A Cable Driven Tarp
also referred to as a “Cable Tarp” or “Accordion Tarp” is an ingenious design that utilizes a series of Pulleys, Cables and Bows to deploy and retract the tarp system. The entire system rests on the top rail of the dump body or dump trailer and “slides” along the top rail as the tarp is opened or closed. The tarp system is usually operated by a ground level hand crank, but electric tarp operation is an option as well. The cable tarp system has many trade names such as Panel Tarp (Merlot), Slide-N-Go (Cramaro), Crank-N-Go (Aero), Tarp-N-Go (Mountain Tarp), Bow Slider (Donovan), Top Slider (Pulltarps) and Super Slider (Pulltarps). All of these systems are functionally the same, but typically offer slight variations in options, design and style. The tarp material is usually mesh (anti-pollution) or vinyl (semi-waterproof). Some manufacturers offer a vinyl cover that extends over the side rail (drop side) creating a nearly waterproof cover. The cable system has many, many uses such as; dirt, stone, rock, sand, gravel, asphalt, waste, construction, agriculture (grain), and landscape. It is best suited for dump trucks or dump trailers with a flush top rail from front to rear (not well suited for dump trucks with cab shield protectors that are higher than the dump beds side rails).