Customer Photos: Wire Rope in Military Vehicle Restoration

XXXXX100_12511We were happy to hear from Bob in New York, when he let us know he received his order of 6×37 wire rope and was impressed with the product. But we were really intrigued when he told us he was going to be installing the wire rope on his 1953 M37 Military Vehicle he was restoring.

Bob belongs to the Military Vehicle Preservation Association (MVPA). The non-profit group was founded in 1976, to provide an organization for military vehicle enthusiasts, preservationists, collectors, and historians who are interested in acquiring, restoring, preserving, safe operation, and public education of historic military transport vehicles. Bob’s local unit, Empire State West, buys and restores military vehicles for display at parades, car shows, and other events to honor and support our troops and veterans.

Bob is from a military family and has been involved in military vehicle restoration for more than 20 years. Here’s what he told us:

What is the most difficult aspect of the process?

1967 M35A3, rebuilt in 1997
1967 M35A3, rebuilt in 1997

To understand military vehicles, you have to keep in mind that different eras- WWII, Korea, Vietnam, etc.- all used different vehicles . If you want a WWII jeep or CCKW (Deuce), you can spend months tracking down a suitable vehicle, and then arranging transport. Parts are found online, EBay, at Military Collector shows, or Military Vehicle parts dealers.

How long has it taken you to restore this particular vehicle?

About two years, but I did not work on it every day. The hunt for parts is a big part of the fun. Military vehicles always require some type of maintenance, so there is always a lot to do.

Do you have plans to restore another vehicle soon?

M274 mule
M274 Mule

My restorations are what are called “Motor Pool” vehicles, which are MV’s that would have been used by GIs in the field. My interest is Vietnam-era military vehicles, all the vehicles I have were of that era. I am currently putting the finishing touches on my M274 Mule. However, vehicles are never really done; you are always picking up items to add to your ride.

Tell us more about your local MVPA group.

The MVPA is a national organization and there are local clubs all over the country. Our local group, Empire State West, has about 30 members. Some members are veterans, some are not, but all have an interest in military vehicles. All the vehicles are owned and maintained by our members, we receive NO funding, so we try to attend events that are not too far from our core members (about 20-25 miles). Also MVs don’t have a lot of creature comfort- no heat or AC, and most are open vehicles. A rain day is a no show for us!1953 Dodge M37 weapons carrier.

If you’re in the Western New York area, the Empire State West group will be at the Soldiers through the Ages event on Memorial Day Weekend. You can find additional events in other states on the MVPA website: MV Events.

Interested in joining an MVPA? To find one in your area, visit the Find an Affiliate page.

 

US Cargo Control Employee Bio: David

David is part of our sales team, so you may have talked with him if you’ve ever called about a product or placed an order over the phone. He’s really become one of our rigging supplies experts, a category he enjoys because he likes the challenge of finding the right product for the customers’ needs. David was also recently recognized by ESPN- watch and find out why!

10 Ways to Store Tie Down Straps

blogggAfter an un-official poll on our US Cargo Control Facebook page, some of our customers replied and sent us messages with great ideas on how to store tie down straps.

First, before storing them away for any period of time, it’s important to make sure the webbing is clean and dry- be sure and check out our How to Inspect, Clean, and Store Tie Down Straps article for more information.

Also keep in mind that even though it’s tempting to just throw straps in a pile or bucket, taking the time to wind up a strap is also an ideal time to inspect the webbing for rips, tears, and abrasions.

Some of the great tie down storage ideas we received:

Plastic zip ties. Traditional zip ties are generally a one-time use, so these are great if you intend to secure and store away your tie downs for awhile. If you use your straps repeatedly, pick up the reusable zip ties that have a release mechanism.

Plastic Stretch Wrap - SW31000
Plastic Stretch Wrap SW31000

Plastic stretch wrap. Popular in the moving industry, stretch wrap is great because it can secure cargo compactly, yet is re-positionable and doesn’t have sticky adhesive to leave residue behind. For tie down straps, simple wind up tightly and roll a few layers of stretch wrap around it to keep it in place.

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Cinch Strap
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Rubber band. Simple, fast and easy, but these can quickly become brittle and break, especially with extended sun exposure or extreme temperatures, so you may need to replace often. Another variation that will last a bit longer: elastic hair bands.

