Customer Photos: Custom Cargo Nets

Custom cargo nets from US Cargo Control created organized and secure storage areas in the trailer used for the Spartan Regiment Marching Band from Centennial High School in Burleson, TX.

Thanks to Andrew Klein, Assistant Band Director for the Centennial High School Spartan Regiment Marching Band in Burleson, TX. He sent us photos of the custom cargo nets we made for the band’s trailer.

Once custom cabinets were installed, they purchased two polyester nets we custom-made to their dimensions. Measuring 52″ x 192″ and 52″ x 132″, both were fitted with ratchets, spring E-track fittings and vinyl-coated S-hooks for quick and secure attachment. Each cargo net was configured with 8″ x 8″ holes.

Custom cargo nets for band trailer, from US Cargo Control

Wondering if custom cargo nets will work for your trailer? Call one of our Cargo Net Specialists at 888-794-1319. They’ll review your requirements and will provide you with an accurate quote.

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Operation Safe Driver Set for October

Just when you thought you might get a break from inspections … another safety campaign is scheduled for October.

imagesThe Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance (CVSA) announced the dates for Operation Safe Driver Week, running October 18-24. During the event, law officers across North America will step-up enforcement for all drivers, specifically looking for dangerous driving.

According to the alliance, crashes involving buses, cars and trucks killed more than 12,500 people and hurt more than 287,000 between 2011 and 2013. Most incidents involved multiple vehicles and were caused by drivers, both regular and commercial.

Last year, officers pulled over nearly 60,000 people for unsafe driving during the week-long campaign, and wrote the most tickets for speeding and seat belt violations.

Operation Safe Driver is sponsored by the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance with support from the trucking and transportation industry and other safety organizations.Outreach events involving officers will be happening throughout the week at schools, sporting events, truck events and state fairs.

Top 5 Citations for Drivers:

Commercial Drivers: speeding, failure to use a seat belt, failure to obey a traffic control devise, improper lane change and following too closely.

Passenger Car Drivers: speeding, failure to use a seat belt, failure to obey a traffic control device, possession/use/under the influence and improper lane change.
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Sales Team Q&A: Guy Wire

Our latest Q&A responds to common questions the US Cargo Control sales team answers about rigging, specifically guy wire and its components. Guywire

Why is it called guy wire? 

Guy is defined as a rope, cord or cable used to steady, guide or secure something.  Guy wire is used to stabilize and secure antenna and utility towers.  The structure stays in place when the wire is attached to the tower and then anchored to the ground, creating a diagonal line. The tension from the cable and angle of securement stabilizes the tower, helping it withstand weight and wind.

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Galvanized Guy Strand 1×7 and 1×19

 

What’s the difference between drop forged, malleable and precision cast in wire rope clips?

Drop forged wire rope clips are made for heavy duty jobs and are great as guy wire clamps. The drop forged steel coating provides extra strength and protection from the elements. However, these clips are not meant for overhead lifting.  They meet federal specifications FF-T0276b. Type III.

Precision cast wire rope clips are made of marine grade stainless steel and are typically used for water work. They are resistant to the salt in sea-water and materials used to de-ice. Their resistance to corrosion makes them ideal for harsh elements. These clips meet FED.SPEC.FF-C-450D.

Malleable wire rope clips are a softer clip typically used for light-duty work. They are often used to clamp the loose end of wire rope after forming an eye.

How is a shoulder eye bolt different from a regular eye bolt? 

Shoulder eye bolts and regular eye bolts differ in their intended uses for rigging. A regular eye bolt can be used for many different jobs, but for rigging, it should only be the tool of choice for vertical techniques. However, shouldered eye bolts can be used for angular jobs. The shoulder helps protect the shank from bending.  Keep in mind, angle loading reduces the bolt’s rating.

Questions

If you have questions, be sure to contact the US Cargo Control sales team at 800-866-3585. People can also email TowerProducts@USCargoControl.com.

 

Why is it Called Guy Wire?

Guy wire is used to stabilize and secure free-standing structures. It is commonly used by professional tower erecting companies to install towers in the antenna, communications and utility industries. KBRC_antenna_tower_guy_wires

The Guy Wire Name

Guy wire has many names. It is also known as guyed wire, guy cable, guy strand and guy anchors. People also (mistakenly) call it guide wire. The name guy wire is derived from the term guy: defined as a rope, cord or cable used to steady, guide or secure something.

Galvanized Guy Strand 1x7 and 1x19
Galvanized Guy Strand 1×7 and 1×19

Guy Wire Description  

Guy wire is a tensioned cable that is both lightweight and strong. US Cargo Control extra high strength (EHS) guy wire meets ASTM A475, and is available in two types: 1×7 and 1×19, in several sizes. The galvanized finish protects it from outdoor elements. Guy wire is designed to work with several fittings and components making it ideal for many different uses.

Guy Wire Hardware   

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Big Grip Dead Ends for Galvanized Strand

Big grip dead ends, also knowns as preforms, are used for high tensioning, often for antenna, communications and transmission towers.

End sleeves, also known as ice clips, are needed when using big grip dead ends. They are used to prevent unraveling.

End Sleeve Ice Clips for Big Grip Dead Ends
End Sleeve Ice Clips for Big Grip Dead Ends

Drop forged wire rope clips are used to clamp the loose end of wire rope after forming an eye.

Shackles are used for connecting wire rope, chain and slings. Bolt type anchor shackles are often used in projects involving guy wire.

Thimbles are used to protect the eye or loop of wire rope.

Turnbuckles are a tool used pull together or push apart guy anchors.

Guy Wire Installation

Guy wire installation is not a do-it-yourself  job. It should only be done by experienced, trained professionals. Custom sizing and pricing is available for contractors and other large volume customers. People with questions should call the US Cargo Control sales team at 800-660-3585, or email TowerProducts@USCargoControl.com.

Chocks Used for Recreational Vehicles

Wheel chocks are not just used in the trucking, transportation and logistics industries, they are also used to secure and stabilize vehicles used for fun.  Recreational vehicles are not a small investment, they can be expensive to acquire and maintain. However, wheel chocks are an inexpensive way to keep your vehicle safe and stable.

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Wheels chocks are used to prevent vehicles from dangerous, unintentional rolling while parked.

The most common styles of wheel chock are wedge and pyramid. When selecting the right wheel chock, it’s important to know the size of the tires on the RV, camper or trailer. Small units can typically handle a more lightweight chock.

Once you’ve arrived at your campsite look for a paved area avoiding grass and gravel if possible. When you find a spot go ahead and park, engage the emergency parking brake and apply the wheel chocks. Make sure the chocks are in the right place and that there is no movement. If there is, wedge them under the tires until there is no movement.

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Motorcycle wheel chocks are used to stabilize and secure motorcycles, motocross bikes and dirt bikes while riding on a trailer or truck bed during transport. The TrackStar L-track Motorcycle Chock available through US Cargo Control is easy to install and remove from the truck bed or trailer. The kit includes one wheel chock, one L-track, flathead phillips screws, nylock nuts and flat fender washers. Motorcycle straps are also available in several sizes, styles and colors.

Questions

If you have questions about sizing or what might be best for your use,  of if you’d like to get a hold of travel trailer wheel chocks you don’t see on the website, give the US Cargo Control sales team a call at 866-348-3473.