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Re: My truck photos
« Reply #180 on: December 01, 2017, 09:56:26 PM »
I second what Charlie said, very interesting round of pics!
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Re: My truck photos
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« Reply #181 on: December 02, 2017, 05:01:11 AM »
Western Star and Kenworth grain trucks from Idaho rolling into Claresholm.
Southbound on Highway 2 in AB

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Gibsons Peterbilt in Lethbridge, AB.

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Re: My truck photos
« Reply #182 on: December 02, 2017, 07:48:13 PM »

Nice photos, interesting that the grain trucks appear to be A-trains as opposed to super-B's. Are those common in Alberta?

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Re: My truck photos
« Reply #183 on: December 02, 2017, 09:13:43 PM »

Nice photos, interesting that the grain trucks appear to be A-trains as opposed to super-B's. Are those common in Alberta?

Jon

They are A-trains Jon, they are from the USA! Not common in Alberta.

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« Reply #184 on: December 03, 2017, 03:53:59 PM »
Sharp blue Peterbilt @ IOWA 80, Walcott, IA

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Truck with a message, I came across this one at the Pilot truckstop in Perryville, Maryland:



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« Reply #185 on: December 04, 2017, 11:48:41 AM »
Two 53' doubles, Northbound (direction Calgary) on Highway 2 in Claresholm, AB

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« Reply #186 on: December 05, 2017, 02:25:25 AM »
Checking engine and fluids @ the yard in Canada, parked next to a brand spanking new #009

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« Reply #187 on: December 06, 2017, 12:14:56 AM »
Another shot of the ''Hi-Way 9'' 53' double parked in Claresholm, AB.
The driver stopped to get a sandwich at the local Subway

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Trucks at the yard, also in C-Town, AB:

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« Reply #188 on: December 07, 2017, 05:27:27 AM »
Tarping 1.0


First you get yourself an old Peterbilt with a tri-axle trailer and stop for a nice photo at a lake, somewhere along Highway 95 in BC, Canada:
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When you arrive at WynnWood in Wynndel, you put your trailer wheels on the scales and the forklift driver starts loading the timber.
You can see the red display of the weight indicator above the little shed on the left of the truck:



After the first layer of wood, the forklift driver gives you the okay to "belly wrap" the timber (putting a few straps over this part of the load)
Next he puts a second (and sometimes third) layer on the trailer.
When the weights are OK you put more straps over the load.
Best thing is to do this before you are parked next to the tarping station, because you need some space to throw the straps.

Here's a typical tarping station, this one has room for three trucks:







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« Reply #189 on: December 07, 2017, 05:45:16 AM »
As you can see, the friendly forklift driver already placed the heavy tarps on top of the load, front and back.
(my truck is the one in the middle here)

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Now you put on a safety harness, at this company they are nicely stored in this little wooden locker,
Safety tips and instructions are on the inside of the door:



The hook on this cable, coming from the fall-protection device, goes into the eye at the back of the harness:



The fall-protection device is moving freely on this H-beam above the load:



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« Reply #190 on: December 07, 2017, 06:09:43 AM »
Now you can step onto the load (by using a little ''draw bridge design'' ramp) and start to unfold the tarps.

You start with the rear tarp, so the front tarp will overlap the rear tarp.
(this way the wind and rain will not go under the tarp when you're going down the road)

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Here you can see the little pull-up ramp that you use to enter the load:



All covered up, now you can go down the stairs and put the rubber tarp straps on.
I always kept the harness on until I was finished tarping, because sometimes you have to get back on the trailer when something is not right.
We all know how easy it is to forget about safety when you ''only have to do something quick''.



Notice that the driver of the Super-B that was loading next to me is not wearing his safety harness.
I think that's stupid: especially when there are "holes" under the tarp because of the way you are loaded, it's so easy to trip and fall.

And no: I'm not a saint, not at all.
But it's not a lot of work to strap a harness on and respect the rules of the company where you are loading.
So if you don't do it for your own safety, just do it so that trucks from your company are welcome to come back in the future

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« Reply #191 on: December 07, 2017, 06:36:50 AM »
This looks pretty good, notice how the seams on the tarp are exactly on top of the edges of the load, I like it that way.
And I think that when your tarping looks neat and tight, the DOT person at the scales will also notice that you take pride in your work.
(same goes for a clean truck, but that's also just my opinion...)

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At the front of the trailer: put the middle section of the tarp OVER the flaps that will cross to the front of the trailer, this will keep the wind and rain out.
At the rear of the trailer: put the middle section UNDER the flaps.



Here's the result, ready for 4 days on the road to Tennessee
As you can see, I always put three extra straps over the tarps: one at the front, one at the middle where the two tarps meet and one at the rear.



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Re: My truck photos
« Reply #192 on: December 07, 2017, 10:15:14 AM »
Great write up about tarping job well done. :)

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Re: My truck photos
« Reply #193 on: December 07, 2017, 04:45:09 PM »
Excellent series on the tarping job. :) Do most companies have racks like that for the drivers to tarp loads or are they few & far between? ??? I recall seeing one at a company in Avenel NJ that made sheet rock but that's about it. :-\

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Re: My truck photos
« Reply #194 on: December 07, 2017, 05:10:00 PM »
All the big lumber companies in Canada are using them, come to think of it: I never came across one of these in the US.

With W&S we were paid for tarping a load, I never mind doing it and you are getting pretty handy doing it after a few times.
It beats wating hours and hours at a distribution centre to load your reefer trailer at crazy hours and not getting paid for your time at all.

And we only had to tarp once every three weeks or so, driving from AB or BC to somewhere in the US to tip.
If the tipping address was not too far from Brantford, ON, we were directed back over the border to load lumber there.
That company did not want us to tarp the loads, so throwing a few straps and you were ready to go back South again.

After tipping the second load of lumber we were sent to the yard in Lexington, SC to load the big mining tyres.
Maybe doing a reset, waiting for a load and driving back to AB in about 4 days.

Next you had a few days off and back to loading lumber again, or maybe even picking up a pre-loaded trailer at the yard.
So if you had to tarp 15 times in one year, it was a lot.
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Re: My truck photos
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