The E-Track System and Other Means of Securing Cargo inside Trucks


Shaun Stille

Transporting cargo can be a pretty tough job—hauling heavy items over vast distances while ensuring that no damage comes to the merchandise isn’t exactly a short order in the job description. This is why many companies like Global Parts Inc. have taken to selling truck/trailer equipment and accessories that serve to make hauling safer and more efficient.

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E-Tracks

The reliable E-track system allows sizable cargo to be loaded onto trucks without scratching surfaces and there won’t be a need for haulers to push or lift too much. E-Tracks come in rails that you can assemble and fasten to the inside of your truck. Aside from facilitating the loading of bulky cargo, e-track systems also serve as a restraint for the cargo as it may include sturdy straps and hooks.

Netting

Cargo nets are best for securing uneven or irregular loads, because of the versatility of its function. Whether you’re loading a pickup, a cargo trailer, or a container truck, there are a variety of netting options that should be adequate enough for your needs. Nets could also be useful in keeping tarps in place.

Tiedowns

According to Truckinginfo.com’s senior editor Tom Berg, you also have many options when it comes to tiedowns:

“Floor tiedown points also vary in design. Recessed rings, sometimes called “bull rings,” are used to secure heavy cargo such as steel coils. There’s also the F-track with round holes, placed crossways in the floor and ceiling, with vertical bars or hoops inserted to separate loads, explains Chris Lee, chief engineer with Hyundai Translead. These are used by door and window makers to keep the somewhat fragile products from leaning against each other. The U.S. Postal Service uses stake pockets embedded in floors at certain spacings to hold poles that restrain mail bins and containers.”

Cords

What strapping or load securing strategy would be complete without reliable bungee ropes? These handy elastic cords keep the cargo from shifting around during transport. Most bungee cords have a hook to each end, making it easier to hold onto areas of the truck for a secure and stable fit.

Tarps

Unless you’re working with a fully-covered container truck, it’s your duty to protect your equipment against the elements, and tarps always come in handy should it start to drizzle during your trip. You should properly choose your type of tarp though—for one, while plastic is inexpensive, it tends to be more prone to ripping than canvas varieties.

To help secure your cargo even further, there’s additional equipment that you can buy, like quality e-track accessories and cargo control devices.

(Source: Keeping Cargo Where it Belongs, HDT Trucking Info)

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