4 Safe Moving Tips – Moving During the Pandemic

Moving heavy, bulky furniture and appliances can be difficult, time-consuming, and even risky for your back and neck muscles. Not only that, but you have to take into consideration on how to protect yourself and others from the coronavirus pandemic. Whether you’re an experienced mover or organizing your first big move, using the right equipment and operating in safe practices will make a huge difference. Read 4 Safe Moving Tips on how to move during the COVID-19 pandemic.

To relieve some stress of moving, read our checklist of 15 easy steps for moving.

1. Plan Ahead

moving blanket, a black quilt cover furniture cover

Whether you want to use a moving company, rent a moving van, or move using your own equipment, make sure you decide in advance. If you decide to hire professional movers or rent a van, it would be safe to schedule a couple months before your moving day. Moving companies may be booked, and you don’t want to scramble at the last minute!

2. Research The Moving Company

movers during coronavirus

If you are looking into hiring a moving company for your big moving day, do some research. Ask professional moving companies what measures they are taking to ensure a safe move experience during the pandemic. There are many moving companies, but it’s important to find what safety practices companies are creating so you and others are safe during this situation.

Most reputable movers understand the safety of you and your belongings. However, when it comes to your safety and health, it’s critical the moving company you choose demonstrates considerable caution at this time.

3. Be Equipped with the Right Tools

ratchet straps in use for moving

Get equipped with the best heavy-duty, highest quality moving supplies for a smooth moving trip. To avoid damage to your personal items or to your house, use items like moving blankets, moving dollies, E-Track ratchet straps, mover bands, and more high-quality moving equipment.

If you’re wondering which equipment to use for your move, read 5 Essential Must-Have Items for Every Move that you should have.

4. Clean and Disinfect

cleaning and disinfecting the house after moving

To be on the safe side, be sure to clean and disinfect your new place and your items. You can use disinfecting wipes and sprays for quick cleaning and areas that can’t be wiped clean. Along with that, throw away any moving material that you will not be using anymore.

For tips on how to clean and sanitize your home, read CDC’s recommendations for household cleaning and sanitizing.

When you’re ready to secure your items with our moving equipment, go to US Cargo Control or give our sales team a call at 800-969-6543.

The Dos and Don’ts for Load Securement on Trailers

Read our tips for securing your cargo with the right equipment and safety practices.

When you’re hauling cargo on your trailer, you can make or break it. If you’re not aware of how you are strapping down a load, you could create risk or damage to the cargo, others around you, and even yourself. To avoid these consequences, we sat down with Tim Sanders, our Sales Specialist, to learn about the dos and don’ts of load securement on trailers.

To ensure you are using the right equipment, look at our products that you can shop for your trailer type. Watch a demonstration by Ed Duran, one of our Sales Specialists, on how to secure an item with a ratchet strap.

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1. Have the Appropriate Type and Amount of Securement Equipment

flatbed load securement with US Cargo Control products

One of the most important considerations to know when securing a load is ensuring you have the appropriate type and amount of securement equipment. Whether you own a flatbed trailer or an enclosed trailer, you can haul all types of goods. The key is knowing which type of hauling equipment is crucial for the cargo you are hauling. To learn more about what hauling equipment you need, read:

3 Types of Accessories Every Enclosed Trailer Hauler Should Have

5 Pieces of Flatbed Trailer Equipment a Truck Driver Should Have.

2. Use the Right Amount of Working Load Limit and Tiedowns for Load Securement

Using proper flatbed strapping for USCC products

It’s critical that the number of straps, chains, and other equipment in use has enough aggregate working load limit (WLL) to secure the cargo being hauled. When you are tightening your items, be aware of the WLL and breaking strength so you know how much weight that piece of rigging is capable of securing. Learn more about what working load limit, break strength, and safety factor means on a piece of rigging equipment.

It’s also important to note that you have the appropriate number of tiedowns for your task. A general rule is you only use one tiedown if your cargo is shorter than 5 feet and less than 1,000 pounds. If you are hauling more than 1,000 pounds, read how many ratchet straps you need to secure your cargo.

