7 Coolest Gas Stations in the World That Are Worth Fueling Up

From retro to modern, check out the coolest spots to fill up!

When you’re traveling for hours, the last thing you expect to see is aesthetically beautiful gas stations because they’re meant to be a place to stop somewhere, not part of your journey. Across the world, there are unique gas stations that are almost like roadside novelties that make you want to snap some pictures. From retro to modern, read some of the most eye-popping service stations that are worth fueling up for.

Hollow Mountain Gas Station – Hanksville, Utah

Hollow Mountain Gas Station
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Yup, you guessed right, it is literally a gas station inside a mountain! This was carved out of a mountain and now it’s a convenience store with gas pumps in Southern Utah. People who’ve visited said that you can see the mountain when you go to the restrooms.

Pro Tip: if you’re going to Capitol Reef or Bullfrog Lake Powell, this is one historic gas station you must stop and see!

Pops 66 – Arcadia, Oklahoma

Pops 66 Gas Station and Restaurant
Photo Courtesy: Library of Congress

What would you do if you drove by a brightly-colored 66-foot soda bottle? If you are passing through Arcadia, Oklahoma, stop at Pops 66 for gas, to dine in at their restaurant, and to choose among 700 different types of soda! From their website, you get to browse POPS™ signature collection of soda, sparkling water, and other refreshing drinks.

Pro Tip: drive by at night for the best view.

Chevron Floating Station – Vancouver, Canada

Chevron floating gas station - cool gas station
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As you can tell from the picture, it’d be pretty challenging to pull up your truck to fill up gas. Good thing it’s only for marine use! This isn’t necessarily a pretty gas station, but can you imagine the scenic views there would be in Vancouver, Canada while filling up gas for the boat?

Helios House – Los Angelos, California

Helios House Gas Station
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This eco-friendly gas station is the first LEED-certified gas station with 90 solar panels, and worth checking out for its eccentric design. The architecture is stunning from all angles, but the best part is the sustainable materials used for this building.

If you love sustainability, then you’ll love hearing these facts. The stainless steel design was constructed using salvaged materials from the former gas station, and the concrete pavement is mixed with recycled glass, reducing the amount of heat absorption. Along with that, the roof collects rainwater that helps reduces the building’s need for heating and cooling, and cuts energy consumption by 16%!

Jack Colker’s Union 76 Gas Station – Beverly Hills, California

Jack Colker's Union 76 Gas Station
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If you love futuristic or geometric architecture like the previous example, you must check out this Union 76 gas station. Nestled between Little Santa Monica Boulevard and Crescent Drive, architect Gin Wong built this as part of the city’s airport before changing gear to become a service station. Now, you can stop by for gas and a car wash, and it’s a favorite among drivers when the fluorescent lights turn on at night!

Alzu Petroport – South Africa

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What would be the last thing you’d see at a gas station? If you said rhinoceros, buffalos, and ostriches, you would be correct except there is one station that does that in South Africa! There is a gas station where locals, tourists, and truckers can not just fill up gas, but also watch behind an enclosure the exotic animals in their habitats.

It’s known to be a “quick stop” everyone should not miss.

Iowa 80 Truck Stop – Walcott, Iowa

Iowa 80 truckstop gas station

We couldn’t complete the list without mentioning Iowa 80 Truck Stop as US Cargo Control is based in Iowa! Known as a trucker’s Disneyland, this is the world’s largest truckstop with everything you can imagine.

You’re not stopping just for gas, you’re welcomed with amenities like laundry facilities, a workout room, a movie theater, a barbershop, dog wash station, dentist, a full-service truck center, a 300-seat restaurant, and a large food court. They even host an annual event called Truckers Jamboree that truckers (and even us) love to attend for the concerts, cookouts, carnival games, and more!

If you want to attend this year, mark your calendar and learn more about the 2021 Walcott Truckers Jamboree.

Vintage Gas Stations You Must Check Out!

Although these gas stations aren’t in service anymore, these vintage gas stations are historic attractions worth checking out:

Vintage Teapot Dome Gas Station
Photo Courtesy: Flickr.
The Teapot Dome Gas Station is located in Zillah, Washington, represents the Teapot Dome Scandal of the 1920s.
Vintage AIrplane Service Station
Photo Courtesy: Flickr.
The Airplane Service Station was built by brothers Elmer and Henry Nickle to have a visually unique service station.
Original Shell Station Vintage Gas Station
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The Original Shell Station is located in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, built in the 1920s and this design is the last one standing.
Hat n'Boots Gas Station - Vintage Gas Station
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The Hat n’Boots Station is located in Seattle, Washington, and is restored and moved to the city’s Oxbow Park.

