Cargo Nets for Trailers

Cargo nets for trailers makes securing cargo easy, safe, and quick.

• One-piece design eliminates the need for multiple straps, ropes, or bungee cords. Built-in spring fittings for E-track (not included; sold separately) make attaching fast and secure.

• The 41″ x 80″ size is generous enough to cover cargo but the low profile of the cargo nets industrial grade 2″ polyester webbing makes it easy to store when not in use.

• Adjusts from 92″ to 103″.

Two methods of tightening are available for cargo nets from US Cargo Control: ratchets or cam buckles:

  • A cargo net with ratchets allow you to create maximum tension on the straps to keep the cargo net tight.
  •  Cam buckles makes adjusting the net quicker, but do not provide as much tension as ratchets do since desired tightness is achieved only by your own strength of pulling the loop end.
  • Cam buckles are a good choice for more fragile or lightweight cargo to -avoid the risk of over tightening, while ratchets are ideal for durable and/or heavy items that require tension to keep secure.

Tie Down Strap Tag Information: Break Strength and Working Load Limit

Webbing tie down straps like ratchet straps and cam buckle straps should be marked with a tag indicating the break strength and working load limit. Blackline tie down straps from USCargoControl.com

 What does the break strength mean on tie downs?

According to the Web Sling and Tie Down Association (WSTDA), breaking strength is the load in pounds or kilograms at which point any load bearing part of the synthetic web tie down fails.

 What does working load limit mean?

The working load limit, also marked at WLL, is the maximum allowable load assigned to each synthetic web tie down by the manufacturer which is not to exceed one-third of the complete assembly breaking strength. This means a strap with a break strength of 16,200 lbs. would have a WLL of 5,400 lbs.

How to Install E-Track

Once you’ve decided on vertical or horizontal e-track, and a galvanized or painted finish, it’s time to choose fasteners to attach to the track. Choose fasteners based on the surface to which you are mounting. Check out the video for more tips, and links to fasteners below.

For installing E-track on wood:

Hex head wood screw pack:

#14×3/4” Hex Wood Screw Pack
Item number: ETHEXWSPACK34

#14X11/2” HEX Wood Screw Pack
Item number: ETHEXWSPACK15

 

For installing E-track on metal:

Self-taping metal screws:

11/2” hex screws with self drilling tip
ETHEXSDPACK15

2” hex screws with self drilling tip
ETHEXSDPACK2

 

For through-bolting:

Hex bolt with nut and washer:

11/2” hex bolt nut & washer  
ETBOLTPACK15

2” hex bolt nut & washer
ETBOLTPACK2

 

Horizontal E-track vs. Vertical E-track

There’s no question that e-track can add incredible versatility to an enclosed trailer, van trailer, truck or flatbed trailer. By creating numerous tie-down points, you can safely secure and haul a variety of cargo- from motorcycles and ATVs to pallets and construction supplies. But what are the differences between horizontal E track and vertical E track and which is the best choice for your needs?

 

Vertical E-track

visual of vertical e-track

Vertical e-track has rectangular slots that run parallel with the e-track rail. Vertical e-track is commonly used in van trailers and is an excellent way to provide a support system for shoring beams (or “decking beams”), which creates a second level for cargo. Compared to horizontal e-track, vertical e-track has a narrower profile and permits d-rings to be mounted perpendicular to the floor.

Our vertical E-track is sold in 5′ sections.

 

Horizontal E-track

Visual of horizontal e-track

Horizontal e-track has rectangular slots that run perpendicular (at 90 degree angles) to the track rail, which provides more anchor points per foot.

Horizontal etrack installed on the walls of a trailer gives you not only anchor points for tie-downs, but also allows you to secure equipment such as spare tires or other objects flat against the wall.

Our horizontal E-track is sold in 2′, 5′, 8′ and 10′ sections.

Both horizontal etrack and vertical etrack are available in galvanized steel and a dark green powder-coat finish, and can be mounted on the floor or bed of a trailer as well as on the walls of enclosed trailers and cargo vans.

Although the profile of each styles differs slightly, our e track fittings, e-track tie downs, wood end sockets, etc., will fit in both styles. The only exception is our plastic end caps for e-track, which will work only for horizontal track.

So which e-track is right for your job? The type of cargo (size, weight, amount, etc.) you intend to transport should be the primary factor in choosing either vertical e-track or horizontal e-track.

E-Track: Ratchet Strap or Cam Buckle Strap?

