Are Self-Contained Ratchet Straps Right for You?

The new Rollup Ratchet is our patented self-contained ratchet strap that customers have been thrilled to find here at USCC.

Back in February, we released a new US Cargo Control product that eliminates the question of what to do with those flappy strap tails that remain after a ratchet strap is tightened. The new Rollup Ratchet is our patented self-contained ratchet strap that customers have been thrilled to find here at USCC.

Here’s how one reader, Rich, responded to our new product post back in February:

“Thanks for the info. This is a product I’m looking into for towing motorcycles. Appreciate it!”

Rich – Tow Warren towing services

And last month, a customer who got the 2″ Rollup Ratchet with double J hook gave the new self-contained strap a 5-star review.

“Have only used them once but they work great!!”

JCM

No More Flappy Endings

If you’ve ever looked in the rearview mirror only to see your straps flapping in the breeze, you know the annoyance of watching your strap webbing get premature wear and tear. Loose strap ends can also be a serious danger to fellow drivers if they were to get caught under a tire.

Cargo securers have made many attempts to solve the pesky loose ratchet strap end problem. If you do a Google search for “what to do with excess ratchet strap” you’ll find an assortment of videos and forum posts that suggest everything from tying them in a knot, using zip ties, tape, Velcro, and even closing them in your vehicle’s door. But the new patented Rollup Ratchet from USCC is an all-in-one solution that’s designed to protect your webbing and keep your straps strong for years and years of use. It even provides a smart and more organized way to store your straps when not in use.

2-Inch Self-Contained Straps

2” Rollup Ratchet self-contained straps have a 3,333-lb. working load limit and 10,000 lb. assembly break strength. Hardware options include a choice between flat hook or double J hook ends and both types come in 18 ft. or 27-ft. lengths.

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Flat Hook Self-Contained Rollup Ratchet
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Double J Hook Self-Contained Rollup Ratchet

1-Inch Self-Contained Straps

1” Rollup Ratchet self-contained straps have an 833-lb. working load limit and 2,500 lb. assembly break strength. They’re available in lengths of either 10 ft. or 16 ft. and come equipped with the popular vinyl coated S-hook end fittings.

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S-Hook Self-Contained Rollup Ratchet

How Self-Contained Straps Work

To secure, apply them just like any other ratchet strap. Then simply thread the excess webbing through the attached patented rolling spindle and roll it all up. These self-contained ratchet straps come with a 100-day guarantee so try them out and see if they’re for you.

Grab a set of Rollup Ratchet Straps today from the US Cargo Control website or call 800-969-6543 to order over the phone.

Corner Protector Comparison Video: What’s Best for Your Cargo?

Some of the different corner protectors we offer include plastic, steel, rubber, fabric, felt, and sleeves. What are the differences?

Corner protectors are an inexpensive way to protect not only your cargo but your straps, chains, tarps, and other tie-down equipment.

Some of the types of corner protectors that we offer include plastic, steel, rubber, fabric, felt, and sleeves.

Plastic Corner Protectors

Plastic corner protectors, or V boards, are flexible, lightweight, stackable, and weather resistant. We sell many different types of plastic corner protectors including corner protectors for bricks, flexible tarp corner protectors, and long and narrow edge protectors that are great for large sheets of drywall and plywood.

Steel Corner Protectors

Steel corner protectors are excellent for heavy-duty uses involving transport chain and for larger, heavier cargo like coils. The durable galvanized steel is protected from premature rust and allows these metal edge protectors to last a long time. We also sell steel corner protectors with rubber lining.

Felt Corner Protectors

Felt corner protectors are durable and tear resistant, great for protecting sensitive cargo and tie down straps. They’re made of industrial grade felt material and are commonly used as lifting sling pads and coil padding as well as for edge protection.

Protective Sleeves

We also have two different types of sleeves: the Cordura wear sleeve and the fleece sleeve protector. Both sleeves wrap around your tie down straps and provide abrasion resistance. The fleece sleeve also adds a level of padding and is great if you’re hauling vehicles with nice paint or chrome that you want to protect.

