tarping

New one-truck portable tarping system

Owner-operator John Rodriguez, with business partner Willie Lancon, designed the Roller Rak portable tarping machine following a couple falls while tarping that could have been disasters.

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Giant potatoes! Hammerheads!

"We've seen some weird things on flatbeds. Hell, we've seen some weird things strapped to four-wheelers, like the giant hammerhead shark we saw on the roof of a Honda Accord...."

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The ‘Time Bandit’ electric cargo-strap roller

Sometime flatbedder and former small fleet owner Johnny White finds inspiration in day-to-day problems -- that might not be the best way, however, to describe the occasion that spurred him on to his latest solution, the new TimeBandit electric cargo-strap winder (pictured). As he tells it, "I was up in St. Cloud, Minn., when it was minus 6 degrees," delivering a flatbed load of HVAC units to a Home Depot in the middle of a snow ...

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Move some tarps, get some tarps

If the Tarps Plus company has its way, you may well in future take a load of its tarps and get paid in, well, tarps. Check out this story on the San Francisco Chronicle's website, which quotes Tarps Plus president Michael Stein on the "no-brainer" that is a new program looking to barter company tarps for trucking services, part of a growing business-to-business trend that looks for alternatives to traditional cash transactions. A neat idea, but just ...

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Channel 19

A dose of trucking humor, oddities and coverage in the media.

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Las Vegas newspaper columnist delivers ‘half-hearted’ trucker salute…

It's not exactly a big 10-4, but in her "Road Warrior" column in the Las Vegas Review-Journal a week ago, Adrienne Packer detailed her state's latest addition to the growing nationwide effort to pair state troopers with truckers to target four-wheelers' unsafe maneuvers around big trucks for citation. While Packer reflects a somewhat common feeling among the motoring public when she wonders whether the program is more than just a way to boost revenue coming ...

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Flatbedders, had enough of tarping? . . .

You might recommend the folks at Fast Wrap to your shipper customers, who do the kind of work you see in the picture here, a wrap of a jet engine. They've got mobile crews in more than 60 locations around the country who do the work, and the wrapping material is then recycled by the folks at Fast Wrap themselves. They typically wrap anything "from generators to large boats and planes for shipping and transportation," says company ...

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