Does anyone use parachute tarps?

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  1. OlegMel

    OlegMel Light Load Member

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    I need to purchase a set of 8’ drop tarps. Does anyone have experience with parachute fabric? Where did you get them? Thank you in advance.
     
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  3. Tb0n3

    Tb0n3 Road Train Member

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    Just look at Western Express their tarps look thin enough. Also note all the holes and torn up tarps that Western Express has.
     
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  4. OlegMel

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    western express is western express. These deadbeats will ruin a machinery tarp on a simple lumber load.

    What do you use for 8’ tarps?
     
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    18 oz vinyl 8-ft drop 26 ft length. Two of those covers the 48 just fine. If I remember correctly TMC also uses pretty lightweight tarps but I'm not sure if it's that light.
     
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  8. OlegMel

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    Where do you get your tarps from? How heavy? Thanks for the reply.
     
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    The weight looks good at 55lb for a tarp. I bought used 8’ drop that was 22’ long made by Carolina tarps. (Previous owner cut the flap for some reason) and that sucker heavy as ####. I cut it sides down and use it for coils. That tarp is bullet proof but weighs a lot.
     
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  10. Tb0n3

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    They're company carps and I cannot reliably remember where we got them from since they're currently in rolls. A bit over 100 lb each. Fairly standard style for lumber tarps. I could have sworn they were Riley but I can't find any results on Google.
     
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    I have parachute sides on my 40x40s with Vinyl tops only to save weight. They are still too heavy for me to pick up but I can at least toss them around.

    The parachute material is fine if you are really good about padding your load. They tear super easy on the smallest sharp edge and require a sewing machine to patch properly.

    I've had them for so long that I don't even remember where they came from. I have had repairs done by Tri City Canvas in Granite City, IL and that where I buy all the rest of my tarps. They can make pretty much anything you can imagine.
     
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