General Questions

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What are shipping containers made of?

ISO shipping containers are made of 14-gauge corrugated steel. The floors are 1” marine-grade plywood, supported by steel cross beams as an undercarriage. All our shipping containers have double swing cargo doors on 1 end, and some units have doors on both ends. The tops and sides of the units are corrugated and attached to steel rails.

What sizes do shipping containers come in?

There are 2 standard sizes of ISO containers, they are 8’ x 20’ and 8’ x 40’. The standard height is 8′ 6” however there are some 40’ high cubes containers that are 9′ 6″ tall. Southwest Mobile Storage has the ability to modify shipping containers to nearly any size.

What types of shipping containers are there?

Shipping Containers come in a variety of types including standard shipping containers, mobile offices and combo offices.

How much do shipping and storage containers cost?

The cost of shipping containers can vary based on a variety of factors like size, length of rental and distance from our facilities. Call Southwest Mobile Storage today at 1-800-686-9114 and our dedicated storage experts will help you find the right container that will meet your needs and budget.

Where can I find shipping containers near me?

While you can buy or rent shipping containers from a variety of retailers, Southwest Mobile Storage is the leading supplier of containers in the Southwest United States. If you need a shipping container in Arizona, California, or Colorado call us today at 1-800-686-9114 to get the perfect shipping container at the perfect price.

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What is a shipping/storage container?

A shipping container is an ISO Steel container made of 14-gauge corrugated steel. Shipping containers are available in a variety of sizes, but the most common sizes are 10’ X 8’ X 8.5’, 20’ X 8’ X 8.5’, and 40’ X 8’ X 8.5.’ Shipping containers also come in various conditions from new containers, to recycled containers.

Why are there so many different names for storage containers? What do they mean?

There are a lot of different names for storage containers. Some of the most used ones are Conex box, Shipping Container, Ocean Shipping Container, ISO Shipping Container, and Storage Container. All these terms refer to ISO steel shipping containers.

What industries use shipping containers?

Many industries use shipping containers, some of the most common industries we work with are construction, retail, and event management.

Should I rent or buy a shipping container?

Whether you should rent or buy a shipping container depends on a few factors such as how long you need the container for, how frequently you will use a shipping container in the future, how much space you have, and your budget. To learn more about whether you should rent or buy give our dedicated storage experts a call at 1-800-686-9114.

What things should I look for in a container supplier?

When selecting a shipping container supplier you should consider a variety of factors such as reputation, how long the supplier has been in business, where they get their containers, and whether or not they can customize your shipping container if you need it customized. The SMS Fabrication Division can convert a standard ISO steel container into almost any type of custom workspace, storage unit or living space. Entire apartment complexes have been created from customized storage containers.

Do I need a permit to place the container on my property?

It depends. Be sure to consult all local ordinances before ordering a shipping container.

Where can I rent/buy a container?

While you can buy or rent shipping containers from a variety of retailers, Southwest Mobile Storage is the leading supplier of containers in the Southwest United States. If you need a shipping container in Arizona, California, or Colorado call us today at 1-800-868-9114 to get the perfect shipping container at the perfect price.

What are shipping container floors made of?

Shipping container floors can be made of a few different types of materials but most commonly they are made of 1-inch marine plywood.

What are the dimensions of a shipping container?

Shipping containers come in a few standard sizes. 10-foot shipping containers which are 8’ X 8.5’ X 10.’ A 10-foot shipping container can hold around 12-14 cubic feet of stuff. 20-foot shipping containers which are 8’ X 8.5’ X 20.’ A 20-foot shipping container can hold around 25-28 cubic feet of stuff. 40-foot shipping containers which are 8’ X 8.5’ X 40.’ A 40-foot shipping container can hold around 54-58 CBF of stuff.

What is a one-tripper container?

A one-tripper container is a container which has made one trip overseas then was refurbished and either rented or sold. One-trip containers are sometimes referred to as “new” containers.

Why should I choose a shipping container over a brick and mortar building or other modular structure?

There are a few reasons to choose a shipping container over a brick and mortar building or other modular structure. The first reason is cost. Shipping containers are markedly less expensive than brick and mortar storage and other similar services. Another reason to choose a shipping container over other storage options is speed. Shipping containers can be delivered, loaded, and taken away much faster than traditional options. The last reason is convenience. With a shipping container everything comes to you, you don’t have to drive a truck or worry about making extra trips.

What can ship containers be used for?

Shipping containers can be used for an almost limitless variety of purposes from storing extra inventory to setting up a mobile office or health center.

Can you custom design my shipping container?

At Southwest Mobile Storage, a full engineering staff supports our Fabricator-1 Certified Facilities. Certified welders, electricians and quality control inspectors perform the modifications according to the client’s request. We can custom design a shipping container to meet whatever unique needs you have.