Are There Other Unique Gas Stations That Should Be on the List?

Did we miss any other quirky, remarkable gas stations? Have you been to any one of these gas stations? Tell us in the comments, we’d love to know about your awesome experiences!

US Cargo Control is your source for equipment for hauling, rigging, moving, towing, and lifting all kinds of cargo. If you have any questions, give our team of experts a call at 866-444-9990.

How US Cargo Control Creates High-Quality Custom Cargo Nets

Get an inside scoop of how our Cargo Net experts create quality cargo nets.

When you receive custom cargo nets from US Cargo Control, you can be rest assured they are made with quality in mind. A strong, tough net can make a difficult job easier and is useful when transporting items like moving couches across town, wine crates across states, and heavy cargo across the nation.

This product can secure items to prevent them from shifting, allowing you to continue with your day with no worries. Heavy-duty custom cargo nets are one of our specialties, and we can design the perfect net for your job. We sat down with one of our experts, Jamie Noe, to learn how the Cargo Net team creates high-quality cargo nets.

Watch the video below to get a glimpse of what cargo nets are:

How to Get Started with a Custom Cargo Net?

The process is simple. If you know what you’re looking for in a cargo net, you can fill out our form and request a quote on our website. If you’re not sure what you need, you can give our team a call at 888-794-1319 and we’ll make it smooth as possible.

As you go over the specifications with one of our teammates, we’ll review the requirements and provide you with an accurate quote. We’ll go over the different styles that you can choose such as webbing, color, dimensions, hole sizes, and hardware. We’ll also sketch a grid drawing to check if the dimensions are accurate.

After we review the overall purpose of your net, its selected styles, and its dimensions, we send the information to our cargo net experts.

What If My Custom Cargo Net’s Specifications Don’t Work?

Don’t worry, our team will make sure every detail is correct. The team will input the whole size, webbing, and additional information to confirm specifications. After that, we pass the information over to the Manufacturing team to create the most successful cargo net for you.

Read below the styles that will be presented to you to choose. In addition to that, you will have the opportunity to include any additional information during the phone call or when you fill the form out.

Webbing Width:

  • 1 Inch (4500 lbs)
  • 2 Inch (6000 lbs)
  • 2 Inch (12000 lbs)

Types of Hardware:

  • Plastic Snap
  • Ratchet & Cam Buckles
  • E-Tracks and L-Tracks Fittings
  • S-Hooks

Hole Size (inches):

  • 4 x 4
  • 6 x 6
  • 8 x 8
  • 10 x 10
  • 12 x 12

Net dimensions:

  • Net Height
  • Net Length
  • Overall Height
  • Overall Length
  • Hole Size
  • Hardware

Choose Any Color:

options for cargo net colors

The Process of Creating the Perfect Customized Cargo Net

When the form is complete and given to the Cargo Net team, one of our experts will have 24 hours to create a spreadsheet and find the hardware. They connect with our production planner to identify parts that we can pull from our warehouse. Once the hardware is in the team’s hands, it’s time to start production!

How the Webbing Design Works

Cargo Net weaving process

Each custom net is hand-made by working the webbing and using sewing machines to perform precise stitch work. The layout process involves weaving the webbing in an over and under technique. It’s not just for looks, but we believe it will provide more strength at each cross-section. By performing the weaved appearance, our nets will look like and have better quality.

During the weaving process, this is how the hole sizes are created from the spreadsheet. Once the webbing is linked, this sets up the strength that you will need to secure your items.

Keep in mind that the different webbing listed in the form has different break strengths. The 1-inch’s strength is 4,500 lbs, and you can choose one of the 2-inch webbing that has a strength of 6,000 lbs or 12,000 lbs.

Then when complete, they are to be packaged and shipped to you. The Cargo Net team will perform quality checks and make sure everything is correct and complete before it’s shipped.

Cargo Net Uses

Even though our heavy-duty custom cargo nets can secure cargo, you can utilize them for other purposes! We’ve created cargo nets for fire stations where firefighters use the nets to hold their hoses, as part of obstacle courses, and for businesses to secure their wine crates for transportation. Check out some creative and unexpected examples below:

deciding which cargo net is best for your truck with customer reviews and video

Known as pickup truck cargo nets that you can secure your items inside the bed. Check out the truck cargo nets we carry.

