What is Sling Protection, What are the Different Types of Slings, & How to Protect Them

Sling protection products can protect slings, the load, and even the load’s surroundings. Read to learn how to improve the durability of your slings and create safety and cost saving solutions in the workplace.

Are you constantly having to buy new lifting slings, or finding that your slings keep getting damaged? Are you noticing that improper use of the load or load damage is often caused by the sling itself? These issues are related to one of the most common lifting problems – lack of proper sling protection.

Luckily, we have a few tips on how to improve the endurance and longevity of your slings. In this blog, we’ll explain what is sling protection, when slings require protection, and the best sling protection products.

What is Sling Protection?

Use Corner Guards to Protect Lifting Slings

Sling protection, also known as edge protection, is a common term in the lifting and rigging industry. Just like adding a screen protector to your phone, there are sling protection products that can protect your slings from sharp corners and edges.

According to Edge Protection Federation, edge protection is to prevent persons and objects from falling to a lower level. Although it’s a broad statement, it does mean more than that. We need to ensure the lifting sling is not cut or abraded during the lift, and the load is secured. We’re able to achieve that through products that support the durability of the lifting slings.

When researching sling protection products, it’s important to understand that some products are good for preventing abrasions while others are good for resistance to cutting. It’s also critical to know that the most common sling protection materials are polyester or nylon webbing, Kevlar, rubber, leather, and wood. While learning about your slings or the slings you wish to get, make sure to know what application you are using the sling for as well as the physical properties of the load and sling protection products.

We’re emphasizing the importance of sling protection producs because it’s typically less expensive to replace sling protection products multiple times than to replace the lifting sling.

When do Slings Require Protection?

Rigging wire rope and shackle

All types of lifting slings like nylon, polyester, wire rope, and chain must be protected from edges, corners, and protrusions. You can use products like corner guards, sleeves, reinforced eyes, and wear pads to help your slings. We also carry a line of Straightpoint Load Monitoring Loadcells to precisely measure and safely monitor the tension of loads involving wire rope, guy wire, synthetic rope, shackles, and more.

While all types of lifting slings require protection from sharp corners and edges, it’s common to use sling protection products to a synthetic sling like round slings and web slings. This is because the nylon and polyester fibers of a synthetic sling are more susceptible to cuts, tears, and abrasion than stronger sling materials like wire rope or chain. In fact, the cutting of synthetic slings during use is the number one cause of sling accidents.

The sling can make contact with the load or hardware:

  • Around any lift points like load edges, hoist rings, and eye bolts
  • Around the crane hook, shackle, and master link.
  • On load edges that could be above the hookup points

What Happens When I Don’t Protect My Slings?

How to Protect your lifting slings from sharp edges

There are several ways slings could be destroyed if you don’t use sling protection products. Without the usage of sling protection products, there is potential for:

  • Injury or loss of life
  • Higher turnover of slings, especially synthetic ones
  • Major damage to the sling, load, and around the load’s surroundings if the sling is cut, and the load is dropped
  • Damage caused to the load itself from lack of protection, especially when using wire rope and chain slings which can exert crushing forces on a load

As explained above, when you’re not using the proper sling protection, it can result in a dropped load or scratching and damaging it. This can be dangerous as this could result in injury, dismemberment, or loss of life.

In addition to that, if you’re not protecting your slings, you’re creating a higher turnover in slings and this will result in higher equipment costs. To learn more about what lifting slings you should use for the right job, read 3 Factors to Consider When Choosing Lifting Slings.

How Do Sharp Edges or Corners Damage Slings?

What is sling protection, how to protect any lifting sling

Edges can damage different types of slings in several different ways.

If you’re using chain slings, the edges can cause nicks and gouges, crushed links, and bent or twisted links. When using wire rope, the corners could damage broken wires, kinks, or doglegs. Lastly, nylon and polyester slings can be cut or abraded easily.

If your sling isn’t protected and it gets damaged, it’s more expensive to replace the sling than the sling protection product. It is much more cost-effective to replace the sling protection rather than replacing the sling itself.

Nylon and polyester slings can be easily confusing as they have a few similarities. To understand which web sling you should get, read Polyester Slings vs Nylon Slings: Which Web Sling Type is Better?

Tackle the Toughest Lifting Jobs with High-Quality Rigging Hardware

We know the importance of quality when it comes to lifting supplies. We carry a variety of rigging hardware, as well as lifting beams and spreader bars that are designed to lift heavy loads safely and efficiently. 

Need a custom lifting sling? We can do that. We’ll customize a lifting sling to meet your specific needs.

Curious about Straightpoint products and how they work? Read more information about them below!

Do You Know How Much That Weighs? Straightpoint Load Cells Do

Compression Type Load Cells: Wireless vs. Wired

How to Select a Load Cell

Contact our sales team at US Cargo Control today at 866-444-9990. Our team of product experts is here to answer any questions about rigging hardware, lifting slings, and more.

Heads Up! CVSA’s Operation Safe Driver Week 2021 is Here

Operation Safe Driver Week is July 11th-July 17th. Read what the program is about, and how to prepare for it.

Do you know that speeding is a factor in a quarter of crash deaths since 2008, and it’s the most frequent driver-related crash factor for drivers of commercial motor vehicles and passenger vehicles? Speeding is also a factor in 26% of all traffic fatalities in 2018, killing 9,378 people or an average of more than 25 people per day.

This is why CVSA’s Operation Safe Driver Week exists. 

