The value of a versatile delivery system is huge for portable storage. Portable storage operators have options when it comes to delivery. Transporting storage units, whether they are ocean containers or portable storageand moving containers, is not as complicated as you might expect. Some of the methods for moving containers from one location to another are manual, and some are automated — it’s up to you. There are a number of businesses who offer a variety of storage units. Wouldn’t it be great to find a safe transportation system that is both convenient and cost effective?
Lucky for us, there have been recent advancements in technology and materials. These improvements have made delivery systems more streamlined and turnkey. Heavy-duty storage containers have most likely made a long sea journey, and now you have to consider how to transport them on land. Portable storage operators will use a rollback tow truck, a semi-trailer truck, or a Mule delivery system. All delivery systems are great options. The key is to choose a versatile delivery system that is right for your operation. Here, we will explore different transportation systems and dive into why sometimes, less is more. The end goal in each case is to deliver your storage units in an uncomplicated way that is both safe and secure.
Delivery with a Rollback
Rollback tow trucks are a popular option for a lot of operators. They have a moveable platform where a portable storage or moving container sits. The vehicle has a hydraulic tilt bed that raises up or down, so that the container slides off the back and onto the ground. When the truck pulls forward, the container will settle onto its new location. There are some things to consider with a rollback, yet; 1) This does not work well for transporting items that need to stay upright. 2) You need a lot of room in front of, behind and overhead the truck for appropriate maneuverability. 3) You do not need a crane or forklift, although you will need that equipment if you plan to stack containers.
Delivery with a Semi-Trailer or Flatbed Trailer
Semi-trailer or flatbed tractor trailer trucks work well for large containers. This would be a good option for a 40 ft ocean container, for example, which is too large for a rollback. This type of delivery system keeps belongings secure. It also provides greater maneuverability for the larger ocean containers. A major challenge is the size of this type of delivery system, which requires more space when storing and when transporting. There is also potential of driving the truck over curbs, driveways and sidewalks due to the size of the trailer. When you want to unload a storage container from a semi-trailer, you will need to do some figuring. You’ll need a loading dock, crane, side-loader or heavy forklift.
Delivery with a Cardinal Mule
What if you don’t want to invest in a fleet of trucks or trailers or spend money on multiple delivery systems? You might consider a Mule by Cardinal Manufacturing. A Mule is a simple, forklift-like piece of equipment that functions with a wireless remote control. This system allows quick and easy transportation for ocean containers and portable storage and moving containers. You will not need a forklift or extra heavy-duty machinery. When using a Mule, the storage unit will be safe and upright during the entire delivery process, including the loading and unloading.
Combined with a set of hand-crank dolly wheels and trailer or chassis, a Mule, “will put you in control of deliveries.” You could pick up and move a 40 ft ocean container with the same delivery system as you use to move a residential portable storage and moving container. It has a wheelbarrow effect with arms that stabilize the container and swivel wheels that allow the mule to maneuver in and out of tight spaces. The operator of the Mule’s belly remote control device always has a 360-degree view. Imagine making a 90-degree turns with an ocean container or portable storage and moving container. Park them into an area the size of a parking space! The Mule delivery system is a viable option for operators who offer a variety of containers.
You can’t overestimate the value of a versatile delivery system for portable storage. Whether you choose to use a rollback, semi-trailer or Mule, your portable storage business has good options for the safe transportation of your storage containers. Depending upon your type of operation, the space at your facility, and your budget, you may choose to rent or own your equipment. More and more portable storage operators are offering a variety of container types and sizes. These include offering ocean and portable storage and moving to their customers. Wouldn’t it be helpful to simplify and consolidate your delivery equipment? That’s versatility!
Since 2015, Boxwell has been designing, manufacturing, and distributing customizable storage solutions for businesses around the world. Headquartered in Boulder, Colo., Boxwell’s mission is to build the future of storage, today. We aim to achieve this by persistently looking for ways to develop more durable storage, installed in a fraction of the time compared to other options. We’re continually exploring new technologies, services, and features to support our clients and elevate the industry standard.
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