Shipping Container Delivery – Tilt Bed Trailer

Here’s a quick video of how a shipping container is delivered to a residential location (or other location without a forklift/crane on site).  Delivery on a tilt bed costs a little more, but unless you’re going over 100 miles it negates the cost of renting a forklift to take the container off a truck or chassis.

All that you need to have a container delivered on a tilt bed is:

  • A cleared space, foundation or blocks/ties to set the container on,
  • Ample space for the truck to back in, and pull out,
  • Solid ground to support the truck without getting stuck.

Check out the video, and let me know if you have any questions or need any help.  Follow the link for more ideas about tilt bed shipping container delivery.

Chicago Container Sale – Cheap Price, Cargo Worthy Quality

The summer is heating up in Chicagoland, and the price of 20′ shipping containers is on fire.  Container sales in Chicago have always been competitive, but this summer they’re getting even more competitive.  Used 20′ containers are now on sale at $850/unit, or $1600 for a pair of them.

Check this link for more details about shipping containers in Chicago.

These containers are in cargo worthy condition and can be used for shipping, storage, or just about any other modification project that you can think of.  For example, we recently converted 2x used containers into a storm shelter/bunk house. works with major shipping lines around the world to help them market and sell their new and used shipping containers.  Some lines and leasing companies sell directly through the platform, while others operate on a consignment basis.

Organize Your Storage Container with Shelving!

It happens all the time… you have a nice clean storage container, you’re in a hurry so you just toss in a couple of boxes.  The next person comes along (maybe you?) and you do the same thing.  Maybe it’s dropped boxes in a corner, maybe it’s paint cans against the back wall.  Before you know it, you’ve got the floor covered with usefull, albeit poorly organized “stuff”.  There’s a simple solution – shipping container shelving.

Hanging Container Shelving

Hanging container shelving installs quickly and easily, and many of the most popular types require no tools and very little assembly.  The shelf brackets have strong hooks on the top that hang from the D rings inside of each container.  Once the two brackets are hanging, you only need to rest 2x 2″x10″ boards on the arms of the brackets.  In only a few minutes you can being organizing everything in your storage container and making it much more accessable.

The benfit of hanging shelving is that it takes up no floor space, and you can keep larger things on the ground (pallets, buckets, lawn and garden tractors, etc).

shipping container shelving

Rack/Floor Shelving for Containers

Rack style, floor based shelving, is great for storage units that need wider shelves and less space on the floor.  This type of shelving requires some tools or assembly and tends to be a little more expensive due to the number of parts required (brackets, shelving material, nuts and bolts, etc).

The benefit of rack/floor shelving is that you can get wider shelves and cover more of the interior of the container.

Rhino Cubed – Tiny Shipping Container Homes!

The residents of Colorado are up to it again, this time it’s an architect/artist out in Louisville who had a rusted out 20′ container dropped off at his yard and he massaged into a 160 square foot container home.

Sam Austin, a CU-Denver grad, was quoted as saying, ““I love the idea of taking something that is considered garbage and treating it like it’s priceless,”

The containers are equipped with solar power, water, and a small range/oven.

The back doors swing wide and feature a tattoo-style painting by Austin. The main door — a 350-pound sheet of steel — hinges on stainless-steel ball bearings. The exterior is a Jackson Pollock-inspired splatter.

Just about anything can be attached to the exterior, thanks to several dozen bolt-ready rivets added to the steel walls — think outdoor racks for bikes, tools, awnings and even patio-type roofing to connect another shipping container.

The idea is that a fully insulated, weather-, fire- and critter-proof mini-home can be hauled just about anywhere with a truck or even a helicopter.

“I like to think we can preserve Mother Nature while still living in the middle of it,” Burton said. “We really wanted to create something that would work off-the-grid.”

Rhino3 shows off their new Cube homes in Louisville, Co.


Shipping Container Cabins

A shipping container cabin can be anything from a simple storm shelter, to a full blown cabin with electricity and running water.  Once you have the plan in place, all that you need are the components to put it together.  If you’ve ever been curious about how to get started, or just looking for a rough template for your own idea, check out this article on “Building a Shipping Container Cabin“.  Here’s an excerpt:

 The original plan called a single container with 24 bunked cots, but after some consideration we’ve decided to add a second container and reduce the number of cots to 22 in all. This will give the students and faculty a little extra space to stretch out in, while adding storage space in the end of one container and some recreational area at the end of the other. We’re also looking into building a divider wall between each of the cots with a curtain for separating the individual quarters.

No matter if you’re a prepper, live in a tornado or storm prone area, or just want to have a shelter on a remote corner of your ranch; the process is nearly the same, it’s just a few parts that are interchangeable.

