How Many Cars Fit In A Shipping Container?

How Many Cars Can I Fit in a Shipping Container?

How many cars fit in a shipping container? That sounds like something you’d see in an article titled, “10 Things You Need To Know But Never Thought To Ask”!

Obviously, the number of cars that can fit in a shipping container depends on the size of the container, the size of the cars, and the type of vehicles. But we can make some educated guesses to figure it out.

Shall we?

Shipping Container Dimensions

If you look through the Container Stop FAQs, you’ll notice the following questions: What length do shipping containers come in? Other dimensions?

Our answer: The most frequently requested sizes are 10 feet, 20 feet, and 40 feet, although we’re able to customize them so they’re as short as 5 feet or as long as 45 feet.

Just tell us what you need, and we’ll get to work.

While the lengths can be customized, all our containers are 8 feet wide. They’re available in two heights: standard 8.5 feet or a high-cube 9.5 feet.

Since we’re discussing shipping container dimensions, we thought we’d mention that the width and height of our containers cannot be altered. So please keep that in mind when considering your own trailer.

Of course, when trying to determine how many cars will fit in a shipping container, height is only of slight importance. After all, we’re not going to try and stack cars atop one another, are we?

(Quick side note: It’s possible — indeed it’s mandatory when cost-effective shippers are seeking efficiencies and are looking to maximize the use of space — to arrange vehicles in a shipping container with one end elevated. You can see what that looks like here.)

Shipping Containers and Cars

Keeping the shipping container dimensions above in mind, we can get an idea of the number of vehicles that can fit inside a shipping container.

A 20-foot container can accommodate two standard-sized vehicles placed end to end. A 40-foot container can fit about four standard-sized vehicles inside.

If we add a few wrinkles, we can say that a 40-foot container can hold five or six small cars. A container can probably accommodate three big cars or SUV-style vehicles.

But remember: YMMV! (Your mileage may vary!)

Happy shipping!

Contact Container Stop with any questions.

12 Tips You Need to Know Before Building a Shipping Container Home

What You Need to Know Before Building a Shipping Container Home

Thinking of changing your lifestyle and embracing tiny home living? A shipping container home can be a unique and sustainable housing option. We’ve compiled 12 tips you need to know before building a shipping container home.

There are many benefits to building a shipping container home, but there are some important things you will need to know before you get started.

Shipping Container Tips

Tip #1: Know what type of container you want.

There are a variety of shipping container types, so determine ahead of time which types are best for your particular use. These may include standard, refrigerated, or high cube. Find one contractor who is familiar with each.

Tip #2: Read up on local rules.

Know what permits you need. Find out what county and city regulations there are regarding building codes, building materials, load-bearing, and bracing requirements, traditional construction processes versus container homes, etc. Avoid building the home or even buying a shipping container before you’re well-versed in these things.

Tip #3: Know their structure.

The structural integrity of your container is important, so make sure to read up on where load-bearing walls are, for example. (Sometimes, walls are both load-bearing.)

Tip #4: Know your budget.

Setting your budget ahead of time will save you the headache of overspending — which only tends to get worse once you’ve started building. When you’re ready to shop, think of your budget, and think of the long term.

Tip #5: Pick insulation wisely.

Research how to best insulate the shipping container so you can stay comfortable all year long in your new living space. Foam insulation? Fiberglass? These are important questions. Feel free to ask for advice from other folks who have moved into shipping container homes.

Tip #6: Plan for plumbing.

Knowing ahead of time where the plumbing will go is an important part of the building process.

Tip #7: Stick to the design.

Just like any construction project, changing the design of a home during construction could be costly. Commit to your final design before the building begins. Long walls, windows, and doors, eco-friendly, etc. — whatever your design goals, try to stick to them.

Tip #8: Look before you buy.

Look at the shipping containers before you buy them. You will need to ensure they don’t have structural issues, rust, or other dents.

Tip #9: Plan for electrical.

Plan where your electrical wiring will go before you start finishing the interior. Carving appropriate holes ahead of time will help determine how you arrange the inside later on.

Tip #10: Plan for weather elements.

Thunderstorms and winds can be hard on your shipping container home, so plan by painting accordingly and putting the container in an area that is shielded from the wind.

Tip #11:  Know if container living is right for you.

It’s essential to know if this type of home is right for you. Not everyone wants to live in a small space, so determine well ahead of time if you can thrive in this type of environment or not.

Tip #12: Ask for help if needed.

Designers, engineers, and other building professionals can make the building process a lot easier. Choosing experienced contractors can minimize stress and save you money.

Shipping container homes offer all the convenience of modern living in a reduced footprint. The first step is selecting the right shipping container. Contact our team at Container Stop to talk about your container project.

Can I Put A Shipping Container On My Land?

Can I Have a Shipping Container in my Backyard?

You probably already know how cool shipping containers are — how versatile, how secure, how cozy and comfortable if they’re converted into a container home. That’s why you’re here! But one question might still be nagging at you as you imagine your dream container: Can I put a shipping container on my land?

This is a good question, and it’s wise to ask it. Although we like to think that our properties are ours to do as we please, there are local, state, and federal regulations that we all must adhere to.

Beyond that, there are often neighborhood regulations, as well as homeowners associations (HOA) that all have a say in whether or not you can have a shipping container home on your property.

Rules and Regulations For Shipping Container Homes

Don’t worry, though. Rules and regulations such as those alluded to in the paragraph above this one are there to protect the value of our property — along with the value of all our neighbors’ properties. And in most cases, shipping containers have been welcomed onto private property without so much as a peep or a hassle from anybody.

Let’s take a closer look.

Our conversation will cover a variety of topics, including property zoning, building codes, municipal and county codes, building permits, residential areas, and more. Consider it a checklist of things to investigate when inquiring about putting a shipping container on your land.

Sound fun? Let’s do this!

Property Rights and Shipping Containers

Property rights and their application to shipping containers used for storage and housing vary by jurisdiction. Local rules also apply regarding how large a structure must be before it’s necessary to apply for a permit. Depending on your location, there may also be building codes and necessary and regular inspections.

Since containers can be placed directly on the ground, there’s no need to install supports — hence no need to dig. Again, you’ll need to check with your local government to make sure you stay legal and up to code.

In some jurisdictions, making modifications to an existing container home — such as cutting doors or windows — may be a red flag for building inspectors. They may require you to hire an engineer to redo the container specification sheet.

And, of course, you’ll need permits for any electrical or plumbing work that’s done on the container home.

Finally, you should be aware of the deed restrictions on your particular piece of property. This is where an HOA might come into play since they are usually tasked with governing this aspect of property use.

Whatever you do, don’t try to hide a shipping container on your property to avoid legal responsibilities. This will only cause problems and headaches to accrue — not to mention significant legal fees and fines — down the line.

Make sure you’re aware of the zoning regulations in your area and adhere to them! Your best bet is to hire a real estate attorney to help you navigate the often complicated rules and regulations concerning shipping container homes and property rights.