Image of e-track ratchet strapIf you’re considering E-track for your trailer or truck, or even a non-transport use, such as in the garage for storage, all of the different options in track and accessories can be confusing.

One of the most important choices will be e-track straps and tie downs. Cam buckle straps and ratchet straps  are the most popular straps, but there are differences between the two that can help you decide which will work best for your job.

E-Track Ratchet Straps

image of 2" e-track ratchet strap

– An e-track ratchet strap can be tightened significantly more than an e-track cam buckle strap. A ratcheting action uses leverage and force to pull the strap very tight.

– The tighter tension makes ratchet straps for e-track better for securing large, heavy loads.

– E-track ratchet straps have a work load limit and break strength than e-track cam buckle straps.

 

 

E-Track Cam Buckle Straps

Image of 2" e-track cam buckle strap

– E-track cambuckle straps are simpler to assemble and use than e-track ratchet straps.

– Tension is more easily controlled with cam straps so there’s less danger of over-tightening and damaging more fragile cargo.

– E-track cam buckle straps are quick to secure and more convenient to use.

 

All of our e-track ratchet straps and e-track cam straps are available in three sizes, each in a tough 6,000 lb. polyester webbing:

  • 2″x12′
  • 2″x16′
  • 2″x20′

E-track straps are typically color-coded for easy identification of length:

  • Yellow = 12′
  • Gray = 16′
  • Blue = 20′

Tarp Straps: Natural Rubber vs. EPDM

Here in the Midwest- like most of the country- we’ve had some extreme temperatures this summer. While we all know hot temps can be dangerous if you’re outside for a long time, it’s also important to remember your outdoor equipment is taking a beating in the heat and sunlight as well.

One type of equipment that can be purchased specifically for temperature and climate conditions is tarp straps. Did you know there’s difference between EPDM tarp straps and natural rubber tarp straps? Although they may look the same, there are some differences that make one a better choice over the other.

EPDM is Eethylene Propylene Diene Monomer, which is a type of synthetic rubber. EPDM rubber offers excellent resistance to heat, ozone, acids and bases, which is why it’s very common in the automotive industry in the form of seals, hoses, belts, etc. Because it stands up so well to extreme temps, it’s ideal for hot climates, and for summer use in all climates where it will be exposed to heat and sunlight. EPDM rubber tarp straps are an excellent choice for the hot summer months.

Natural rubber tarp straps are ideal for winter and cooler climates as natural rubber will not crack and split in colder conditions. Natural rubber tarp straps will also stretch further than EPDM and will also return to its non-stretched, normal length quicker than an EPDM strap will.

Rubber tarp straps are relatively inexpensive (especially if you buy them in our bulk quantities of 50 per box) so if your straps will be exposed to the elements in the hottest summer temps and coldest winter temps, it’s a good idea to switch them out from season to season. Our best sellers in bulk quantities include a 21″ length and a 31″ length. Pallet price discounts are also available, which cuts the price per strap even more- call our sales team at 866-444-9990 for more information.

About tarp straps from US Cargo Control:

  • Both natural rubber and EPDM straps are sold individually, in bundles of 10 or in boxes of 50.
  • Lengths include: 9″, 15″, 21″, 31″, 41″.
  • Replacement tarp strap hooks are also available in a 100-ct. quantity.

 

 

How To Tie Down an ATV Using Ratchet Straps

Ratchet straps are an easy and fast way to secure an ATV for transport, and generally range in size from 1″ to 4″ wide. For best results, be sure to choose a ratchet strap with an adequate working load limit (WLL) to secure the weight of your vehicle.

Once your ATV is on the trailer and the parking break is engaged, begin by taking the long end of the strap and feed it up and through the frame of the ATV. The frame is the most stable part to tie down; do not wrap the strap around the axles or any other moving part that is vulnerable to bending or breaking.

After the ratchet straps are secured to the trailer, it’s important to pull the slack out of the strap before you begin ratcheting. Spooling too much webbing around the shaft which will not allow you to tie it down securely. While holding the strap end tightly, ratchet to tighten. Wrap any excess strapping around the taut strap to keep it from blowing during transit.

Secure your ATV with four tie down points- two in the front and two in the back- to prevent forward, backward, and side-to-side movement.

It’s also a good idea to check your state DOT regulations for any additional rules and regulations for transporting an ATV.

Galvanized E-Track vs. Painted E-Track

The choice of using galvanized etrack or painted e-track can be based on three factors: price, color and installation location.