3. Inspect Tiedowns for Damage and Defects Before Securing Cargo

Checking to secure load securement straps

A general rule to keep in mind is inspecting your straps for any damage and defects. Even if you notice minor damage to the strap, the strap’s capability and value will reduce. If you do see damage or are uncertain that there is damage, you must not use that tiedown. For more information about standards and inspection criteria, go to WSTDA (Web Sling and Tie Down Association) and NACM (National Association of Chain Manufacturers).

To prevent future damage, continuously check your tiedowns when you’re on the road. It is common for cargo to shift and the straps to loosen in transit, so it doesn’t hurt to see if they are secure (and you will avoid the chance of more damage).

Also, store them in a clean, dry place when you’re not using the tiedowns. If they are exposed to sun, rain, road salt, or else, tiedowns can degrade and will lose their effectiveness.

There’s no such thing as overdoing it when it comes to tying everything down.  Plan ahead, make sure you have enough equipment to get the job done right, and inspect it frequently.  A load that is well secured with good equipment will keep everyone safe and eliminate a lot of headaches during a roadside inspection!

Tim Sanders, Sales Specialist

4. Protect Your Straps with Corner Protectors

Using corner guards to ensure the safety of USCC ratchet strap

There will be sharp edges and rough surfaces when you are securing an item to your trailer. You don’t want to add stress to the strap by tightening it on a sharp edge or rough surface because you may cause cutting and abrasion. Consider using corner protectors to protect your straps. They will extend the life of your ratchet straps and also protect your cargo, chains, tarps, and more.

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

How Many Tie Down Straps Do I Need to Secure My Cargo?

Don’t know how many you need to secure your load? Read to learn more.

When you are securing your cargo load with tiedowns, it is crucial to know how many you need. Protecting your cargo with the correct amount of straps is important so you can transport and deliver it safely. Read on how to use ratchet straps, how many you need, and what to use to protect them.

How to Use Ratchet Straps

using several straps to tie down straps load

Learning how to use cargo straps is beneficial to how many you need for the task in front of you. Our ratchet straps are an important player in transporting cargo and once you understand how to use them, you’ll be a pro at it!

We have a wide variety of ratchet tie down straps in so many sizes and styles, and each of them is listed with weight capacities. To learn more about how to thread a ratchet strap, check out one of our product experts explaining the steps.

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How Many Heavy Duty Ratchet Straps Do I Need?

truck straps for your tie down application needs

Depending on the weight and length of your cargo, the number of straps vary. According to Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, they state that you only use one tiedown if your cargo is shorter than 5 feet and less than 1,000 pounds.

If your cargo is shorter than 5 feet but weighs more than 1,000 pounds or is between 5 to 10 feet long, then you would need to have two straps. Keep in mind that for the first 10 feet of length, it must be secured by two tiedowns. Then for every additional 10 feet, you would add one tiedown.

We recommend that if you are transporting 10,000 pounds or more, then to use at least four tiedowns. Be sure to use corner protectors to protect your straps, which is explained more below.

How Do I Protect Them?

blue corner protector to protect your cargo or your strap
Corner Protector – Blue

To prevent your ratchet straps from getting damaged from edges, consider using corner protectors. Also known as corner guards, they can extend the life of your ratchet straps.

Corner protectors are inexpensive and they can protect not just your straps, but also your cargo, chains, tarps or any covers that you will use in tie down applications. For how to store your ratchet straps, read 10 Ways to Store Tie Down Straps.

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

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.

Check out some of our top staff picks

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

What customers had to say about their favorite products:

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.

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

Ever saw random numbers on your load-bearing equipment and didn’t know what they mean? Read to learn what working load limit, break strength, and safety factor mean.

Have you picked up a ratchet strap and saw numbers labeled on the strap, and wonder what they mean? Chances are you’re reading the working load limit or break strength. Every piece of load-bearing equipment states these requirements to let you know how much weight that piece of rigging is capable of securing.