Extension Handle for Corner Protectors

Using corner protectors is easier than ever with our 8-foot extension handle, specifically designed to make it easier to place corner protectors, brick guards, and veeboards without having to climb onto the trailer. It extends to approximately 8 feet and then easily retracts to approximately 4 feet for easy storage.

3 Popular Heavy-Duty Cargo Nets for Pickup Truck Beds

These truck bed cargo nets have all received high ratings from our customers, so we thought we’d share the different options available to you

Quick & Easy Ways to Secure a Load in the Back of Your Truck

If you’re looking for a convenient way to secure lots of different cargo in your pickup truck bed, and want something a little heavier duty than our bungee cargo nets, we have three heavy-duty cargo nets to choose from. These truck bed cargo nets have all received high ratings from our customers, so we thought we’d share the different options available to you, including custom cargo nets.

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1. Extra Short Bed Truck Cargo Net – 42” x 50”

42" x 50" pickup truck cargo net

The smallest of our heavy-duty truck bed cargo nets, these versatile nets have four straps that each have a vinyl S-hook for attachment and a 2” cam buckle for securement. They’re manufactured with industrial grade 2” black polyester webbing for a strong and durable hold on your cargo. Each hole opening is 6” x 6” and the straps are attached to the net with a D-ring.

2. Short Bed Truck Cargo Net – 66” x 50”

66" x 50" pickup truck cargo net

Other than overall size, this popular mid-size truck bed cargo net offers all the same features found on the extra short truck bed net: four vinyl S-hooks, 2” cam buckles, 2” industrial grade polyester webbing, 6”x6” hole openings and D-rings.

Customer Review

Product was exactly as described and made from heavy duty webbing. I was surprised on how well made it was and fits my 2016 Ford F-150 Lariat properly. Shipping was fast and the order processed as requested. Great product and very good customer service.

Kevin, 2018

3. Long Bed Truck Cargo Net – 82” x 50”

82" x 50" pickup truck cargo net

Get over 6-feet of coverage with these long truck bed cargo nets. Perfect for covering cargo on full-size truck beds. Other than the additional coverage area, hardware and other construction specs are identical to the shorter nets listed above.

Customer Review

Used this purchase yesterday to drive 290 miles covering a load of children’s rockers and swings…very pleased with sturdy hold down in wind.

Doug, 2018

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Custom Truck Bed Cargo Nets

Looking for a different heavy-duty cargo net? Let us know what your ideal net would include and we’ll mock up a design for you to look at. Once you give us the green light, our in-house manufacturing team gets to work creating your custom cargo net masterpiece to your exact specifications.

Custom Cargo Net Options

With our custom cargo nets, you have the power to choose the webbing width, color, hardware, hole sizes, and of course the overall size.

Color Options

Choose between 1” or 2” polyester webbing pieces, then select a color from the color palette below.

custom cargo net color options from USCC

Hardware Options

There are many different hardware options to choose from, including your choice of securement hardware like ratchets or cam buckles, plus end fitting options like vinyl coated hooks, flat snap hooks, D-rings, E-track, and more. You can also choose how many grommets you want included.

cam buckle or ratchet strap options and end fittings for custom cargo nets

Size Options

Finally, get your tape measure out and determine your ideal net length and height, plus the overall length (end fittings included). Then choose the hole size you want depending on the cargo you will typically be hauling.

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Get started on your custom cargo net today.

How to Install L Track Anchor Tie Down Points on your Truck or Trailer

Learn how to install 2″ L Track round anchor tie-down points. This installation job is pretty straightforward and shouldn’t take more than an hour or two when you have the right tools and proper instructions.

DIY Installation Video Below

Installing L-Track, or logistic track, on your truck or trailer gives you secure tie down points right where you need them. There are many other benefits to installing L track as a tie-down system, and there are also some key differences between L track and E track.

In the video below, we show you how to install 2″ L Track round anchor tie-down points. This installation job is pretty straightforward and shouldn’t take more than an hour or two when you have the right tools and proper instructions.

Tools Needed:

  • Cordless Drill with 1/4″ Drill Bit
  • Philips Screwdriver
  • 7/16 Wrench
  • Tape Measure
  • Sharpie Marker

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The 2″ Round Anchor Point Tie Down Kit comes with four sets of anchors, bolt plates, rings, and fasteners. In this video, we install two L track anchor points on a truck bed floor and two on the front wall. To install L track tie downs on a trailer, the required steps are essentially the same.

