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

Secure cargo with high-quality, heavy-duty L-Tracks that get the job done.

Are you storing a heavier item in your truck bed or trailer and need a tie-down system that can accommodate a variety of uses? Not only that but are you also needing a flexible tiedown system that allows you to make layout changes down the road?

We have the perfect tiedown solution, and it’s L-Tracks.

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L-Track, also known as Logistic Track or Airline Track, is a versatile tie-down rail that showcases a low, sleek profile. The L-Track system consists of aluminum rails, fittings, and straps used to secure a range of cargo and personal items like motorcycles and ATVs. Each aluminum rail is mounted steel with small slots in them, but what makes them unique is you can use the rails anywhere to secure items quickly and easily.

They are the best solution for your pickup truck or trailer because the multiple round openings on the rails allow for quick attachment of fittings, allowing you to create a custom tie-down at any point!

Besides L-Tracks being adaptable to many situations, they will safely tie down your items without a scratch. These aluminum rails have a ton of benefits, and you’ll feel secure knowing your items won’t get shifted or damaged. Continue reading to learn how to use L-Tracks, how to install them, and what to use with these rails.

What is an L-Track System?

customer using US Cargo Control's l tracks

L-Tracks are high-quality aluminum rails that have a narrower profile than the E-Track. The lower profile makes it ideal to use for pickup trucks, vans, and other vehicles with smaller space. The rails’ lengths range from 6″ to 96″ and come in 4 different styles to easily fit various vehicles.

Read the differences between E-Tracks and L-Tracks to understand what to use each system for.

If you’d like to learn more about E-Tracks, read our blog on what they are, how to install them, and what to use them for.

What Can I Use an L-Track For?

what to use L-tracks for

With their ability to change to any layout format, you can use L Tracks on trailers, pickup truck beds, vans, enclosed trailers, and utility trailers. You can especially use these for vehicles on the farm, construction sites, manufacturing sites, and more!

L-Track’s narrow width makes it great to install in smaller spaces, and they have pre-drilled holes for the quickest and easiest installation. You can use these rails for hanging soft or light storage, holding down bikes, securing heavy loads, and even living a mobile lifestyle!

The Different Styles of L Tracks

different styles and types of L tracks from US Cargo Control

At US Cargo Control, we carry four different types: the Standard L-Track, Aircraft Style L-Track, Angled L-Track, and Recessed L-Track.

Standard

The Standard L-Track is our most popular style of logistic tie-down track due to its endless versatility. With many color options and a durable finish to resist abrasions, you cannot go wrong with this choice. This line has a range of 6″, 12″, 24″, 48″, 72″, and 96″ so you can have an idea of what length you’ll need.

Aircraft

The Aircraft Style features a squared profile made from high-quality grade 6351 that has stronger tensile strength than the standard L-Track. The square-edge design allows for a recessed installation that provides a smoother, flush surface.

This is an interesting L-Track because this style was made popular in the airline industry as a way to secure seats. Since the tie-down tracks are so versatile, this makes them an excellent choice for consumer tie-down applications!

Read the differences between the Airline and the Standard.

Angled

Angled L-Track features sloped edges, making it easier to roll items such as motorcycles, ATVs, utility carts, and other wheeled objects over the tie-down track. These rails are common in the transportation industry as a floor anchor system for wheelchairs and used for surface-mounted applications.

Please note that our angled L Track is for recreational and cargo control use only. It’s not certified for official wheelchair restrain use in buses, vans, and other transport vehicles.

Recessed

Used for flush-mount installations, the Recessed L Track makes it ideal for applications where wheeled items are rolled over the track. Just like the Angled L-Track, this is designed for recreational and cargo control use only.

How to Install L-Track

With a bit of patience, a clear head, and a sharpie and measuring tape, installing L Tracks can be pretty simple. You’ll have a successful job when you measure correctly and use the right tools to safely install the rails.

Watch below on how to install the rail on a truck bed, and become a natural at it!

How to Install L Track Rails on a Pickup Bed

What L Track Accessories Can I Use?

what l track accessories to use from US Cargo Control

With the right accessories, you can do anything with L Tracks! These aluminum rails will give you the flexibility to secure anything which will work with a variety of tie-down accessories. We carry a large selection of L-Track Straps specifically designed to easily connect to logistic tie-down track rails and L-Track fittings.