When it comes to securing fragile or heavy loads, it is crucial that the product can secure the load without breaking. Although these terms are normally stated, there is confusion about what these terms mean. Read on below to learn what working load limit, break strength, and safety factor mean.

What Does Working Load Limit Mean?

shackle displaying the wll
Displaying a Shackle with the Working Load Limit

Many people ask about the working load limit, and this is a term to not mix up with breaking strength. Abbreviated as WLL, it is the rating that should never be exceeded when using a product like a ratchet strap. Before using a piece of load-bearing equipment, always make sure to look at the working load limit before use as it is the maximum allowable loading force.

Something to keep in mind is the working load limit is always 1/3 of the breaking strength. So if a ratchet strap has a breaking strength of 15,000 pounds, then the strap will have a working load limit of 5,000 pounds.

To learn how to secure your cargo, read how to use tie downs to secure cargo loads safely and legally.

If the Working Load Limit is Included, is the Break Strength Important?

breaking strength meaning displayed on our tag
Displaying a custom strap with the Break Strength and Working Load Limit

The break strength is equally as important as the working load limit. The break strength refers to the point at which your load-bearing equipment will fail. It is expressed in pounds and/or kilograms, and will actually fail if you go over the required amount.

When a ratchet strap is made with webbing, end fittings, and a ratchet all with a 10,000-pound breaking strength, then the break strength of the overall product will stay 10,000 pounds. However, if the same strap has a ratchet with an 8,000-pound break strength, then that would reduce the product’s strength to 8,000.

What is the Correlation with Safety Factor?

factor of safety, what is factor of safety?
Multiple tie downs securing cargo loads

Safety factor, also known as Design Factor, determines the ratio between the working load limit and break strength. The working load limit’s rating should never exceed when using a sling or tiedown, and this safety factor provides an allowance for shock loading, G force, and other unforeseen factors.

How Do I Know my Load-Bearing Equipment is Failing?

To make sure your lifting equipment is performing its best, perform an inspection. If you see any damage to the product, dispose of it. To give you an insight into what kind of damage you can potentially see, read these examples:

  • Holes, tears, cuts, snags, or embedded particles
  • Broken or worn stitching
  • Abrasive wear
  • Bending
  • Melting, charring, or weld spatter
  • Acid or alkali burns
  • Any other visible damage which causes doubt to the strength of the equipment

When selecting a ratchet strap, lifting sling, shackle, or any other product, select the product that has suitable characteristics for the type of load, environment, and attachment to the vehicle.

At US Cargo Control, we want you to be safe when securing heavy loads. If you have any questions about the safety requirements, give our team a call at 800-404-7068.

5 Pieces of Flatbed Trailer Equipment Every Driver Should Have

We carry quality products to keep you and your flatbed trailer moving forward. Check out the five most popular pieces of equipment made for flatbed owners.

From corner protectors to tire chains, we have the flatbed equipment for your trailer to keep you running smoothly

Being a flatbed trailer owner, you know there is not much your trailer cannot hold. Your load is exposed, and you need the equipment to hold it down tight while protecting it from abrasions or damage. Whether you’re a new flatbed truck driver or an experienced one, we carry supplies that can help you deliver your cargo load safely and on time.

Tire Chains

These tire chains, also known as snow tire chains, are designed to help transport you and your cargo to your destination through snowy or icy conditions. These snow chains provide added control behind the wheel when you’re stuck in the snow, and allow better traction as well.

We carry light-duty tire chains and heavy-duty tire chains. The difference is in how you plan on using these types of chains. If you think you will rarely use a tire chain during the cold months, consider the light-duty chain. If you know you will be using chains frequently, then you might want to invest in a heavy-duty chain.

Keep in mind that even if you don’t travel regularly in winter conditions, some states do have DOT regulations requiring drivers to carry or use tire chains during the winter season. So make sure to carry tire chains in your vehicle during the chilly months.

Tarps

Tarps are one of the best ways to protect your cargo load. We carry heavy- duty tarps that fight against elements such as rain and snow. Not only can they combat certain weather situations, but these tarp covers can also prevent scratches and marks on your precious cargo. These truck tarps contain two or three rows of d-rings across the length of the tarp, so the tarp can be tied down firmly to the truck bed. Some of the different types of tarps we carry are lumber tarps, steel tarps, machinery tarps, smoke and nose tarps, and more.

