Frequently Asked Questions
Q: Who uses Yellow Rack?
A: Chemical companies, general freight companies, and owner operators alike use Yellow Rack. For its help with safety and compliance issues, keeping bars on the trailer where they belong--ready for locking in freight and avoiding loss and damage--customers find the Yellow Rack one of the handiest tools to hit the freight protection equipment market in a long time. Drivers love it because it provides convenience and organization to their job.
Q: How strong is the Yellow Rack?
A: Yellow Rack is made from a tough and durable nylon polymer that is flexible yet tough. We wanted to make a tool that would be strong enough to hold a maximum of 6 load bars but would "give" if freight hit it--we didn't want a heavy, metal rack tearing into freight. Look at our strength video to see what happens when a fork lift rakes across the compartment tabs--the Rack snaps back into its original shape! We don't claim that our product is indestructible, because even a metal load bar isn't. What we do claim is that if cared for properly, just like any other piece of equipment, the Yellow Rack will give years of service.
Q: Why is the Yellow Rack made from nylon? Wouldn't metal be stronger?
A: We went through plenty of materials to find the right one for Yellow Rack, starting with metal, then plastics, and finally settling on the rubberized nylon from which the product is manufactured. We wanted a material that was strong but wouldn't be too heavy, and surprisingly, rigidity is a factor that works against protecting both freight and freight protection equipment like decking beams/load bars.
Yellow Rack won't tear into packaging if freight accidentally comes in contact with it; instead, it will bend to let freight pass rather than cause damage. And what about decking beams or load bars? Fork lifts can run into beams that are stored in the Yellow Rack—but its flexibility allows the Rack to take the shock instead of the load bars! Not so with a metal rack, which would make the load bars take the shock—and that means bent and damaged equipment!
Q: What kind of equipment can be stored in the Yellow Rack?
A: Yellow Rack was made to store up to 6 square-type load bars (also called decking beams, shoring beams, load locks), but it can also hold much more! Six or more jack/pressure bars will fit in the Rack (see photo below), up to 6 straps, or a combination of any of those. Chemical transporters store their shovels and brooms in the Rack, others store rolls of tape and even pallet jacks! Full instructions for how to use Yellow Rack--from installing clips to loading it with freight protection equipment--are included with each shipment.
The two outer compartments on the Yellow Rack are made slightly larger: there are still some of the wider load bars out on the market. These older bars have been discontinued but are still in use, so we made these two outer compartments a little wider to accommodate them. These wider bars will not fit in the inner 4 compartments.
Q: What are other features of the Yellow Rack?
- Yellow Rack fits 24"-to-center vertical e-track (logistics slots) and any horizontal e-track. Because the Rack is self-adjusting, a perfect fit is guaranteed every time it's clipped in!
- Yellow Rack is completely portable, so it can be put anywhere in a trailer where e-track is present. We strongly recommend positioning the Rack at the rear of the trailer to keep load bars out of the way of heavy freight moving equipment.
- Retention rods now come with a padlock hole. Yellow Rack, with or without load bars or other equipment stored in it, can be locked to both vertical and horizontal e-track using a cable-type lock (15" for horizontal e-track and 22" or longer for vertical). Or, lock in load bars with just a padlock at the end of the rod! Once the Rack is filled with load bars, it cannot be removed from e-track because it has to be tilted to disengage the clips. This is impossible to do with heavy load bars stored in the Rack.
- The uniquely engineered features of Yellow Rack insure that it will hold even its heaviest load of 6 decking beams securely, even over the roughest roads!
Q: I know Yellow Rack can help prevent loss of freight protection equipment, but are there any other reasons to use it?
A: Yes! Load securement is a big deal for chemical and freight companies these days in terms of the law. Both federal and state governments are increasingly diligent about making sure all freight is secured. It is the law that all freight must be braced, and fines can be issued for load bars that are loose, too. Law enforcement considers loose load bars as potential projectiles because of their ability to puncture chemical containers. But these laws are not restricted to hazmat transporters!
In communities across the country, local authorities are increasing the number of liense and weight units that enforce commercial vehicle inspection codes. Code violations are not good for safety purposes, but they are good for a community's revenues! This is NOT good for commercial trucking if fines are a part of "business as usual". Yellow Rack helps drivers and companies solve compliance issues because of its ease of use, driver acceptance, and its adaptability to company driver compliance programs.
Q: What about the warranty?
A: Your Yellow Rack is built to withstand the tough conditions that exist in cargo trailers. Our racks are quality tested and field tested under these same conditions. If a rack breaks in normal usage during the warranty period, upon receipt it will be replaced with a new rack. Click here for more information on our warranty.
Q: How do I get a Yellow Rack?
A: See our contact page for sales information.