Why do I need a tarp?

Mostly because, in most states, it's a law that if you're carrying something in the back of a truck—whether it's a pick-up or a semi—the load has to be covered. But there are plenty of other good reasons. A tarp will:

  • keep your load intact until it gets where it's going.
  • prevent damage or injury to others due to something falling or blowing out of your truck. (Truck accidents are one of lawyers' most lucrative claims.)
  • eliminates the risk of heavy fines or penalties for creating a road hazard.
  • prevent damage to your load from sun, rain, wind, and other adverse weather conditions.
  • improve your gas mileage and fuel efficiency.
  • allow you to focus on driving and not worry about what's in the back of the truck.

Even if your state doesn't require the use of a tarp, we recommend them simply because of contribution toward protection and efficiency.

Will a tarp improve my gas mileage?

Absolutely! Covering your load improves the aerodynamic performance of your vehicle and reduces drag and wind resistance. According to some research studies, using a tarp can improve gas mileage by as much as 10%. That's a significant saving at today's fuel prices!

How can I make my tarp last longer?

Make sure your tarp properly fits your truck or your load. It should fit tightly without stretching. Loose tarps that flap and flutter don't protect your load properly and are subject to extra wear and tear. Storing your tarp properly, when it's not in use, will also help extend its life. Keep it away from the sun and rain so it's not subject to unnecessary heat or dampness.

What's the best type of material to use for an asphalt tarp?

Vinyl materials offer better environmental protection, but the asphalt can stick to it. We recommend you try several different fabrics and see which one you like best.

What size tarp should I order?

Generally speaking, you want a tarp that is the exact width or a little less of your truck bed, and at least two feet long. If your bed is 85" wide and 12' long, a 7' x 14' should work well for you.

What does "cut size" mean?

Cut size is the tarp industry term for a general standard measurement. Actual size for a 10' x 20' "cut size" tarp might be anywhere from 9'8" x 19'10.5" to 10'1-3/4" x 20'2". It's better to err on the side of safety and allow a little bit more, rather than less, so always round up your measurements to the next whole number.

Do I get any special rates and/or discounts when I buy in Bulk?

Yes, we can offer special discounted rates for purchases above a pre-determined amount. Give us a call at (888) 577-5218 or email us at sales@kymindustries.com to see if your order qualifies.