We even create custom flatbed tarps at our facility in Urbana, IA. In this video, Adam explains how our team creates long-lasting custom tarps at your convenience.

Corner Protectors & Vee Boards

Corner protectors are an inexpensive way to protect your cargo. Not only can they protect your cargo from being smashed or damaged, but these guards can also protect your straps, chains, and tarps. They are designed to protect the tarp material from any ripping or abrasions caused by sharp corners. The purpose behind these wall corner guards is providing a layer between the cargo and the strap or chain, and having this extra layer can decrease the pressure on the load from the strap/chain.

Learn more about which corner protector to use for your cargo.

Fun fact: the plastic corner protectors can extend the life of your ratchet straps by reducing rubbing.

Winch Straps & Ratchet Straps

Both ratchet straps and winch straps work well for heavy tie down applications for the trucking industry. The only differences are in how to tighten the straps, and what type of lock the two straps carry.

When using the ratchet strap, you slide the strap to the spool, bring it back over on itself, and pull the strap. After this, you can start to ratchet and repeatedly crank the lever until the load is tightened. Both tie-down types are available with a flat hook, wire hook, chain extension, or grab hook.

We carry many colors like red, green, blue, and yellow so you can recognize what strap you are using, as well as matching your company or vehicle’s colors.

D-rings

A D-ring is a piece of hardware shaped like the letter D, that can connect to the strap or be mounted directly to your flatbed trailer to secure your cargo. D-rings and straps are a flexible way to supply a trailer with many tie-down points to secure the cargo load. We carry many different styles of d-rings, and we have d-ring parts and accessories that allow you to customize your trailer configuration.

We also carry transport chains and binders, rubber/bungee tarp straps, safety supplies, winch bars, and more. Learn more about the flatbed trailer equipment we carry on our USCC website.

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

5 Proud Customers Show Cargo Control Gear at Work

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

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

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

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

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

Custom Tarp Protects Big Boat

heavy duty gray custom tarp on boat

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

Rigging Gear Suspends Wire Rope Bridge

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

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

Custom Cargo Net Performs in Arts Center

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

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

Convertible Hand Truck Makes Light Work

using a convertible hand truck to make delivery of cargo easier

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

Ratchet Straps Hold Heavy Cargo on Flatbed

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

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

Submit Your Photos and Story

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

New Product Alert: Rollup Ratchet

This self-contained ratchet strap is your solution to loose strap ends

rollup ratchet straps for safe cargo transport

A common problem for ratchet strap users is figuring out what to do with all the excess strap webbing once the straps are secure. And storing ratchet straps in a neat and organized way can be equally as difficult.

But the problem is bigger than just tangled straps and the annoyance of hearing strap ends flapping in the wind as they become prematurely worn down. Loose ratchet strap tails pose a serious danger to everyone on the road as they can get caught under tires and quickly cause an accident.

There have been many interesting attempts to solve the ratchet strap loose end problem including tying the ends into complicated knots, duct taping or zip-tying them, and even closing strap ends in the door of a vehicle.

wrong way to deal with excess strap webbing
Stop knotting up excess strap webbing

But none of these temporary fixes have the same intelligent design or long-term efficiency as USCC’s patented Rollup Ratchet – the best solution to ratchet strap loose ends.

How to Use Self-Contained Ratchet Straps

  1. Feed your strap through the ratchet mandrill just as you would with any ratchet.
  2. Ratchet your cargo down until secure, then feed the excess webbing tail through the patented spindle slot.
  3. Spin the attached knob to neatly roll up all the loose webbing. Twist the knob towards you to lock in place.

Why Buy Rollup Ratchet?

The Rollup Ratchet is the best self-contained ratchet strap available today.

1. Quality Construction

Our Rollup Ratchet is professionally manufactured and designed to meet or exceed all DOT & CVSA regulations. The neon yellow polyester webbing is easy to spot and is abrasion and UV resistant.

