Valentine’s Day Edition: US Cargo Control Products We Love

With Valentine’s Day approaching, we couldn’t hold back on sharing the love for our products. Read some of our top picks from dedicated experts and customers.

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When you’re working with all of our products day in and day out, it’s hard not to have some favorites! From trucking and transportation, lifting and rigging, and moving equipment, there are hundreds of quality products to depend on for your individual needs. If you ask our USCC team members what are their favorite cargo items, they will tell you without hesitance.

In dedication to Valentine’s Day coming up, check out some of our top picks from our dedicated product experts and customers.

Single Leg Chain Sling w/ Sling Hook – Grade 100

crosby chain slings
9/32″ x 3′ – Single Leg Chain Sling w/ Sling Hook – Grade 100

If you need a lifting application where extra strength is required, this is the perfect choice for you! These chain slings come in different sizes, they are manufactured with grade 100, and its hooks are approved for overhead lifting. If it’s manufactured in grade 100, this means it is 25% more superior that grade 80 chain sling. Go above and beyond with a reliable chain sling that is durable and provides superior strength for your lifting needs!

“If you are looking for a good quality product to take care of your lifting needs, this is it! Our chain slings are made right here in Urbana, Iowa, right in the heart of the Midwest. We will make sure to get you a top-quality product on time!”

Jon W., Sales Rep

Moving Blankets – Supreme Mover

moving blankets can also be packing blankets
Moving Blankets- Supreme Mover 12-Pack, 90-95 lbs./dozen

Start moving like a pro with our Supreme Mover moving blankets! Also known as furniture covers, these are a beneficial tool to use to prevent damage and abrasion to your valuables.  Along with that, the rugged construction and superior level of padding make these moving pads a top choice for moving companies, furniture movers, and those who intend to reuse these blankets.  And guess what? It’s machine washable!

The MBSUPREME95-12PK is one of the heaviest and best quality moving pads on the market to protect your valuables from damages.  This pad is made to last and can be machine washed and hung to dry for even more long-term use. This pad is perfect the movers who require the best protection when moving

Carla, Sales Rep

Chain-Ratchet Binder Kit

Grade 70 3/8″ x 20′ Chain-Ratchet Binder Kit

Seeking a dependable tool to secure your load while you are driving for the long haul? Look into the Chain-Ratchet Binder Kit, our next product. These are great to use for flatbed trailers to ensure your load will stay through heavy winds and tough weather.

These chain binders utilize a ratcheting mechanism to create tension in the chain and secure its load. Not only that, the forged steel handle offers maximum leverage, while the cam and pawl design allow for easier and faster securement. Transport chains and ratchet binders are great, and even better when they are in a kit.

Chain and binders are a flatbed essential. I love this combo as they work great together and will properly secure your load.

Jon L., Sales Rep

E Track Ratchet Straps

2″ x 16′ Gray E Track Ratchet Straps

Our Ratchet Straps are perfect for your tie down solutions. We have thousands of straps for many different uses and styles, and we will never have limited options. Tie down straps are perfect to use for whatever you need to stably secure your loads, and we have many sizes for your needs.

If you don’t see what you are looking for, then you have the ability to custom make your own ratchet straps! Just call one of our sales specialists at 866-444-9990 and we will be ready to answer your calls.

Our 5316SEF-GRY is a great option for trailers and trucks equipped with E-Track.  The fittings on each end securely lock into the track and the strap can be ratcheted tight to secure the load.”

Tim S., Sales Rep

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36″ Extra Large Rubber Bands, 1 Dozen

extra large rubber moving band
36″ Extra Large Rubber Bands, 1 Dozen

If you’re looking to hold down the moving blanket that is covering your valuables, don’t forget to look into our moving rubber bands. These mover bands are great for securing moving pads, and they are highly durable and sturdy to use because of their heavy-duty design. They safely stretch to approximately double the size, and are the perfect accessory to use for your moving needs!  

“I have purchased every size of the moving rubber bands and they work awesome. I highly recommend them. We used to go through four 1500 foot 20″ rolls of shrink wrap monthly. Ever since we started using the various sizes of moving rubber bands, we only use one roll of shrink wrap per month now.”

Shawn

8″ Horizontal Galvanized E Track

e track
8″ Horizontal Galvanized E Track

E Tracks are a great choice for those who own trailers and enclosed trailers. They are simple to install in your trailer and will allow for quick and easy securement using our shoring beams. Not only that, the E track will promote load safety, so you will never worry about damaging your load. This galvanized E Track is made of strength, has a galvanized finish with a surface chemical treatment to withstand corrosion, and will keep your heavy items in check.

Great product made in USA. The customer service is excellent. Highly recommend this E track. It was well packed and shipped fast!

