How to roll a tarp up properly.

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  1. flatbedcarrier

    flatbedcarrier Medium Load Member

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    Some videos that we made a few years back to show new guys how to properly roll their tarps up.

    A loosely rolled up, or folded up tarp can be very hard to handle, and it can be a accident waiting to happen. When I roll one up the correct way, tightly, I can toss it on my shoulder and walk around the trailer with it. Try that with one that’s loosely rolled, or folded. You can hurt yourself.

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  2. Linte_Loco

    Linte_Loco Medium Load Member

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    I’ve seen those things before

    LOL.

    Could vid though seriously
     
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  3. D.Tibbitt

    D.Tibbitt Road Train Member

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    me i fold mine over once more and get it nice and tight so i can get 2 of my lumber in my side box. i dont like them long like that.. instead of folding that last side all the way over i would go 3/4 and then the next side gets folded all the way. over.. gets em nice and tight... only problem is u have to adjust it on top of ur next load when u roll em out to make sure its even
     
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  4. JolliRoger

    JolliRoger Light Load Member

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    But he did a good job considering the flag flying straight out in wind and having to keep watch on the cat.

    Faintly remember my old bale cotton hauling days, using a one piece to fit over a 34 foot load of standing bales. Good old canvas from MaHaffey Tent and Awnings. Mphs, TN. Got hired, tarp was on trailer. At the
    compress, had the forklift set it aside. Got loaded. Had him set it on top for me. Climbed up and unrolled it
    forward and dropped sides and F and R flaps. Got down and tied down.
    At the cotton mill, untied, crawled up and pulled up and folded it on top. Rolled it up to back, had the
    unloading forklift op pick up and set aside. Empty, have him pick it up and carry forward to nose and throw
    a chain over and roll back to the Delta. Do not ever recall having one on the ground.
    Tip: Rolled up,always place on nose, never back near/over tandem.
    You toss out your smoke butt from a day cab, it will flip out,half circle before flying directly back to the tarp, and wedge between the wood floor, and sit there and blowtorch a hole thru many plys of the roll.
    Don't ask how I know...
     
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  5. flatbedcarrier

    flatbedcarrier Medium Load Member

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    Heavy green canvas tarps, always smelled like mold because they never had a chance to dry out between uses. I remember them well.

    I used them for lumber loads, and steel loads. A lot of mills didn't have scales back in the day, Pittsburg, CA for instance. You would wait in line for hours to get a load of coils, sit in a bay that was 130 + degrees, then have to tarp the load before they would let you pull out of the gate. Then you rolled a block or so down the road pad $5.00 to scale at a van lines company and find out you were over weight. Then turn around go back un tarp, wait in line again, adjust or reduce the load, and then re tarp again before you could leave to go reweigh. Sometimes you would have to tarp the same load three times before they got it right. And then, drive all through the night, un tarp, unload, reload, re tarp, drive another 500 miles. Slept an hour or two a day if you were lucky. Usually slumped over the steering wheel while waiting in line to load. It's a wonder any of us survived that.
     
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  6. INRUT

    INRUT Light Load Member

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    Be creative, make a video folding them covered in snow & ice. Oh yea, needs to be -10 outside, 30mph wind, & your parked on sheet of ice.
     
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  7. JolliRoger

    JolliRoger Light Load Member

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  8. x1Heavy

    x1Heavy Road Train Member

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    I just make sure there is nothing dead inside the tarp that will make a mess later.

    My folding tarps are usually blown gone with the wind as they say. 60 knots and higher gusts. I once dragged it inside the customers lobby to fold it.

    Boy did they ever toss me off that nice plush carpet... sheesh.
     
  9. Mr. Wonderful

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    Just talking about tarps gives me diahhrea.
     
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