Tips and Tricks of flatbedding

Discussion in 'Flatbed Trucking Forum' started by Flightline, Feb 23, 2014.

  1. kylefitzy

    kylefitzy Road Train Member

    Aug 12, 2007
    Kansas city,Mo
    I use 4' and 8' chains. As of this weekend I will have 8 of each with a slip hook on one end and a grab hook on the other. In 6 months of having this truck I have used 4 long chains exactly once. Everything else has been covered with 4' and 8'.
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  3. AubieDoc87

    AubieDoc87 Bobtail Member

    Oct 16, 2018
    You can dry most Gore-Tex products. Tumble dry or use delicate low heat. Anything higher will (should) damage the Gore-Tex. As for drip dry, check the tag. Odd as it may be, my Gore-Tex jacket that I still have from the military says not to.
  4. Driver0000

    Driver0000 Medium Load Member

    Jun 26, 2016

    Anyone who wants my ratcheting winch bar, pm me. It was gifted to me and I never use it.

    Warning: it is heavy heavy heavy.
  5. street beater

    street beater Road Train Member

    Apr 18, 2014
    cold as hell, MN
    No ####! Got one at the shop. Dang thing is heavy as hell!
  6. Flightline

    Flightline Road Train Member

    Oct 1, 2011
    Almost There
    Got a pic of it? Do you have to put sockets on each winch bar.
  7. Kshaw0960

    Kshaw0960 Heavy Load Member

    Jun 17, 2018
    Y’all must have magic frogg toggs because I tried them at least 3 or 4 times and always got soaked. Not to mention they rip easy and the zipper sucks. Also sweated like a pig in them. I’ve dealt with a LOT of rain gear as I went motorcycle only no car for 5 years.

    What I do: get soaked like crazy and change clothes in the truck when done.

    Cheap: Columbia evaporation jacket and rebel roamer pants off amazon. About $60-80 depending on sizes and sales.

    Best: Carhartt shoreline jacket and pants. About $180ish off amazon but this stuff is awesome.
  8. basedinMN_

    basedinMN_ Light Load Member

    Jan 21, 2011
    St Paul, MN
    Way up at the start of this thread someone talked about the Maverick method for folding 4' drop tarps. There's a quick video on YT showing how they do it.

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  9. Kshaw0960

    Kshaw0960 Heavy Load Member

    Jun 17, 2018
    I’ve done it a few times.

    Absolute best way in wind or rainy weather

    Tarps with flaps make it 10x harder
    Little harder to unroll on an uneven load
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  10. FoolsErrand

    FoolsErrand Road Train Member

    Sep 15, 2017
    Im on my 5th week of flatbedding professionally and studying up here. Excellent thread and ive adopted a few tricks from it already. The cut up inner tube rubber bands have tidy'd up my strap storage alot. I keep them plopped over the shifter when not in use, then stuff a handful in back pocket when its go time.

    I mostly haul quarry stone outbound, and we use firehose for edge protectors, with a slit to sleeve it over the strap. I also use conveyor belting scraps.

    My worst stone product is baskets of river rock. Theyre palletized round fence wire baskets and you cant keep them tight, the load vibrates down, compacts and loosens. The baskets bulge out as you continually retighten. I keep my best straps on the front [since theyre the first thatll kill me in a wreck] and i criss cross that pair since round baskets want to drop a strap over the corner unless youve got them lasso'd at center. Double strapping the center too tight will just bust the cage open or crush it down and let stones dance out. Im gonna cut some plywood strips to try spreading the force across more stones soon.

    Another trick i never see other drivers do is to wrap a regular ratchet strap around the belly of two baskets like a corset to keep them from bulging over. You link two J hooks hand in hand then use the slack to wrap the j hooks into a splice cover, starting by feeding through the gaps in the hook eye where the factory sew the strap onto the hook.. Hard to explain but i have never had this pull apart or shift. I dont think it counts as securement and its more work for me but easier than apologizing at someones funeral when a basket splits. I do it on front and rear where the double strap is really crushing the cages down, after ive drove a few miles to settle the load.

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  11. FoolsErrand

    FoolsErrand Road Train Member

    Sep 15, 2017
    I use machinist hammer i turned years ago for my quick cincher before going thru all the winches with a full sized trucker bar, because of the big T you can still get two hands on it. That and my winder save a lot of time there. I use drop in winches in the two spots my rub rail is too crushed to pass a strap hook, just fold the strap end so i dont suck the hook into the winch. Quarry trailers get hammered pretty bad. I use drop ins over the tire also. I tuck the tail ontop the load under the strap and then use some walmart gear ties to keep any slack from flapping. That 2" ratchet strap is a failsafe just incase the portable jumps out of the rail there. It hasnt yet but it could. Innertube is tying up the 2" strap tail.

    I keep a duffelbag of 2" straps in the truck for that odd paver that looks like it'll walk out of the banding, basket or shrinkwrap. Rather than fooling with additional 4" straps and winches. I think im gonna start collecting old lawn mower tires or something to put load on that random loose one in the middle of the pack and help keep my straps from slapping. They dont last long in stone hauling.

    My 5th wheel puller is just a piece of rebar with a hook in the end and a T handle welded on.

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