Friday, April 17, 2015

Make Your Own Trailer Tarp

If you’ve got a trailer then you’ll realize just how important it is to have a well fitted tarp to go over it. Covering a trailer with a tarp makes all sorts of sense, not only does it prevent whatever is being transported from being exposed to the elements but it also keeps it relatively safe and secure.

Although there are many companies around who will gladly make you a tarp which is tailor made to fit your trailer there are ways to do the job yourself.

A tarp is really nothing more than a water proof cover which is fastened securely across the trailer so that the contents don’t get blown away, don’t get wet, don’t fall out and don’t get stolen while you are sitting at the lights.

So what do you need to make a trailer tarp of your own?

Well, all you really need is a heavy duty tarp, some <a href="">metal grommets</a>, a grommet tool and a length of cord. You will also need to make sure that your trailer is fitted with attachment hooks but the majority of trailers are manufactured with those in place so that they are available when needed.

The first thing you have to do is to measure your trailer to make sure that you make a tarp of the correct size. You will need a small amount of overhang on the tarp for added strength and security but if the tarp is too big it will not be easy to fasten securely onto the sides of the trailer.

Measure the top of the trailer and allow around 3 inches overhang on each side (which means 6 inches in total for each dimension). This should allow plenty of time for the strengthening edge and for fastening it across the top of the trailer securely.

You need to manufacture your trailer tarp from heavy duty materials in order for it to have the necessary strength and weather resistance to protect your cargo. Cut the material to size and stitch around the edges using an industrial sewing machine. If you stitch a hem it will give added strength to the fastening mechanisms on your tarp.

Then you need to decide upon the number and placing of the grommets you will use to secure your tarp. Some smaller tarps may only need a grommet placed on each corner whereas larger tarps will need them strategically placed around the perimeter of the tarp.

Using heavy duty grommets and following the instructions of your grommet tool proceed to place them in the appropriate positions of the tarp. Although you may find it tricky at first you will get much better at it as you work your way around the tarp and finish fitting all of the grommets into position.

You will need to have a heavy duty cord to thread through the grommets to attach the tarp to the top of your trailer. Alternatively you may find that attaching a number of elastic straps or bungees around the trailer will hold the tarp firmly into position as required.

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Having a waterproof cover to protect the cargo of your trailer will make it much more functional. You will be able to move things in all weathers without worrying about them getting wet or damaged by the weather or debris.