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Tips For Keeping Rust Out of Your Shipping Container



Rust and shipping containers are not a good combination. When exposed to moisture, corrosion will slowly eat away at the steel, creating holes that only get bigger with time. It not only looks bad, it shortens the lifespan of your container, even though it’s made of heavy-duty steel that can traverse oceans.

Rust forms as a result of oxidation that happens when the container routinely comes into contact with moisture, either through condensation, humidity or standing water. Dings and dents especially attract rust due to the loss of their protective paint layer. This is why you should always fix dents and clean up leaks right away.

But you don’t have to be at the mercy of rust. Just be sure to regularly clean and maintain your shipping container and you won’t have to worry about corrosion. Check out these tips to prevent rust from occurring to your shipping container.

1.    Keep Things Dry

If you do nothing ese, just make sure you keep moisture, standing water and harsh weather away from your container. That’s because long-term exposure to water – whether from the trees above or the ground below – can spur the spread of rust.

2.    Elevate it Off the Ground

Add a foundation so your container isn’t sitting directly on uneven, soft or wet ground. This foundation can come in many forms, such as concrete slab or two railroad ties – doesn’t really matter. The point is to encourage the flow of air underneath the unit so it doesn’t come directly in contact with dirt, gravel, sand, grass, or insects.

3.     Use a Tarp

Cover the unit with a thick plastic tarp when you are not using it, especially in snowy or rainy climates. The tarps will shield your container from rain, hail, and heavy winds that can easily send objects such as rocks or tree limbs onto it.

4.    Pressure Wash the Unit

Because mud often accumulates on containers, it’s important to wash it off when that happens. You can use a pressure washer on a low setting or just a simple garden hose. Use this method if you’re prepping the unit for a paint job, too.

5.    Gable the Roof ​

If you bought a used container, you may have noticed dents on the roof. That’s due to stacking that is common in shipping container yards and on ships. Dents are naturally concave, which means water can easily pool there when it rains. Inside, put a 4×4 wooden plank at the lowest roof point, then, using a jack, push it into the ceiling so water will roll off the exterior.

6.    Remove Surface Rust

Surface rust is rust that has yet to reach the internal layer of the steel. Thus, it can still be removed. If you don’t get rid of the surface rust as you notice it, holes can result. If the rust is minimal, use a wire brush to scrape it off, then wipe particles away with a slightly damp cloth.

Contact Container King

Now that you know these helpful tips, it’s time to call us at 972-432-7376 for a free quote on a shipping container rental or purchase in Dallas.




6 Reasons Why You Need a One-Trip (as new as you can get) Shipping Container


Container King explains 6 reasons why you need a one trip shipping container. Contact us today to learn about our products.

If you’re faced with the need to acquire a shipping container for your personal or business use, you may be wondering what’s best: one trip container or used? There are many instances where buying new, or one-trip, is a wise decision. If can afford it and your needs match these requirements, one-trip shipping containers are the way to go. Here are some of the benefits of buying a shipping container.

1.  Cost Advantages

Sure, purchasing a shipping container may involve a large initial cash outlay, but you only incur this cost once at the time of purchase. If you were to rent your container, for instance, you make recurring monthly payments. They may be lower but the total cost adds up over time. Buying outright saves you from having to hassle with monthly payments, or from having to make upgrades to a used container. Buy one-trip in the first place and you get everything you need when you need it.

In general, if you need to rent a container for more than 18 months, you should buy it outright instead. This is when buying a one-trip container becomes the better financial decision.

2.  Residual Value

With a shipping container rental, there is no residual value that remains. At the end of the rental agreement, you must return the unit and stop monthly payments. All those monthly payments then become a sunk cost.

When purchasing a shipping container, you could sell it at residual value. Because of their construction, shipping containers have the ability to maintain their value even a decade after the initial purchase, with some even having a lifespan of 30 years. This means that buying a shipping containers isn’t just convenient, it’s a wise investment opportunity as well. You could sell the container in the future at a price not too far off from what you spent on it initially.