Use as climbing walls for obstacle courses. These can be utilized for military bases, marathons, paintball activities, and more.

guy climbing on us cargo control's truck cargo net
Photo Courtesy: OCR Nation
large custom cargo net to hold wine crates
Photo Courtesy: Southern Glazer

Or, as we mentioned earlier, use cargo nets to safely secure your crates of wine!

Why not get creative with your climbing wall? Check out Soldier Rush using blue and red webbing for their climbing wall for their races.

different colors of webbing for cargo net climbing wall
Photo Courtesy: Soldier Rush

Getting You What You Want, When You Need It

Cargo nets are known to secure cargo for truckers who have enclosed trailers, but the options are limitless. It’s a versatile tool that you can implement in many ways and you can trust US Cargo Control to get you the high-quality customized cargo net that you deserve.

Not only do we specialize in nets, but we also create custom chain slings, nylon slings, tiedown straps, tarps, and more. Keep placing your orders at US Cargo Control, and our dedicated manufacturing team will keep the quality products coming.

Learn more about cargo nets and some nets we have created for customers!

4 Different Types of Cargo Control Nets and Their Different Applications

3 Popular Heavy-Duty Cargo Nets for Pickup Truck Beds

The Biggest Cargo Net the Manufacturing Team Created Thus Far

Custom Cargo Net Created for a Marching Band

Our team looks forward to getting you the quality products you deserve. If you wish to learn more about our nets, head over to US Cargo Control or give our team a call at 800-969-6543.

9 High-Quality Cargo Control Products to be Grateful for

With the holidays inching closer, we complied a list of 9 USCC products we’re thankful for.

There’s something truly special about waking up on Thanksgiving morning. Although we get to eat turkey, casseroles, and pies all day long, Thanksgiving serves as a reminder to take a few moments and express gratitude. We get to be surrounded by not just delicious food, but friends and family on this day.

Even though Thanksgiving is not here yet, we’re going to take a few moments to express our gratitude. At US Cargo Control, we’re thankful for our team and their courageous attitudes, but that doesn’t stop there. We’re tremendously grateful for the essential workers such as the truck drivers, medical experts, stork clerks, and more who keep our country running.

We put together a list of the top 9 cargo control products that we’re grateful for. We heard from many people that these products have made their lives easier, and we especially hope one of our products will make your life easier too.

1. Moving Blankets

Moving blankets‘ sole purpose is to protect valuables from any damage, but they serve more purposes than that. A moving pad can soundproof a room to create your own home recording studio, can make a cushioned pet blanket to prevent their falling hair or claws from scratching, use as a blanket at the beach, or place on icy grounds below your feet for when you’re unloading or loading groceries!

The Supreme Mover Moving Blanket is one of my favorite products. I just moved and realized how well these heavy blankets protect my furniture. They’re soft, don’t scratch, and protect my valuables from any damage because of their thickness.

Leslie Lowdermilk, Senior Buyer

2. USCC Toolbag and USCC Mechanic Gloves

best tool bag for those who want to get the job done quickly and fast.
best mechanic gloves for durability, safety, and efficiently.

If you’re a handyman or DIY expert, you’re going to need accessories that will make your life easier. Our toolbag and mechanic gloves can help you get the job done faster and more efficiently. Your hardworking hands and tools deserve good protection and resilience, and we got you covered with our easy-to-carry tote and touchscreen-friendly, form-fitting gloves!

3. Tarps

Shop US Cargo Control motorcycle tarp cover
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No matter the situation, tarps will always come in handy. You can protect your ATV, motorcycle, or boat for the winter with our large-quality tarps. Not only that, you can use a tarp for many creative applications such as a slip-n-slide, creating shade when camping, and wrapping and bringing games back from your hunting trip!

Even though truck drivers use tarps to cover their cargo, a tarp comes with never-ending possibilities.

My favorite items at US Cargo Control are the truck cargo nets. The versatility these provide for trucks as well as other securement applications are endless to our customers.

Brennan Melloy, Sales Specialist

4. Recovery Straps

best recovery strap that will pull the car out to safety
Photo Courtesy: Adobe Stock

Recovery tow straps are invaluable pieces of equipment that are designed for recovery or towing uses. You can use these all year long, but they’re extremely beneficial during the winter months. By having the heavy-duty tow straps in your truck or SUV, you can save someone’s day by pulling them out of the ditch!

