See for yourself what makes a good storage container before you buy your next storage container. Compare Mobile Container Sales with other brands to see the difference quality makes. Buy your next containers direct from the manufacturer and use them for life! Comparing mobile storage containers is easy if you know what to look for. Click on the questions to get the answers and hopefully you will know more than you did before you visited this page.
Duraplate. Wall panels not only need to be good looking, but they need to be strong and resistant. Steel skin exteriors without the correct backing can easily dent and rust. They also offer little structural integrity. Plywood wall panels skinned in aluminum can wear at the point of fasteners and moisture can cause mold issues. MCS uses Dura plate. They will not rust, rot, decay or mold. Dura plate has been used in the transportation industry for decades... that's why MCS uses it.
Wall panels should be overlapping the steel frame where possible...not tucked towards the inside of the container. The bottom portion of the container can form a natural channel where water can pool up and eventually seep into container. This is where quality containers have the wall panel bolted to the outside of the steel structure, therefore water cannot pool up anywhere and simply run down the container naturally, causing no harm to the inside of the container. Foam tape and caulk are not miracle workers, and a good container design will never let water just pool up and sit on caulk or foam tape, therefore eliminating any water problems.
|MCS – Wall Panel Overlapped||MCS – One Piece Clean Look||Other Guys – Wall Panels Tucked In|
A big part in making a decision with what type of container design that you are going to purchase is not only the quality of the containers but also how long it will take for final assembly and how many containers can be shipped on one truck. Some manufacturers have to ship them already assembled. Some offer a foldable design and others are sold in a kit form. The foldable design usually take about 1/2 hour and the kit forms take about 1 hour to assemble. How long a container takes you to do the final assembly is really irrelevant to the longevity and quality that the container is going to give you. Something that might take a bit longer in the beginning, but has less maintenance and a longer shelf life should be worth the minimal extra effort.
Shipping multiple units on one truck is a necessity in this business. The more containers that you can ship on one truck, the less the actual cost per unit will be.
|MCS – 15 Containers On 1 Truck||Other Guys – 3 Containers On 1 Truck|
The roof is another major component of any mobile storage container. The roof needs to be watertight and be able to withstand heavy ice and snow loads. Plastic roofs can crack and tear and will reduce the life expectancy of your container. Translucent polypropylene and polyethylene roof panels are plastic. They will expand and contract, they will crack over time and offer no structural integrity. Sun will penetrate them and allow harmful UV light in - only to fade the stored contents inside over time. Translucent roofs will show nasty stains left behind from standing water and ice.
Aluminum one piece seam sealed roofs have been used in the transportation industry for decades. Semi-trailers can be seen everywhere using the same technology used in MCS mobile storage containers. Proven designs that work.
|MCS – Inside View of Roof||MCS – Outside View of Roof||Other Guys – Translucent Roof Issues|
The structural integrity of a mobile storage container is comprised of the design and materials used in the manufacturing process. Cheap containers use inexpensive materials. Quality containers use materials and designs tested and proven to work. Make sure the containers you are going to purchase can handle the intended weight of your customer's belongings. The mobile storage containers should be capable of stacking on to one another easily, quickly and safely. Containers should be able to withstand any weather conditions and climate. Buy your containers from a reputable supplier who has had them in service for years. Buy them once and use them for life.
|MCS – Easy to Stack||MCS – Stack up to 3 High|
There are many different steel finish applications to choose from.
One is to simply paint over primer. This is the least expensive and the one that requires constant maintenance. Rust will appear and constant sanding and re painting is necessary to maintain a desirable appearance.
Powder Coating is another common finish. This application can be very good and durable if applied the way it is intended. There are many steps in this process to achieve desired results. Unfortunately, to be cost effective for mobile storage containers short cuts usually are taken. Proper cleaning and preparation of the steel is necessary for any finish to bond properly. It is simply not cost effective to take the necessary steps to prep the steel properly and therefore powder coating and painting should NOT be used.
|Other Guys – ISO Container Finish||Other Guys – Powder Coating||Other Guys – Paint over Primer|
Rust Grip™ is a coating specially designed with rust inhibitors built in and it can be applied over just about anything. Rust Grip™ penetrates deep into the pores of the metal because it is made with solvents that act to provide wetting so that deep penetration can occur. After it penetrates, it draws moisture from the atmosphere which reacts with the active ingredients of the base compound. The result is a gassing effect of the molecules which expands them, swelling into all the pores to block out air, gasses and moisture to encapsulate the surface.
|Rust Grip™ on Ship||Before Rust Grip™||After Rust Grip™|
Hot dipped galvanizing is the longest lasting and most durable finish that can be applied to steel. The steel goes through a dipping process in large vats, from cleaning, etching, and application of molten zinc. This is the most expensive way to protect steel, but it will outlast just about everyone who is living today without any maintenance. It has been tested and used in the harshest environments on earth. Just look at every guard rail, sign posts and light posts going down the highways of North America. That in it should tell you how durable this product is. Bar none, it is the best coating for mobile storage containers.
|Hot Dipped Galvanizing||MCS – Galvanized Containers||Most Durable Finish used on Guard Rails|
Size does matter! The leading mobile storage companies all have large containers. Why? Because their customer's demand it! Give your customers what they want... not what you think they want.