This year’s Operation Safe Driver Week has started and will continue to run until July 17th, 2021. This year’s focus is on speeding and other dangerous driving behaviors. During this time, law enforcement personnel will be on the lookout for commercial motor vehicle drivers and passenger vehicle drivers engaging in risky behaviors in or around a commercial motor vehicle. 

Unsafe drivers will be pulled over and issued a citation or warning. Continue reading what the program is about, and how to prepare for it.

What is CVSA’s Operation Safe Driver Week?

Law enforcement during operation safe driver week 2021

Operation Safe Driver Week helps reduce the number of crashes involving commercial motor vehicles and passenger vehicles due to unsafe driving behaviors. The goal behind this program is to improve drivers’ behaviors through educational and traffic enforcement strategies. 

Most crashes are caused by drivers’ actions, and research shows that interactions with law enforcement change the driver’s behaviors. 

What to Know about Operation Safe Driver Week 2021

Prepare for Operation Safe Driver Week 2021

What you need to know if you’re pulled over for speeding, officers will deeply investigate you and your vehicle. You may receive a warning or citation if you engage in speeding or other risky driving habits.

The other problematic driving behaviors officers will track but not limited to are:

Results from the Past Few Years

CVSA selected speeding as its focus this year because even though there was a drop in road travel last year due to the pandemic, traffic fatalities still increased nationally.

Surprisingly, the estimated rate of death on roads last year increased 24% over the previous 12-month period, despite miles driven were dropped to 13%. This is the highest estimated year-over-year jump NSC has calculated in 96 years.

Tips for Truckers

Safety tips for operation safe driver week 2021

To prepare yourself during and after this week, follow the tips below for best practices.

  • Follow the speed limits.
  • Abide by common traffic laws, obey traffic control devices, and wear your seat belt.
  • Don’t engage in dangerous driving behaviors and practice defensive driving.
  • Continue to operate within the Hours of Service regulations to ensure you’re well rested and alert when driving.
  • Allow additional time to get to your destination safely.
  • Avoid tailgating.

At US Cargo Control, We Care About Your Safety

By spreading awareness about Operation Safe Driver Week, we want to make sure truckers are prepared during and after this event. It may be easier to speed so you can reach your destination faster, but that comes with a risk. It’s better to get there safely, than not get there at all.

Stay safe out there, and use defensive driving skills!

Other Reads for Truckers:

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5 Fun Things for Truck Drivers to Do When on the Road

5 Tips for How to Sleep Better in a Semi Truck

9 Free Ways for Truck Drivers to Save on Fuel

Truck Drivers, thank you for moving us forward. We appreciate your hard work to deliver the goods that we consume every day. If you have any questions about the products we carry, give our team of experts a call at 866-444-9990.

Key Factors to Having a Test Bed, and What This Means for You

Learn what this machine means for our business and for you for the long run.

US Cargo Control just got a brand new toy in the house, and it’s a horizontal test bed! For the past few months, we’ve been experimenting with this equipment that will help us run more efficiently and grow as a company, create time and cost-saving solutions, and provide customers what they want, when they need it.

What is the Purpose Behind the Test Bed?

Also known as a proof test machine, the test bed has several different purposes that meet all of our needs. It can help us add new and potential capabilities, ensure our current product verifications are being met, and give us confidence we’re giving customers products that have been successfully tested for quality and accuracy.

The most important reason we have our own test bed in-house is it’ll make sure that the products we’re supplying meet the needed Working Load Limits (WLL) and Break Strengths (BS). If you’d like to learn more about the WLL and BS, read what the numbers on your load-bearing equipment mean.

This machine serves our mission to get the customer the quality products that they deserve. We sat down with one of our experts, Wendi Kafer, to learn the key factors to having this machine.

What is the Test Bed?

US Cargo Control using Chant Engineering's test bed for cargo products

It is a horizontal test bed from Chant Engineering which has the capacity to conduct tension or proof test up to 150K LB on our lifting slings and tiedown straps. The products are placed in the testbed and pulled to their WLL or beyond, depending on what pull test you are wanting to conduct.

Although its intended use is for the lifting industry, we can also test load-bearing equipment for the trucking and moving industries.

Why Did US Cargo Control Get a Test Bed?

We initially purchased the test bed to determine the design and verification of our current products and new capabilities. Not only that, it creates better time and cost-saving solutions, which is a win in our books.

If we test our nylon and recovery straps through our 3rd party lab, the costs would have been around $68,000. Because we have our own testing equipment, we can create our own products in-house and this avoids creating continous huge costs.

What Results Have We Seen?

Using the test bed for a nylon lifting sling

The test bed has given us the ability to test and determine the design and verification for most of our recovery and nylon straps to achieve the results we seek. Along with that, we’ll be able to make new and current capabilities in-house instead of drop shipping them!

We also conducted testing on our tiedowns to confirm their tack strengths. For example, we changed the tack pattern on our 3″ and 4″ tiedowns to significantly reduce the time it takes to produce an assembly. We tested the new tack pattern (according to the WSTDA standards) on our test bed, and we saved 30 seconds per fixed ends and loose ends while still maintaining their strength ratings!

Lastly, we’ve been able to confirm the Working Load Limit and Break Strength on our custom tiedown straps. As we continue to test our tiedowns with hardware like shackles and chains, we will also work to find the safest and most cost-efficient way to test our full assemblies.

What Does the Test Bed Mean for Our Customers?

