Why should I get a Tarp System?
- In most states, the law requires that trucks use a tarp to cover their load in case of the debris falling out of the bed during transport to and from said site. Even if you live in a state that doesn't require tarping, it's still a good idea to use a truck tarp system just in case something were to happen and you were to damage something. Tarp Systems help save you money by cutting down on drag caused by the wind while also improving fuel efficiency. Using a Tarp System makes the entire tarping process significantly easier than using a Manual Tarp System. Covering a load by hand takes time and can even put the operator at risk of injury. Using a Tarp System keeps the operator in the vehicle while the load is covered. Faster tarping also allows for you to get on the road faster and maximize profits.
What size Tarp do I need?
- Determining the size of your tarp is very subjective. We recommend using this in order to find out what size tarp you will need: Tarp width: Take the width of the tarp axle and subtract 4 inches. Tarp length: Take the length of your truck body and add 2 feet. The additional length of the tarp allows for it to hang over and provides a "safety net" just in case something were to move during transit.
What style of Tarp do I need?
- We offer several types of tarp styles for different hauling applications. Our "Standard Tarps" can be used on any front-to-back system whether it is electric or manual. Our "Landscape Tarps" are manufactured to work well with manual crank tarp systems and are a favorite among our landscaping customers. Lastly, our "Specialty Tarps" include a wide variety of styles. We can offer tarps for Side Roll Systems, Cable Tarp Systems, Side Dump Tarp Systems, and Roll-Off Tarp Systems. We can make any size and material tarp you need. If you don't see what you need on our site, please don't hesitate to contact us today for a free quote at (334) 258-3017!
What material do I need in my Tarp?
The type of tarp material you need comes down to what you need it to do and how much you are looking to spend. The first question you need to be asking yourself is, "what am I going to be using this tarp for?" Non-Waterproof mesh tarps are the most common dump truck tarps and use an open weave mesh design. These tarps are great for hauling sand, rocks, gravel, debris, and any other material that does not require waterproof technology. There are several types of mesh truck tarps available to choose from, including:
- Light-weight Black (LWB) - Lighter Weight, Lower Cost, Simpler Design
- Heavy Duty Black Mesh (HDM) - Stronger and Longer Lasting, Can take a beating
- Multi-Mesh (MM) - Made of Multi-Color Strands, comparable in strength to Heavy Duty Black Mesh but priced cheaper because we can not guarantee the color of the Tarp as it uses multiple colors during the sewing proress.
Waterproof Vinyl Tarps are made of solid vinyl and are designed to keep the contents of the dump body completely dry. Vinyl Tarps are classified by the weight of the vinyl. The standard weight of vinyl truck tarps is 18oz. Vinyl tarps are ideal for hauling perishable items, such as grains and other food items, as well as fertilizers due to their waterproof and UV protective qualities. All our vinyl tarps come standard with a double lock stitches pockets, webbing reinforcement around the entire perimeter, and rust-proof grommets evenly spaced on three sides to aid in attaching to the tarp axle/roller. Vinyl truck tarps are also perfect (and sometimes required) for applications that require high-temperature resistance like heavy asphalt hauling.
Should I get a Manual or Electric Tarp System?
Determining whether you need an Electric Tarp System or a Manual Tarp System requires you to look at your application and your budget. Manual Tarp Systems require the operator to manually cover the load with either a pull bar or a pull rope and uncover the load using a crank handle.
- Truck Size: Works Best with Smaller Bodies and Pull Trailers
- Efficiency: Good for Landscaping and other smaller hauling applications.
- Benefit: Lowest and MOST affordable tarping option
Electric Tarp Systems allow the operator to remain in the truck in a safe environment while covering and uncovering the load with a simple press of a button.
- Truck Size: Works Best with Bigger Bodies
- Efficiency: Bigger Commercial Hauling
- Benefit: Fastest Available Tarping Option on the Market, Highly Effective, Time Efficient, and Safe
At the end of the day, if your budget allows, it is only slightly more expensive to go with an electric tarp system in the long run. The pro's of the Electric Tarp System and the deduction of headaches will allow you to truck more efficiently.
How can I improve the longevity of my Truck?
- The best way to improve the longevity of your truck is to order the right system and tarp for your needed application. If you are using a system or tarp that is specifically recommended for your industry, you run the risk of damaging your truck and being forced to spend money on a system that you should have gotten in the first place. Also, purchasing an Electric Tarp System allows for easier and more efficient tarp flexion in order to give the Truck and its System less overall stress allowing your truck to last longer and run smoother.