The Dos and Don’ts for Load Securement on Trailers

Read our tips for securing your cargo with the right equipment and safety practices.

When you’re hauling cargo on your trailer, you can make or break it. If you’re not aware of how you are strapping down a load, you could create risk or damage to the cargo, others around you, and even yourself. To avoid these consequences, we sat down with Tim Sanders, our Sales Specialist, to learn about the dos and don’ts of load securement on trailers.

To ensure you are using the right equipment, look at our products that you can shop for your trailer type. Watch a demonstration by Ed Duran, one of our Sales Specialists, on how to secure an item with a ratchet strap.

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1. Have the Appropriate Type and Amount of Securement Equipment

flatbed load securement with US Cargo Control products

One of the most important considerations to know when securing a load is ensuring you have the appropriate type and amount of securement equipment. Whether you own a flatbed trailer or an enclosed trailer, you can haul all types of goods. The key is knowing which type of hauling equipment is crucial for the cargo you are hauling. To learn more about what hauling equipment you need, read:

3 Types of Accessories Every Enclosed Trailer Hauler Should Have

5 Pieces of Flatbed Trailer Equipment a Truck Driver Should Have.

2. Use the Right Amount of Working Load Limit and Tiedowns for Load Securement

Using proper flatbed strapping for USCC products

It’s critical that the number of straps, chains, and other equipment in use has enough aggregate working load limit (WLL) to secure the cargo being hauled. When you are tightening your items, be aware of the WLL and breaking strength so you know how much weight that piece of rigging is capable of securing. Learn more about what working load limit, break strength, and safety factor means on a piece of rigging equipment.

It’s also important to note that you have the appropriate number of tiedowns for your task. A general rule is you only use one tiedown if your cargo is shorter than 5 feet and less than 1,000 pounds. If you are hauling more than 1,000 pounds, read how many ratchet straps you need to secure your cargo.

3. Inspect Tiedowns for Damage and Defects Before Securing Cargo

Checking to secure load securement straps

A general rule to keep in mind is inspecting your straps for any damage and defects. Even if you notice minor damage to the strap, the strap’s capability and value will reduce. If you do see damage or are uncertain that there is damage, you must not use that tiedown. For more information about standards and inspection criteria, go to WSTDA (Web Sling and Tie Down Association) and NACM (National Association of Chain Manufacturers).

To prevent future damage, continuously check your tiedowns when you’re on the road. It is common for cargo to shift and the straps to loosen in transit, so it doesn’t hurt to see if they are secure (and you will avoid the chance of more damage).

Also, store them in a clean, dry place when you’re not using the tiedowns. If they are exposed to sun, rain, road salt, or else, tiedowns can degrade and will lose their effectiveness.

There’s no such thing as overdoing it when it comes to tying everything down.  Plan ahead, make sure you have enough equipment to get the job done right, and inspect it frequently.  A load that is well secured with good equipment will keep everyone safe and eliminate a lot of headaches during a roadside inspection!

Tim Sanders, Sales Specialist

4. Protect Your Straps with Corner Protectors

Using corner guards to ensure the safety of USCC ratchet strap

There will be sharp edges and rough surfaces when you are securing an item to your trailer. You don’t want to add stress to the strap by tightening it on a sharp edge or rough surface because you may cause cutting and abrasion. Consider using corner protectors to protect your straps. They will extend the life of your ratchet straps and also protect your cargo, chains, tarps, and more.

At US Cargo Control, we want you to have the highest quality products so you can get the job done. If you would have any questions about our flatbed trailer accessories, give our team a call at 866-444-9990.

4 Tips on How to Stay Healthy During a Pandemic (or Flus/Viruses)

Looking for ways to minimize risk of being exposed now that businesses are opening slowly? Read more on how to stay healthy on the road.

We are still in a pandemic, and there is always something new every day. Businesses and restaurants have been slowly opening, but what are their prevention cautions and what do truckers need to know to stay healthy? Read more to find out 4 tips on how to stay healthy during a pandemic.

This isn’t your basic list of suggestions on what and how to stay healthy. Instead, this is a list for truck drivers on steps they can take to minimize risk. Don’t worry, we are leaving out the lecture on handwashing and hand sanitizer!

1. Plan Ahead to Keep Yourself Safe

Stay healthy by planning ahead
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Plan routes ahead of time, and stay prepared with what prevention cautions businesses are practicing. This can be checking the restaurant’s website or social media for updated information on safety guidelines, asking your bank for options for telephone or virtual meetings to use their services, or if your gym is offering various options like reservations or check-in systems.

