Monthly Archives: June 2017

  1. First Rate Finance Visits Tarpstop

    Last week Jason Acord from First Rate Finance took a trip out to Tarpstop to educate the Sales team on all of the amazing options for financing that First Rate Finance has to offer.  We originally began working with FRT back in April and found that it was something that we couldn't pass up.  Back in April we worked to finally help our customers be able to start financing a Fastrak for as low as  $164.99* or less per week. 

    One topic that was covered in great deal was why we offer weekly payment options. "It makes a lot of sense for our industry, everything is done a week at a time, and we like the flexibility of being able to outfit the trailer with everything that’s needed to go out and start generating revenue and make it affordable to Owner Operators who need to have good cash flow in order to keep their operations moving forward." - Jason Acord, First Rate Transportation Finance, LLC (FRTF)

    • The $164.99 weekly payment example is based on total amount financed of $13,750 for 24 months. That amount would buy a standard height 48’ Fastrak installed and includes a man door in the bulkhead. Payments will vary based on options and equipment added to the deal, chosen term and down payment if any, and credit approval. Perfect credit is not required. Apply today for quick answers! 

      Interested in learning more. Call one of the below locations today.
      Or 
      If you would like a  quote, click here.

    TARPSTOP TOLEDO, OH
    12000 WILLIAMS RD
    PERRYSBURG, OH 43551
    Phone: 419-873-7867

    TARPSTOP TAYLOR, MI
    7800 BEECH DALY RD
    TAYLOR, MI

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  2. Creative Ways to Store your Straps

    Every trucker knows that storage on his or her flatbed is something they keep in the forefront of their mind. Sometimes the most troublesome thing to deal with is where to store excess straps, especially if they are the smaller kind. Although holding on to straps you may not be using right now may seem like excess, it's always better to be able to be sure your load is securely tightened then have an accident on the road. Here at Tarpstop we've looked at our product and tried to find the most creative ways that you can store your straps and we think we've come up with a few.

    If you use the 2" or 4" straps, try using a tool box for bumper pulls. The straps stay rolled pretty well, and you can just stack them on the bottom of the box with other stuff next to them without any problem. Another type of storage is taking an ammo can and putting dividers into it. Although more limited to the smaller straps like the 2" you can still carry on average about four. When taking them out of the can just give it a little shake and grab the straps you need. 

    One of the most inventive ways to store your straps are  to use plastic stretch wrap. You can get  plastic stretch wrap in 3" wide by 1000 foot rolls and it cost's minimal. It also comes with a handle if you buy a case. In bigger rolls they use it for pallet wrap. It has no adhesive. You can take it apart without tools and is self-tightening.

    These are only a few quick ways you can get creative with how to store your straps.  We'd love to hear from you, the driver. Do you have any interesting ways of storing your strap or has there ever been a story you'd like to share. Just email us at ontheroad@tarpstop.com

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  3. Follow up on The Right Direction

    Recently Tarpstop had a chance to work with The Right Direction and help with creating the rain tarps that would be used in conjunction with their ramps and jumps. We were overjoyed with the result since this turned out to be one of the projects where you could actually see the effects of what we built in action with the children.

    "The Right Direction is an amazing program, by bringing kids out of a classroom and into real life character-building situations we are giving them the opportunity to want more for themselves. We believe our action sports programs: BMX, scooters, skateboarding, motocross & wakeboarding are some of the best way to develop resilience, self-reliance, and community give back.

    Through The Right Direction over 1200 kids in Wood and Lucas County have gained hours of enrichment, built strong mentor relationships, become graduates and learned to believe in themselves. Our Mission of teaching kids life skills through action sports has resonated strongly this season."

    - Don DiBartolomeo

    ACCOMPLISHMENTS 
       - Provided 6 free Skateboard and BMX, Skate and Scooter contest in conjunction with Bowling Green Parks and used each event as a successful food drive which will raise over 1200 lbs. of food for local pantries

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  4. 'Diverging Diamond' Begins Work

    Today began the official work on the state route 'Diverging Diamond' Interchange through Wood County. It is important that when traveling to keep in mind that SR 25 between Eckel Junction Road and Jefferson Street, will be reduced to one lane due to bridge work. The project is slated to be complete in October should schedule and weather permit. In mid-July, the ramp from southbound I-475 to SR 25 will be closed for about 5 weeks. 