Shipping Containers for Preppers

Shipping containers and preppers seem to go hand in hand, and here’s my logic: A goal of many preppers is to have a fall-back location from which they can regroup and rally that’s away from the epicenter of (insert disaster here).  This fallback location, or bug out shelter, should be secure, strong, and nondescript.  Does that type of structure sound like anything we discuss here?

Preppers can buy a shipping container, have a few simple modifications made, and move it to a secure location where they can stock the unit with the necessary supplies and use it for training their family and core group.

There are a lot of useful links about prepping available, and rather than regurgitate what’s already available, here are a few captions and links to useful articles relating to both shipping containers and prepping.

If you’ve got any cabin ideas for preppers, shipping containers or otherwise, feel free to drop us a message or leave a comment.  We always enjoy hearing new ideas and developments that people are using.

Shipping Container Parts and Pieces

Every consider all of the parts, pieces and components that go into putting a shipping container together?  If you’re like most people, the answer is probably not.  Shipping containers impact your daily life in more ways than you can image, and most people don’t even realize it.

The core parts on a shipping container are the walls and ceiling, floor, top and bottom rails, corner castings, and doors.  If you’d like to see a few pictures and diagrams, check out this article on shipping container parts, published by

top and bottom rails on a shipping container


5 Tips for Buying a Shipping Container (if you’re not shipping with it)

Are you a first time buyer of a used shipping container?  If so, read on… you might be buying it for a storage unit, modular housing conversion, or some type of outbuilding on your farm or ranch.  You might also be a company buying it for a storage unit on your factory or construction site property.  Whatever the reason, here are five tips compiled to make inspections quick and easy.  Follow the link for the full story:

  1. Swing the door
  2. Read the plate
  3. Go inside and close the doors
  4. Stretch a line
  5. Check the corners

You can read the full article here, and if you like it be sure to like it and share it with your friends – Tips for buying used shipping containers.

Tips for Buying Used Shipping Containers

The internet is awash with blogs and articles giving you tips and ideas on how to buy the best shipping container, at the cheapest price; however many of these articles are biased towards the margin available to the person selling the container, and what they don’t take into consideration is the specific needs of the buyer. Most frequently, the two biggest concerns for the buyer are either price, or condition.

Tips for Used Shipping Container Prices

If the biggest concern that you have when shopping to buy a used shipping container is price, you can usually find a really good deal on a used shipping container. It may not be a perfect piece of equipment (maybe an odd color painted to match a shipping line), but the less “curb appeal” that it has typically means a lower price. If you’re going to be storing fire wood or animal feed in the unit on the back of your ranch, you may not care what the container looks like as long as it keeps out rodents and other vermin.

How to find a cheap used shipping container: Ask for a container that hasn’t been refurbished or painted, but is still wind and water tight. Explain what you’ll be using it for, and let the seller know that price is your primary concern.

Tips for Used Shipping Container Conditions

If you need a shipping container that looks like it just came off the showroom floor (fresh or solid paint, “new car smell”, and all the bells and whistles), you’ll want to look for either a one trip container, or a container that’s under five years old. One trip containers are typically painted a solid color, and while not considered to be used have been used one time, they’ll have high locking gear and usually will be equipped with a lock box.

How to find a shipping container in great condition: Ask for a container that’s either one trip, or under five years old and painted a solid color. Shipping lines probably won’t have equipment like this, but leasing companies will have them available. You’ll need to pay a little more for the container, but you won’t need to paint it or worry about any repairs (cosmetic or otherwise).

Further Reading on Buying Used Shipping Containers

There are lots of online resources for advice on the best way to buy a used shipping container, and most of them are regionally specific (parts of the US, Australia, Canada, the UK, etc) and the information isn’t always relevant to your area. has worked with their sellers on an international level and assembled a library of tips for buying used shipping containers. Have a look, and then you’ll be well informed when you start your container search.

Getting the Best Price on a Shipping Container – Delivery Options

Depending on where you live, the cost of having a shipping container delivered can greatly impact the price of the container, more than you might realize. published this article, “Avoid Expensive Delivery for Shipping Containers“, and stresses that, just like vegetables, you should try to buy your shipping container as close as possible.  Not only will it be fresh, it will save you money as well (Okay, maybe it won’t  be any more fresh, but the container won’t be any less fresh either!).

When you start looking for a driver to deliver a container for you, an important question to ask is how you will be billed (along with the type of truck delivering the container). Depending on where you are located, different trucking and delivery companies will charge based on different scales, most commonly time or distance.

If you’ve got any questions, or need some help having a container delivered or repositioned, give a call to, or google your local shipping container retailer.  It could save you some time and money, two things that are hard to come by these days.



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