L Track Anchor Point Installation Steps:

  1. Use a tape measure to determine your install point. Place the anchor in the intended spot and mark both holes using the sharpie.
  2. Using a cordless drill with 1/4″ bit, drill through the truck bed to create the two installation holes.
  3. Place an anchor over the holes and insert two screws.
  4. From the underside of the truck, install a bolt plate through the two fasteners then add nuts and tighten with a wrench.
  5. Once your anchors are tightly secured, you can install the removable tie down ring. Grasp the base of the ring while pushing the center down with your thumb. Slide it into place over the anchor and release to lock it into place.

Tip: To install these L track anchor points in tight spots, like the front wall of a truck bed, it’s helpful to hold your wrench on the nuts while you tighten the screws from the other side with a screwdriver.

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More L Track Tips

Remember to release and remove your tie down rings if your hauling cargo that doesn’t require using your new tie down points. It doesn’t take long to remove and replace them, and it will help prevent unwanted damage.

If you’d rather have compact strips of aluminum L-track serve as the anchor for your removable tie-down rings, see our 6-piece 4-inch L Track Tie Down System that works great on enclosed trailer walls as well as truck bed floors and rails. The benefit of this system is that you can quickly and easily adjust where your anchor points sit along the 4-foot rails.

If you’re hauling motorcycles and want the ultimate hold on your bike with the versatility of L-track, check out the TrackStar L-track Motorcycle Chock that’s light and easy to handle but durable and reinforced with powder-coated tubular steel construction.

For all tie down rail options, see our Airline Track & L-Track Tie Down Rails page.

New Product Alert: Rollup Ratchet

This self-contained ratchet strap is your solution to loose strap ends

rollup ratchet straps for safe cargo transport

A common problem for ratchet strap users is figuring out what to do with all the excess strap webbing once the straps are secure. And storing ratchet straps in a neat and organized way can be equally as difficult.

But the problem is bigger than just tangled straps and the annoyance of hearing strap ends flapping in the wind as they become prematurely worn down. Loose ratchet strap tails pose a serious danger to everyone on the road as they can get caught under tires and quickly cause an accident.

There have been many interesting attempts to solve the ratchet strap loose end problem including tying the ends into complicated knots, duct taping or zip-tying them, and even closing strap ends in the door of a vehicle.

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Stop knotting up excess strap webbing

But none of these temporary fixes have the same intelligent design or long-term efficiency as USCC’s patented Rollup Ratchet – the best solution to ratchet strap loose ends.

How to Use Self-Contained Ratchet Straps

  1. Feed your strap through the ratchet mandrill just as you would with any ratchet.
  2. Ratchet your cargo down until secure, then feed the excess webbing tail through the patented spindle slot.
  3. Spin the attached knob to neatly roll up all the loose webbing. Twist the knob towards you to lock in place.

Why Buy Rollup Ratchet?

The Rollup Ratchet is the best self-contained ratchet strap available today.

1. Quality Construction

Our Rollup Ratchet is professionally manufactured and designed to meet or exceed all DOT & CVSA regulations. The neon yellow polyester webbing is easy to spot and is abrasion and UV resistant.

2. Added Safety Factor

Our patented rolling spindle and sturdy ratchet assembly give you peace of mind knowing your straps aren’t going near other vehicle’s tires or getting worn down from flapping in the wind as you go down the roadway.

3. 100-Day Guarantee

Buy with confidence. If for any reason you aren’t totally satisfied with the Rollup Ratchet, you can return it for a refund.

Rollup Ratchet Strap Options

US Cargo Control has both 1-inch and 2-inch self contained ratchet straps in various lengths and three different end fitting options.

1-Inch Roll Up Ratchet Straps

1-inch wide self-contained straps are great for securing light cargo and are commonly used in pickup truck beds, small trailers, and cargo racks.

These 1-inch straps are available in two different lengths: 10-foot and 16-foot. Both come with vinyl-coated S-hooks on each end and have a working load limit of 833 pounds. Perfect for hauling ATVs, dirt bikes, lawnmowers, and more.