Of course, there are still other options such as ordering food to go and using drive-thru banking services. We all have different ways to venture, but make sure you are practicing the best safety measures so you can minimize the risk of being sick. CDC updated its information on how to stay safe when you resume some daily activities.

2. Always Have the Necessities in Hand

Keeping food stocked in your truck will help you eat healthy stay healthy
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It’s always good to keep the necessities stocked in case of an emergency. Make sure you have food, water, and medicine on hand, just in case you get sick or start to show symptoms.

Although restaurants are opening up, it’s never too late to learn some new recipes or cooking skills. You can do it in the safety of your truck! If you’re wondering what cooking equipment you can cook with, read 6 Types of Truck Driver Cooking Equipment that will also become cost-effective in the long run.

Bonus: if you cook food in your truck, it will smell delicious.

3. Be Hygienic at the Gas Station

Being cautious at gas stations is a way of staying safe on the road
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The more common gas stations like Love’s have apps that can help limit your exposure to others. For example, Love’s Connect App has many features such as activating the pump from your cab, and you can reserve a shower with the Mobile Shower Check!

You should also be aware that fuel pumps are going to be the dirtiest at gas stations, so make sure you are being hygienic. Using hand sanitizer after use or using a rag to pump your gas are helpful ways to avoid illness. You can even use the cloth as a barrier between your hand and the keypad when you pay.

4. Get Your Information from Credible Sources

For general tips and information, continue to read from credible sources such as the CDC. Knowledge is power, and it’s good to keep your eyes and ears open during the Coronavirus pandemic. Check out CDC’s page on general tips on what truck drivers can do to protect themselves and slow the spread.

At US Cargo Control, we care about our customers and getting them what they want, when they need it. If you have any questions about our products, give our a team a call at 866-444-9990.

9 E-Track Kits for Your Tie Down Needs During Transporting

We’ve added 9 new E-Track Kits to our wide variety of E-Tracks.

We didn’t add just one E-Track kit to our website, but we added 9 new kits that serve different purposes! Whether you are just getting started or simply looking to pick up some essentials, an E-Track kit is an easy solution for you.

Our team of product experts assembled different tie down kits for you to choose from, so whether you are using a flatbed trailer, pickup truck, or a large semi-trailer, we got the perfect kit for you.

What is E-Track?

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E track is an industrial product that is commonly installed inside trailers, cargo vans, moving vans, and enclosed semi-trailers. It’s customizable and extremely versatile because it can be screwed to the floors and interior walls of trailers and vans using screws.

5′ E Track & Cam Straps Kit

We sell many different kinds of etracks here at US Cargo Control. Check us out!

Want to secure your cargo, but you need the essentials? This kit has all the components you need to start loading your cargo tightly. The kit includes rails and 3 different length cam straps.

These straps have a pull-to-tight method rather than the crank-to-tighten system that is seen in ratchet strap versions. With a 2500 pound break strength capacity, our cam buckles still offer considerable strength and easy tightening.

Snap-Loc Basics E Track Starter Kit

Need e tracks to create an e track trailer?  We got the kit for you.

If you are hauling a wide, heavy range of cargo such as ATVs, motorcycles, and else, you can’t go wrong with this Starter Kit. This has several popular components such as the 12′ Cam Straps and Spring E-Fitting with O-Ring. We understand your need to transport your items safely and securely, and you can count on this kit to deliver that promise.

The tie-down anchor points are reusable and perfect for anyone who doesn’t have the room for an entire length of rails, and these cam straps also have the pull-to-tighten system.

E Track Car Hauling Kit

Tie down your cargo securely with tie down track!

As it suggests in the name, this versatile kit will secure wide tires of cars, ATVs, and other cargo to your utility trailer! This Car Hauling Kit has some essential tie-down hardware and accessories to make it easy to outfit your trailer with everything you need to tie down your cargo for transport.

Horizontal E Track Shelving Kit

Use e track rails to create shelving for your trailer!

If you are looking to add a ton of storage to your enclosed utility trailer, this Shelving Kit will make it easy to create storage solutions. Our product experts included the wood end sockets so they can easily snap and let you create inexpensive shoring bean from an ordinary piece of 2 x 4 lumber.

Snap-Loc Supreme E Track Kit

Support your cargo load with the e track tie down system.

You may have noticed we already have a Snap-Loc Basics Starter Kit, so why do we have a supreme kit? The difference is this Snap-Loc Supreme Kit carries everything in the starter kit and also two 4.5″ J Hook Fittings and two 2″ J Hook Fittings.

