4 THINGS YOU NEED TO CONSIDER FOR YOUR DELIVERY SITE
A question we get asked often is “Can your truck Deliver a Shipping Container to my property?” Our answer is “We Probably Can!” But there are several things to keep in mind.
- GETTING ON/OFF THE ROAD
Is the driveway wide enough for a semi-truck to pull in? Is there room for the truck to turn around on-site or will they need to back out into oncoming traffic?
- CONDITION OF THE GROUND
Will the truck be driving on an improved surface (dirt/gravel/asphalt) or is it grass?
- SLOPE OF THE GROUND
Is your property fairly level or does it have a steep slope?
What direction is the slope (does it slope down toward any buildings?)
- DISTANCE IN A STRAIGHT LINE
Does the truck have enough room to pull straight-forward in a straight line without running over anything? To deliver a 20 foot Container we need 70 feet in a straight line, and to deliver a 40 foot Container we need 140 feet in a straight line.
We count on each customer to be responsible for ensuring that their delivery area is firm, fairly level, and that there is enough room for the truck to operate safely. If you have concerns about your delivery area, give us a call or text us a video of your location(s) and we’ll work together to consider the options.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Q: IS THERE ANY SITE PREPARATION NECESSARY?
A: If the delivery area is on grass, mud, or a steeper slope, we recommend getting some gravel or several 12-inch long 4×6 treated lumber blocks to help get the Box level and get some air-flow underneath the Box.
We do not recommend railroad ties as they are often uneven and we’ve heard of people injuring themselves trying to drag them around.
Shipping containers are made to carry all of the weight at the corners, so all you really need is a treated block under the corner (the drivers carry some dunnage on the trucks).
Q: HOW MUCH HEIGHT OR WIDTH DO I NEED FOR A SAFE DELIVERY?
A: To ensure a safe delivery, please make sure there are no low-hanging wires (14’ overhead clearance) and at least 2 feet on each side of the container for the driver to work safely.
Q: WHERE CAN THE BOX BE PLACED?
A: The driver will do everything he can to place your Box where you would like it, but if the driver determines that it would be unsafe, unwise, or impossible to deliver to that location, he will choose the next most sensible place to deliver the Box or have you sign a Hold Harmless agreement before attempting delivery.
Q: IS IT OKAY TO HAVE MY BOX DELIVERED ON THE STREET?
A: Our preference is to always deliver a Simple Box onto private property when possible. Occasionally, at the request of a customer, we will deliver a Simple Box along a City street or lane for a very short period of time. Whenever it may be necessary to deliver a Simple Box in a public area or street, it is the responsibility of the Renter to obtain a permit from the applicable City or Government.
Q. WHAT HAPPENS IF I NEED TO CANCEL MY DELIVERY OR YOU AREN’T ABLE TO ACCESS THE SITE?
A. If the Driver arrives to find either the Delivery area or the Container is not Prepared, Customer may choose to either pay Delivery fee to come back again or keep driver on $100 standby while remaining prep is complete.
Customers may reschedule at least 12 hours ahead of time for no fee.
Q: HOW CAN I KNOW FOR SURE IF YOU CAN DELIVER A CONTAINER TO MY SITE? HOW MUCH DOES A SITE CHECK COST?
You can send a short video of a vehicle entering your site from the road and parking where you want the Box delivered. Or we can schedule a site check for a fee.
- If you are nearby one of our locations (30 miles round-trip), OR one of our trucks will be in the area, we can arrange for a driver to come out at our convenience when we are in the area.
- If you are farther away or you want to expedite the site check, we can arrange for one of our Drivers to come out in advance. Expect a Site-check fee of approx. $2/mile round-trip from our nearest Simple Box location.