3.  Options and Availability

With rental containers, you may be limited to the sizes available to you. Shipping containers for sale, by contrast, are usually available in many sizes and with more options. For example, reefer shipping containers built with food-grade materials, flat rack and open top containers are easier to transport, and custom container sizes including high cube and mini containers are able to be accommodated on different-sized properties.

4.  Modifications

One of the biggest advantages of buying a shipping container is that you are able to modify it in any way you choose. Whether those modifications are designed to improve security, increase functionality or to boost aesthetics, you are able to customize the container in any fashion. Typically, rental containers cannot be modified.

From the paint color to any modifications you require, special orders can be made when you buy one-trip. Want custom colors or business logos on it? No problem.


5.  Ready to Use

In most cases, one-trip containers are in Cargo Worthy condition at the time of purchase, which means they’re already prepped to be loaded and transported. No repairs, maintenance or cleaning tasks are necessary. You will need to inquire whether or not you can get a survey prior to purchasing your container.

6.     Corrosion Resistant

One-trip ocean-going containers are made with Corten anti-corrosive steel corrugated panels and doors, able to resist corrosion. This means you get a longer lifespan out of your container. You know what you’re getting with a one-trip container.

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To learn more about our one-trip shipping containers, contact us in Dallas at 972-290-4600.




Conserve Cash With Used Shipping Containers


Container King in Fort Worth and Dallas Texas offers high-quality new and used shipping containers. Contact us today!

As a business owner, it’s important to save money when in the process of buying the equipment you need to run your company. One way to save is to purchase used shipping containers to save on cash. This is especially true if you don’t need one in new condition or if aesthetics don’t matter to you.

Used containers are less expensive than new containers of the same size. In fact, you can save quite a bit of money buying used over new. Understanding what type of performance you need from your container will help you figure out whether you really need to spend top dollar on a new container or not. Here are some considerations to keep in mind.

Intended Usage

If you intend to use the container to store items, whether household goods or inventory for your business, you will want to get a container that is wind and watertight. Yes, used containers may be showing some surface rust and have a few dings, but you can still find one in good overall shape.

Here at Container King, for example, our 20-foot used containers are secure and water tight, all of them being between eight and 12 years in age. They may contain small dents and surface rust but they are all built with CORTEN anti-corrosive steel, they are all structurally sound, and they all have intact floors and working doors to safely and securely store your goods.


If you are low on cash but still need a decent storage container, used is the way to go. In fact, our used storage containers can be purchased for up to 40 percent less than our new containers. This could translate to a savings of thousands of dollars.



Many people buy containers to use as homes and shelters. You can undertake many modifications to convert your storage container into a building, such as:

  • Roll-Up Doors: Typically either six or eight feet wide, these would look similar to a garage door at a self-storage facility.
  • Man Doors: Doors for humans, typically 36 inches wide. Installed fully framed, with a rain gutter above.
  • Windows: The most common is a vinyl window with a frame made out of box tubing, with the window installed inside.
  • Vents and whirlybirds: Adding vents and whirlybirds are very important if you plan to store nice furniture, or items of value or chemicals. Containers are susceptible to a phenomenon called container rain. Container rain is caused by quick changes in temperature from warm to cold or vice versa. What happens inside the container is that the warm, humid air condenses. Like the dew running down a can of soda on a hot summer’s day, condensation begins to form on the contents inside the container, the inner ceiling, and the walls of the container. Condensation takes place on the coldest available surface, and when the warmer air hits a colder surface (the container sealing), given the right heating and cooling cycles in the container, the moisture release could be so significant that it would seem to be “raining” from the ceiling. At Container King, we professionally install two vents and a whirlybird to prevent container rain, while maintaining a wind and water tight container.
  • Electricity: We have a licensed electrician on-site, and can provide lights, electrical outlets, breaker boxes and wiring, all done to city codes.
  • Plumbing: Do you need a shower, toilet, sink, hot water heater, or dishwasher fully plumbed? You name it, we can add it to your container!

