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Get Your Container Delivered Safely and Securely: Essential Delivery Instructions

When it comes to purchasing or renting a container, the delivery location is an essential factor to consider. Ensuring there is enough space, a firm surface, and overhead clearance are just a few things to keep in mind to ensure a smooth and efficient delivery process. At Dundee Mobile Storage Sales & Rentals, we prioritize the safety and security of our customers, which is why we provide comprehensive delivery instructions and take all necessary precautions to ensure your container is delivered safely and securely to your desired location.

Space to Deliver:

Our smaller trucks that typically deliver 10ft and 20ft units resemble medium-sized flat-bed tow trucks with fixed axles and varying levels of maneuverability. As a general rule, these trucks require 65ft in a straight line to back or pull into the desired container location. Once the truck is in position, the driver will lift the front end of the bed and pull forward to slide the container off the truck and onto the ground.

Hard Surface: 

When delivering containers, a hard surface is crucial as our delivery trucks are heavy, and the combined weight of the truck, trailer, and container can be over 45,000 pounds. Therefore, it’s essential to ensure that the delivery site can handle the weight of the truck. If the site is on a soft surface such as dirt or grass, make sure it’s firm enough to support the truck and prevent it from sinking into the ground. In case the driver feels that the surface is not suitable, it’s important to have a backup plan. If the delivery surface is not firm enough to support the truck, the driver will have to make the decision not to deliver the container.

Space to Maneuver: 

To ensure a successful delivery, it’s important to have enough space for our delivery trucks to maneuver into the delivery site, including extra space to make the turn off the road. Residential locations can only accommodate 20ft containers and not 40ft containers, and narrow driveways cannot be accessed from a two-lane road. Our delivery trucks are large, so we need ample space to maneuver. For a 40ft container, we require 125 linear feet of space for delivery, while a 20ft container needs 65 linear feet. Rest assured that Dundee Mobile storage is always considering safety and security, and if the driver deems the delivery site unsafe, you won’t be charged for the trucking.

Overhead clearance & Free from obstructions:

To ensure safe and efficient delivery of your container.

  1. Ensure there is at least 14 feet of overhead clearance on the road leading to the delivery site and 20 feet of overhead clearance at the final location where the truck will tilt the container to slide it off.
  2. Remove any obstacles such as tree overhangs and overhead electrical wires from the path of the delivery truck.
  3. Ensure there is at least 10 feet of width to fit the truck and a clearance height of 13’6″ (when the container is tipped off the back, plan on a peak height of around 16 feet).

Important Notes:

  1. Keep your container out of standing water to prevent rust. We provide wood blocks under the container to help with this and protect your driveway.
  2. Make sure your doors are level. Although containers are made from solid steel, they can still twist. Containers sitting on uneven surfaces or loaded heavily on one side can twist enough to misalign the doors and make them difficult to open and close.
  3. Occasionally after a container is delivered the doors may be difficult to close. Because the container weights 5,000 lbs. or more there will be some settling and it is possible that the doors will be difficult to operate. If this occurs the container can be straightened by lifting the low or settled corner and inserting some material that will re-support the corner and return the door to proper alignment. Lifting of the subsided corner can be done with a simple hydraulic jack, ‘Johnson Bar’ or small forklift.
  4. Do you need a Crane? In most cases, we deliver containers on a roll-off trailer, so you won’t need a forklift or crane to unload at delivery.   However, If we do require a crane, we work with our partner JC Cranes.  They will assist us with logistics and placement if this service is required.
  5. How to get delivery?
    Once you have placed your order, we will be in touch within one business day to confirm and coordinate logistics. Purchased containers are typically delivered within 5-7 business days, while rental containers are delivered within 1-2 days.
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