3 Accessories Every Enclosed Trailer Hauler Should Have

Make sure you have these three items to secure and protect your cargo load for the long haul.

Whether you’re hauling items in an enclosed trailer or van, here’s what you need to ensure your cargo arrives intact.

When driving an enclosed trailer, it might seem that there is little to worry about. Unless you forget to close a door, your cargo won’t be flying out of the trailer or exposed to outside elements anytime soon. So why even bother to secure your cargo, right?

Although enclosed trailers offer inherent protection that flatbed trailers can’t, there is still a strong chance you will experience damaged cargo at some point, and securing your cargo with the proper equipment is the quickest and smartest way to prevent this.

Make sure you have these three items to secure and protect your cargo load for the long haul.

1. Moving Blankets

Moving blankets, also known as moving pads or packing blankets, provide a thick covering that helps prevent damage to your cargo or valuables. Moving blankets can prevent dents, scratches, or abrasions that can occur while you are driving and your cargo is potentially shifting. For even better results, consider using ratchet straps, moving straps, or another type of tie-down to secure the load better.

These blankets come in quantities of a single pack, 4-pack, or 12-pack, and they are very durable and machine washable. What is also unique about our selection of moving blankets is that you can choose from various fabrics, weights, and binding materials. This choice allows you to select the moving blanket that is best for your needs.

2. E-Track Straps

E-Track straps are common straps to use for cargo securement in enclosed trailers. You can use these straps in trailers, cargo vans, moving vans, enclosed semi-trailers, and other applications. These are different from an L-Track strap as L-Track has a lower profile and are typically used in a pick-up truck. E-Track is more heavy-duty and overall stronger. This makes it a great installment to use to keep your valuable cargo, equipment, and even vehicles tied down during transport.

We carry E-Track Ratchet Straps and E-Track Cam Buckle Straps, in 2′, 5’, 8′ and 10’ sections. They come in colors yellow, blue, and grey.

Learn more about the differences between L Track Straps and E Track Straps

3. Cargo Nets

Besides straps and moving blankets, we also carry cargo nets that will keep cargo from moving during transport. Also known as a bungee net, they can be easily attached to nearly any section of your enclosed trailer. We carry heavy-duty cargo nets used for enclosed trailers and light-duty cargo nets that are used for pick-up trucks. The other difference between these nets is that the heavy-duty cargo net is made of 2″ black polyester webbing with a break strength of 10,000 lbs and the light-duty cargo net is either made of a high-quality bungee material or a tough, 2” wide polyester webbing.

If you cannot find a cargo net that meets your needs, we can create a custom net for your specific needs! To learn more about the cargo nets we carry and create, watch the video below.

Source: US Cargo Control

We also carry load bars and cargo bars, D- rings, and L-Track systems. Learn more about all the Enclosed Trailer Accessories we carry on our website.

Or, call our team of experts at 800-404-7068 if you have any questions or need more information.

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.