The truck will either drive or reverse into position. The tray of the truck will lift up them slide back (similar to a tip truck) until the back corner of the container is on the ground. As the truck drives forward the container remains stationary. The container slides down the tray of the truck as it drives forward until it is clear from under the container. The vehicle in these photos is able to deliver/pick up a single 20’ container. A semi trailer tilt tray can deliver/pick up 1 x 40’ container or 2 x 20’ containers at once in the same manner.

Pick Up

When it comes time to pick the container up the process is reversed. The truck will back up just short of the container, the tray will lift up & slide back until the back corner of the tray is positioned against the front bottom corner of the container (Picture 2). Chains are put through the corner castings and connected to a winch at the front of the tray. As the winch pulls the container the truck tends to be pulled under the container (truck is out of gear and handbrake off) rather than the container being pulled up the tray. The container usually drags forward approx. 30cm. Once the container is halfway onto the truck, the tray if them lowered (picture 4), lifting the container off the ground. The container is then winched on the rest of the way then secured for transport. A 40’ container is picked in the same manner.

There are several points that need to be considered when using this type of truck for delivery:

The height of the container while on the truck is 4.2m. You need to allow at least this height when going under powerlines/trees, eves of houses/factories or through doorways.

Even though the container is 2.44m wide, the truck & mirrors etc. needs an opening of at least 2.9m.

When the tray lifts up, the top front of the container will go up to 6.5m in height while unloading. This needs to be considered when unloading near/under powerlines and trees or inside factories.

The truck will need clear space in front of the container to drive out from under the container & then manoeuvring space to drive away. This needs to be at least 12 metres for a 20’ container on a rigid truck or 18 metres for a 40’ container on a semitrailer.

The land where the truck parks to unload needs to be relatively level. If the site slopes, the truck can unload if parked facing up or down the slope. If the truck is positioned facing across the slope, as the tray lifts up and the truck starts to drive out from under the container it can jump the side rail of the tray and roll over.

Most transport companies don’t like to take their vehicles off road. If delivery is into an area where the ground isn’t sealed or compacted / hardstand, the driver will inspect the area and make a judgement whether or not to proceed. If the vehicle becomes bogged / stuck you will be liable for the recovery cost. So it’s a good idea to make sure you identify any soft or wet areas, old rubble drains, recently excavated / filled areas etc. then advise the driver of their location. Also have an alternate site to place the container in case the driver won’t go off the compacted surface.

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Frequently Asked Questions

I just need a small container for my backyard, is this possible.

Container Options has a variety of containers sizes suitable for private use, either for hire or purchase. We offer a range of modifications on our sale units from windows , doors etc.

As long as our transport contractors can access your property safely then we can deliver a container. If in doubt contact our office and we can check you location online and advise what might be feasible. We will endeavour to meet your container storage  requirements.

Are your containers safe for export?

Most certainly! Container Options is a leading, trustworthy company that provides shipping containers which are cargo worthy, safe and of international standards. We also offer export certification for your container.

Will you deliver to my site?

When you purchase or hire a container from Container Options you have the option to arrange your own transport or you can contract Container Options to arrange it. As long as the delivery location is suitable, transport can be arranged using a flat top truck, tilt tray truck, side loader truck or the versatile hiab crane truck.

I’m on a tight budget, what options do you have?

With the ever-increasing cost of living all our budgets are becoming tight. Container Options does not sacrifice quality over price. When purchasing a container, Container Options has a range of containers from weather proof right up to single use newbuild containers. If your budget cannot stretch to purchasing a container , take the burden of a major cash outlay away and consider hiring a container with monthly payments.

How do I know if my goods will be safe?

Container Options prides itself on supplying good quality containers at a fair price. One of the first criteria that our containers meet is that they are supplied in a weatherproof and lockable condition. For added security you have the option have a Lock Box added to the doors. To reduce condensation from damaging you contents you have the option to have a whirly bird and wall vent added for better air circulation. Our goal is supply you a container to protect your goods.

If I hire a container in Sydney, will you pick it up when I’m done?

Part of the hire process, transport is arranged for the delivery and the return of the container once you have finished with it, unless you are arranging your own transport. Naturally when you have finished with the container at the end of hire, the container must be in a suitable location for the truck to collect it safely.