How to Prep Ground for Shipping Container Placement



Shipping containers offer versatile solutions for storage, tiny homes, office spaces, and various projects. However, proper site preparation is essential before using them to avoid potential issues in the future. In this guide, we'll discuss the crucial steps to prep ground for shipping container placement, including building a foundation if needed.


The drivers need at least 10’ of width on each side of the container and 13’ of overhead clearance. The driver will also need at least 30' of width to turn into any location and 10' to pull straight through. 


Choose a Site with Ample Space for Delivery

Before the container delivery, ensure the site is level and has sufficient space to accommodate the truck and trailer. Clear any debris or obstacles along the path from the road to the delivery spot. Consider overhead clearance to allow the truck, trailer, and container to pass through safely. Measure side-to-side clearance, pull-away forward clearance, and overhead clearance to avoid any obstacles.


What Makes a Good Site for a Shipping Container?

A suitable site for a shipping container should have level, firm ground free of pooling water and minimal tree roots. Level ground facilitates easy placement and prevents tilting or sinking, while firm ground prevents sinking over time. Pooling water near the site can damage the container and its contents, while tree roots may cause structural damage and leveling difficulties.


Foundation Options We Recommend

Once you've selected the site, choose the appropriate ground preparation method. Here are some foundation options:

Gravel Bed Foundation: Provides stability and drainage, ideal for level ground. Not suitable for sloped or uneven sites.

Concrete Slab Foundation: Perfect for indoor placement or level surfaces, offering stability and ease of construction.

Railroad Ties Foundation: Effective for sites with tree roots, providing a surface for leveling the container and avoiding root damage.


Consider combining multiple foundation options for sloped or bumpy sites, such as using gravel as a base and adding concrete footing for stability.


By following these guidelines, you can effectively prep the ground for shipping container placement, ensuring a stable foundation and long-term usability. For expert advice and quality shipping containers, contact us today to get started on your project!


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