Learn more about how to pull a car out of snow using a recovery strap without the cost of a towing truck.

5. Ratchet Straps

Shop US Cargo Control tie straps
Tiedown Strap securing a Kayak

We all know that the ratchet tie down strap is used to hold down cargo or equipment during transport. This is why we’re grateful to have cargo straps because they allow us to be at ease knowing our items will be secured! With different sizes and functions, grab yourself a sturdy, high-quality strap that will perform the job successfully.

The 2″ x 27″ Rollup Ratchet Strap is my all-time favorite product. It’s nice to have a reliable ratchet strap that eliminates excess webbing blowing in the wind. It just has an overall clean look and feel!

Jake Feldman, Production Planner

6. Good-N-Tight Ratchet Strap Handle

US Cargo Control Good and tight strap handle

Whether you’re a trucker, farmer, logger, or someone who uses ratchet straps, you must have the Good-N-Tight Handle in your corner. It’ll put less strain and stress on your back when tightening ratchet straps and you will be grateful for that.

7. Ratcheting Cargo Bar

US Cargo Control cargo load bar

Don’t you hate it when your items in the back of your vehicle keep moving around, or you’re worried something might break or fall out? The Ratcheting Cargo Bar is a life-saver because it will create a barrier to prevent items from moving around!

“It works great in the back of my truck to keep boxes and other items from sliding around!”

Dan Roehr, Forecast Analyst

8. Corner Protectors

US Cargo Control corner guards to protect ratchet straps

Ensure that your cargo (and your Christmas presents) get delivered damage-free with corner protectors. Protecting from harsh edges, they help lengthen the life of your ratchet straps by reducing friction and tension.

9. USCC Tumblr – 2 in 1 Can Cooler and Tumblr

US Cargo Control tumblr for drinking

Need a cup that can keep your drink cold or warm for hours? This versatile 2 in 1 Can Cooler and Tumblr will keep your drink temperature for 24 hours. Get yourself a Tumblr that will keep your cup of coffee warm for hours during the winter months (unless you love cold drinks).

Did You Know We Added More New Products to US Cargo Control?

When we’re adding new products, we’re looking for products that create value for you. Check out some of the products we recently added!

Corner Protector with Slot – This corner protector will help keep the strap webbing in place and your load secured.

Scuff Guard Floor Protector – A lightweight and affordable solution to shield flooring from damage caused by large and heavy appliances.

Windshield Protector Tarp – Protect your heavy machinery from flying debris and avoid damage to your windshield and other components.

Crosby Lebus Load Binders – A“one piece” forged handle, and continuous take-up feature for finite adjustment to the tiedown load.

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

Long-Haul Truck Drivers Share The Most Scenic Drives in America

Ever wonder what are the most scenic roads in America? Read to find out the routes everybody should take, according to truckers.

Anybody who has driven for hundreds of miles in this huge country with its 4-million+ miles of highways and byways has their favorite routes. You may love being near the ocean, the magnificent mountains, or lush landscapes with endless green. Whether it’s passing through the Smoky Mountains, driving on the Golden Gate Bridge in San Fransisco, or cruising on the 7-mile bridge in Key West, we all have our personal favorites.

But, what about the truck drivers who spend their lives on the road traveling to deliver the goods and necessities that we consume every day? Although they may get road-weary, there are routes or attractions that they look forward to seeing. We were wondering what are the most beautiful states and drives in the United States, so we took the liberty to research this. Read what our long-haul truckers say are the most scenic drives in America.

The Best and Worst States for Drivers, According to WalletHub

According to the personal finance website WalletHub, they released a report on 2020’s Best & Worst States to Drive In. They determined the most driver-friendly states in the U.S. through 31 key metrics such as average gas prices, the share of rush-hour traffic congestion, and road quality.

  • Iowa (1)
  • Tennessee (2)
  • North Carolina (3)
  • Texas (4)
  • Nebraska (5)
  • Georgia (6)
  • Virginia (7)
  • Indiana (8)
  • Arkansas (9)
  • Alabama (10)
  • Montana (41)
  • Alaska (42)
  • New Jersey (43)
  • West Virginia (44)
  • Maryland (45)
  • Colorado (46)
  • California (47)
  • Washington (48)
  • Rhode Island (49)
  • Hawaii (50)

Truckers, do you agree with the list? Let us know in the comments, and share your experiences on what it’s like driving through the best states or through the worst states. Continue reading to learn the best drives in America:

Coastin’ Through The California Coast

Highway 1 known as a beautiful road
Photo Courtesy of Adobe Stock

Driving through the routes of California includes scenic routes and attractions that you’re going to want to savor every moment. Truckers recommend that you drive north through the state of California as this state has several soaring panoramic views. The first route is driving through Highway 101, and you may have heard of this being a popular and iconic drive. Viewed as a motion picture ride, this drive consists of incredible national parks, a front seat view of the coastline, and charming towns and communities!

