Customer Photos: Wire Rope in Military Vehicle Restoration

XXXXX100_12511We were happy to hear from Bob in New York, when he let us know he received his order of 6×37 wire rope and was impressed with the product. But we were really intrigued when he told us he was going to be installing the wire rope on his 1953 M37 Military Vehicle he was restoring.

Bob belongs to the Military Vehicle Preservation Association (MVPA). The non-profit group was founded in 1976, to provide an organization for military vehicle enthusiasts, preservationists, collectors, and historians who are interested in acquiring, restoring, preserving, safe operation, and public education of historic military transport vehicles. Bob’s local unit, Empire State West, buys and restores military vehicles for display at parades, car shows, and other events to honor and support our troops and veterans.

Bob is from a military family and has been involved in military vehicle restoration for more than 20 years. Here’s what he told us:

What is the most difficult aspect of the process?

1967 M35A3, rebuilt in 1997
1967 M35A3, rebuilt in 1997

To understand military vehicles, you have to keep in mind that different eras- WWII, Korea, Vietnam, etc.- all used different vehicles . If you want a WWII jeep or CCKW (Deuce), you can spend months tracking down a suitable vehicle, and then arranging transport. Parts are found online, EBay, at Military Collector shows, or Military Vehicle parts dealers.

How long has it taken you to restore this particular vehicle?

About two years, but I did not work on it every day. The hunt for parts is a big part of the fun. Military vehicles always require some type of maintenance, so there is always a lot to do.

Do you have plans to restore another vehicle soon?

M274 mule
M274 Mule

My restorations are what are called “Motor Pool” vehicles, which are MV’s that would have been used by GIs in the field. My interest is Vietnam-era military vehicles, all the vehicles I have were of that era. I am currently putting the finishing touches on my M274 Mule. However, vehicles are never really done; you are always picking up items to add to your ride.

Tell us more about your local MVPA group.

The MVPA is a national organization and there are local clubs all over the country. Our local group, Empire State West, has about 30 members. Some members are veterans, some are not, but all have an interest in military vehicles. All the vehicles are owned and maintained by our members, we receive NO funding, so we try to attend events that are not too far from our core members (about 20-25 miles). Also MVs don’t have a lot of creature comfort- no heat or AC, and most are open vehicles. A rain day is a no show for us!1953 Dodge M37 weapons carrier.

If you’re in the Western New York area, the Empire State West group will be at the Soldiers through the Ages event on Memorial Day Weekend. You can find additional events in other states on the MVPA website: MV Events.

Interested in joining an MVPA? To find one in your area, visit the Find an Affiliate page.

 

US Cargo Control Employee Bio: David

David is part of our sales team, so you may have talked with him if you’ve ever called about a product or placed an order over the phone. He’s really become one of our rigging supplies experts, a category he enjoys because he likes the challenge of finding the right product for the customers’ needs. David was also recently recognized by ESPN- watch and find out why!

10 Ways to Store Tie Down Straps

blogggAfter an un-official poll on our US Cargo Control Facebook page, some of our customers replied and sent us messages with great ideas on how to store tie down straps.

First, before storing them away for any period of time, it’s important to make sure the webbing is clean and dry- be sure and check out our How to Inspect, Clean, and Store Tie Down Straps article for more information.

Also keep in mind that even though it’s tempting to just throw straps in a pile or bucket, taking the time to wind up a strap is also an ideal time to inspect the webbing for rips, tears, and abrasions.

Some of the great tie down storage ideas we received:

Plastic zip ties. Traditional zip ties are generally a one-time use, so these are great if you intend to secure and store away your tie downs for awhile. If you use your straps repeatedly, pick up the reusable zip ties that have a release mechanism.

Plastic Stretch Wrap - SW31000
Plastic Stretch Wrap SW31000

Plastic stretch wrap. Popular in the moving industry, stretch wrap is great because it can secure cargo compactly, yet is re-positionable and doesn’t have sticky adhesive to leave residue behind. For tie down straps, simple wind up tightly and roll a few layers of stretch wrap around it to keep it in place.

Cinch Strap - BSC36
Cinch Strap
BSC36

Rubber band. Simple, fast and easy, but these can quickly become brittle and break, especially with extended sun exposure or extreme temperatures, so you may need to replace often. Another variation that will last a bit longer: elastic hair bands.