With this kit, you can easily secure and tie down various cargo with the included E-Track Singles. The Singles is ideal for those needing a reusable tie-down spot but don’t have the room or the need for an entire length of rails. Along with that, you can connect the Ratchet Straps and Spring E-Fittings, and keep your trailer organized with J-Hook fittings. The J-Hooks are perfect to store items such as extension cords, rope, straps, and more.

5′ E Track Essentials Starter Kit

Known as cargo tie down track, we have many options of E-Tracks for you to secure your cargo load.

Customize your own system with this starter kit for your enclosed utility trailer! The Essentials Starter Kit has our popular essentials into one package so you can tie down a wide variety of cargo and keep your trailer well-organized at the same time.

5′ E Track & Ratchet Straps Kit

Use our popular e-track essentials for installing e track on trailer walls

Want to customize your own system, but with Ratchet Straps? We got you covered with this reliable kit. We put together our most popular essentials into one, so you can tackle your tie-down job with confidence.

Vertical E Track Shelving Kit

Seeking the perfect tie down track system?  At US Cargo Control, we have a variety of e track tie downs and many accessories for your e track needs

If you need a kit that will create shelving abilities vertically rather than our horizontal E-Track Shelving Kit, we also have the Vertical Shelving Kit. This kit is quick and easy to pick up the essentials to create shoring beams and shelves.

When you create shelving or shoring beams with this kit, just follow these instructions. Mount the vertical rails to the wall of your enclosed trailer, and snap in the wood end sockets. After that, place your 2 x 4 lumber in the socket to create inexpensive shoring beams to keep your cargo secure for transit.

8′ E Track Professional Starter Kit

Read our blog post to learn about installing e track!

If you’re a pro at building your E-Track system, then you shouldn’t miss out on this Professional Starter Kit. Get a head start with some essentials and start building!

I’m Looking for Other Tie Down Products

Looking for additional products for your tie down needs? Look into our full line of Straps and Tie-Downs with custom options always available. We also sell many hardware and accessories to help you build your own custom system.

We haven’t forgotten truck drivers for all their hard work and dedication during these tough times. Read our blog post on how truckers are helping us during the Coronavirus pandemic.

At US Cargo Control, we want you to have the highest quality products so you can get the job done. If you have any questions about our products, give our team a call at 866-444-9990.

New Product Addition: Sliding E Track Ratchet Strap

The Sliding E Track Ratchet Strap is now available at US Cargo Control

You can now purchase the Sliding E Track Ratchet Strap from US Cargo Control! This strap is a sturdy, heavy-duty tie down that is functional for many applications. With its unique sliding design, this will help secure your equipment and cargo to your enclosed van, trailer, or truck!

With another addition to our wide variety of ratchet straps, you can trust US Cargo Control for your tie down needs. Whether you need specialty straps, motorcycle straps, winch straps, or custom tie downs, we got the perfect ratchet strap for you.

Watch this Easy Guide on How to Operate a Sliding E Track Strap:

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3 Fun Facts about the Sliding E Track Ratchet Strap:

1. It’s Made of Strong, Durable Fabric

This strap consists of a durable industrial-grade polyester webbing that is resistant to weathering, abrasion, corrosion, and other damage. With this type of fabric, you’ll never have to worry about wear and tear. Not only do you have to worry about wear and tear, but its webbing also will never stretch over time.

2. It’s Flexible and Reliable

As the name hints, its ratchet allows for smoother sliding so you can easily apply the strap to your equipment. This is fitting as there are load straps with ratchets that are not located in the most appropriate location, so users resorted to creating custom load straps. This isn’t the safest option. With the Sliding E Track Ratchet Strap, you can quickly position the ratchet to the most convenient location on the cargo strap for optimal leverage and cargo storage.

This sliding ratchet strap also features spring e-fittings and is designed to easily connect to existing e-track rails inside your van trailers for safe transport.

3. It Comes in Different Colors and Sizes

Each ratchet strap comes in one color, and we offer three sizes! The colors come in yellow, blue, and grey, and you can use these straps to have as your favorite colors. The sizes we currently offer are 2″ x 12′, 2″ x 16′, and 2″ x 20′.

If you would like to view a how-to guide of this E track ratchet strap, read this step-by-step guide.

Have you heard about our recent product line addition? Read more about Grade 120 Chain and Components at US Cargo Control

It’s still National Moving Month! Get some tips and tricks by reading Essential Moving Supplies: 5 Must-Have Items for Every Move.

When you’re ready to secure your equipment with the Sliding E Track Ratchet Strap, go to US Cargo Control or give our sales team a call at 800-969-6543.