Tarping tips

Discussion in 'Flatbed Trucking Forum' started by OldeSkool, Jun 5, 2024.

  1. OldeSkool

    OldeSkool Road Train Member

    1,311
    2,895
    Jul 17, 2018
    New Hampshire
    0
    I’m a new flatbedder hauling lumber and building products for a company. They are an awesome company to work for and I’m very happy, however I need some tips on tarping loads that are all different heights. For example today I had some full height stacks of foam insulation, then it drops to about two feet high stack of lumber, then goes up another several feet on the other end. Any tips on how to keep tarps tight? We use two tarps, however I think they would get me what I wanted if you think three works better. Please don’t just tell me to watch a YouTube video. I can’t get on YouTube.
     
    cke, blairandgretchen and Kyle G. Thank this.
  2. Truckers Report Jobs

    Trucking Jobs in 30 seconds

    Every month 400 people find a job with the help of TruckersReport.

  3. CAXPT

    CAXPT Road Train Member

    2,602
    9,975
    Feb 10, 2008
    Michigan
    0
    This looks suspiciously like a ChatGPT response submitted by this "new today" member.
     
    cke, W923, motocross25 and 3 others Thank this.
  4. Razororange

    Razororange Road Train Member

    2,133
    19,746
    Dec 20, 2011
    Milwaukee, WI
    0
    It is. It's just replying with generic ChatGPT responses to whatever is at the top of the "New Posts" section. It even has an AI generated avatar.
     
    cke, W923, Kyle G. and 2 others Thank this.
  5. CAXPT

    CAXPT Road Train Member

    2,602
    9,975
    Feb 10, 2008
    Michigan
    0
    What's sad, is a real new guy is going to get screwed following this kind of erroneous responses. Not sure if we can stop it, but at the least, us old hands can at least call it out when we see it.
     
    cke, Kyle G. and TX2Day Thank this.
  6. Razororange

    Razororange Road Train Member

    2,133
    19,746
    Dec 20, 2011
    Milwaukee, WI
    0
    Try to get whoever is loading those trailers to stop doing that. It is making it unnecessarily difficult to tarp. Try to keep all the tall stuff together and the lower stuff together so you don't have drops in the middle.

    You need to get the tarp as close as possible to that lower material. If you leave a big air gap under the tarp it will flap bad and shred.

    If they won't stop loading like that then start by rolling your first tarp out from the back. Pull it tight down over everything like normal. Then when you do the front start by rolling out the tarp but leave the front loose. Secure it fully over the lumber in the middle. Then pull it tight against the back of the taller material in the front. Make it a vertical wall if you have to. Then finish tarping over the top and front. This is going to eat up a lot of length in your tarp though with multiple vertical transitions so you might have to run a third tarp.
     
    cke, kylefitzy, OldeSkool and 5 others Thank this.
  7. Razororange

    Razororange Road Train Member

    2,133
    19,746
    Dec 20, 2011
    Milwaukee, WI
    0
    I went into the profile and reported it. That's about all we can do until a mod sees the reports.
     
    cke, Kyle G., TX2Day and 2 others Thank this.
  8. Big Road Skateboard

    Big Road Skateboard Road Train Member

    4,701
    22,464
    May 2, 2021
    0
    @OldeSkool, I saw a guy up in Washington that used his dunnage to bridge gaps in the lumber. 2x4's would work pretty well if you had room. Just throw a strap over the front and back of the bridge.

    Kept his tarps tight all the way down, and no sagging on the sides or top.
     
    cke, OldeSkool, CAXPT and 4 others Thank this.
  9. Kyle G.

    Kyle G. Road Train Member

    3,462
    17,628
    Jan 23, 2016
    Eastern Iowa
    0
    You could try to get them to split the tall pallets into two shorter pallets. Or take a couple pieces of the insulation off the top and stack them on top of the lumber to make them even.
     
    cke, OldeSkool and CAXPT Thank this.
  10. W923

    W923 Road Train Member

    1,078
    3,228
    Feb 28, 2022
    0
    IMG_6507.jpeg
    just don’t look like this.
    I am not an expert but seems like keeping the tarp against the load and plenty of tarp straps has worked well for me.
     
    cke, OldeSkool, Ruthless and 1 other person Thank this.
  11. OldeSkool

    OldeSkool Road Train Member

    1,311
    2,895
    Jul 17, 2018
    New Hampshire
    0
    Thanks for the replies guys. Apparently the forklift operator didn’t think I would need to tarp because there wasn’t a chance of rain when he loaded so he wanted to make it easy for unloading. I do multiple stops a day, so I guess loading it for easier tarping or for unloading is kind of a delicate balance.
     
    cke, CAXPT, Kyle G. and 1 other person Thank this.
  • Truckers Report Jobs

    Trucking Jobs in 30 seconds

    Every month 400 people find a job with the help of TruckersReport.