Single tarp is 2ft too short.

Discussion in 'Flatbed Trucking Forum' started by Woodys, Jun 23, 2018.

  1. Woodys

    Woodys Heavy Load Member

    Mar 16, 2010
    Tampa, FL
    Curious what you all would do in this situation Im in. I am picking up a preloaded trailer that needs to be tarped and is going 600 miles, single day trip. Usually these loads are really short and long and would be perfect with two 4ft tarps. But I only have 8ft tarps, no big deal I need the workout. This current load though, it looked to me like it was a single tarp job. So I rolled the tarp out and it came up about maybe 2ft too short length wise, and that was without the flap folded out yet. So I pulled the back to be flush with the product and tried to cover the extra up front with the flap.

    There is a small small little bit that the tarps couldnt fully cover. Fortunately a little rain won't do any harm to this product, and the shipper actually leaves the pre-loaded trailers outside without any protection from the elements, so Im not worried about this. Im curious though, if you all have like an extra 6in-2ft that a single tarp cant cover, do you break out another full tarp?? I think Ive seen one of our drivers use one of those rough tarps in a situation like this (the tarps you throw under normal tarps to keep product from tearing up your tarps.)

    Let me know!
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  3. RustyBolt

    RustyBolt Road Train Member

    Feb 21, 2015
    Bement, IL
    Grab you a cheap 12x16 tarp at any home improvement store. While you're at it, grab a 10x12 or 8x12 too. They come in handy for those "it will almost cover it" loads. And they don't take much space in the box either.
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  4. Coover

    Coover Road Train Member

    Dec 9, 2016
    As a general rule I never tarped anything that sat outside untarped.

    If it was shiny, greasey, or finished, it got tarped if not= nope .
  5. Stumblefoot Hot Shot

    Stumblefoot Hot Shot Bobtail Member

    Jun 23, 2018
    Cooperas Cove
    10/4 what he said ^ and those small tarps are great when you have to get under the truck or trailer in wet conditions!
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  6. aussiejosh

    aussiejosh Road Train Member

    Aug 28, 2009
    Airlie Beach QLd
    If you got lots of spare time at the truck stop you could grab an old tarp cut a 2 foot piece off and sow it on the existing tarp or just buy another new one.
  7. DrFlush

    DrFlush Road Train Member

    Mar 22, 2011
    Upstate NY
    I actually have the flaps off my old lumber tarps, two 8 x 8 pieces, they have saved me throwing a second tarp a ton of times, plus when I get a single small crate they save throwing a 4 footer.
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  8. Espressolane

    Espressolane Road Train Member

    Nov 21, 2009
    Just south of the north 40
    Harbor Freight or Northern Tools or some place like these, have a selection of low cost tarps. They come in handy for doing end caps or small items you dont want to pull out regular tarps.

    This link is to Harbor Freight tarps
    Search results for: 'Tarp'
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  9. ChaoSS

    ChaoSS Road Train Member

    Sep 20, 2014
    Small tarps are good. Since I often leave tarped loads at the yard for another driver to deliver, it's not always an option.

    If I get paid to tarp a load I tarp it and I tarp it right. Sometimes it sucks but life isn't all peaches and cream.
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  10. J_D_Boss_Hawg

    J_D_Boss_Hawg Bobtail Member

    May 25, 2015
    Mebane nc
    I'd cover it with my smoke tarp. I would also verify with the shipper that they want it fully covered or not. If they say they don't care, I'd annotate it and drive on
  11. otterinthewater

    otterinthewater Road Train Member

    May 10, 2018
    Santa Barbara, Ca
    At most hardware stores you can buy a tarp stretcher. They’re like $10, same isle as the paint and wire stretchers. If they act confused look for them near to the synthetic blinker fluid.

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