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Whether you are looking for 5 foot drop tarps for a short load of lumber, 8 foot drop tarps for a full size load of lumber, or 10 foot drop tarps for your drop deck trailer, we have many sizes in stock and available for you!

Here’s our selection of 8 foot drop tarps:

We also manufacture custom flatbed tarps in several different colors and any configuration you want, whether 2 piece, 3 piece, or 4 piece lumber tarp sets.


If you are looking for tarps for your hotshot loads, we can certainly assist with this as well. Just let us know what your typical load height is, and we will either have a set of tarps in stock that will suit you, or build a set to suit your needs.

While they are called Lumber Tarps since they typically cover a load of lumber 8’ tall and 8’ wide, a Trison Flatbed Lumber Tarp can be used to protect virtually any load that needs to be protected from the weather.

Trison Tarps are proudly made with the highest quality materials including:

Fabric: Trison Advantage 16oz vinyl coated fabric (Waterproof). Whether protecting your load from snow, ice, rain, or other debris, our waterproof fabric is great for covering your loads. 

Seams: All seams are heat sealed so the vinyl stays waterproof (no stitching holes).

Edge Hems: All edge hems of the tarps are folded over 2” and 2” seatbelt webbing is tucked inside to ensure strong hems and a good seating for the grommets.

Grommets: We use the industry’s toughest stainless steel grommets instead of brass grommets that often corrode when tarps are stored when wet. This ensures you always have a grommet tie down when needed.

D-Rings: We use 2” Nickel plated steel D-Rings – this large size ensures that a bungee or rubber strap tie down can easily pass through the D-Ring, hook and all. 

All D-rings are sewn on with a tough, wear-resistant 2” seat belt web loop.

D-Ring Rows: We use tough, wear resistant 2” seat belt for all D-ring rows – the strongest webbing in the industry. 


Branding: We can accommodate a vast array of logos, so you can put your lumber tarps to work advertising your company as you drive down the road. There is usually a nominal, one time only, fee to create the logo in the right format, and then you only pay for the logo installation each time you place an order after that.

Cold Crack: Our Trison Advantage Vinyl is rated for minus 40 degree (Celsius and Fahrenheit) cold crack. We often get feedback from customers who exclusively use Trison Tarps because of how manageable they are even in extreme cold temperatures.

Colors Available: We have Black, Red, Blue, and Green available.

If your company has a specific color configuration, please feel free to let us know as well, and we can see how we can take care of any custom requirements.

It can also be helpful to use different colors to distinguish between various sized tarps. For example, in a set of 3 the two end tarps are identical but the center tarp is different. In this case, ordering black tarps for the end tarps, and blue (or red, or green, etc.) for the center tarp can ensure you don’t have to handle the tarps more than necessary.

Trison Advantage 16oz Vinyl

All Steel and Lumber Tarps are made with our trademark Trison Advantage 16oz vinyl coated fabric, which has the tensile strength of the commonly used 18oz fabric without the extra weight. 

This keeps lumber tarps as lightweight as possible while still being waterproof, durable, and high quality.

If you are looking for lighter options, we have several options if you are looking for a tarp set with 8’ Drops:

  • 3 Piece Lumber Tarp Set – Trison Advantage 16oz Vinyl (Waterproof)
  • 2 Piece Lightweight Tarp Set – Trison Advantage 16oz Vinyl Top, 10oz Vinyl Sides (Waterproof)
  • 3 Piece Lightweight Lumber Tarp Set – Trison Advantage 16oz Vinyl Top, 10oz Vinyl Sides (Waterproof)

Are Lumber Tarps too heavy? 

Lumber tarps can be very heavy, especially when they are used in cold weather and harder to roll up neatly. 

One way the weight issue can be alleviated is to purchase a Set of 3 Lumber Tarps instead of a set of 2. 

Sets of 3 Lumber Tarps:

A set of 3 lumber tarps for 8 foot drop is the same width – 24’, but instead of having 2 tarps 27’ long, you instead have:

-2 tarps 24’ wide x 18’ long with Flaps – One for the front of the load, the other for the rear

-1 tarp 24’ wide by 19’ long with D-rings on 4 sides – this is used in the center of the load.

