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Trailer tarps and winch modding

Hey guys, so every time we go on a trash out our tarps end up ripped somewhere. I mounted a bar to the front of the trailer with a handle to roll it up on when done. I also drilled holes that lined up with the grommets on the sides of the top steel frame and bought some clasps to be able to easily attach and take off. I worked great! However, That was just a cheap $20 tarp and the grommet holes where torn by the time we got home. What's the best material tarp to use that isn't too heavy and bulky but strong and will allow air to pass through so we don't have the whole hot air balloon effect when our load is not extremely packed full? I was thinking I wanted the mesh ones with vinyl coating? I'm tired of buying a new tarp every day!

Also, anyone have a winch mounted on the front of their trailer to pull in the big heavy stuff, how does that work out? Our last trip consisted of a fiberglass coated wooden boat that did not want to come apart well and the last piece killed me trying to push it in.
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Hey guys, so every time we go on a trash out our tarps end up ripped somewhere. I mounted a bar to the front of the trailer with a handle to roll it up on when done. I also drilled holes that lined up with the grommets on the sides of the top steel frame and bought some clasps to be able to easily attach and take off. I worked great! However, That was just a cheap $20 tarp and the grommet holes where torn by the time we got home. What's the best material tarp to use that isn't too heavy and bulky but strong and will allow air to pass through so we don't have the whole hot air balloon effect when our load is not extremely packed full? I was thinking I wanted the mesh ones with vinyl coating? I'm tired of buying a new tarp every day!

Also, anyone have a winch mounted on the front of their trailer to pull in the big heavy stuff, how does that work out? Our last trip consisted of a fiberglass coated wooden boat that did not want to come apart well and the last piece killed me trying to push it in.
We get our tarps from a local company that makes tarps for the big trucks.They cost a bit more but we have few we have been using for about 3 years
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I bought the tarp kit for the dump trailer. Cost about $300 bucks and I'll likely have to replace it this year. At least I got 3 years out of it.



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Are they like a canvas material or a poly/vinyl combo? $100 a year is a lot better than $20 a day.
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I bought a heavy duty tarp from Tractor supply for probably about $25. Amazing tarp. Never ripped. If you want the super heavy duty, get the thick cloth canvas type.

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Are they like a canvas material or a poly/vinyl combo? $100 a year is a lot better than $20 a day.
Mine is a poly/vinyl mesh type. Love the tarp kit. It is sized to fit the trailer. Mounted in the front. Mounting points in the back for the pole. It litterally takes less than 10 sec to tarp or untarp a load.



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Mine is a poly/vinyl mesh type. Love the tarp kit. It is sized to fit the trailer. Mounted in the front. Mounting points in the back for the pole. It litterally takes less than 10 sec to tarp or untarp a load.
Sounds awesome, I can't wait to get to that point. Dump trailer is definitely on the want it list.
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Sounds awesome, I can't wait to get to that point. Dump trailer is definitely on the want it list.
You'll have to get away from $15/CYD so you can afford to upgrade equipment. Problem then becomes the overheads go up and then you find the prices you're willing to work for go up as well.



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If you're in a pinch for money, use old trampolines. They are tough and you can modify them to fit your trailer. I have one I use exclusively for tree branch loads.

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Good idea.

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