Check with your local auto seat cover shop they should be able to help you. Keep your money in your local business is not a bad thing either. Just be sure to put some type a weight in the end of the cover that hangs off the back of the hose bed, the wind will cause it to flop and over time it will fray it out. We had to replace ours and if you use LDH you can't install a hose bed cover, the fitting have to have room to come out of the bed.... Hope this was helpful
We don't use hosebed covers. Some of our Engines have partial covers. This prevents wind from catching under the hose yet allows for quik lay outs. Remember the NFPA makse suggestions not Laws. Use the money you save on the hosebed cover for somthing your Dept. truely needs.
Hope this helps.
Our engines all have custom made tarps with turn snap button fasteners, along the outer edges of the front and sides of the top of the rig. The tarp hangs down the back and is fastened there likewise.
The Jaffrey Valve is mounted on the tailboard and preconnected to the 5" LDH. Wrap the hydrant and go, never had a problem laying in with the tarp.
55 Truck - The NFPA makes more than suggestions. It develops industry best practices (Standards) and, in a situation where a department was found to have NOT followed NFPA Standards that resulted in injuries or death they could be found liable in civil (tort) court.
"if you use LDH you can't install a hose bed cover, the fitting have to have room to come out of the bed"
So i'm not a 100% clear Jeff on what you mean by this statement....cause as you can see in this picture, i've tried to hilight where on our hosebed we have our LDH, which is 4" or 5", and we have no problem with the hose our the couplings coming off, all u do is unhook the back flap and flip it up and get at 'er......sorry about my cheezy paint skills.....
There are some laws out there that require all loads be secured. In Alberta there was a law passed that all loads, no matter the size, are to be secured and/or covered to prevent anything from falling off during transport. The best thing to do is check the local laws for this before deciding on using a full or partial cover, or no cover at all.
All good stuff. The issue beyond preference of cover/don't cover is, ensuring ALL equipment on our apparatus is secured to not come off until we want it to, and then come off quickly and safely. Cover those bases first, before you worry about covering your hosebed.