August 2008: It has been more than a year
since I posted this up on the web page. I have received 2 requests
soliciting my experience with the New LIfe Tarpaulin.
The wood Ben Hur that this is mounted on
has been to many shows since the cover was received. It continues to look
and perform as good as the day it was new. The wrinkles from packaging
have all come out and the cover looks superb.
As far as quality of construction
no threads have pulled and the stitching remains intact. The worst thing
for a canvas is for it to sit outside all the time in the elements. This
does not stay outside so I am unable to address constant weathering. It
remains in an unheated garage both Winter and summer.
As for use and abuse it has been
towed (on a goose neck trailer) at speeds over 65 mph and has gotten wet
both while on the trailer and on display. There are no ill effects from
this occasional stress and the tarp remains waterproof.
The leather straps are wearing well and
look identical to the original type which I have on my other Ben Hur
The only minor issue I have is that the
rope ties are too short. I have an original 50's manufacture G-516 cover,
that was gracious sold to me by the CCKW collector, Mr. Gopan of Maine.
The rope ties on that cover are about 9 inches longer than the ties
provide by New Life. When tying to some of the side rings the New Life
ropes come up short. 6 inches more would make all the difference.
In short...with all the covers available
out there, most being priced higher, this Ben Hur Tarpaulin from New
Life Canvas is your best bet for your hard earned money.