Currently, this machine will give us the opportunity to conduct proof load testing that a customer may request on a lifting sling. A proof load test is a type of test that proves the fitness and working load limit of the lifting equipment that it’s designed to withstand. This will ensure the lifting equipment works correctly and safely through its operational cycle.

What Products Are We Using Currently with the Test Bed?

US Cargo Control creating tiedown straps in house

We are currently test recovery straps, lifting slings, tiedowns with loops, and potentially some tiedowns with hardware.

Tiedowns with hardware require special hookups to the pins of the machine in order to be pulled. We have the possibility to use shackles, round slings, chains, and more that we have in-house. The straps with hardware will need to be reviewed and be determined if we can currently test at this time.

What’s the Process of Testing the Products on the Machine?

using the test bed to test break strength and working load limit on a strap

The most critical and first step we take is safety. We alert everyone in the area that we will be testing the products and ear protection is available. We place the product in the test bed before closing it, and plug in information in the machine’s computer such as the type of test being conducted and the desired Break Strength we would like the product to be pulled to.

After the testing is complete, we will then start the test bed. We can determine if the product fails or passes the test when it reaches the WLL and BS. If it fails, we examine why it has failed and collect the data so we can improve our products for the next test.

We upload the test into our database to file and record on our master testing sheet. We use this data to make improvements if the product fails and if a customer would like the information of the product that passed the testing for their records.

Getting You What You Want, When You Need It

Having the test bed in-house creates excitement at US Cargo Control because we’ll be able to confirm verifications ourselves before sending any new products to our website or shipping them to our customers. We enjoy finding new opportunities to continue growing our business, and with our new machine, we’ll be able to identify new possibilities so we can continue to be your source for equipment for hauling, rigging, moving, towing, and lifting all kinds of cargo.

We’re all ecstatic about this brand new machine and can’t wait to get your orders out of the door and into your hands!

Our team looks forward to getting you the quality products you deserve. If you wish to learn more about our products, head over to US Cargo Control or give our team a call at 866-444-9990.

How to Protect Your House from Damage when Moving

Read a few tricks on how to save yourself the trouble of cleaning up or repairing damage after you move.

Although National Moving Month ended last month, it doesn’t mean moving is over! Moving season is still on the rise and will continue to be a trend until September.

When you’re moving out of your current home, what is the first thing that comes to mind?

Most likely, you’re thinking about lifting and carrying all the boxes and heavy furniture, which can be tiring. You could quickly get items out of your current house to your new home, but the tricky part is preventing any damage to your place. To save yourself the trouble of cleaning up or repairing damage, read a few tips and tricks on how to protect your house from damage when you’re on the move.

How to Start?

As you’re moving out of your current home, there are areas that you should consider protecting from any type of abrasions. The last thing you’d want to worry about is a broken piece of furniture or accidentally hitting a wall. The most important areas of the house to shield from any damage are:

  • Floors (hardwood, tile, carpet, etc.)
  • Banisters and stairs
  • Doors and doorways
  • Walls and wall corners

Plan the Layout of Your New Home

planning tips for moving out of your house without damaging anything

Your furniture may have fit into your current home without any issues, but it doesn’t mean it can easily fit into your new place. When packing for your new adventure, be aware of routes you have to navigate items through like hallways and doors.

Create a plan for getting the difficult or heavier items to their permanent locations within the new house. Measure the dimensions of furniture, door openings, stairwells, and hallways, so you can safely get from point A to point B. Not only that, as you’re measuring everything, be observant of objects that have sharp corners and come up with solutions to protect your walls and floorings!

Detach Small Parts of Bigger Furniture to Store Together

moving tips for preventing damage to your house

Your belongings are pretty much going through the motion in the moving van. Your valuables could knock against each other, and you’d be surprised at what could easily be damaged. To make it easier on your furniture and you, consider removing the legs, handles, or small parts of the piece of furniture. You can store the parts better and faster in your vehicle or moving van.

Get Equipped with US Cargo Control’s Moving Supplies

At US Cargo Control, you can protect your home and your items with our high-quality moving equipment that can get the job done. Some great moving supplies to get started with are:

How to Use these Moving Supplies during My Move?

Flooring

You may not realize this, but your floors can go through a lot during a move. Whether it’s hardwood or carpet, the chances of damage are always high because there is a lot of foot traffic, slips, and falls.

When moving heavier items on any type of flooring, floor runners, sliding floor protectors, and furniture sliders can move anything without leaving a scruff on your floors. You can even use moving blankets to cover sharp edges so nothing can tear up the flooring!

Banisters, Stairs, and Doors

No matter how hard you may try, you’re going to hit something against that good ol’ banister or accidentally scratch that sneaky door frame. Luckily, you can cover your banister with our quilted banister covers and any of your doors with the door jamb protector or quilted door cover for the best security.

They are an easy and inexpensive way to prevent damage to your item or to the doorway, and are equipped with cushioned protection to avoid scratches and dings.

Walls and Wall Corners

Although we wish we can pivot and hope for the best like Ross from the popular tv show “Friends” (see below), you’ll find yourself in a sticky situation when dealing with tight corners.

When maneuvering through tight corners, this can lead to bumping something against the wall and potentially leaving dents or marks. When this occurs, try covering your walls with moving blankets and cover your furniture and appliances with furniture covers for that reliable cushioned support. You’ll end up finishing the job by keeping both the walls and valuables 100% safe.

If you’re unsure on what moving blanket best fit your needs, read How to Choose the Perfect Moving Blankets for Your Needs.

Start Moving Like a Pro

Whatever the size of your move, the dedicated team at US Cargo Control is ready to help you save time, energy, and most of all, keep your items safe and secure during transit. So, when gearing up for your next move, make sure your plan includes a stop at US Cargo Control to stock up on these essentials and more!

Looking for more great moving tips? Check out our other moving posts:

4 Ways to Prevent Damage to Your Furniture when Moving

6 Tips on How to Have the Best Stress-Free Move Experience

Moving Checklist: Remove the Stress of Moving in 15 Steps

College Moving Tips: How to Move like a Professional Mover

7 Tips to Save You Time and Money for Your Next Move

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

7 Tips to Save You Time and Money for Your Next Move

Having the right moving and packing supplies could make you go from “I’m never moving again” to “that wasn’t a bad move!”

The life-changing moment is approaching. You’re moving into a new house with a clean slate and new experiences, and it’s exciting to see what’s around the corner! You’re figuring out what to pack or what furniture to bring in first so you have a comfortable spot to sit (or take a nap) in your new home.

We wish there is a button that you can press to skip to where you’ve already moved into your new house and everything’s unpacked. Luckily, there are a few ways to move faster and more efficiently.

Whether you’re a pro at moving or this is your first move, you need the right tools and preparation for a successful move. Fortunately, US Cargo Control is here to help you with what you need. Continue reading to learn 7 tips on how to save time and money for your next move.

Make a Day-By-Day Plan in Advance of the Move

Tips for Saving Money While Moving

There’s nothing better than the feeling of being productive! If you create a list of chores that you can break down into smaller tasks to do day by day, you’ll surely feel the power of progress. The sooner you do it, the less stress, last-minute complications, and extra expenses you won’t have to face.

Get Rid of Any Possessions You May Not Keep Anymore

It may seem the easy option to pack everything, but it will feel overwhelming and cluttered after you’ve moved all your items to your new place. Instead, get rid of items you probably aren’t going to use anymore which can then save you a ton of time and even money.

For example, will you be wearing all your clothes and shoes, or is it better to donate them or give them to someone who may need it? Consider this not only a move but a chance to freshen your life! Doing this now will make the transition easier and your new space will feel much more open and inviting.

Pack with the Best Moving Equipment from US Cargo Control

time-saving tips for your next move

You may think you need just boxes and tape for your move, but it goes beyond that. Having the right moving and packing supplies could make you go from “I’m never moving again” to “that wasn’t a bad move!” No matter how big or small the job is, our moving and packing supplies can make your move much more manageable.

If you need to cover your fridge, TV, or washer/dryer, we have a great selection of heavy-duty, premium moving blankets and furniture covers to protect your valuables and house. If you have a trailer or truck and need better securement, we highly recommend our E-Track Straps and E-Tracks that will safely and effectively hold down your items. When trying to lift a heavy item, don’t hurt your back and just use our hand trucks and moving dollies to “roll” your valuables to your new house.

Need the essentials for moving? Read 5 must-have moving supplies for every move.

Disassemble All Furniture and Beds

If you hire a moving company, we suggest disassembling all furniture items and beds for a smoother transition to your new home. Even though the movers can do it for you, this can save you time and money if you’re able to do it on your own. Plus, your moving company may appreciate the help as well.

Furniture and beds will need to be disassembled before being loaded into the truck. If you can do it before the movers arrive – this is less time they can spend doing that task at your home.

Organize and Place Belongings to a Central Location in the House

money-saving tips for your next move

Another time-saving approach is organizing and placing all your belongings in a central location. This can be your living room, basement, garage, etc in the house. Having one central location can be an easily accessible area for the movers to quickly work back and forth between the moving truck and your home. This will decrease the chance of movers having to spend a ton of time navigating through your home.

Prepare Your Meals in Advance 

We’ve all been there before, you unpack everything and you’re sitting on the floor of your new house with that good ol’ pizza. Although it’s nice to indulge in delicious, cheesy pizza every once in a while, eating takeout frequently can be money-draining.

Rather than spending a ton of money on food every single night for the next two weeks while unpacking and organizing, meal prep in advance! This can be simple as meal prepping in your old house so you can have extra meals, or enlisting in the help of a meal delivery service. Whatever it is, you’ll be saving a lot of money in return.

Get Help from Friends and Family

moving tips for your next move

Too much to pack? Need help moving that piece of bulky furniture? Get help from your friends and family by asking them if they can spare some time to help you sort, pack, or move. You’ll notice things will move faster with a few extra hands.

But only if you promise them some pizza and beer.

Need More Moving Tips?

Whatever the size of your move, the dedicated team at US Cargo Control is ready to help you save time, energy, and most of all, keep your items safe and secure during transit. So, when gearing up for your next move, make sure your plan includes a stop at US Cargo Control to stock up on these essentials and more!

Read some of our other moving posts to get you moving like a pro!

Moving Checklist: Remove the Stress of Moving in 15 Steps

4 Ways to Prevent Damage to Your Furniture and House When Moving

How to Choose the Perfect Moving Blankets for Your Needs

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

6 Tips on How to Have the Best Stress-Free Move Experience

May is National Moving Month, so in honor of that, we’re sharing 6 tips that will make your next move stress-free.

May is National Moving Month, and many of you are on the move! Moving can be stressful, but there are ways that you can do to have a smooth transition. Whether you’re a beginner or a seasoned moving professional, having the right tools and being prepared are critical to a successful move. Luckily, US Cargo Control has everything you need in one place.

