Our latest installment of Q&A includes more of the most common questions we hear from our US Cargo Control customers. If you have a question about any of our products, shipping, prices, or custom orders, give us a call at 866-444-9990.
What are D rings?
D-rings will vary by industry but our d rings are for use in tie down applications. Designs will vary slightly and include:
Flush mount D rings
Flush mount D rings are ideal for transporting motorcycles, ATVs, snowmobiles and other lighter weight vehicles that have multiple points for trailer tie downs. Flush mount means the flat part of the fitting mounts flush against the surface.
Recessed D rings
Also great for lighter weight vehicles, but these are installed below the surface of the floor or wall so they lie flat when not in use. They do require creating a hole in the floor or wall to fit properly.
Rotating pan D rings
As the name implies, these rotate 360 degrees to offer more versatility for anchor points.
Weld-on D rings
Crafted in forged steel with a with a weld-on bracket that allows the ring to rotate 180 degrees.
Why are endless round slings different colors?
Polyester endless round slings have a colored jacket that indicates its strength. This design feature makes it easy to see at a glance by color just how strong the sling is. Colors range from purple (least amount of strength) to black (strongest). While the color coding is an industry standard, if you are replacing a sling, it’s a good idea to check the specifications to make sure the new sling is as strong as the sling you are replacing.
It’s also important to note that the body diameter of the sling refers to the diameter of the polyester rope- not the colored CORDURA® fabric jacket.
Where to apply conspicuity tape?
Reflective tape- also called conspicuity tape- is required for tractor trailers to increase visibility to other drivers. The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) has various regulations, some dependent on when the tractor trailer was manufactured. You can find excellent instructions and illustrations of trucks with conspicuity tape at: http://www.fmcsa.dot.gov/documents/consp.pdf