4 Great Reasons to Do Business with the US Cargo Control Team

Here are 4 things you might not have known about USCC.

Although we are a business known for offering cargo control products, we are much more than just that. We truly care about every customer, and the relationships we build with the people who keep these industries going are important to us. We strive to always provide the best service for each person, as the most important part of our business is making people’s lives easier, safer, and more productive.

Here are 4 fun facts that make our business unique, which you may not have known!

1. Central Midwestern Location

US Cargo Control warehouse

US Cargo Control is located in Urbana, Iowa, which is considered a great location to deliver goods to most of the United States. Being located in central Iowa means fast delivery time, usually within 1 to 3 days. We stock thousands of items in our warehouse here, so we are able to deliver what you need quick. If you want an order shipped out on the same day, be sure to place your order before 4:00pm Central Time.

Our diligent warehouse team makes sure to get the job done and get your orders out in a speedy fashion. If you have a custom order, our team will work to give it the same priory as other orders.

2. Custom Business Programs

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Our sales team consists of dedicated product and industry experts always on the phone ready to answer any questions you may have. We understand that each business is unique, and we work with you on pricing to make sure it fits your needs. Whether it’s bulk orders, special shipping requests, payment plans, or additional questions, we are here to help you.

Fun Fact: We can create pricing programs that may save you a bunch of money in the process!

3. Custom Products and A Variety of Cargo Control Equipment

USCC & Clickstop named Coolest Place to Work in iowa

We offer thousands of cargo control products to fit your job, lifestyle, or whatever it is that you need. The main categories of products that we carry are trucking and transportation, lifting and rigging, and moving supplies. These products consist of items like ratchet straps, shackles, netting, moving blankets, etc. We even have specialized supplies for flatbed trailers, enclosed trailers, towing and auto hauling, rigging supplies, and more so you can find what you are specifically looking for. More variety means more choices for you!

Our in-house manufacturing team is dedicated to creating high-quality products for you to enjoy and use. Some of the products this team makes are tarps, cargo nets, custom tie-downs, and slings. To learn more about how we custom-create our products, watch this video below!

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4. Most Importantly, Our Awesome Team Members Who Are Dedicated to Getting You What You Want, When You Need It

US Cargo Control team

We have a team committed to getting you what you want, when you need it. We are always happy to accept your calls and answer any questions you may have. Every single US Cargo Control team member seeks to make your job easier and safer, and most of all, to make you happy.

If you have any questions, give our team of experts a call at 800-404-7068.

3 Accessories Every Enclosed Trailer Hauler Should Have

Make sure you have these three items to secure and protect your cargo load for the long haul.

Whether you’re hauling items in an enclosed trailer or van, here’s what you need to ensure your cargo arrives intact.

When driving an enclosed trailer, it might seem that there is little to worry about. Unless you forget to close a door, your cargo won’t be flying out of the trailer or exposed to outside elements anytime soon. So why even bother to secure your cargo, right?

Although enclosed trailers offer inherent protection that flatbed trailers can’t, there is still a strong chance you will experience damaged cargo at some point, and securing your cargo with the proper equipment is the quickest and smartest way to prevent this.

Make sure you have these three items to secure and protect your cargo load for the long haul.

1. Moving Blankets

Moving blankets, also known as moving pads or packing blankets, provide a thick covering that helps prevent damage to your cargo or valuables. Moving blankets can prevent dents, scratches, or abrasions that can occur while you are driving and your cargo is potentially shifting. For even better results, consider using ratchet straps, moving straps, or another type of tie-down to secure the load better.

These blankets come in quantities of a single pack, 4-pack, or 12-pack, and they are very durable and machine washable. What is also unique about our selection of moving blankets is that you can choose from various fabrics, weights, and binding materials. This choice allows you to select the moving blanket that is best for your needs.

2. E-Track Straps

E-Track straps are common straps to use for cargo securement in enclosed trailers. You can use these straps in trailers, cargo vans, moving vans, enclosed semi-trailers, and other applications. These are different from an L-Track strap as L-Track has a lower profile and are typically used in a pick-up truck. E-Track is more heavy-duty and overall stronger. This makes it a great installment to use to keep your valuable cargo, equipment, and even vehicles tied down during transport.

We carry E-Track Ratchet Straps and E-Track Cam Buckle Straps, in 2′, 5’, 8′ and 10’ sections. They come in colors yellow, blue, and grey.

Learn more about the differences between L Track Straps and E Track Straps

3. Cargo Nets

Besides straps and moving blankets, we also carry cargo nets that will keep cargo from moving during transport. Also known as a bungee net, they can be easily attached to nearly any section of your enclosed trailer. We carry heavy-duty cargo nets used for enclosed trailers and light-duty cargo nets that are used for pick-up trucks. The other difference between these nets is that the heavy-duty cargo net is made of 2″ black polyester webbing with a break strength of 10,000 lbs and the light-duty cargo net is either made of a high-quality bungee material or a tough, 2” wide polyester webbing.

If you cannot find a cargo net that meets your needs, we can create a custom net for your specific needs! To learn more about the cargo nets we carry and create, watch the video below.

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We also carry load bars and cargo bars, D- rings, and L-Track systems. Learn more about all the Enclosed Trailer Accessories we carry on our website.

Or, call our team of experts at 800-404-7068 if you have any questions or need more information.

5 Tips for Staying Awake While You Are on the Road

Whether you are a new driver or an experienced driver, check out these tips that can help you power through the long haul.