If you’re moving across the country or just down the road, read 6 tips that’ll help you have the best stress-free move experience.

Plan Ahead and Clear out the Clutter

tips on how to move out

Time is not always in your control, but creating a to-do list and good organization can tremendously save time. You may not think about this at the end of the process, but the unpacking begins once you’ve moved. Unpacking can take longer than packing, so pack your belongings one room at a time and label each box.

As you go through your belongings, you may find that there’s nothing more satisfying than de-cluttering! Identify what you want to keep or toss away, and maybe you can have a yard sale. This will help you be and feel more organized when you toss away items you may not need anymore.

If you hire professional movers, be sure to schedule in advance. Moving companies may be booked, and you don’t want to scramble at the last minute.

Keep Your Documents Together

It can be easy to get lost in the shuffle when you’re packing everything. Get a folder or box specifically labeled for your most important documents and paperwork so you won’t struggle to find them later. There’s nothing worse than not being able to find your mortgage paperwork and contracts!

Be Equipped with Essential Moving Supplies

hand truck how to move heavy furniture

If you move without professional movers’ help, load up on high-quality moving supplies that can help you move smoothly. Having a little help from wheels can lighten the load, and our heavy-duty hand trucks and moving dollies can “roll” your valuable items to your new place.

To avoid damage to your personal items or to your house, cover your belongings with moving blankets and furniture covers. Their thick protective covering will protect items from scruffs, dents, and other types of abrasions during a move. Don’t forget to securely hold everything together with moving straps, mover bands, and tiedowns.

Don’t know what equipment to choose or how many supplies you need? We have moving kits so you have everything you need to be prepared.

Load up on Packing Supplies

packing supplies are great tip for moving out of house

There’s no such thing as having too many packing supplies when preparing for a move! Load up on packing supplies like boxes, picture boxes, tape, stretch wrap, Ziploc bags, bubble wrap, and packing paper because having extra supplies will be handy to have.

If you can’t purchase a ton of moving boxes, try to find boxes from various places that are not using them like grocery stores, department stores, and restaurants. Make sure to use your extra containers or luggage that you can utilize for packing!

Ask for Help

use moving equipment to help move your items

Ask your friends and family if they can spare a couple hours to help you sort, pack, or move. Most people have been through a move at least once in their lives and can understand how overwhelming moving can be. Having a pair of extra hands can move things quicker, and you can savor quality time together if you won’t see them often.

Treat Yourself and Don’t Neglect Good Sleep

Along with moving comes different changes to your routine such as less sleep, not taking enough breaks, having to work around your schedule, or your diet. Don’t try to skip meals and try not to live on coffee (even though it’s easy to do so). Make sure you are taking time for yourself to relax and reenergize, and know the hardest part will be over soon!

Need More Moving Tips?

Whatever the size of your move, the dedicated team at US Cargo Control is ready to help you save time, energy, and most of all, keep your items safe and secure during transit. So, when gearing up for your next move, make sure your plan includes a stop at US Cargo Control to stock up on these essentials and more!

Read some of our other moving posts to get you moving like a pro!

Moving Checklist: Remove the Stress of Moving in 15 Steps

4 Ways to Prevent Damage to Your Furniture and House When Moving

How to Choose the Perfect Moving Blankets for Your Needs

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

6 Necessary USCC Products for a Successful Spring Cleaning

Make your spring cleaning tradition easier with 6 USCC products that’ll get the job done

With spring cleaning as a much-needed activity to do after the wintry months, there’s nothing better than freshening our homes and getting a head start for spring and summer. This gives us the chance to store items away and start cleaning our homes, garages, and vehicles, yet spring cleaning can feel time-consuming and challenging.

It may feel daunting to clean your house from top to bottom, but it doesn’t have to be difficult. Continue reading to find out what 6 USCC products can help you get the job done.

1. L-Tracks and E-Tracks

How to Install L-Track to be prepared for spring cleaning
Attaching L-Track to Pickup Truck
How to Install E-Track to Trailer
Installed E-Track in Trailer

Need to transport your heavier items safely and securely? If you need to place your personal items in your pickup truck or trailer, consider using our L-Tracks and E-Tracks.

The difference between L-Tracks and E-Tracks is the L-Track is a more lightweight, aluminum track with a narrower profile that’s perfect for limited space. The L-Track could be used for any vehicle or trailer, but it is more common to use for your pickup truck. If you need something sturdier for your flat trailer or enclosed trailer, our selection of E-Tracks will do the job as it is the industry standard for cargo control.

2. Ratchet Straps and Cam Straps

Tying down with tiedown for spring cleaning duties

If you’re an avid reader of our blog, then you may already know that we specialize in ratchet straps and cam straps. Tiedowns are one of our specialties and these straps are perfect to use for any tie down application that you’ll need for your chores. You can use straps to store or hold personal items together if you’re cleaning any areas like your garage.

Use our 1″ Ratchet Straps or 1″ Cam Straps for the best tiedown experience. The difference between ratchet straps and cam straps is the cam straps are faster to secure than ratchet straps. Also, they are handy for securing fragile cargo loads because of their ability to not over-tighten like ratchet straps.

To complete your L-Track or E-Track system, check out our L-Track straps and E-Tracks straps. We also carry E-Track kits so everything can be delivered to your door in one package.

