The Complete Beginners Guide on E Track Straps

Published on 10/04/21

E Track Setup in back of a enclosed trailer

What is E Track Straps?

E Track Straps have become one of the staples for cargo securement inside of the professional moving and professional cargo transportation industries. One of the reasons behind this shift to e track straps is the ability to secure cargo within seconds from a variety of different angles that other straps may be more limited in doing. This is done through the use of E Track Rails that are installed directly into the walls or flooring of the dry van, pickup trailer, or moving van. This gives the e track straps great amounts of strength, as well as the ability to secure from a wide variety of different securement angles along the e track rails.

Some of the different applications for e track straps include securing vehicles, transporting personal belongings during a move, professional truckers transporting packages, and around-the-house cargo securement use. E Track Straps help to utilize the highest amount of space inside of your trailer or moving van as they can secure cargo from just about any angle inside that is needed in order to get the job done. This also helps to ensure that you gain the most out of your available space as these straps can secure from just about any securement angle along the walls or along with the flooring.

E Track Straps come in two main types of straps with one of the straps being E Track Ratchet Straps and the other being E Track Cam Buckle Straps. Both of the straps are great for securing cargo or personal belongings but are mainly based on personal preference. Most moving companies prefer to go for E Track Cam Buckle Straps as there is a reduced chance of potentially over-tightening cargo that could cause damage.

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The Different Types of E Track Straps

E Track Ratchet StrapsE Track Ratchet Straps utilize ratchet tie-down hardware that is designed to tighten in one direction to create one of the most secure ways for any cargo securement application. These straps are normally the most popular in terms of the everyday tie-down strap and are extremely durable and heavy-duty. You will often see E Track Ratchet Straps in enclosed trailers, dry vans, or moving vans most commonly for a wide range of different cargo sizes and weights.

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E Track Cam Buckle StrapsE Track Cam Buckle Straps utilize cam buckle tie-down hardware and are of the most commonly used types of e track straps by far. Part of the wide success of e track cam buckle straps is the ability to hand tighten the strap as opposed to using hardware to tighten that could potentially cause damage from over-tightening if you are not careful. This is why those who are transporting customers’ personal belongings, antiques, or valuable cargo will typically lean toward e track cam buckle straps instead. These straps are equally as durable and heavy-duty as their ratchet strap counterpart and are also a great strap to have for anyone using e track rails for cargo securement.

What is E Track Rail systems?

E Track Rails are rails that are installed along the walls and flooring of the pickup trailer, moving van, or dry van. In doing such this creates numerous different securement points and allows you to utilize the entire space of the trailer as you no longer have to give up valuable space to find a securement point that works for your cargo. Another added benefit of using e track rails is the ability to utilize the strength of the walls and flooring of the trailer or moving van to help secure your cargo to reach the next destination safely without damage.

Damage claims in the professional trucking or professional moving industry can be quite costly in terms of damage insurance claims, loss of repeat customers, and forming a bad reputation from your customers. By having an e track system installed and using the correct straps for the weight of your cargo by either using 1-inch e track straps or 2-inch e track straps you can greatly reduce the chances of cargo tipping over during transit.

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Popular Types of E Track Straps

The Two Different Types of E Track Rails

There are two main types of e track rails that are used to secure cargo with one of the types being horizontal e track. This can be installed along with the flooring or the walls of the trailer and is used to secure applications such as automotive vehicle securement, boxes for shipping, moving a customer’s personal belongings to a new location, or just around the house daily cargo transportation as needed. Some of the different options that come with e track rails include galvanized or painted typically and come in sections of 2’, 5’, 8’, and sometimes 10’ depending on the place you are purchasing the e track rails from. We highly recommend both of the e track rails are they normally follow general e track industry guidelines and are both normally made to be long-lasting with their durability.

Vertical E Track is the other type of E Track rail that is used and is slightly less commonly used than the alternative horizontal e track rails as the applications typically used are more limited. Vertical E Track rails are normally used for creating layers inside of the trailer or can also be used for shoring purposes in order to hold cargo in place without the risk of the cargo tipping over in dry vans for the professional trucking industry. You will often tend to see Shoring Beams that are used to shore or potentially even cargo nets that are used instead of e track straps for most of these cases.

How to install an E track System

When it comes to installing an e track system one of the most important things to follow is pre-planning on how you are going to accomplish the installation and the amount of material that you are going to need to order based on the normal types of cargo securement applications you use. Most professional truck drivers and professional movers will cover the entire length of the trailer with e track rails that are installed along with the flooring or along the walls of the trailer as they are thrown numerous different cargo sizes and weights daily and need the extra securement points. If you are going to only use your enclosed trailer for example for automotive hauling then only purchasing 10 or 20 feet of e track rails for each side of the vehicle would be more than enough in most circumstances.