We get it, driving during the long haul can be tedious

Staying awake during long drives can be incredibly boring and exhausting. You sit still for long periods of time, you don’t have anyone to keep you company, and you never know if there will even be any scenic views.

Although it can be dull at times, there are ways to fight that fatigue. Whether you are a new driver or an experienced driver, check out these tips that can help you power through the long haul.

1. Cat Nap

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Do not try to fight fatigue just to save time. It might seem better to get there faster, but you will likely put others or yourself in danger. Instead, take a power nap before the drive or pull over while en route. Resting for at least 20 minutes can give you a big boost of energy, and will make you alert for a lot longer. Not only will you feel refreshed, but this can also help fight off sleepiness down the road.

2. Crank up the AC

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When we go to sleep, we like it best when we are warm and comfortable. But did you know warmer temperatures can make you drowsy? A warm truck makes it easier for your body to relax and drift off to sleep, so dial down on the heat. Keep your truck cold, but just enough to make it slightly uncomfortable. The colder temperatures will make it harder to sleep and will keep you more alert.

Another tip: open your windows and smell the fresh air. Doing this can give you a little jolt to keep you awake.

3. Eat Something Healthy and Stay Hydrated

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We all do it – binging on candy, fast food, energy drinks, etc. Although it is nice to treat yourself every once in a while, this won’t help you stay awake while driving in the long haul. You may even start to feel sluggish and sick if you continue to eat unhealthy food. Make sure to eat meals that have protein and fiber, and you will have long-lasting stamina. Your body will thank you!

Getting that cup of coffee or some sort of caffeine can give you a nice boost every once in a while, but don’t forget to keep drinking water. It is another way to fight off fatigue and keep your body in check. Have a water bottle nearby, and if you need a snack, try eating fruits and vegetables as they are full of water and natural sugars that can keep you awake.

4. Turn on the Radio

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Pick something interesting and different to listen to every once in a while! Listening to different music stations and talk shows can help combat boredom and keep you entertained along the way. You can use the radio to catch up with current news and trends, or if you have a smartphone, use it to play podcasts and learn about anything that gets your attention.

5. Take Breaks or Get Some Exercise

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Even if it is a five-minute walk, exercise will help to get your blood pumping after sitting. Sitting too long can create health concerns and decrease productivity, and will also make it harder to sleep at night. Some simple exercises to try daily are push-ups, sit-ups, jogging or running, jump rope, or simply taking a walk. Whatever it is, make sure to take those breaks and move around.

Thank you, truck drivers, for all your hard work

Although it can be difficult fighting that drowsiness, we thank you for all your hard work and dedication to delivering the goods we all depend on. We recognize that it is not an easy job, but we appreciate all that you do. Check out our previous blog post that covers a popular annual event celebrating truck drivers.

Watch USCC’s video below that was shared last week for Truck Driver Appreciation Week!

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I-80 Truckers Jamboree is the Closest Thing to Trucker Heaven

Located in a small town called Walcott just off of Interstate 80 in Iowa, this event has been going strong since 1979.

What is this event that draws over 40,000 attendees?

The Truckers Jamboree, an annual event held during the summer at the Iowa 80 Truckstop, is a popular event that truckers love to attend. Located in a small town called Walcott just off of Interstate 80 in Iowa, this event has been going strong since 1979. It is a way to celebrate all of America’s truckers and to say thank you for all the hard work they have done to deliver the goods that we consume and use every day.

A couple of our USCC team members recently attended this event to check out the iconic truck stop attractions and meet new people. They chatted with truckers to learn more about what was new with them and with their business so they know how to better help solves their needs.

USCC team members at Trucks Jamboree, at the iowa 80 truck stop
Team members Adam Shouse and Tim Sanders at the Truckers Jamboree

History of Iowa 80 Truckstop

Bill Moon is the founder of Iowa 80 Truckstop. You might also hear this famous truck stop referred to as the World’s Largest Truckstop or largest truck stop in Iowa. He created it simply because he had a love for trucking. He wanted to build and expand a truck stop, so he talked to truck drivers to see how he could make their lives easier. Solely to meet the needs of truckers, he designed the truck stop as a place for drivers to get fuel, relax and grab a bite to eat before heading back out on the road.

Today, drivers and travelers can expect to see many unique amenities such as laundry facilities, a workout room, 42 gas islands, a movie theater, a barbershop, dog wash station, trucking museum, dentist, truck showroom, a full-service truck center, a 300-seat restaurant and a large food court including fast-food restaurants like Taco Bell, Pizza Hut, Caribou Coffe, and Wendys.

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The Trucks Display where truckers show off their unique rides
beautiful truck with black and white flames, being shown off at the truck display
A beautiful custom-painted rig on display

Fun Fact: This truck stop served customers before Interstate 80 was entirely complete!

So, tell me more about the Truckers Jamboree

The Truckers Jamboree is hosted every year at the Iowa 80 Truckstop, I-80 Exit 284, Walcott, Iowa. It is a three-day weekend where you can join in on the fun, and bring your family and friends. There’s a lot to see and do between concerts and live country music, fireworks, a pork chop cookout, carnival games, antique truck display, and a beauty truck contest. Whether you go for a day or the weekend, it’s a great experience that you will be glad you had.

And guess what? It has free parking and free admission! So, if you are interested in being a part of this event, mark your calendar now for next July 9th-11th, 2020.

Watch this video to get a peek at the Iowa 80 Truckstop and Truckers Jamboree.

Source: US Cargo Control