Ah-HA! that explains it...heehee.
Well, I kinda got a little motivated and sorta started one down at the bottom in the land use thingy...Just a precursor until I can finish work and get some sleep but I'd like to find folks interested in this kind of stuff myself. And I feel bad for the OP as it seems like I stomped all over his origingal thread...
SORRY SIR! Didn't mean to...so I will carry on in my own little one...
*embarrased and slinks away...*
Here you go. Evidently, they DO make one that will move fullsize shipping containers (20ft), and they're dirt cheap (like, less than $500). I just found out about these, and I'm looking for one right now. I thought I was going to have to use a 5th wheel dolly and a lowboy trailer, but I can hitch one of these up right behind Mah Deuce.
They are designed to carry only up to a 20' container. Though I don't know if one could be "streched" to accomodate a 40'er...*shrugs*?
They are heavy since they are designed to do more than just carry the container. They basically pick it up for you. They have an onboard power source, tilt capability, self leveling...all neat stuff. But the cost is weight! I don't have a Duece to pull with, just a 3/4 ton Dodge Cummins. Would it pull...likely. But I don't wish to add the 6K +/- lbs of the dollies to the 8500 of the container...empty!
Plus buying stuff from the auction site is hard for me...haven't mastered that little bit if fun yet...heehee.
I like the concept and for general purposes it may work ok. I just have to wonder if I could "copy" parts of the idea but less complicated and lighter.?.
I'm sure you could. In fact, you and I are thinking in opposite directions. I was considering building some type of trailer that would use the containers as the framerails, like the trailers that carry those big logs. But abandoned that idea when I found out about these military dollies. From what I understand the older versions were a lot simpler (manual hookup, no engine/generator/power-anything, etc.). I'm not particularly concerned about the weight, but I would prefer simplicity in this case. Not going to be hauling often enough that I'd be concerned about efficiency. I'm all for building custom in order to get exactly what you want, but these are close enough for me. Materials alone would cost me at least three times as much money as one of these trailers, and I'm not looking to start any more new projects right now. But I like what you're thinking. Gotta believe it's been done before. People have been moving these around for a long long time. Actually, I sorta think I might have seen something like what you're talking about once upon a time. Maybe. I'm imagining that it was a mobile office that was out on a construction site.
Haha...Yeah, in a way we are approching the same problem from opposite directions. From my understanding the containers don't like a lot of twist/flex. They, like any steel object will deflect and rack out of true. Since they were not designed to be used as a trailer it kinda complicates matters.
I think that is why the military dolly sets only handle a 20 footer...though I know the only real difference is the extra length, I think they use some sort of spreader bar/rails...to goin the two halves together?? Maybe? Not quite sure.
Though I suppose if the unit had a small enough tongue weight, rolled well, and the container were empty, even a good diesel pickup may be able to pull it?? Guess there are a lot of variables to think about. Distance, road conditions, road construction, accessability...?
The fact that you won't be "doing it everyday" is true. Which is where I have to make myself think and refrain. Being thrifty (ok, cheap!) can be a double edged sword. I gotta balance the cost saved in paying others to transport it X number of times, distance and access too. Some drivers won't touch dirt. But then if I could actually FIND one of these dolly things...how hard are they to come by? What all is involved? Would my truck even pull it?
I am trying to force myself into understanding that 20 footers are better/easier to work with. But already owning the 2 40s...gotta think on that one. I am curious what would be involved with transporting them via rail car? Since all the good "deals" are ones in costal regions, how expensive would it be to have one sent via the train? I'm shooting for Colorado and that is a long drive from the gulf even with an empty one. Can't be cheap on gas/time. But if it was much less to have it delivered to a rail center...I could use the dollies to drag it off to some property...? hmm... Any train people around here?
From what I've been told, the mil surplus dolly-sets aren't very uncommon or hard to find, but I haven't been looking too hard. Haven't actually seen any for sale, but hear they usually sell for under $500. I already own one 40ft container too. I'm not going to mess around with trying to make a dolly-set work with that big old monster though. The more I think about it, the more I like the idea of using 20ft containers. More flexible, and much easier to transport, especially considering that I'm most likely to be hauling these things out into the woods. Should be easy to turn 40ft containers into 20ft containers (trade/sell/etc.).
That kind of makes me wonder too...what defines something as beng a "trailer"...per-se? My other little brainstorm as buying a couple heavy duty trailer axles and mounting them to a couple of beams. Make the axles able to adjust fore and aft to alter the tongue weight and maybe make the beams extendable to fit 20 or maybe even 40' containers. Build a tongue, add wiring that is able to go all the way back to magnetic lights, create some mounting points, and let the container BE the majority of the trailer? Get the axles/beams inspected and have a VIN created for a custom trailer...tag it and go to work? As long as the axels can handle the 8k lbs or so...seems doable? Would it be more expensive than the dollies? That depends but seems very likely. Steel is NOT cheap! But who knows...maybe some beams will show up in the junkyard or something...? Shrugs? Just an idea I'm playing with.
If your Duece was a 5ton...you could just pull the bed and make some outriggers to clamp onto the container. Drop it on...drive to the site, and download it!... Only real issue is the height of the overall deal. But we carry them on the PLS (Connex carrying Hemmits) all the time..?
You know those dollies are set-up to bumper-pull, right? No tongue weight to consider. Only balanced loads.
Quick search and here one is! All the way in VA I think...poo. So they bumper pull via a pintle, right? IIRC, on you steel soldiers site folks were talking about them being hard to back up with a duece...right? SOmething about the front assembly articulating.?. Doesn't it have a locking pin? The trailers we use to haul 20 footers behind a PLS does the same thing but has a pain in the butt pin that will lock the unit to the center for backing up straight.
Maybe I need to look at these closer...hmm...