Today we will be going over everything you need to know about E Track in order to make your next cargo move simple!
What is E Track?
E Track is an extremely versatile tool in the cargo control industry. It can be used by anyone, from professional truck drivers to recreational outdoor vehicle users and many more. E Track can be installed virtually anywhere which only adds to the versatility of it. When you find yourself in a situation where you have no securement points, E track rails and e track accessories can solve that problem in no time at all.
This all sounds great, but you might be asking How do I use E track? Thatʼs what this article is all about. From installing to using, we want to provide you with some tips and tricks that might be helpful as you attempt to utilize E track to your advantage. Letʼs get started!
E Track Installation Tips and Tricks
Using E track is extremely easy but many people fear the installation process because it can be difficult to know exactly what to do. We would like to offer a few tips that could come in handy when you decide to install your E track. The first tip we have for anyone who is installing E Track is to be exact with your measurements and markings.
This sounds like an obvious statement but many people cut corners in these areas and it creates problems down the road. If you are not screwed or bolted into the frame of your trailer properly you are greatly reducing the overall strength of your E track rails and putting yourself and your cargo in danger.
Successful installation of E track starts by having the right supplies. This is the case for pretty much any project, but people often try to take shortcuts which can be detrimental to their efforts. Mapping out the supplies that you need can save you a lot of time down the road. The first thing that you will need is obviously the E track rails. These are what you will be mounting on the wall. After you have purchased the E track rails you will need the proper screws for mounting the rails to the walls or floors of your trailer.
The screws that you use for mounting your E track rails depend on the kind of trailer that you are using. A lot of enclosed trailers have a metal frame and will need metal screws. It is also helpful to have wood screws on hand because after you are done securing the rails to the metal frame you will want to use wood screws to give an extra layer of strength to the E Track rails.
Like the enclosed trailer method, this flatbed trailer method will require metal screws and wood screws. If you are installing E track on a flatbed trailer you may want to consider pre-drilling the holes first and then bolting it down to the floor. This is considered to be the strongest securement option for mounting E track rails. There is also some risk of breaking the screw off while drilling which is another reason to use the pre-drilling method.
Some of the best uses for E Track
Now that you have successfully installed your E track you might be asking yourself that question. The answer is pretty much anything you can think of! Versatility is probably the greatest strength of E track. Like we already mentioned before, E Track is typically used in enclosed trailers and on flatbed trailers. The most common use for E track is cargo securement. There are many different ways to secure cargo using E track.
We offer a wide variety of E track straps that are more than capable of securing your load. Our 2 inch E track ratchet strap has a Working Load Limit of 1,466 pounds. If you are hauling lighter loads, you may want to consider using our 1 inch E track ratchet strap which has a Working Load Limit of 833 pounds. E track ratchet straps are used to pin the cargo that you are trying to secure up against the wall to prevent it from shifting around.
Many people like to use E track load bars as a method of cargo securement. This is done by using E track shoring beams. These beams work exactly like cargo bars normally do, except instead of using rubber feet to attach to the wall, they use E track rails as an attachment point.
These bars are useful because they can be quickly and efficiently removed and attached from the E track rails. When it comes to using E track load bars, it is important to remember that the load bars are only as strong as whatever they are attached to. For example, if the E track is attached to a weak point on your trailer it could cause the entire assembly to be weak
Some people even use E track to create shelves in their enclosed trailers. This can be done by using our wood beam sockets. These sockets can be placed right in the E track rails. Once you have placed the wooden beam sockets into the E track you can use them to hold a 2×4 or 2×6 which will provide the frame of your shelves. You can then cut plywood pieces to fit over the wood and form a fully functional shelving unit in your trailer. These shelves can greatly improve the capacity of your enclosed trailer at an extremely low cost! A lot of semi truck drivers use this technique to create multiple levels of storage area within their trailer.
This is great for situations where you may have extremely heavy boxes that you do not want to stack on top of each other. In that case, you could create shelves out of plywood and wood beam sockets to greatly increase the amount of storage space in your truck.
The Best Places to Buy E Track
Here at Shipperʼs Supplies, we take pride in providing you with the exact cargo control product for your needs! We have a wider variety of E track products that we believe will assist you in your cargo securement efforts. Our product line includes E track rails, E track ratchet straps, E track cam buckle straps, wood decking beams, E track shoring beams with hoops, E track load bars, E track with O-rings, E track rope tie-offs, and more.
We strive to have an option that you could possibly think of when it comes to cargo securement because we care about meeting your needs and providing you with the best customer service on the market!
Since we cut all of our straps here in our warehouse, we are able to custom cut any strap to meet your specifications. Customizations like color and hardware choices are endless and we would be happy to partner with you to find the perfect combination of E track hardware for your needs!
If you have any questions about any of our E track products our experts would be more than happy to answer any of them and address any concerns that you may have.
You can find the products used in this blog by clicking any of the links below:
E Track Rails
Wood Beam Socket
E Track Straps
If you have any questions regarding any of our products or any questions about E Track systems can help you with your personal and business shipping needs feel free to contact our experts by contacting us at 800-444-0956 or by using our online contact form located here