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How to move a shipping container?

 
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I'm looking to make a home out of a 20ft shipping container. It needs to be moved from the roadside, across about 150m of wetland to a little wooded area where it will stay. Fortunately, the ground is still frozen in this part of Canada, but there is snow about 2ft deep and dead reeds/grass to contend with. The terrain is on the whole flat, besides the hummocks from the reeds.

Does anyone have some ideas on the best way to do this? I know nothing about construction equipment, so any advice is appreciated. I would have thought this kind of thing would be easy with modern machines, but I don't know what type. Surprisingly, the people who sell the shipping containers don't seem to have any idea either!

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Hi Dominic;  Welcome to Permies!
I think a medium size dozer would walk right in to where you want your conex.
I assume you would want a road of sorts anyway.
Hire a dozer with operator to pioneer you a road.
Have him on site when the container company shows up. You might need him to assist the delivery truck in or out or both.
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How about a 160m rope tied to the trees and a come-along.

I don't really know how heavy a 20' container is but I'm guessing they aren't horribly heavy...
 
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D4 or comparable sized dozer, couple of chains and maybe some type skids under the front of the container so it doesn't act like a dozer blade and push up snow or dig in.  Alternatively a tractor with chains on the tires, roller poles or skids and pull it like With a dozer.  Most 20 ft containers weigh between +- 4 and 5000 pounds.  if you have 2 ft of snow right now it would be best to walk it down with the dozer or tractor first.
 
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Take a look at Andrew Camarata's channel, he's built a castle from shipping containers.

Here he's moving a container with a backhoe and chains.


 
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Some years ago we used a 20' container as a moving container. Moving when full is totally different from moving when empty!

When we sold it, a flat bed tow truck was able to winch it onto the bed and take it away.  It did require an experienced tow driver since its not an everyday affair.

I've inquired about acquiring such things in my area and the sellers have some wheels they can add to the tail of the unit so it doesn't drag.  But you've still frozen earth so its both low friction and it won't bog down.  Dragging shouldn't be a problem - so as suggested a dozer or a (serious) backhoe should be able to skid it along. A really beefy tractor would work too.  A large telehandler with chains would get it done as well.  I'd think it would work better if you could pick up the front.

So ... call the local rental yard and ask them what's available?  Or time to meet the neighbors?  Many neighbors love to feel useful with their big machines - just compliment them early and often on what a powerful machine they have and how good they are at maneuvering it!
 
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Mike Haasl wrote:How about a 160m rope tied to the trees and a come-along.

I don't really know how heavy a 20' container is but I'm guessing they aren't horribly heavy...



My 20' high-cube is about 5500. If it was on wheels you could do it like this, given a decent road... but wow would it ever take a long time!



The linked video of the backhoe, looks like he has a container dolly or flatbed under it. Big difference vs having it on the ground!


A 200 size excavator can drag a 45' high-cube around alright. I think my 150 would be working pretty hard at the same task.
 
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The linked video of the backhoe, looks like he has a container dolly or flatbed under it. Big difference vs having it on the ground!

It was hauled in on the trailer.  He pulled it off and then pulled on the ground.
 
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If the ground is frozen. Chain it up and go.
It took us about 1 hr. to drag a 20 footer, 2.5 miles last week end. We plowed the snow off the trail 2 days earlier and let the trial set up, and then hooked a chain to the front corners of the box and to the back of a dozer. We got stuck once going up a hill when the snow started piling up in front of the connex. so we unhooked the chain, moved the built up snow, and we off again. This was the 2nd one I moved into the property. We broght the first one in last winter.
 
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This is in Alaska, last weekend
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Any large farms near by? We had our 40' container pulled by a farm tractor. It was late spring and ground was still a little soft but it went fairly well.
 
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I have lifted them onto round poles and run the container across them.
A 20 footer may need 6- 150mm poles
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