Moving a Shipping Container, without a forklift
Shipping containers are by portable by design, but most times they require a forklift or crane to put them on the back of a truck and move them from one location to another. In some cases, once they're on the truck you can use a tilt-bed truck to set it on the ground without a fork lift (Shipping Container Delivery, without a Forklift); however what about the times when you are moving it from one residential address to another place and you don't have a forklift on site? Simple, use the same tilt bed truck, but add in a little creativity and work in reverse. To get started, you'll need 2 sections fo chain, 2 wooden blocks (or similar), and a tilt bed trailer. There are a few trucks on the market that use winches to pick up containers, but some of the winches can be slow or tend to over heat.
- Back the trailer up to the container with the bed fully tilted.
- Connect the corner castings to the trailer with a heavy chain.
- Lower the bed of the trailer and raise the container high enough to put a piece of 4x4 wood block or something similar under each corner
- Tilt the bed back up to loosen and remove the chains.
- Back the trailer under the container and remove the wood blocks.
- Apply some gas and gradually back under the container, while levelling off the trailer.
- Congratulations, your container is now loaded. Fasten it down and you're ready to drive!
To see it in action, check out this video. If you need a storage container moved to another location, we suggest you contact your local towing company or container dealer. If you can't find anyone in your area, drop us a message and we'll see if we can help to point you in the right direction.