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    Quote Originally Posted by Working Class Patriot View Post
    That rate at what miles?

    I have a set of 4's.....a set of 6's....and a 10' X 10' smoke tarp....The 8's stay home.....

    My experience....99% of the time 8's are required for a load....They are cheap and heavy....
    The loads were to Syracuse, NY / Kansas City / Atlanta / Nashville

    I can find loads that DONT need tarping that pay about the same or slightly less. But once I take out the $100-$150 tarp fee, plus the hour it takes to tarp a load that large (so the tarps won't get destroyed) I come out ahead.

    Besides, I'd rather run steel beams, instead of a 8' high load dragging in the wind sucking my MPG down even more. I can get close to 7.5mpg if I can keep the load below the roofline.... above that (like a seacan or lumber) I go back down to the high 5's. So in the end, it does not pay as well.


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    . Got yelled at years ago no tarp on load of plywood . Load only went 100 or so miles, not a cloud in the sky. No tarp charge on load(built into rate) so he said. Don't do those kinds of loads anymore .

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jfaulk99 View Post
    You missing the point! If YOU fall off YOUR trailer it's YOUR problem! You act as if your an iron worker spending 12hrs 100' off the ground. Your only up there long enough to roll the tarps out, assuming you rolled them up correctly last time you used them that takes less than 5 minutes. How about some personal responsibility? If someone can't handle tarping in all weather conditions they have more than enough options.
    1.haul ONLY no tarp loads!
    2.buy a conestoga
    3.pull a van!

    It's not that difficult, however it seems everyone thinks the shipper should cater to them. If I'm a shipper and a driver shows up and insists on help tarping after they accepted the load they need to turn their truck around and leave. As a trucking company I've bought 13 conestogas so me or my drivers never have to break a sweat tarping. That's called personal responsibility, I spent $180,000+ to keep from throwing rags ever again, I didn't expect the shipper to do it for me! Just irritates me when people want to inconvenience the many to help the few.

    A local steel processor put electric roll tarps on all their sidekits to help reduce injuries. (over 200 trucks) I guess according to some all the places they haul to/from should have just paid someone to help each one with their tarps instead doing it themselves.
    Slow the hell down.....I have been at this game for quite awhile.....

    Not all tarped loads can use side kits.....I do OD/OS loads that need to be tarped.....

    My original point was in asking how many drivers would refuse to tarp or tarp at the lack of a tarp station.....

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cat sdp View Post
    . Got yelled at years ago no tarp on load of plywood . Load only went 100 or so miles, not a cloud in the sky. No tarp charge on load(built into rate) so he said. Don't do those kinds of loads anymore .
    Lowe's and Home Despot roofing loads from GAF are all tarped.....Doesn't matter if the loads are going across the country or across town...

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    To answer your question if i book a load and they are paying my rate then i will tarp it. Tarping is not hard even on high loads if you take your time and use your brain. I have used tarping stations before and hate them. IMO they where more dangerous than not useing it. Cables to crawl around and over and the harness allways getting in the way, what a pain in the butt.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Working Class Patriot View Post
    Lowe's and Home Despot roofing loads from GAF are all tarped.....Doesn't matter if the loads are going across the country or across town...
    Not out of Summit, IL GAF plant.... hauled a few to the Lowes DC up in Michigan, just strap and go.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cat sdp View Post
    . Got yelled at years ago no tarp on load of plywood . Load only went 100 or so miles, not a cloud in the sky. No tarp charge on load(built into rate) so he said. Don't do those kinds of loads anymore .
    We hauled a lot of OSB loads out of a reload here and the broker said "just keep it dry" (even thought it doesn't matter since the paint on OSB is there to seal the edges) but it worked out great on the few loads I used an open flat for. This kind of common sense doesn't fly with steering wheel holders that's why most say "must tarp".

    Quote Originally Posted by Working Class Patriot View Post
    Slow the hell down.....I have been at this game for quite awhile.....

    Not all tarped loads can use side kits.....I do OD/OS loads that need to be tarped.....

    My original point was in asking how many drivers would refuse to tarp or tarp at the lack of a tarp station.....
    I knew you would mention OD/OS. If a specialized load pays so little that having to tarp without a tarp station determines if your going to take, it the rate is too low! VERY few normal flatbed loads won't fit in a conestoga. I've hauled anything from pallets to firetrucks, not a problem. If it won't fit it's oversized and should pay as such!
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    Quote Originally Posted by SHC View Post
    Not out of Summit, IL GAF plant.... hauled a few to the Lowes DC up in Michigan, just strap and go.
    Ok.....I've pulled from both Elk plants....Ontario and Shafter....Both require all loads to be tarped and no exceptions....The signs are posted at the guard shacks of both plants....

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jfaulk99 View Post
    We hauled a lot of OSB loads out of a reload here and the broker said "just keep it dry" (even thought it doesn't matter since the paint on OSB is there to seal the edges) but it worked out great on the few loads I used an open flat for. This kind of common sense doesn't fly with steering wheel holders that's why most say "must tarp".


    I knew you would mention OD/OS. If a specialized load pays so little that having to tarp without a tarp station determines if your going to take, it the rate is too low! VERY few normal flatbed loads won't fit in a conestoga. I've hauled anything from pallets to firetrucks, not a problem. If it won't fit it's oversized and should pay as such!
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    Right....Every OD/OS I take pays well...

    The ones that were tarped were either aquariums or electrical equipment.....

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    Quote Originally Posted by Working Class Patriot View Post
    My original point was in asking how many drivers would refuse to tarp or tarp at the lack of a tarp station.....
    i tarp all the time without a tarp station, but if there's one there, i'll use it. i have kids, and if i get hurt, i want all the compensation that's available.

    my 8-foot tarps weigh 145 pounds each, and i have never had a customer refuse to put them on top of the load for me. after that, i want them out of my way.

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