Learn more about the difference between ratchet straps and cam straps in a video explained by one of our product experts, Adam Shouse:

3. Moving Blankets and Mover Bands

How to move valuables with moving blankets and mover bands during spring cleaning

If you’re concerned about leaving a mark on your valuables, be worry-free with our moving blankets that’ll cover your items entirely. With the winter days over, you can finally move things around while you’re cleaning, but the best part? You won’t have to worry about scratching or denting anything when you use our moving blankets.

Our mover bands can secure the moving blankets or pads for protection from moving. They are very flexible and are perfect to use to prevent any shifting.

4. Moving Dollies and Hand Trucks

Using hand trucks during spring cleaning

Moving something extremely bulky or heavy? Don’t hurt your back and use a moving dolly or hand truck! A dolly or hand truck will help you “roll” things around and allows you to have more space to clean your house. Cleaning just got easier now!

It’s true, having a little help from wheels can lighten the load.

5. Floor Protectors

Floor protectors to protect your floors during cleaning your house

Speaking of having a little help from a set of wheels, sometimes wheels can scratch your floors. Not only that, you may not want to dent or scratch the floor while you’re moving things around.

Our neoprene floor runner and carpet protector products are the ideal layer of protection for floors, making spring cleaning easy breezy. They’ll not only protect any type of flooring from abrasions, but they will also create a flat, non-slip surface and can be cut to fit your space as needed.

6. Cargo Nets

US Cargo Control's Cargo nets perfect for spring cleaning

Need to hold your items together in your pickup truck bed or trailer? Need to dump some trash? Use our cargo nets that’ll hold everything together while you are driving! It is safer for you and those around you to prevent damage from your load flying out of your truck, or from your items flying everywhere in your trailer.

We even carry light-duty pickup truck cargo nets that will stretch in the bed of a truck and easily attach to the side rail with sewn-in hardware. These will be made of either high-quality bungee material or a tough 2″ wide polyester webbing.

How to Get Started?

Although you may be an expert at spring cleaning, it’s important you know some things on how to use our products. Read below some tutorials such as:

How to Use E-Tracks, How to Install Them, and What to Use Them For

A Simple Guide on How to Use a Ratchet Strap and How to Release It

How to Use Mover Bands

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

How US Cargo Control Creates High-Quality Custom Ratchet Straps

Learn how you can easily get set up with a high-quality tiedown with US Cargo Control.

Ratchet straps, also known as tiedown straps, are extremely helpful to have in hand when transporting items in a vehicle. You may know that ratchet straps are one of the most important tools a trucker can have for the long haul, and it’s a simple tool that increases the safety of your cargo or personal items to your trailer, pickup truck bed, or car. 

One thing to know is US Cargo Control will create ratchet straps with the highest quality and care in mind. Ratchet straps are one of our capabilities, and we can create the perfect strap for you. We sat down with one of our experts, Wendi Kafer, to learn how the Ratchet Strap team creates high-quality tiedowns.

Watch Adam Shouse, one of our Sales Specialists, explain what ratchet straps and cam straps are:

How to Get Started with a Custom Ratchet Strap?

We can easily set you up with a customized ratchet strap. If you have an idea of what you’re looking for in a custom tiedown, you can build your own strap or fill out our form and request a quote. If you’re not sure what you need, you can give our team a call at 866-444-9990 and we’ll gladly assist you.

As you go over your needs, 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, end fittings, and additional information.

After we review your needs, we then send the information to our tiedown team.

Fun Fact: Because we have the capabilities to sew and assemble our tie down straps onsite in our Iowa warehouse, custom ratchet straps are less expensive than you might think, and are shipped out quickly.

What If My Custom Ratchet Strap’s Specifications Don’t Work?

Our job is to ensure each and every specification work, and our teammates will make sure every detail is correct.

Before production of your ratchet strap begins, one of our ratchet strap experts will create one to verify it. Sometimes they’ll send pictures to the sales team to double-check all details before confirmation. The manufacturing team is dedicated to creating the most successful tiedowns for you, and will always perform quality checks before, during, and after production.

Read below the options presented to you to choose from. Just like the process of creating a custom cargo net, you will have the chance to include any additional information during the phone call or when you fill out the form.

Webbing Width:

  • 1 Inch
  • 2 Inch
  • 3 Inch
  • 4 Inch

Type of Assembly:

  • Full Assembly with Fixed and Loose Ends
  • Endless Assembly

Custom Stenciling:

  • Yes
  • No

What Will Be Your Full Assembly Length?

  • Include the length that you are looking for with your tiedown

Choose Any Color:

Color Choices of Custom Ratchet straps

We sell our straps as full assemblies, but you can request a fixed end or loose end for your tiedown. With our endless straps, these will usually have a ratchet or cam buckle on the end with the length you desire.

The Process of Creating the Perfect Ratchet Strap

Processing of the ratchet strap tiedown

After the details are finalized and the form is handed to the Ratchet Strap team, one of our experts will find the hardware, tags, webbing, and additional parts to get everything prepared. The order is moved to the cutting area to make measurements and cuts of the webbing before moving on to the sewing area and adding any configurations.

If you like to know what materials we use, read the type of materials we use for ratchet straps.

To verify the tiedown’s WLL (working load limit) and break strength after it is created with the configurations in place, we will use our testbed to ensure the strength rating is being met. We test all of our webbings’ strengths before creating tiedowns, but they are to be tested again with the testbed after we create them with their added configurations. The same process applies to our tarps and slings! Read what working load limit, break strength, and safety factor means and learn why these factors are important.

Once the tiedown is complete, our runner will perform a final quality check and distributes the orders before it gets packaged. After that, they are packaged and shipped to you!