Plans to Ship the Container

Most of the time, One Trip (as new as you can get) containers are certified to be shipped. Used containers can also be re-certified to ship for an additional $150-$250. If you don’t plan to ship your container to another country, you don’t need to purchase a certified container, thereby saving yourself some money.

Contact Container King

If you are interested in purchasing high-quality new used shipping containers. Contact us today!, contact us at 972-290-4600.

8 Accessories to Complement Your Shipping Container


If you’ve recently bought a shipping container and now want to know how you can accessorize it to further suit your needs, consider the many add-on options available to you. From security and lock boxes to shelving and windows, there are many accessories you can purchase to maximize the functionality and comfort of your container.

Not only do accessories make your job a whole lot easier, they also help you achieve a higher level of user friendliness and organization. Check out these eight accessories to complement your shipping container.

1.    Security and Lock Boxes

Keeping your containers secure from break-in and theft is made easy with security and lock boxes. These boxes essentially cover your locks and window bars so your equipment stays protected.

2.    Doors

There are many different types of doors you can install:

Roll-Up Doors

These give you easy side access to whatever’s in your container. Here at Container King, we offer:

  • 6’, 8’, 10’, 12’ custom roll-up doors for storage containers
  • Multiple Door Storage Containers for flexible access to your goods

Personal Doors

These give you quick access to the contents of your storage containers through durable steel doors that are lockable and secure.


3.    Windows

Get windows that are customized to your container, offering a higher level of security while at the same time allowing more natural light to stream through.


4.    Shelves

To help you stay organized, you can install shelving and pipe racks designed to keep your valuable equipment or merchandise off the floor. Giving you easier access and top-notch organization, shelving is a must-have for any lab, school, office or home base.

5.    A/C and Heat

For the ultimate in comfort, install an AC or heating unit to keep you warm or cool throughout the year no matter the season.

6.    Custom Colors and Interiors

You can also paint your storage container any color you want, to reflect your personal style or the branding and logos that represent your company. In terms of interiors, you don’t have to go with a cookie cutter layout. You can add rooms, nooks and crannies, and features that allow you to truly customize the space to suit your needs.

7.    Ramps

Easily wheel your belongings into and out of the storage container with ramps. These give you a portable, durable ground-level entry method for use with dollies. Why haul equipment and heavy items in and out on your own? You could risk hurting yourself or the equipment. Install a ramp for easy in and out.


8.    Lights

Illuminate your storage container, inside and out. Exterior lights are a must if you will be operating at night. Interior lights are necessary no matter what time of day it is. Here at Container King, we can install lights at the top or along the sides.

Contact Container King

To learn more about our customization options and accessories, contact us toll free at 866-961-5464.



5 Ways to Use Shipping Containers for Food Service



Shipping container kitchens are trending for 2019. With more and more people interested in opening their first container restaurant, this trend is getting noticed by customers who crave something different. Traditional store fronts and large spaces cost too much to rent, lease and own these days. Storage containers come with a lower price tag, making this a more cost effective and versatile option for those in the food service business.

Here are five examples of how shipping containers can be used for food service.

1.    Full Restaurant

While the most challenging of all listed here to implement, full-service restaurants using storage containers make a great choice. They are functionally identical to other restaurants you may have visited in the past, yet these stand-alone eateries do all the prep work, cooking, grilling, frying, and baking on-site inside the container.

With a storage container, you can be more flexible with your seating, menu, staff and décor. Just be prepared to pay extra for the bells and whistles.

2.     Beverage Service

If you want to just serve alcohol, such as on the beach, a container is perfect for storing kegs, taps, soda machines, beer coolers and glasses. There’s room for some seating, bar tenders and equipment, giving you the perfect environment in which to interact with customers and make a name for yourself in a central location.

