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Shipping Container Delivery: Tilt Bed, Flat Bed, or Chassis

11.04.2022 - Posted by Updated On 11.04.2022    

After you find the shipping container that best meets your needs, the next step is having it delivered to your location. There are three main ways to have a container delivered, and the main variable for delivery is if you have equipment on site that can help you unload the container from the truck, typically a fork lift or crane. The three main ways to have a container delivered are on a tilt bed or Landoll style trailer, on a flat bed, or on a chassis. There are pros and cons of each type of delivery, and we'll go over each option in the following paragraphs.

Tilt bed, Roll off, or Landoll Delivery for a Shipping Container

If the shipping container is being delivered to a residence, or any other location that doesn't have access to a fork lift or crane, a tilt bed trailer is the easiest option. While this type of delivery is typically more expensive, it does remove the need to have equipment on site and the container can be dropped directly onto the desired location. Tilt bed trailers typically can carry 20' or 40' containers.

How it works: The truck and trailer back the container into place, and the trailer tilts to slide the container off the trailer and into place. With the assistance of a winch, the container is pulled off until it's resting on the ground and the truck pulls the trailer out from underneath of it.
It's also important to note that tilt bed trailers cannot carry a loaded container, the container must be empty.

Delivering a Container on a Flat Bed Trailer

If you have access to a fork lift or crane, you can save money by having your container delivered on a flat bed trailer. A crane or fork lift is required to both load and unload the container onto the trailer, and a flat bed trailer can be loaded with 2x 20' containers or one 40' container.

How it works: You container can be filled with goods, provided that your lift or crane is strong enough to lift it, and lifted onto the flat bed trailer. Once it arrives at the destination another fork lift or crane is required to take it off of the trailer.

Container Chassis for Delivery

The cheapest way to have a shipping container delivered is directly on the chassis. Chassis are designed specifically to haul shipping containers from destination to destination. If you're a loading and unloading the container, you may be able to negotiate a rental price for the use of the chassis. Once the container is on the chassis, the container is the same height as a standard loading dock, making it very easy to pack and unpack.

How it works: The container is placed on the chassis, loaded, moved to its destination, and unloaded. To save time and possible congestion, the chassis can be unhitched from the truck quickly and easily.

Which Container Delivery Method is the Best for You?

Most importantly, if you don't have a fork lift or crane at your location your options are limited only to using a tilt bed truck. If you have a fork lift or crane, any of the above options are available to you. It's a good idea to talk with the company or individual that's selling you the container to see if they have any preference or advice on the matter.

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