We also carry single stud fittings and double stud fittings, fastener packs, and bolt packs. If you’d like a more sleek and finished look, use filler strips and end caps.

If you’re not sure what fittings you’d need, watch our video below that explains the differences and uses.

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.

4 Simple Ways to Get the Best Fuel Mileage for Your Semi-Truck

increase semi truck MPGWhen you think of semi-trucks, fuel efficiency probably isn’t the first thing that comes to mind. In fact, on average, semi-trucks get only 6.5 miles per gallon according to this Wired article. And while they comprise just 4.3 percent of vehicles in the US, they consume more than 25 percent of all fuel burned annually.

 

Whether you’re an owner-operator or you manage an entire fleet, you understand that high fuel costs result in decreased profits. But, with a little effort and initial investment, reducing fuel consumption might be simpler than you think.

 

1. Stay on top of truck maintenance.

This is one of the most important and simplest things you can do to maximize fuel efficiency in just about any vehicle. It’s basic mechanics and the benefits go far beyond better gas mileage. Regular maintenance such as on-time oil changes, filter changes, and regular fluid level inspections will keep everything operating at its best for longer. Also, remember to periodically check your tire pressure and add air if necessary.  Not only does this prolong the life of your tires, it also adds quite a bit to your fuel efficiency.

 

2. Drive with efficiency in mind.

Changing the way you drive costs you nothing, yet it’s often the hardest change to make. One of the biggest culprits of high fuel consumption is frequent accelerating and braking. Minimize braking to a full stop as much as you can, and accelerate more slowly. Also, staying in a higher gear helps save fuel. On the other hand, letting your truck idle for long periods of time can quickly cost you at the pump. This Arrow Truck article suggests turning your truck off if it’s going to be sitting for more than five minutes. Just one hour of idling will burn a full gallon of gas.

stay in a high gear for best semi truck gas mileage
Staying in a higher gear increases fuel efficiency.

 

3.  Equip your rig with fuel-efficient products.

This is the one that requires a bit of an initial investment, but the long-term payoff can really be worth it. There are a variety of aerodynamic additions you can make to both your tractor and your trailer that will result in higher MPGs. Everything from your mudflaps, bumpers, mirrors, hood, roof, and even headlights can become more aerodynamic. You may also consider automated manual transmissions. They replace your manual shifter and clutch with a computer that shifts the manual transmission at the optimal time. The North American Council for Freight Efficiency claims that automatic manual transmissions can improve average fuel efficiency by 1-3 percent.

 

4. Secure cargo low and even.

Each time a load goes on your truck, think of it as a part of your truck. Just like mudflaps and mirrors, your cargo can cause you to be more or less aerodynamic depending on how it’s loaded. When cargo is loaded unevenly, it can increase the fuel needed to get your truck moving. Also, it’s best to keep your cargo load height as low as possible on flatbeds to reduce wind resistance.

how to get best fuel economy in semi truck
Load cargo evenly to maximize fuel economy.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Using the proper cargo securement equipment will ensure all your cargo stays put and remains intact. Visit uscargocontrol.com for all your cargo equipment needs. 

 

L-track and E-track: Which tie down system is right for you?

Trying to decide whether L-track or E-track is the best choice for your tie-down needs? It depends on where you’ll be installing it.

 

image of aluminum L-track
L-track (also sometimes called “airline track”) in aluminum

 

Generally, the narrow width of L-track works great for installing on the walls or floor of a pickup truck bed. L-track is available in an
aluminum or a black painted finish. Lengths include 6″, 12″, 24″, and 48″.

 

 

 

 

image of galvanized e-track
E-track in a galvanized finish

 

The wider width of E-track makes it a good choice for  installation inside an enclosed trailer or on the floor of an open trailer. It’s available in horizontal and vertical styles and in a galvanized or a green painted finish. Lengths include 2′, 5′, 8′, and 10′.

Both L track and E track are incredibly strong and versatile, but traditionally there are more straps and fittings available on the market for E-track. L-track (also sometimes known as airline track) is gaining in popularity, so more and more accessories are becoming available.

Charlie explains in more detail in the video below.
We’ve also added videos about how to install Etrack and how to install L track.

How to install E-track:

How to install L-track: