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Old 12-08-2009, 03:44:23 PM   #1
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Semi Trailer For Storage?

I'm curious if anyone has used a semi trailer as a storage unit. I've seen a few being used as such.
1. Can you control the humidity in them?
2. Where can I get one to rent or buy?
3. Are they expensive?
4. Or would it be better to just rent a space? (I'd need a lot of space).
I may be moving after Christmas and a lot of my stuff will have to go into storage. Most of my house stuff will go into storage. My car will be coming with me
If it makes a difference, I'd be using it in East Central Indiana (near Richmond, IN).
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Old 12-08-2009, 04:56:52 PM   #2
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this is one of the popular rentals...http://www.pods.com/
I see them on craigslist a lot. Not sure on the humidity issues though.
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Old 12-08-2009, 04:59:14 PM   #3
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I'm curious if anyone has used a semi trailer as a storage unit. I've seen a few being used as such.
1. Can you control the humidity in them? If you get a refrigerated trailer
2. Where can I get one to rent or buy? Check the auction companys
3. Are they expensive? depends on your idea of expensive
4. Or would it be better to just rent a space? (I'd need a lot of space).
Most storge facilitys are more secure but there are exceptions.
I may be moving after Christmas and a lot of my stuff will have to go into storage. Most of my house stuff will go into storage. My car will be coming with me
If it makes a difference, I'd be using it in East Central Indiana (near Richmond, IN).

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Old 12-08-2009, 05:38:15 PM   #4
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I checked into Pods, they said they cannot rent to me because I'm not in their service area.
I looked at Craigslist, I found a few from $1000-$2000. Still cheaper than a shed, though. I'll end up spending around $100 permonth for a 10x15 storage unit, and I'm not certain that'll be enough. I have to fit almost all the contents of my house into it.
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Old 12-08-2009, 06:40:40 PM   #5
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Ive drawn up some plans for these "Shipping Containers" I posted my ideas here a few months ago. These containers are piling up by the tens of thousands from China becuase nearly nothing is being shipped back.

One idea I had was 2-20's placed next to each other, welding the center together, cutting out the innerwall and having a 16x20' gargage.

Next was 2-20's placed 30' apart and building a connecting roof between the two and using one for the tools and storage and the other a garage. The space between would be closed off on the back wall and used for the actual work area.

The "Shipping Containers" are 8' wide and 20' or 40' long, interior is 7' (?) ALWAYS inspect and check the container, all of them have hardwood floors and some are so old the are rotten. Also some have rust/rot because of the exposure to sea air/spray

Homes are being build with these, VERY nice examples too.
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Old 12-08-2009, 06:43:52 PM   #6
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To add to the details of the shipping containers, the heights vary from 96" inside to 110" (high Cube).

Lengths available from 20', 26', 40', 48' & 53' Not all are easy to get like the standard 20' & 40'.
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Old 12-08-2009, 06:49:00 PM   #7
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My company has a storage shed, and the place is entirely made up of these containers. All in a row, different aisles, right next to one another. It works out very well. When I used to work construction, we used one for a mobile shed, kept alot of tools and spare parts in it. Moved it around with a wheel loader and forks. I like them, I would go that route, if you get one with a trailer under it already you could have it moved. Getting one without a trailer may pose a problem moving it with all your stuff in there.
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Old 12-08-2009, 06:50:22 PM   #8
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there's a place over near the port of long beach off of santa fe ave and alameda and the 405fwy that sells and rents used shipping containers from 20' up to 53' including refrigerated containers
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Old 12-08-2009, 07:23:27 PM   #9
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how much do the cotainers run
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Old 12-08-2009, 07:27:37 PM   #10
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how much do the cotainers run


back in early 2000 my company purchased (2) 40' containers from that company for $3k
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Lengths available from 20', 26', 40', 48' & 53' Not all are easy to get like the standard 20' & 40'.

Shipping containers (ocean going) are 20' or 40'. Trailers of 48' and 53' are not considered containers, although they basically do the same thing, depending on the structure and design.
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Old 12-08-2009, 09:58:23 PM   #12
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there are usually full rolling semi trailers on craigslist here for $600 but i dont know how legal they are to get to your location.
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Old 12-08-2009, 10:11:34 PM   #13
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I called a place in Montclair that quoted me $1500 for the 20'ers dropped on location and pre-inspected.

The reason I was going with shipping containers is the city Nazis dont require a permit due to no permanent foundation.

Then I found out that installing to 20' long 8' wide containers between a 10' RV gate was a no go.

I would need to rent a crane to drop them on my RV parking, so my plans are on hold now
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Shipping containers (ocean going) are 20' or 40'. Trailers of 48' and 53' are not considered containers, although they basically do the same thing, depending on the structure and design.

bfmgoalie,

48' and 53' ocean freight containers are available here on the west coast and are commonly used from the Pacific Rim / Asia shipments. At one of our businesses, we've dealt with the receiving and shipping of goods in these sizes frequently overseas to many parts of Asia.

I will grant you that they are more commonly found on over the road movements for some inter-modal carriers and are rarely used in the shipping lanes from Middle East, Europe and South America to the East coast.
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Old 12-09-2009, 02:19:11 AM   #15
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we have a 40 container box that we used to extra storage for our trucking company and even stored a lemans in there for a bit. works pretty good.
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