western express tarping

Discussion in 'Western Express' started by frank_the_tank, Feb 9, 2020.

  1. frank_the_tank

    frank_the_tank Light Load Member

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    I notice that nearly every western express flatbed I see rolling down the road seems to have the worst tarp job ive ever seen, tarp barely covering the cargo or simply in need of more bungees to eliminate it flapping in the wind. Is this due to a lack of training or a lack of hiring standards? when I ran flats even when I was just starting out I took pride in a nice tarp job. furthermore, if the tarping appears to be that half***ed then what is the securement like underneath???

    sincerely,
    A concerned driver.....
     
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  3. blairandgretchen

    blairandgretchen Road Train Member

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    It’s . . . . Western . . . . Express.
     
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  4. Dave1837

    Dave1837 Heavy Load Member

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    I was behind one on the PA turnpike that was so blown up you couldn't even see the mirrors of the tractor. Running down the middle lane at 65 MPH...
     
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  5. x1Heavy

    x1Heavy Road Train Member

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    I examine most flatbeds.

    IF it's wrapped neatly like a present, there goes a driver.

    If it's just a wad of paper slapped on and straps tossed over flapping and tearing.. thats not a driver.
     
  6. bryan21384

    bryan21384 Road Train Member

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    When I worked at Western, it took me a while to figure out how to get it right. Of course I was a rookie. Those Western tarps were massive when I was there. I don't know about those newer black and white ones. It will take time to figure it out. Western flatbedders ate typically rookies
     
  7. snowwy

    snowwy Road Train Member

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    It's not the worse tarp you've seen or will ever see.

    And it's not just W.E.
     
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  8. frank_the_tank

    frank_the_tank Light Load Member

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    I understand they are typically rookies. We have all been rookies and had to learn. I totally get that. BUT, There are plenty of other flatbed outfits that take on a lot of rookies and they don’t seem to have such sloppiness imo.
    W.E. Should be ashamed of themselves.
     
  9. bryan21384

    bryan21384 Road Train Member

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    You're right, no argument here. I didn't learn everything about taroong when I went out with a trainer. It wasn't a very detailed training. It was always hurry up and get done. I wish I had stayed with my trainer a little longer. Looking back, I wasn't ready to be solo after a month. There was still a lot to learn about flatbedding
     
  10. bryan21384

    bryan21384 Road Train Member

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    This is true!!!! I've seen TMC and Melton with pretty crappy tarp jobs on occasion
     
  11. Kyle G.

    Kyle G. Road Train Member

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    There you have it folks!
    (@blairandgretchen drops the microphone).
     
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