When deciding to go with a Set of 3 vs Set of 2 Lumber Tarps, here are a few points to keep in mind:

Pros: 

  1. Instead of having 2 tarps that are around 100lbs a piece, and bulky to handle, you now have much more manageable sized tarps that are around 75 pounds each.
  2. Versatility – If you have a load that only takes up 2/3rds of your trailer, you don’t have to pull out 2 large tarps to cover this load, and deal with a lot of extra tarp material to get rid of because the tarps are too big for the load.

    You can just take out 1 or 2 of the tarps instead.
  3. The reason we put D-Ring rows on all 4 sides of the 24’x19’ tarp is because that gives an extra dimension of versatility also since you can use that tarp in either the 24’ wide configuration or the 19’ wide configuration.

    Since there are tie downs going both ways, it’s easy to use the tarp either way. This is perfect for a small load, like a coil or smaller piece of machinery that doesn’t take up the whole trailer.

Cons: 

  1. One potential downside is, it is slightly more expensive to purchase a set of 3 than a set of 2. Since it is easier to manage, and more versatile to have 3 tarps, you just need to decide if it is worth the extra investment.
  2. It requires more storage space for 3 tarps instead of 2. 

Trison Advantage 16oz Vinyl

Another way we have helped the trucking industry with this issue is by developing our Trison Advantage 16oz Vinyl. 

18 oz Lumber tarps are pretty common, but we found that the 16oz vinyl is just as durable as 18oz, but you get a tarp that is 11% lighter. 

How can a lighter weight tarp be just as durable?

This happens because tarp vinyl is made from a strong woven fabric that is coated on both sides with vinyl.

16oz vinyl uses the same strong woven fabric – and the woven fabric is the strong part of the material. This is what prevents your tarps from ripping easily.

The vinyl of the tarp material is used to make the strong woven fabric waterproof. In effect, if you add more vinyl you are making the tarp heavier without making it hard to tear; so there is very little if any advantage to adding more vinyl.

16oz vinyl is fully waterproof, lighter weight, and more flexible when used in colder weather. We often get feedback from customers who say they will never get tarps anywhere else, because no tarps roll up as nicely as a Trison tarp in the cold weather.

Lightweight Lumber Tarps

We also offer both the set of 2 and the set of 3 with lightweight sides.

We make the top of the tarp and the flap with our typical Trison Advantage 16oz, but then use a 10oz vinyl for the sides of the tarp. This means the sides are 38% lighter weight than the typical tarp.

Since the top bears the most wear typically, it is made out of the heavier 16oz; since the sides don’t usually take the brunt of the wear and tear, the lightweight vinyl is suitable and still waterproof.

See our Lightweight Set of 2 Lumber Tarps here, and the Lightweight Set of 3 Lumber Tarps here.

How to extend the life of your tarp: 

  1. Using Corner Protectors is highly recommended to extend the life of your tarp. We have several options available for edges of loads; see here for options.
  2. Tarp Repair Patch kits or Tarp Repair Tape can also be used

    If you have a load with a sharp edge that isn’t easily protected with a corner protector, you can add tarp repair tape onto your tarp in the area where it contacts the edge of your load.
  3. Moving Blankets are a good option as well. For loads like custom machinery with lots of wear points, sometimes laying a moving blanket on the equipment and then tarping over this is a good solution both for ensuring your tarp doesn’t tear, and making sure there are no marks left on the machinery being hauled.

What are Lumber Tarps used for?

Lumber tarps are commonly used for covering loads of lumber, but can easily be used for flatbed loads other than lumber. They can be used to cover hay, machinery, steel, and virtually any other type of load depending on the dimensions.

How to know what size Flatbed Lumber Tarp you need:

It is common to refer to load height as “Drop”. For example, if you commonly haul a load of lumber that is 8 foot high, then an 8 foot drop set of lumber tarps would be ideal. 

A 8’ drop flatbed lumber tarp is typically 24 feet wide by 27 foot long, and has an 8 foot by 10 foot tail flap.

This is calculated in the following way: 

Width of tarp:

The typical trailer allows a load of 8’ wide. 

