How Do You Tarp a Truck Bed for Rain?

When you tarp a truck bed for rain, you are providing your cargo with an additional layer of protection from the elements. The tarp helps to keep your cargo dry and reduce the amount of water that can get into the bed of the truck. Tarping a truck bed is relatively simple and straightforward, but it does require some preparation and effort to make sure it is done correctly.

The first step is to make sure the truck bed is clean and free from any debris or dirt. Once the truck bed is clean, it’s time to measure for your tarp size.

It’s important to get a tarp that fits snugly over the entire bed of the truck, as any gaps can allow water to seep in. Once you have the right size tarp, it’s time to secure it in place.

To attach the tarp securely, you’ll need some bungee cords or other straps or ties. Be sure to use enough cords or ties so that they are evenly spaced around the entire perimeter of the truck bed. This will help ensure that no water can get through any gaps or openings.

Once you have all your cords and ties in place, use something heavy like bricks or rocks to help weigh down each corner of the tarp. This will help keep it secure even in strong winds and heavy rain.


Tarping a truck bed for rain does take some preparation and effort, but following these steps will ensure that your cargo remains safe and dry during inclement weather conditions. By making sure you have a properly sized tarp, securing it with bungee cords or straps, and using heavy weights on each corner of the tarp, you can rest assured knowing that your cargo will remain protected from rain and other elements.

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Susan Delgado