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How to Choose and Use Tire Chains like a Pro

Tire chains are a lifesaver once roads become covered with ice and hard-packed snow. Here in Eastern Iowa, the temperatures are falling quickly as we wave farewell to summer and slide closer towards winter. Make sure you’re fully prepared for hazardous winter road conditions by stocking up on quality steel tire chains for your vehicle. […]

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Headache Racks: 5 Reasons why your Semi Truck should have one

Headache racks for semi trucks are a smart investment for any serious truck driver looking to maximize their truck’s protection, their own personal protection, or to increase storage and truck accessory options.   What is a Headache Rack? A headache rack is commonly fabricated using aluminum, steel, or stainless steel. They are installed right behind your […]

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Using Chain Binders to Safely Tie Down Heavy Cargo

Chain binders are an intelligent securement tool for anyone who transports heavy vehicles and machinery, or for someone who wants a little extra peace of mind when it comes to hauling cargo. Since the number of tie-downs you need to secure cargo is dependent on the cargo length, cargo weight, and cargo type, the value […]

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How E-Track Provides Safer & Smarter Cargo Control Solutions

Whether you’re a professional truck driver delivering goods or just a person who hauls a lot of tools and equipment, the focus is always on preventing damage during transit. Not only does this keep customers (and owners) happy, it also saves you from having to pull out your pocketbook after a haul. And while ratchet […]

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Using Tie Downs to Secure Cargo Loads Safely and Legally

During the 2017 CVSA International Roadcheck, improper cargo securement was the cause for 15.7% of vehicles being placed out of service. Besides the risk of being placed out of service, there are a number of more serious consequences for improper cargo control securement, including citations and fines, damage to the vehicle, damage to the cargo, […]

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A Complete Guide to Flatbed Trailer Tarps

Flatbed trailer tarps protect cargo from weather damage and general wear-and-tear that highway travel can cause. Tarps are waterproof and often made of vinyl, kevlar, or canvas with a polyethylene coating for added protection. Read on to understand the differences among types of flatbed trailer tarps, how to properly tarp a flatbed trailer, and how […]

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How to Safely Apply Wire Rope Clips to Wire Rope Assemblies

This video shows you how to safely apply wire rope clips to wire rope assemblies. Depending on the size of your assembly, two to three wire rope clips are generally required. See below for a full transcript of the video.      For more information on the differences among wire rope clips and how to choose the correct one, see our How […]

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Hauling Wide Loads and Oversize Loads: Important Questions to Consider

Hauling wide loads or oversize loads can be a daunting challenge. There are many variables you must consider prior to taking on these jobs: permits, route selection, required truck and bed size, pilot cars, cargo securement equipment, and of course, oversize load/wide load banners and signage.  Because wide load and oversize load regulations vary from state to state, the preparation required […]

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SC&RA Hauling Job of the Year Spotlight: Precision Specialized, Edwards Moving & Rigging 

US Cargo Control is a proud member of the SC&RA and had a great time attending the SC&RA annual conference in Boca Raton earlier this year.   The entries for 2018 Hauling Job of the Year were seriously impressive and now the results are in.  Find out what it took for two transportation companies to take home the trophy in their respective categories and see their incredible entry videos below.                […]

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7 DIY Moving Tips for Preventing Damage

Heavy furniture, steep steps, bulky appliances, narrow doorways, and valuable breakables.  When you’re faced with moving all your possessions out of one home and into another, it doesn’t take much to cause costly damage.  Without the proper moving preparation, you not only put your precious belongings at risk for damage, you could also put scratches on floors, gouges in wall paint, and dings in narrow doorways. Or worse yet, you could injure yourself. Pack away these DIY moving tips to ensure minimal damage the next time […]

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Unpacking Moving Industry Trends: Why, When, and Where Americans are Moving

According to U.S. Census data, 11.2 percent of Americans move each year on average. That’s over 35 million Americans who will make the big decision to pack up and move on this year.  The big questions are: what makes Americans want to move, when are they doing it, and where are they going? Continue reading to understand moving industry trends that will better prepare you to make tough moving decisions.  […]

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Moving Checklist: Remove the Stress of Moving in 15 Steps

Moving tends to be a combination of excitement and mind-rattling nerves. It’s a new adventure and a turn of the page. But, it’s also often a startling plunge into new and unfamiliar territory.  Above all else, it’s a lot of work.  Believe it or not, the stress of moving is right up there with divorce, job loss, and death of a loved one.   But, fear no more. Whether it’s your first move ever, or your fifth move this […]

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