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graphic of shoring beam decking applied with vertical e track inside enclosed trailer

What is Shoring Beam Decking?

shoring beams used to create decking for spare tires

Shoring beams have many uses for enclosed van trailer haulers, but maybe its best use is to create additional space inside the van, otherwise known as "decking." This is a popular option for those looking to increase the capacity and allow for a more organized and secure way to store cargo and other items while on the road.

We explain more about shoring beam decking, its benefits, and what tools you need to do this successfully.

What is Shoring Beam Decking?

Shoring beam decking is a method used by enclosed van haulers that involves installing shoring beams in a horizontal orientation across the length of the trailer to create a platform, or second level, of storage space that would normally go unused. These shoring beams attach to the walls of the trailer via E-Track and adjust according to the trailer's width, allowing for customization to fit specific cargo needs.

Benefits to Shoring Beam Decking

Using shoring beams to create a second level in your enclosed trailer has many benefits that make hauling cargo and other items a breeze:

  • Additional Storage. By adding a second level of storage, it allows for better organization and utilization of space. This is especially useful when you need to transport a large number of items. Make fewer trips using more space that was left previously empty.

  • Keeps Cargo in Place. Shoring beam decking creates a solid base for your items, minimizing the risk of damage from shifting or sliding during transit. Especially for delicate or fragile items, the added stability provided by shoring beam decking ensures that they stay locked in place, reducing the potential for damage caused by rough driving or sudden stops.

  • Improve Transport Safety. Using shoring beams not just for decking but for other purposes helps reduce the risk of spilled cargo that causes accidents by falling items. For heavier items that could cause serious injury if they were to fall, shoring beams still acts as a barrier to keep them steady and in place.

  • Easy to Install. Most decking beams have E-Track attachments that connect to rails installed on the walls of enclosed trailers. Make sure you install your E-Track appropriately so you have the most universal configuration if you haul different-sized loads.
graphic of shoring beam decking applied with vertical e track inside enclosed trailer


How to Create Decking with Shoring Beams

Before creating shoring beam decking inside your enclosed trailer, you need to consider a few things. First, how many items are you planning on hauling, and of these items, will they be large or bulky? Second, how heavy of cargo do you plan on hauling on a regular basis to ensure you don't use shoring beams beyond their working load limits? Lastly, you need to know the width of your enclosed trailer to find the right length of shoring beams. Adjustable shoring beams can extend beyond their initial length, but it's important to note that you choose one that fits appropriately.

Using shoring beams to create decking is a simple process, as listed below:

1. Install E-Track Rails

If you don't have E-Track currently inside your trailer, then you need to install these rails before attempting to create decking. E-Track is one of the easiest and most flexible options for enclosed trailers when it comes to using shoring beams. Most shoring beams are also made with E-Track end fittings for quick and easy attachment/detachment.

The decision will be whether you install the E-Track rails vertically or horizontally. Horizontal rails work to keep taller cargo in place during transportation. They are installed along the height of the trailer walls, with multiple rails generally installed to haul additional tall cargo. Vertical railing, on the other hand extends the length of the trailer walls and is generally installed in the central part of these walls.

Regardless, both horizontal and vertical E-Track can work to create shoring beam decking. However, your configuration depends on what you plan to haul on a consistent basis.

2. Attach Shoring Beams to the E-Track

After installing the E-Track to your enclosed trailer walls, then attach your shoring beams to the rail. Adjustable shoring beams from U.S. Cargo Control are made with E-Track fittings that snap into the rail and release easily at the switch of a spring trigger!

3. Create Decking

Depending what you want to haul in your enclosed trailer, try securing pieces of plywood or other sturdy, flat surfaces onto your attached shoring beams. This creates your second level of storage that allows you to stack your cargo items and utilize the empty space that you couldn't use before. Make sure whatever item you use as your platform won't break or bend under the weight of your cargo.

You can also create different decking configurations using your shoring beams. Try attaching them closer to each other to store items like spare tires (as seen in the photo above).  

Shoring Beams from U.S. Cargo Control

Shoring beams from U.S. Cargo Control provides added support to your enclosed van cargo that keeps everything safe and in place during transit. Also known as decking beams, they are designed to be extremely durable and able to withstand the weight of heavy cargo. With many different ways to use these items, shoring beams are the preferred tool that creates additional space, supports heavier cargo items, and is both practical and cost-effective.

These load bars are available in two different makes:

  • Steel Shoring BeamsThis is a solid and affordable option that adjusts to accommodate for the width of various enclosed van trailers. With a 1,500 lbs. working load limit, these are reliable shoring beams that keep your cargo secure and provide a solid basis for shoring beam decking.
  • Aluminum Shoring BeamsFor a stronger alternative, try our aluminum shoring beams that has a 2,200 lbs. working load limit. These load bars are also adjustable to fit the width of your enclosed van trailer. 

Other options include cargo bars that use tensioning to extend and tighten to create a support barrier to keep cargo in place. These are made with rubber non-slip pads and extend using a ratcheting component. If you want something solid to work in the back of your pickup truck or hatchback of our SUV, then try these bars instead.

Other Moving Supplies

For hauling cargo in enclosed van trailers, make sure you have the right supplies for a safe and easy delivery. Secure your cargo items with E-Track straps that tie down your items for safer hauling. You can also provide additional padding and protection for your items, whether they are bulky or fragile, with our moving blankets and furniture covers. Lastly, take more of the bodily strain out of loading cargo with our hand trucks and moving dollies!

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