Tarpaulin Makers are specialist fabricators of Curtainsiders. We use the latest in technology to give a finished product and service we are proud of. We stand by our products and guarantee the highest quality and craftsmanship. Fitting can be done at your yard, or at our workshop.


Heavy duty 900gsm European curtainside material

Sealed Bearing, maintenance free curtain rollers, no lube on track required

Aluminium luffgroove curtainside poles and cast alloy base plug

Range of colours to match your fleet

Quality heavy duty stainless steel buckles

Tarpaulin Makers own track & pelmet

3 year UV warranty on curtain side fabric

Heavy duty tensioners with tuck in/on catch handle

Load rated, certified curtains meeting and exceeding NZ standard with a 5 year certification






Tarpaulin Makers are a certified manufacturer of Curtainsiders. All our curtains are rated to 3,100kg per meter or 1860kg per strap.


A single skinned standard curtain used for carting general freight, timber, dry goods.

Double Skinned

A second skin is applied to the inside of the curtain which acts as a protective layer. This is more suitable for heavy duty loads or products with sharp edges. Will help keep product cooler than standard Dryfreight Curtainsiders.


A double skinned truck curtain material with an additional insulating layer in between the two skins. Used for keeping goods chilled.


A double skinned curtain with straps placed on the outside and spaced much closer together. These are designed to transport loose product i.e. chip or waste products.

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JD Hickman
TR Group

Top Tips

Care & Maintenance

Cleaning – Truck curtainsiders should be cleaned using hot soapy water preferably with a hose and soft brush. The use of a high pressure water is NOT recommended as this can affect the lacquer coating on the PVC exposing the pores to the elements. This is especially important if you have invested in having your curtain sign written and clear coated.

Background Information

Curtainsiders are a load restraint structural sliding PVC Curtain material used on trucks and trailers. Tarpaulin Makers Curtainsiders are constructed from 900gsm PVC with structural straps vertically hot air welded into place along the length of the curtain, spaced to suit your specific unit. Welded at the top of each strap are rollers that fit into a track at the top of the truck to allow the curtains to be pulled open, which concertina the curtain together. At the bottom of the strap, a stainless steel buckle is riveted on and these are used to vertically tension the curtains when they are closed. Luff groove poles are added to the end of each curtain to allow lateral tensioning once they have been attached to the truck and trailer tensioners.

Curtainsides are used on truck and trailers as an alternative to solid body units or tarping. They are waterproof and will keep goods dry and even cold if using Super Insulated Curtains. Curtainsides provide quick access loading and the ability to load/unload from more than one side like a hard sided body. Multiple forklifts can access the goods meaning a quick turnaround time so you can be back on the road in minutes. Partial loading/ unloading is also made easier with Curtainsides as any part of the unit can be accessed independently, making them ideal for mixed loads or multiple drop offs.

Curtainsides also provide the ability to load the full length of the deck so large or unusual size cargo can be loaded with ease.