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Shipping or storage containers

Discussion in 'Off Topic' started by kenr74, Feb 18, 2016.

  1. kenr74

    kenr74 Oregon Active Member

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    I am looking at moving and would need to put pretty much all of my possessions in storage for a while. Has anybody used PODS or just a shipping container company? Looks like a good option but I keep reading about horror stories about high unexpected bills or basically having your stuff held for ransom until you give in to the companies demands.
     
  2. ZA_Survivalist

    ZA_Survivalist Oregon AK's all day.

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    I would just rent a storage unit. Pods are good for long transit moves and when you're remodeling your house and need quick access to yor stuff. I had two storage units that I rent, the smallest is around $40 a month (when I got it), held quite a bit of stuff, but was just a glorified broom closet.
     
  3. USMC-03

    USMC-03 Moscow on the Willamette (i.e. Portland, Oregon) Well-Known Member

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    Used Pods for our last move; great service and very convenient. About the same cost as renting a moving van twice and storage unit for the three months between houses and eliminated one load/unload from the whole process.
     
  4. Sgt Nambu

    Sgt Nambu Oregon Bronze Supporter Bronze Supporter

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    I examined my neighbors POD when he rented it. Not sure I would place anything I really valued in one. Certainly not guns or ammo, etc!
     
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  5. USMC-03

    USMC-03 Moscow on the Willamette (i.e. Portland, Oregon) Well-Known Member

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    True that...
     
  6. The Nothing

    The Nothing PDX Bronze Supporter Bronze Supporter 2016 Volunteer

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    I used PODS back when they first came around. It was the only solution for me as I was moving out of my apartment at the same time I was going to be out of town on business for 6 weeks before moving into the new place. Worked out great for me and was cheaper than renting a UHaul a couple times and a storage unit. Leaving the POD onsite for a couple days also made the physical moving easier.
     
  7. Joe13

    Joe13 NW of Vancouver Opinionated & Blunt Bronze Supporter 2015 Volunteer 2016 Volunteer

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    PODS are carp and a money sink.

    Storage Units a money sink.

    Storage Containers are expensive to have moved and resale.

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    IMO you can't do better then a huge cargo trailer (or 2 even). Find them used and in decent condition for a good price. Fill them.

    If you can't tow one, there are lots of insured people on CL that will relocate a trailer for about $60 (I'm sure that depends on how far your going).

    Keep them as long as you need/want and then resale them easily anywhere in the PNW on CL. I bought one for $1800, kept it for about 5 years and sold it for $2000 - so I would say I paid for the tags for 5 years on it (I was using it) and broke even or came out a bit ahead.

    That's my advice having moved locally in the area of 20 times personally.

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    Now a true story.

    My parents got a POD to move with.

    Fast forward 6 years later and they were still paying for it before I could convince my mom to go with me and buy a trailer when my dad was out of town. Paid $450 for it.

    Had the pod delivered and put most of it in that little trailer and a bit in the garage.

    3 years later and they finally got to emptying the trailer and I sold it same day for $550 - never registered it cuz it wasn't driven.

    Now my parents can be lazy and stupid but even if you are not them, sometimes things take longer then planned. A trailer sitting in the drive way for free beats paying POD to hold your stuff plus all of the delivery and pick up fees.
     
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  8. PiratePast40

    PiratePast40 Willamette Valley Well-Known Member

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    We've used one of the big carriers equivalent of a POD. Was really disappointed to find the side of an antique dresser delaminating because of a leak in the container. Just be aware of the general condition of the container.
     
  9. Stomper

    Stomper Oceania Rising White Is The New Brown Silver Supporter

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    I think PODS are cool to smuggle shifty people over the border in... accross the desert... in summer... through the mountains. ;)
     
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    edslhead Vanc Gold Supporter Gold Supporter Silver Supporter Bronze Supporter

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  11. PiratePast40

    PiratePast40 Willamette Valley Well-Known Member

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    ^^^ ABF is what we used. Just make sure you do a good inspection.
     
  12. 308

    308 ΜOΛΩΝ ΛΑΒΕ ΜOΛΩΝ ΛΑΒΕ Platinum Supporter Silver Supporter

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    That's what I do nowadays. Money is A LOT BETTER :D
     
  13. edslhead

    edslhead Vanc Gold Supporter Gold Supporter Silver Supporter Bronze Supporter

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    Good advice:D
     
  14. jbett98

    jbett98 NW Oregon Bronze Supporter Bronze Supporter

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    How much stuff are you talking about?
     
  15. kenr74

    kenr74 Oregon Active Member

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    3 bedroom house and a 3 bay shop. Just short of a bubblegum ton of stuff. I thought about a storage place but that would be pretty spendy. Thought about buying a used Uhaul but would likely need 2. Pods are a maybe but after reading some bad reviews I'm not so sure on that. Shipping container looked interesting.
     
  16. jbett98

    jbett98 NW Oregon Bronze Supporter Bronze Supporter

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    Shipping containers need to be packed real tight if you're going to avoid damaging the contents inside when moving it from one location to another.
    A watertight 40' semi trailer with functioning wheels is the optimal storage/moving container in my opinion.
    Other then getting the contents up a ramp and into the trailer, once it's packed and locked and then hauled to a secure storage area, it's always ready to travel across country if need be.
    I've seen them sell for less then $3,000 and you can always sell it when you're moved.
     
  17. The Heretic

    The Heretic Oregon Well-Known Member

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    I used PODs when I moved here from Seattle.

    It was convenient because I could load and unload in my own time.

    I did make a mistake in not securing what I had loaded and some of it shifted against the door and it took a bit to get it open. I had tied stuff down, but I didn't do a good enough job.

    I do remember they don't like you to load ammo or powder or anything flammable - as in they say they don't allow it, but they never knew that I had loaded ammo into it.
     
  18. kenr74

    kenr74 Oregon Active Member

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    I decided to bite the bullet and just move into storage. Sounded ok until I called around and nobody has anything bigger than a 10x10 available. Doh! Back to the container idea.

    I kind of like the shipping container idea since I could use it as storage afterwards on property.
     
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  19. Joe13

    Joe13 NW of Vancouver Opinionated & Blunt Bronze Supporter 2015 Volunteer 2016 Volunteer

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    That's what I used mine for, long term dry storage shed.


    If your in the PDX metro area, look on CL for storage containers. There a few company's that sell "used" they only say it's water tight may be beat up a bit, and "once used", mine was like new except for a couple very small scratches on the bottom outside corners. The floor looks brand new except for a couple very superficial scuffs here and there but twice the price.

    I paid for a newer one, you get to go look thru the yard and they move them in and out weekly so you can keep looking, because I wanted one my neighbors wouldn't have a stroke over. You can get a couple different colors as well depending on when and what company you go with.

    Good Luck on the search!
     
  20. IronMonster

    IronMonster Washington Opinionated Member Diamond Supporter

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    I got two 40' containers for sale, pretty sure it would cost as much to get them to you as what I want for them :D
     
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