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1″ Rollup Ratchet w/ S-Hooks

2-Inch Roll Up Ratchet Straps

With higher working load limit, longer strap lengths, and different end-fittings, 2-inch self-contained straps provide you with more options when it comes to what you can haul and how you haul it.

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Rollup Ratchet w/ Flat Hooks
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Rollup Ratchet w/ Wire Hooks

Our 2-inch straps are available with 18-foot webbing and 27-foot webbing. Both lengths can be purchased with either flat hook end fittings or double j-hook (wire hook) end fittings. With a 3,333-pound working load limit, these straps can safely secure some serious cargo and you’ll never have to worry about excess strap webbing getting in the way of your haul.

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8 Practical Present Ideas for the Holidays

Practical presents are the obvious choice for those people on your holiday gift list who say there’s nothing they want or need. When you get someone a practical gift, you enjoy the certainty of knowing that one way or another, it will come in handy for them. Plus, you get the satisfaction of surprising them with something they didn’t necessarily ask for or expect to get.

To help guide your holiday shopping this year, and make it as painless as possible, we’ve compiled a list of the top 8 most practical cargo control gifts for 2018. 

 

Moving Supplies

1. Moving Blanket

using a moving blanket as a dog bed

This first practical present idea comes in handy for way more than just protecting furniture during a move. Not only can moving blankets be used as portable pet beds (on couches, car seats, or dog house) they can also be used as a soft place to lay or sit when boating, camping, hunting, or at a sporting event. We also have sound blankets that are great for recording studios or to drown out a noisy neighbor. 

 

Truck and Trailer Gear

2. Cargo Net

cargo net on pickup truck flatbed

Cargo nets are an excellent gift for pick-up truck owners. They’re lighter and easier to manage compared to tarps, and they still do a great job at securing cargo. US Cargo Control has short bed truck cargo nets and long bed truck cargo nets. Both come with cam buckles and S-hooks for quick securement. We also sell small cargo nets for motorcycles and mopeds.

 

3. Recovery Straps

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Anyone who owns a pick-up truck or even a large SUV should keep a recovery strap in their vehicle at all times, especially during the winter months. If you know someone who likes offroading or mudding, this gift is a no-brainer for them. Our recovery straps are made in the USA and designed for both recovery and towing use.

 

4. Car Tie-Downs

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If you need a practical present for a car collector, mechanic, or tow truck driver, auto tie-down straps are a perfect choice. Auto tie-downs are really only practical for someone who frequently hauls vehicles or someone who owns a flatbed trailer or tow dolly. USCC has both wheels nets and tow dolly straps for sale.

 

5. Ratchet Straps

yellow ratchet straps in truck bed holding a kayak secure

A person can never have enough ratchet straps. And US Cargo Control has one of the largest selection of ratchet straps, cam straps, and heavy-duty tie downs that you’ll find anywhere. Hunters and outdoorsmen love our camo ratchet straps and if the person on your list ever hauls heavy cargo, our BlackLine ratchet straps have the strongest break strength in the industry.

 

6. Good-N-Tight Ratchet Handle

tool for tightening ratchet straps

If you know someone who frequently tightens ratchet straps, the Good-N-Tight ratchet strap tightening handle would be a super helpful gift for them. It’s built for 2″, 3″, and 4″ ratchet straps and makes tightening them up a breeze. Plus, the Good-N-Tight handle reduces back stress and the potential for injury.

 

7. USCC Apparel

trucking industry clothing

Clothing is always a great practical present idea. Everyone needs it. Give the present of warmth this holiday with our pullover style hooded sweatshirt with a double-lined hood. We also have branded mechanics gloves, USCC trucker caps, and stainless steel tumblers that keep drinks cold for 24 hours and warm for up to 6 hours.

 

Lifting Equipment

8. Chain Hoist

chain hoist 1 ton

If you’re really feeling generous this holiday, give the practical gift of massive lifting power with a Columbus McKinnon Chain Hoist or Coffing Chain Hoist. These powerful tools make a great gift for hunters, farmers, construction workers, and mechanics. Chain hoists can lift anything from engines and building materials to animal feed and can even be used as a fast way to skin a deer.

