New trailer… what do I need?

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  1. Jmdavis86

    Jmdavis86 Bobtail Member

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    Hi everyone,

    I’m new to flatbed so i’m looking for some direction on what and where I should buy my straps, chains etc. Not sure if it’s better to buy online or find a place local that’s sells stuff. I’m located in Jacksonville FL

    any advice would be appreciated. Thank you
     
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  3. loudtom

    loudtom Road Train Member

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    I've had mixed results buying tarps online. I've bought a set that has lasted years, and I've bought one that has started ripping and busting grommets and D-rings after the first load. Cheapest is not always the best.

    Straps, chains, and binders will last years if you protect and maintain them. The only things I have to replace every year or two are stretch cords and bungees.
     
  4. D.Tibbitt

    D.Tibbitt Road Train Member

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    @singlescrewshaker might know a local place in FL . I would try to source the chain locally because it's going to be expensive to ship because of the weight. Straps you can get a box of 10 for 100 bucks or so at tarp stop. They have a website. Check mytee as well. They are kind of the main brand flatbed guys buy gear fromm
     
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  5. Tug Toy

    Tug Toy Road Train Member

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    Lol

    You think @singlescrewshaker knows were to buy tarps?

    Now that funny!!!!


    Oh and straps aren’t $10 a piece anymore….
     
  6. D.Tibbitt

    D.Tibbitt Road Train Member

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    Just trying to help....

    Ok sorry . straps are $13.29 a piece now at mytee . my bad :rolleyes:
     
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  7. singlescrewshaker

    singlescrewshaker Road Train Member

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    Awe shoot,
    Tug was just saying that because I go out of my way not to tarp anything.! Lol :D Well, that's an understatement. I make every excuse under the sun to never throw one..

    I got chains & binders in 2013 from mfr express. But shipping was cheap then..

    Tarps
    Think I despise it so much because I got codura ones from Peaks. Peaks was fine to deal with, but codura tarps suck..

    Straps
    My first wagon come with 10 4"ers. I've just randomly picked up a few more, & some 2" straps & ratchets along the way..
     
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  8. ducnut

    ducnut Heavy Load Member

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    I’d strongly suggest buying military surplus tents and cutting up yourself some nice 8’X8’ pieces and use them as undertarps. Anything metal or sharp needs an undertarp, fold them so they’re doubled-up on any corners. This will save your vinyl tarps.

    You’re going to need steel and lumber tarp sets, plus a repair kit.

    Buy bungees by the case. I always kept at least 200 on my truck. This way, you’ll always have plenty to make sure your tarp job is tight. Flapping destroys tarps and looks tacky.

    You’ll need an assortment of edge protectors. Don’t skimp! The plastic ones are nice for building materials. You’ll need metal ones for thick/raw coils. You’ll need cardboard ones to put down on finished coils, then metal ones on top of the cardboard ones. The cardboard ones keep the metal protectors from dinging a finished coil, which WILL be a claim.

    You’ll need:
    8–4”X4”X8’ beveled timbers.
    8–4”X4”X4’ beveled timbers.
    12-16–4”X4”X1’ blocks to put between bar stock, rebar, or any other material that requires to be cinch strapped.
    8-12 strips of mine belt to protect coils.
    8-12 coil racks.

    I like a mix of ratchet and snap-over binders. They each have their advantages, depending on the situation.

    Winchbar.

    Strap winder. They make some that use a cordless drill that makes it a few minute job to roll up straps.

    An extendable ladder is useful.

    Coveralls.

    Heavy gloves.

    If you plan to haul over-dimensional stuff, you’ll need the full assortment of that equipment. In 2yrs of doing it, I never felt it was worth it.

    I hope your trailer has large tarp boxes. You don’t want your tarps to get wet/stay wet. Not only does it compromise the longevity of your tarps, it’ll impact your ability to do a good job for the customer. Finished goods shippers don’t want wet tarps on their products. There are a lot of shippers who only ship with the premier flatbed companies, because of that simple detail.

    I hope you know someone who is very good at flatbedding and can help train you. It’s not overly difficult, but, there definitely are do’s and don’ts. Likewise, there are methods to easy, tight tarp jobs.
     
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  9. Jmdavis86

    Jmdavis86 Bobtail Member

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    Appreciate the replies.

    Do you all carry an assortment of different size tarps or can I get away with 8ft drop tarps only.
     
  10. ducnut

    ducnut Heavy Load Member

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    You don’t want 8’ drop tarps. Only fleet flatbed companies would ever subject a driver to that nonsense. Usually 6’-8’ tall loads are going to be some type of building materials and you’d use your lumber tarps for that.

    For other loads, 4-16’X16’ is what you’d want. Personally, I like an additional 2-12’X12’ for steel coils, so if I have two I can split them, which rides way better. Belly loading is hard on a trailer and the ride suffers.
     
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  11. Jmdavis86

    Jmdavis86 Bobtail Member

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    I’d like to never tarp anything at all but I’m not sure how possible that is running off the boards most of the time.

    Really I only plan on using this flatbed till about May. I’ve got a dedicated asphalt tanker gig from from May to October.
     
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