2. Added Safety Factor

Our patented rolling spindle and sturdy ratchet assembly give you peace of mind knowing your straps aren’t going near other vehicle’s tires or getting worn down from flapping in the wind as you go down the roadway.

3. 100-Day Guarantee

Buy with confidence. If for any reason you aren’t totally satisfied with the Rollup Ratchet, you can return it for a refund.

Rollup Ratchet Strap Options

US Cargo Control has both 1-inch and 2-inch self contained ratchet straps in various lengths and three different end fitting options.

1-Inch Roll Up Ratchet Straps

1-inch wide self-contained straps are great for securing light cargo and are commonly used in pickup truck beds, small trailers, and cargo racks.

These 1-inch straps are available in two different lengths: 10-foot and 16-foot. Both come with vinyl-coated S-hooks on each end and have a working load limit of 833 pounds. Perfect for hauling ATVs, dirt bikes, lawnmowers, and more.

1 inch self contained ratchet strap
1″ Rollup Ratchet w/ S-Hooks

2-Inch Roll Up Ratchet Straps

With higher working load limit, longer strap lengths, and different end-fittings, 2-inch self-contained straps provide you with more options when it comes to what you can haul and how you haul it.

2 inch self contained ratchet strap
Rollup Ratchet w/ Flat Hooks
best self contained ratchet strap
Rollup Ratchet w/ Wire Hooks

Our 2-inch straps are available with 18-foot webbing and 27-foot webbing. Both lengths can be purchased with either flat hook end fittings or double j-hook (wire hook) end fittings. With a 3,333-pound working load limit, these straps can safely secure some serious cargo and you’ll never have to worry about excess strap webbing getting in the way of your haul.

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8 Practical Present Ideas for the Holidays

Practical presents are the obvious choice for those people on your holiday gift list who say there’s nothing they want or need. When you get someone a practical gift, you enjoy the certainty of knowing that one way or another, it will come in handy for them. Plus, you get the satisfaction of surprising them with something they didn’t necessarily ask for or expect to get.

To help guide your holiday shopping this year, and make it as painless as possible, we’ve compiled a list of the top 8 most practical cargo control gifts for 2018. 

 

Moving Supplies

1. Moving Blanket

using a moving blanket as a dog bed

This first practical present idea comes in handy for way more than just protecting furniture during a move. Not only can moving blankets be used as portable pet beds (on couches, car seats, or dog house) they can also be used as a soft place to lay or sit when boating, camping, hunting, or at a sporting event. We also have sound blankets that are great for recording studios or to drown out a noisy neighbor. 

 

Truck and Trailer Gear

2. Cargo Net

cargo net on pickup truck flatbed

Cargo nets are an excellent gift for pick-up truck owners. They’re lighter and easier to manage compared to tarps, and they still do a great job at securing cargo. US Cargo Control has short bed truck cargo nets and long bed truck cargo nets. Both come with cam buckles and S-hooks for quick securement. We also sell small cargo nets for motorcycles and mopeds.

 

3. Recovery Straps

where to get recovery straps

Anyone who owns a pick-up truck or even a large SUV should keep a recovery strap in their vehicle at all times, especially during the winter months. If you know someone who likes offroading or mudding, this gift is a no-brainer for them. Our recovery straps are made in the USA and designed for both recovery and towing use.

 

4. Car Tie-Downs

image of adjustable wheel net

If you need a practical present for a car collector, mechanic, or tow truck driver, auto tie-down straps are a perfect choice. Auto tie-downs are really only practical for someone who frequently hauls vehicles or someone who owns a flatbed trailer or tow dolly. USCC has both wheels nets and tow dolly straps for sale.

 

5. Ratchet Straps

yellow ratchet straps in truck bed holding a kayak secure

A person can never have enough ratchet straps. And US Cargo Control has one of the largest selection of ratchet straps, cam straps, and heavy-duty tie downs that you’ll find anywhere. Hunters and outdoorsmen love our camo ratchet straps and if the person on your list ever hauls heavy cargo, our BlackLine ratchet straps have the strongest break strength in the industry.