Cinch strap.  Velcro cinch straps are great for securing a loop of 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.

Plastic freezer bags. Gallon-sized plastic bags work great to not only secure the strap in a loop, they’ll keep them dry too. Gallon-sized bags will accommodate 1″ straps. Larger-sized bags with 2-gallon, 3-gallon, and larger sizes are becoming more common and are great for storing straps with wider webbing.

Bungee Ball - BBB6-100PK
Bungee Ball
BBB6-100PK

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 - BC3836-10PK
Bungee Cords
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Tackle box. Pick up one with dividers; they’re great for storing smaller 1″ straps. An old briefcase is another idea for larger straps. The narrow height keeps them rolled and intact.

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.

Plastic storage boxes.  These are a great idea if you’ll be keeping them on a shelf in a garage or shed. Plastic storage boxes come in so many sizes, find one that’s small enough to keep the strap wrapped compactly. Be sure to purchase boxes with clear sides so you can easily see what’s inside without having to open the box. Most have a molded lid design that makes them easy to stack, too.

Shock Cord - SHC18COIL
Shock Cord SHC18COIL

Shock cord. Lightweight shock cords makes it easy to make custom length straps, just by adding bungee hooks.

BONUS TIP: If you work with a lot of tie down straps, especially the larger 3″ and 4″ widths, check out our Strap Winder.

Must-Have Moving Supplies, Part 2

iStock_000009587805MediumWe’re kicking off National Moving Month with an overview of some of our most popular moving supplies and the questions we receive about them.

If you’re a DIY mover, check out the first post in the series: Must-have Moving Supplies for the Do-It-Yourself Mover.

If you’re a professional mover, read on!

Our professional moving customers count moving pads, dollies, stretch wrap, and hand trucks as essentials.

Which Moving Pads are best for long-term use?

Supreme Moving Blankets
Supreme Moving Blankets

Moving pads (another term for moving blankets), range from lightweight to ultra-heavy weight.  Most professional movers will use pads in either our “Better” category or our “Best” Category.  These pads are designed to withstand the day-to-day use of professional movers and will keep your clients’ items protected.

To see all of our moving blankets pads in a side-by-side comparison chart, click over to the Moving Blankets & Moving Pads page.

Which H-Dolly is most popular?

We have four types of H-style moving dollies:

The two most popular styles are the standard H, which includes a flat top with rubber tread and 800 lbs. capacity and the rubber cap, which is also an 800 lbs. load capacity and has two end caps for securing large items – also known as a Chicago Dolly.

Snap-Loc Moving Dolly
Snap-Loc Moving Dolly

Lately, we’ve received a lot of requests for dollies with large load capacities and we’re happy to  be able to offer the Snap-Loc Dolly. With a 1,200 lbs. load capacity, e-track compatibility, and an available Connector Strap to connect two together to increase surface area, it’s perfect for professional movers.

 

 

What are my options on stretch wrap?

We currently stock two different styles of stretch wrap, both can be purchased in case quantities of four rolls per box or pallet quantities (96 rolls per shipment):

  • Blown Stretch Wrap comes in an 80 gauge strength.  This is a more traditional style, often used by professional movers to secure moving pads around couches and hardwood furniture.
  •  Torque ® Pre-Stretched Stretch Wrap is becoming the top-choice for our customers in the moving industry.  The roll is about 1/3 lighter than the weight of the blown stretch wrap. Plus, it’s already stretched and the amount of pressure required to wrap items is reduced which makes it much easier to apply.  One of the best features of the pre-stretched style is the double hemmed edge on the rim of the roll.  This makes it stronger and more damage resistant.  Accidentally drop a roll of this stretch wrap off a truck and it will not dent like traditional stretch wrap!

What style of Hand Trucks are available?

The Hand Truck is an essential piece of equipment for all movers.  Our universal US Cargo Control Hand Trucks allow you to choose the style that best suits your needs.  Handle options include: vertical loop, pin, round top and double grip.  We also both standard and wide noseplates availalbe.  Accessory items include: stair climbers, an extension nose plate and Hand Truck covers. With so many options available, we’re happy to discuss with you what might work best for your needs.

As always, you can call us or drop us an e-mail:

Phone: (800) 867-1210
Email: movingsupplies@uscargocontrol.com

Happy moving everyone!

 movingteam

 

Moving Season is Here!

boxHello to all of our professional movers and brave do-it-yourselfers!

Moving Season has kicked off and generally runs from Easter to Halloween.  In fact, May is National Moving Month and US Cargo Control is fully stocked for the season with over 15,000 dozen pads, 3,500 mover bands, 1,400 H-dollies, and 750 cases of stretch wrap!

As always, we’re available to help you select the best products for your particular job or project. You can see them all here:

US Cargo Control Moving Supplies

And of course you can call us with questions: (800) 867-1210

Our moving supplies team includes a trio of experts: Tonya Kramer, Carla Weeks and myself – Sarah Watson.

We’d like to highlight some of our most popular moving products so you can prepare your moving in advance and feel confident you’ve selected the right supplies for the job.

Because the best products can vary between professional movers and DIY’ers, we’ll first talk about the sure bet items if you’re tackling the move yourself.

Must-have moving supplies for the Do-It-Yourself mover

The Do-It-Yourself Movers will typically purchase moving pads, quilted covers, lifting straps, packing paper and tape.

What type of moving pads should I buy?

Econo Deluxe Moving Blankets
Econo Deluxe Moving Blankets

This depends on the items you’re wrapping and the type of move you’re completing.  Fragile items such as antique furniture, pianos and grandfather clocks may require extra padding in which case we suggest the Supreme Moving Pads.  For basic furniture and lighter jobs, a mid-weight pad such as the Econo Deluxe will serve well.  If you’re planning to simply cover your items to be put into storage, try our Econo Savers.

To compare all of our moving blankets and pads, see: Moving Blankets & Moving Pads

Quilted Chair Cover
Quilted Chair Cover

What are the advantages of quilted covers?

Quilted Covers are form fitting and can easily slip over your existing furniture, washer or dryer and refrigerator.  This will save you time and offers a convenient solution for protecting your items in storage.  We suggest taking measurements to ensure the particular cover will fit your furniture.  Each cover has a different color binding making them easy-to-identify during your move.

What equipment should I use to lift a heavy piece of furniture?

We suggest the TeamStrap or Shoulder Dolly lifting straps for tall and/or heavy furniture such as bookcases, armoires, sleeper sofas or washing machines.  If you’re trying to move a mattress, try the Forearm Forklift or our canvas mattress carrier. Check out this video to see our lifting straps in action:

Do you offer packing supplies?

Yes! You can find a variety of boxes, packing paper, tape, and more, all in our Moving Boxes & Packing Supplies category. The number of boxes you need depends on the amount of items you’re packing and remember, the heavier the item(s) like books, the smaller the box you should use.  If you plan to pack a set of light items such as blankets or pillows, you may use a larger box.  As you pack your kitchen, take the proper precaution and wrap them up!  Use our packing paper roll to protect your dishes and glassware.

For more packing tips, click over to this article: More Moving Tips

If you see an item on the website and you’re unsure if it will work for you – please don’t hesitate to call us.  We love talking to our customers and helping them find the exact item they need.

Phone: (800) 867-1210
Email: movingsupplies@uscargocontrol.com

Happy moving everyone!

movingteam

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Next up:  Must-Have Moving Supplies for Professional Movers

 

 

Make your Mother Proud!

We’re proud to support the TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® annual Movers for Moms® drive

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Sarah Watson, US Cargo Control Account Manager

This is a special time of year for our friends at TWO MEN AND A TRUCK®. Each spring, the Michigan-based company holds its Movers for Moms® event, collecting donations for mothers living in domestic abuse or homeless shelters across the country. Donated items include soaps, hair styling products, shampoos/conditioners, slippers, robes, blankets, pillows, etc., but no gift is too small.

The drive has been on-going for several years and 2013 was record-breaking with more than 120 participating franchises and 210,000+ collected items!

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Our contribution to 2013’s record-setting year

We are proud to be partnering with our local TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® in Cedar Rapids, IA to collect donations. Our donations will be delivered to Waypoint, a local shelter and support for those in crisis due to homelessness, poverty or domestic violence.

If you’re interested in donating to this incredible cause, visit the TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® blog for more information. To find a drop-off location in your area, click here: Donation drop-off locations by state.

Donations will be delivered in time for Mother’s Day, Sunday, May 11th. Contact your local drop-off location for information on donation times.

Thank you for your support!

-Sarah

How to Inspect, Clean, and Store Tie Down Straps

image of orange tie down strap from uscargocontrol.comWith winter weather pretty much over (we hope!), it’s a good time to clean and inspect your tie down straps for wear and tear.

Whether you use 1″ ratchet straps to tie down a motorcycle in an enclosed trailer, or you’re a flatbed truck driver using 4″ winch straps, it’s important to regularly inspect straps, clean them, and store properly when not in use. Not only will these best practices extend the working life of the strap, they can also be the difference between a safe trip and a disastrous haul.

Inspecting a tie down strap

Besides holes, tears, and knots, check for these sometimes less-obvious indications of wear:

  • Broken stitching in the stitch patterns
  • Weld splatter, or any areas of melting or charring
  • Damage caused from UV rays: color looks bleached or webbing feels stiff
  • Small particles embedded in the webbing
  • Burnt areas caused by acid, alkali, or other chemicals
  • Cracks, pits, or corrosion on ratchets, cam buckles, hooks, and other fittings.
  • Unusual wear patterns of webbing at the point of contact with the fitting
  • Tag: work load limit information must be visible40401-2-x-24-orange-ratchet-strap-w-double-j-hook_4_640

If any of the above are visible, the straps should be removed from service. If in doubt, check The Web Sling and Tie Down Association (WSTDA)  publication Recommended Standard Specification for Synthetic Web Tie Downs. It’s the gold standard for tie down maintenance guidelines.

After a thorough inspection, create a record with dates to keep on file. Write your notes in a notebook, or keep an electronic file on your computer; either way, it’s a good idea to also take photos of straps so you can refer to them if needed during the next inspection.

How often should you inspect tie down straps? The WSTDA suggests an initial inspection before the strap is placed in service; then again each time before the strap is used. Periodic inspections should be based on: how often the straps are used  and the severity of the conditions the strap is used in. You can also use your experience of using tie downs in similar applications to know how often a strap should be inspected.

How to clean tie down straps

Keeping straps clean is one of the best ways to extend their working life. 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.

Even though the polyester fabrication of tie down strap webbing limits water absorption, it’s still best practice to hang straps to allow for thorough air drying.

Tie down strap storage

Straps can be hung on walls, stored in plastic bags or fabric bags, etc., but a good rule of thumb is to be sure and keep them in a dry area away from sunlight.

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Shoulder Eye Bolt: Small Part Plays a Big Part

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Dustin Roster, US Cargo Control Sales Team

One of the things I enjoy most about my job here at US Cargo Control is the variety of customers I get to speak with every day. Recently I received a call from Paul with Component Assembly Systems. I’m always curious about what the customers are using our products for especially when there is a large quantity like with this order: 300 of our 1/4″ x 2″ galvanized shoulder eye bolts.4461-1-4-x-2-galvanized-shoulder-eye-bolts_1_375 (1)

Paul began to tell me that our eyebolts would be holding the support vertical beams to the World Trade Center Transportation Hub. He shared a picture so I could see the image of this building which will ultimately serve over 200,000 daily commuters and feature multilevel retail and restaurant space.

 

World Trade Center Transportation Hub. Source: http://www.panynj.gov/
World Trade Center Transportation Hub. Source: http://www.panynj.gov/

A few more facts, courtesy of the Panynj.gov website 

  • The state-of-the-art hub is due to be completed in 2015
  • At approximately 800,000 square feet, it will rival Grand Central Station in size
  • The design features a distinctive, wing-like appearance
  • The structure will reach five stories underground into a basement area

This experience once again made me realize how rewarding it is when we’re able to get to know our customers and their needs; it’s a great feeling knowing we’re part of something much bigger.

 -Dustin

 

New Products: L-Track

ltrackmain-application-bannerWe’re thrilled to now be offering more than 100 new L-track tie down rails, kits, and accessories.

