovation and delivers lightheads with brilliant, high-intensity output and low current consumption for the safety and life-saving industries. The M Series surface mount Super-LED lightheads create completely illuminate working environments, and the M V-Series is unique light collection with complete coverage in one lighthead, providing 2-in-1 combination warning and scene lighting. These premire light collections come in a wide selection of models, and Zip’s is sure we can help you find the lighting to suite your professional needs. Learn more about the M Series and M V-Series collections here. 
  • Whelen Amber Essentials

    by Amara Thein | Apr 26, 2017
    Whelen Amber Essentials lights
    Emergency and warning lighting is absolutely crucial in any public safety and emergency response industry. The professionals count on those lights to caution motorist for their safety, but their own safety as well.  Zip’s supplies premium light collections for professionals—Whelen Amber Essentials is no exception. These premier warning lights are designed with powerful Super-LED technology that’s built to stand up to the harsh conditions in the industry. Whether for law enforcement, fire departments and first responders or municipality, utility and county fleets, Zip's can help you find the Whelen lighting to suit any warning lighting need. For more information on Whelen Amber Essentials, click here.
  • Miller Light Service Vehicle (LSV)

    by Adam Bauer | Feb 15, 2017
    Light Service Vehicle Driver Side

    Dispatch call needs to be fast, thorough and safe. Wrong information and unanswered questions can leave you sending out the wrong truck from your fleet or without the right tools to handle the job, wasting time and resources. Specifically designed for complete roadside service—from battery replacements and lock-outs to jump-starts and repairs—the Miller Light Service Vehicle (LSV) is a truck that delivers. Customer service improves when you have equipment, like the Miller LSV, that can prepare you for so many scenarios. Click here to learn more about this LSV. Click here to learn more!
  • RimSling Synthetic Recovery Slings

    by User Not Found | Jan 24, 2017
    RimSling Synthetic Recovery Slings

    As tow operators, we want to provide the best service for our customers, and in order to do so, we have to have an arsenal of the best products, ready to take on any service call. By doing our toolbox a service, we can better serve our customers—starting with Rimsling Synthetic Recovery Slings. They are smart in design and unprecedented in performance. Features like the exceptionally strong fiber construction, Condura protective sleeve, reinforcing braid guard, duel eye slings and slim, light build are everything you need for hoisting and pulling for the long haul. As far as the top recovery straps go, look no further than RimSling—and here’s why.

  • Holmes Towing Service Vehicle (TSV)

    by User Not Found | Jan 04, 2017
    2015 Ford F350 Super Duty Extended Cab including a Miller TSV with a Holmes 220 Front Driver Side
    Full performance and efficiency, no matter the situation, is what we aim for in the recovery industry. Any given dispatch could be a standard lock-out or a breakdown with a dozen other unanticipated circumstances. You have to have a full toolbox and then some. The Holmes Towing Service Vehicle (TSV) is specifically designed for complete roadside service, and then it takes it up a notch with its top feature—the 200 Snatcher self-loading wheel lift attachment—giving this service truck the capacity for light duty towing. The TSV maximizes efficiency with it’s ability to store all of the tools you need and to tow a compromised vehicle, presenting an affordable and practical solution to more involved roadside situations. For more information, click here.
  • Heavy Duty Snatch Blocks

    by User Not Found | Dec 09, 2016
    Snatch Blocks Rigging Equipment Recovery Towing

    Wondering what the difference is between snatch blocks? What’s the best brands, weights, materials, features and price for your towing and recovery applications? With so many on the market, look no further than Zip’s for those answers. We’ve done the thinking and comparing for you, so that your shopping process is easy. We’ve got the right snatch block for you, no matter your specifications. High strength, low weight, reasonable price, impressive working load limits, long life-span or a combination thereof—explore our most popular products, laid out for your convenience. Click here to start exploring.
  • Winter Apparel

    by User Not Found | Dec 05, 2016
    Gear Up For Winter with Jackets!

    Zip’s wants you to stay safe on the job, but when winter weather kicks in, warmth and comfort are also a must. When you’re up against the elements on the job site or you want to stay comfortable in the garage, you have to wear the gear that benefits you most. Choose from our large selection of winter jackets, sweatshirts, gloves, hats and neck warmers that are as comfortable as they are durable. Zip’s provides you with a clothing collection able to withstand the demands of your working environments and meet safety compliance standards—every zipper, every stitch. Check out our winter safety apparel here.
  • Car Carrier Equipment and Accessories

    by User Not Found | Nov 16, 2016
    642 x 222 rollback car carriers

    A car carrier trailer is such an essential piece of equipment in the towing industry, whether you’re shipping vehicles to a new dealership or delivering a disabled vehicle to an auto repair shop. Make sure you are well-equipped to handle any hauling or transporting application, easily and confidently. Your customers are counting on efficiency and high-quality service, and when you can do right by your equipment, you can better serve your customers—this ranges from toolboxes, storage, towing accessories, straps, chains, safety equipment, snatch blocks, roadside service parts, lighting, electrical hardware, repair parts and much more! Check out our popular items for your car carrier rollback here.
  • Portable Power Boosts

    by User Not Found | Sep 06, 2016
    Boost Pro Jumpstart In Use

    A dead car battery can leave you stranded. A dead phone battery can leave you without a way to call for help. The solution? Zip’s supplies portable power boosts small enough to carry in your purse or stow in your glove compartment—and strong enough to not only charge large electronics, but jump-start your engine. This means power when you need it most, without the time and trouble of calling for roadside assistance. Zip’s also carries other impressive power packs in a range of sizes and power voltages, perfect for any member of your family, any time a battery charge is needed. Learn more about them here.
  • Century 1150 Rotator

    by User Not Found | Aug 31, 2016

    2015 Kenworth T800-TS with Century 1150R Rolling Rotator Boom
    The Century 1150 is a powerful piece of equipment that is built to handle the toughest recovery and lifting jobs easier, safer and more efficiently. This 50 ton heavy wrecker has proven lifting capabilities—great strength with professional ease. With 360° continuous boom rotation, a 3-stage recovery boom, SDU-4 underlift and many other features, this wrecker is above the rest in the market. It’s been tested in a variety of climate conditions, so matter the weather, severe ice or extreme heat, operation won’t be stalled. It’s larger in reach, but lighter in weight—meaning it’s easier on your wallet without compromising performance. The Century 1150 is the front leader of rotator offerings, and Zip’s is proud to offer it to our customers. Learn more about it here. 