Another popular route to take is Highway 1 where you’ll be near the Pacific Coast throughout the whole drive. With approximately 655 miles of noteworthy views, you’re bound to take a million pictures! Some attractions that you can plan for are the Big Sur, Hearst Castle, and the Golden Gate Bridge. Read this great overview of Highway 1 if you’re planning to go there soon.

Don’t Miss Out on the Seward Highway in Alaska

Seward Highway, one of most scenic drives in the world
Photo Courtesy: Adobe Stock

Have you noticed when you drive a couple hours, you get bored because it’s a dull ride? Not this route. You will never lose interest as you cruise along this two and a half-hour exciting drive.

The Seward Highway can provoke familiar feelings of the California Coastline, and it will feel like the views that you see in movies. As you continue to cruise, you will see breathtaking mountains that you haven’t seen before, miles full of animal life, and great beaches. The drive from Anchorage, Alaska to Seward is a trip everyone must take at some point in their life!

Take a Weekend Driving the Appalachian Trail to the Gulf of Mexico

Blue Ridge Mountains in North Carolina known as one of most scenic states
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For 72 hours, you can experience Central Park and drive down the Gulf of Mexico. If you ever get to drive this distance, you’re destined to love it. As you drive down through multiple states, you will see memorable scenic views and attractions such as the Blue Ridge Mountains. If you schedule plenty of time for this route, truckers recommend that you go swimming in the Gulf.

Although there are likely dull sections along the way, it’s the change from a place like Central Park, New York to driving down towards the Gulf of Mexico that makes the trip worthwhile. You’re going to notice differences in several states, and you will find those changes intriguing.

Take an Entire Day to Experience the Beautiful San Juan Byway in Colorado

San Juan Byway, one of most beautiful drives in the world
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If you just want a full day to experience a beautiful drive, go to the San Juan Byway. You won’t be bored and disappointed. It consists of the most beautiful landscapes in the country, quaint mining towns, and the most exhilarating twists and turns. You’re never going to want the drive to end.

You will feel like you’re in a movie because the landscape will transition. One moment you’re seeing green surrounding you, to a landscape that almost looks like a dessert, to then seeing snow-capped mountain peaks. We’ve heard that you must visit the delightful small mountain towns.

Keep in mind that the roads wind, so don’t get too wild and just take your time driving carefully and slowly.

Take I-70 into Utah and Colorado in the Summertime

I-70 into Utah and Colorado, most beautiful roads
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If you’re planning a trip to see the most astonishing and thrilling high deserts and rock formations in the summer, the route to 1-70 into Utah and Colorado is the riveting trip that you won’t be able to see anywhere else. With deep red canyons around every bend and beautiful parks to stop at, you’ll be amazed at how wonderful nature is.

Not only that, Utah might as well be known as a huge national park. We’re not joking, read how Utah could just be the most beautiful state in the country.

The Landscapes of West Virginia

West Virginia consists some of the most beautiful roads in america
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Ever saw landscape paintings and you thought to yourself that you wished you could see it in person? You can finally see it in person by driving on I-64 in West Virginia! When you hit a specific mile marker, you’re suddenly coming upon valleys that resemble paintings of natural, lush landscapes. You’ll suddenly realize you’re being covered in never-ending beauty.

You’ll find the most charming towns as you drive through the route, and we recommend taking the opportunity to admire Lake Tahoe. During the winter where there is still snow, you will be at eye level with people on the ski lifts as you’re driving down the mountain! For people who do not see snow often or have never seen snow, this will be an amazing experience for you.

Go West from Montana to Idaho

Montana and Wyoming are prettiest states in America
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We can agree that when you’re driving hundreds of miles, you’re bored and itching to arrive at your destination. People who have driven any westbound route from Montana to Idaho can assure you that this will be the most peaceful, beautiful, memorable 700-mile drive in the country.

With only two-lane routes between the two states, you’ll discover mountain peaks, meadows, national forest with green that goes on endlessly. Even if you’re driving through it, you get a vibe that you are actually a part of nature is surrounding you.

