One more Tarp thread... what and how many do you really carry daily?

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  1. staceydude

    staceydude Light Load Member

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    I am just curious what y’all carry on the truck with you daily? Size, quantity etc...
    Where and how do you store them? in trailer boxes? On deck? On top of headache rack? In headache rack (if big enough)

    No really wondering the brands but if you do carry specific tarps like lightweight or parachute sides I think it would be interesting.
     
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  3. JonJon78

    JonJon78 Road Train Member

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    I carry a set of 8 and 4 foot lumber tarps, for a total of 4 tarps....

    Keep them stored in my trailer boxes along with enough padding to cover a full 48foot load.
     
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  4. jrhd97

    jrhd97 Light Load Member

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    I carry 4 machine tarps with 6 ft drops. 2 machine tarps with 2 ft drops ( why the company bothers with tarps that short is beyond me ) and a smoke tarp. The 4 with 6 ft drops rise on the nose of the trailer. The other 3 ride in a tarp box with my padding.
     
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  5. Rickp

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    I carry a 4 ft and 8 ft set plus 1 smoke tarp. Theyre all in side boxes.
     
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  6. D.Tibbitt

    D.Tibbitt Road Train Member

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    What are the dimesnions of your smoke tarp , do you know ? Im looking to get one so i dont have to throw my 4fters onthese insulation loads
     
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  7. Rickp

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    Its 10 x 12. About the only thing i use it for is when 1 4 ft tarp is a foot or 2 short of covering a load. Ill throw it over the back end to keep from getting the other half of the tarp set out.
     
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  8. LTL Bull

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    3 piece 6’ drop. They ride on the nose of the trailer
     
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  9. MTN Boomer

    MTN Boomer Medium Load Member

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    0, have not tarped a load in years, and pull flatbed., When I did , I had 8 foot drops and steel tarps.
     
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  10. HillbillyDeluxeTruck

    HillbillyDeluxeTruck Road Train Member

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    The one place we do those insulation loads from doesnt require a tarp, but the water pipe we haul out of Siloam Springs requires a smoke tarp lol. The freakin inconsistencies in this industry kill me.
     
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  11. Michael H

    Michael H Medium Load Member

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    I have a 3 piece set of 8ft lumber tarps and a 16x16 "coil tarp" that I use as a smoke tarp. They are all stored in boxes on the trailer. I tarp per box. (I use the 3 and 4 ft tractor supply boxes for $256. I can't afford $900 boxes, and these fit on my frame rail.) I put my straps in one of the 4 footers, and padding and vee boards in the other. One 3 footer has my chains and binders with the smoke tarp in it.

    I can't stand my 8 ft tarps. They are wayyyyyyy too long. Not even lumber loads are that tall anymore. 4-6 ft is max because of weight. My son and I taped the edges of the 8 footers to turn them into 4 ft tarps. If I ever had to, I could cut the tape and make it an 8 footer again. Too bulky in the box, too heavy, and too difficult to roll up alongside the load when you use them. My next set will be 4 footers.

    The pic shows one of the 4 ft boxes with tape showing the center loading point for the trailer. I have since added boxes alongside it. The plastic box proved to be too easy to take for someone who apparently needed it more than me.
     

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