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petie6464

Bungee Straps What length?

I have two 20' and two 24' tarps that I inherited when I bought my truck/trailer combo. What length Bungee's should I get? and how many?
Gary

I carried two different sizes, total of 100. When I bought bungees, I bought them in boxes of 50. I also carried rubber rope. Trying to remember the lengths??? I think they were 18" and 24" ???

Your better off going to a trailer parts house/dealership like Utility, Fruehauf, Great Dane. Better prices, and good quality. A lot of places offer cheap Chinese bungee cords that break easy.

If you get rubber rope make sure you get the hooks. The rubber rope comes in a big spiral. You can cut it in 15 to 20 foot sections so it's easy to handle and lace your tarps to the bump rail, or cut the rope any length you want and assemble your bungees.

Myself I preferred the rubber rope because bungees tend to break right where it's molded for the hook. With rubber rope if it broke I just reused the hook and made a short bungee out of it. I'll try to dig one out of the shed later today and post a picture of what I'm talking about.

Another thing, you know how you see those S hooks from broken bungee straps laying on the ground at truck stops, and Shippers? I'd always pick them up and put them in a coffee can in the truck. They work great for lacing rubber rope to the trailer, with them you don't have to go through the bump rail. I'd just hook one end under the trailer, and run the rubber rope to the other end outside the bump rail. It's a lot quicker then lacing rope through the bump rail.

Here's a link to a post about the S hooks in the Tops and tricks section.

http://ltlhotshot.myfreeforum.org/about187.html
petie6464

OK Gary, I can see needing that many for sure.  If you can get me the sizes I'll pic them up. Mytee has EPDM Bungee's 50 count for $32.00-$56.00 depending on length.
Gary

The sizes I have here are 24" and 32".

For those out there reading this that have never seen rubber rope here's some pics.

Hook and rope,



Rope fastened to hook,


Gary

Check out this post I made in the Tips and Tricks section for Bungee storage.

http://ltlhotshot.myfreeforum.org/about4010.html
petie6464

Thanks for the pics of the rope! Is there a supply house near you I could pick up the bungees and rope?  I am coming down the 15 from the 40 tomorrow and picking a tarp load. Didn't know till just now and I don't  have either.
Gary

Utility Trailers is down in Fontana on Valley Blvd between Cherry and Sierra Ave. They're on the South Side of the street. They usually have rubber rope and bungee cords in stock. If you take the 15 to the 10 and go east you can get off at Cherry Ave and turn left. Then right on Valley. They're at least a mile and a half down there.

Wabash/Fruehauf is down there also but they are on the South side of I-10. They're on Slover between Sierra and Cherry. If you go to Utility first and they don't have what you want then continue east on Valley to Sierra and turn right. Then go over I-10 to Slover and turn right. They'll be on the South side of the street.

There use to be a Fleet Pride in Fontana also. They were located on the South side of I-10 on Miliken. On the right side just past Slover. I haven't been there in years so they could've moved?
petie6464

Thanks Gary x 10 I will swing buy on my way down and grab some.
Gary

Glad I could help.
petie6464

Yeah you did. I have had these tarps and have not used them so lets see how this fun plays out.  When I ask the guy I bought this rig from about tarping his advise was "Best advise I can give you is don't haul loads that need tarps." lol

Being I won't be in the gym for a week or so durring this trip I'm sure these heavy darn things will keep me in shape. .
Gary

petie6464 wrote:
Yeah you did. I have had these tarps and have not used them so lets see how this fun plays out.  When I ask the guy I bought this rig from about tarping his advise was "Best advise I can give you is don't haul loads that need tarps." lol

Being I won't be in the gym for a week or so durring this trip I'm sure these heavy darn things will keep me in shape. .


 Yeah trarping is a hoot. If you've never done it before ill give you a few tips. First have plenty of water on hand because it'll probably be hot tomorrow. Second take it slow, don't let anyone rush you. third put the rear tarp on first, flap down at the rear and then pull the ears in on the outside of the flap. You'll know what I'm talking about as soon as you roll it out.  Before you pull  the ears in and bungee them together secure the flap by using bungees to pull it against the load on both sides.  Before you even roll the tarp out make sure the flap will end up at the back of the load.

Then roll up any tarp thats hanging over the bump rail. Do a little on one side, bungee it down and then do the same on the other side. Just go side to side doing a little at a time until you get to the front of the rear tarp.

Then roll out the front tarp making sure the flap will end up at the front. Overlap the rear tarp. On the front you pull the ears in first bungeeing them to each other ( make sure the hooks are pointing out away from the freight ), and then pull the flap down over the ears. Then just work your way down each side until its all secure.

Make sure the tarp can't flap in the wind going down the road . Flapping can  cause damage to the load and the tarp.  If its a low load and there's a lot of excess tarp use a strap on the front and back to pinch down the excess tarp to the deck.

Also, and this stuff right here is critical. Before you use them new bungee cords you need to bend the S hooks closed where they connect to the bungee. If you fail to do this that part of the S hook will eat through the tarp going down the road and can even damage the freight.

The other very important thing is to pad any part of the load that has sharp edges before tarping it. Anything pointy also. Use cardboard and any kind of tape you can get your hands on. Just make sure tape won't mess up the finish of the freight either. Ask the Shipper for padding, tape, whatever's necessary to protect the load and your tarp. If they say they don't have any dumpster dive for it, use scrap cardboard, anything that'll protect the tarp from getting ripped.

Oh and don't forget to tie your load down before tarping it.


And if you notice the tarp ballooning out while going down the road get off the road and fix it. If its ballooning air is getting under the tarp. Find out where and fix it.  Throw some straps over it if necessary, more bungees, do whatever it takes to stop it.

If you have any question I'll be here, just give me a call 760-868-4932
Gary

Using your bungees try to pinch the tarp to the edge of the trailer, pull the bungee down inside the bump rail and hook it under the trailer.  If the bungee is long enough, go between the bump rail and under a pocket back up through the bump rail and hook it back to the next d ring on the tarp.
petie6464

Thanks for the insight and tips.  I think you hit it on the head with "Don't let anyone rush you", hold true to everything.

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