Get on the Road and Share Your Experiences!

If you have a longing desire to put some wheels on the pavement and explore the most beautiful drives in America that our truckers have driven around, make sure to take one of these unforgettable routes! Get your car inspected and fill up your gas tank, and don’t forget to pack plenty of snacks and drinks.

Let us know about your experiences on the road, and which route is your favorite. If there are other amazing routes that were not on this list, tell us in the comments!

On the road and looking for things to do to keep you entertained? Read 5 fun things for truckers to do when on the road.

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.

4 Customers Use US Cargo Control Products in Fun and Unexpected Ways

Check out 4 customers using US Cargo Control products in fun, creative, and unexpected ways!

Recently, some happy customers sent us photos of the different ways they used our products to make things easier…or more fun! Although our products are primarily designed for the industries we serve: trucking and transportation, lifting and rigging, and moving, we always enjoy seeing the creative and unexpected ways our products can be used in order to solve a problem and create something truly unique.

Cargo nets used for OCR Nation’s challenging obstacle course race

Typically, our cargo nets are used to safely secure cargo being hauled in enclosed trailers, vans, and truckbeds. Well, six USCC cargo nets were recently used for an entertaining yet challenging obstacle course that was created by OCR Nation. They hung the nets vertically so people could climb on them in order to hit the bells!

cargo net at an obstacle course race
Photo Courtesy: OCR Nation
one of the runners on the truck bed cargo net
Photo Courtesy: OCR Nation

guy climbing on us cargo control's truck cargo net
Photo Courtesy: OCR Nation
bungee net
Photo Courtesy: OCR Nation

Wire rope used as railings for the beautiful Sapphire Creek Winery & Gardens

As a place for social events, special occasions, dining experiences, and more, Sapphire Creek Winery & Gardens used our large diameter wire rope as a railing for observation areas. Not only is it innovative, but it also seems to fit in with the scenery. What a match made in heaven!

a customer using wire rope sling
Photo Courtesy: Sapphire Creek Winery & Gardens
wire rope cable
Photo Courtesy: Sapphire Creek Winery & Gardens

D Rings used to cover a pool from falling leaves and winter weather

With falling leaves and winter snow approaching, pool owners need to tightly cover their pools to protect them from debris. This customer wanted something secure and trustworthy to cover her pool, besides just using a pool cover. In the pictures below, you can see she fixed recessed pan D-rings to her deck in order to keep the cover tight and secure.

d ring shackle to secure a pool cover
Close up of the D Ring application
can also be called a towing d ring
A full shot of the customer’s pool cover

More Cargo Nets Used for Military Boot Camp Obstacle Race

Last but not least, a nonprofit company, called Soldier Rush, used a customized cargo net that created by our manufacturing team. The net was used for their obstacle course, as the contenders were supposed to climb over it as part of their challenge. Notice how the colors match the theme of their race!

the cargo net, also known as the bungee net, was created for Solider Rush
Photo Courtesy: Soldier Rush
a bungee cargo net
Photo Courtesy: Soldier Rush

We love seeing our products being used in unique applications! If you have any photos or videos that you would like to share with us, send them our way! Send us an email at CustomerService@USCargoControl.com, or share with us on the US Cargo Control Facebook page.

Have a question? Need a custom item? Don’t hesitate to call us a call at 866-444-9990!

5 Proud Customers Show Cargo Control Gear at Work

Here’s how a handful of customers put our cargo control gear to work for them.

One great thing about our cargo control gear is that it helps you get stuff done. An even better thing is that it often has multiple uses. One piece of equipment can create the perfect solution for two people in different industries with very different jobs at hand.

For example, customers have often used our moving blankets as car seat covers or bedding for their pets, instead of the more traditional use of protecting furniture and appliances during a move. Even our popular ratchet straps have many different uses when you consider all the different types of cargo they can secure.

At the end of the day, we have the tools and equipment you need to get stuff done right. How you choose to put them to work is up to you.

Here’s how a handful of customers put our cargo control gear to work for them.

Custom Tarp Protects Big Boat

heavy duty gray custom tarp on boat

Our manufacturing team was tasked with creating a precise-fitting custom tarp to serve as weather protection for this customer’s boat. We used the same heavy-duty tarp material as our flatbed truck tarps and the end result was the customer telling us it’s “a perfect fit.”

