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  1. What to Know about your tarp

    Flatbed trucking is a huge industry in America, and it can also be a dangerous one. When tarping a load, it is extremely important to know about the tarps you use to save you money in the long run.

    Storing Tarps Properly
    Tarps can deteriorate quickly if they begin to accumulate rips or tears. If not mended, they can lead to replacing the entire tarp. Always remember that when storing a tarp, you want to keep it in a dry area where it won't be exposed to heat and ultraviolet rays for extended periods of time.

    Always Match the Tarp with the Right Tie-Down
    Securing your flatbed load properly can save your life as well as someone else's. The real question is how to match your tarp with the right strap or tie-down. The first thing to know is the Working Load Limit rating of the straps you are using. The Working Load Limit, combined, needs to equal at least one-half of the weight of your load. This could mean the difference between a lost load and a delivered load.

    Repair Your Tarp if Possible
    Repairing your tarp doesn't need to mean a complete replacement. If it is a small puncture you might be able to repair it yourself. You can use a tarp repair kit to help patch any small holes or tears while on the road. You can also use a grommet repair kit to help with any  grommets that need replacement. These are small ways you can save money while still delivering your load.

    Grommets and D-Rings
    Remember to use the grommets on the tarp. They are generally placed every 24 inches apart. If you don't think the grommets will do, that is alright. Our heavy duty tarps also have  D-rings for a heavier load. The purpose

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  2. Why Maintenance is important

    Are you a long-haul operator and considering the ease of service while on the road? Can repairs be made by any tarp or trailer shop? How about those covered by warranty; can you get the work done on the road or do you have to return to the manufacturing facility?

    Retractable Tarping Systems are made to last up to 10 years, but will require service over that time. The biggest question to ask yourself is, “How quickly will repairs be made?" Here at Tarpstop, our motto "Running Through Walls" was created out of our intense passion for keeping truck drivers on the road and making money. We have service partners across the US ready to provide service and support for your load coverage and securement needs.

    QUICK TIPS AND TRICKS
    One thing every operator should do is wipe down the rail every time they have loaded. Keeping the track clean can save tons in the long run in replaced wheels and bearings. Drivers should also inspect the system for loosened connections and regularly replace rail protectors. Any rips or tears should be duct-taped immediately and taken in for proper repairs as soon as possible, before the damage gets worse.

    Looking to learn more about our Tarping System or our service partners? Don't hesitate! Our specialized sales team is here to answer any questions you might have. That is why our motto is 'Running Through Walls'. Call today: 1-877-999-8277

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  3. MATS 2020 is almost here

    It's almost that time again! The Mid America Truck Show is almost here. What does that mean? It means there is time for new deals, not just on our cargo control, but on our systems as well. We'll have amazing prices on our winch straps, ratchet straps, tarp straps and more. Some of the best deals of the year will be happening in our cargo control booth and you won't want to miss them. Wondering where you can find us? We’ll be waiting for you in the East Wing: Booth #18036 (for systems) or across the isle at Booth #18016 (for cargo control).

    Not able to make the show? Not a problem, we've got you covered. Just click here and fill out the form to have a member of our specialized sales team get in touch with you. They'll let you know about the deals we're running and the amazing ways our tarp systems can save you money.

    Looking to learn more about our Tarping System? Don't hesitate! Our specialized sales team is here to answer any questions you might have. That is why our motto is 'Running Through Walls'. Call today: 1-877-999-8277



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  4. Make Money While You're Down

    The best way to make money while still having your flatbed maintained, patched, repaired or otherwise 'down' is to schedule runs in between your hauls. One thing many newer drivers don't realize is that the best way to keep themselves moving is to schedule pickups or drop-offs where their regular maintenance or fixes are needed.

    A common type of repair job we see at Tarpstop is usually a 'patch' job for a slight tear in the tarp. This may seem like a minor issue, but as the miles add up, you lose time and productivity. Instead of making a pit stop to get a repair, find locations near a repair facility, where you can pick up or drop off. This way it can become part of your regular travel agenda. As we all know, if the wheels aren't turning, no one's making money.

    When starting out in trucking, navigating your way to a successful career can seem overwhelming at times. That's why we're here. At Tarpstop, we want you to have the best possible opportunity for success.

    Need to learn more about our Tarping Systems? Don't hesitate! Our specialized sales team is here to answer any questions you might have. That is why our motto is 'Running Through Walls.'

    Call today: 1-877-999-8277

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  5. Tie-Down Methods

    Safety is very important when it comes to transporting your load from one place to another. According to the FMCSA all tie-downs must be attached and secured so that it does not become loose or unfastened, open, or release during transit. The location of these tie-downs must be located inboard of the rub rails. The FMCSA also requires one tie-down to secure a load that is five feet or less in length and weighs 1,100 pounds or less.

    How Tie-Downs Can Be Attached

    One way a tie-down can be attached would be to find the anchored point on the trailer and connect it to the tie-down. Using chain or straps you would put it over or around the cargo to the other manufactured trailer point which can be considered an indirect tie-down method. Always be sure to check the weight load limit of the straps or chain you use along with yout tie down in order to drive safely down the road.

    For a direct tie-down method the tie-down can be attached to the truck (or trailer) on one side, passed over the cargo and to the opposite side to the manufactured anchor point. 

    Lastly, to prevent shifting or tipping, cargo is immobilized or secured on or within a vehicle by tiedowns along with:

    • Blocking.
    • Bracing.
    • Friction mats.
    • Other cargo.
    • Void fillers.
    • Combination of these.

    FMCSA:

    https://www.fmcsa.dot.gov/regulations/cargo-securement/drivers-handbook-cargo-securement-chapter-2-general-cargo-securement

    https://www.fmcsa.dot.gov/regulations/cargo-securement/cargo-securement-rules

    https://ohioline.osu.edu/factsheet/AEX-598.2-11

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