PUT DOWN ON TRAILER... NOW NEED HELP WITH EQUIPMENT

Discussion in 'Flatbed Trucking Forum' started by Doughboy18, Jun 15, 2019.

  1. HillbillyDeluxeTruck

    HillbillyDeluxeTruck Road Train Member

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    You dont need 22 4" straps and you dont need any 20ft straps. Get like 3 or 4 extra straps besides however many winches you have.

    4" ratchets are nice, but not really needed to start out.

    Id say 10 chains and binders.

    As far as dunnage, I used to carry like 8 pieces. Hardly ever needed that much. Only time I used more was hauling pipe, then it was 9 pieces. I wouldnt waste time with a dunnage rack, Id just chain them down at the front or rear of the trailer.

    Tarps. I hate tarps, but sometimes ya need them. I spend a lot of time thinking about the perfect tarps. My 4fts are nice, my 8ft ones are a pain in the ###. I personally think the 3 piece sets are nice and that's what I want to go with at some point because most of the freight I haul never goes end to end on the deck, and my 24ft tarps overlap a lot. Ive even wondered if I could get a tarp made with heavy duty zippers and have different length sides lol.

    Probably missed some things, but those are my thoughts for now.
     
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  3. MrEd

    MrEd Road Train Member

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    If you havent already bought anything, go to a trailer dealer, or buy it online. Buying most flatbed stuff in a truckstop will be double what those places cost. Sorry if anyone else already gave this advice or if you already knew.
     
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  4. singlescrewshaker

    singlescrewshaker Road Train Member

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    Roll of bailing wire comes in handy. Duct tape too..

    Claw hammer, & nails..

    I also keep some pieces of cardboard, & rubber strips 4"x10" or so to protect straps is areas you can't get the plastic ones in. Another said fire hose which I'm sure is better..

    I got some free moving blankets, but others use a roll of felt to protect tarps.
     
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  5. starmac

    starmac Road Train Member

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    Looking at a new sales brochure that napa sent me, it has a claw hammer with an indexing head on it that doubles as a nail bar. It may be junk, but might be a two tool in one type deal too.
     
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  6. Skate-Board

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    For the height pole go to home depot and buy a telescoping branch trimmer. Take saw end off and put anything in it's place. Just bolts on. Much cheaper and very sturdy. Use a magic marker and put a simple ruler on side

    I would get a 3 piece lumber tarp and 1 steel tarp.
     
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  7. starmac

    starmac Road Train Member

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    I used to strap my dunnage on the braces behind the landing gear on some trailers. I literally hated keeping it on the trailer deck, unless I knew I would need it for the next load.
    The last few years I ran otr I quit carrying tarps at all, except for a smoke tarp, I turned down a few loads because of it, but not as many as a guy would think. I was pulling a step too instead of a flat, that made some difference, I'm sure.
     
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  8. daf105paccar

    daf105paccar Road Train Member

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    2 big pressure gauges mounted (on each axle 1)
     
  9. starmac

    starmac Road Train Member

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    I only ever had one guage, but two would be better .
    Ideally a set of electric scales on both truck and trailer, like those on my log truck would be best, but a little spendy. If a guy hauls close to max all the time and has to scale it, they would pay for hem selves in aggravation if nothing else though.
     
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  10. frito bandito

    frito bandito Light Load Member

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    I'd skip the claw hammer and get a 2.5 lb hammer and small wrecking bar. I'd get at least 4 regular break-over binders also.
     
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  11. Doughboy18

    Doughboy18 Light Load Member

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    Thanks everyone for their input

    HOW ABOUT HEADACHE RACK, enclosed or regular
     
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