What is a load lock?
Load locks, also called load distribution bars or cargo load locks, are square bars with an extendible fitting on each end that lock into a track system on the interior of a trailer. Load bars for trailers then lock into place at the desired length with an easy-release trigger mechanism meant to be functional even when wearing thick gloves for safety. Load locks for trailers are made of steel or high performance aluminum.
Load locks for trucks, or some lighter applications come as ratcheting load bars that do not require an track system for use, instead they are secured by pressure against the cargo and trailer surface.
When to use Load Bars
Load bars for trucks are a key element in keeping heavy or bulky items confined to one area of your cargo space. Load lock cargo bars can prevent cargo from shifting and causing damage to the interior of your truck or other transport items in the event a truck rolls over a curb or hits a bump. Using load lock cargo bars at multiple levels in your trailer in place of trailer load straps (load lock straps) allows for instances where a portion of the cargo exhibits stress in one direction and another portion does not - cargo load bars are strong in bending strength and friction strength to accommodate this flexing without compromising load safety.
Truck cargo bars can also increase the usable space in your cargo area by using multiple load locks to create decking areas by securing two or more load lock bars at the same height at intervals within the trailer and laying down plywood sheets or other decking material to create a new floor for additional cargo. When using load locking bars for shoring to create decks, be sure that the weight of your cargo doesn't exceed the horizontal working load limit of the logistic bars.
Safety note: It is important to secure each cargo load bar against the sidewall of the trailer when not in use, cargo bars for trailers become projectiles in an accident if left loose on the floor or on decking. You can secure your loadlocks easily by extending etrack bars into the tracking, or bungee or strap other loadlocks to a trailer fitting.
E-track Load Bars
E track load bars have fittings that allow the cargo bar to mount into track system installed on the interior walls of your trailer. Each E track load bar extends to fit the width of your trailer, standard E track cargo bars come in 92" or 85" lengths and they extend to 103" or 96.6". E track bars expansion also allows them to expand or contract as required to accommodate shifts in temperature or tweaking. E track load locks are crafted of aluminum or steel.
E track load bars can be used individually or if you're stacking cargo at multiple levels, such as moving boxes or other smaller boxes you might find it useful to install a cargo lock at multiple heights, one for each course of boxes to prevent shifting.
Ratcheting Cargo Bars
A ratcheting cargo bar is a type of cargo bar ideal for use in pickup trucks or used in smaller trailers. They generally extend up to 104.5" and are fitted with a ratchet that allows you to adjust the tension incrementally for a very secure fit. Non-skid rubber pads on these load bars for trailers protect the cargo and floors/walls of your truck. Lifting the ratchet handle allows the ratcheting load bar to extend or retract quickly when you need to adjust for large amounts of slack. A ratcheting cargo bar can be used in place of locking ratchet straps when you want to push cargo away from a surface rather than use force to pull it toward an anchor point.
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