Gary

At US Cargo Control, we are your source for equipment for hauling, rigging, moving, towing and lifting all kinds of cargo. Whatever you need, we can help you find the product that you need to keep moving forward. Give us a call at 866-444-9990 and we will be there to help you.

How E-Track Provides Safer & Smarter Cargo Control Solutions

Whether you’re a professional truck driver delivering goods or just a person who hauls a lot of tools and equipment, the focus is always on preventing damage during transit. Not only does this keep customers (and owners) happy, it also saves you from having to pull out your pocketbook after a haul.

And while ratchet straps and other common tie-down equipment are certainly effective cargo control solutions, there are certain situations when E-track is the most secure and versatile solution in the long-run.

 

what is e track?What is E Track?

E-Track is essentially long rails of high-strength 12-gauge steel with multiple anchor points that support various tie-down equipment. People commonly install E-track inside enclosed trailers, cargo vans, or dry van semi trailers.  It’s customizable and extremely versatile because it can be screwed to the floors and interior walls of trailers and vans (using E-Track screws) exactly where it is needed.

Specialized E-Track fittings allow you to quickly snap a variety of cargo control equipment in place to align with what you’re hauling and how big it is.

 

Types of E Track

E-track comes in both horizontal and vertical styles. Vertical E-track has attachment points that run parallel with the E-track rail. It has a more narrow profile compared to horizontal track. This allows you to mount D-rings perpendicular to the floor. On the other hand, horizontal E-track has slots that run perpendicular to the track rail. This provides more anchor points per foot. When you mount horizontal E-track to a wall it allows you to secure equipment such as spare tires against the wall.

 

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E-Track comes in a variety of lengths to fit your specific application. US Cargo Control offers E-track in 2’, 5’, 8’, and 10’ lengths. You can also purchase E-track singles, which are great if you will only be using a single piece of equipment such as a tow dolly strap.

E-track is available with a hot dip galvanized finish to help withstand corrosion or with a cleaner powder-coated finish.

 

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E Track System Accessories

E-tracks ability to work with a variety of tie-down accessories is what makes it so special. Choose from more common E-track ratchet straps and E-track cam straps to more specialized E-track fittings like J-hook fittings, D-ring fittings, rope tie-offs, and roller idler fittings.

 

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For enclosed vans, shoring beams and wood end sockets are a smart way to keep large amounts of cargo securely in place.

 

E-Track vs L-Track

E-track is the industry standard for cargo control and known to be more heavy-duty and high strength.  L-track is much more lightweight as it is made of aluminum but also has a lower profile compared to E-track. While L-track will work for just about any vehicle or trailer, it is most ideal for a pick-up truck bed.

 

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Installing E Track

The most important part of installing E-track is to measure correctly and install securely. Your cargo is only as secure as the weakest part of your tie down assembly. Because of this, it’s best to screw E-Track into the wall studs and floors studs of your van or trailer.

We have found that #14 self-tapping screws work great for attaching E-track to studs. If you are needing to drill through a thick plywood floor, 1-1/2” E-track hex bolts work best. For a strong hold, it’s also important to install E-track straight and level.

Take the time to install E-track correctly and it will remain a quick and secure way to secure cargo for years to come. See the video below for more E-track installation tips.

 

 

E-Track Fittings

visual of vertical e-trackWhat makes E-track so great is the amount of e-track fittings, tie down straps, ratchet straps, etc. that work with e-track systems. Even simple accessories like a bungee cord or a cargo net are easy to quickly secure when you have an e track system installed in an enclosed trailer or on the floor of an open trailer.

Here, Charlie goes over the basic types of e-track fittings available at US Cargo Control:

E-track fittings and products shown in this video:

Other E-track videos you may be interested in:

How to install e-track

 L-track & E-track: Which Tie Down System is Right for You?

Have questions about e-track fittings, shoring beams or any of our other products? Call our sales team at 866-444-9990, they’ll be glad to help you.

L-Track Fittings and Installation

While E track tie downs have been the traditional favorite for flat trailers and enclosed trailer tie downs, L track tie down systems (also called logistic track or airline track) is gaining in popularity. Because of its lower profile, airline track tie down rail and fittings are ideal for smaller spaces like truck beds. In addition to lengths of logistic track tie down rail, single track pieces are also available in a 2′ round or 2″ rectangular style so you can create single anchor points wherever you need them. And with range of l track fittings, and even ratchet straps outfitted with both e-track and l-track fittings, becoming more widely available, these slim, sleek cargo tie downs can be used to easily and quickly secure just about anything.