 

Expected Delivery Time

There you have it. 8 practical present ideas for the 2018 holiday season. Don’t wait until it’s too late, place your order today to ensure these gifts arrive on time. 

Orders placed before 4pm Central time will ship out the same day, and delivery to most of the United States takes just 1-3 days.

From the USCC family to yours, have a safe and happy holiday. 

 

Here’s How Heavy-Duty our BlackLine Ratchet Straps Really Are

Working load limit is 6,670 pounds, assembly break strength is 20,000 pounds, and webbing break strength is 24,000 pounds.

No doubt, the capacity specs on our heavy-duty BlackLine Ratchet Straps sound pretty impressive; but it’s hard to understand the enormity of these numbers without some context.

 

BlackLine 2-Inch Heavy-Duty Ratchet Straps

The smaller of the two available widths, our 2-inch BlackLine straps are available with a flat hook, wire hook, or chain extension end fitting.

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2″ ratchet strap w/ chain extension is available in 30′ lengths

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2″ ratchet strap w/ wire hook is available in 18′ and 30′ lengths

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2″ ratchet strap w/ flat hook is available in 18′, 27′, and 30′ lengths

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

They all boast a working load limit of 3,333 pounds and an assembly break strength of 10,000 pounds for each individual strap.

This means that two 2-inch BlackLine tie down straps are able to safely secure weight that’s equivalent to an adult hippopotamus. Not that you would want to tie down a hippopotamus to your flatbed, but you get the idea.

To look at it another way, you could secure the weight of about five speedboats with just two 2-inch BlackLine ratchet straps.

Get yourself four of the 2-inch BlackLine straps and you’ll have a working load limit that is plenty enough for the weight of a Monster Truck, and nearly enough for a helicopter or school bus.

 

BlackLine 4-Inch Heavy-Duty Ratchet Straps

These are the real deal when it comes to heavy-duty ratchet straps. Our 4-inch BlackLine straps are available with all the same end fittings: flat hook, double J wire hook, or with a chain extension.

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4″ ratchet strap w/ chain extension is available in 30′ lengths

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4″ ratchet strap w/ flat hook is available in 30′ lengths

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4″ ratchet strap w/ flat hook is available in 30′ lengths

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

All these options have a working load limit of 6,670 pounds and an assembly break strength of 20,000 pounds.

That means that two 4-inch BlackLine tie down straps are rated to handle the weight of an adult male African elephant and nearly enough for the weight of a T-Rex or even a small jet.

If you get four of these straps? You’ll have a working load limit high enough to haul an armored car or the equivalent of about 5 full-size pickup trucks.

 

Why BlackLine Ratchet Straps are so Strong

The break strength of BlackLine ratchet straps is the highest strength available today. This, in turn, is also what makes their working load limit so high. But how is this accomplished?

Other than having extremely strong assembly strength, BlackLine straps have thicker edging compared to other tie-down straps.

The webbing break strength on 2-inch BlackLine straps is 13,000 pounds and a whopping 24,000 pounds on the 4-inch BlackLine ratchet and winch straps.

The webbing is created with a high concentration of fabric, rather than wire or other topical enhancements. This more durable webbing not only provides the extremely high break strength but also promotes a longer strap life.

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In addition, all of the BlackLine straps with flat hook end fittings have a black powder-coated finish for extra protection from corrosion.

 

Plus, we offer heavy-duty 4-inch BlackLine winch straps with the same working load limit and assembly break strength as the BlackLine ratchet straps.

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4″ winch strap w/ flat hook is available in 27′ and 30′ lengths

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4″ winch strap w/ chain extension is available in 30′ lengths

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Disclaimer: While we stand behind the strength of our heavy-duty BlackLine ratchet straps and winch straps (which are all labeled with their working load limit to meet CVSA guidelines, DOT regulations, and WSTDA, CHP and North American Cargo Securement standards) we do not recommend or condone securing animals (extinct or not) to flatbed trailers. Those examples were only meant to demonstrate the insanely high working load limits of our heavy duty BlackLine ratchet straps. Always check to ensure the weight of the cargo you are hauling is within the working load limit of the straps you are using.

