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Retractable VBox Cover!!!

Discussion in 'Ice Management' started by NickyBombs, Feb 11, 2006.

  1. NickyBombs

    NickyBombs Member
    Messages: 44

    Is there anyone out there that has made or purchased a retractable VBOX cover. Its a pain in the a$$ covering and uncovering with tarp and tiedowns. Ii have seen many retractable bed covers wonder if anyone has modified one to fit a vbox:rolleyes:
     
  2. Andy N.

    Andy N. Senior Member
    Messages: 236

    I don't understand why some people want to tarp their Vboxes. You load it, go out and unload and be done with it. You get paid to unload it, not haul it.
     
  3. chris k

    chris k Senior Member
    Messages: 204

    If you are not going to salt till the end of the storm why drive around with a load for 12 hrs?? I cover mine so that when I do go get a load I don't have a spreader full of snow.
     
  4. 04superduty

    04superduty PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,354

    i have never seen any retractable tarps but if you are good with a welder and things electrical you could make one. look at some tarps on semi dump trailers, the ones that slide on a track on the side of the trailer, not the mouse trap style.
     
  5. NickyBombs

    NickyBombs Member
    Messages: 44

    Hmm...

    I only asked if anyone had made one or seen one. And yes I do want at least a ton of salt in the back for the added traction. It's called ballast!!! :gunsfiring: Don't hate if you have nothing good to say.
     
  6. nevrnf

    nevrnf Senior Member
    Messages: 456

    Our F550 dump has a swing arm style tarp that rolls up to the cab protector. It keeps the salt dry durring the storm so there is never a chance of jamming
     
  7. NEPSJay

    NEPSJay Senior Member
    Messages: 270

    You tarp it to keep it dry so it wont freeze:dizzy: :dizzy: :dizzy:
     
  8. Andy N.

    Andy N. Senior Member
    Messages: 236

    Yah, but what I'm sayin is don't cruise around with a full jag of salt. The salt in my spreader never freezes, even when I have to plow first and then salt the property. When I have to plow and salt all my properties, my route could take over eight hours and still no freezing. Now, when the temps are very low, in the mid teens and lower, yah, I have a problem with the salt freezing, but only the top layer. If you keep unloading it, it will not freeze. If you want to spend your hard made money on something that doesn't make you money, be my guest.
     
  9. echovalley

    echovalley Senior Member
    from CT
    Messages: 456

    What do you do if it snows on Sunday?Most all places are closed ,So if you load up on Sat there is a chance it may freeze[covered or uncovered]I went to a local upholstery shop and he made me a fitted cover,tripled stitched in the corners,only needs a couple of b-cords to hold it on looks clean and professional $125 bucks
     
  10. Andy N.

    Andy N. Senior Member
    Messages: 236

    Yah, that is problem for those of you who rely on a supply yard with specific hours and not open on Weekends, Holidays, etc. I have my own supply and loader and only load salt when I need it. If I have some leftover, I back in to the bin and unload with the spreader.
     
  11. NEPSJay

    NEPSJay Senior Member
    Messages: 270

    Be realistic...I spent $60.00 bucks on a Custom made vinal tarp. I'd much rather be out the $$$ and have the piece of mind that my stuffs dry then be in the hopper with a jackhammer in the middle of the night.
     
  12. Andy N.

    Andy N. Senior Member
    Messages: 236

    Alright, I hear ya! I was just in a bad mood that day cuz the storm missed us.
     
  13. vis

    vis Senior Member
    from 4
    Messages: 324


    I usually put a half load in mine. that way if i am going up some bad hills i can sand on my way up and not come sliding down out of control. its very helpful if you get stuck to drop some sand behind you and go