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Buying Conex: What are Conex Containers and What Should You Avoid When Buying Used?

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Buying Conex: What are Conex Containers and What Should You Avoid When Buying Used?

Back in the 70s, many Conex containers were made out of aluminum, but today, they are made from steel. After all, the price of aluminum is now much more than steel. You can buy Conex containers new or used. If might surprise you to know that a new container is not new. They are what is sometimes referred to as a “one trip” container. In other words, they made that one trip from their country of origin to the United States and goods were shipped on the inside of the Conex container.

One of the more common uses of Conex containers is for onsite storage. You will often find them used for this purpose in the following locations:

– Materials and Tools are often kept in these containers on construction sites
– Lawn equipment, valuables, and even motorcycles are kept in Conex containers at many residences.
– Hunting camps will sometimes use them for shelter and storage.

Conex containers typically have an opening on at least one end, so it makes it easy for you to get in the unit. Typically, the inside is painted, so rust is less likely to be seen. Buying used containers could cause some problems, and they are more likely to have dents, rust, and doors that stick. In some of the more extreme cases, you might even see a hole or two!

If you are looking for a quality resource for Conex containers, you will find it with Out-Back Storage Containers. You can contact us and one of our friendly customer service representatives would be happy to let you know how to select the proper Conex container for your needs.

Problems That Should Be Avoided

“Almost” Holes

You may see it as rust, but when you put any pressure on the area, it quickly crumbles away, leaving a hole in its place. That is why it is so important to inspect the container visually. After all, some of those rust areas may have been painted over!. Always take the time to inspect the Storage container. Typically, you will notice paint over rust because the texture of the paint will be different.

Doors That Are Broken

In many cases, shipping containers are going to be used for securing valuables. As an example, they may be kept on a job site for tools on at a hunting camp for valuable items. Having the ability to close and lock the doors is vital for security, and it is one of the main features that are desirable from a storage container. Always check the doors to ensure they open and close properly.

Problems With The Wood Floors

Shipping containers are not made out of wood, they are made out of Corten steel, and the base has steel beams incorporated into it. In most cases, however, the interior will have a wooden floor that is mounted on the base and secured with screws. This type of floor is often made from a marine-grade plywood. It is true that marine grade plywood does not rot easily, but it is wood, so you should inspect it for holes, rotting and missing sections.

Incorrect Dimensions and Container SIzes

Before the time you put a container in place, you should inspect the site carefully. If you don’t, you might find that you are not allowing enough room to put it in place. One of the things that most people don’t understand is that you will not be able to put a 20-foot container in 25 feet of space. Don’t forget that clearance room must be left for the doors so they can open completely. In some cases, they might even open 27- degrees. Carefully survey the area where the container will be stored before choosing one.

Problems With The Door Gaskets

The exterior door gasket is important for keeping out water, but it is not the only consideration. There is both an inner and outer gasket on most used containers, so be careful. Even if the outer gasket is in great condition, the inner gasket might have some issues. Both must be in good condition to keep the water from getting in.

Containers That Aren’t Watertight

Some shipping containers are watertight, but that is not true across the board. When you look into a unit, evaluate it to ensure that it is truly watertight.

No Certificatication For Shipping

Not everyone who is looking for a shipping container is going to use it for storage; some people are going to use it for shipping. If they intend to put the shipping container on an oceangoing vessel and ship cargo, special considerations are in order. If it is going to be used for shipping, it must have a special plate and be designated as a certified unit. You will see some containers with this plate and others without. Don’t make assumptions that could cause problems.

When it comes to value, it is difficult to beat what a shipping container brings to the table. They can be used for many purposes, and as long as you choose a quality unit that has all of the necessary options, it can be used conveniently. It is also important to buy or rent a container from a company that knows how to help you make the right choice.

Contact Out-Back Storage if you are looking for a storage container and we will walk you through the process. To see our inventory, click on the “inventory menu” at the top of the screen on the right side. You can also fill out our contact form for more information.

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