Cinch strap.  Velcro cinch straps are great for securing a loop of webbing. If you have a trailer with E-track installed, you can loop the strap through an E-track fitting with O-ring to keep straps up and off the floor.

Plastic freezer bags. Gallon-sized plastic bags work great to not only secure the strap in a loop, they’ll keep them dry too. Gallon-sized bags will accommodate 1″ straps. Larger-sized bags with 2-gallon, 3-gallon, and larger sizes are becoming more common and are great for storing straps with wider webbing.

Bungee Ball - BBB6-100PK
Bungee Ball
BBB6-100PK

Bungee balls. These handy ties come in a bulk package of 100 so you’ll have plenty to wrap up your tie down straps, and some left over for other uses:  securing canopies, keeping box lids closed, anchoring yard ornaments, bundling tent poles, etc.

Bungee Cords - BC3836-10PK
Bungee Cords
BC3836-10PK

Tackle box. Pick up one with dividers; they’re great for storing smaller 1″ straps. An old briefcase is another idea for larger straps. The narrow height keeps them rolled and intact.

Bungee cords. Like bungee balls, the uses are endless with bungee. Our bungee cord selection comes in a wide range of sizes, sure to fit around even your largest 4″ winch straps or ratchet straps.

Plastic storage boxes.  These are a great idea if you’ll be keeping them on a shelf in a garage or shed. Plastic storage boxes come in so many sizes, find one that’s small enough to keep the strap wrapped compactly. Be sure to purchase boxes with clear sides so you can easily see what’s inside without having to open the box. Most have a molded lid design that makes them easy to stack, too.

Shock Cord - SHC18COIL
Shock Cord SHC18COIL

Shock cord. Lightweight shock cords makes it easy to make custom length straps, just by adding bungee hooks.

BONUS TIP: If you work with a lot of tie down straps, especially the larger 3″ and 4″ widths, check out our Strap Winder.

Credit Application Available Online

Online credit application available from US Cargo Control customer serviceIf you need to place a large order or plan on ordering multiple times, purchasing on credit may be an option for you.

We’ve added a credit application on our site that you can complete and submit directly to us. You can also complete and e-mail it to credit@clickstophq.com or print it, then fax or mail the completed form.

Once we receive it, we’ll contact you within one business day to learn a little more about your needs and how best we can help.

Questions? Give us a call toll free at 866-444-9990 or email us at credit@clickstophq.com.

Download the form here: US Cargo Control Credit Application

 

Must-Have Moving Supplies, Part 2

iStock_000009587805MediumWe’re kicking off National Moving Month with an overview of some of our most popular moving supplies and the questions we receive about them.

If you’re a DIY mover, check out the first post in the series: Must-have Moving Supplies for the Do-It-Yourself Mover.

If you’re a professional mover, read on!

Our professional moving customers count moving pads, dollies, stretch wrap, and hand trucks as essentials.

Which Moving Pads are best for long-term use?

Supreme Moving Blankets
Supreme Moving Blankets

Moving pads (another term for moving blankets), range from lightweight to ultra-heavy weight.  Most professional movers will use pads in either our “Better” category or our “Best” Category.  These pads are designed to withstand the day-to-day use of professional movers and will keep your clients’ items protected.

To see all of our moving blankets pads in a side-by-side comparison chart, click over to the Moving Blankets & Moving Pads page.

Which H-Dolly is most popular?

We have four types of H-style moving dollies:

The two most popular styles are the standard H, which includes a flat top with rubber tread and 800 lbs. capacity and the rubber cap, which is also an 800 lbs. load capacity and has two end caps for securing large items – also known as a Chicago Dolly.

Snap-Loc Moving Dolly
Snap-Loc Moving Dolly

Lately, we’ve received a lot of requests for dollies with large load capacities and we’re happy to  be able to offer the Snap-Loc Dolly. With a 1,200 lbs. load capacity, e-track compatibility, and an available Connector Strap to connect two together to increase surface area, it’s perfect for professional movers.

 

 

What are my options on stretch wrap?