If you’re not familiar with L-track, it’s time to become acquainted. These tie down rails are easily installed in a truck to create a truck bed rail system, on a motorcycle trailer, inside a utility trailer- nearly anywhere you need to add spots to anchor a tie down strap, bungee cord, etc.

While it may be confused with the more widely-known E-track, there are some key differences:

  • Narrow, higher profile so it doesn’t get in the way.
  • Available in recessed and angled styles to make it even more inconspicuous.
  • Can be installed horizontally or vertically. E-track is designed specifically for one installation or the other.
  • Available in single point style, which make great truck tie down anchors in pickup truck beds, or smaller trailers.
  • Colored options are available to coordinate with cycles, ATVs, straps, etc.

Is it L-track, airline track, or logistic track?

L-track is also known by several other names, which can cause some confusion. It’s sometimes called airline track or seat track because of its use in the airline industry as track to secure seats inside aircraft. It’s also popular as a wheelchair tie down in commercial vehicles like buses and vans due to its strength and its low, inconspicuous design.

The term logistic track is really just a catch-all name for all types of tie down rails, including E-track, A-track (similar in style to E-track), and F track (looks like a hybrid of E-track and L-track, with a flat profile and small, round holes).

Types of L-track rails

l-track-red-table-headerColored L-track. These aluminum powder coated pieces come in colors to match popular motorcycle and ATV brand colors: red (Honda), blue (Yamaha), orange (Harley-Davidson and KTM), and green (Kawasaki), as well as aluminum and black. Olive is also available to coordinate with camo or military themes. Choose from several styles, ranging from single anchor points to full-length rails. Stud fittings are also painted to match. Looking for a motorcycle tie down system or an ATV tie down system? We offer several all-inclusive kits on our Motorcycle Tie Down Systems page. Don’t forget to check out our selection of motorcycle straps for use as motorcycle or ATV tie downs.

 

20870-6-aircraft-style-seat-airline-track_1_375Aircraft style seat track. This is the strongest line we sell, in a heavy-duty  6351-T6 aluminum for superior corrosion resistance.  It features a heftier width (1-3/8″) and height (1/2″) than our regular colored L-track, and comes in full 6′ and 12′ lengths (which can be cut to size). It accepts all of our L-track tie down system accessories, including single and double fittings, and aircraft seat track cover.

 

42499-12-airline-track-style-angled-track-aluminum_1_375Angled L-track. Angled L-track differs from regular L-track in profile: the sloping edges offer the benefit of a smoother ride when crossing over track installed on the floor of the trailer or truck. This is a great choice for not only securing motorcycles and ATVs, it’s also ideal for use in a delivery truck, van trailer, etc., where items are frequently rolled in and out.

 

 

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Recessed L-track.  Recessed L-track is just that- it’s installed in a recessed manner to create a smoother, more flat surface that makes it easy for rolling cargo over. It has a clean, flanged design and like all of our L-track, has pre-drilled holes for easy installation. Recessed L-track is popular in commercial vehicles like buses and vans for wheelchair securement, but it’s important to note that ours is meant only for recreational vehicle tie down use.

 

Not sure which L-track products you need for your tie down applications? Give our sales team a call at 866-444-9990- they’re always happy to help.

 

 

Customer Photos: Adjustable Shoring Beams

image of shorting beams from USCargoControl.comWade sent us these photos showing how he used two of our 92″ adjustable aluminum shoring beams and horizontal e-track to create an elevated open loft area in his enclosed trailer. He spaced the beams to accommodate extra tires for his stock car, freeing up valuable floor space in the 28 foot long trailer.

“Before adding the shoring beams, I couldn’t carry as many tires as I would have liked on race day because they would take up too much room on the floor.”image of shoring beam load bars from USCargoControl.com

Shoring beams and E-track offer endless options for controlling cargo and making the very best use of space. While the beams create an extra space for holding tires, Wade says they also come in handy for securing gear: “I can roll in a portable tire rack and secure it to keep it from moving, and can also strap the hydraulic floor jack handle to the beam as well.”

image of USCargoControl.com shoring beams

Wade says the versatility of the E-track is what sold him on the system: “The great thing about the E Track is the adjustability. Now for storing the car for winter I have a storage rack in front of the car and behind it to make the best use of the space.”

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