Moving a Shipping Container, without a forklift

Moving a shipping container

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.

  1. Back the trailer up to the container with the bed fully tilted.
  2. Connect the corner castings to the trailer with a heavy chain.
  3. 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
  4. Tilt the bed back up to loosen and remove the chains.
  5. Back the trailer under the container and remove the wood blocks.
  6. Apply some gas and gradually back under the container, while levelling off the trailer.
  7. 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.