We currently stock two different styles of stretch wrap, both can be purchased in case quantities of four rolls per box or pallet quantities (96 rolls per shipment):

  • Blown Stretch Wrap comes in an 80 gauge strength.  This is a more traditional style, often used by professional movers to secure moving pads around couches and hardwood furniture.
  •  Torque ® Pre-Stretched Stretch Wrap is becoming the top-choice for our customers in the moving industry.  The roll is about 1/3 lighter than the weight of the blown stretch wrap. Plus, it’s already stretched and the amount of pressure required to wrap items is reduced which makes it much easier to apply.  One of the best features of the pre-stretched style is the double hemmed edge on the rim of the roll.  This makes it stronger and more damage resistant.  Accidentally drop a roll of this stretch wrap off a truck and it will not dent like traditional stretch wrap!

What style of Hand Trucks are available?

The Hand Truck is an essential piece of equipment for all movers.  Our universal US Cargo Control Hand Trucks allow you to choose the style that best suits your needs.  Handle options include: vertical loop, pin, round top and double grip.  We also both standard and wide noseplates availalbe.  Accessory items include: stair climbers, an extension nose plate and Hand Truck covers. With so many options available, we’re happy to discuss with you what might work best for your needs.

As always, you can call us or drop us an e-mail:

Phone: (800) 867-1210
Email: movingsupplies@uscargocontrol.com

Happy moving everyone!

 movingteam

 

Moving Season is Here!

boxHello to all of our professional movers and brave do-it-yourselfers!

Moving Season has kicked off and generally runs from Easter to Halloween.  In fact, May is National Moving Month and US Cargo Control is fully stocked for the season with over 15,000 dozen pads, 3,500 mover bands, 1,400 H-dollies, and 750 cases of stretch wrap!

As always, we’re available to help you select the best products for your particular job or project. You can see them all here:

US Cargo Control Moving Supplies

And of course you can call us with questions: (800) 867-1210

Our moving supplies team includes a trio of experts: Tonya Kramer, Carla Weeks and myself – Sarah Watson.

We’d like to highlight some of our most popular moving products so you can prepare your moving in advance and feel confident you’ve selected the right supplies for the job.

Because the best products can vary between professional movers and DIY’ers, we’ll first talk about the sure bet items if you’re tackling the move yourself.

Must-have moving supplies for the Do-It-Yourself mover

The Do-It-Yourself Movers will typically purchase moving pads, quilted covers, lifting straps, packing paper and tape.

What type of moving pads should I buy?

Econo Deluxe Moving Blankets
Econo Deluxe Moving Blankets

This depends on the items you’re wrapping and the type of move you’re completing.  Fragile items such as antique furniture, pianos and grandfather clocks may require extra padding in which case we suggest the Supreme Moving Pads.  For basic furniture and lighter jobs, a mid-weight pad such as the Econo Deluxe will serve well.  If you’re planning to simply cover your items to be put into storage, try our Econo Savers.

To compare all of our moving blankets and pads, see: Moving Blankets & Moving Pads

Quilted Chair Cover
Quilted Chair Cover

What are the advantages of quilted covers?

Quilted Covers are form fitting and can easily slip over your existing furniture, washer or dryer and refrigerator.  This will save you time and offers a convenient solution for protecting your items in storage.  We suggest taking measurements to ensure the particular cover will fit your furniture.  Each cover has a different color binding making them easy-to-identify during your move.

What equipment should I use to lift a heavy piece of furniture?

We suggest the TeamStrap or Shoulder Dolly lifting straps for tall and/or heavy furniture such as bookcases, armoires, sleeper sofas or washing machines.  If you’re trying to move a mattress, try the Forearm Forklift or our canvas mattress carrier. Check out this video to see our lifting straps in action:

Do you offer packing supplies?

Yes! You can find a variety of boxes, packing paper, tape, and more, all in our Moving Boxes & Packing Supplies category. The number of boxes you need depends on the amount of items you’re packing and remember, the heavier the item(s) like books, the smaller the box you should use.  If you plan to pack a set of light items such as blankets or pillows, you may use a larger box.  As you pack your kitchen, take the proper precaution and wrap them up!  Use our packing paper roll to protect your dishes and glassware.

For more packing tips, click over to this article: More Moving Tips

If you see an item on the website and you’re unsure if it will work for you – please don’t hesitate to call us.  We love talking to our customers and helping them find the exact item they need.

Phone: (800) 867-1210
Email: movingsupplies@uscargocontrol.com

Happy moving everyone!

movingteam

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Next up:  Must-Have Moving Supplies for Professional Movers