How to Prepare for Mobile Storage Container Delivery

As a leading provider of on-demand storage and shipping units in the Twin Cities and Fargo/Moorhead areas, we prioritize the safety, security and integrity of all our storage containers.

As part of our delivery process, we inspect each container to ensure its structural integrity and security. We also take steps to protect our crew, as well as our customers on site. This includes asking our customers to take responsibility in preparing the delivery site.

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Ensure adequate space for the delivery truck.

The truck will need enough space to make very wide turns and to get in, around, and out of the property. Make sure there’s plenty of clearance to get through gates, under tree limbs, power lines and other obstructions. An ideal width clearance is at least 15 feet, though our drivers can work with 10.

Choose a hard, flat surface.

Mud, grass or moist ground can sink under the weight of a 45,000 pound delivery truck and the container itself. Your container needs to sit on dry, firm, level ground. To keep the truck or container from getting stuck, you need a dry, hard surface. This is especially true if the container will be placed for multiple seasons.

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Place blocks or wooden planks.

Citi-Cargo & Storage delivery personnel will place wooden blocks or plywood squares under the container’s corners in order to mitigate any unstable ground and/or damage to asphalt. This also helps keep the doorframes square and ensure smooth operation of both doors. Wooden blocks will also allow for airflow underneath the container to dry out the surface that the unit is placed on.

Choose an obstruction-free area.

Your containers may be delivered on either a flatbed or tilt-bed truck. Think about obstructions on the ground, like trees or buildings. But also consider power lines or things that could get in the way of a truck that can tilt up to 16’ at its peak.

Ensure adequate space around the container.

The truck will need to maneuver into the space to make the delivery, backing up and pulling in to get the right angle. As a rule, 60’ of depth clearance is good for 20’ containers and 100’ for 40’ containers, not including space for the delivery truck to maneuver in and out.

Consider site changes over time.

If your containers will be onsite for an extended period, anticipate changes that could affect the container pickup, including a trucks point of entry. Site changes like new landscaping, sod, concrete and structures can block vehicle access or hinder maneuverability. Seasonal changes can create soft ground, which also impacts access.

Tips for After Delivery

Once the container is in place, check the integrity of the container. Swing the door open and shut, making sure it closes easily and tightly, and ensure the locks function easily. Read our previous blog post, “9 Tips for Inspecting a Shipping or Storage Container” to learn the difference between normal wear and tear and actual damage that could impact the security of your goods.