tips and tricks

  1. Tips to Keep You Safe for Winter Driving

    Remember, some of the best ways to keep you safe during the winter season is to make sure you have good maneuvering and skid controls. They can make the difference between a split second decision. Also, always alter your driving skills. This will separate the experienced drivers from the newer drivers. Below are just a few tips to help during the cold season to keep you safe and making money.

    ALWAYS KEEP FUEL TANKS FULLTo aid with the traction in your tires, keep your tanks full adding extra weight. Also don't forget that proper tire pressure will aid in better traction for safe winter driving.

    KEEP LIGHTS CLEANKeep your lights clear of any snow and ice that might build up on the outside blocking visibility. As nasty weather like snow comes along they are vital, more than ever when visibility is poor. LED lights especially can accumulate snow and ice. Always keep them clean so you can see and be seen.

    PACK WINTER ESSENTIALSAlways remember, a smart trucker is always prepared for any type of weather conditions.They should always have their truck equipped with the necessary supplies and outfitted for any driving conditions on the road.

    Although some of the below tips will always help during the winter, the best tip to offer is always common sense. Interested in learning more about either our Flip System or how we can help you with your Cargo Control needs? Call one of the below locations today.

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  2. Service Your Relationship Early

    When looking to start in your flatbed career one of the first things you worry about is the cost of a rolling tarp system. All you start to see are dollar signs. After a while you feel like you just need to get the cheapest system on the market. This is where most go wrong, they look at their system and career as a sprint rather than a marathon. It is important not to just consider all the initial expenses but also the expenses you may spend after the purchase. 

    Always remember to do your research, don't just look at the best price. See what each competitor knows about the industry and how they are willing to help you improve what you are hauling. Your service provider should know the ins and outs of your system so if you have any questions or need something that it is not a cookie cutter solution. One of the most important things to make sure of when choosing a provider is not just to choose one based on price but how they can save you money in the future. Your system provider should be able to see if there might be any issues or concerns with your system in the upcoming future and address them immediately. He or she should also be able to let you know about possible ways to upgrade your system to save a buck in the upcoming months. 

    Remember, the key to saving money is building a lasting relationship. That is where the payoff comes into play down the road. When the person who services your tarping system runs through walls for you than you know you have the right provider. 

    Interested in learning more about our Fastrak II system? Just click here or call one of our locations today!

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  3. How to Choose the Right Flip System?

    Are you on the lookout for a new Flip system or do you just need to upgrade your old one? There are small but subtle differences between a manual and an electric system that may make the system right for you. Each has it's own set of pro's and con's, the difference is making sure that the system is suited to your needs.

    The real question is what are you hauling and what are your needs?Are you pressed for time and trying to move many loads in a day? Does your job site require you to stay in your truck? If this is the case you will want an electric flip system. The golden rule might be more time equals more loads, which in turn equals more money! Also remember, it is sometimes best to keep an extra motor on hand in-case your current motors burns out. This can always save time and money in the future.

    Are you not as pressed for time? Maybe you're not going to need to tarp that often. Then a manual tarping system might be right for you.  Why spend the extra money on an electric system if you're not going to use it often?  Let's take a look at some of the small but important differences between these two systems and what will lead you to making your choice.

    Manual Tarp Systems
    PRO's
    - Manual Flip Systems are more cost effective
    - They also take less time to install since you won't be installing any electrical connections.
    - They're simple and use less parts than an electric flip system. 
    CON's
    - They take more time in hauling loads since you will be getting out to open and close the sys

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  4. What to Know about your Flip-Tarp

    From dump bodies to landscaping, flip tarps seem to be at the heart of it all. But with all the back and forth of loading and unloading, sometimes the simplest things are the ones most commonly overlooked. That's what lead us to start this article.

    One thing to consider is where you live in relation to your equipment supplier. Are you able to stop by Tarpstop to have your EZ-over flip tarp system installed or would it be better to have us ship it to you? Either way, it's important that parts are readily available when the inevitable happens. As the manufacturer, Tarpstop has the components on-hand for immediate repairs at our locations or quick shipment to yours, usually same-day! This may seem like a small detail but it can reduce downtime dramatically when you can least afford it.

    At Tarpstop, quality and value are a given. Remember though, it's not just about how low you can get the price. Sometimes it's about building true partnerships with your suppliers and making sure they have just as much concern for your customers and your success as you do. Relationships! it's one of our core values.

    These are just a few of the things to keep in mind when choosing a flip tarping system. Interested in learning more? Just click here or call one of our locations today!

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  5. Three Ways to Transport Cargo

    According to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, when transporting cargo there are generally three methods approved for containing, immobilizing, and securing that cargo. Additionally, specific securement standards apply for certain loads, including loads that are commonly carried on flatbeds, such as lumber, building materials, metal coils, paper rolls, etc, so be sure to research and comply with any specific requirements that may apply.

    In general, all types of cargo must meet one of the following three conditions:

    CONDITION 1
    Cargo is fully contained by structures of adequate strength. This situation applies to sided vehicles – think van trailers, as tarp systems obviously do not provide adequate restraint against movement of cargo! Ensure that the following conditions are met:

    • Cargo cannot shift or tip.
    • Cargo is restrained against horizontal movement by vehicle structure or by other cargo.
    • Forward force: 0.8 g (80%)
    • Rearward force: 0.5.g (50%)
    • Sideways force: 0.5 g (50%)

    CONDITION 2
    Cargo is immobilized by structures of adequate strength or a combination of structure, blocking, and bracing to prevent shifting or tipping.

    CONDITION 3
    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.
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