Would a Shipping Container Build Be Possible?

762X39

Explorer
A typical 20' shipping container weighs just a tad over 5000 pounds dry. Good as a basis for a micro home but not so good for a RTW camper. As far as buying a regular fridge at a big box store for $300 and buying an Engel, National Luna or ARB fridge for $1000 (which is 1/10th the size), the market for a fridge is every household in every country on the planet, the market for a 12 volt "expo" fridge is less than 1/10th of 1 % of the same population. Economy of scale rules. You cannot make that kind of comparison because it really isn't the same. Decades ago I priced out a small home in the hopes of saving some hard earned coin. It turns out that there are just as many walls, doors and windows in a 1000 sq' home as a 2000 sq' home and the larger home was only 20% more to build. The general rule is, if it could be done cheaper (without buying crap) it would be on the market because it abhors a vacumn.:coffee:
 
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Victorian

Approved Vendor : Total Composites
5000lb is quiet a bit for a 20' . For example our composite boxes at 6400mmX2286mmX2006mm come in at 1147kg with an R-value of 20.
 

Victorian

Approved Vendor : Total Composites
Our flat packed kits include all composite fiberglass panels (no wood or metal structure), cold bridge free fiberglass extrusions and adhesive for assembly. If you wish we can also cut openings for windows and doors on our 40' CNC. As an option we are also offering double pane windows and doors.
For more specs please visit: http://totalcomposites.com/expedition-trucks-rvs/

Any more questions feel free to drop me a line at andreas at totalcomposites.com

Cheers
 

Victorian

Approved Vendor : Total Composites
That weight is including the "corner pieces" (extrusions) that hold everything together. IMG_5482.jpg
 

dlh62c

Explorer
Have you considered a Morgan Cargo Body?

There's a whole industry built around their manufacture, service and repair. Morgan has their own team of engineers that will answer any questions you might have. They will ship without a rear door installed. The body mounting will be done by the dealer that sells it. Its worth a trip there just to see how one is put together. Often they have used units that they would be more than happy to sell-off.

Some consider the leading edges and the front radius corners a weak point, but their replaceable.

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dlh62c

Explorer
Our flat packed kits include all composite fiberglass panels (no wood or metal structure), cold bridge free fiberglass extrusions and adhesive for assembly. If you wish we can also cut openings for windows and doors on our 40' CNC. As an option we are also offering double pane windows and doors.
For more specs please visit: http://totalcomposites.com/expedition-trucks-rvs/
You need to demo a build from beginning-to-end to showcase your line of products.
 
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Victorian

Approved Vendor : Total Composites
You need to demo a build from beginning-to-end to showcase your line of products.
Working on it :)
In the mean time we have our assembly guide up for download on our website (front page, follow the download link). That guide explains the assembly process with a smaller scale model.
 

Walters Mog

New member
Now a 20ft aluminium shipping container is to big and tall but if it was cut down and wielded back together to about 13ft long and 6.5 ft high it would be about 900kgs befor cutting out windows and doors so could be lighter. The outer frame would handel impacts with trees well to with out the need for extra protective bars
 
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