3.    Concessions

These simple set-ups are perfect for games, sporting events, festivals, fairs, concerts, and other events, typically consisting of pre-packaged food and drink. You’ll need a cooler, cash register,  and room for equipment like hotdog roasters or popcorn machines. You’ll also need shelving to place pre-packaged foods like chips and cookies. This type of container only serves as a distribution point, with no cooking or prepping on site.


4.     Warm Service/Commissary

With this kind of kitchen, you can serve fresh-made food sans the added expense of an industrial oven and hood. With a commissary, you do all your cooking and prepping off site, then, bring everything to the container for distribution. You will need to equip your container with the tools and equipment necessary to warm and assemble your dishes prior to serving to customers.

5.    Teaching/Showroom Kitchen

Teaching kitchens and showrooms must include high levels of finishes and special lighting to appeal to your audience. Everything must sparkle and look perfect! You’ll need to incorporate an AV system while making sure you include all the functions of an industrial kitchen.

Whether you want to serve gourmet cuisine or light snacks, shipping containers are ideal for housing kitchens of all shapes and sizes.

Contact Container King

If this sounds like something you’d be interested in, request a quote on our storage and shipping containers today.


7 Questions You Should Ask Before Renting a Storage Container

imgWhether you want to rent a shipping container for additional storage, a construction project or a mobile office, it’s important to do your homework prior to settling on a provider. That involves asking a lot of questions. Once you have several rates to compare, as well as answers to all your queries, you can make the most informed decision possible.

Here are seven questions you should ask before renting a storage container.

#1: Do I need a permit for the container?

Before renting, you need to research any municipal rules concerning containers in your community. You could contact your city or county to determine if local ordinances against containers are in the books.

#2: What sizes and/or types of containers do you have?

This will vary by provider, but most offer a variety of containers in several different sizes and types. Here at Container King, we offer many different container sizes, such as:

  • 10 ft.
  • 20 ft.
  • 40 ft.
  • 45 ft.

Some are convenient for on-site storage solutions while others are ideal for mobile offices. The one you choose will depend on the intended usage, your budget and time frame.

#3: How much delivery space do you need?

A proper amount of open space is necessary for easy delivery of the container to your site. Container King shipping containers are delivered on a tilt bed truck. This requires that the area be flat and free of obstacles so the driver can maneuver the delivery trailer into place. You’ll have to check the entire access path to ensure at least 14 feet of clearance from the ground to overhead obstacles, like trees, utility lines and building overhangs. A loaded tilt bed truck will need 12-foot wide clearance.

#4: How long is the rental period?

Standard rental container industry periods are 28-day terms. Container King collects the delivery charge, first period’s rent and security deposit up-front.

#5: How long will it take to get my storage container?

Usually delivery takes place between one and three business days from receipt of order.

#6: How long does the actual delivery take?

We can’t speak for everybody, but here at Container King, it takes about 30 minutes or less to deliver your container. Because drivers often deliver multiple containers per day, if the delivery time exceeds an hour, the other deliveries will face a delay with possible rescheduling. That’s why it’s important to be prepared for your delivery. Otherwise, a time charge of $75/hour for each additional hour on-site may be imposed.

#7: What can I use the containers for?

This will depend on your intended usage, but overall, you can rent storage containers for:

  • Job site storage
  • Self-storage facilities
  • Construction storage
  • Mobile field office
  • Tool storage
  • Overflow equipment storage
  • Inventory storage
  • Workshops
  • School buildings and surplus supplies
  • Movable exhibition spaces
  • Agriculture storage
  • Break rooms and lunch rooms

Contact Container King

To learn more about our storage container rental prices and terms, contact us toll free at 866-961-5464.

4 Tips for Setting Up Your Shipping Container Home Office


Using a shipping container for a home office is an ingenious idea. You get just the right amount of space, you don’t have to pay an exorbitant rental rate for a larger commercial space, and you get the privacy and professionalism you need away from your actual home. Check out these four tips to consider when setting up your shipping container home office.

