Avoid galling by using anti-galling spray, lubricant or grease on threads and avoiding high speed when fastening. Do not use impact tools on stainless steel hardware.
Ensure proper tension is always applied and all bows are at the same height, tarp should not flutter in the wind. Deburr sharp edges or surfaces.
Apply adhesive seal tape and shim with washers under end cap at bolt locations.
Twisting ridge strap prior to attaching ratchet will help reduce commodity splatter. Number of twists depends on trailer length, adjust accordingly. Ensure not to wind up any twist in ratchet. Or order a ridge rope, the narrow profile reduces splatter when loading.
Snug is ideal, do not over tighten to prevent pulling down on the end caps.
Before sliding roll tube onto tarp rope, set “dowel-type” roller under the middle of tube. Before sliding stationary tube into pocket, apply a dust of talcum powder on tube and inside of tarp pocket. Liner tool can help align holes in tube and tarp to fully insert rivet. Unfolding tarp prior to install gives tarp time to relax.
Proper tension is achieved when tension channel is level at bottom or 90 degrees from starting point. Tighten ratchet an additional two clicks past level. Open and close tarp approximately 5 times for cable to seat in spool grooves and tarp material to pull snug, tension channel should be level. No need to adjust tension every time tarp is used.
Use dielectric grease at all electrical connections throughout installation. This will help seal out moisture and prevent corrosion. Use heat shrink and electrical tape where applicable.
Optional mounting bracket is an alternative mounting point when installing spring boxes on trailer with exterior structural ribs.
Switch wires at control box or motor.
Screw install method is a replacement for splicing aluminum roll tubes together. Follow this method in place of welding, both installation procedures can be found in the instructions.
If breaker trips and does not reset, it may have detected a continuous short and will not reset until short is repaired. Disconnect battery and locate short to repair. Using a jumper wire on breaker can help determine if breaker is bad.
Set front and rear bows to correct height. Install ridge strap and draw tight until no slack. Adjust remaining bows to just touch bottom of ridge strap, ensure strap remains level.
Bow covers can prevent premature tarp wearing over bows. Or when ordering a new tarp, add bow reinforcements.
Using a tarp repair kit on small tears early may prevent them from becoming larger.
Use anti-seize or grease on motor shaft and motor extension shaft before installing into roll tubes. Prevents rusting and difficulty getting apart in the future.
Ensure your main power wire/supply is ample enough to carry the additional electrical system such as hopper openers. We recommend 4 ga. on longer length trailers.