Why Won't This Company Let You Tarp On Their Property?

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NeeklODN's Comment
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I went to a company that had a sign up forbidding flatbedders to tarp loads on the property. You can not park overnight, either. What is the reason for this?
Jrod's Comment
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I think you redacted more than you meant to!


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Army 's Comment
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NeeklODN's Comment
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Dangittt here y'all go

Bruce K.'s Comment
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Neek, I don’t tarp on anyone’s property so I don’t have a problem with that policy. Please excuse me now. I have to go shut my trailer doors.

PackRat's Comment
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Reads to me like this place/company is trying to avoid any type of liability lawsuit potential. “Haul our stuff and protect our stuff, but if you get hurt doing that, it’s your problem”.

Rob T.'s Comment
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Sounds silly unless they just don't have the space for drivers to tarp while they can still load or unload other trucks. Makes ya wonder why they're requiring the load to be tarped if they're making you drive away from their site without it tarped. I've never done flatbed but how long does it take to strap and tarp? surely each load is different and the more you do it the faster and more efficient you become, but how long do you expect to spend strapping and tarping on a typical load.

Turtle's Comment
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Depending on the load, securing and tarping can take anywhere from 30 minutes to 3 hours.

I'd also guess it's either a liability issue, or not enough space on the lot. Liability issues are usually worded something like "No climbing on the load or flatbed!", in which case they'll usually have a tarp station or forklift available to spread your tarps over the load.

A lot of times, the shipper isn't really concerned about the load getting wet while you drive to the tarping area. They're concerned with the road grime that collects on the products from shipper to consignee. It's hard to sell a retail product when it's covered in filth.


The customer the freight is being delivered to. Also referred to as "the receiver". The shipper is the customer that is shipping the goods, the consignee is the customer receiving the goods.


The customer who is shipping the freight. This is where the driver will pick up a load and then deliver it to the receiver or consignee.

andhe78's Comment
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If it’s a tall load, make sure to have the loader put your tarps on top before you head to the tarping area. You’ll only lift eight foot drops over your head once.

Ken M. (TailGunner)'s Comment
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I don't think it's liability. It's probably a space issue. Whether it's on their property or not, they will still be liable.

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