See our entire selection of L track tie down systems, and check out these videos for tips on installing l-track and choosing the right fittings for your tie downs:

How to install L-track:

L-track fittings:

 

L-track fittings featured in these videos:

Plastic End Caps for E-Track

Once you’ve installed your e-track, be sure to add plastic end caps to the horizontal tracks. The smooth black plastic creates a clean, finished look and not only prevents cargo, clothes, hands, and feet from catching on the metal ends, it also protects the metal e-track from abrasions.

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Plastic end caps for etrack can be used on the walls or floors, but they are designed to fit horizontal E-track only.

To install, be sure to loosen the track slightly to ensure a good fit, add the end cap and then re-tighten the fasteners to secure .

 

 

 

Our E-track endcaps are designed to fit the following horizontal E-track:

2′ Painted E-Track
2′ Galvanized E-Track

5′ Painted E-Track
5′ Galvanized E-Track

8′ Painted E-Track
8′ Galvanized E-Track

10′  Painted E-Track
10′ Galvanized E-Track

Check out this installation video for more information:

How to Choose Fasteners When Installing E-track

 

We’ve posted a how to install e-track video, but how do you know which fasteners to choose for attaching e-track? There are three common types of fastening systems for e track:

Through-bolting


Uses a nut and bolt system and creates the best hold. This is typically used in the floor, where a nut, bolt and washer on the underside will not be an issue.

The 1/4″ diameter bolt is available in two sizes: 1-1/2″ hex bolt and a 2″ hex bolt.

 

Self-drilling tip screws

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Hex head makes it easier to drive without slippage. A self-drilling tip means you won’t have to pre-drill holes in most metal surfaces.

Available in two sizes: 1-1/2″ hex screw and a 2″ hex screw.

 

Wood screws

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A hex head lessens the change of slippage while driving and the wide washer head creates excellent holding power.

Available in a 3/4″ wood screw and 1-1/2″ wood screw.

 

 

Check out this video for more in-depth information about fastening e-track to a trailer:

Galvanized E-Track vs. Painted E-Track

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

Price

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

Color

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

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

Installation Location

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

E-Track Fittings for Ratchet & Cam Straps

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

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

 

How To Insert an E-track Fitting into an E-track Rail Section

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

E-track fittings are easy to insert and remove from etrack sections:

1.) Hold the fitting at a downward angle while pulling up on the locking pin using your index finger.

2.) Insert the lowered end of the fitting into the E-track and then lower the opposite end. Once the fitting is in place, release the pin and the E-track fitting is securely fastened.

3.) To remove the fitting, pull the release lever and lift the fitting out at an angle.

US Cargo Control has a variety of E-track fittings and E-track straps for sale. If you have questions about any of our E track products, our customer service specialists are ready to help- call us at 866-444-9990 from 7-5 CT, Monday – Friday.

How To Install E-Track on a Flat Trailer

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E-track tie down systems for flat trailers are ideal for transporting motorcycles, ATVs, utility vehicles, snowmobiles and automobiles. E-track provides numerous tie down points to secure your cargo using d-ring fittings and/or E-track straps.

You will need the following tools and fasteners to install e-track on a flatbed trailer:

  • Cordless drill driver
  • Measuring tape
  • Drill bits
  • Phillips head driver bits
  • Adjustable wrench
  • Pencil or marker
  • 1/4″ X 1.5″ hex bolts
  • 1/4″ lock nuts
  • 1/4″ flat washers with an outside diameter of 3/4″

1.) Lay out the E-track sections on the trailer in the approximate place where they’ll be attached. This will help you visualize what the finished project will look like.

2.)  Measure and mark where each E-track section will be fastened. Adjust the e-track rails so that they are straight and aligned properly with the trailer as well as with each accompanying section.

3.) On the trailer surface, mark where the trailer’s underlying frame members are. In this installation method, the E-track is only fastened to the wood decking and not through the framing members. Marking the decking of the trailer will easily identify where you will not be placing a bolt.

4.) Once the E-track has been placed on the trailer and all the measurements are finalized, you are ready to begin drilling through the trailer’s wood deck for placement of the 1/4″ bolts. Beginning with the end of the 8′ e-track section, drill a hole on both sides of the e track at every fourth hole. It is not necessary or desirable to drill every hole.

5.) After all the drilling is completed, insert a 1/4″ x 1-1/2″ zinc plated hex bolt down through the e-track and trailer deck. From the bottom, add a washer and nut and tighten.

6.) Install #10 x 3/4″ wood screws in the galvanized e-track. Beginning at the end of one of the track sections, fasten the wood screws evenly between each of the hex bolts. This configuration provides for one open hole between the screw and the next hex bolt and securely fastens the tie down rails firmly to the trailer. Repeat this process for remaining E track sections.