    "Single lane restrictions are possible on I-475, between the I-75/475 interchange and Fort Meigs Road, for diverging diamond interchange work.  Additionally, overnight from 9pm until 6am, lane restrictions are possible on SR 25, between Levis Commons Boulevard and Eckel Junction Road, for diverging diamond interchange work. " 

    The best options to use alternate travel may be below:

    Bowling Green:
    enter southbound I-75 from U.S 20 and take I-75 to the state Rt. 582 interchange in Middleton Township. From there you can rejoin State Rt. 25.

    Levis Commons Area:
    Drivers may want to use Roachton Road to approach the shopping area from the south. Roachton can be reached from central Perrysburg via State Rt. 199(Louisiana Avenue) or Fort Meigs Road.

    For information throughout the project, visit: http://www.dot.state.oh.us/districts/D02/Pages/Diverging-Diam

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  5. Roadcheck 2017 and How to Survive

    June 6th through 8th is sure to be an interesting time. The CVSA will be conducting its 30th annual International Roadcheck. Make sure that all your tags are properly showing their load limits and that everything is strapped down correctly. They will be checking everything from brake systems, cargo securement, coupling devices, driveline/driveshaft, exhaust systems and more. This year the CVSA will have a heavy focus on cargo securement. That was also the focus in the 2015 Roadcheck and more than 2,000 citations were issued.

    Inspectors from the CVSA will primarily be conducting the North American Standard Level I Inspection, which is the most thorough roadside inspection. It is a 37-step procedure that includes an examination of both driver operating requirements and vehicle mechanical fitness. International Roadcheck is the largest targeted enforcement program on commercial motor vehicles in the world, with nearly 17 trucks or buses inspected, on average, every minute in Canada, the United States and Mexico during a 72-hour period. Since its inception, more than 1.5 million roadside inspections have been conducted during International Roadcheck campaigns.

    THINGS TO REMEMBER

    - In Canada, any sort of damage to the strap such as cuts or wears is a violation.

    - Knots are not acceptable! Tie downs along with other securing devices must be secure.


    - Make the tag visible! If it is not visible, it’s out of service.

    - Always use a rated strap as your main source of cargo securement.

    Interested in learning more. Call one of the below locations today.

    TARPSTOP TOLEDO, OH
    12000 WILLIAMS RD
    PERRYSBURG, OH 43551
    Phone: 419-873-7867

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  6. How to Maintain Your Ratchet Strap

    Some of the most dependable securement straps to use when transporting cargo are Ratchet Straps. Unfortunately, due to sharp corners and constant rubbing these straps are usually some of the first items that need to be replaced. However, with proper care and minimal effort, a well-made ratchet strap can be utilized for years. Below are a few tips that we have put together on how to maintain your strap and keep it going.

    STORAGE:
    Keep your ratchet straps out of the sun.  If one of your ratchet straps gets wet or damp, allow it to dry thoroughly before storing it away to prevent mildew. Sunlight has ultraviolet light which has the ability to make the fibers in the strap incredibly brittle as well as discoloring them. As they break down they potentially lose their strength and durability.

    USAGE:
    When using straps, apply lubricating oil, such as dry silicone spray or WD-40 to keep the moving parts of the ratchet handle assembly working. One thing to always keep in mind is not to get the lubricant on the webbing, as it will attract dirt and eventually cause the strap to bind. Our Exaloy straps are double tagged to allow the working load limit to be seen and easily accessible from any angle.

    INSPECTION:
    Don't forget to always inspect the straps during and after use. Look for frayed fibers where a sharp edge may have come into contact with the strap. To prevent further damage from corners, use rubber corner strap protectors; they are cost-effective and protect not only the strap but the cargo you are transporting.

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