The most commonly used self-storage units are:
5' x 10' (50 sq. ft.) and 10' x 10' (100 sq. ft.)
In mobile container terms this relates to:
7' x 8' (56 sq. ft.) and 7' x 16' (112 sq. ft.)
|MCS – 8' Container||MCS – 16' Container|
Absolutely. Stacking containers should be quick, easy and safe. MSC containers are designed and built to stack just like building blocks... one on top of the other... up to 3 high. (28 ft. clear ceiling space is needed to stack 3 high). MSC containers sit right on top of our specially designed roof pads which keeps the seam sealed one piece roof from ever being damaged. Leaving a space in between the floor of the top container and the roof of the bottom container eliminates costly roof repairs and ensures a water tight seal. Containers should be designed so you don’t have to set upper container perfectly onto lower container. There needs to be a little forgiveness there.
|MCS – Space Between Containers||MCS – Stacking Doesn't Have To Be Perfect||MCS – Easily Stacked without Damage|
The roll up door is most commonly used in the mobile storage industry for various reasons. They require no extra room to open so cars and other containers can be placed next to a storage container. They don't have hinges to wear out or cause doors not to close properly. Roll up doors require very little maintenance. Swing doors require more space, require more maintenance and can be difficult to operate in windy conditions. Swing doors have a tendency to get out of square, thus creating problems upon opening and closing the doors.Roll up doors have been used successfully for many years at self-storage facilities. Most importantly, customers prefer them as they are easy to use.
|No Need for Extra Space with RollUp Doors||Swing Doors Need Extra Space|
The base floor structure is a major structural component of any mobile storage container. The steel structure of the floor must not bend or flex as it causes premature failure of wall panels, fasteners and doors. MCS containers use a heavy gauge steel and minimum of 20" on center I beam structural steel. Full width forklift tubes are stronger and safer than forklift "pockets" that are just cut out to accommodate forklift forks. The actual flooring material should be able to be easily replaced. Steel is not recommended as it would be hard to replace, it adds weight, and becomes slippery when wet. Plywood with a minimum thickness of 3⁄4 of an inch seems to be the industry standard and is holding up just fine. MCS flooring is specially designed with inserts for removable wheels which are much more versatile than permanent mounted casters. The wall panels attached directly to the flooring structure which increases the structural integrity of the container.
|MCS – EZ Replace Floor||MCS – Full Width Forklift Tubes||MCS – Integrated Receivers for Removable Wheels|
There are pros and cons to either pneumatic or permanent casters but the cons of permanent casters far out way the pros. Permanent casters will never go flat but require a hard surface to be rolled upon. On a hot summer day rolling a container with steel casters can leave an indentation into asphalt. Plywood runners should be used on all deliveries to protect the drive surface from damage. This is tedious. Stacking containers with permanent casters can be difficult and damage to the roof of the bottom container often occurs. Casters do break when stuck in unpaved surfaces and the protective coatings do tear off if the container is ever dragged. They cost about $ 100 each and can add up to $ 400 for each container.
Pneumatic wheels roll on just about any surface. There is no need for plywood runners. They work well over rocks, grass and other unpaved surfaces. They don't damage driveway surfaces. The container weight is spread out over a larger surface making it easier to roll on and off delivery trucks or trailers. Pneumatic wheels by MCS pivot enabling the operator to keep the container square to the trailer or truck. The removable wheel is much more cost effective. One set of 4 can be used on as many containers as you have because you take them with you. Containers are easily stacked without the wheels. Advantage Removable Pneumatic Wheels.
|Removable Wheels EZ to Use||Other Guys – Permanent Casters||Other Guys – !@#$ Happens|
Put yourself in your customer's shoes. Would you like a container dropped off at your house or place of business looking beat up or dirty. Not to mention when you open the door would you like to see water stains or lumber in the way. We don't think so.
Now, wouldn't you like to have a container dropped off looking like it's brand new? Well, that is what you can have if you buy quality containers that are built the right way. With a smooth exterior wall panel, your companies logo is going to look great! When you customer opens the door, they will notice how clean and spacious the interior is. There are no interior posts of any kind to get in their way. There will be no water stains. They will get a simple, bright, clean, and spacious container. Something that they will remember and hopefully pass your name along to family, friends and co-workers.
|MCS – The Good||Other Guys – The Bad||Other Guys – The Ugly|