E Track rails are most commonly sold in both 5’ and 8’ sections so finding the perfect length to utilize for your trailer is not always the easiest. Another thing to consider when installing e track is that if you want multiple rails per wall for multiple different heights of cargo securement. Depending on the height of the cargo you are securing this may or may not be needed for some users. We often see multiple different rows of e track in more of the professional shippers or professional movers and less so around the house movers.

When installing E track Systems it is always important to ensure that you are using the proper length of screws as well as the strength of the screws to ensure that your e track rails do not come undone during transport or when tightening down cargo. This is one of the reasons that we do not offer e track hardware for installs is there is such a wide variety of hardware that may work for some and may not work for others and we prefer that our customers find out what works best for their trailer in order to not jeopardize the strength.

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Frequently Asked E Track Strap Questions

What are Rope Tie Off Straps for E Track Systems?Rope Tie Off Straps are designed to create a quick securement point for straps that may not be equipped with E Track end fittings and utilize the strength of e track systems with a variety of different straps with Hooks. This allows you to secure cargo with straps that could otherwise not be secured into the e track systems. One of the added benefits of using rope tie-offs is the ability to hold your own custom applications into place with the rope tie-off rings.

What is the longest length of webbing that you can use for E Track Straps? – As being a leading manufacturer of tie-down straps and custom tie-down straps in the United States we have the ability to make a strap just about as long as you could possibly imagine. We recommend never exceeding the strap’s length of around 30 feet as it is not needed in most car hauling, cargo securement, or moving application needs.

Are E Track Straps Heavy Duty? – Yes, E Track Straps are extremely heavy duty and are heavy-duty enough to secure a wide range of different vehicles such as sports cars, SUVs, trucks, golf carts, motorcycles, race cars, electric vehicles, four-wheelers, as well as full-size side by sides. We recommend using these straps for all heavy-duty applications but recommend you never exceed the tie-down straps working load limit tag that is located on every one of the tie-down straps purchased on our website. This tag shows you the limitations of your strap for securing cargo in order to help keep you and the cargo you are transporting safe until it reaches its destination as well.

What type of webbing is used for E Track Straps? – We use a heavy-duty and durable Polyester Tie Down Webbing that is great for securing cargo while keeping its strength in a wide variety of different elements. This webbing blend is great in all types of different temperatures, and weather conditions, and is UV resistant that would otherwise weaken your straps over time quickly. You can view all of our different types of Polyester Tie Down Webbing by clicking HERE.

What are the different sizes of E Track Straps? – You can find E Track Straps both 1 inch wide and 2 inches wide E Track Straps. These are the most popular sizes and are used as industry-wide standards.

Can you run over E Track Rails with a Vehicle?YES! E Track would be perfectly fine if you accidentally run over your rails that are installed in the flooring when loading a vehicle without the risk of them being destroyed or damaged. E Track is made from extremely durable and heavy-duty metal that is made to last usually throughout the entire lifetime of the trailer.

How many E Track Straps do I need for my Trailer? – In general, we always recommend securing cargo from at least four different securement points if the object is valuable, heavy in physical weight, or oversized. Although some applications such as boxes in a corner against a wall may only require one strap at times. Generally speaking, we normally supply professional movers for enclosed trailers that are equipped with E Track 10-20 e track straps at a time for most normal-sized trailers. It may also be beneficial to stock several extra straps in case of any strap were to break or become weakened over time to prevent any potential shipping delays.

Does the Color of E Track Strap Matter? – The color of the E Track Strap in general does not do any extra added benefit but can help you by staying more organized. One of the easiest ways to stay more organized is by using different colors of different lengths of straps. For example, Yellow for 12 foot long straps, Gray webbing for 16 foot long straps, and Blue for 20 foot long straps. This helps professional movers and those who use these straps often know which strap to grab for each cargo securement need.

Does the Color of Webbing for Rope Tie Offs Matter? – Although the color of webbing for rope tie-offs may determine which vehicle they belong to in a fleet it does not make a difference in the strength of the webbing itself or length of the strap for organization purposes. This color is completely up to the person purchasing the strap and the personal preference of the company. We do often have companies requesting certain colors to help match their company branding.

Can E Track Rails Be Installed Inside of My Garage? – Although it is not their intended purpose or original design we have heard great feedback from our customers who have used e track rails with e track straps for alternative applications. We often hear of customers using the e track rails in garages to hold various yard equipment, garage organizing, and holding large items prone to tipping over secured in one location using our popular different types of E Track Straps.

What are the Different Types of E Track Rails? – The two main different types of e track rails are Horizontal E Track Rails and Vertical E Track Rails. As the name implies one is used for securing cargo horizontally and the other is designed to secure cargo vertically. E Track Rails can come in various different colors of rails such as painted black, galvanized, and sometimes even powder-coated in some circumstances depending on personal preferences.