Rigging Gear Suspends Wire Rope Bridge

suspended footbridge made in wilderness
what you need to make a suspended footbridge

From wire rope and turnbuckles to wire rope clips – we sell all the rigging hardware needed to create these awesome suspended footbridges that are being built from coast to coast. This one sits in the wilderness of Wyoming, and another USCC customer built a similar bridge in Connecticut.

Custom Cargo Net Performs in Arts Center

custom debris net for indoors
what you need to hand a custom debris net indoors

We have netting for all types of applications, but we’re always excited to take on a custom job! Morris Performing Arts Center in South Bend, Indiana needed a custom debris net that could be rigged to hang above their beautiful 2,564-seat concert hall, so we delivered this 32ft x 33ft masterpiece.

Convertible Hand Truck Makes Light Work

using a convertible hand truck to make delivery of cargo easier

This customer understands the concept of working smarter, not harder. He uses our popular aluminum convertible hand truck to quickly and delicately deliver bread (he works for a break distribution company) to store shelves. He says the hand truck “handles like a dream over rough terrain.”

Ratchet Straps Hold Heavy Cargo on Flatbed

bright blue ratchet straps being used on flatbed trailer full of cargo

This hotshot trucker out of Washington state is the proud co-owner of a transportation business that uses our heavy-duty ratchet straps for all types of cargo hauls. In this picture, he’s hauling handholes across Oregon (each weighing about 900lbs.) so a utility company can use them to cover junctions.

Submit Your Photos and Story

Have you been putting our cargo control gear to work? We want to see it! Send your best pictures and descriptions to us in a message on the USCC Facebook page or email them to customerservice@uscargocontrol.com

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.

choosing your custom cargo net size chart

Get started on your custom cargo net today.

Wire Rope Clips from USCC Used to Construct 100+ Foot Suspended Bridge

In October 2017, US Cargo Control received an order for over 300 wire rope clips from an engineer in northern Connecticut. 

Lacy Curtis, a Business Development Consultant on the Red Team here at US Cargo Control made sure the customer got exactly what they wanted, when they needed it. 

It turns out the wire rope clips were used to assemble a 100+ foot suspended footbridge over the Hockanum River in Vernon, Connecticut. 

This bridge grants a direct connection for hikers to cross between two growing trail systems along the Hockanum. 

In his Hartford Courant Newspaper article, reporter Peter Marteka describes it as “the kind of bridge you want to build when you are out blazing trails in the woods as a kid.”

The construction site was once a trolley bridge crossing.

What did it Take to Construct? 

The job took 16 ¾” Drop Forged Style Stainless Steel Wire Rope Clips, and 320 5/16″ Type 304 Stainless Steel Wire Rope Clips 

Vernon town engineer, Dave Smith, led the design and execution of the project with some help from Bridges to Prosperity; a Denver-based company that has built over 200 footbridges in 20 countries. 

Then, teams of local volunteers came together and put in over 1,300 hours to help Smith complete this project.

Over 1,300 volunteer hours went into this impressive project.

The Volunteers 

Vernon Greenway Volunteers is a group of dedicated individuals who assist the Town of Vernon through the maintenance, enhancement, and proper use of the 30+ miles of trails in Vernon. 

Friends of the Hockanum River Linear Park is a non-profit organization that brings awareness to the importance of clean rivers through public education.

Now it’s Your Turn.  

This was an impressive project and USCC is grateful to have been a small part of. Thank you very much to Dave Smith for sharing all these photos with us. 

Show us what you’ve done with USCC products and you could be featured in our next post. Big or small, we love seeing our products in action. 

Email us your story here, or message us on our Facebook page! 

To learn more about the differences among wire rope clips, and how to choose the correct one, see our How to Use Wire Rope Clips post.

What is a Snatch Block?

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Lisa Mathews, US Cargo Control Sales & Service Specialist

A common question we hear is what is the difference between a snatch block and other types of blocks and pulleys?

All of the items we sell in the Snatch Blocks & Wire Rope Pulleys category can be called blocks or wire rope pulleys, but snatch block refers to a particular type of block. A snatch block has a side plate sometimes called a cheek plate, that can be opened for easy insertion of cable without having to remove the load or fittings from the end of the wire. The process of inserting a line into a block is called reeving.