 

Using Tie Downs to Secure Cargo Loads Safely and Legally

During the 2017 CVSA International Roadcheck, improper cargo securement was the cause for 15.7% of vehicles being placed out of service.

Besides the risk of being placed out of service, there are a number of more serious consequences for improper cargo control securement, including citations and fines, damage to the vehicle, damage to the cargo, loss of the load, or even loss of life.

Taking the time to properly secure cargo loads using tie downs is always worth the time and effort. Read on to understand how tie downs should be used to ensure safe and legal cargo securement.

 

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What is a tie down?

According to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), a tie down is a combination of securing devices (webbing, chain, rope, binders, shackles, D-rings, webbing ratchet, etc.) which forms an assembly that:

  1. Attaches cargo to, or restrains cargo on a vehicle.
  2. Is attached to an anchor point(s).

 

So, while we generally think of tie downs as just these:

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The word tie down by itself (without “straps”) can technically mean many things.

 

Working load limit for tie downs

The working load limit (WLL) for a tie down is the lowest WLL of any of its parts or the WLL of the anchor points it is attached to, whichever is less. Every device contributes to the WLL of the securement system.

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Always use tie downs that are rated and clearly marked by their manufacturer. This not only gives you, the driver, peace of mind, it also makes it easy for shippers and inspectors to verify that you are using the proper equipment for the job.

 

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How tie downs can be used to secure cargo

Tie downs are only safe and effective if they are properly secured to both the cargo and the vehicle. Take the time to ensure logical securement of your cargo to your vehicle.

There are two main ways tie downs can be used:

  1. Attached to the cargo.
    a. Tie downs can be attached to the vehicle and then attached to the cargo.
    b. Or, tie downs can be attached to the vehicle, passed through or around the cargo, and then attached to the vehicle again.

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  1. Passed over the cargo.
    a. Tie downs may also be attached to the vehicle, passed over the cargo, and then attached to the vehicle again.

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Inspecting for proper cargo securement

Remember to periodically inspect your cargo during transit. It may seem like something that is always taking up your precious time, but just one loose strap can prove to be costly or even deadly.

Adjust cargo and load securement devices as necessary to ensure that cargo cannot shift or fall from the vehicle.

 

When is it time to get new tie-downs?

There are a few obvious signs that tell you it’s time to get new tie downs.

If your cargo control equipment shows any of the following, it’s time to invest in new tie downs.

  • knots or obvious damage
  • distress
  • weakened parts
  • weakened sections

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Remember, all components of a tie down must be in proper working order. Keep an eye on the condition of your tie downs to avoid inspection penalties or loss of load.

 

Time for new tie down equipment? Check out US Cargo Control for a huge selection of quality tie down equipment that is clearly rated and built to last.

 

Secure Ratchet Straps Right with the Good-N-Tight®

Get 3x the leverage with Good-N-Tight®

If you or someone you know is looking for a smarter and safer way to secure ratchet straps, the Good-N-Tight® may be just what you need.

This mechanical ratcheting aid makes proper tensioning of 2″, 3″, and 4″ ratchet straps much easier than doing it by hand. With 3x the leverage, the Good-N-Tight® gives just about anybody the ability to tightly secure cargo loads.

Good-N-Safe with the Good-N-Tight®

The Good-N-Tight®  also makes ratchet strap tightening safer. In fact, one chiropractor recommends it as a tool to prevent injuries. The Good-N-Tight® is thought to reduce the stress put on your body (back, shoulders, and elbows) when tightening portable ratchet straps. Unlike winch bars, the Good-N-Tight®  will not slip out and cause injury.

Not only is it safer for your body, it also ensures your cargo loads are fully secure. This leads to safer roadways for everyone.

Even better, the Good-N-Tight® is tax deductible because it’s considered a safety item!

Made of high-strength polycarbonate plastic, the Good-N-Tight®  weighs just 1.5 pounds. But make no mistake, this product is made in the USA and designed to last.

The Many Uses of the Good-N-Tight®

Besides giving you a mechanical advantage when securing ratchet straps, there are numerous other uses of the Good-N-Tight®  that make it a great investment.

