The Differences Between E Track Rails and A Track Rails

Published on 06/29/23

E Track Rail System Holding Tires with E Track Bars

What are E-Track Rails and A Track Rail Systems?

When it comes to securing cargo inside of dry vans, moving vans, or enclosed trailers it’s hard to account for the size of cargo you are transporting. As well as the ideal securement location to get the perfect angle for saving space or to ensure that your cargo isn’t going anywhere once secured. E Track and A Track Rails provide the user with ultimate flexibility as the rails provide numerous securement locations to latch into to utilize the available space inside of your trailer.

E Track Rails and A Track Rails can work with a number of attachments ranging from E Track Straps, E Track Bars, Rope Tie Offs, and more to help accommodate all of your cargo securement needs. No matter if you are transporting cargo professionally, moving across town, or transporting your sweet ride we have exactly what you need in order to stay safe while transporting your cargo.

Let’s begin with our blog post explaining the differences between E Track Rails and A Track Rails.

Horizontal Galvanized E Track Rails for E Track Systems

What are E Track Rails?

E Track Rails have become one of the most popular ways to secure cargo inside dry van trailers, enclosed trailers, and moving vans over the last decade. Mostly due to the versatility that the rails offer to secure from the perfect angle and the ability to latch into place and tighten the cargo down in a matter of seconds. E Track Rails have become a staple as the industry standard track over the last several decades.

E Track Rails come in various lengths and are two main types of coatings with one being coated with a black finish and the other being coated in galvanized. Both of these options are great are providing excellent strength and durability once installed into either the walls or flooring of the trailer. These rails can be installed either horizontally or vertically to provide you with various securement

E Track Rails are not rated due to the fact that they may vary greatly from trailer to trailer or moving van manufacture specifications. Made from 12 Gauge Steel and made from high-strength steel with a 50,000 lbs PSI minimum yield to ensure ultimate strength is met for your cargo.

Close up of ATrack Rails for Cargo Securement

What are A Track Rails?

A-Track Rails are a newer style of track that is extremely similar to E-Track rails as they are often made from the same materials and process. The main difference between the two rail systems is the fitting punch that may not work with all E-Track Straps. At Lodi Metals, our E-Track Straps work with both E-Track Rails and A Track Rail Systems which makes purchasing replacement or brand new straps a breeze.

A-Track Rails are not as commonly found as E-Track Rails but may be found in newer trailers depending on the trailer manufacturer. If you have any questions our experts are standing by and willing to lend a helping hand with helping you identify what system you have inside of your dry van, enclosed trailer, or other application needs. You can reach our experts best by giving us a call today at 800-807-5634 or by using our online contact us form located at the top of the website.

E Track vs A Track Rails

The Different Types of E-Track and A-Track Rails Accessories

When it comes to the different types of E-Track and A-Track accessories some of the most popular options include anything from E-Track Load Bars, E-Track Straps, Rope Tie Offs, and E-Fittings with Rings designed for Tie Down Straps with S Hooks or Wire Hooks to quickly latch into the rails a heavy-duty securement point.

E Track Load Bars – E Track Load Bars are an extremely important tool to provide your load with load stability and securement in the back of dry van trailers. When being on the road for long periods of time you can expect sudden braking, sudden acceleration, or other movements that may cause the cargo to move. When opening the dry van doors when you arrive at your next destination this poses a risk of when opening the dock doors as unsecured cargo may have moved out of place and is now at risk of tipping over or falling out of the dry van trailer completely.

This can create a potentially dangerous situation for both drivers and dock workers when opening trailer doors to unload. E Track Load bars help to prevent this very real and dangerous situation from happening by holding the cargo in place by using the strength of the walls to help hold the cargo in place using load bars that latch into e track rails. Using E Track Load Bars and E Track Rails you can create layers inside of your trailer to improve safety and prevent costly damage claims from damaged cargo.

E Track Load Bars come in a variety of different sizes, strengths, and materials in order to fit a variety of different dry vans, moving vans, and enclosed trailers from manufacture to manufacture. If you have any questions you can give our experts a call today at 800-807-5634 or by using our online contact us form located at the top of the website. We look forward to helping you find the ideal E Track Bars and accessories for all of your e-track securement needs.

E Track Ratchet Straps for Tie Down Securement

E Track Straps – E Track Straps come in two main different types of straps with one being E Track Ratchet Straps and the other being E Track Cam Buckle Straps. E Track Ratchet Straps are the more popular choice out of the two and are used to secure heavier cargo that is located inside dry vans and enclosed trailers. E Track Ratchet Straps secure cargo by tightening the ratchet hardware and are much more rigid when compared to cam buckle hardware.

E Track Cam Buckle Straps on the other hand are weaker in strength but ideal when securing cargo in moving vans. This is due to they are tightened into place using hand strength which helps to prevent the cargo from becoming damaged from overtightening which can cause a threat when securing cargo with ratchet straps if you are not being careful. Cam Buckle Straps can normally be tightened and released much quicker for beginners when compared to ratchet straps as removing the slack in the straps take a fraction of the time.

Both our E Track Ratchet Straps and E Track Cam Buckle Straps are made from heavy-duty 2-inch wide polyester tie-down webbing that provides ultimate durability and strength. The heavier-duty tie webbing blends help prevent cuts and damage to the straps from repetitive usage while helping provide you with peace of mind as tie-down webbing normally fails much sooner than the hardware.

Rope Tie Off Straps for E Track Systems

Rope Tie Offs – Rope Tie Off Straps are designed to latch into e-track rail systems and create a securement tie-down anchor location for tie-down straps that have hook hardware as the end fittings such as wire hooks and s hooks. This allows you to use straps that were not specifically designed for e-track systems with e-track rails.

E Track Dolly Straps – E Track Dolly Straps are designed for using e-track systems to secure portable dollies that can be used to move appliances, customers’ cargos, or to save space while inside moving vans. They are made from our 2-inch polyester tie-down webbing and include two e-track fittings to safely ensure that the dollies do not move out of place during transit.

Cargo Bars with Hoops inside of dry van trailer with e track

Shop our popular E Track Systems


12 Gauge Steel


12 Gauge Steel


12 Gauge Steel


12 Gauge Steel


Cambuckle 3,000 lbs BS
Assembly 915 lbs WLL


Cambuckle 3,000 lbs BS
Assembly 915 lbs WLL


For 102” wide trailers
Adjusts From: 93”- 103”


Cambuckle 3,000 lbs BS
Assembly 915 lbs WLL



HD for 102” wide trailers
Adjusts From: 93”- 103”


Steel for 102” trailers
Adjusts From: 93”-103”


Ratchet 4,400 lbs BS
Assembly 1,466 lbs WLL


Ratchet 4,400 lbs BS
Assembly 1,466 lbs WLL


Ratchet 4,400 lbs BS
Assembly 1,466 lbs WLL


1,466 lbs WLL
Versatile, Easy to Use


2 inches Wide
Multiple Lengths Available

E Track Hardware Fitting used for E Track Systems

Frequently Asked E Track and A Track Questions

Should you purchase E Track Rails or A Track Rails? – Both of the rails are great choices. However, we would personally recommend e-track rails as the old sang goes “If it’s not broke, don’t change it” and e-track rails have decades of use and testing from their users.

What type of webbing is used for E Track Straps? – 2-inch wide polyester tie-down webbing is the most common size and material that is used for e-track straps due to the strength and durability for repetitive moves. Polyester provides excellent strength and very little stretching to ensure that once the cargo is secured in place it does not move or come unsecured during transit.