Sea Containers

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Hi everybody looking for some information regarding 20ft sea containers, i will be doing the big lap at the end of March and want to store house hold goods while im away.I live in Adelaide and have spoken to a couple of places and the containers are in very poor condition any feedback would be appreciated
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Chris
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Reply By: Carreen - Tuesday, Feb 21, 2012 at 13:49

Tuesday, Feb 21, 2012 at 13:49
Hi there Humback,
We live in Adelaide and have just bought a 20 foot container to store our gear whilst we travel round Australia leaving end of March. We bought ours for Simply Containers and my hubby went and looked at them and chose one that he liked. It is in good condition and cost us around $2200.
Cheers, Carreen
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Reply By: Flighty ( WA ) - Tuesday, Feb 21, 2012 at 15:11

Tuesday, Feb 21, 2012 at 15:11
Chris
Can't help with the container but it may be a good idea to ensure whichever type you buy,make sure it has some kind of ventilation to stop your belonging's from
"sweating" while you are away.
Also a good idea to have a fine mesh over vents to stop wasps etc.
Last thing you want is a container full of mouldy gear and bugs when you get back.


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Reply By: Member - Duncan W (WA) - Tuesday, Feb 21, 2012 at 15:37

Tuesday, Feb 21, 2012 at 15:37
Also check with your local Shire as you may require Planning and or a Building Approval for one on your property whether short term or permanent.

I have to deal with these structures on a regular basis here at work (I'm a local Govt Building Surveyor) and they can cause a whole lot of grief for you and neighbours.

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Follow Up By: Sir Kev & Darkie - Tuesday, Feb 21, 2012 at 20:48

Tuesday, Feb 21, 2012 at 20:48
Ain't that the truth LOL

Between Shipping containers and illegal swimming pools, I have limited time to actually do the stuff I am also paid to do :)

QLD is no different

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Reply By: Member - Richard H - West NSW - Tuesday, Feb 21, 2012 at 17:35

Tuesday, Feb 21, 2012 at 17:35
You may find it more suitable to get a quote from one of those security storage places.

They don't dispose of good containers.
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Reply By: Shaker - Tuesday, Feb 21, 2012 at 18:51

Tuesday, Feb 21, 2012 at 18:51
Even seemingly good containers can rust through the roof which can be disastrous if you away for a long period.
They are very easy to roof over with a rail on each side & a single top hat section longitudinally down the centre.
This gives quite a good looking curved roof & creates an air gap which prevents condensation.
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Reply By: Member Boroma 604 - Tuesday, Feb 21, 2012 at 20:45

Tuesday, Feb 21, 2012 at 20:45
Gooday,
Do not know where you live , however we used to have a heap of them to rent out in a previous life, they can start to leak when you least expect it and you need to be able to check it regularly.
If there is a Mini Storage place within reasonable distance I would think about that, you maybe able find a cheaper one in a regional town not far away if you live in a city.
Best to do a very relentless sort out so you aren't paying rent on junk you will dispose of when you get back.
Wherever you store it, make sure to put anything valuable behind all the heavy or bulky stuff if you get a break in, makes it harder for them to find. Have been cleaned out.
Also need Ratsak or such etc laid out for the vermin to eat inside.
Also if you do go the container route make sure you put it at least 6inches off the ground so there is ventilation under it, we used to use short offcuts of railway sleepers, one under each corner.
Good luck.
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Follow Up By: Shaker - Wednesday, Feb 22, 2012 at 09:26

Wednesday, Feb 22, 2012 at 09:26
We have never had a problem with a container leaking after roofing them, also stops all the condensation.
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Reply By: cookie1 - Tuesday, Feb 21, 2012 at 20:57

Tuesday, Feb 21, 2012 at 20:57
I hve stored gear at Aussiemove here in Adelaide - Mawson Lakes - they were very good, well priced and you can insure your gear.

Just a very pleased client

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Colin
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Reply By: Bob Y. - Qld - Wednesday, Feb 22, 2012 at 10:45

Wednesday, Feb 22, 2012 at 10:45
Chris,

We bought a 20' container in Townsville, about 5 or 6 years ago. Got a mate to check it out, and it was in fairly good condition. Only one small rust patch on the roof, which I've silasticed liberally.

If you go that way, just check the doors are easy to open too......ours are a bit tight to open/close, but otherwise seal well. It cost $1700, and another $700 to get to Winton. Now have "down the back" of our block in town.

As said above, keep it off the ground as white ants are a worry too. A more expensive alternative is an insulated container. The floor is aluminium slats, so w/ants aren't a problem. Think they are $3K+ now.

To keep the contents cooler, I gave it a couple of coats of white enamel, the difference in temp inside is really noticeable. Here in western Qld, they hold their value, as people often don't want to pay the cost of freight from the coast for a container, so they buy locally.

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