What is a Tail or a Flap?

A tail or flap is normally on one (or both) end of a tarpaulin body to hang down on the front or the rear to make tarping a load easier.

Example: Standard Lumber Tarp (SL18) 8 foot drop with 8 foot x 8 foot tail.

Flatbed Tarp with Tail
Example of Flatbed Tarp with Tail

What is a Gusset?

This is an extra small flap sewn to each side of a tail to act as a rain flap.

Flatbed Tarp with Gussets
Example of Flatbed Tarp with Gussets

What is a Drop?

This is a term to refer to the height of the load.

Example: A trucker has an 8 foot high load which equals 8 foot drop. On a normal 8 foot wide trailer, the tarp would need to be 24 foot wide since an 8 foot wide trailer plus 2 sides at 8 foot high equals 24 foot total width.

Flatbed Tarp with Drops
Example of Flatbed Tarp with Drops

What are Dee Rings and Dee Bands?

Dee Rings are steel rings shaped like a “D”, which should be welded to prevent them from separating when a load is put on, such as tying down a tarpaulin.

Dee Bands are a strip of webbing, 1.5 inch black polypropylene, to which a Dee ring is attached with a 2 inch seatbelt type webbing.

Dee bands are sewn on and spaced according to the customer’s needs; our standard Dee ring spacing is 30 inch on center unless otherwise specified by the customer.

Flatbed Tarp with Dee Bands and Dee Rings
Example of Flatbed Tarp with Dee Bands and Dee Rings

How do I measure my truck for a Tarp?

The bed of the truck is a good start, such as 8 foot wide by 20 foot long.

Next, determine the height of the load you will carry, such as 4 foot tall.

Add the width of the truck to the height you will need on each side.

Example: 8 foot wide with (2) 4 foot height sides equals 16 foot in total width.

Next, decide if you will need to cover the ends of the load. If so, then a tail may be added on each end. The tail would need to be the width of the truck by the height of the load; 8 foot x 4 foot.

In this case the size of the tarp needed would be: 16 foot x 20 foot with an 8 foot x 4 foot tail on each 16 foot width.

If your loads are sometimes shorter, Dee bands and Dee rings can be added to adjust the height of the tarpaulin.

Flatbed Truck Dimensions
Dimensions of Flatbed Truck

When buying an Electric Tarping System, is the GHS 2600HT the only thing I need to buy?

If this is the first tarping system that you are purchasing, manual or otherwise, you will also need a mesh or asphalt tarp as well as an arm system to complete the covering and un-covering of your load.

Dump Truck Tarp Arm System
Example of GHS 8620-BA Bent/Angled Aluminum Arm System


What type of Steel or Aluminum Arm System should I choose?

The type of steel or aluminum arm system is determined by many factors, such as the design of your truck, the appearance of the finished product and the price. The Steel Arms come with angled upper arms and torsion springs.

Steel versus Aluminum Tarping Systems For Dump Trucks
Comparison of GHS 8600 Series Aluminum and GHS 5200 Series Steel Tarping Systems

The Aluminum Arm series is our most popular system with enclosed torsion springs or under-mount spring assemblies. You can choose from straight or angled upper arms. These units are also available for the longer trailers, not just for dump trucks.

Do you carry Chain Driven Motors?

We do not offer chain driver motors.

What are the Pros and Cons of Chain Driven vs. Direct Drive Motors?

The main difference in the two motors is that direct drive motors do not have chains and sprockets to come loose.

What are the Warranties for your Products?

Tarpaulins: Since we have no way of knowing how they will be used or the conditions of use, we offer a 90 day manufacturer materials and workmanship warranty on all of our tarpaulins.

What is your Return Policy?

Custom made tarps and special orders are not returnable.

Stocking items in brand-new, unused condition and still in original packaging may be returned within 14-days of invoicing, a 15% restocking fee will be charged.

Customer must call our office and obtain an RGA number to mark the return with. Once the item is received back and inspected, a credit/check will be issued minus the restocking fee.