Starting a Mobile Storage Business: Where to Start?

Just like any entrepreneurial endeavor, starting a mobile storage business can be daunting. Luckily, all it really comes down to is a few key decisions – check out the resources below for step-by-step guidance toward realizing your mobile storage goals!

Step 1. Choose Lift Capacity: How Much Will You Be Hauling?

Traditional mobile storage uses containers that weigh approx. 2200 – 2500 lbs.; this allows for 7500 lbs. of contents. Our standard model 10,000 lb. lift is designed for this mobile storage container. Many prefer this capacity as it is compatible with a 26,000 lb. gross vehicle weight truck which does not require a commercial license.
Our 13,000 lb. Lift is designed with the heavier ISO container in mind. A 20’ ISO shipping container weighs approx. 5000 lbs. This allows 7500 – 8000 lbs. capacity for contents. The 13k lift can pick up and deliver “white box” containers with approximately 10,500 lbs. of content.

 

Step 2. Choose Truck: Deciding Which Truck Suits Your Business

It is up to you which make of truck to choose. We will need a 26k GVW truck chassis delivered to our manufacturing facility in Rainbow City, AL. The rear axle needs to be located at least 186” from back of cab. The after chassis (chassis behind rear axle) needs to be a minimum of 70”. The last thing your truck needs is a PTO port in the transmission to attach at PTO. The HL is powered by the trucks transmission using the PTO (Power Take Off).
It is up to you which make of truck to choose. We will need at least a 33k GVW truck delivered to our manufacturing facility in Rainbow City, AL. The rear axle needs to be located at least 186” from back of cab. The after chassis (chassis behind rear axle) needs to be a minimum of 70”. The last thing your truck needs is a PTO port in the transmission to attach at PTO. The HL is powered by the trucks transmission using the PTO (Power Take Off).

 

Step 3. Choose Container: Selecting the Right Size and Type

Portable Storage Box   
https://www.portablestoragebox.com/  
Alan White   
815-935-8383   
  
Universal Storage Containers  
http://www.universalstoragecontainers.com/   
Sam Mishkin  
720-255-0670  
 
Wabash National  
http://www.wabashcomposites.com/products/containers   
Frank Pendelton  
765-771-5767  
 
Other  
We have come across other containers in the industry and have always been able to create an attachment that works as long as the container is structurally sound.
These containers are all built to certain specifications we can work with any of these containers 20’ and down.

The Horizontal Lift is designed to work with all leading storage industry containers. We have engineered engagements with the following leading container manufacturers. The container manufacturers just need to know you will be using the containers with the Horizontal Lift.

 

Step 4. Order Lift: Ensuring Your Needs Are Met

Lift fabrication will take about 90 days. Many times we have inventory; in this case we can install on your truck chassis within two weeks. Typically container orders take longer to deliver than a Horizontal Lift order. The truck delivery and pick up needs to be done by a publicly available truck mover’s service or we would have to collect local and state taxes (around 4%). Two truck moving service providers we recommend are http://truckmovers.com/ and TeamDriveAway.com.
We offer optional upgrades and extras, including:

i. Hydraulic Stabilizers
ii. Wireless Remote Control (highly recommended)
iii. Backup Camera
iv. Fenders

 

You are on your way to starting your own Mobile Container Storage Business

We offer the best lift with simplicity, safety, speed and durability in mind so you can focus on renting containers and collecting money. Contact us  to begin today or just to talk to us more about how to get started!