Price

Painted e-track is slightly cheaper than its galvanized sibling.  But for the most part – galvanized is only a couple dollars more, because of the process used to treat the metal.

Color

E-Track’s color is also based on which version of etrack you are buying.  Galvanized is a silver color – which can help it blend in if you are looking for a solution to match aluminum. It is slightly more reflective than aluminum.

Painted etrack is green and powder coated – which makes it resistant to scratching and will hold up well to daily use.

Installation Location

Finally we get to what kind/where you plan to install your e-track.  If the installation is on the exterior, then the best choice will be galvanized.  This treatment provides the best resistance to elements in the e-rack lineup.

How to Thread Ratchet Straps and Cam Buckle Straps

While both ratchet straps and cam buckle straps are used to haul various types of cargo and come in sizes ranging from 1″ to 4″ in width, there are some key differences between the two.

Ratchet straps

A ratchet strap is available with many different fittings: chain extension, d-ring, e-track fitting, e-track double stud fitting, f-track hook and spring e-fitting, flat hook, flat snap hook, j-hook with d-ring, s-hook and vinyl coated wire hook.

Polyester webbing is most often used for both ratchet straps and cam buckle straps because it has a low stretch rate and is very resistant to abrasion.

How to thread a ratchet strap

1.) Open the ratchet so you have access to the take-up spool.

2.) Slide strap through the spool and bring it right back on itself.

3.) Pull on the strap to remove the excess slack.

4.) Once the slack is removed, you can start to ratchet the strap to the desired tension, keeping the strap straight.

5.) Once you have reached your desired tension, lock the ratchet down to its closed position.

To release the strap, open the ratchet all the way so it is completely flat and pull the strap out.

In cases where you do not need the strength of a ratchet strap, a cam buckle is an excellent choice. Cam straps are also available with various types of attachment hardware: butterfly fitting, e-track fitting, F-track hook and spring e-fitting, handle bar strap with S-hook, flat snap hook and s-hook.

Cam buckle straps 

Cam buckle straps typically come in 1″ and 2″ sizes. This video highlights the differences between ratchet straps and cam buckles and also shows how to thread a cam buckle.

How to thread a cam buckle strap

1.) Turn the cam buckle over and thread your strap back through  while pressing the thumb release.

2.) While pressing the thumb release, pull the strap to your desired tension and then release.

To release the strap, press the thumb button and simply pull the strap.

In choosing between a ratchet strap and a cam buckle, it generally depends on work load limit or how fragile the product is that you are securing. If the cargo is light and fragile, go with a cam buckle since you cannot run the risk of over-tightening and crushing the product. For items heavier or more sturdy, a ratchet strap is a good choice.

E-Track Fittings for Ratchet & Cam Straps

This video shows the proper procedure of inserting and removing an E-track ratchet strap & cam buckle fitting onto E track and A track rails. The 2″ Spring E-Fitting is the hardware found on the ends of E-Track and A-Track ratchet straps and cam buckle straps. The end of the fitting has a “spring trigger” for easy application and release. Designed for use with Series E and Series A track, this versatile fitting is ready for immediate shipment.

For more information or to purchase the items used in this video, click on the links below.

 

How to Thread a Toothless Cam Buckle

Cam buckles can be confusing to thread webbing onto for the first time. This video explains the proper procedure for feeding webbing onto a 1″ toothless cam buckle. Cam buckles come in all different sizes, so make sure the strength of your buckle is appropriate for the item you are securing. US Cargo Control shows you the right way to thread a strap through the buckle.

Threading a toothless cam buckle involves 4 basic steps:

  1. Open the buckle and feed the webbing between the guides.
  2. Loop the webbing back through the buckle.
  3. Next, feed the webbing through the slot in the mandrel and pull it tight.
  4. Close the buckle, and now the webbing is in place.

For more information or to purchase the items used in this video, click on the links below.

 

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Strap Winder Keeps Your Winch Straps Neat and Secure

This strap winder is a handy tool for any flatbed hauler. The flatbed strap winder easily attaches to any standard side rail on a flatbed and keeps your excess winch strap neat and secure.

INSTRUCTIONS:

  1. Feed the strap through the take up spool and fold the webbing over.
  2. While holding the strap with your left hand, begin winding the strap up with your right hand.
  3. Keep some tension on the strap when winding it to keep it nice and tight.
  4. Simply slide the rolled strap off the winder and store it until needed again.

For more information or to purchase the items in this video, click on the links below: