How To Load Your Vehicle In A Shipping Container
Properly loading your car for shipping can make the difference between safe travel or getting scratches, damage, or worse. These tips will ensure your wheels arrive safe and sound.
Get your car ready for travel
- Your vehicle should be free from mud and other debris.
- Remove fuel.
- Disconnect the battery and turn off the alarm system
- If applicable, retract the antenna and roof.
- Find out if there are any permits or permissions that you need to place the container in your yard. Ask representatives from your homeowner's association and county government.
Load your car
The container you choose will be 20x8x8 or 40x8x8. You may need a larger container if you plan on loading personal items. You can number and/or label boxes to make it easier to unpack. Smart labeling can also be done with Quick Peek products. Take pictures of your contents and apply the stickers to your moving boxes. You can scan the labels with your phone later for a quick reminder about what's inside. These items should be placed first if you're moving to an area that will require inspection. Your vehicle will need to be accessible to inspectors, so it won't be difficult to bring your box or mattress to the checkpoint.
There are two options for loading your car into the container: a flatbed truck or a ramp. You can rent one from local vendors if you don't own one. Then load the car on the truck and drive the truck to the container. Transfer the car to the container by driving it from the truck. You can also rent a ramp to transport the car inside the container. You will have to push your car into the container if it is very narrow. Get a helping hand. You can save yourself from accidents by having an extra pair of eyes or hands.
Get your car
You will find tie hooks on the ceiling, sides, and floor of your container. These can be used to secure your car and belongings during transport so that there is no shifting. To keep your car from rolling, use wooden blocks or metal chocks. Use nail chocks to hold the car in place. Attach tow rings or ratchet belts to the axle behind each wheel. To prevent tipping in rough travel conditions, attach the top of your vehicle with rope or straps. Do not skimp on the ratchet straps. If you require heavy-duty, go for it. Broken straps are no protection and can lead to more damage. To reduce theft and tampering, consider a shipping container bolt seal. Ask your shipper whether this is an option that makes sense for you.
With the right equipment, loading a shipping container can be easy. You can be sure of a safe and secure arrival by securely fastening the car.