Snatch blocks are often used in applications to move loads over short distances, as opposed to long lifts and continuous service.  They are called snatch blocks because they are often used in conjunction with a winch in a recovery application, and can improve the functionality of a winch by increasing its pull power. It also allows you to change the direction of your winch’s cable when the anchor point is offset.21009-4190-snatch-block-w-shackle-3-8-wire-x-3-sheave_1_375

With so many different styles and weight and size safety guidelines, it’s important to know what to look for when choosing a snatch block for the job. Important safety factors to keep in mind:

  • Check the Work Load Limit (WLL) of the snatch block as well as the wire rope. If the WLL of the wire is not compatible with the WLL of the pulley, it can be extremely dangerous should either fail.
  • Coordinate the size of the sheave in the snatch block to the diameter of the wire rope. If the wire rope is too large for the sheave, it can crack the block when under pressure. Generally, the wire rope-to-sheave size ratio should be 12:1 in order to hold the wire properly while under load.
  • Know your numbers. Because a snatch block can cut the direct pull load in half, choose a rigging pulley that has a rating of double the pull of the winch you’ll be using with it.

Choosing the right block and all the equipment to go along with it can be confusing. If you have any questions about using snatch blocks, choosing wire rope blocks, working load limits, etc., contact me or any one of our sales specialists at 800-660-3585. We’ll be happy to help.

-Lisa 

 

 

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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Customer Feature: White Glove Movers

For more than a decade, White Glove Movers has been in the business of moving. From residential to commercial moves, the company prides itself on its commitment to customer satisfaction.

A White Glove Movers truck parked and ready for a move.
A White Glove Movers truck parked and ready for a move.

“The very best part of the job is getting complimentary notes,” White Glove Movers Co-Manager Tom McCartan said. “We get a lot of referrals and a lot of repeat business.”

White Glove Movers is based in Marion, Iowa and offers a full line of moving services ranging from residential to commercial moves. The company’s team of trained, professional movers will also pack boxes, pods and trucks – even rental trucks. Just about anything moving related, White Glove will do it.

The company is equipped with four large trucks, two vans and one small truck. The movers take on about 750 moves per year, with 60-70 percent of business happening during the summer months.

“That’s when things get very hectic and busy,” McCartan explained. “It’s great.”

The company’s setup process is simple. The office receives moving inquiries, and then schedules an estimate with the prospective customer. After that, the move is booked and put on the calendar.  Then, on moving day, a team of professional movers will carefully pack, load and unload the truck.

Many people underestimate the workload involved when moving and will attempt to do it themselves. White Glove Movers believes people should really consider the risk-reward of taking on a move without the proper equipment and training.

“Moving is very stressful, it can cause injuries that are very hard to recover from,” McCartan said. “We just think let us [White Glove Movers] take the risk. The cost is just not that prohibitive, it’s a lot less expensive than recovering from an injury.”

White Glove Movers rolling a heavy tool kit into the truck.
White Glove Movers rolling a heavy tool kit into the truck.

Moving is especially challenging when people lack the proper tools to do it safely. White Glove Movers utilizes a long-list of moving supplies and trusts US Cargo Control to provide its staff with safe, quality moving equipment.

The company purchases products ranging from protective padding like moving blankets, banister covers and door covers to transport supplies like dollies and straps.

“When you take on the responsibility of handling someone else’s possessions you really need to do it right,” McCartan said. “You better have the right equipment and the right protective gear so when the move is done they [the customers] are in a position to send you a note of compliment.”

US Cargo Control began providing White Glove Movers with professional moving supplies in 2013. The White Glove management team was drawn to USCC because of its competitive pricing, but company leaders soon learned it is the customer experience and service they enjoy the most.

“Working with US Cargo Control has been easy for our Office Manager, Mindy. They treat her with respect and get things done when they are supposed to be done,” McCartan said.

If you are interested in learning more about White Glove Movers or inquiring about a move visit the company website or give them a call at 319-393-3000.

Customer Photos: Hotshot Rig & Tie Downs

A special shout out to loyal US Cargo Control customer Randy Eilerts.

Randy runs a hotshot rig out of Algona, Iowa. His company Tallgrass Trucking LLC ., uses a heavy duty pickup truck to pull a flatbed trailer. That compares to a more traditional setup, like a semi tractor-trailer combination. Randy trusts US Cargo Control to outfit his rig with tie down equipment. Pictured, he’s hauling a heavy, flatbed load and secured it with US Cargo Control ratchet straps, corner protectors, chain and lever binders.

Thanks for the photos, Randy!

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Randy Eilerts of Algona, Iowa operates a hotshot rig outfitted with US Cargo Control equipment.

 

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Randy Eilerts of Algona, Iowa operates a hotshot rig outfitted with US Cargo Control equipment.