1. Check your tire pressure – Tap your tires with the Good-N-Tight®  to quickly ensure they aren’t low on air. Properly inflated tires will make a loud and sharp thud, while poorly inflated tires make a dull thud.

2. Use it as a hammer – You won’t be able to chisel concrete with it, but if you need to drive a nail or tap something flush in a pinch the Good-N-Tight®  is built solid enough to handle it.

3. Personal protection – Hopefully you won’t ever need it for this but, much like a baseball bat, the Good-N-Tight® can serve as a self-defense tool if needed.

How to Care for Ratchet Straps

Ratchet Straps and Tie Downs
US Cargo Control Ratchet Strap

Ratchet straps are one of the best ways to tie down and secure loads during transport. They’re relatively easy to use and care for, and US Cargo Control can customize them to your specific needs. Knowing how to care for your ratchet straps properly can extend their life and be more economical for you.

Our strong, yet lightweight, polyester straps are ideal for a variety of applications. The fabrication allows for very little stretch, and resists abrasions, as well as damage from UV rays and most common chemicals.

Their minimal absorption of water prevents shrinkage, mold, mildew, and rotting, even after being exposed to the elements over time. These qualities also make them a long-lasting and economical choice, especially for outdoor uses.

Ratchet Strap Maintenance and Storage

When straps are not in use, there are recommended ways to maintain and store them.

First, before storing them for any length of time, it’s important to make sure the webbing is clean and dry. To wash your straps after usage, before storage, simply hose them down with water and let them dry before storing.

If you find that your straps are not coming clean with this method, you can mix a mild detergent with warm water and scrub with a quality scrub brush to loosen any dirt and debris. Avoid bleach-based cleansers or any with acid additives.

Also, keep in mind that although it’s tempting to toss straps in a pile after usage, taking the time to wind up a strap is also an ideal time to inspect the webbing for rips, tears and abrasions. If you work with a lot of tie down straps, especially the 2”, 3″ and 4″ widths, check out our Strap Winder.

You preferably want to store ratcheting straps in a dry place away from sunlight. The actual steel ratcheting mechanisms build up corrosion over time if you leave them exposed to moisture–then they just become more difficult to use.

Items to Help Store Your Ratchet Straps

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. 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.

Cinch strap. Velcro cinch straps are great for securing loose 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.

If you have any questions about all things ratchet straps, give us a call at 866-444-9990.

Auto Recovery Straps vs. Tow Straps

We get a lot of questions about which straps to use when hauling and towing a vehicle versus the best straps for recovering cars from ditches or other situations. There is a difference between recovery straps and tow straps, and each type has its benefits.

Recovery Straps, Snatch Straps, Tow Straps
Situational usage of recovery straps.

Recovery Straps

Recovery straps are best used to “recover” a stuck vehicle. Say your car or off-road recreational vehicle gets stuck in the mud or a ditch and you’re not going anywhere no matter what you try. If you don’t want to call a tow truck, you can use another vehicle and recovery straps to do the job.

Recovery straps are made of a nylon fabrication that stretches when necessary. These straps, also called “snatch straps” since they can snatch a vehicle out of a sticky situation, have loops on each end.

3x20 strap with looped ends and Cordura eyes
Recovery straps have loops on both ends.

To use a recovery strap you attach the strap to the back of the vehicle performing the recovery at an appropriate frame point, and also to the front of the vehicle being recovered. Thread the strap through the eye of the other end to choke the frame. Make sure the strap is not rubbing against any sharp edges. If you need hardware to secure the strap, anchor shackles are great for recovery vehicles. As the first vehicle begins to move forward, the strap stretches and pulls the stuck vehicle free.

Recovery straps are safer for this type of usage than chain, they’re easier to use and they are not nearly as heavy. Making sure your recovery strap is in good shape is very important before using. Any straps that are frayed or warn increases the likelihood of breakage during a recovery. Straps with faded color are also more apt to break during usage. Store straps out of sunlight and away from excessive heat. Straps perform well in cold temps as well as heat, but should not be used in temperatures in excess of 194 degrees Fahrenheit. To clean your strap, spray with water and do not use chemicals.

