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E-Track: Ratchet Strap or Cam Buckle Strap?

If you’re considering E-track for your trailer or truck, or even a non-transport use, such as in the garage for storage, all of the different options in track and accessories can be confusing. One of the most important choices will be e-track straps and tie downs. Cam buckle straps and ratchet straps  are the most […]

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E Track: Not Just For The Truck or Trailer Any More

If you aren’t aware of the versatility of E-track, a quick search of this blog can get you started. It’s great for securing motorcycles, ATVs, lawn tractors, pallets- just about anything once you install it in the back of a pickup truck, on a flatbed trailer, or in an enclosed trailer. But have you thought […]

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Flatbed Tarps: Lumber Tarps and Steel Tarps

Flatbed truck tarps are an essential for any flatbed truck driver. There are differences between a lumber tarp and a steel tarp, as well as features to look for in both. Lumber tarp A lumber tarp is generally used for long haul truckers to protect lumber, hay, pallets, and other bulky cargo. It is designed […]

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Tarp Straps: Natural Rubber vs. EPDM

Here in the Midwest- like most of the country- we’ve had some extreme temperatures this summer. While we all know hot temps can be dangerous if you’re outside for a long time, it’s also important to remember your outdoor equipment is taking a beating in the heat and sunlight as well. One type of equipment […]

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New Products Review: Flatbed Trailer Products

Lots of new products have rolled out onto our US Cargo Control website lately, including many in our flatbed trailer group from Merritt®- a trusted manufacturer in the industry. If there’s a product or a group of new items you’d like to see added to our website, be sure to let us know- either by […]

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How To Tie Down an ATV Using Ratchet Straps

Ratchet straps are an easy and fast way to secure an ATV for transport, and generally range in size from 1″ to 4″ wide. For best results, be sure to choose a ratchet strap with an adequate working load limit (WLL) to secure the weight of your vehicle. Once your ATV is on the trailer […]

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Wire Rope Basics

Choosing the right wire rope for a job will be based on many factors: application, required strength, and environment, to name a few. Understanding the basic terminology and the abbreviations associated with wire rope can help you decide which will work best for you.   1. Size Displayed as inch or fractional inch measurements, the size […]

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How to use a Load Bar Holder

Load Bars and Cargo Bars are a necessity to all kinds of cargo trailers.  But the big questions is – what do you do with the load bars when they are not in use? Use a Yellow Rack Load Bar Holder This Load Bar Holder can have many uses – use it as a storage […]

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How to Install E-Track in a Trailer

Its always important to install E-Track right where it needs to be…but where is that? Etrack comes in many different sizes (singles, 2′, 5′, 8′ and 10 feet), as well as painted or galvanized.  When putting e-track in a trailer, it is best to find the wall studs – same applies if you are mounting it […]

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How to Use Mover Bands

Elastic mover bands are a must-have accessory for moving. These giant rubber bands are perfect for securing drawers and doors closed on furniture during a move, and unlike tape they won’t leave a sticky residue. They’re also ideal for placing over a moving blanket or moving pad to keep the extra layer of protection in […]

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Galvanized E-Track vs. Painted E-Track

The choice of using galvanized etrack or painted e-track can be based on three factors: price, color and installation location. Price Painted e-track is slightly cheaper than its galvanized sibling.  But for the most part – galvanized is only a couple dollars more, because of the process used to treat the metal. Color E-Track’s color is also based […]

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How to Thread Ratchet Straps and Cam Buckle Straps

While both ratchet straps and cam buckle straps are used to haul various types of cargo and come in sizes ranging from 1″ to 4″ in width, there are some key differences between the two. Ratchet straps A ratchet strap is available with many different fittings: chain extension, d-ring, e-track fitting, e-track double stud fitting, […]

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