so how do you handle the situation

Discussion in 'Flatbed Trucking Forum' started by snowwy, May 1, 2013.

  1. snowwy

    snowwy Road Train Member

    Jul 6, 2009
    the load was strapped on both sides. going with the wind blow the straps off to the side. going against the wind brought straps back into my face.

    i thought about using the rope. so i guess i better get some weight for the rope. but i really don't think rope would have help. we're not talking just a light head wind. we're talking huricane wind. almost. it wouldn't have mattered which direction i was facing. the tarps were going sailing and nothing anyone could do to stop it.

    like i stated, it took 4 of us to roll just the one tarp back up and put it away.

    the load was basically wooden mulch. and our chains are 3/8. no way your going to get those things up and over 14 feet. and you'll tear the plastic up.

    and yep, 95% don't even care if it's tarped. from what i've hauled so far. but i'm spreading my wings now from the usual crap. and we'll just say my cell phone got more use in one day then any month. and it wasn't from the shipper OR the receiver. cuz they didn't care. THEY didn't want me taking a chance of falling off.

    apparently tarp pay is more important then safety. and i won't say how little that pay was.
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    JIMROY Medium Load Member

    Feb 15, 2013
    sorry , saddletramp,

    i am stuck at home till monday. Nothing better to do but sit here looking stupid and sharing my wealth of hard earned experience and knowledge with others..... LOL

    Going back out monday i guess with a new driver. I am out of trainee status now that i learned the paperwork and drops and pickups..... That lasted a whole two trips...

    Btw , i agree , i always strap my load down. Then tarp where its safe... I also , never put straps over the tarps , fastest way i know to ruin a good set of tarps....always strap the load first and put tarps over the straps and tie down with bungees and rubber rope.... Can't have enuf of either......
    Last edited: May 2, 2013
  4. Saddletramp1200

    Saddletramp1200 Road Train Member

    Sep 4, 2011
    Houston Texas,USA
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  5. snowwy

    snowwy Road Train Member

    Jul 6, 2009

    i had the same tarps for 18 months. still in the same condition when i left.

    more and more drivers are strapping over there tarps.
  6. MJ1657

    MJ1657 Road Train Member

    Jan 28, 2012
    Isanti, MN
    You don't get them up and over where they would tear anything up. You bring them up on the top of the load and drop them straight down hooked onto the D rings.
  7. technoroom

    technoroom Heavy Load Member

    Nov 8, 2012
    Right, roll them with the red stripe to the inside! Much easier that way; they just unroll themselves as they sail over the load.
  8. JayTee

    JayTee Light Load Member

    Feb 14, 2013
    Not trying to be smart in any way, but the 1st shipper/dispatcher etc. that told me I had to tarp wood mulch woulda had a bad ringing sensation in their ears for a day or so. As others have said, tarping shouldn't be worth your life, and I can tell you that if they gave out air miles for the amount of times I've been knocked off some junk load like that there would be a trip to Bali in my future. :)
  9. Passin Thru

    Passin Thru Road Train Member

    Mar 8, 2007
    I loved my covered wagon with 5 ft sides buy was tarping it in 30 mph winds in CA and got hurt. By the time I made NE I could'nt get in and out of the truck, had to fly home and have 2 back surgeries. I did use rubber core rope and really like it.

    There's more than 1 way to tie a knot in an elephants trunk.
  10. StayBusyTrucker

    StayBusyTrucker Medium Load Member

    Mar 25, 2013
    I took my trk to the local walmart up along side the bldg and tarped in the calm..or take it to the receiver get there early and act like your rolling up the tarp they always fall for that one..
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  11. dirtyrabbit

    dirtyrabbit Medium Load Member

    Jun 19, 2011

    Well I never. . . OK, that one time. . .

    Sounds like the shingle loads a certain shipper says needs to be covered.
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