1.     Make Sure Containers are Fully Equipped

In order to maximize your efficiency and minimize the amount of time and money you have to spend outfitting your office from scratch, make sure the unit you’re buying is fully equipped with air conditioning, electric heat and electrical outlets. Ask what the optional features are as well, such as desks, a plan table and filing cabinets. Choosing these fully-equipped options now will save you headaches later on.

While you’re at it, make sure you’ll be getting a clean, well-laid-out and on-time delivery of the exact mobile office you want.

2.     Consider Extras Like HVAC and Plumbing Systems

Many vendors offer further customization options to clients, especially when it comes to HVAC system and plumbing system installation. If you want a fully-functioning office that you will be using year-round and for many hours of the day, you’ll need air conditioning for those hot days as well as plumbing.

If you have one home office container, you may be able to get away with a window unit, but some clients purchase several units and link them together. Central AC would come in quite handy in these instances. When it comes to the plumbing system, you may just need a single toilet and a sink – enough to accommodate you and a few workers.

3.     Install Large Windows

Proper lighting is imperative in any work space, especially if you’re working with blueprints, plans and other documents. To maximize your natural light, you may want to ask for extra windows or larger windows from your shipping container modification team. This will not only flood the space with natural light during the day, it will also serve to make the unit more spacious, inviting and cheerful – something you can’t necessarily achieve with a standard unit with one or no windows. Plus, it will help boost the morale and productivity of your employees!

4.     Increase Storage Space

If you are utilizing just one large shipping container, you know that storage space is at a premium. This can become a big problem if you need to store large amounts of documents on-site. You may want to consider adding multiple shelves or overhead cabinets to increase the available floor space instead of choosing space-hogging filing cabinets.

Contact Container King

To learn more about renting or buying a shipping container for home office use, contact us in Sanger, Ross or Dallas, with convenient hours of Monday through Friday 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturday 9 a.m. to noon.


Rent vs. Buy: How to Decide Which is Best for You

renting vs. buying

If you have a need for a storage, shipping or on-site office container, your first thought may be whether you should rent or buy. Both are great options, but the answer to your question will lie heavily in your budget, specific needs and desired duration. Should you rent or buy a storage container? We will help you come up with a solution.


Size reassessment: this is one of the best features of the rental option. Sometimes we are tempted to order a container that is bigger than what we actually end up needing, or maybe the reverse is true for you. By renting first, you can quickly flesh out your exact needs and tweak your rental accordingly without tying yourself down to a big purchase. You can choose from a few different sizes, then reassess later if you need to downsize or upsize.

In a nutshell, rentals are great if you…

  • Just need a storage space for a short time and can’t see yourself making use of a storage container in the long run
  • Temporarily have surplus items
  • Are moving to a new facility
  • Need temporary workspace
  • Have a short-term project such as construction job and need onsite tool storage
  • Are remodeling your office
  • Aren’t financially ready for a large expenditure
  • Wish to deduct the fees from your taxes


Purchasing a container also comes with many benefits. When buying a container, you can modify it in any way you want, to fit your unique needs. This customization option is one of the best features of the purchase option. Whatever you need — mobile offices, outside stages, kiosks, multimedia booths, houses or storage spaces – you are not limited to the modifications, accessories and customized features that you can get. When you own the container, you have much more control.

Also, when you own your own container, you can ship it to any location you want without having to return it to its original location, like you do with a rental. Your shipping company will drop off your storage container on site, immobilize it and level it. Buying is a better option for those who will need the container for the long term, as they pay one price up front rather than a monthly payment for a rental.

Purchasing a container also allows you to amortize its cost over many years. Additionally, you have the option to purchase a new or used container, depending on how low you want to keep your costs. But even used containers are in good condition when you buy from a reputable company, costing you less up front.

In a nutshell, buying is great if you…

  • Need permanent long-term storage
  • Wish to modify
  • Want a one-time fixed cost (typically, this is the most cost feasible option if you can afford it)

Contact Container King

For more information on our containers for rent or purchase, please contact us at one of our three locations at 972-290-4600. For your convenience, we are open Monday through Friday 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturday 9 a.m. to noon.



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