How does one tarp this?

Discussion in 'Flatbed Trucking Forum' started by Skootlez, Mar 14, 2018.

  1. DSK333

    DSK333 Road Train Member

    Jan 27, 2018
    After the first time I hauled this stuff I realized quickly why the smoke tarp is highly recommended. After 400 miles the panels do begin to get wind and abrasion damaged from the plastic wrap. Even under that mileage the smoke tarp stops all the wind from separating the stacks which can widen and push the load significantly. If you don't cross strap the back stacks they will walk off the trailer. I can't seem to get them tight enough for my liking without cracking the top panels under my straps.
    Last edited: Sep 8, 2018
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  3. skellr

    skellr Road Train Member

    Jul 17, 2011
    The Village, Portmeirion
    It's rare to need to get on top of insulation to roll out the tarps. If someone needs to then it's usually an employee of wherever you are picking up. I needed to a couple of times, they provided one of thoes big rolling ladder deals. When in doubt, crawl on all fours. :)

    The problem with the tarp in the picture is the two sections of tarp don't overlap enough. The wind will get in there and plow the back tarp back. You want 2-3' overlap, usually 3'. 2' is ok if the tarps cover the load down to the deck and you can get them tight. Maybe the driver was trying to completely cover the top but didn't have enough tarp.
  4. D.Tibbitt

    D.Tibbitt Road Train Member

    Apr 26, 2013
    Gettin' down westbound
    Right, i thought this was gonna be some crazy weird load..
  5. Hurst

    Hurst Registered Member

    Aug 24, 2011
    Tampa, Fl

    LOL Just catching the full figured comment.

    Yeah,.. I'm a big country boy myself. Dont miss too many meals if I can help it. So yeah,. I dont see my fat butt with size 12 boots walking up there with out damaging those sheets. Not going to happen.

    I've done those from Firestone a few times and they dont require you to tarp them at all. I personally would not be booking a load of those if they required tarping,.. thats just asking for trouble from someone like me,.. ladder or no ladder.

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  6. spyder7723

    spyder7723 Road Train Member

    Mar 31, 2013
    sarasota, fl
    The places I've been to that require tarping also require you to use their fall restraint system. I do my fair bit of those insulation loads at both firestone and corning.
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  7. Hurst

    Hurst Registered Member

    Aug 24, 2011
    Tampa, Fl

    LOL yeah,.. I was at a rack place that wanted me to put that restraint system on,.. I managed to get my legs in it,.. but it wasnt going over my shoulders or around my waist. And I told them flat out that I was climbing up on top of that thing. I said look at me,.. I make a better Gorilla than Monkey,..monkeys climb trees,.. Gorillas are smart,. they lay in the grass.

    So we compromised. I agreed to go to a truck wash and have it cleaned if I hit any weather before delivery. Never got tarped.

  8. W900AOwner

    W900AOwner Heavy Load Member

    Jul 2, 2014

    Now HERE'S a fella that is good at throwing a rag over a load. Looks like a Christmas present the way he wraps them...good job :thumbup:
    I envy you, lol. Tarps and me have never gotten along, EVER. I always seemed to have gotten the loads that are abnormally shaped, highs and lows, valleys and peaks...never the right tarp for the job, etc.

    I've hauled my fair share of Dow blue insulation board and that was the easiest work I've done with a smoke tarp only. The tarp is fitted for the 2 front units, and the forklift puts them on the ground for you to fit the tarp on the front two units and then loads them. All I did was tie the ropes off and that was the end. They provided those thick cardboard corner protectors about 2 feet long, and Dow REQUIRED you to put a twist in each strap to prevent the wind slap and the deterioration of the plastic wrap around the units during travel.

    I'd cross 2 straps over the back two units and even one more for good luck straight across them for good looks...and away we go into the wild blue yonder without any issues. I miss those 6,000 lb loads, lol.
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  9. cke

    cke Road Train Member

    Aug 4, 2013
    Colfax Wi
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  10. JonJon78

    JonJon78 Road Train Member

    Jul 1, 2018
    I dont see why so many out here rely on the shipper to provide them with cardboard edge protectors? These are $60 for a 20 pack. item-template-1_8_12.jpg ....
  11. Gunner75

    Gunner75 Road Train Member

    Mar 17, 2014
    Jackson Center Ohio
    I think its because many guys dont want to have to deal with it, and think by telling shippers that these things need to be provided they will get out of having to do the work....or they just dont want to carry something that takes up space that they only use once and a while
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