 

6. Good-N-Tight Ratchet Handle

tool for tightening ratchet straps

If you know someone who frequently tightens ratchet straps, the Good-N-Tight ratchet strap tightening handle would be a super helpful gift for them. It’s built for 2″, 3″, and 4″ ratchet straps and makes tightening them up a breeze. Plus, the Good-N-Tight handle reduces back stress and the potential for injury.

 

7. USCC Apparel

trucking industry clothing

Clothing is always a great practical present idea. Everyone needs it. Give the present of warmth this holiday with our pullover style hooded sweatshirt with a double-lined hood. We also have branded mechanics gloves, USCC trucker caps, and stainless steel tumblers that keep drinks cold for 24 hours and warm for up to 6 hours.

 

Lifting Equipment

8. Chain Hoist

chain hoist 1 ton

If you’re really feeling generous this holiday, give the practical gift of massive lifting power with a Columbus McKinnon Chain Hoist or Coffing Chain Hoist. These powerful tools make a great gift for hunters, farmers, construction workers, and mechanics. Chain hoists can lift anything from engines and building materials to animal feed and can even be used as a fast way to skin a deer.

 

Expected Delivery Time

There you have it. 8 practical present ideas for the 2018 holiday season. Don’t wait until it’s too late, place your order today to ensure these gifts arrive on time. 

Orders placed before 4pm Central time will ship out the same day, and delivery to most of the United States takes just 1-3 days.

From the USCC family to yours, have a safe and happy holiday. 

 

Top 10 Cargo Control Products to be Thankful For

As the scent of fresh-carved turkey and pumpkin pie inches closer and closer to our noses, it’s important to resist the temptation of retreating to the comfort of your recliner for a nap or the warmth of your bed to, well, get away from the in-laws. There will be plenty of time for naps and in-law annoyances come Thanksgiving Day. Until then, you’ve got work to do.

And just in time for the holiday season, US Cargo Control has compiled a list of the top 10 cargo control products to be thankful for. One way or another, they’re all bound to come in handy this time of year.

 

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1. Tarps

Cover your firewood, boat, or motorcycle for the winter or bring a tarp on your next hunting trip to wrap and drag back game easily. Even if you’re not a professional truck driver using tarps to cover your cargo, a good quality tarp has nearly endless possibilities.

 

 

2. Motorcycle Tie Down Straps

Your dirtbikes and motorcycles can all be transported to and from winter storage without a scratch thanks to these specialty motorcycle ratchet straps. Add a plush protective tie down cover for even more protection.

 

 

 

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3. Tire Chains

Slip a set of snow chains on your vehicle to drastically increase grip and safety. With these high-quality and easy to use tire chains, no winter weather will keep you from moving forward.

 

 

 

 

4. Recovery Strapswhere to get recovery straps

This cargo control product is an invaluable tool to have in your truck or SUV during the winter months. You can save someone’s day by pulling them out of the ditch with a heavy-duty tow strap.

 

 

 

5. Safety Trianglesemergency warning triangles

If you find yourself in a ditch or pulled over to the side of the road during these cold and dark winter nights, you’ll need to always make yourself visible to others. Keep a set of these fluorescent orange warning triangles with you to stay safe.

 

 

 

6. Blackline Ratchet Straps

It doesn’t matter how big of a Christmas tree you get when you have these heavy-duty Blackline straps. With the strongest break strength in the industry, these could be used to bring the that massive Christmas tree into Time Square.

 

 

 

 

 

7. Good-N-Tight Ratchet Strap Handle

Putting less strain on your back when tightening ratchet straps is something you’ll be thankful for, for years to come. The inventive Good-N-Tight Handle even makes the job easier by giving you three times the leverage.

 

 

 

8. Corner Protectors

These simple devices ensure that cargo (including your Christmas presents) gets delivered damage free. Plastic corner protectors also help extend the life of your ratchet straps by reducing rubbing.