How to Use a Ratchet Strap

Trucker applying ratchet strap to flatbed trailer

Ratchet straps can deceptively seem like simple tools, but can be intimidating to work with! We have a simple guide on using a ratchet strap that’ll help you learn how to safely handle and release it. If you’re looking for a smarter and safer way to secure your tiedowns, our Good-N-Tight® will do the trick.

If you need to go over how to securely load your cargo when driving for the long haul, we have some tips for that. We sat down with our Sales Specialist to understand what are the dos and don’ts for load securement on trailers. Also, don’t forget that it’s critical to know how many tiedowns you need to transport and deliver your cargo safely.

Getting You What You Want, When You Need It

Ratchet straps can secure your cargo, but the options are limitless. It’s a versatile tool that you can use in multiple ways, and you can trust US Cargo Control to get you the high-quality custom ratchet straps that you deserve.

We don’t just specialize in tiedowns, but we also create custom cargo nets, chain slings, nylon slings, tarps, and more. Keep placing your orders at US Cargo Control and our dedicated manufacturing team will keep the quality products coming. 

Our team looks forward to getting you the quality products you deserve. If you wish to learn more about our ratchet straps, head over to US Cargo Control or give our team a call at 866-444-9990.

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
Photo Courtesy: Flickr

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
Photo Courtesy: Adobe Stock

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
Photo Courtesy: Flickr

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
Photo Courtesy: Flickr

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

Courtesy: Alzu Petroport

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
Photo Courtesy: Flickr.
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
Photo Courtesy: Flickr.
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.

Heads Up! CVSA’s International Roadcheck 2021 is Approaching

Read how to prepare for the two main inspection categories of the North American Standard Level I Inspection.

Every year, CVSA hosts its Annual International Roadcheck, which is the largest enforcement program on commercial motor vehicles in the world. The roadcheck runs during a 72-hour period with about 15 trucks or buses inspected every minute across the United States, as well as vehicles being inspected in Canada and Mexico.

This year’s International Roadcheck will happen on May 4th-6th with a focus on inspecting trucks’ lighting devices and the drivers’ hours of service. Continue reading the importance of the International Roadcheck, and what the inspection will be.

The Importance of CVSA’s International Roadcheck

CVSA roadcheck official inspects truck for violations

The International Roadcheck occurs every year to increase the awareness and importance of commercial motor vehicle safety. Not only are the inspectors making sure that your vehicle is safe to drive, but they’re also making sure you and other drivers are safe as well. The dates are shared in advance to prepare motor carriers and drivers and to be aware of proactive vehicle maintenance and readiness.

CVSA’s President Sgt. John Samis with the Delaware State Police states that the International Roadcheck “aims to raise awareness of the North American Standard Inspection Program and the essential highway safety rules and regulations in place to keep our roadways safe.”

This year, the inspection will focus on two categories. For the driver portion, inspectors will focus on the hours of service and the lighting devices during the vehicle portion.

What Will the Inspection Be?

The Vehicle Portion

The inspectors are paying close attention to your truck’s lighting devices to ensure they are operating well. According to Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, “the lighting violation ‘lamps inoperable’ was the number one vehicle violation in 2020 – which accounted for approximately 12.24% of all vehicle violations discovered that year.”

Lighting devices include:

  • Headlamps
  • Tail Lamps
  • Clearance Lamps
  • Identification Lamps
  • License Plate and Side Marker Lamps
  • Stop Lamps
  • Turn Signals and Lamps on Projecting Loads

Along with the importance of your truck’s lighting, they will be checking the components of your truck to ensure everything looks good to go. Components include:

  • Brake Systems
  • Cargo Securement
  • Coupling Devices
  • Driveline/Driveshaft Components
  • Driver’s Seat
  • Exhaust Systems
  • Frames
  • Fuel Systems
  • Lightning Devices
  • Steering Mechanisms
  • Suspensions
  • Tires
  • Van and Open-Top Trailer Bodies
  • Wheels
  • Rims
  • Hubs and Windshield Wipers are Complaint

Inspections of motorcoaches, passenger vans, and other passenger-carrying vehicles also include emergency exits, electrical cables, and systems in the engine and battery compartments, and seating.

The Driver Portion

During the driver portion, they will be examining you, your driving requirements, and hours of service documentation. The hours of service documentation is critical this year to ensure hours are regulated well so drivers have rest time between driving shifts. Hours of service was the number one driver out-of-service violation, accounting for 34.7% of all driver out-of-service conditions.

Inspectors will also check your operating credentials, seat belt usage, and alcohol and/or drug impairment.

If you pass the vehicle and driver portions of the inspection, you will receive a CVSA decal.

International Roadcheck CVSA sticker 2021

Download the PDF to learn more about the driver’s and vehicle’s requirements.

What Happens if You Don’t Meet the Requirements?

Unfortunately, if there are any violations during the vehicle and driver portions, you and/or your truck will place out-of-service. When this happens, you and the vehicle cannot operate until the identified out-of-service conditions are correct.

Other Things to Keep in Mind

Just the same as last year, the law enforcement personnel will conduct inspections following their departments’ health and safety protocols during the 2021 International Roadcheck.

In addition, as the COVID-19 vaccine continues to roll out, inspectors will do their best effort to allow vaccine shipments to arrive to their destination, quickly and safely. COVID-19 vaccine shipments will not be held up for inspection unless there is an obvious serious violation.

