Whether you are looking to buy your first dump truck tarp system or need to upgrade your existing system, you will probably find yourself comparing electric and manual systems. The variations between the two systems can make a choice seem complicated, but determining which one is best for you will be easier than you think.
What to Consider When Selecting an Electric or Crank Tarp System?
When selecting either an electric or crank tarp system, the first thing to consider is the ease of use. Which system is best suited to your hauling? Do you need to raise and lower your tarp often? Are you an owner-operator, fleet driver or municipal employee? Will you be operating your truck alone or with others? These questions will help determine which system is right for you.
Electric tarp systems are designed to provide a temporary and effective solution to your truck’s roof. They can be used for covering your truck. Still, they can also be used for other purposes such as keeping the heat in during the winter season, protecting the truck bed from scratches, or as a temporary barrier to prevent dust from getting into the cab.
You must choose the best electric tarp system for your truck. There are various factors that you should consider before making this decision. These include:
1. Size of the Truck: The size of the vehicle will determine how many tarps you will need. If your vehicle is small, you might need just one tarp for it. On the other hand, if it is large, then you might need more than one electric.
2. Weight of Your Truck: The weight of your truck is the most important factor in deciding whether to install an electric or crank tarping system. Electric systems are designed for light-duty trucks that weigh less than 26,000 pounds. If your truck weighs more than 26,000 pounds, you will need a crank system.
3. Types of Cargo that Your Truck Will Be Carrying: If you have a truck used for carrying loose materials, such as sand or gravel, consider an electric system. If your truck is often fully loaded and needs to be parked in tight spaces, you’ll likely want the ease of a manual crank system.
How to Choose the Right Tarp size for Your Truck
Your tarp system is designed to protect your load from the elements. A too-small tarp system might leave your cargo vulnerable to water damage, while a too-large system could make your tarps more difficult to use.
Your flatbed tarp should be about 4 inches larger than the sides and end of your open truck. For example, if the back end of your flatbed is 98 inches long by 98 inches wide, get a tarp that measures 102 inches by 102 inches.
If you do not see an exact match for your truck’s measurements in our collection, choose a similar size that is larger rather than smaller. The difference doesn’t sound like much on paper, but it could mean the difference between a successful trip and damaged cargo.