 

 

 

 

9. Camo Moving Blanket

Friday night football games, early morning hunting trips, or to protect your vehicle’s seats from the dog’s hair and slobber – camo colored moving blankets can be used for much more than just moving.

 

 

 

10. USCC Branded Stainless Steel Mug

Unless your one of those people that likes a cold cup of coffee, a USCC branded tumbler is a no-brainer for cold winter months. This 30-ounce insulated mug, will keep your drink warm for up to six hours.

 

 

 

There you have it, 10 cargo control products that provide plenty to be thankful for this Thanksgiving and beyond. Do the preparation work now and come Thanksgiving, you’ll have earned that nap, and maybe even an extra piece of pie.

 

5 Tips for Hunting with Your Portable Tree Stand

Whether hunting with a bow or firearm, utilizing a portable tree stand is a popular way to gain an elevated view of approaching game and ensure your scent is not easily detected down below. However, tree stands can result in serious injury without preparation, the appropriate tree stand accessories and proper installation procedures. Add the essential hunting accessories and you’re ready for a good hunt.

Climbing tree stands allow for superior mobility while searching for the optimal spot to blend in and wait. No matter what portable tree stand you choose – even if you make your own – there are safety considerations to remember and best practices to follow. Use these tips the next time you venture out:

  1. Inspect your gear. Before you even leave home, look over all of your equipment and hunting accessories. Check your safety harness and straps for fray or other defects. Make sure the pieces of your stand are in working order. Double check your supply list so you don’t forget to pack any essential tools.
  2. Find the right tree. Locating an ideal tree may take a while unless you’ve previously scouted the area. Trees have to be sturdy enough to support both you and the platform. Live, healthy trees with a sizeable circumference are the goal. Tall and sturdy with no lower branches or loose bark are other preferred features. Some stand manufacturers set restrictions or size specifications. Confirm the area you’re in allows the type of system and accessories you are using. Screw-in styles or steps are frequently not permitted in order to protect trees from permanent damage.
  3. Lock your safety harness to the trunk. Getting your stand set up and safely secured can take a little while. Once you have the top and bottom parts of the stand ready to make the climb, tether your body harness to the trunk with a moveable ratchet strap secured just above the top of the stand. This securement will serve as backup if the stand falls. In addition, a safety strap from your harness to the tree takes some weight and pressure off the stand itself.
  4. Don’t rush the climb. Step onto the bottom part of your stand, which should already be attached to the tree. Once in the stand, you should be able to reposition the tree strap about 12” up the tree and tighten it back onto the tree. Grab the top part of your stand and move it upward, then use your feet to grab the bottom portion of the stand and lift that up, as well. Repeat this process a number of times until you feel you have a good overview of your area that’s out of a target’s line of sight, yet within your desired shooting distance. Descend the tree by simply reversing these instructions. Never carry your firearm or bow while climbing. Keep these items on the ground, perhaps in a bag, tethered to the top of the tree stand with a strap or a rope that you can pull up to you once you’ve secured your tree stand to where you plan to perch during the hunt.
  5. Check the local weather forecast. Know what conditions to expect. Temperature and precipitation affect how readily you can reach your tree stand, and influence the ability to see, hear and track your prey. Also, dress appropriately. Especially in high altitudes, a warm day can turn into a freezing cold night. If necessary, carry a blanket to bunker down with.

Keep these safety tips in mind to help guarantee a successful and injury-free harvest season. US Cargo Control carries a variety of hunting accessories such as camo blankets and camo safety straps with choices of hooks and ratchets for your unique needs. Call us anytime with questions: 888-719-4020.

Employee Recommendation: BlackLine Heavy Duty Ratchet Straps

Sales Specialist Britni gives her take on BlackLine, our own line of premium, heavy duty ratchet straps. Also available in winch straps; features include:

  • Thicker edging for durability. Created with a concentration of fabric, not wire or other enhancement.
  • 2″ straps with 13,000 lb. webbing.  Higher than typical 12,000 lbs. webbing.
  • 4″ straps with 24,000 lb. webbing.  The strongest available in the industry.

Shop the full line here: Heavy Duty BlackLine Straps