Protecting Tarps

Discussion in 'Flatbed Trucking Forum' started by RoginVa, Oct 10, 2019.

  1. RoginVa

    RoginVa Bobtail Member

    Apr 14, 2015
    Hauling Steel I-beams and they will shred my tarps, what are some options to put on the corners to protect my $$ Tarps $$. Thanks!
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  3. blairandgretchen

    blairandgretchen Road Train Member

    Dec 9, 2011
    South west Missouri
    Felt squares - from Tri-City Canvas. They’ll grommet edges so you can lightly hold them in place while you spread tarp.

    A bit bulky, but certainly saves tarps.
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  4. JonJon78

    JonJon78 Road Train Member

    Jul 1, 2018
    2x3 carpet squares help for loads that have sharp corners also. Most Home Depot and Walmarts carry them for like $2 a piece. I carry 10 or so of them along with the felt blair mentioned above.
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  5. thejudges69

    thejudges69 Light Load Member

    Aug 22, 2015
    Furniture pads, store easy, pad great. Been using them since I worked at Miller transfer 15 years ago. The felt pads are bulky and hard to store. Tried them and hated them.
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  6. skellr

    skellr Road Train Member

    Jul 17, 2011
    The Village, Portmeirion
    Keep your traps tight so they don't flap in the wind, flapping will wear a hole very quickly.

    The main area is in the front and back, the sharp edges. You need some padding between the tarp and steel edges. Do you have extra trap? Just lay out another tarp over the edges and then put on your main tarp. The main tarp may flap in the wind but it will flap against the first tarp you put down. The first tarp won't usually develop a hole because it is shielded from the wind by the last tarp.

    You just needed padding between the tarp and the load, and keep it tight, so it dosen't flap.

    You can even throw a 4" strap over the front edge, halfway over the edge or so to protect it. Not too tight or it will eat the strap. Just tight enough to keep the strap in place while tarping
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  7. beastr123

    beastr123 Road Train Member

    Jan 2, 2014
    Moose Jaw SK CAN
    I used to save the cardboard angle that was used to protect flat stainless sheetson pallets or are used for corner edging protection.
    They are great for sharp edge tarp protection and can be held in place by tarp straps, duct tape or 2 or 1 inch ratchet straps
    Saved in 12 inch or 16 inch length 2 dozen can be stored in the area of 1/2 a milk crate and the other half was 2 inch straps
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  8. starmac

    starmac Road Train Member

    Apr 11, 2019
    Fairbanks Ak
    I always carried some carpet squares I cut in different sizes, I have in a pinch just bought a package of pampers and used them. I also had the plastic corner protectors that looked like a bal. eventually I just quit carrying tarps, and all the other stuff to go along with them. lol
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  9. brsims

    brsims Road Train Member

    Aug 8, 2009
    Meadville, PA
    Heavy canvas undertarps. Ten foot by ten foot, thick canvas material, can be doubled or tripled (or whatever you need). And fold and roll to take up less storage space than felt or carpet.

    Have two of them, absolutely love them!
  10. D.Tibbitt

    D.Tibbitt Road Train Member

    Apr 26, 2013
    Carpet squares work great but make sure u secure them or they will fall off the freight.. I usually secure them with duct tape or if i have 2 or 3 in a row side by side i will throw a strap over it... moving blankets are much easier and cover more surface area if u have a weird type of load... with i beams it probably just gonna tear on front and back.. Sides should be good, just keep tarp tight
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  11. RunningAces

    RunningAces Light Load Member

    Jul 2, 2017
    Harbor freight black furnature pads have worked well for me.
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