Frequently Asked Questions
Please see delivery requirements and answers to Frequently Asked Questions.
The delivery of a storage container is normally done with a semi tractor-trailer that is a large and long piece of equipment. Furthermore the trailer that carries the container tilts so the container slides off the bed of the trailer. Here is a list of things to consider before you agree to have a container delivered to your site.
Because the tractor and trailer weigh in excess of 30,000 lb. most drivers will not drive off of a road or paved surface. In considering the resting location for a container, if your location is any distance from a well-packed road or driveway, it is best to discuss this with the trucking company delivering the container prior to scheduling the delivery. Issues such as slope, amount of moisture in the ground and driver experience all need to be considered before any off road delivery is attempted.
SURFACE UNDER THE CONTAINER:
Containers are designed to be supported at each of the 4 corners. Supports or piers at the mid length of a 40 foot container will be of no benefit in normal applications. The ends can be supported with a concrete footing, railroad ties, asphalt or a bed of gravel. Although it is possible to land the container directly on the ground with no support, the best site is one that provides suitable stability to keep the container level with adequate drainage. Furthermore, an uneven site can cause the doors to bind (see ‘Door Alignment’ below)
Because the container slides off the back of the trailer, you will need more than 80 feet of space in front of the location where the container is to be landed. Some delivery companies operate a 2 axle bobtail that, for delivery of a 20' container, will require 40 feet of turn space.
Because the container will be delivered on a slide off trailer make sure you have at lease 14 feet of overhead clearance on the road to the delivery site and 20 feet of overhead clearance at the location where the truck will tilt the container to slide it off. This means all trees and overhead wires must be out of the way!
Occasionally after a container is delivered the doors may be difficult to close. Because the container weights 5,000 lb. or more there will be some settling and it is possible that the doors will be difficult to operate. If this occurs the container can be straightened by lifting the low or settled corner and inserting some material that will re-support the corner and return the door to proper alignment. Lifting of the subsided corner can be done with a simple hydraulic jack, ‘Johnson Bar’ or small forklift.
HOW LONG WILL IT TAKE FROM THE TIME I ORDER?
Normal delivery time can be as quick as two to seven business days providing you are not having any modifications done to the unit. If you need something sooner, we will do our best to accommodate your schedule.
WHAT TYPE OF PAYMENT IS REQUIRED UPON DELIVERY?
For rentals, we collect the first two month's rent, plus delivery and pickup fees. For purchase, we collect the total sales price including delivery charge and sales tax. We accept personal or business checks, cash, Visa and Master Card.
WHAT TYPE OF MODIFICATIONS ARE AVAILIBLE?
We can add extra doors, turbine vents, windows, partitions, as well as cut containers down to custom sizes. Other non standard modifications are also available.
HOW IS MY LOCK PROTECTED?
All of our rental storage containers come equipped with a steel lock box welded to the outside of the unit. The lock box conceals and protects your lock from being tampered with. If you plan to purchase a container we would recommend a lock box addition to your container.
ARE THE CONTAINERS WEATHERPROOF?
Yes. We water-test all of our storage containers before they leave our delivery yard to be sure they do not leak. The containers are completely enclosed and will keep wind and rain out so your contents stay dry and secure. ***When the interior temperature becomes lower then the outside condensation can occur within the container. The amount of condensation is minimal although as a disclaimer small amounts of moisture can form within the container.
WHAT IF MY CONTAINER NEEDS REPAIR?
Container Solutions will maintain the unit throughout the term of the rental period. If you need maintenance, simply give us a call and we will come out promptly. Regular maintenance repairs are free of charge.
WHAT COLOR ARE THE CONTAINERS?
“As is” containers come in various colors and labeled from the shipping line. Our standard rental units are painted beige color to blend in with your surroundings. Sale units can be painted a variety of colors. We recommend neutral colors that blend in such as beige, gray, light green, or dark green.