Way back in May of 2013, we posted about ramps. And while the concept of ramps has not changed in that timeframe, options for container ramps has. We’re taking a fresh look at ramps and what your options are.

Why to consider purchasing a ramp?

Container ramps are aimed to make loading and unloading items safer. Cargo container thresholds are approximately 6 inches from the ground without blocking under a container, which can make it more difficult to get heavy items in and out of the container.

Lifting loads can cause unnecessary short- or long- term injuries. Some loads are on wheels and are simply too heavy to lift into a container. Using a ramp decreases the likelihood of injuries to occur, reduces health risks related to lifting heavy objects and lowers the risk for loads falling or spilling.

Cement ramp made with indentations for the lockrods so the doors can open

Cement ramp made with indentations for the lockrods so the doors can open

Do you want a permanent or portable ramp?

There are pros and cons to both options. Here are some things to consider when trying to decide the best route to go.

Permanent Ramp


  • Easy to use

  • Don’t have to worry about anyone getting hurt putting it in place

  • No lip – easy to roll right into the container


  • Hard to build to work well. The lockrods that lock the door shut extend down beyond the bottom of the door, so you need to make allowances for that. Most people remove one set of lockrods and then make indentations in ramp for allow for the lockrods.

  • You cannot move your container around after you build a permanent ramp.

  • Only works with one container

Various portable ramps

Various portable ramps

Portable Ramp


  • Can work with multiple containers

  • Many different options available

  • Generally no need to customize anything



  • Must consider the weight of the container and who will be moving it around

  • Must train employees to use the ramp safely

  • Must store the ramp in or out of the container

What is the right style of ramp for me?

Ramps come in a variety of sizes and styles. To figure out the best option for you, here are some questions to ask yourself:

  • What is the weight limit you will need for the container?

  • Do you need a smooth rolling surface for managing a pallet jack with small wheels or are you moving in larger, heartier wheels that can handle a variety of surfaces?

  • Will the ramp be used in a variety of different kinds of weather? Rain and snow can make a ramp very slippery.

  • Who will be using the ramp? Will the weight of the ramp be an issue?

  • Will the ramp be stored in the container, along side it, or somewhere further away? You may want to consider something lighter if the ramp will be moving around a lot.

Ramps come in various lengths with different weight limits. They come in different surfaces: a grit coat surface, aluminum curb, punch plate or wedge ramp. We have listed different options below including their specs so you can check through what will work best for you.

The right ramp for you really depends on your situation, who will use it and what you want to put into it.  At the end of the day, if you can get things in and out of your container safely and easily, that is all that matters.

How to figure out ramp pricing?

Call us!  We would love to help you pick the right ramp for you.  Depending on the specific ramp, pricing will vary.

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Would you want a container that could go from on a truck and dock height to ground-level without a forklift or a crane?  Well, this new container can do just that.  It seems like it is really meeting a need for people and organizations that are shipping goods overseas that need some extra time for loading them up.

Usually when you ship a container, you get very little time to load it up. The chassis, or container trailers, that bring containers out to customers for loading cannot set a container on the ground. If the shipper wants to take their time loading, they have to have a crane or forklift to take the container off of the truck, then put it back on the truck when it is loaded.  Usually the unloading is easy enough to work around, but getting it back on a truck when it is full is the tricky part.  That is where this new container makes a ton of sense.

Super Cubes has a customer working on an external product that might do the same thing as this container.  Our question to our readers is - if you could get an add-on product that would allow you to take your container on and off of trucks by yourself, would you be interested in it?  And if you're willing to share, what would you be willing to pay for it?  The design isn't complete yet, so it may not work out.  It just happened that our customer was working on this solution as we saw this new container.  Tell us your thoughts and ideas on this below!

The Tin Can Cabin - see more pictures at  www.tincancabin.com

The Tin Can Cabin - see more pictures at www.tincancabin.com

Container cabins are definitely in a boon right now.  They are great because they can be moved out to remote areas and provide instant shelter that can expand as you do more to it.  Today, we're going to look at the ups and downs of building container cabins.  And the best part - told by someone who built his own and has great words of wisdom for those looking to do the same.

Steve, the author of the blog Tin Can Cabin, shared how he planned and built a 3-container cabin.  He documented everything really well and has tons of pictures.  Instead of trying to show them all here, you should really check out his blog for some very practical information on how to build a container cabin.  The cabin is beautiful and he did an amazing job or really making the most of the containers and the interior space.

However, in his latest post, "The Shipping Container Cabin in Perspective", he argues against building with containers as well.  Clearly, he did a great job building his cabin and feels it was the right choice for him.  However, he tries to cover some of the other reasons people have for building with containers that may or may not be true.  He backs up his points with some great information.  It is excellent food for thought.  While we support container cabin construction, we also try to make sure our clients understand what they are getting into as well.  This article does a great job of laying it all out so you can make an informed decision about how to build your container cabin.

But let's further the discussion.  Have you built with containers?  Do you agree with him?  Why or why not?  Are you thinking about building with containers?  What is making you want to use them?  What information are you still trying to figure out to decide if you should?  It would be great if we could have a variety of comments on this, so please add yours below!

Here is the floor plan for this three 20' container cabin.  Check out the blog for a ton more pictures at  www.tincancabin.com

Here is the floor plan for this three 20' container cabin.  Check out the blog for a ton more pictures at www.tincancabin.com

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