5 Pieces of Flatbed Trailer Equipment Every Driver Should Have

We carry quality products to keep you and your flatbed trailer moving forward. Check out the five most popular pieces of equipment made for flatbed owners.

From corner protectors to tire chains, we have the flatbed equipment for your trailer to keep you running smoothly

Being a flatbed trailer owner, you know there is not much your trailer cannot hold. Your load is exposed, and you need the equipment to hold it down tight while protecting it from abrasions or damage. Whether you’re a new flatbed truck driver or an experienced one, we carry supplies that can help you deliver your cargo load safely and on time.

Tire Chains

These tire chains, also known as snow tire chains, are designed to help transport you and your cargo to your destination through snowy or icy conditions. These snow chains provide added control behind the wheel when you’re stuck in the snow, and allow better traction as well.

We carry light-duty tire chains and heavy-duty tire chains. The difference is in how you plan on using these types of chains. If you think you will rarely use a tire chain during the cold months, consider the light-duty chain. If you know you will be using chains frequently, then you might want to invest in a heavy-duty chain.

Keep in mind that even if you don’t travel regularly in winter conditions, some states do have DOT regulations requiring drivers to carry or use tire chains during the winter season. So make sure to carry tire chains in your vehicle during the chilly months.

Tarps

Tarps are one of the best ways to protect your cargo load. We carry heavy- duty tarps that fight against elements such as rain and snow. Not only can they combat certain weather situations, but these tarp covers can also prevent scratches and marks on your precious cargo. These truck tarps contain two or three rows of d-rings across the length of the tarp, so the tarp can be tied down firmly to the truck bed. Some of the different types of tarps we carry are lumber tarps, steel tarps, machinery tarps, smoke and nose tarps, and more.

We even create custom flatbed tarps at our facility in Urbana, IA. In this video, Adam explains how our team creates long-lasting custom tarps at your convenience.

Corner Protectors & Vee Boards

Corner protectors are an inexpensive way to protect your cargo. Not only can they protect your cargo from being smashed or damaged, but these guards can also protect your straps, chains, and tarps. They are designed to protect the tarp material from any ripping or abrasions caused by sharp corners. The purpose behind these wall corner guards is providing a layer between the cargo and the strap or chain, and having this extra layer can decrease the pressure on the load from the strap/chain.

Learn more about which corner protector to use for your cargo.

Fun fact: the plastic corner protectors can extend the life of your ratchet straps by reducing rubbing.

Winch Straps & Ratchet Straps

Both ratchet straps and winch straps work well for heavy tie down applications for the trucking industry. The only differences are in how to tighten the straps, and what type of lock the two straps carry.

When using the ratchet strap, you slide the strap to the spool, bring it back over on itself, and pull the strap. After this, you can start to ratchet and repeatedly crank the lever until the load is tightened. Both tie-down types are available with a flat hook, wire hook, chain extension, or grab hook.

We carry many colors like red, green, blue, and yellow so you can recognize what strap you are using, as well as matching your company or vehicle’s colors.

D-rings

A D-ring is a piece of hardware shaped like the letter D, that can connect to the strap or be mounted directly to your flatbed trailer to secure your cargo. D-rings and straps are a flexible way to supply a trailer with many tie-down points to secure the cargo load. We carry many different styles of d-rings, and we have d-ring parts and accessories that allow you to customize your trailer configuration.

We also carry transport chains and binders, rubber/bungee tarp straps, safety supplies, winch bars, and more. Learn more about the flatbed trailer equipment we carry on our USCC website.

Call our team of experts at 800-404-7068 if you have any questions or need more information.

How to Clean a Truck Tarp

10407646_10153909185742619_9104224955897160765_nIt’s that time of year for road grime from salt, sand and slushy roads, and tarps often bear the brunt of the mess. Cleaning a lumber tarp or steel tarp can be a pain simply due to its size and weight, but a thorough cleaning will also extend the working life of it, so it’s worth the time and effort. Removing any excess mud and muck can also lighten the load which is always a good thing.

Begin by laying the tarp as flat as possible. If you absolutely don’t have room for the full tarp to lie flat, you can work in sections. One tip we’ve gotten from the pro drivers is to simply lay the tarp on your flatbed when cleaning.

You can purchase a special cleaner made just for tarps and tents. These concentrated formulas are generally safe for all tarps and are excellent at removing road grime, grease and oils, insects, and even rust marks from some fabrics. If you’ll be cleaning your tarp on your grass or other area near landscaping, pets, etc. consider using a biodegradable cleaner like Simple Green. Another milder option is a dish washing soap like Dawn.

Clean carefully around rings and grommets, and ensure the areas are dry before storing.

Dilute the cleaner with warm water as directed, and let it sit on the tarp for 10-15 minutes to loosen the top layer of grime. Apply additional cleaner and scrub. Using a wide push broom is a great way to scrub your tarp without sacrificing your back muscles.  Using a power washer is also an option, but use on the lowest setting possible to minimize any risk of tears. Repeat the soaking/scrubbing as needed. Pay special attention to cleaning around any grommets, rings, and fabric insets.

Tarp repair kit, $19.99
Tarp repair kit, $19.99

Once clean, this is the best time to inspect your tarp for any weak spots that may require patching. Tarp repair kits include everything you need to make small repairs. Patches can also be fashioned out of older tarps, simply cut the pieces you need to size. Just be sure your tarp is dry before attempting to apply a patch.

If you’ll be storing your tarp after the cleaning, be sure it’s completely dried before folding. Any moisture left can result in mold and mildew forming.

Keep in mind, these are cleaning tips for vinyl steel and lumber tarps which are generally made of a tough PVC-coated polyester. Other types of tarps such as canvas may shrink or be susceptible to chemical cleaners and may shrink if used with water that is too hot.

Have a tarp cleaning tip to share? Send us a message, or add it below in the comments.

Heavy Duty Lumber Tarp for Flatbed Trailers



Learn more about the waterproof heavy duty lumber tarp shown in this video.

Lumber tarp features oversized d-rings in 3 rows that run the length of the tarp and abrasion resistant pads for increased durability.

Specifications:

  • Heavy duty 18 oz. PVC coated polyester on top and sides
  • 24′ x 27′ with 8′ flap
  • Colors: black, blue, red, green, yellow, gray and white.
  • Shipping weight:  110 pounds