Straps over tarps and edge protection?

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  1. CAPTransport

    CAPTransport Light Load Member

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    Anybody else here throw their straps over their tarps? Do you still use edge protection or not?

    Had a load of cut lumber and threw my tarps over first then straps, as I always do with tall loads. The straps hold the sides of the tarps down better than having just bungee straps. I didn't bother adding edge protection because the load already had cardboard around all corners and edges of the bundled lumber. Another driver for the company I drive for called in and told on me that I wasn't using edge protection. Never really have when strapping over the tarps unless I was hauling metal with rough edges.
     
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  3. Judge

    Judge Road Train Member

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    Maverick use to have people call in on you, drivers/people In cars too.
    Tell em to tell that driver to mind his own business since they’re playing messenger. your edge protectors are under the tarp.
    But best not rub any holes in tarp, in near future or they’ll say it’s from this load
     
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  4. CAPTransport

    CAPTransport Light Load Member

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    I'm leased on and pay for the equipment anyways. The tarp they gave me I already had to repair a few holes myself. I guess a company driver had it out for the leased on drivers thinking were stealing his miles or something.
     
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  5. kylefitzy

    kylefitzy Road Train Member

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    Keep paying for your own tarps and you will start strapping under the tarps, where they belong. If your tarps are ballooning on a regular legal load, your tarping technique could use some improvement.

    more bungees down the side pulled tighter, stretch your tarps tighter front to back, use more then a couple of bungees on your front and rear flap to keep wind from getting in the tarps.
     
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  6. Dave1837

    Dave1837 Heavy Load Member

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    The only time I would throw straps over the tarps would be a max of two 2", one over the overlap and one over the front of those 13'6" trimboard loads. I know @D.Tibbitt has some input for you LOL
     
  7. Wasted Thyme

    Wasted Thyme Road Train Member

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    Every Tarp Monkey knows it's tarps over straps. :D
     
  8. D.Tibbitt

    D.Tibbitt Road Train Member

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    If your starps hold down the tarps better then bungees then u arent tarping correctly.. When tarping a lumber load roll tarps out and pull the front and back together first as this tightens up the sides. The bungees on the sides should do nothing other than hold the tarp in places. The front and back is where u take the slack out of the sides so it doesnt balloon out. Bungee rope can be used to get it tighter than bungees. But at the end of the day it is ur tarps can do what u want. I have had my 4fters for 2 years now havent had to repair one hole in them so far because i dont put straps over them.
     
  9. D.Tibbitt

    D.Tibbitt Road Train Member

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    Even lumber loads like this , most guys would put straps over it. It can still be made tight with just bungees. The last pic u can see i use bungee cord on the front. I could have 3 bungees down the side of this load and it still would not flap because the slack has been taken out by pulling the front sides of the tarp together. Same thing on the back. Just takes a little practice everybody has their own way of doing things. Not saying my way is right or wrong. Just think straps over the tarps shows laziness or inablity to tarp. Some situations it is needed as has been mentioned with the overlap or some weird shaped loads , straps can be used for different things

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  10. CAPTransport

    CAPTransport Light Load Member

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    I've never had to repair holes because of straps over either. Over or under is irrelevant I can care less what other people think. I'll unload this load Monday in my pajamas and flip flops now. The tarps I got came with holes. Only time I've ever put holes in a tarp was when I had a pallet of vertical boat trailer axles taller than the rest of the load and only had scrap hoods from tarps as protection and not moving blankets. Went straight through all of it.

    But I think I have been tarping incorrectly. I've always done the front and backs first but just to close them in not pull any slack out, then went down the sides.

    I have some ratcheting rope sitting in my truck. Only needed one to secure my fridge. Would they be useful than going out and buying bungee rope?

    They're basically the same thing as this but I got them from Lowes back when I needed to tie my motorcycle down.

    https://www.amazon.com/PROGRIP-Bett...rds=bungee+rope+ratchet&qid=1626565717&sr=8-2
     
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  11. D.Tibbitt

    D.Tibbitt Road Train Member

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    I dont know. Bungee rope stretches so it gets the front and back way tighter than bungee because u can tie a loop thru a gromet and pull as tight as u can. Cant do that with bungees . You will eventually end up with holes in your tarps from straps rubbing thru . Get in a hard enough windstorm , and that tarp balloons out it will rip.

    You may not care what other people think. But if 2 guys show up with the same load to a customer. One guy with a professional tarp job , nice and tight no holes. Another guy shows up with straps over top with holes in it and water leaking thru onto the freight . I could tell you which truck the customer will keep in mind next time... also it is not so much about looks, but doing it right the first time . A crappy tarp job needs to be fixed 4 or 5 times along the trip. A great tarp job needs fixed 0 times along the way.. I could run thru 100mph wind with my tarp jobs and wouldnt even worry about it.
     
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