If your load is 8’ high, then:

8’ high + 8’ wide + 8’ high = 24’ wide tarp required. 

Length of tarp: 

If you are hauling lumber on a 48’ flatbed, then the typical length for your tarp is 27’. 

This way, with 2 tarps that are 27’ long, you have 54’ of tarp to cover your 48’ long trailer, leaving plenty of room for overlapping the two tarps in the middle to ensure it stays protected.

So, hauling an 8’ high load on a 48’ flatbed requires 2 tarps, 24’x27’ with Flap. Check here for our Two Piece Lumber Tarp sets.

Note: If you are pulling a 53’ trailer, you can still use a set of 2 tarps, 24’x27’ with Flap; there will be less room for an overlap in the middle, but still 12” to 24” of overlap if your load fits on the deck of the trailer.

If you are at all concerned about not having enough overlap on a 53’ trailer, we can certainly make you longer tarps and in this case 2 tarps 24’x28’ with Flap would be suitable.

5 foot drop lumber tarps:

5 foot drop lumber tarps are available here; they are available in one configuration:

2 tarps, 18’ wide x 27’ long, with end flap. 3 D-ring rows on the sides, at 20”, 40”, and 60” high on each side.

If you are looking for 5’ drop tarps that aren’t as long, we are happy to give you a quote for custom length. We usually turn around custom sized tarp orders within 1 week. 


6 foot drop lumber tarps:

6 foot drop lumber tarps are available here; they are available in one configuration:

2 tarps, 20’ wide x 27’ long, with end flap. 3 D-ring rows on the sides, at 2’, 4’ and 6’ high on each side.

If you are looking for 6’ drop tarps that aren’t as long, we are happy to give you a quote for custom length. We usually turn around custom sized tarp orders within 1 week. 

8 foot drop lumber tarps:

8 foot drop lumber tarps are available here; they come in 5 configurations (option 5 is Lumber tarps for B-trains):

1. 2 tarps, 24’ wide x 27’ long, with end flap. 3 D-ring rows on the sides, at 2.5’, 5’, and 7.5’ high on each side

  1. 3 tarps:

    2 End tarps 24’ wide x 18’ long with end flap; 3 D-ring rows on the sides, at 2.5’, 5’, and 7.5’ high on each side

1 Center tarp 24’ wide x 19’ long with D-ring rows on all 4 sides. 3 D-ring rows on the sides, at 2.5’, 5’, and 7.5’ high on each side. 2 D-ring rows on each end, 2.5’ and 5’ in from the ends

  1. Same sizes as #1 above, but with 10’ Trison Advantage 16oz Vinyl in the middle and 10oz on the sides.

    10 foot through the middle is done so that your 8’ top is covered as well as 1’ down each side so the corners are protected with the heavier material; then, the remaining 7 feet on each side are 10oz vinyl (38% lighter).
  1. Same sizes as #2 above, but with 10’ Trison Advantage 16oz Vinyl in the middle and 10oz on the sides.

    10 foot through the middle is done so that your 8’ top is covered as well as 1’ down each side so the corners are protected with the heavier material; then, the remaining 7 feet on each side are 10oz vinyl (38% lighter).
  1. If you are looking for 8’ Drop Lumber Tarps for B-Trains, we usually recommend this configuration:

4 tarps 24’ wide x 18’ long with end flap; 3 D-ring rows on the sides, at 2.5’, 5’, and 7.5’ high on each side

Some prefer to have one tarp with a flap on each end per trailer for their B-Trains, and we make them custom to order. 

10 foot drop lumber tarps:

10’ drop Lumber Tarps are typically suitable for a drop deck trailer. We stock 1 configuration:

If this is what you are looking for, we recommend a set of 4 tarps. The Front tarp will be only 8’ drop and an end flap, since it will cover the upper deck. The two center tarps are identical to each other and 10’ drops, and the Rear tarp will also have a 10’ drop and an end flap.

Front Tarp: 24’ wide x 14’ long, with 8’x10’ flap; 3 D-ring rows on the sides, at 2.5’, 5’, and 7.5’ high on each side.

