A tarp system makes covering your load much quicker and easier, which means your drivers are much more likely to do so correctly. Not only does this protect the items you are transporting, but in some states it's the law to keep loads – especially items like gravel – under cover during transport. The following guide can help you manage any damage that occurs, allowing you to protect your investment in working tarp systems.
Why Repair on the Road?
It may seem counterintuitive to repair a tarp system or to train your drivers in temporary repairs. Wouldn't it be better to wait for a professional job? There are a couple of issues with waiting:
A small tear can quickly become a big rip when exposed to flapping and
windon the highway. This could ruin the entire system.
Larger tears or holes may not properly cover the load, leading to damage of products or improper covering of the load by legal standards.
The extent of the damage will determine whether repairs should be treated as short-term temporary or long-term temporary. You can make long-term repairs on locations that aren't
The Right Tool
Most repairs are best done with simple medium-duty tarp tape. Do not use duct tape, as it is not UV-resistant and the adhesives in duct tape could damage the
Application on non-stress tears is as follows:
Make sure the area of the
tarpis dry and clean.
Flatten the tarp as much as possible so that both sides of the tarp are as flush as they can get.
Tape over the ends of the rip, placing a strip of tape perpendicular to the direction of the tear. This prevents it from spreading.
Place another piece of tape down the length of the tear, overlapping this piece over the end pieces of tape.
Flip the tarp over and tape on the back side, too.
Stress points usually require more creative taping, and the repair still won't hold up for more than just a short trip. Generally, you will want to tape along the tear as directed above, and then run a second piece of tape perpendicular over the ends of the tape covering the tear for added strength.Share