Cargo Securement as a Frequent Vehicle Violation

load securement for CVSA international roadcheck

Last year, more than 15,000 trucks were placed out-of-service in the U.S., Canada, and Mexico. Cargo securement was one of the top five violations, where 1,586 drivers were placed out-of-service. We have some tips for you to safely secure your load so you can avoid this violation this year:

  • Always keeping multiple pieces of cargo tight together in the center of the trailer to prevent load shifting.
  • Making sure to have the appropriate number of tiedowns and that they are correctly used to prevent the cargo from moving forward, rearward, or laterally.
  • Always knowing the weight of the load to ensure you have the right number of tiedowns.
  • Inspecting tiedowns prior to each use and remove from service any tiedowns that are frayed, cut, damaged, knotted, etc.
  • Making sure web tiedowns are properly tagged with WLL in lbs. and kgs.
  • Making sure chain and binders have grade markings, WLL, or Breaking Strength.
  • Using edge protection like corner protectors to prevent cutting, abrasion, and premature wear from sharp or abrasive surfaces.

We carry trucking and transportation equipment so you can secure your cargo without any worries. You can shop by trailer type, which we have enclosed trailer accessories and flatbed trailer equipment that has everything you need to outfit your truck.

Learn more about load securement:

The Dos and Don’ts for Load Securement on Trailers

Working Load Limit, Breaking Strength, and Safety Factor: What Do They Mean?

How Many Tiedowns Do I Need to Secure My Cargo?

A Simple Guide on How to Use a Ratchet Strap and How to Release It

Truck Drivers, thank you for moving us forward. If you have any questions about the products we carry, 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.

How to Use E-Tracks, How to Install Them, and What to Use Them For

Safely secure cargo with heavy-duty E-Tracks that get the job done.

Remember when you were transporting items inside your enclosed trailer or van, and no matter how well you secured them, they still managed to move around? What must be even more frustrating is that this situation can, unfortunately, create a disorderly mess and damage the items themselves. You wonder if there is a solution to preventing this mess during your next trip.

There is a solution, and it’s E-Tracks.

Source: US Cargo Control

E-Track is a system of mounted steel rails with small slots in them. It is a very industrial product that is heavy, powerful and is common for trailers and vans. Not only that, it is the industry standard for cargo control. These steel rails are the perfect solution because they are an attachment point for various types of load securement options.

Not only that, but you will have some peace knowing that your items won’t get shifted or damaged. Continue reading to learn how to use E-Tracks, how to install them, and what to use with these rails. 

What is an E-Track System?

E-Tracks are made from high strength 12 GA steel that can be attached with screws, rivets, or by welding.  They are affordable, heavy-duty, and completely customizable as everyone hauls different items of different sizes and weights. Ultimately, they will give you the flexibility to tie down anything. 

What Can I Use an E-Track for?

tie down track great for e track tie down system

They safely secure your cargo or heavier items, but you can use them for a variety of applications. Since this product is the industry standard for cargo control, it is trusted to hold down larger weights or of different sizes.

You can use E Tracks for semi-trailers, shipping containers, moving vans, enclosed trailers, and recreational vehicle tie down projects. They are also perfect to hold down ATVs, motorcycles, dirt bikes, and other motorsport vehicles. The neat part about these strong rails is you can add them to the floors and walls of the vehicle for 360-degree coverage. 

The Differences Between Horizontal and Vertical E-Tracks

Yes, there are two kinds for different types of cargo control securement, but both will work the same functions. The only difference is how the anchor points are presented in relation to the length of the vehicle. 

Listen to our product expert explain the difference between horizontal and vertical E-Tracks, and what are the best fittings.

Horizontal

The Horizontal E Track has slots that run perpendicular at 90-degrees angles to the sides of the rail. It has multiple securement points available to use at any time to hold down your items. Also, they are more commonly used for flatbeds and enclosed trailers as they help haul all loads that don’t take up the dead space inside.  

Vertical

The Vertical E Track has rectangular slots that run parallel with the rail. You install the rails vertically and we recommend using them when the height of hauled loads changes from trip to trip. You can use these vertical rails to mount a shelving system and for decking and shoring beam applications. The Vertical E Track is more commonly used in the trucking industry.

Although they are laid out differently, there are no rules for deciding between vertical or horizontal. You just have to consider the type of load you intend to transport and the type of vehicle you have to install the rails when choosing one of the other. 

How to Install E-Track

Installing E Track is not a painful process to set up, it just takes some patience.  You will be successful when you measure correctly and safely install the rails securely onto your vehicle. Check out the screws we carry such as the 14″ x 1″ self-tapping screws that work best for attaching E-track to studs, and 1-1/2” E-track hex bolts work best when drilling through thick plywood floors.

Watch this video below on how to install E-Track correctly, and become a pro at doing it:

What E Track Accessories Can I Use?

US Cargo Control provides the best e track accessories

We mentioned earlier that these heavy-duty steel rails will give you the flexibility to secure anything which they can work with a variety of tie-d0wn accessories. You can use E-Track Ratchet Straps and E-Track Cam Straps to tighten your items, and load bars to separate loads and prevent load shift.

We also carry specialized E-Track fittings like J-hook fittings, D-ring fittings, rope tie-offs, Wood End Sockets, and roller idler fittings.

If you’re just getting started with E-Track or simply looking to pick up some essentials, an E-Track Kit is an easy and convenient solution. Learn more about the kits we carry through 9 E-Track Kits for your Tie Down Needs During Transportation.

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