Center Tarps (x2): 28’ wide by 16’ long, with D-ring rows on all 4 sides. 3 D-ring rows on the sides, at 2.5’, 5’, 7.5’, and 10’ high on each side. 3 D-ring rows on each end, 2’2” and 4’4” in from each end

Rear Tarp: and for the rear tarp: 28’ wide x 16’ long, with 10’x10’ flap; 4 D-ring rows on the sides, at 2.5’, 5’, 7.5’, and 10′ high on each side

How to tie down Lumber Tarps:

The best way to tie down Lumber Tarps is using rubber tarp straps either hooked onto the D-rings on the D-ring rows, or else looping the rubber strap through the D-ring and then back down to the rub rail. 

Sometimes a driver will throw a ratchet strap over the tarp to help hold the tarp down too, but this is not recommended if you are fastening the hook on the ratchet strap to a D-ring, or putting undue stress onto the tarp.

When done in such a way that it simply holds the tarp to the top of whatever material you are carrying, this can be a good way to hold the tarp down, but in most cases you don’t need anything more than a box of rubber tarp straps.

It is important when tying down your tarp that there isn’t any piece of the tarp, like a corner or anything else that isn’t tied down. If your tarp is flapping while you drive down the road, it will drastically reduce the life of your tarp.

The tarp can get “wind whipped” and be destroyed in a very short amount of time. If everything is tied down tight with no room for flapping, you will get a few years out of your tarps!

How to repair Lumber Tarps:

There are 3 main ways to repair Lumber Tarps. 

  1. Heavy Duty Tarp Repair Tape

    This is one of the best ways to repair rips and tears in your tarps since it doesn’t require glue or a heat gun.

    You simply lay out the repair tape over the rip so you can get the right size, and then cut it to length and width.

    Before applying, for best adhesion simply clean the area where the patch will stick with clean, soapy water.

    Once the tarp is fully dry, peel the backing off of the repair tape and apply the tape to the tarp.

    Then, put pressure on the patch to ensure the tape bonds to the tarp and you are all set!

    It can be easier, although not strictly necessary, to use a roller in order to put pressure on the patch.
  2. Patch vinyl and HH066 Vinyl cement

    To patch a tarp in this manner, lay out the patch vinyl over the rip so you can get the right size, and then cut it to length and width.

    Before applying, for best adhesion simply clean the area where the patch will stick with clean, soapy water.

    Once the tarp is fully dry, apply some HH-66 vinyl cement to both the tarp and the patch vinyl.

    Before putting the patch with glue on the tarp, let the glue air dry for about 30-45 seconds or until it becomes a bit tacky.

    Then, put the patch vinyl onto the tarp in the torn area and apply pressure.

    It can be easier, although not strictly necessary, to use a roller in order to put pressure on the patch.
  3. Heat Gun and Roller

    This way takes a bit of practice, but if you are doing a lot of repair on a regular basis, it’s the most cost effective and fastest.

    First you will need a heat gun, a roller, scissors, and patch vinyl.

    To repair lumber tarps this way, lay out the tarp (in a non-windy area) and methodically go over the tarp looking for holes or tears.

    Bring the patch vinyl with you and cut patches to the right size and shape by each hole or tear; make the patches about 1” or 2” bigger than the hole or tear.

    Once you have the patches laid out, heat seal each patch down with the heat gun, using the roller to apply pressure once the patch vinyl is sufficiently melted and ready to apply.

Airbag, Ballistic, Kevlar, and other “Water Repellent” materials:

We do NOT recommend airbag or parachute material, sometimes called kevlar or ballistic material unless you are tarping a load that can get a bit wet, and you don’t plan to use the tarp often.

These are not waterproof materials, so are not recommended for long-term use on loads or items that cannot get wet. Trison Tarps does not manufacture or sell these types of materials for this reason.

Airbag, ballistic, and parachute materials also tear quite easily, and are not easily repairable. 

In most cases, patching will need to be sewn on which creates more holes in the fabric and increases your repair bill due to being labor intensive.

Vinyl is much easier to repair since patches can be heat sealed on the damaged area, or you can use adhesive tarp patches that are designed to bond to vinyl.