Caring For Your Truck Tarp

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Most states have laws requiring that
broom while it is still being used, and
loads be covered and tied down securely
avoiding parking under trees (especially
to prevent litter, accidents, and injuries.
pines) are your best bets for keeping a
Trash carriers, long haul rigs, and even
tarpaulin clean. Most of these large-sized
the family pickup must comply with these
covers can also be taken through a truck
laws. If something flies off of the back of
wash for a more thorough cleaning.
your vehicle and causes someone else
Detergents and products specifically
injury or property damage, you will be
designed for cleaning tarpaulins work just
held liable. Investing in high quality truck
fine. A bucket, a sponge, and a hose are
tarps can provide many types of
the only other items you'll need. If the
local high school is running a car wash to
raise money, well, take advantage of the
There are many styles and materials to
choose from and all can be effective with
Secure The Load Snugly
the exception of canvas. Canvas should
never be used to secure a load due to its
A loosely tied cover will flap harder in the
tendency to rip and tear. Truck tarps are
wind and be far more likely to tear. If a
heavy duty tarpaulins made of 18-ounce,
small tear does occur, vinyl cement and a
vinyl coated polyester that features
spare piece of fabric can be used to
double stitched, heat-treated hems, rust
prevent the tear from getting worse.
resistant grommets, welded D-rings, and
Truck tarps are not designed for
nylon webbing for extra support. Taking
hurricane force winds. Securing your
proper care of these covers can extend
cover snugly will prevent it from
their useful life and save your hard-
flapping erratically and tearing.
earned money.
Keep It Clean
If the cover cannot be
tied tightly to a solid
leanliness is one of those, "easier
structure without
said than done" issues when it
allowing air to get
comes to a full-size rig cover.
in, it is a good idea
Hosing it down, sweeping it off with a

to create a "path of least resistance" for the
folded neatly before being stored out of the sun
wind to pass through without causing too much
and other elements. In addition to the potential
damage. Most truck tarps are designed with
damage caused by sunlight, being blown
either a four-foot or eight-foot drop and a tail
around a yard and rubbing against rough or
curtain that protects and secures whatever type
sharp surfaces can have devastating effects.
of load is being carried.
Proper Truck Tarp Storage
These truck tarps can protect your property,
Most truck tarps are UV treated to prevent sun
prevent injury, and keep you within the law. Just
damage but that does not mean they can be left a few simple precautions can help these covers
in the sun indefinitely. When not in use, all
provide many years of protection from more
types of tarps should be cleaned, dried, and
than just the elements.
Chris Harmen is a writer for, where commercial
truck drivers can buy a high quality
truck tarp to meet the many state
laws that require truck tarps be
used when carrying a load.