Top 3 Delivery Options for Your Portable Storage Containers
What are our choices when it comes to delivery? Portable storage operators can use rollback tow trucks, semi-trailer trucks, or Mule delivery systems. Read on to see which option might be right for you.
Portable storage operators have choices when it comes to delivery. Within portable storage, there are ocean containers, portable storage units, and moving containers. Some businesses offer a variety of these storage options. And transporting them 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. Ultimately, it’s up to you.
Wouldn’t it be great to find a transportation system that works for your business? We want delivery to be safe, convenient, and cost effective. So let’s look at our delivery options.
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. There are 3 top delivery options, and they’re all great. Portable storage operators can use a rollback tow truck, a semi-trailer truck, or a Mule delivery system.
The key is to choose a delivery system that is right for your operation. Here, we will explore different transportation systems and dive into why sometimes, less is more. No one wants more equipment than is necessary. The end goal is to deliver your storage units in an uncomplicated way that is both safe and secure.
1. 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.
2. 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.
3. Delivery with a Cardinal Mule
What if you don’t want to invest in a fleet of trucks or trailers? And you don’t want to spend the money for different 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. And you can use it for ocean containers, portable storage, and moving containers. We love this option! 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 your 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! A Mule has a wheelbarrow effect with arms that stabilize the container and swivel wheels that allow it 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 options. 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 merge your delivery equipment? Yes, 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. Therefore, we’re continually exploring new technologies, services, and features to support our clients and elevate the industry standard. We know you’ll appreciate our hidden features and benefits.