Tow Straps

The biggest difference between a tow strap and a recovery strap is the stretchiness of the fabric. A tow strap is made of less-stretchy polyester, and is intended for the towing of a freely-moving vehicle behind another vehicle. Typically, tow straps have metal hooks on each end. Tow straps should not be used in the recovery of stuck vehicles simply because they are less stretchy and can more easily break under the pressure a recovery entails. Traditional tow straps and chains are similar in their towing applications.

Strap Safety

No matter which type of strap you’re using, there are standard safety protocols. Because straps can snap, or break, and launch through the air at a high rate of speed, it’s a good idea to keep any bystanders at least the distance of the length of the strap away from the application.

Choosing the right size strap is also very important. US Cargo Control straps come in widths from 2” to 12” with break strengths from 20,000 lbs. to 400,000+ lbs., and can be made to any custom length since we manufacture them in-house. We can also layer the strap from 1- to 4-ply designs, so you can get the width you want with the strength you need. More plies allow for a narrower strap with greater break strength than single ply.

Our straps are designed with CORDURA® at the eyes of the strap for better resistance to wear and tear. It’s important to note that US Cargo Control straps are manufactured with high-quality, heavy-duty nylon designed for both recovery and towing uses.

If you have any questions about what strap is best for your application, or if you need a custom strap please call us at 866-444-9990 and we’ll be happy to help you get you what you want, when you need it.

New Products: Wheel Nets & Car Tie Downs

Our selection of wheel nets and car tie downs continues to expand.

We’ve launched more than 20 new products, including value-priced 4-packs of wheel nets and 2-packs of tow dolly straps.

Also, the category page design itself has been revamped, so you can more easily find a strap to fit your needs. Shop using dedicated pages for Wheel Nets, Tow Dolly Straps, Wheel Straps, Axle Straps & Auto Tie Downs, and Tie Down Hardware. The Wheel Nets subcategory allows you to shop by wheel/tire size or by specific application.

Consider these factors when choosing a tie down:

  • Type of trailer being used and available anchor points. Do you plan to install additional attachment points?
  • Type of vehicle(s) being hauled.
  • Tie down restrictions, such as for racecars, custom models, and other low-clearance vehicles.
  • Vehicle weight. The combined working load limit of each tie down should be equal to or greater than the vehicle’s weight.

New ideas are constantly being explored and tested, so check back often! Among the changes and additions rolled out so far:

Stronger working load limit

Upgraded stitch patterns for two of our tow dolly basket straps – available with flat hooks or twisted snap hooks – bring the working load limit to 3,333 lbs. instead of 2,000 lbs. This allows them to be used on vehicles that exceed 4,000 lbs.

Larger tow dolly basket straps

Extra-large tow dolly strap

Extra-large tow dolly basket straps are now an option to fit most wheels larger than 17”.

These come with your choice of end fittings: two twisted snap hooks or two flat hooks.

The loose tail of the wheel bonnet can be paired with a 2″ ratchet or lashing hook to secure it to a trailer.

Our smaller versions accommodate most 14” to 17” tires.

Adjustable wheel nets with D-rings

Adjustable tow dolly strap with 4” top strap

D-rings have replaced cambuckles to increase the working load limit on adjustable models.

Several styles featuring height adjustability have joined our lineup. Two slots on both sides of the top strap let you position the horizontal webbing higher or lower when securing different vehicle tire sizes. Simply insert the horizontal strap through the bottom loop for large tires, or jump up a level for a snug fit on smaller wheels. Tighten the front-to-back strap around the wheel with the integrated D-ring, and the loose tail feeds into a trailer-mounted winch or ratchet.

Those with a 2” top strap are ideal for most wheels 14” to 17”, while a 4” top strap provides stability around wheels with diameters of 17” or larger.

Replacement straps for professional auto hauling

2″ x 10′ replacement wheel strap

We now offer replacement straps designed for double-deck car carriers.

These assemblies are similar to our existing wheel straps but do not come with a ratchet. Instead, the loose end feeds into trailer-mounted winches.

For easy connection to the trailer deck, choose two swivel J-hooks or two double-J wire hooks.

Three adjustable, cleated rubber blocks grab a tire’s treads for extra securement.

As always, call us at 866-348-3473 for help determining the right style of tie down for your application. We’re here to get you what you want, when you need it.