  • Custom Wear T-Shirts

    by User Not Found | Jun 07, 2016
    Custom Wear T-Shirt Sale

    We’re giving you a special look at the latest custom shirts from Zip’s. With the release of new styles, including long sleeve or short sleeve and ladies or unisex options, you’re sure to find a style that suits you. Shop our fun designs and up-to-date styles for any family member, any time of the year. We want to help you find just what you’re looking for, so let us know if you have questions on sizing or availability. Grab them while they’re on sale. Check out the collection here.

  • Change of Production Seasons

    by Paul Rottinghaus | Mar 05, 2015

    Today hopefully is the last frigidly cold day we will have this winter. In Iowa and Michigan we have missed a great deal of the snowy weather endured by states south and east of us.  I’m sure that although cold snowy weather is good for business that our customers will like a break from it.

    It seems like this has been a very long stretch of time that we have been under the gun to build new equipment to fill custom orders. We have been working a lot of overtime.  The guys are looking forward to and will enjoy more normal hours in a week or two as we wind down the rush season and as the weather warms and daylight savings time kicks in.

    Zip’s is now getting quite current with production of new build to order wreckers, car carriers and service bodies. We are beginning to produce some turnkey units so our customers will find that they can get immediate delivery on flatbeds, multi-deck car carriers, and light and heavy duty wreckers. Carriers are already showing up out front and we will be moving a few of them to Zip’s Detroit store in the next few days.

    Zip’s also has available a large number of chassis and bodies that can be custom built quickly as we can move them right into a production slot. Our sales force should be happy to have equipment that they can demonstrate.

    We are really excited about building the new Miller Multi-deck 4 car carriers. This is no-brainer replacement for the conventional above cab 4 car carrier. We have a Freightliner that will be done yet this week. If you are in that market of clearing out wrecks for the pools, auctions and insurance companies check them out. They are so much more safe loading and unloading as the tie-down work can be done from ground level rather than having to crawl around loading the car above the cab. The controls are simple to operate. This makes it so much easier to hire operators and should affect your workman's compensation in a positive way. I know of way too many instances where drivers slipped and fell loading vehicles on the conventional above cab deck.
    Most are built with pusher axles so that the DOT is happy. The decks are 30' long for maximum loading space still staying under legal length limits in all states that I know of. Handling of this vehicle is much improved over the traditional 4 car because the weight of the top car is well back from the front of the vehicle. There is no overhang over the windshield so the driver doesn't feel like he is in a tunnel driving the unit.
    The main deck is a 16 Miller 16 series 16,000# capacity which is much lighter than the traditional 20 Series deck .

    I hope your looking forward to the new season and change of pace as we are.

  • From the Desk of Paul

    by Paul Rottinghaus | Mar 04, 2015
    This is going to be interesting. I am not much of a writer but I feel it would be good for me and Zip’s if we addressed items that would be of interest to our customers in the towing and recovery field, automotive service industry and the truck transportation business.  

    I may discuss current events, towing, equipment recovery, rigging, safe practices, equipment selection and maintenance, chassis, truck equipment, insurance, financing, business practices, Zip’s, or anything else that gets my blood flowing.  I hope you find what I write useful, entertaining or in the least, something to talk about.  

    Presumably I will be able to solicit blogs from some of our staff. We have a number of people who have a good deal of expertise in several areas that they may want to write about and you will find informative or helpful.  
    My GrandchildrenAs for some background, I am the president of Zip’s. I started working at this very facility in 1974 and bought the company in 1986. There has been an awful lot of water that has passed under my bridge during that time. My wife of 40 years Margo has been supporting me the whole time. I have three children, Carolyn, Lindsay and David. Carolyn operates a salon/spa business in Rogers, Minnesota. Lindsay is a busy mother of three girls in Brooklyn Park and is married to Chris who markets industrial equipment. David has been working here at Zip’s for several years. He is married to Tiffany and they have two little boys. My five grandchildren are pictured on the right.  David and Tiffany have been instrumental in starting our Taylor, Michigan shop and store living in the Detroit area for over two years and just recently moving back to Iowa to help the old man. Tiffany has great skills in graphic design and marketing which she uses to help our sales efforts here at Zip’s.

    More to follow as I get time to “BLOG”!
  • DPF Cleaning Service

    by User Not Found | Apr 16, 2014
    DPF Filter Cleaning
    Cleaning your DPF is an essential step to keeping your truck running right, and it must be done carefully and thoroughly to avoid damage and guarantee performance. If you wait too long to clean your DPF, you risk damaging the DPF and may need to replace it entirely, which is a hit on your wallet. Zip’s has invested in a state-of-the-art DPF cleaning machine. At a much more reasonable price than a replacement DPF and small time investment, you can have your DPF thoroughly inspected and cleaned and your truck ready to hit the road again. Spend less time in the shop and enhance your truck's performance at Zip’s—click here for more details.