How to Install E-Track

Once you’ve decided on vertical or horizontal e-track, and a galvanized or painted finish, it’s time to choose fasteners to attach to the track. Choose fasteners based on the surface to which you are mounting. Check out the video for more tips, and links to fasteners below.

For installing E-track on wood:

Hex head wood screw pack:

#14×3/4” Hex Wood Screw Pack
Item number: ETHEXWSPACK34

#14X11/2” HEX Wood Screw Pack
Item number: ETHEXWSPACK15

 

For installing E-track on metal:

Self-taping metal screws:

11/2” hex screws with self drilling tip
ETHEXSDPACK15

2” hex screws with self drilling tip
ETHEXSDPACK2

 

For through-bolting:

Hex bolt with nut and washer:

11/2” hex bolt nut & washer  
ETBOLTPACK15

2” hex bolt nut & washer
ETBOLTPACK2

 

Horizontal E-track vs. Vertical E-track

There’s no question that e-track can add incredible versatility to an enclosed trailer, van trailer, truck or flatbed trailer. By creating numerous tie-down points, you can safely secure and haul a variety of cargo- from motorcycles and ATVs to pallets and construction supplies. But what are the differences between horizontal E track and vertical E track and which is the best choice for your needs?

 

Vertical E-track

visual of vertical e-track

Vertical e-track has rectangular slots that run parallel with the e-track rail. Vertical e-track is commonly used in van trailers and is an excellent way to provide a support system for shoring beams (or “decking beams”), which creates a second level for cargo. Compared to horizontal e-track, vertical e-track has a narrower profile and permits d-rings to be mounted perpendicular to the floor.

Our vertical E-track is sold in 5′ sections.

 

Horizontal E-track

Visual of horizontal e-track

Horizontal e-track has rectangular slots that run perpendicular (at 90 degree angles) to the track rail, which provides more anchor points per foot.

Horizontal etrack installed on the walls of a trailer gives you not only anchor points for tie-downs, but also allows you to secure equipment such as spare tires or other objects flat against the wall.

Our horizontal E-track is sold in 2′, 5′, 8′ and 10′ sections.

Both horizontal etrack and vertical etrack are available in galvanized steel and a dark green powder-coat finish, and can be mounted on the floor or bed of a trailer as well as on the walls of enclosed trailers and cargo vans.

Although the profile of each styles differs slightly, our e track fittings, e-track tie downs, wood end sockets, etc., will fit in both styles. The only exception is our plastic end caps for e-track, which will work only for horizontal track.

So which e-track is right for your job? The type of cargo (size, weight, amount, etc.) you intend to transport should be the primary factor in choosing either vertical e-track or horizontal e-track.

Q & A with the Sales Team

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